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The East Ridge varsity competition cheer team placed first in the Small Varsity Division and also was named first place overall earning Grand Champions at the University of Minnesota Cheer Championship on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. Pictured in the team photo are (front row, left to right) Aubrianna Berger, Madie Brenneke, Morgan Livingston, LaKendra Berger, Sidney Gullickson, Breana Mower, (back row) coach Jessica Peters, Meg Hasegawa, Madeline Upson, Karina Ertman, Kaylee Brown, Rachel Schullo and Marin Elliott. Submitted photo
Ellsworth Community School District has announced school will be closed Monday, Jan. 22 due to a predicted a snowstorm. The Ellsworth Elementary Open House, scheduled for Monday night, Jan. 22 has been postponed. A new date will be announced. Other area schools who have cancelled school, as of 8 p.m. Sunday night, include Hastings, Goodhue and Red Wing.
A group of 17 parishioners from St. Ambrose of Woodbury visited the church's Sister Parish Jan. 2-9 in Esmeralda, Camaguey, Cuba. It was the third trip to Cuba and the largest group yet. Parishioners experienced a youth group Nativity skit along with Cuban singing and dancing. The group also spent time visiting with the sick, helping tear down a hurricane-damaged church building and playing baseball with teens and university students home for the holidays.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput and Hennepin County Attorney John Choi will speak at a Citizens Against Sex Trafficking fundraiser 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Oak Marsh Golf Course Club, 526 North Inwood Ave, Oakdale .
Dog walker finds snowmobiler dead 30 miles north of Minneapolis EAST BETHEL, Minn. - A dog walker spotted the remains Thursday, Jan. 18 of an East Bethel, Minn. man apparently killed in a snowmobile crash, investigators said. East Bethel is approximately 30 miles north of Minneapolis. The body had been there at least overnight, according to the Anoka County sheriff's office.
The East Ridge third-grade travelling basketball team recently won the championship at the Hastings tournament, defeating Eagan in the final game. Players pictured (from left) are Gavin Mestery, Kessler Griffen, Jack Gunderson, Cameron Walters, Sam Geissler, Nathan Cook, Lincoln Kopacek, Logan Tretter and Dayton Pletcher. Coaches (not pictured) are Brandon Walters, Chris Gunderson and Corey Kopacek. Submitted photo
Police seek volunteer reserve officers The Cottage Grove police department is seeking qualified individuals to apply for its volunteer police reserve program. Duties include: park and business patrols, bike patrol, traffic control and security at community events, participation in neighborhood watch events, crime scene security, community emergencies, non-confrontational property calls, focused traffic enforcement, assisting officers and prisoner transports.
Pawlenty says he won't run against Smith for U.S. Senate ST. PAUL — Former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will not run for the U.S. Senate in November. Pawlenty, who has been courted by numerous donors and influential Republicans to run for the seat formerly held by Al Franken, made his announcement Tuesday on the Fox Business Network.
Looking for a unique Valentine gift for your loved one or friends? Look no further than a Singing Valentine from the Croix Chordsmen. You may have seen them loaded into cars, dressed in fancy tuxedos, popping into businesses and homes to serenade unsuspecting Valentines.
Goaltending and a two-goal night by Tyler Johnson helped the East Ridge boys' hockey team defeat Stillwater 3-2 at Cottage Grove Ice Arena on Saturday, Jan. 13. Tomy Ogren made 29 saves on 31 shots to help East Ridge pull off the victory over the Ponies. Marco Troje also scored for the Raptors. The Raptors also dropped a home game to Owatonna at home on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Troje scored the lone goal for East Ridge. The Raptors are 6-8 overall this season, including 4-4 against Suburban East Conference teams. Park drops two SEC games