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The public is invited to a retirement celebration honoring St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at City Hall, 600 Portland Ave. Monahan, who served 33 years as an officer and then chief, as well as 25 years as a volunteer firefighter, will step down Jan. 31. The City Council last week hired Jessica Billmeyer, an Inver Grove Heights police sergeant, as St. Paul Park’s next police chief.
With six games under its belt, the Cottage Grove Coyotes men's baseball team has swung into action this summer. The Coyotes, who play in the Twin City Men's Adult Baseball League and were league champions in 2010, are currently undefeated at a perfect 6-0. Off a two-game sweep of the Bombers on Sunday, June 16, in the team's home opener at Woodridge Park, the Coyotes sit in first place in the TCMABL 18-plus American Division. After being bounced in the first round of the playoffs the last two years, the 'Yotes have added some much needed depth to the 2013 roster.
A record number of runners and walkers took part in this year's Strawberry Fest 5K and kid's 1-mile run at Kingston Park on Saturday, June 15. In all, 208 participants - 161 runners, 18 walkers and 29 kids - took part in the seventh-annual event. That number was up from the 175 who took part last year, setting the previous record. In the race, new champions were crowned for a third-straight year. Adam Peltprice was the top male finisher and Annalisa Low was the fastest female finisher in the race, held on a warm and sunny morning at Kingston Park.
East Ridge center J.C. Hassenauer has committed to play football for the Alabama Crimson Tide. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound lineman chose the defending national champion's scholarship offer over the University of Minnesota and Vanderbilt. Following a stellar junior season for the Raptors, Hassenauer was the offensive line MVP at three combines this spring: the Adidas combine in Detroit, the Nike combine in Memphis, and the Rivals.com combine in Chicago. He worked out in Tuscolusca this past weekend for Alabama coaches before committing on Monday.
Four years ago, Brady Hanson and his golf coach Bret Brookins talked about trying to win a state championship someday. Last week, he nearly made it happen. Hanson, a senior at East Ridge, finished in a tie for second place at the Class AAA state tournament, shooting a two-day 146 at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids. "We made it our goal to win state," Hanson said. "Even though I didn't do that, it feels good to come really close. I knew if I worked hard and put in the effort I could possibly do it.
This spring, Andriel Aimua and Taylor Anderson became the first girls golfers from East Ridge to qualify for the state tournament. Last week, they showed they belonged. Both juniors, Aimua finished in a tie for 19th place out of 88 golfers and Anderson came in a tie for 26th place. Aimua shot a 164 at the two-day Class AAA tournament, held June 11 and 12 at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids, including a 81 on the first day and a 83 on the second day.
The St. Paul Park Legion Post 98 baseball team learned last year that it's not how you start, it's how you finish. With that mindset, the Parkers' head coach Matt Doornink is hoping his team begins to turn things around soon. "We have a chance to win a lot of games," said Doornink, who is in his seventh year coaching St. Paul Park. "We just need to finish well. Overall we're hitting pretty well and our pitching is pretty good too. We just need to avoid the one big inning every game.
The Strawberry Fest Medallion Hunt continues today with Clue #4: The festival is winding down, yet a prize find awaits Think of the city, the county, but not of the state No tools are needed, and that tip is concrete It's beneath a new span, and where dirt and rock meet A new clue will be released each weekday; there will be no new clues on weekend days. Each new clue will be published at 9 a.m. online at swcbulletin.com.
Washington County Fair organizers are accepting applications from area businesses and organizations for booth space for the 2013 fair, July 31-Aug.1, in Lake Elmo. For details, visit www.washingtoncountyfair.org and print out an application under "Vendors," call fair manager Dorie Ostertag at 651-436-6009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
I have great respect for my colleague, Rep. Denny McNamara, but the viewpoint he wrote for this newspaper ("'Tax the rich' means 'tax everyone,'" May 15) jumped the gun. The tax bill he criticized was still in the formative stage, and one of the things I learned is legislation is never done until the final gavel of the session. So I thought I would let readers know what was in the final bill. Honestly, some of the concerns he pointed out were concerns I shared.