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Cadets in the Air Force Junior ROTC program at Park High School flew to Duluth and back on a military transport aircraft. Some had never been on an airplane before, much less a C-130 flown by the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing. The familiarization flight is one of several offered to high school cadets by the 133rd Airlift Wing from year to year. This flight, which took place in late October, was special, however.
George Chavez, the man most people see taking photographs from the sidelines at Park High School sports events, likes to stay in the background. For more than two decades, Chavez, a Cottage Grove resident, has been taking photographs of athletes in action, printing out copies and giving them to the student free of charge. "I played many sports when I was a kid, but my parents never took any pictures of me," Chavez said recently. "Quite a few students have parents who never go to games and never take pictures.
Wind gusts nearing 50 mph knocked out power to a St. Paul Park elementary school overnight and toppled a pine tree onto a Cottage Grove home. A power outage was reported at Pullman Elementary school in St. Paul Park on Wednesday morning. School officials said power was restored by noon. Steve and Debby Kaufhold were watching TV at their Cottage Grove home on Tuesday evening when they heard a crash just after 10 p.m. "We just thought it was the wind blowing extra hard, or maybe a sonic boom," Debby Kaufhold said.
Halloween parties for young and older, hauntings, benefits and meetings await south Washington County families this weekend. Everyone is invited to the South Washington Senior Center Fall Festival, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, at the District Program Center, 8400 East Point Douglas Road. Activities will include a granny's attic, homemade bake sale, crafts, a quilt raffle and music by the Regals Red Hat Chorus. Sloppy joe lunches will be available to purchase for $3.
Cottage Grove student Caleb Boe, along with co-leader Bryan Sullivan and a team of 12 other students at Inver Hills Community College, have been selected one of 20 teams nationwide to participate in the 2010-11 NASA University Student Launch Initiative competition. "To the best of my knowledge, our team, the Inver Thrills, is the first team in Minnesota to be accepted for the NASA competition," Boe said Tuesday.
The collision of two small planes over the Mississippi River near Grey Cloud Island on Sept. 19 didn't actually happen, but an estimated 90 volunteers spent the morning acting as if it did. "We've run simulated emergency exercises before, but this was the first time we had so many people involved," said Woodbury resident John Regan, Washington County coordinator of the Amateur Radio Emergency Services.
This weekend south Washington County residents have opportunities to spend time outdoors and to help two area families that are battling cancer. Stillwater's annual Fall Colors Fine Art and Jazz Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2 and 3, at Lowell Park. Attendees will enjoy art from 75 artists, eclectic food booths and live music. The "Haunting Experience 3D" at Zywiec's Garden Center is open. It comes in two versions -- regular and low-scare. Tickets range from $14 to $18 and include a hayride, bonfire and free movies.
Things to do this weekend in south Washington County range from rummage sales, to bake sales, an art fair, a voyageur encampment, a memorial golf tournament and a raptor release to a prairie restoration project. Charlie Company 134th Brigade Support Battalion, with headquarters at the Minnesota National Guard Armory in Cottage Grove, is hosting its third annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Sept.
This year's Heritage Days theme is "Coming Home Again in 2010." Reminiscing about the good old days in St. Paul Park is a major draw for people who attend the city's annual celebration, scheduled this year from Friday through Monday, Aug. 20, to 23. Not only do families spend the weekend gathering, but classmates from the former St.
Events for this weekend include two benefit walks, the 26th annual Heritage Days celebration in St. Paul Park, a farm/food fair in Hastings, a reunion, two pancake breakfasts and a spaghetti dinner. A walk to raise money for the Minnesota chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is scheduled at the Como Park on Saturday, Aug.