Being the head coach of a high school team has turned into a year-round position. Many coaches spend their summer months running camps and clinics for younger children. Our basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, tennis, baseball and football coaches all have summer camps for kids. Some of the clinics are for kids as young as four and five years old.
Graduation always brings with it a bag of mixed emotions. The graduating seniors are so happy to be done with high school, yet are so sad to be leaving close friends behind. Moving onto life beyond high school can be a little scary to think about. Many students will go on to college, while some may attend a trade school, get a job, or join the military.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer, including melanoma, is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Melanoma incidence rates in Minnesota have doubled since 1988 for both males and females, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Ingrid Polcari with the University of Minnesota Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center answers questions about skin cancer risk factors, treatment options and preventative measures people can take against skin cancer. What is skin cancer?
My state senator, Karla Bigham (DFL), portrays the senate budget as not reflecting MN values. Some of the priorities she mentions are funded by the 2% medical provider tax that's supposed to expire, by law. Other funding is automatically increased, by law. The DFL is asking for a bigger and bigger pile of money. Senate Republicans are not willing to give in to the request. Thank goodness we have divided government. I've watched the Minnesota House and Senate debate on public TV. I know, get a life, right!
There are two people that I must recognize before the school year ends, and both of them have days set aside for them recently. Administrative Professionals Day was last month. I am blessed to work with Bev as the Activities Secretary at Park. I could not do my job if it were not for the hard work that she does. Mrs. Piermantier is much more than a secretary or even "administrative assistant."
Everyday in Minnesota alone, 76 people are diagnosed with cancer. On a national scale, that adds up to 1,735,350 new cases of cancer diagnosed in the United States and 609,640 people taken by the disease just this year. Chances are, you have felt this impact in your own life. My name is Anna Hren, I am a junior at East Ridge High School and serve as an event lead for South Washington County's Relay For Life event, scheduled for 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, June 7, at East Ridge High School.
After celebrating the Affordable Care Act's ninth anniversary last week, we now find the law under attack by the Trump administration's Department of Justice, which announced they will no longer defend the law in court and instead believe the ACA is unconstitutional and should be repealed in its entirety.
Why do waiters, waitresses and people in other service-related jobs elect to create a false intimacy with customers by using terms of endearment when they serve people of a certain age? And what is that age? How do they determine it? What is it in our features that signals "Hon" or "Dear" instead of "Ma'am" or "Ms."? I feel as though my personal worth drops a notch every time I am addressed with those terms.
Today I have the privilege of attending the 25th Annual Athena Awards banquet at the Vadnais Heights Commons. The St. Paul Area Athena Award committee honors the outstanding senior female athletes from over 40 area high schools. There are winners there from every high school in the St. Paul area. Attending this banquet is one of the highlights of my school year. Despite all of the many athletic accomplishments that I hear, the thing I am most impressed with is the accomplishments outside of athletics for each of the winners.
WOODBURY — The Royal Theatre at Woodbury High School will perform the Agatha Christie murder mystery, "Appointment With Death." Set in the 1940s, a group of travelers are thrown together on a journey to the city of Petra. At the center of this diverse group is an elderly woman, Mrs. Boynton (Elena Gordon) and her stepchildren, who never leave her side. They look like a devoted family, but are they? Is this devotion a façade? The traveler's motivations are suspect, and the relationships may not be what they seem.