Although the legislature will not convene again until February 25 of 2014, we’re beginning to hear about some of the top priorities that the Democrat leadership plans to put forward for the legislative session. Among the top items on their agenda is a so-called “anti-bullying” bill. While it may be well-intentioned, a “one size fits all” solution from legislators and bureaucrats from St. Paul will not solve the bullying problems we have in our schools.
At the Children’s Water Festival in St. Paul in September, I used a groundwater model to talk with fourth grade students about how surface and groundwater resources connect and how we can keep them both clean. In one demonstration, I used food coloring to illustrate how fertilizer from a farm field could pollute nearby wells and streams. Afterwards, a parent asked me an interesting question, “If fertilizer is potentially harmful, do local government agencies support using GMO [genetically modified] crops to reduce fertilizer use?”
Left to right: Link Wilson of Kaas Wilson Architects, Mindy Michael of Kaas Wilson Architects, Jason Ruppert of Bremer Bank, Oakdale city council member Lori Pulkrabek, President and COO of The Waters Senior Living Kyle Didier, CEO and Managing Principal of Shelter Corporation/The Waters Senior Living Lynn Carlson Schell, Senior Developer for The Waters Senior Living John Q. Hunsicker, Senior Vice President of The Waters Senior Living Jay Jensen, Lynn Hauger of Growth Resource Partners, Oakdale city council member Stan Karwoski and Oakdale Economic Development Commission Chair Mark Landis took part in The Waters Senior Living ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 6. (submitted photo)
On Nov. 6, The Waters Senior Living hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in the Tartan Crossing redevelopment site off of 11th Street and Hadley Avenue in Oakdale. Located on the northern portion of the former Oakdale Mall site, the new facility will include a 92-unit senior housing building on three acres. When completed, the building will offer 64 units of assisted living and 28 units of memory care housing with underground parking, as well as a variety of wellbeing-focused activities, programs and services.
Tartan senior Tia Elbert signed her college letter of intent, making her dream of playing college basketball official. Elbert plans to major in business administration and minor in communications at Marquette University in Milwuakee, Wisc. Having averaged 30 points per game the last two years and over 2,500 career points, she gave a shout-out thanking her coaches, mom, teammates and friends.
Going to court can be a stressful, time-consuming and expensive way to resolve a dispute. Many attorneys charge over $250 per hour and civil cases can take over a year to be resolved in court. Even after a court decision, people often spend as much time and money on an appeal as on the original case.
CLUES President Ruby Azurdia-Lee talks with ACC staff. (submitted photo)
Field trips for students are common, but an East Side elementary finds great value in a field trip for its faculty. For the sixth year, East Side charter public school Academia Cesar Chavez has taken their staff into the community on a bus tour.
ACC is a K-6 school that has 376 students who are 90% Latino and are primarily from the East Side. Ninety-nine percent qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch, compared to the St. Paul district which is 73% Free/Reduced Lunch.
The New Brighton Community Center features a Subway that was added to the facility a couple of months ago. The gym at the New Brighton Community Center is a perfect way to burn off that extra energy and keep warm too!
The Yarusso thruway and the Scalze overpass are now open for traffic. I refer, of course, to Highway 10 between 35W and 694.
While I use a little levity, I am serious about giving credit to our State Rep Barb Yarusso and State Senator Bev Scalze and their DFL colleagues as well Governor Dayton for getting this and other projects done.
Mounds View High School senior Kiley Kuether closed out her prep diving career on the highest of high notes last week. Kuether won the Class AA state diving championship on Nov. 20 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Kuether amassed 408.05 points over 11 dives to win the state title by almost seven points. Rochester Century sophomore Adrianna Jacobs finished second with 401.15 points.
The Hill-Murray boys hockey forces opened the 2013-14 season with a hard-fought victory against the Burnsville Blaze at the Burnsville Ice Center Thursday, Nov. 21.
Though owning an 11-7 shots-on-goal advantage, the Pioneers were on the short end of a 2-1 score after the first period.