Jean and Ivan Gilbert with their grandchildren, Brenna, 6, and Braden, 10, posed for a photo by The Groove sledding hill on March 4 in Arden Hills. With this year’s cold and snowy winter, the Gilbert family in Arden Hills has been taking advantage of the weather and enjoying their backyard. Grandpa Ivan built a 250-foot-long sledding area that starts at the top of the backyard and winds down the length of his property.
Braden Williams, 10, enjoyed the ride down The Groove on March 4 at the Gilbert’s in Arden Hills.
U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced today that he has nominated Austin Teske of Shoreview for admission to the U.S. Naval Academy. If chosen for an appointment by the academy, Teske, the son of Erik and Debbie Teske, would be part of the U.S. Naval Academy class of 2018 and would enter this summer.
Marvin Sims, dean of equity services at Mounds View Public Schools, is among 24 recipients of a 2014 Bush Fellowship from The Bush Foundation. The Bush Fellowship is designed for people who have already demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities, but who feel they could accomplish even more for their community with focused, intensive leadership development.
The Triple A Award is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League and goes to one female and male senior at Irondale High School that is recognized for their accomplishments in academics, arts and athletics.
Former St. Anthony Village High School distance runner Chris Lawson is a sophomore at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. Although he is in only his second season competing for the Saints, he has amassed quite an impressive list of accolades.
Lawson added to that list at the recent Upper Midwest Athletic Conference indoor track and field championships. Lawson won the 5,000 meters at the conference meet and earned all-UMAC honors in the process.
Klein, a sophomore defenseman at St. Catherine University, played in 26 games this season.
As a member of the Irondale High School girls hockey team, Kelsey Barnier played in a pair of state tournaments, the Holy Grail of prep hockey in Minnesota. Now a senior at the University of St. Thomas, Barnier has reached a similar height at the collegiate hockey level.
Barnier and her St. Thomas teammates have qualified for the Division III NCAA women’s hockey tournament. The Tommies clinched their spot in the tournament by winning the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference playoffs on Saturday.
Mouri (left) stands beside Caroline Innerbichler (Ariel) and fellow castmember, Mathias Anderson. Chanhassen’s production of “The Little Mermaid” is the first time the show has been performed in the Midwest.
Wes Mouri and Julianne Mundale perform together during a dance number. “The Little Mermaid” features all of the songs from the Disney movie, as well as 10 originals written for the theater adaptation.
Arden Hills resident Wes Mouri graduated from Bethel University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts.
“The Little Mermaid” is his third production at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.
Wes Mouri (far left) performs as part of “The Little Mermaid” ensemble. In addition to being part of the ensemble, Mouri is an understudy for the evil eel Jetsam.
Some actors just can’t catch a break. They work in theater for years, dealing with rejection and struggling to make their “big break.”
Wes Mouri just can’t catch a break, but not in the same way: he’s worked nearly nonstop since he graduated from college two years ago.
Long-standing friends Sammie Hallgren, Kirsta Graf and Tessah Indlecoffer at the Winter Week pepfest on Jan. 31. (submitted photo)
Kirsta Graf is well known among her peers and the faculty at Mounds View High School (MVHS) for her exuberance, positive attitude and her unwavering commitment to her school. She is a Mustang mentor, a front desk greeter, a Young Life member and the girl’s basketball team manager.
Kirsta has Down syndrome, but she has never let that keep her from her passion for performing and inspiring others. The 18-year-old senior has had a love for the stage since she was a little girl. Her mother, Alicia Graf, says it all started in a first grade drama class when her daughter played a roll in the class’s performance of the Lion King.