People - Roseville Review

Tue
01
Oct

Roseville Raiderette returns to dance after head injury, spreads awareness


Michelle Jensen

Raiderettes Dance Team members participated in the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance’s “Walk for Thought” in Como Park on Saturday, Sept. 7. (submitted photo)

It’s been a long 18 months on the road to recovery for 16-year-old dancer Michelle Jensen.
The Roseville Area High School junior suffered a severe concussion during gym class in March of 2012 that left the Raiderette Dance Team member wondering if she would ever be able to rejoin the team she’s loved being a part of since middle school.

Tue
24
Sep

Shoreview girl climbs martial arts ranks


Sophia Keeley, 9, practiced her karate moves with instructor and uncle, Jake Erling, at The Art Martial Arts Studio in Falcon Heights on Sept. 19. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Shoreview’s real life karate kid, Sophia Keeley, 9, recently received her brown belt from Master Jake Erling, left. She plans to continue working hard to earn her black belt, which she hopes to get by the time she turns 10. (Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)

Shoreview’s Sophia Keeley is seeing her hard work and dedication to the martial arts pay off. The 9-year-old karate kid received her brown belt -- the seventh of eight belts -- from Master Jake Erling at The Art Martial Arts Academy in Falcon Heights on Saturday, Sept. 14.
The fourth grader at Turtle Lake Elementary School has been studying karate since she was four and is poised to become one of the youngest students at The Art to climb up the ranks.

Thu
05
Sep

Shoreview boy wows judges at guitar competition


The top three finishers from McNally Smith College of Music’s 2013 “Clash of the Teen Guitar Titans” competition held on Aug. 10. From left: McNally’s Guitar Department Head Joe Elliott, first place winner Collin Johnson, third place winner Owen Hiber and second place winner Bobby Rethwisch. (submitted photo)

Owen Hiber, an 11-year-old boy from Shoreview, impressed those in attendance at McNally Smith College of Music’s “Clash of the Teen Guitar Titans” on Saturday, Aug. 10.
This is the second year McNally has hosted the guitar competition at its downtown campus. The competition was just one of several guitar-themed events that weekend, climaxing with the Lowertown Guitar Festival in Mears Park, which drew a crowd of 2,000 and featured performances by famed guitarists like Mark Ribot, Pat Donohue and Scott Henderson.

Tue
03
Sep

Roseville gardener wins two State Fair blue ribbons for tomatoes, despite challenges


Some of John Swenson’s tomato plants have grown to his size or taller. He and his dog Sunny enjoy working in the garden. (photos by Alex Holmquist/Review)

During a late June thunderstorm, a roughly 30-foot Pine tree, which used to stand next to these trees, toppled over onto Swenson’s garden killing several of his prized tomato plants.

Swenson points out the stump of the tree that fell onto his garden in June, almost crushing his entire tomato crop.

Swenson’s “Moby Grape” tomatoes took first prize in their division at the Minnesota State Fair.

John Swenson’s dreams of taking home another Minnesota State Fair blue ribbon for his prized tomatoes were almost crushed, literally.
The tomato-growing season was off to a rocky start this year thanks to a late spring and cool start to the summer. But little did Swenson know those weren’t the only challenges that Mother Nature had in store for him.
This spring, Swenson planted ten tomato plants, which when he purchased them from Linder’s Garden Center, near his Roseville home, were just a few inches tall. His plants grew slowly because of the cooler spring and early summer temperatures, but Swenson persevered, believing if he took special care of his plants they’d surely thrive.

Tue
27
Aug

RAHS grad onstage at Guthrie


Aeysha Kinnunen (submitted photo)

From an early start in Roseville community and school theater, Aeysha Kinnunen has landed on the Guthrie Theater stage, as “Lydia” in “Pride and Prejudice.”
The “Pride and Prejudice” production, which runs through Aug. 31, stars Vincent Kartheiser from TV’s “Mad Men” as Mr. Darcy and Ashley Rose Montondo as the intelligent, spirited Elizabeth Bennett.
Under Joe Dowling’s direction, this “Pride and Prejudice” is definitely played for laughs, and Kinnunen, as Elizabeth’s twitter-pated and brazen younger sister, gets some of the biggest.

Thu
15
Aug

Falcon Heights Community Garden


Linda E. Andersen/Review

Lynne Bradbury harvested some flowers and produce from her plot in the Falcon Heights Community Garden on Aug. 10.

Tue
30
Jul

Former Raider now coaching at Breck

Former Roseville Area High School hockey standout Ronda Curtin Engelhardt was recently named the head girls hockey coach at Breck High School.
Curtin Engelhardt helped lead Roseville to two state championships (1996, 1999) and was named Ms. Hockey in 1999. She was a four-time all-state selection and went on to play collegiately at the University of Minnesota.

Tue
25
Jun

Problem solvers rate high


submitted photo

Two teams from Parkview Center School placed third and fourth in the Middle Division of Global Issues Problem Solving at the Future Problem Solving Program International Conference held at Indiana University in Bloomington June 6-9. Above, in back, are George Burkhardt, Eamon Kuhne, Ben George, Heather Knutson and coach Nan Taylor, whose team took third; in front are Eileen Schrot, Grace Smith, Emily Lentz-Hoops, Bianca Wang-Polendo, whose team took fourth. Each year teams research and apply a 6-step problem solving process to a topic of international importance. This year students developed a plan of action that focused on opportunities for women world-wide while considering various governmental policies and the vast cultural and religious differences in attitudes towards women.

Tue
18
Jun

Roseville Adult Learning Center celebrates graduation

Roseville Area Schools Adult Learning Center celebrated its 42nd graduation ceremony June 5, with 71 students earning a G.E.D. or high school diploma.
Students from this year’s graduating class hailed from countries around the world, such as Ethiopia, Somalia, Thailand and Mexico. The class ranged in age from 17 to mid-50s.
The class was the last to take the G.E.D. the “old-fashioned” way. The G.E.D. will switch from a paper-based test to a computerized version, going in effect 2014.

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