If you're reading this before Friday, June 7 at 2:20, then school is still in session and finals are wrapping up. If you're reading this after June 7 at 3:30, it's likely that Elvis has left the building! This brings to close the 39th issue of my weekly communication with you. Where has that time gone? It seems like yesterday when I was throwing out the idea to Nathan Hansen, editor of this paper, that a column like this might be fun for all parties involved.
My preferred vacation spot has always been Florida's Disney World. I know, I know: You're going to tell me it can't compare to France, Italy or Hawaii. Maybe not, but I loved the rides, restaurants, parades and the story book characters who happily posed for pictures. My last trip to the Magic Kingdom was 17 years ago. I'm sure many attractions have been added since then but no matter how exciting or fun they might be, my favorite would still be the one with the small wooden dolls representing children from around the world. It's a Small World.
Guided tours of Dakota City Heritage Village will be available to the public at Family and Friends Fun Days, scheduled on three separate Fridays throughout the summer -- June 14, July 12 and Aug. 23. Alisa Peterson, education coordinator, invites visitors to bring a friend, their children, nieces or nephews, grandkids, a friend or a friend's children to enjoy a visit to the past. They do not need to be part of a group nor do they need a reservation. Costumed guides will lead the tours, which will begin every hour on the hour starting at 10 a.m. The last tour will begin at 2 p.m.
The District 196 Special Education Advisory Council has open positions for district staff and parents who have a child with special needs. The terms are for two years, beginning with the start of the 2013-14 school year this fall; members can serve consecutive terms. Persons interested in being considered for membership must submit an application before the Aug.
I feel like it's been a long time since I've used this space to talk about biking. Maybe you're OK with that. Maybe you've noticed, and you were keeping quiet because you thought I'd forget. Maybe you hoped, somewhere deep down within yourself, that I'd take up a more sensible hobby, like knitting or water skiing or riding a balloon up to space and skydiving out. I won't do any of those things, though. They're too dangerous. Especially knitting. Those needles are huge. So, biking it is. Although, this year there hasn't been much of that to talk about.
Rosemount Gardening workshop St. Joseph and the Dakota County Master Gardeners have partnered to offer a series of gardening seminars. Tending to your Garden will be held at 7 p.m. June 10 at St. Joseph Social Hall. The workshop will be taught by a master gardener. The event is free and open to the public. Kids Corner The Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department will host Kids Corner, a free park program, 1 to 3 p.m. starting June 12. The program runs Monday through Thursday. The program keeps kids busy with fun activities. Bring a water bottle to the program.
This week's Pet of the Week is Heidi, a 5-year-old female German shepherd. She was found roaming around outside somewhere and was brought to Last Hope, where she has been for about two months. She has received treatment for heartworms in her time there, and has been spayed. She is a very sweet dog who knows her manners as well as commands. For more information about this dog, or other Last Hope animals, or about Last Hope call 651-463-8747 or visit www.last-hope.org .
When the students at Diamond Path Elementary School set out to walk a mile in someone else's shoes, they took the saying pretty literally. Throughout the day May 31, students at all grade levels gathered outside the building, hoisted milk jugs filled with water and set off on a hike down a nearby path. Along the way, they stopped to learn facts about people who live in areas where there is no running water. People for whom long walks to fetch water are a daily necessity. The walks were part of a service project for a White Bear Lake-based group called H2O for Life.
When Sen. Greg Clausen was elected last fall it was clear education would be a focus. The former Rosemount High School principal has experience in the area, and he knows how important a good education is. One of his focuses was state funding for all-day kindergarten. He authored a bill that passed near the end of the session. State funding will start in the 2014 school year for districts that want to take advantage. That is good news. All-day kindergarten will not appeal to all parents, but there is evidence it makes a difference for students.
May 27 Theft, from a vehicle, value over $1000, Doyle Path Burglary, third degree, Robert Trail S. Accident, motor vehicle, property damage, Cobbler Ave. Criminal damage to property, fourth degree, value up to $500,3600 block of Clare Downs Path Recovered motor vehicle, 20 block of Belfast St. W. Trespass, recreation vehicle within metro area, 155 St. E. and Angus Ave. Trespass, recreation vehicle within metro area, 155 St. E. and Angus Ave. Theft, from vehicle, value less than $500, December Trail Medical, mental health, 2900 block of 146 St.