The horrifying scenes out of Oklahoma last week drive home a message that I was reminded of just a few days earlier. The message: it can happen here, and many of us are not ready. I attended the meeting of mayors and city administrators or managers that takes place each month in Dakota County. Our guest speaker was the regional CEO of the American Red Cross, Phil Hansen.
When the District 196 School Board voted May 13 in favor of putting an operating levy on the November ballot, board members described the decision as a kind of placeholder. Changes under consideration at the state legislature would have required boards to decide earlier than usual if they wanted to ask voters for more money, and while board members hadn't yet decided if they would, they didn't want to lose the option. Now that the option is on the table, the district's next step is to figure out if the question will end up on the ballot.
May 20 Arrest warrant, 15000 block of Chippendale Ave. Fraud, 2800 block of Upper 138 St. W. May 21 Driving without insurance, Concord Street South and Dale Place Found property, 15000 block of Chippendale Ave. Accident, motor vehicle damage, 145 Street East and Clayton Avenue Assist other agency, 145 Street East and Clayton Avenue Suspicious activity, 13900 block of Belmont Tr. Theft, other property, value $500 to $1000, 2900 block of 145 St. W. Civil matter, 2800 block of Upper 138 St. W. Juvenile, 3300 block of 147 St.
Some of the students who will graduate from Rosemount High School this weekend have lived in the same house their entire lives. The last couple of years, Alexa Hanson would have been happy to stay in the same place for a couple of months. Hanson, who is scheduled to graduate June 1 as part of the RHS class of 2013, grew up traveling. She was born in Duluth, then moved to Shakopee as a kindergartener.
This week's Pet of the Week is an 8 year old dachsund-cross female. This dog is incredibly sweet and quiet. Employees at Farmington Veterinary Clinic suspect she was a breeding dog. Previous to the pet hospital where she has been since Wednesday, she was at the pound, where they estimate she was for about three weeks. She is now spayed and is up to date on all of her vaccinations. 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 .
The Rosemount High School class of 2013 will celebrate after its graduation ceremony with a party put on by volunteers. As they head back to the high school one last time for their class party, they will also be asked to donate goods for the local food shelf. The senior party is a tradition at RHS, but it has been kicked up a notch this year by adding in a food drive. Planning the party and the food drive simultaneously takes many hands.
If the members of Rosemount High School's site council are good salespeople, Irish football games, plays and other school events might soon start showing up on television. Thanks to a deal with fiber-optic provider Fiber to the Home, if parents can sell enough subscriptions and upgrades RHS could soon have a fiber connection between its school building its stadium and a television channel on which to start broadcasting. Site council president Becky Busho said the school-to-stadium fiber connection was on the group's wish list for fundraising projects.
At least among local legislators, how you feel about the Minnesota Legislative session that ended last week might have a lot to do with the side of the aisle on which you sit. It's the kind of thing that can happen when one party has a majority in both the Senate and the House. Sen. Greg Clausen, a Democrat who represents Rosemount and Apple Valley, said he felt "pretty good" about the way things went. The first-term Senator was the chief author of 22 bills, and 15 got signed into law.
One of my favorite weekends of the year is upon us. On June 1-2, thousands of joyful children - spread across 13 blocks of downtown Saint Paul - will experience the wonder of international performing arts at little or no cost to parents. Flint Hills Resources is proud to partner with the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts to bring the Flint Hills International Children's Festival to our community for the 13th consecutive year. In 2001 the Ordway and Flint Hills Resources set out to create one of the country's first international children's festivals.
A few weeks ago, I was bemoaning the fact it was Labor Day. Lo and behold! It's now Memorial Day weekend. My favorite weekend, beyond a doubt! I have fond childhood memories for this holiday weekend. I remember there was always a parade and a carnival at a place in my town we called "The Athletic Field." School had ended by then, and it was the kick-off to summer vacation. It was awesome. Now? We still go to school for nine days after the holiday weekend has come and gone. Next year, we end on June 12.