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.
50 years ago From the May 23, 1963 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Newcomers victorious in some school districts Contests in most of the area school elections brought out a heavier number of voters than normal Tuesday. In more than half of the districts covered, one newcomer defeated an incumbent, another indication of keen interest in the makeup of the school boards.... Farmington Farmington voters returned both incumbents to their posts on the Farmington School Board in Tuesday's election.
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.
Jennifer Mike and Jacob Rhein have announced their engagement. Jennifer is the daughter of Joseph and Barbara Mike of Inver Grove Heights. She is a 2005 graduate of Rosemount High School. Jacob is the son of Scott and Lisa Rhein of Elko New Market. A Sept. 27, 2013 wedding is planned at the Church of St.Joseph in Rosemount.
Keeton Daniel Buerkle was born May 11, 2013, to Jessica Fritz and Nathan Buerkle. Keeton was 20 1/2 inches long and weighed 6 pounds, 13.7 ounces at birth. He is joined at home by siblings Katie Marie and Nathan M. Buerkle. Grandparents are Pam and Gary Buerkle, Becky Fritz and Donald Brendalen, all of Rosemount.
A friend posted a question on Facebook. A woodchuck took up residence under a shed in her yard. She asked how she could get it to move on. I had just the solution. A couple of weeks ago, I complained to another friend about the influx of critters on my deck. She advised me to write a column about it. I did but didn't add the part that made my friend laugh. It pertained to a situation at my old house, not to the unwanted squirrels and raccoon that currently have me flummoxed. Our former house had a big yard with a wooded area behind it. My husband cleared an area for a deer feeder.
Parents in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District who are interested in becoming involved in curriculum matters can apply for membership on the district's Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Council. Applications will be accepted through May 31 for four elementary school parent positions, one middle school parent position and three high school parent positions that will be open at the end of the current school year. The terms are for three years beginning in July 2013.
Josie Bungert will be an intern this summer at the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages. She is from Lakeville, where she grew up with her parents and three brothers. She is a 2010 graduate of Lakeville North High School. That is where she first became interested in journalism. She just completed her junior year at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. She is studying journalism and mass communication, with a double major in English. Josie is currently the editor in chief of Creighton's student newspaper, The Creightonian.
There have been a number of barge groundings, with the subsequent dredging, in the Mississippi River at Spring Lake Park. The U.S. Corps of Engineering is proposing to cut a new channel realignment of the river near the area to reduce the long-term costs of dredging the existing channel. Under state law Dakota County has been the responsible governmental unit for the preparation of the environmental assessment worksheet. At a recent meeting, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners transferred that designation to the Department of Natural Resources.
This week's Pet of the Week is a young adult female cat that came to Last Hope with an 8-week old baby, which has since been adopted. She has adopted two other kittens since being there as well. Staff at Farmington Veterinary Clinic believe this is the second set of babies that she has adopted as her own. She is a domesticated long hair, orange tabby that has all of her vaccinations and is looking for a good home. For more information about this cat, or other Last Hope animals, or about Last Hope call 651-463-8747 or visit www.last-hope.org .