A final decision won't come for another couple of months, but the District 196 School Board has reserved the option to ask voters to approve an operating levy when they go to the polls in November. Board members voted unanimously Monday to declare their intent to put a levy on the ballot. The vote was a reaction to a proposal in the state's Omnibus Education Bill that would require school districts to declare in advance whether they plan to ask voters for extra money.
Last weekend, my mom found some old photos and gave them to me to go through. I went through them and found pictures of my best friend Ericka and me from when we were around 8 years old. As I was going through all of them, I realized that ever since I started school, I have never moved. I've never had to go through the process of meeting new friends. I've just been going to school with the same people since I was 6 years old. Although I am now a junior, I can still tell you which students from my grade at the high school attended my elementary school.
We hear again and again that we often don't get it. We don't know what it's like to be our students. Regardless of the fact we were their age once, we just don't get what it's like to be their age today. Consequently, I thought I'd ask them. In today's world, what is one of the toughest parts of being your age? I asked this question of my freshmen. Here is a cross-section of their responses. "From the Mouths of Babes," ladies and gentlemen. "No one trusts the teenager. Everyone believes that all teenagers are reckless and carefree.
Last week, when I called my son to ask where and how I could (legally) place a bet on the Kentucky Derby, he said he might meet a friend at the track in Shakopee on race day and, if he did, he would gladly place my wager. I know, I know. You're going to remind me of the pact my husband and I made to never gamble again.
50 years ago From the May 9, 1963 edition of the Dakota County Tribune 2 escape in caboose wreck A Sun-Kink, which is a sharp curve caused by heat expansion, was believed the cause of a caboose accident Monday in which two men from Manly, Iowa, escaped serious injury. It happened as Rock Island Train 67 was southbound, rounding a curve, about a mile north of Farmington. The four-unit diesel-powered train pulled about 100 cars. The caboose was derailed and finally came to rest at a sharp angle.
It's been two months now since we combined the two newspapers we produce in this office. That's 10 issues and counting of combined Farmington and Rosemount news, and one comment we have heard multiple times from our readers. "There's too much Rosemount news," the Farmington readers complain on one day. "There's too much in there about Farmington," the group from Rosemount says the next. It's like those old Reese's Peanut Butter Cup commercials, only without the part where everyone realizes two great things can be even better together. This all tells me a couple of important things.
When Greg Clausen was principal of Rosemount High School it was his job to make sure Rosemount students got a good education. Clausen is retired now, serving his first term as a Minnesota Senator, but he's still helping Rosemount students where he can. He has had two interns this year at the capitol, and both are Rosemount High School graduates. The interns, Emma Zschunke and Christina Zilhart, are both political science majors at the University of Minnesota. Neither Zschunke nor Zilhart was a student at RHS when Clausen was principal there, but he's familiar with both families.
This week's Pet of the Week is Alfred, a 2- to 4-year-old Schnoodle, or schnauzer poodle mix. Alfred was found as a stray. Somebody loved him because he has recently been groomed. However, he's not been claimed and is up for adoption. Alfred is shy and timid but a sweet guy. For more information call Shamrock Animal Hospital at 651-423-3565..
Spend a couple of minutes with the members of Diamond Path Elementary School's Squishy Flaming Dictionaries and you realize the biggest challenge of their Destination Imagination competition might have been the fact they weren't allowed to speak while carrying it out. This is a chatty group of fourth graders. It's also a pretty creative group. And talented enough to earn a trip to this month's global finals at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Food drives don't get much easier than the one that will take place this weekend in Farmington, Rosemount and cities all across the country. Depending on where your mailbox is, you might not even have to leave your house. The impact can be significant, though. Each year mail carriers in Farmington and Rosemount collect thousands of pounds of food. All of it goes to food shelves in those cities. Which means it helps local families who are going through a tough time. The idea behind the postal food drive is brilliant in its simplicity.