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.
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.
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.
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.
April 29 Welfare check, 3600 block of 148 St. W. Dog barking, 3100 block of 145 St. W. Harassment, 3300 block of Chevelle Ct. N. Theft from yards, value less than $500, 15600 block of Darling Path Found bicycle, 160 Street West and Akron Avenue Accident, personal injury, 145 Street East and Akron Avenue Theft from vehicle, value less than $500, 4300 block of 145 St. E. DUI, third degree, refusal to submit to test, 14600 block of Robert Tr. S. April 30 Found bicycle, 14100 block of Brazil Ave. Animal bite, 3600 block of 152 St.
Mail carriers in Farmington and Rosemount hope to do a little more heavy lifting than usual on Saturday, and more picking up than they do in a typical day. Saturday is the 21st edition of the national letter carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. In addition to dropping off mail, carriers will spend their day picking up food donations left by residents. Residents should get paper grocery bags and more information about the drive in their mail this week. Farmington mail carrier Shane Hoff said the idea behind the food drive makes a lot of sense.