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Cutting all county funding for 4-H, as is proposed, would stop members from being in fairs and events beyond local clubs. But the county could cut some funding and still maintain an active program, said 4-H regional director Pat Morreim. County commissioners are considering cutting $131,000 in funding for two full-time 4-H coordinator positions when the county's contract with the University of Minnesota's Extension Services is up in July due to a projected 2009 budget shortfall.
With a Budget Adjustment Task Force recommendation for $5.8 million in budget cuts for 2009-2010 in hand, school board chair Ron Kath and member Leslee Boyd want to explore cutting $6.3 million. Board members Tracy Brunnette and Denise Kapler want the public to take a look at a suggested list of cuts of more than $10 million that never made it to the final task force recommendation. The board will discuss and make budget cuts at the March 26 meeting. The board got three lists from the task force.
Gary and Lisa Lehmann knew their son, Tyler, was bright. He read "Harry Potter" before entering first grade. But he didn't like school and didn't participate in class. That changed, though after he was admitted to the Gateway Program for profoundly gifted students at Royal Oaks Elementary School. He began to feel more comfortable with students who are also gifted and can now read in front of his class, Lisa told the District 833 School Board at a workshop meeting, Feb.
Real-estate agents are moving out of the Coldwell Banker Burnet building at 7350 80th St. in Cottage Grove. Most have already moved to the office at 7645 Currell Blvd. in Woodbury, and a few are choosing to office out of their homes, said agent Lance Berwald. The move will help the company stay viable in a tough economy, but also reflects a new philosophy of going to the customer, Berwald said. "It's not about large brick and mortar buildings anymore," he said.
After Cottage Grove resident Rebecca Eckes learned that getting a hysterectomy might help stop the stomach pains she'd been enduring, she spent a year and a half thinking about whether she really wanted to have the surgery. She asked "doctor after doctor" about the pros and cons of the surgery for her, getting second and third opinions, she said. Even on the day of the surgery, Jan.
The task force charged with suggesting $7.5 million worth of cuts from the 2009-2010 School District 833 budget started work Feb.
School District 833 has released the full list of when specific schools would start under various plans under consideration by its start time committee. The start times for the district's schools are slated to change when East Ridge High School opens in fall of 2009. To give feedback on the plans, click on the link to the online start time survey, or attend a dialogue session. The sessions are from 6:30 to 8 p.m Feb. 9 in the Park High School cafeteria and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb.
A Cottage Grove man was charged Friday for allegedly smashing a family member's car into the front door of a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Paul, according to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office. Matthew L. Derosia, 32, is scheduled to appear Friday afternoon on charges of two felony counts of first-degree criminal damage to property. According to the Ramsey County District Court Complaint, police were called to the clinic, located at 1965 Ford Parkway, at 7:49 a.m.
"Superheroes" such as Superman, Spiderman and a bunch of Transformers went to camp at the Woodbury High School Activity Center last Saturday. School District 833 Community Education hosted its first "Super Hero Training Camp" Jan. 17, for elementary school-age boys and their mothers. Some of the young heroes came with aunts, friends and grandmothers. "My kids are in a lot of activities," said Cathy Budzyn who is the mother of Luke and Will. "I've never seen them so excited about coming to any other event," she said. Luke was a Power Ranger and Will was Commander Cully.
The sky is not falling, Superintendent Tom Nelson told the District 833 School Board at its Jan. 8 workshop. The district is "in good shape" but will be in better condition in upcoming years if it curbs spending now, he said. He recommended the board increase class sizes by an average of one-half student at all grade levels.