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Students who are now 10th and 11th-graders at East Ridge and Woodbury high schools would be allowed to transfer to Park High School next year to enroll in the International Baccalaureate academic program if a new school transfer policy is approved at the Nov.
When school started this year, there was a problem with buses arriving up to 20 minutes late to pick up elementary school students on afternoon runs. Superintendent Mark Porter told the school board, at a workshop meeting on Oct. 22, that he hoped the situation would resolve itself when students got used to finding their buses more quickly. The late-bus problem has not gone away, according to Transportation Director Gary Dechaine. Dechaine said he made a mistake in calculating the time buses need to take kids home from middle schools.
Halloween is the second biggest holiday for retailers in the nation, after Christmas, and the owner of Woodbury retailer Spirit Halloween said hot costumes this year include "Alice in Wonderland" characters, "Toy Story" characters and Michael Jackson. Store owners Richard and Val Cohn, who own four more stores across the Twin Cities, are in business for six weeks a year. The remainder of the year is spent traveling, and 2010 will find them in Egypt. The business has grown a lot since the couple opened their first store in Eden Prairie 17 years ago.
From pop and snack machines to referendums, candidates running for four seats on the District 833 school board weighed in on various issues at a candidates forum on Tuesday night, Oct. 13. The candidates that participated were Alberder Gillespie, David Kemper, Laurie Johnson and Edward Nowak, from Woodbury; Katy McElwee-Stevens of Newport; and Walt Lyzsak and Tracy Brunnette of Cottage Grove. The forum, held by the Woodbury and Cottage Grove League of Women Voters was held at St.
Last week's fashion show is just one of many "firsts" at East Ridge High School with the school opening this fall. Opening without seniors, homecoming was replaced with "Spirit Week." Homecoming royalty was replaced with Dale Hoeffel as "spirit girl" and Dylan Eike as "spirit boy" who, with matching outfits in East Ridge colors, were part of the fashion show held in The Loft auditorium. Participants wore a wide variety of outfits they individually put together. Models also showed what they were wearing with moves that might be seen on Dancing With the Stars or at a rock concert.
Frank Femling was doing carpentry work when he came home one day in 1989 and asked his wife, Cindy, if she would like to own an apple orchard. She said she would and the couple bought a 119-acre orchard in Denmark Township that became Afton Apple. Their daughter, Sarah, 23, said she's seen pictures of the orchard when her parents first bought it. It was run down and needed a lot of work, she said. Twenty years, and with three kids, the orchard, one of six in the Lower St. Croix Valley, offers apples for picking. Sarah has many childhood memories around the orchard.
At the start of this school year at East Ridge High School, everyone is in the same boat because everyone is new, 10th-grader Emily Scovill said during lunch. East Ridge students say they agree on a few things about the school: it's very big, there are fewer people than in the junior high schools they attended last year and they "have to run" to get to some classes, said student Megan Plourde. For the first time since Woodbury opened in 1975, students from Woodbury and Cottage Grove are in the same high school along with kids from Newport. Plourde, of Woodbury, said kids from other communit
No cases of H1N1 flu have been reported in School District 833, but flu and colds caused an increase in absences last week, according to Scott Brownell, district safety and emergency planning manager. On Tuesday, Sept.