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Travis Dorf, a senior East Ridge High School, signed a Letter of Intent last week to attend Concordia University in St. Paul and continue his passion for playing golf. Dorf has been a varsity player for the Raptors for three years. Last season, he qualified for the state tournament as an individual, placing 42nd overall. "Travis has developed into a leader and top golfer for East Ridge," East Ridge head boys golf coach Bret Brookins said. "It's been a pleasure to have him on the team and watching him continue to grow into a college caliber golfer.
Last Saturday, the New Life Academy softball team made hay while the sun shined. The Eagles finally got to play outside and made the most of it by picking up a nice early season tournament win by defeating Class AAA school North Branch 3-1 and Class AA school Zimmerman 8-1. The wins improved New Life's record to 3-2 on the year. This year, New Life Academy - which won four Class A state championships in a row between 2008 and 2011 - is hoping to reach its eight-straight state tournament, which would tie Winona Cotter for the most consecutive state tournament appearances in state history. T
Afton chicken ordinance revised Afton City Council took a second look at its ordinance to allow for chickens on properties smaller than five acres during its April 16 meeting. City Council approved two amendments to the ordinance. In November 2011, City Council approved an ordinance allowing up to five chickens on a half-acre parcel. For every additional half acre, another five chickens will be allowed.
Too frequently we read letters in these pages about all that is wrong with government. Today I want to write about something good that is being done by Sen. Susan Kent. She is fighting to see to it that kids get effective teachers. As a parent, (and now grandparent), I know the impact that a great teacher can have on students. They both inspire students and can change their lives. That is why kids need great teachers every year. Sen. Kent is fighting to make sure all of our kids get good teachers.
Gerald Scherbel ("Gay marriage could lead to slippery slope", April 17) claims the only legitimate marriages are those which produce children the "natural" way. Who knew there was a fertility requirement for marriage in Minnesota? I guess adoptive parents have marriages which are less than "ideal" and, as a 62-year-old widow no longer capable of bearing children, I'll need to forget my plans to remarry! As for changing "10,000 years of historical fact," it seems in Mr.
Many social scientists are interested in a phenomenon called "resiliency." Resiliency is experienced by most of us in how flexible or hardy we are, how pliant, tough or quick to recover we are from the difficulties we face.
Mr. Scherbel added his two cents to the same sex marriage conversation in the latest Bulletin. Anyone that follows the letters to the editor may recognize my name and know that I have written before in defense of families like mine. I agree with Mr. Scherbel that what goes on behind closed doors between adults is none of his business nor is it mine. Nor should it be the business of the government. Mr. Scherbel argues marriage is historical fact going back 10,000 years. Trying to find a start date for historical marriage is tricky.
I read your editorial on the issue of mother-in-law apartments in Afton. When you write "In this day and age when health care becomes evermore costly and unwieldy, and families are forced to make hard decisions" you are precisely correct. The purpose of these discussions was to facilitate multi-generational living, not to "put up additional roadblocks" as you mention.
This past week brought events that won't soon be forgotten. Unprecedented horror in the streets of Boston was followed by a seismic explosion in West, Texas. But before the smoke even cleared, we also saw the emergence of people charging in to help: volunteers. They were people who acted under no obligation other than what was in their hearts to help. It's worth noting these valiant, selfless acts of aid fell during the month of April, which is National Volunteer Month. Locally, we witnessed the recognition of others who give of their time without pay during a ceremony in Lake Elmo.
A resident in the 1200 block of Paddock Trail reported April 9 that the family's canoe had been stolen from under the deck at their home. Loss: $300. Workers at BP, 1569 Woodlane Drive, reported April 10 that a customer got upset inside the convenience store over a rewards program and left, squealing his vehicle's tires. Police spoke with the man by phone. He said he wasn't upset and had peeled out accidentally due to his vehicle's manual transmission.