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School is now out for summer vacation and we seem to have detours in several parts of our city. There will be kids walking, biking, skateboarding, playing on or near already crowded roadways that are now under construction and this could have a poor outcome if drivers are distracted or in a hurry. We have to get to work on time, but do we have to answer that last email so that we're rushing? We have to drop the kids at daycare or a summer program, but do we allow the morning to become harried and hurried so that we're running late?
As I watched this legislation discuss a "Bullying Bill" I asked myself, "Why would a school need someone to come up with a bill for them on how to control bullying?" When you decide to work in the education profession are you not aware part of childhood has always been bullying each other? Are you not aware what values and morals a child will need to be taught while they go through the school day on how to treat each other? We don't need a "Bully Bill" -- we need schools to go back to old fashion having rules in place and mandating all children obey them.
I am proud of the work that was accomplished during my first term as state representative. Minnesota has been in an ongoing cycle of budget deficits for the last decade, due to one-time money, spending shifts and gimmicks. This session, we delivered an honest solution to fund Minnesota's priorities and close the $627 million budget deficit. Our budget puts an end to these gimmicks to put our state on stable financial footing into the future. This year has been "the education session" and we are making major reforms and investments in our schools.
On May 28 three recent graduates of local high schools described their experience gaining admission to America's most selective universities before a packed lecture hall at Woodbury High School. Kevin Ig-Izevbekhai is a 2012 graduate of East Ridge High School and now a sophomore pre-med major at Yale University. Ashley Longseth is a 2009 graduate of Park High School and senior economics major at Wellesley College.
Woodbury, as we now know it, didn't exist in 1985. The retail shopping Woodbury is now known for was limited, as was population in the little east metro city of about 15,000. That was what the community looked like when David Jessup arrived here as Woodbury's first city engineer. Then came the boom of the 1990s and the development that ensued -- both residential and commercial.
Afton's city administrator is looking for work in a nearby Washington County community. Ron Moorse, who was hired on full-time as Afton's top administrator in September 2012, is one of four finalists for a similar job in Bayport. Dave Unmecht, a search consultant for Bayport, confirmed Moorse is a finalist for Bayport's city administrator job.
Afton Planning Commission approves chicken ordinance amendments Afton's chicken ordinance could be receiving some tweaks. Afton Planning Commission voted during its June 3 meeting to recommend approval of three amendments to the city's ordinance regulating the keeping of chickens on parcels with less than five acres. Commissioner Kris Kopitzke, serving as chairman during last week's meeting, cast the only "no" vote following a public hearing on the amendments. "It's just little tweakings of the ordinance," he said. "On principle, I don't like to see us doing this constantly.
The man accused of holding a group of people hostage in 2012 during a deadly night at Woodbury's Red Roof Inn will spend at least 24 years in prison under a plea agreement reached Thursday. Demetrius Santreell Ballinger, 26, pleaded guilty to five counts, including criminal sexual conduct and attempted murder.
Police were called May 28 to the 1000 block of Briar Glen Lane for an anonymous report of juveniles beating on a wagon with sticks. Police found kids playing in a garage. "No beat up wagons visible," the report states. Police responded May 28 to Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, for a report of a shoplifter fleeing. An officer stopped a vehicle the suspect was in on Interstate 94, where stolen items were recovered. During the stop, a woman in the vehicle had a medical emergency that required her to be hospitalized.
Major outdoor sporting goods retailer Cabela's has submitted an application to build an 85,000 square foot store south of Interstate 94 and west of Radio Drive in Woodbury. Foundation work is expected to begin soon, now that a grading permit has been requested and is expected to be approved by City Council Wednesday, June 12. Store officials hope to get a head start on road alignment work so that it doesn't interfere with building construction schedule, Community Development Director Dwight Picha said.