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A recent 833 school district change will implement a removal of class rankings at East Ridge, Park and Woodbury high schools. The purpose for this change is to prevent the ranking system from negatively affecting any senior high school student during the college admission process.
Thanks to Amber Kispert-Smith for highlighting the importance of protecting animals from trapping ("An end to trapping in Afton?"; June 12). Animals caught in barbaric leghold traps and snares suffer immensely from their injuries, long periods of distress, and ultimately a sad death. Archaic killing methods such as suffocation, drowning and chest crushing are widely used today -- methods that, in fact, would be considered a felony offense in some states if inflicted intentionally upon domestic cats or dogs.
Woodbury's Mike Myers capped an impressive high school golf career at the 2013 Class AAA state tournament last week. Myers, a senior at Woodbury High School, finished in a six-way tie for 54th place out of 88 golfers at the state tourney, shooting a two-day 163 at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids. Myers' first state tournament appearance included a 79 on the first day and an 84 on the second day on the par-72 course. Chanhassen senior Cody Seal won the state title with a 143. Seal shot a 73 on the first day and a 70 on day two.
East Ridge center J.C. Hassenauer has committed to play football for the Alabama Crimson Tide. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound lineman chose the defending national champion's scholarship offer over the University of Minnesota and Vanderbilt. Following a stellar junior season for the Raptors, Hassenauer was the offensive line MVP at three combines this spring: the Adidas combine in Detroit, the Nike combine in Memphis, and the Rivals.com combine in Chicago. He worked out in Tuscolusca this past weekend for Alabama coaches before committing on Monday.
Four years ago, Brady Hanson and his golf coach Bret Brookins talked about trying to win a state championship someday. Last week, he nearly made it happen. Hanson, a senior at East Ridge, finished in a tie for second place at the Class AAA state tournament, shooting a two-day 146 at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids. "We made it our goal to win state," Hanson said. "Even though I didn't do that, it feels good to come really close. I knew if I worked hard and put in the effort I could possibly do it.
The Woodbury Blue American Legion baseball team bounced back from a pair of losses Sunday against Forest Lake in a big way Monday with a 15-hit outburst in a 12-2, six-inning rout of East Ridge in Woodbury. Quinten Strub and Ryan Scanlon each drove in three runs for Woodbury Blue (3-4) while David Stickels went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs. Woodbury Blue starter Nick Bentley made his first American Legion start and turned in a solid start by giving up just two runs on six hits in six innings. "We haven't been taking very good at-bats, swinging at pitches out of the zone," Woodbury Blue
The Woodbury Area American Legion baseball team fended off a late rally from East Ridge Thursday to hang on for a 4-3 victory at East Ridge High School. Built mainly of players from New Life Academy and playing Legion baseball for the first time this summer, Woodbury Area built a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, but East Ridge scored two runs and had runners on second and third with two outs before Woodbury got a fly ball to end the game. East Ridge got three consecutive hits with one out in the seventh with catcher Luke Ringhofer driving in a run.
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.