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Recently District 833 announced the plan to discontinue class ranking. Beginning next year, East Ridge, Park and Woodbury high schools will no longer report student ranking, "unless there is an unlikely event in which not doing so puts our students at a disadvantage." The decision was made by the district's secondary school principals. I was surprised and disappointed by the decision.
Randy Melbourne, please move over. East Ridge senior Nate Roese broke Melbourne's 20-year-old Minnesota all-time record in the 400-meter dash to win a second state championship in the event at the Class AA state track and field meet, held Saturday, June 8, at Hamline University in St. Paul. Roese, the defending state champion in the 400, sprinted to a time of 47.56 seconds in the finals, edging Melbourne's time of 47.59 when he ran for Minneapolis Washburn back in 1993.
Woodbury senior Johnathan Osifuye leapt into the record books to become the Royals' first-ever individual state title winner Saturday at the Class AA state track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. Osifuye's jump of 22 feet, 3 inches in the preliminaries of the long jump held up as the best jump of the day and crowned him as the state champion. "I never would have thought about this a couple of years ago," Osifuye said.
It has been an incredibly emotional period for many of us in the Stillwater Area Public Schools' community. In a few short days we've celebrated with hundreds of our young people as they prepare for the next exciting stage of their lives, and we've cried as a school family as we've said goodbye to an inspirational young man who left us far too soon.
Sen. Susan Kent along with other legislators ran on a platform they were going to pay back the school shift. The school shift suddenly was not important to pay back at the end of the session. Besides not paying back the school shift, they added more money to the budget to pay the schools. Does anyone really believe this money is going to improve the schools? Does Sen. Kent believe we have a balanced budget, even though the school district has not been paid back? Karen Bauman - Woodbury
You thought there was a big crowd last weekend at East Ridge High School for graduation? Just you wait. On Friday evening, the school's football stadium will fill with scores of people dedicated to fighting cancer. They will be part of the Relay for Life of South Washington County -- an event that raises money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. The event commemorates those who have survived cancer, as well as those who have lost the battle. Both sides of the battle will be honored during Relay's moving Luminaria ceremony, where illuminated bags encircle the stadium's track.
A Woodbury woman is accused by Washington County prosecutors of posing as the bait that led to a home invasion in Lakeland Shores. Michelle Ann Roach, 27, allegedly sent a text to a man in April indicating she wanted to stay at his house for the night. The man agreed, but when Roach arrived, she allegedly brought two men in tow who robbed the Lakeland Shores man and beat him, leaving him with a golf ball-sized lump on his head and sore ribs. Roach was charged with one count of aiding and abetting first-degree robbery.
The New Life Academy softball team is back where it's used to being. The Eagles earned a trip to the Class A state championship with a 6-4 win over Eden-Valley Watkins in the semifinals on Thursday afternoon. New Life (18-3) scored twice in the bottom of the first to take the lead before Eden Valley tied it up with two in the top of the fourth. New Life, ranked second in Class A, struck again in the fifth plating four runs off four hits. All six runs New Life scored in the game were unearned.
An Afton man was killed Wednesday in a boat crash on the St. Croix River. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, David Joseph Riley, 40, was killed and two others were injured in the crash. The two people injured were identified as Patrick Anthony Puhalla, 46, Bayport, and Daniel Michael Schultz, 55, Hudson. They were hospitalized with "undetermined injuries," according to authorities. The sheriff's report said Puhalla apparently was the owner and operator of the boat when it smashed into a rock face north of the Kinnickinnic State Park beach on the Wisconsin side of the St.
Passengers were back on their way to Chicago around 2 p.m. Thursday -- about a half hour after a bomb scare aboard the bus they were on was pulled over in Woodbury led to a temporary evacuation of the vehicle. Minnesota State Patrol Lt.