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The East Ridge third-grade travelling basketball team recently won the championship at the Hastings tournament, defeating Eagan in the final game. Players pictured (from left) are Gavin Mestery, Kessler Griffen, Jack Gunderson, Cameron Walters, Sam Geissler, Nathan Cook, Lincoln Kopacek, Logan Tretter and Dayton Pletcher. Coaches (not pictured) are Brandon Walters, Chris Gunderson and Corey Kopacek. Submitted photo
Pawlenty says he won't run against Smith for U.S. Senate ST. PAUL — Former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will not run for the U.S. Senate in November. Pawlenty, who has been courted by numerous donors and influential Republicans to run for the seat formerly held by Al Franken, made his announcement Tuesday on the Fox Business Network.
Looking for a unique Valentine gift for your loved one or friends? Look no further than a Singing Valentine from the Croix Chordsmen. You may have seen them loaded into cars, dressed in fancy tuxedos, popping into businesses and homes to serenade unsuspecting Valentines.
Goaltending and a two-goal night by Tyler Johnson helped the East Ridge boys' hockey team defeat Stillwater 3-2 at Cottage Grove Ice Arena on Saturday, Jan. 13. Tomy Ogren made 29 saves on 31 shots to help East Ridge pull off the victory over the Ponies. Marco Troje also scored for the Raptors. The Raptors also dropped a home game to Owatonna at home on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Troje scored the lone goal for East Ridge. The Raptors are 6-8 overall this season, including 4-4 against Suburban East Conference teams. Park drops two SEC games
South Washington County Schools announced the following students have been nominated to represent their school for the MSHSL ExCEL award. ExCEL — Excellence in Community, Education, and Leadership — is a recognition program for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, show leadership qualities, volunteer in their communities and are model citizens. East Ridge High School
The Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks will host free snowshoe events at both parks in January. Kinnickinnic State Park: 1—3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 Willow River State Park: 1—3:30 pm. Saturday, Feb. 3 The Friends will provide snowshoes and basic instruction on how to snowshoe followed by a selection of short, guided snowshoe hikes. You will then have an opportunity to explore the park's snowshoe trails on your own. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Children accompanied by adults are welcome.
Allina Health announces restricted visitor guidelines for all hospitals Starting this month, Allina Health will implement restricted visitor guidelines to protect patients and staff due to influenza. The guidelines are: • Children under the age of 5 are asked not to visit patients. • Visitors to Mom Baby/Birth Center units may be screened for wellness and children under 5 will be screened for wellness before visiting. • Visitors who are sick should refrain from visiting patients in the hospital.
The Park girls' hockey team started 2018 with a victory over White Bear Lake at home on Saturday, Jan. 6. The Wolfpack scored twice in the second period and held on for a 3-2 victory. Heather Degler, Adie Stienke and Tori Michaud each scored once for the Wolfpack. Park is 7-8-1 this season and 4-4-1 in the Suburban East Conference.
The East Ridge boys' hockey team went 1-1 last week, dropping a 3-0 game against Cretin-Derham Hall but winning 4-0 against Mounds View. Marco Troje, Jack McVey, Tanner Stafne and Tyler Johnson each scored goals in the road win against Mounds View on Saturday, Jan. 6. Tomy Ogren made 19 saves in the shutout victory. East Ridge holds a record of 5-7 this season.
Study: Minn. second best state to raise a family ST. PAUL — As far as family friendliness goes, Minnesota is near the top in the nation, according to a study by a financial website. A study by WalletHub listed Minnesota as these second best place to raise a family, behind only Massachusetts..