Last week, former local Republican chairperson Faye Hatch attacked State Rep. Anne Claflin for not supporting funding to clean up a landfill in Anoka County. The reality? Anne Claflin is a co-sponsor of HF 233. This bill provides $6 million to clean up the landfill. That bill was merged into a capital investment bill which Claflin recently voted for.
The Phipps Children's Theater will hold auditions for area students in grades 7-9 for "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr." on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 18 and 19, from 6-8 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. Actors may schedule an audition time by going to ThePhipps.org.
Newly elected state Rep. Steve Sandell, along with other Democrats promised to fight hard to protect Minnesota's water but just last week he voted against cleaning up a closed landfill in another part of the metro. The landfill in Anoka is on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's priority list of more than 100 landfills that require clean up.
Minnesota's Sen. Susan Kent and Rep. Steve Sandell are in support of closing the "gun show loophole" by requiring all gun sales be subject to a background check. Sounds good, right? Well as always, the devil is in the details. House bill HF08, cosponsored Sandell, does a little more than what is reported by the media. Let's go through some of the changes in this proposed legislation.
The Hudson Hot Air Affair kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, with the Hot Air Affair Torchlight Parade. The parade starts at the Wells Fargo parking lot and travels down Second Street, turning down Walnut Street and ends at the Hudson Arch. It may be short, but the parade is packed full of fun. With blasts of flames from the balloon units to help warm the crowd, spectators will see marching kazoo bands and "Pirates Fly'n the Croix-ribbean" themed parade units. Immediately after the parade there is a fireworks display at Lakefront Park sponsored by Andersen Corporation.
Climate change due to human activity has become a well-accepted phenomenon among climate scientists. Now the debate among scientists has shifted to how severe the consequences will be, and how long before human society will collapse if nothing is done.
In the fall of 2018, District 622 began the exciting work of renovating and adding onto Castle Elementary in Oakdale and Richardson Elementary in North St. Paul. With Phase I of the facilities plan underway, we are looking ahead to Phase II. Almost all of the buildings in District 622 are over 50 years old, and most have not ever had a comprehensive renovation. As we look to renovate old buildings, our priorities include safe and secure schools, innovative learning spaces, and comfortable and healthy learning environments.
"The Jazz Age" is an original show produced and written by The Phipps Dance Theater and Jeff Iblings, with a cast of 17 dancers and actors, choreographers Regan Saunders and Talya Dozois, choreographer and performer Christina Leines, and artistic director, choreographer and performer Mackenzie Heisler. Performances will be given Jan. 11-20 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Everyone is a suspect when the lead dancer of "The Jazz Age" is gunned down in her changing room.
Health care is undoubtedly the No. 1 concern for Minnesota residents. We're worried about our coverage, affordability and accessibility — all of which were major focuses during the election. So, it's concerning that there is renewed interest in a legislative proposal that could disrupt our health care system, increase costs and jeopardize access to care.
Auditions are open to area students in grades 10-12 for The Phipps Children's Theater production of Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka Jr." Thursday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 14, from 4-7 p.m. each day, with callbacks on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 1-4 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.