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The bags are piling up at the Cottage Grove home of Emma Malicki. One-gallon Ziplocs bulge with miniature bottles of shampoo, body wash and deodorant, along with toothbrushes and other personal hygiene products. The kits, known as "hygiene bags," will be distributed to homeless veterans. Malicki, 11, began collecting the items through American Legion Post 98 in St. Paul Park, where she volunteers. "It all started because my Grandpa (Daniel Mogren) is a veteran," she said. "That's how I got into doing it."
Saturday's Marketplace of Learning bazaar at Cottage Grove Middle School drew over 200 people who took classes in painting, yoga and cooking. District 833 Community Education rebranded the semi-annual event last fall. It used to be called Gentle Saturday, but staff member Joshua Chilton said the name confused some people into thinking that the courses were only for senior citizens.
Three people were transported to the hospital, one with burns, following a fire in St. Paul Park Tuesday.
Two teams from New Life Academy took first place in a competition that was modeled on the television series "Shark Tank." Eight teams participated in the contest, which took place at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. The teams, representing four private schools across the Twin Cities, pitched their business concept to a panel of judges, or "sharks," in January.
District 833 isn't likely to change its school calendar, despite "snow day forgiveness" legislation that Gov. Tim Walz is expected to sign into law. Superintendent Keith Jacobus briefed members of the South Washington County School Board at its March 28 meeting. The compromise bill that passed the Minnesota House and Senate would give school boards the discretion of counting instructional days that were canceled because of concerns for health and safety.
Former Minnesota Wild player Wes Walz read to fifth-graders March 26 at Middleton Elementary School. Walz read the books "NHL Mascots & Friends" and "Brady Brady and the Missed Hatrick." He also answered questions and signed autographs for students in Barb Gustafson's class.
A house fire in Woodbury early Tuesday left one man dead, despite a neighbor’s rescue attempt, Woodbury Police Commander John Altman said. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office identified the man as Eddie L. Woodson, 65. Altman said fire and police personnel responded about 6:19 a.m. to a report of a fire at 397 Meadow Lane.
WOODBURY — The Lake Middle School math team posted a strong finish at the MathCounts State competition March 8-9 at the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth. The team — Justin Luan, Arul Banerjea, Ivy Lin and Kevin Song — finished eighth out of 29 teams. Luan finished seventh out of 132 competitors in the written competition and placed second in the countdown round. The problems consisted primarily of geometry and algebra, he said. During the sprint round, students had to answer 30 math questions in 40 minutes, using only a pencil and scratch paper.
COTTAGE GROVE — She posted a Minnesota welcome to Michelle Obama — not on social media, but with an honest-to-goodness poster on the garage of her Cottage Grove home.
Got snacks? Many kids don't. First-world problem, some might say. Three girls in Woodbury Scout Troop 55128 discovered otherwise. "Kids are given breakfasts and lunches, but there's a time in between that they don't have food and they're hungry," said Girl Scout Lila Youngdahl, a ninth-grader at East Ridge High School. "In elementary schools, there's a designated time for snacks and sometimes when they don't have snacks, they feel left out."