Simley Spartans reclaim the Class AA wrestling title in dominant fashion. Downing Dawson-Boyd in the quarter finals 46-12, followed by a trouncing of last year’s state champion, Kasson Mantorville, they then turned in a solid performance against Scott West High School with a 33-21 victory.
Second-grade teacher Molly Hickok of Visitation School is being praised for her creativity and innovative teaching methods and activities. The Minnesota Council for the Social Studies recently named her the elementary teacher of the year. (Submitted photo)
Hickok recognized for ‘thinking outside the box’
A favorite teacher from Visitation School in Mendota Heights has received top honors from the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies.
Second-grade teacher Molly Hickok was recently named the 2014 Elementary School Teacher of the Year.
Sen. Al Franken, DFL-Minn., announced he has nominated Ryan Leech of Mendota Heights for admission to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and Phillip Hanson of Inver Grove Heights for admission to the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Leech is the son of Mike and Jill Leech, and Hanson is the son of Bill and Susan Hanson. If selected for admission, both would enter this summer.
Alecia Fitzgerald, daughter of Julie and Damon Fitzgerald of Inver Grove Heights, sutures a pig’s foot in a workshop entitled “Sew like a Surgeon” during STEM Day at Visitation School in Mendota Heights Feb. 1. Alecia was one of 96 students attending STEM Day, which is intended to encourage young women to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Don Axtman, son of Kay Hermann, posed with South Metro Fire Chief Mike Pott during a $25,000 donation to the department. (submitted photo)
Thanks to the family of former West St. Paul Firefighter Charlie Hermann, the South Metro Fire Department will have a better chance of saving lives from both fire and water.
Hermann, now deceased, served on the West St. Paul Fire Department from May 1953 to April 1977, but his legacy in the department will be remembered well into the future thanks to his $25,000 bequeathment.
According to Don Axtman, son of Charlie’s wife, Kay, Charlie was adamant the $25,000 donation should benefit the firefighters who comprise the department. In keeping with his wishes, department administrators decided to divide the donation into ten scholarships of $2,500 that firefighters can apply for on a yearly basis.
Neither snow, sleet nor near-freezing temperatures could stop an intrepid disc golf league from weekly play at the disc golf course in Inver Grove Height’s South Valley Park Dec. 4. Above, Kris Kapitan slipped off the gloves and zeroed in on the 18th basket. At right (from left to right), players Jason Taugtes, Kapitan, Cale Leiviska and Mitch Privette, and in front, avid fan Scarlett.
Since losing 80 pounds, South St. Paul resident Carisa Rasmussen has been spreading the word about “clean eating,” an eating philosophy that strives for eating food in its most natural, unprocessed state.
Her lifestyle is certainly healthy now, but this wasn’t always the case. Several years ago, she weighed 210 pounds.