‘Buzzard Ball’ puts seniors onstage

Vultures and Vulturettes Brian Joyce, Christine Dornbusch, Michael Oslund (back), Eric Wood, Annie Zimbel, Janet Mondloh, Stu Naber (center), Jerry Hoffman, Judy Hoffman, Mikel Clifford, Shannon Kennedy (front), Helen Donnay (sitting). (submitted photos)

Vultures Brian Joyce and Michael Oslund (top), Eric Wood and Stu Naber (middle), Jerry Hoffman and Shannon Kennedy (bottom).

The senior softball team “The Vultures” are determined to end their three-season losing streak.

Local talent fuels ensemble comedy
There seems to be plenty of stage space for young thespians, from classroom skits to high-school plays and summer camps and programs.
What you don’t often find is a showcase for older actors -- the ones who have enough life experience to portray any character they’re playing to a “T” and are confident enough to push the portrayals to their comedic utmost.


St. Thomas Academy students keep watch over Rogers Lake

For years, students from St. Thomas Academy have kept a close eye on “their” lake.
The school overlooks Rogers Lake in Mendota Heights, and students in the environmental sciences class have been studying the water quality of Rogers Lake in Mendota Heights since 2001. Students collect samples from the lake every fall, analyze them with an array of laboratory tests and present their findings to the Mendota Heights City Council in the spring.


Ryan Leech nominated to U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Phillip Hanson to U.S. Air Force Academy

 Sen. Al Franken, DFL-Minn., announced he has nominated Ryan Leech of Mendota Heights for admission to the U.S.


Spartans reclaim title

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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


Visitation teacher wins top social studies award

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.


Wentworth Library buzzing with activity

An interesting art show features art sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation at the Wentworth Library in West St. Paul.

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Dakota County’s Wentworth Library has loads of books, daily newspapers, computers for kids and adults, plus more!

The weather outside may have been frightful, but it was warm and cozy inside the Wentworth Library in West St. Paul last week.


This won’t hurt a bit

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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 He


Scholarship gives firefighters new ways to save lives

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.


Snow not the only thing flying

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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.