Long-standing friends Sammie Hallgren, Kirsta Graf and Tessah Indlecoffer at the Winter Week pepfest on Jan. 31. (submitted photo)
Kirsta Graf is well known among her peers and the faculty at Mounds View High School (MVHS) for her exuberance, positive attitude and her unwavering commitment to her school. She is a Mustang mentor, a front desk greeter, a Young Life member and the girl’s basketball team manager.
Kirsta has Down syndrome, but she has never let that keep her from her passion for performing and inspiring others. The 18-year-old senior has had a love for the stage since she was a little girl. Her mother, Alicia Graf, says it all started in a first grade drama class when her daughter played a roll in the class’s performance of the Lion King.
Following a second public hearing on utility franchise fees on Monday, Feb. 24, the Arden Hills City Council made a unanimous decision to halt any further discussion of enacting the fees. Had it been implemented, the franchise fee agreement with Xcel Energy would have added $4.75 per month to city residents’ gas and electric bills -- a $3 flat rate for electricity and $1.75 for natural gas.
“I think we have heard loud and clear from the residents and we have had some good speakers for [franchise fees], but the vast majority have been against. The community does not want franchise fees,” council member Fran Holmes said.
The road to the final high school winter sports state tournament begins this week for the Bulletin-area girls basketball teams. All three teams face tough tasks in their respective section tournaments.
Overtime games seem to have become rather common at the girls state hockey tournament in recent years. Mounds View got in on the act twice at the state tournament last weekend.
The Mustangs went 1-1 in overtime games in the state tournament and ended up in sixth place when all was said and done.
An artist rendering of Turtle Lake Elementary School’s “A Playground for Everyone,” which will be the area’s first inclusive playground. The playground committee still needs donations to make the unique playground a reality.
The Turtle Lake Elementary “A Playground for Everyone” campaign has received a $5,000 challenge grant from the Shoreview Community Foundation. The challenge, launched on Feb. 1, will match new donations from individual Shoreview residents of up to $5,000 through April 1.
“The Turtle Lake Playground for Everyone will enrich our whole community for healthy recreation in an inclusive environment. We are pleased that these funds, donated by residents and businesses, will help move the project to completion and encourage members of the Shoreview community to support the campaign,” Shoreview Community Foundation Vice Chair Kent Peterson said in a written statement.
Bel Air Elementary in New Brighton celebrated Presidents’ Day on Feb. 20 with a musical event featuring what the students have learned about our United States presidents. (photo and video by Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)
Around 50 people braved ice-coated roadways on Saturday morning to attend a town hall meeting at the Roseville Public Library, hosted by State Representative Jason Isaacson, DFL-Shoreview, and State Senator Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada.
The District 42 lawmakers provided a preview of some of the issues being addressed this legislative session and discussed what their priorities would be, prior to opening up the floor for questions from constituents in the room.
The recent rash of auto break-ins in the Review and Bulletin coverage area prompts the need to re-issue standard, law enforcement reminders: a variety of bad guys want your stuff - ID thieves, addicts, or just run of the mill prowlers.
Mike Salter of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department, repeats their proven advice: “Hide it, close it, lock it and light it.”
Hide valuables in your trunk before arriving at your destination, or better yet, take them with you.
Submitted by aholmquist on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 5:46pm
At approximately 10:20 this morning officers from the New Brighton Department of Public Safety (NBDPS) were dispatched to the 2700 block of West County Road H for a report of an interrupted home burglary that had occurred 10 minutes prior.