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Spartans reclaim title

Tony Fragnito/Review

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


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.

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

submitted photo

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.


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

photos by Luke Reiter/Review

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.


SSP resident teaches ‘clean eating’ success

Carisa Rasmussen (submitted photo)

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.


Alyssa Trejo of West Saint Paul promoted to Cadet Colonel

Alyssa Trejo of West Saint Paul, class of 2014, has been promoted to the highest triple diamond rank of Cadet Colonel of the Cretin-Derham Hall JROTC at their diamond promotion ceremony on Oct. 25.


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