Every August, Minnesotans from across the state travel to the Minnesota State Fair. People come from all 87 counties of the state to participate in this wonderful event. It brings Minnesotans together like no other activity.
This annual event has been going on for more than 150 years. It was first held in 1859, and since then there have only been five years without the annual get together. The fair was not held in 1861 and 1862 due to the Civil War and Dakota Indian Conflict, in 1893 because of scheduling conflicts with the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, in 1945 due to war-time fuel shortages, and in 1946 due to a polio epidemic. The fair has been in the same location since 1885.
For several hard-fought seasons, the North High Polars have been on the threshold of the top Classic Suburban Conference volleyball standings.
But the Polars have just been unable to take the final step into the championship role. But that could change this fall.
The Hill-Murray High School boys cross country fortunes will be hinged on a few strong, experienced runners. Among them is Max Lokrantz, who is returning as the 2013 captain.
Lokrantz is a two-time All-Conference performer. He finished ninth in the Classic Suburban Conference in 2011 and moved up to the No. 5 spot a year ago.
The Hill-Murray High School girls cross country team finished fourth in the Classic Suburban Conference a year ago and is looking at moving up in the standings this season.
There are a couple of very good reasons for optimism. Coach Tim Ryan cited a pair of seniors who will be leaders as captains.
Community members turned out in droves to honor David John Riggs, a 20-year-old Tartan High School graduate who died Aug. 17 following a scooter crash in Oakdale days earlier.
Riggs’ girlfriend, Ciara Falzone, noted a vigil was held Aug. 19 outside of his family’s Oakdale home, where hundreds of community members came to pay their final respects.
“It was such an incredible outpouring of support,” Falzone said, adding that she and the Riggs family were immensely grateful for the entire community’s response following Riggs’ death.
From an early start in Roseville community and school theater, Aeysha Kinnunen has landed on the Guthrie Theater stage, as “Lydia” in “Pride and Prejudice.”
The “Pride and Prejudice” production, which runs through Aug. 31, stars Vincent Kartheiser from TV’s “Mad Men” as Mr. Darcy and Ashley Rose Montondo as the intelligent, spirited Elizabeth Bennett.
Under Joe Dowling’s direction, this “Pride and Prejudice” is definitely played for laughs, and Kinnunen, as Elizabeth’s twitter-pated and brazen younger sister, gets some of the biggest.
The football teams at Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy, thanks in large part to their well-organized conferences, avoid the scheduling issues that have plagued other teams in the state. Because of that, the Raiders and Beacons haven’t had to utilize the Zero Week scheduling exception.
Both teams play their first games this week. Here’s a look at each team leading up to their season openers.
With 15 returning letterwinners on the roster this season, the Roseville Area High School girls swimming and diving has a solid nucleus around which to build. High school swimming is a numbers game, however, and the Raiders’ numbers are small.
“A strong lead swimmer in all events and four strong divers,” Roseville head coach Barbara VailOdash listed as her team’s strength. “We are a small team, which will affect our depth.”