Three teams from Section 5AA were ranked in the final Class AA boys cross country coaches poll last week. That meant that one ranked team would be left out of the state meet.
Mounds View was one of the teams that made the cut by finishing in the top two of the team standings at the section meet held Oct. 24 at Anoka High School. The Mustangs' 78 points were enough for second place and that was good enough to secure a berth in Saturday's state meet.
At football games at Andover High School, whenever the home team gets a first down or scores a touchdown, the sound of a barking dog is played over the public address system. Those canine sounds were heard quite often on Saturday afternoon as the Huskies ended Irondale's season.
Andover scored on its first three possessions of the game and then blew the game open in the third quarter of its 42-3 win over the Knights in the Section 4AAAAA semifinals.
There was a time in the late 1990s and early 2000s when Mounds View and White Bear Lake met in the section playoffs nearly every year. What made that era even more notable was that it seemed more often than not that the team that lost the regular-season match-up would rise up and get revenge in the post-season.
What started as a small group of people helping struggling families during the holiday season has blossomed into a community outreach effort taken on by more than a hundred volunteers.
The Holiday Helping Hands program, which was started more than 20 years ago by the Oakdale Business and Professional Association (OBPA), now serves more than 80 North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District 622 families each year.
Vadnais Heights Sports Center’s bondholders notified Ramsey County Commissioners Oct. 24 that they were passing on the county’s $10.5 million bid to purchase the 200,000-square-foot sports facility.
The facility houses two regulation hockey rinks with seating for 1,300 spectators, a 100,000-square-foot dome with 1.5 full soccer fields, three batting cages, a 100-meter track, two volleyball courts, concessions, a conference room, offices and an attached sports bar. It was built in 2010 through bonds issued by the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Authority for $26.5 million. After three years of the center underperforming financially, Community Facilities Partners -- the nonprofit that owns the complex -- put the sports center on the market in July for half of its original cost.
Jake Raymond, 24, of Oakdale picked up boxing after attending a boxing showcase at the city’s annual Summerfest celebration this year. He has been training since July, and competed in his first fight in mid-October. (submitted photo)
Jake Raymond, 24, has many titles. Father of two, husband, student, Oakdale resident, military veteran, runner. And now, he can add another to the list: amateur boxer.
Raymond, a former member of the North High School wrestling team, says individual sports have always drawn his interest.
ISD 621 School Board Members have been meeting with city council members in cities within the school district’s boundaries recently to garner support from the public for a proposed tax levy renewal referendum that will appear on the ballot on Nov. 5.
On Monday, Oct. 14 District 621 School Board Member Bob Helgeson and District 621 Superintendent Dan Hoverman met with the Arden Hills City Council to address the matter of levy renewal. In his presentation to the council, Helgeson noted that levy funding is vital to the district’s Equity Promise, which he said is a commitment to make sure all students attending Mounds View Schools are prepared for post-secondary success, regardless of race, class or disability.
Prior to last Friday’s game, the Roseville Area High School football team hadn’t been the favorite in a post-season game in seven years. If there was any added pressure by the increased expectations, the Raiders didn’t let it get to them.