Janett and Steve and their dog Max, passing through on an over 12,000 roundtrip vacation from California, stop to charge up at the Tesla charging at HyVee in Oakdale. Their 2013 Tesla Model S even has a GOTESSY license plate.
In honor of Ted Bearth’s memory, his family will lead the parade as this year’s grand marshals. Bearth was a community leader who helped start Summerfest, and who reveled in the excitement of its events.
Family of the parade’s namesake will be grand marshals
Skyview Middle School’s Spanish teacher Grant Boulanger was honored as the Regional Language Teacher of the Year. Eighth-graders take on roles in the interactive classroom conversations. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
“Todo es posible en la clase de Español,” says Skyview Middle School teacher Grant Boulanger, explaining that it means, “Anything is possible in Spanish class.”
In 1913, the Eder School was still in use as a schoolhouse. It had no plumbing or electricity, and water had to be collected from the outdoor hand pump. Oil lamps were used to light the building, and a wood stove provided heat in the cold months of the year. (submitted photo)
One-room schoolhouse changes hands again
“There isn’t much interest in young people in history these days,” said Carol Houck, secretary and treasurer of the Oakdale-Lake Elmo Historical Society.
Lack of interest seems to be a trend across all volunteer-dependent organizations, which have been unable to attract people from the working and youth populations. In the case of the Oakdale-Lake Elmo Historical Society, it has been especially crippling.
In response to its declining membership, the group merged with and recently transferred its collection to the Washington County Historical Society.