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.
Rian Crooks announced his retirement as a volunteer firefighter with the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds-View Fire Department after 20 years of volunteer service to the community.
Crooks joined the department on Feb. 2, 1994 and was assigned to the night shift at Station One. During the course of his 20 years Crooks attended 700 drills and 2190 fire calls.
Ice fishing contest - Scouts and families gathered on Feb. 1 in Shoreview for the 17th Annual Northwest District 2014 Ice Fishing Contest. Participants had a chance to win several awards depending on the size of fish they caught.
The Tropics Water Park at the Shoreview Community Center was busy on Jan. 25. Families can enjoy the pool area and get out of the cold while getting some exercise in the pool. (photos by Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)