Richard LaMotte was joined by his family for the award presentation on April 11. They were also joined by Congressman John Kline who helped present the award and Minnesota Wing Vice Commander, Lt. Col. Clark Carlson. At right, LaMotte was a member of the Civil Air Patrol squadron in South St. Paul from its founding in 1942 until he was called to active duty in 1950.
LaMotte receives award for service during WWII
For Richard LaMotte, it was a surprise to find out he was being awarded the Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal.
The 91-year-old South St. Paul resident was given the medal and award on Monday, April 11, at Fleming Field.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture recently discovered three ash trees infested with emerald ash borers in the northern portion of West St. Paul, adding it to a list of Dakota County cities dealing with the invasive, jewel-green beetles.
Cindy Koebele, vice president of Spare Key, was joined by Erich Mische, executive director, for a “banner hanging” ceremony to celebrate Spare Key receiving $10,000 for winning the Minnesota Brackets for Good. (submitted photo)
On Thursday, April 14, Minneapolis-based nonprofit Spare Key held a “banner hanging” ceremony as part of a celebration following the April 10 Pacers game in Indianapolis in which Spare Key was honored with a $10,000 check presentation at half time
Koua Yang, teacher and coach at Harding High School, says, “I just want people to know how challenging and how rewarding teaching is.” (Marjorie Otto/Review)
Harding teacher shares his philosophy on how to connect with students
“I just really love working with kids. They just make me happy,” says Koua Yang, a Harding High School instructor, coach, and one of 11 finalists for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award, an award that celebrates Minnesota’s teachers and their work.
For 16 years, Yang has been a social studies teacher at Harding High School. He currently teaches Asian American studies and human geography, and coaches the boys and girls tennis teams.
“It was instilled in me early on that education was important by my mom. My mom was my greatest teacher,” Yang says.