Friday, May 24, 2013
Nine beaches throughout the west metro open May 25 for the 2013 season, according to a park representative.
Are you looking for a place to cool off this summer? Three River Parks has several swimming options. Swimming Spots Hours of Operation 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park is open until sunset Cost Swimming beaches are free and unguarded. Swimming ponds (Lake Minnetonka and Elm Creek) require a paid pass and small fee. Hours lifeguards are on duty vary. Visit the Lake Minnetonka Swimming Pond webpage or Elm Creek Swimming Pond webpage for details. Season passes are available. Infant and Children Children not toilet trained are required to wear swim diapers while in the beach and pond areas. Information provided by Three Rivers Park District.
Early education was a huge focus in the $15.7 billion bill, which received slivers of support from Republicans in both chambers of the state capitol.
A $15.7 billion education package that will "make life easier" for working parents, according to the bill's supporters, was signed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton May 22 as part of the 2013 Legislative Session. The omnibus bill was approved with small support from Republicans over the last weekend, picking up five GOP votes in the state house and four more in the senate. Sen. Ann Rest of New Hope was the lone "no" vote from the DFL (Democrat) side of the aisle in the senate, creating the 41-26 margin. In the House, the bill passed on a 78-56 vote. Rep. Connie Bernardy (DFL-Fridley) said the bill creates history with all-day kindergarten and a series of funding changes. The bill raises the state's method of funding local schools by $156 per …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
From Memorial Day parades to holiday fender benders, this live map shows delays and diversions on Maple Grove area roads right now.
If you're on a mobile device, click here to view the map. When you're done getting gas and packing the car, check out the live results from MapQuest above to see what's standing between you and the start of your three-day weekend. Mapquest scans for parade routes, ongoing construction, block parties and traffic jams. If your route is green, you're good. If it's red, you may be headed into a line of rubbernecking fools. Good luck!
You can use this gas price widget to always find the lowest price of the moment.
Click here for a full-screen view of the gas price map. If you don't see a map of our local area, click the magnifying glass in the upper right to enter your address. Average gas prices shot up 44 cents a gallon in Minnesota and 36¢ a gallon in Iowa over the past week, according to Michael Green, an AAA spokesman. Motorists in the Twin Cities were paying as much as $4.33 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com. On Thursday afternoon before Memorial Day weekend, according to GasBuddy.com, the cheapest gas in Maple Grove was $4.15 for a gallon of regular at the BP station at 63rd Avenue N. and Hwy. 169. Nationwide, gas prices were predicted to be lower this summer compared to the last three years, but that won't translate into savings at the …
The family of teen killed in distracted driving crash is using foundation created in her name to affect change. The Dixit family tells how they are, slowly but surely, moving forward, and making their daughter proud. Sponsored by Grape Nuts
Police also responded to several medical incidents.
The following is a synopsis of several incidents that occurred in Maple Grove during the week of May 10-16, 2013 as provided by the Maple Grove Police Department. For additional details, check out the Maple Grove website crime mapping section. Theft Burglary Medical Damage to Property Vandalism There were 24 property damage and four personal injury traffic accidents reported during this time period.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The class of 2013 will graduate Friday, May 24.
As the week comes to an end, the high school education for seniors at Heritage Christian Academy will end as well. Read on for pertinent details about the graduation ceremony for seniors from Heritage Christian Academy in Maple Grove. Heritage Christian Academy Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Gymnasium at Heritage Christian Academy, 15655 Bass Lake Road, Maple Grove. Number of graduates: 23 Speakers: Valedictorians Ryan Seehafer and Bradley Basco and Salutatorians Alex Esuoso and Rebekah Walk. Keynote speaker is Chris Laird. Tickets: No tickets are required to attend the commencement ceremony and seating is not limited. More information: Heritage Christian Academy at 763-463-2200.
The new hires will fill the spots vacated by retiring officers.
Two new officers will be joining the Maple Grove Police Department. The Maple Grove City Council approved the hiring of Derek Jacobson and James Ohnstad to the department. Both officers will join the force effective June 4 to replace positions vacated by two officer retirements. There were four applicants for the positions. In a memo to the council, both are hired subject to a 12-month probationary period and have undergone the required screenings and background checks. Related content:
Who’s NOT planning a BBQ this weekend? If the weather holds and you’ve got propane or charcoal, chances are, you’re grilling something with your friends and family. Here, new ideas for keeping your costs down. Sponsored by Home Depot.
Here at Patch, we like to be thrifty, so we talked to two barbeque experts and uncovered some really good ideas to help you save money on your next outdoor party. 1. Start with a marinade. This means planning ahead -- say, Friday. But it’s worth it, says Rick Browne, host of Barbeque America on PBS, because you can pass up that well-marbled ribeye steak and buy a less tender and less expensive choice to grill like a flank steak or chuck steak. Just marinate it or brine for one or two days and then cook long and slow on the barbeque grill to break down tissues but maintain moisture. “You need to include an acid in the marinade, perhaps juice, vinegar or soy sauce, but avoid cola which is so acidic it can turn meat into a soggy mess.” Try…
What's your take on Minnesota's higher cigarette and income taxes, same-sex marriage law, all-day kindergarten funding, gun control measures, minimum wage and more?
What do you like—or dislike—in what the Minnesota Legislature did or didn't do? Leave a comment below. The Star Tribune posted a handy list of issues the Minnesota Legislature did and didn't tackle in the session that ended Monday at midnight. Love 'em? Hate 'em? Leave a comment below. DID: DIDN'T DO: See the full post at startribune.com. Which actions the Minnesota Legislature took do you support or oppose? Leave a comment below.