Thursday, May 2, 2013
A new Visa survey says families are spending over $1,000 for their child to go to prom. What price works for you, and how do you agree on a limit with your teen?
It has gotten more expensive to do most things in life, so we shouldn't be surprised that it has gotten more pricey to go to a high school prom. On average, parents and teens will spend $1,139 on prom this year. This is only a slight increase over last year but a 40 percent increase from the $807 average of 2011, according to a new Visa survey. The list of "needed" items can be endless: dress, tux, shoes (one pair formal and one for the dance?), corsages, limo, dinner, actual prom tickets and after-prom activities. "Prom is the new wedding," said Kit Yarrow, a consumer research psychologist, in a CNN Money article. "I think that every society has to have a rite of passage into adulthood for young people, and prom has become that." Have …
April's business news includes a continuing foreclosure fight, new bars and restaurants, flat home sales, a new HCMC clinic, business awards and a new bakery.
Editor’s Note: The following is a collection of business related articles that appeared on the following Patch sites in April 2013: Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Edina Municipal Liquor Stores Among Most Profitable in Minnesota The City of Edina's three municipal liquor stores brought in $1.445 million in net income during fiscal year 2011. How About a Brewpub in Hopkins? They currently aren’t allowed in the community, but inquiries have prompted the City Council to discuss whether to change that. Sammy's, Version 2.0, Ready for Dog Days of Summer Sammy's Speed Dog—a gourmet hot dog diner—…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Proposed legislation would ban school boards from dropping coaches' contracts 'solely' because of parent gripes.
Do high school coaches need a law to shield their jobs from parent complaints? Leave your comment below. A Minnesota Legislature conference committee is weighing whether to include this sentence in its omnibus policy and finance bill: "The existence of parent complaints must not be the sole reason for a board to not renew a coaching contract." The legislation is in response to increasing non-renewals of coaches' contracts, with as many as 35 percent in one sport (boys' hockey) involving parent complaints, according to a Star Tribune report: “This just came out from athletics directors and coaches who thought something more needed to be done,” said Rep. Dean Urdahl, a Grove City Republican who co-authored the bill. “The problem is … parents…
Three preschool classrooms at Step By Step Montessori School of Corcoran worked hard and made 382 sandwiches recently.
Each year various organizations put together programs for Thanksgiving and Christmas to help feed, clothe and take care of those less fortunate. An honest question, pondered by those who participate is; what happens the other 363 days of the year. Current estimates show that there are 6500 homeless people in the Twin Cities with 2200 of them being children. 363 Days was established with those people and the other days in mind. Their starting goal was to help feed 150 homeless people in Minneapolis as many times a year as possible, with the ultimate goal of doing it every day of the year. Today, 363 Days, inspired and founded by Allen Law, feeds 2000 people a day. On Thursday, April 18, Step By Step Montessori School of Corcoran preschool …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Voting ends April 30, 2013.
Two teachers from the St. Michael-Albertville School District have been named as finalists in the 2013 “Let’s Dish! Teacher of the Year” contest. Let's Dish has six locations in Minnesota—including one in nearby Maple Grove—where customers can come and prepare meals to freeze and eat at home. A winning teacher will be selected for each of Let's Dish's Minnesota locations. The top vote-getters will receive eight meal sessions at Let’s Dish. First grade teacher Aaron Heil at Big Woods Elementary and St. Michael-Albertville High School 9-12 grade art teacher Kari Halker were among those named as finalists, according to the Let’s Dish website where the teachers were described as follows: Aaron Heil Mr. Heil is a loving, compassionate teacher …
Do the discussions taking place bring people together or tear them apart?
Race has been an inflammatory subject in local schools over the past few months. On Friday, about 150 Hopkins High School students walked out to protest what called the school’s unfair treatment of minority students. The protest followed news the week before that prosecutors had charged two Hopkins students with misdemeanors after a confrontation in the assistant principal's office over the school’s handling of an incident in which they say several white students mocked black culture. The two students accused Hopkins ski team members of organizing a "ghetto spirit day." The ski team members say it was actually called “rapper day.” Hopkins is not the only school facing such controversies. In March, about 300 South High School students from …
You can vote online for St. Michael resident Jeff Barthel in the Karaoke Sing Thing contest through April 30, 2013.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Find out what news and events readers like you have posted on St. Michael Patch recently and learn how you can share your own news and events.
Do you have news you would like to share with the St. Michael, Albertville and area communities? It's easy to do. St. Michael Patch readers like you have posted a variety of news and events recently. Interested in blogging? Here are some from the last week. You can start a blog on St. Michael Patch here Events posted by St. Michael Patch readers Click here to add your free event to the St. Michael Patch calendar Recent announcements posted by St. Michael Patch readers Have news or an announcement to share? Post a free announcement on St. Michael Patch. Photos Shared Have photos to share? Add them to pics and clips! Follow St. Michael Patch on Twitter, "Like" us on Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
From dresses and hair-dos to limos and group photos, share it all with your Patch community.
Grand March and International Market Square in Minneapolis was bustling with activity Saturday night as St. Michael-Albertville High School students gathered for a much anticipated prom. In addition to dancing, we know the event is one long photo op, and St. Michael Patch is the perfect place to share those memories with the community. There's no limit on the number of photos you can add. Share your shots from: And this isn't just for kids! Parents, you can upload your "classic" prom pictures, too. Just click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button to the left and show off those awesome pics!
This week's compilation includes voting for Vikings cheerleaders, Gov. Dayton congratulating wrestlers, WhirlyBall opening and a new bakery opens.
Editor’s Note: Every week we bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Marathon Suspect Shootout Witness Is Andrew Kitzenberg from Edina The Breck School alum photographed a clash in Watertown, MA, between police and the men they suspect of bombing the Boston Marathon. Boston Marathon Explosions: Minnesota Runners and Residents Recount Experience, Share Updates Two explosions occurred the afternoon of Monday, April 15, 2013 near the marathon finish line on Boylston Street in Boston, MA. Wayzata Boston Marathon Runner to KSTP: 'Sounded…