Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Steinbach family became "local celebrities" when the family's home was torn up by the May 10, 2011 tornado in St. Michael. A year later, they're putting the pieces back together.
One year after an F-1 tornado descended from an early spring thunderstorm down on western St. Michael, the lone family home that suffered major damage looks as good as new–on the outside. Things are "pretty good" on the inside of the Steinbach residence in the 9500 block of 42nd Street in St. Michael, according to Teresa, the family's mother, who became the Steinbach spokesperson in the days following the tornado. "Our girls get a little tense when the weather alerts start coming in the spring and summer now," she said. "Our youngest lives in the crawl space," added Dan, the patriarch of the family. "She can't wait for winter." The May 10 storm was the first official weather system with tornadic activity for the 2011 season, and it was a …
Friday, November 11, 2011
A solemn flag presentation and a speech from a local hero highlighted a ceremonial day at the school.
"Today we honor a people who believed in what they fought for," said Lt. Col. Jay DesCamps. "Who believed in a set of ideas. Today, we don't celebrate victory. We celebrate those who made victory possible." DesCamps, a member of the Unite States Army who joined the service on the downward slope of the Cold War in 1981, said his career became much different after the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists 10 years ago. "Everything changed, as people challenged our freedom in a way we'd never seen," the keynote speaker at Friday's Veterans Day ceremonies here at St. Michael-Albertville High School stated. DesCamps was stationed in Anwar Province, Iraq, for a full 12 months in 2006, during the so-called "surge" in troops during the …
Friday, September 30, 2011
Led by a fired up Principal Bob Driver and a host of others, the St. Michael-Albertville student body got revved up for homecoming with an old-fashioned pep fest Friday afternoon.
There was a cast of hundreds. Well, at least dozens. From the fall sports teams giving their season updates to Principal Bob Driver in an engineer's costume, Friday's Pep Fest at St. Michael-Albertville High School wasn't short on fun. The students got into the mix with a few games, including musical chairs, and pop quiz for Homecoming 2011 King and Queen Zach Wimmegren and Amanda Koep (won by the king). In the end, there was a "roller coaster" of a cheer led by Driver's senior class friends, and one final message: "7-0! Muddy Crow!" The students cheered on the football team with one last chant, as the Knights looked for their seventh straight win over the Buffalo Bison, and to retain the Muddy Crow trophy.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
St. Michael-Albertville High School crowned its 2011 Homecoming queen and king Monday night. Amanda Koep and Zach Wimmegren took the honors.
On a perfect fall evening, St. Michael-Albertville High School welcomed family, friends and students to the Performing Arts Center for festivities to kick off Homecoming Week 2011. Coronation culminated with the crowning of Amanda Koep and Zach Wimmegren, this year's 2011 queen and king. The night closed with the traditional bonfire, held south of the high school near the practice fields.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The school welcomes back alumni with coronation tonight, and homecoming week culminates with the football game and dance Friday, Sept. 30
St. Michael-Albertville High School is set to welcome back the community and all alumni to the area with Homecoming Week 2011. The week of blue and gold begins today with a pair of evening activities. The Homecoming Coronation–announcing this year’s king and queen–will take place at 7:30 p.m. This year’s homecoming court includes (girls) Elyssa Eull, Erin Hofford, Courtney Hanson, Shaylee Schei and Amanda Koep; and (boys) Shawn Morris, Trevor Nevin, David Janney, Cody Drimel and Zack Wimmergren. A bonfire will be held on the grass area between the two football practice fields immediately after coronation, or around 8:30 p.m. St. Michael Fire will be on hand to ensure safety. Activities will continue throughout the week, with the students …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
First-year Superintendent Dr. Jim Behle finds himself facing down a district-wide election that supporters hope will fund the district for years to come. Opponents, however, are saying now is a bad time for a tax increase.
Like more than 130 school districts statewide, St. Michael-Albertville School District residents will head to the polls this November to vote on the district’s operations levy, which raises local dollars for the district. Currently set at $500, the St. Michael-Albertville School Board approved a recommendation by a volunteer advisory committee to raise that amount to $695, raising a total of $2.4 million in local revenue, to be met with another $1.9 million in state funds. The increase raises $1.2 million in local money, and raises taxes on the average home in St. Michael about $88 per year, or $7.35 per month. Superintendent Dr. Jim Behle talked with St. Michael Patch about renewing the operations levy–which has to be done every 10 years …
A sun-drenched weekend was perfect for those looking to take part in St. Michael Catholic Church's largest annual fundraiser.
It was a beautiful weekend for the St. Michael Catholic Church Fall Festival and Jeanne VanDrasek wasn’t taking it for granted. “We prayed for this weather,” she said as she welcomed guests Sunday afternoon. “Father Peter Richards asked us to pray specifically for good weather, and we did.” While final numbers of attendees nor the dollar amount raised for the church and parish school have been announced yet, if the crowds were any indication the event was a great success. First-time attendee Jon Davies and his family were having a blast Sunday afternoon. “We don’t go to church here," he said, "but I saw signs and I thought the kids would have fun. They are, and this really seems like a great place.” The inflatables and kids games were …
Saturday, August 27, 2011
The state looks to its roots, and to the future, with a "picture-perfect" Saturday on tap.
To know: Today is 4-H Day at the fair, which means swine, rabbits, sheep and more will be on prominent display. The weather is expected to be perfect, with a high of 79 and zero percent chance of rain. Check out the fair’s website for a full schedule of the day’s activities and events. To watch: A groundbreaking ceremony for the $3 million, 27,000-square-foot Equine and Livestock Arena will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Judging Arena on Judson Avenue. A 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction will follow at 6 p.m. To dance: Teens and young adults attending the first ever “FAIR-Well-To-Summer Dance Party” from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Carousel Park. DJ Mad Mardigan and DJ Dudley D will host the dance. To run, hit and throw: Fair-goers can test their skills in …
Monday, August 15, 2011
More than 80 entries made their way through the new heart of St. Michael, marching around the Town Center area.
Local businesses, athletic groups and service clubs made their way down Town Center Drive and around to Frankfort Parkway, delighting hundreds of fans with the 2011 St. Michael Daze and Knights Parade. Saturday's procession was a sun-filled success, with families and friends lined up to catch some candy, soak in some music and wave to fellow residents and familiar faces. St. Michael Daze organizer Amy Dehmer said more than 85 entries were accepted this year. The parade last about 90 minutes, which was "perfect," according to one local reveler. Add your photos by clicking on the green link under the gallery.
Families from everywhere loved the new concept, with some hoping the inflatable midway could return next summer.
Friday night was a perfect night for the St. Michael Daze and Knights Festival. With the evening temp around 70, sunshine and a light breeze, it was the perfect weather to watch the kids bounce their sillies out on the inflatables from USA Inflatables. Saturday, despite a brief shower that came through in the afternoon, was also picture-perfect. It even included a full moon. This year’s carnival was very much a change from past years. There are no rides, just inflatables. But parents and grandparents didn’t seem too disappointed by that Friday night. “I think this is preferred,” St. Michael resident and grandpa Mike Seethaler said Friday night, “Sometimes depending on mechanics, these seem safer than rides. At least that’s the perception…