Thursday, December 20, 2012
St. Michael Patch readers sent in photos of the flames from the fire, which gutted the former lumberyard location in downtown St. Michael.
As the end of the year appoaches, we recap the most popular stories of 2012 and the highlights St. Michael Patch shared with the community. The following article was posted Jan. 7, 2012. --------- Firefighters were called to the scene of a huge blaze at the former St. Michael lumberyard location, near the intersection of Highway 241 with St. Michael Parkway in the heart of the city's new one-way pair. The blaze started early Saturday morning. Witnesses were plenty, as local bars and restaurants had neared closing time for the night when the blaze broke out. St. Michael Patch is working to contact local authorities, looking for a cause for last night's fire, and if any nearby structures were damaged by the heat or flames. Most of the …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Who has the best pizza in town? How about the best customer service? Here are your picks for Readers' Choice.
All this summer you've nominated and voted for your favorite local businesses in categories ranging from Best Burger and Most Family-Friendly Restaurant to Best Clothing Store and Best Dance Studio. We've tallied all the poll votes and now it's time to announce the winners. See below for our complete list of Readers' Choice winners! Food & Drink 1. Best Patio - D. Michael B' s of Albertville 2. Best Pizza - D's Family Pizza of Albertville 3. Best Burger - The Millside, St. Michael 4. Best Appetizer - D's Family Pizza in Albertville 5. Best Bartender - Bully at the 152 Club in Albertville 6. Best Bar with Craft Beers - Neighbors Saloon and Eatery, Albertville 7. Best Local Restaurant - D's Family Pizza, Albertville 8. Best Takeout - D's …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
A rundown of new Minnesota state laws that went into effect on Aug. 1, 2012.
Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services. The following is a list of selected new laws passed during the 2012 legislative session that went into effect last week. The asterisk following the bill number denotes the language that became law. Summaries of all laws passed by the 2012 Legislature are available from nonpartisan House Public Information Services at http://www.house.mn/hinfo/Newlaws2012-0.asp. BUSINESS AND COMMERCE Going after gas drive-offs Small businesses that sell gas will see the process streamlined for collecting money owed from motor vehicle drive-offs. The law will allow a trade association acting on behalf of member organizations and retailers …
Monday, April 30, 2012
The Lafayette Club was bursting with Knights for a one-night engagement.
The St. Michael-Albertville High School Prom made its way from St. Michael to Minnetonka. The students spent the night dancing at the Lafayette Club on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, a new venue for the dance. Check out these photos, courtesy of Patch freelancer Angela Lauterbach. And feel free to add your own!
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Masquerade Ball welcomed more than 200 couples, and a few hundred more guests in friends and family, to the high school gym Saturday afternoon.
For a few hours Saturday afternoon, the rain clouds parted, the wind died down and more than 400 high school students lit up the St. Michael-Albertville High School gymnasiums. Serving on this year's Prom Committee were Sam Wortman, Calir Wojcik, Britta Roberto, Paris Becker, Lexi Anderson, Jessie Leonhardt and Jackqueline Goutermont. Here's gallery No. 2, as the couples make their way through the main arena.
Students from St. Michael-Albertville participated in the 2012 Grand March, dubbed "Masquerade Ball," at the high school gym Saturday afternoon.
For a few hours Saturday afternoon, the rain clouds parted, the wind died down and more than 400 high school students lit up the St. Michael-Albertville High School gymnasiums. With gowns from every color of the rainbow–and a few in between–and tuxes in black and white, more than 200 couples made their way through the "Masquerade Ball," this year's theme for Grand March. Serving on this year's Prom Committee were Sam Wortman, Calir Wojcik, Britta Roberto, Paris Becker, Lexi Anderson, Jessie Leonhardt and Jackqueline Goutermont. Here's a gallery from the activity center as couples and friends await the entrance into the main arena.
Friday, April 6, 2012
We've hit coffee, St. Pat's and March Madness. Now, tell us where you like to start the day with a bit of brunch. Vote in this week's big poll!
It seems that the one thing that goes hand-in-hand with Easter Sunday and church services is … brunch! Well, jelly beans, too, but we like to keep things local. Check out your neighborhood brunch spots. Who does it up right? We want to honor them as our latest “Reader’s Choice,” joining Pubhouse 19 (Best St. Pat’s Day spot, Best March Madness destination) and Caribou Coffee (Best Cup of Joe) as our 2012 winners thus far. Vote for your favorite spot listed below. Click on the links below to give a review of the restaurant, as reviews and comments in the comment section below will be used with the final votes to determine the winner of best St. Michael-Albertville brunch spot: Patti J’s – In Albertville, just off main, there’s food made-to-…
Monday, April 2, 2012
The results are in for our Readers' Choice on the best place to watch the NCAA tournament.
On the heels this weekend's Final Four matchups of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, a winner has emerged in the voting for the best place to watch March Madness in the St. Michael-Albertville area.. Pubhouse 19 pulled away with a second half run to earn its second title in our Readers' Choice categories, adding March Madness to go with a win as Choice for St. Patrick's Day. Perhaps Pubhouse's past, with two different tours as a sports bar, helped it rock, chalk and Jayhawk the competition. Or, maybe it was just the Wildcat in the staff, cooks and owners. Disagree with the final results? Sound off in the comments section below and let us know which local sports bar you think should have won. Stay tuned tomorrow (Tuesday), when we'll kick off …
Monday, March 12, 2012
Wright County Rep. Joe McDonald weighs in on the Republicans' proposal to shift funding back into education as the state handles a sudden budget surplus.
It feels like the ink just dried on our 2011 budget, but it continues providing great results and opportunities to do more good things. The latest example is a proposal to not only pay back last year’s K-12 funding shift, but to go a step further. The bill also would begin repaying the shift we inherited from the previous DFL-controlled Legislature. We would be able to make this happen by using some of the $1.2 billion in new state budget surplus funds. We already are putting $318 million in surplus funds toward repaying the latest K-12 shift. But the state still owes schools $2.4 billion, including $400 million from the 2011 and $2 billion the DFL Legislature borrowed from schools in 2010. Our bill (H.F. 2083) puts $430 million toward …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Writer Kristen Gordon and the St. Michael-Albertville-Hanover Library are teaming up to celebrate an event that happens once every four years.
The St. Michael-Albertville-Hanover Community Library is planning a special Leap Year celebration program for all ages on Saturday, Feb. 25, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program will be presented by Kristen Gordon, a writer for stage and musicals who spent 15 years writing for radio. Gordon has recently written a children’s story about Leap Year. She has partnered with Albertville children’s art teacher Pam Pitman to have a class of art students illustrate the story. Students will create art in the style of famous illustrator Romero Britto. Albertville Princess Brittany Heinen will read the story to children at the event. For additional information, please contact the St. Michael library at 763-497-1998.