Tricounty News

Boss Botz project for Boy Scout badge

The Boss Botz are a group of local teens that initially started working together for a badge they needed for the Cold Spring Troop 15 Boy Scouts. It includes Austin Johannes of W-CIMG2705-croppedSt. Cloud, Nolan Flint of Richmond, Jake Cossart of Rockville, and Caleb Anderson, Hunter Schreifels and Tanner Schreifels from Kimball. They started working 18 months ago to build a robot to use in competition. St. Cloud vocational school, Vex robotics, and 360 degree are companies that encourage youth to learn about robotics. The kids are encouraged to sketch multiple designs to try out, starting with a basic kit of parts. They learn with a great hands-on approach. Building the robot is only the first step. The kids then learn programming skills to run the robot in an autonomous mode.

Each year the course the robots use changes. Last year, the robots were built to pick up balls and cylinders and drop them into chutes. This year’s robots need to pick up bean bags and place them in a trough, or an elevated platform. As part of the competition the kids learn offense and defensive strategies, and partner with other teams for each match they compete in, and a 3-team alliance for finals.


EMS Week is May 19-25

Monday, May 13, Ambulance tours took place at Watkins Elementary School at 10 a.m., and at Holy Cross School at 12:30 p.m.W-Watkins-Ambulance-PL219

There was a coloring and a poster contest at Holy Cross School. The winners are:

For coloring contest: First Place-Olivia Schneider, grade 3; Second Place-Kate Kraemer,
grade 3.


St. John’s Prep students earn top scores in national Spanish exam

The Spanish Department at St. John’s Preparatory School is honored to announce the award recipients for the National Spanish Exam. There were more than 2,300 students in Minnesota who took the exam. Other schools represented in Minnesota include: Blake, Breck, Benilde-St. Margaret, Wayzata, Moundsview, Coon Rapids, and Stillwater, to name a few.

All awards are based on national performance. Gold Medalists ranked above the 94th percentile, Silver Medalists above the 84th percentile, Bronze Medalists above the 74th percentile, and Honorable Mentions from the 50th to 75th percentile.

The Gold Medal Winners (there were only 90 in the state) were honored at a banquet at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul this Saturday, May 18th.

Level 3, Bronze Medal - Ellen Arnold, sophomore, daughter of John and Margaret Arnold of Kimball


Piano students present an imaginative recital

Music has the ability to transport us to the far reaches of our imaginations. This certainly was the case at a Spring Piano Recital which took place at Ostmark Lutheran Church, Watkins, Sunday May 5. The music-makers are students of local teacher, Barb Root. Family and friends enjoyed the elementary students’ musical depictions of such things as a pony, a cat, a puppy, a lady bug, a song of joy, fun in the backyard, a music-box dancer and a festival and a roller-coaster ride. High School students shared selections from The Phantom of the Opera and The Exodus. Renditions on Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano and a Bridge to Forever were performed. Chopin’s E-flat Nocturne and “A New Hiding Place” by 20th century African composer, Harry Burleigh, concluded the program.


Two weeks later, the Lake Area Music Teachers’ Forum held four Honors Recitals. The first two took place Friday, May 17, at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Dassel, followed by two on Sunday afternoon, May 19, at the First Baptist Church, Cokato.



SCSU to offer Youth Wrestling Camps in summer 2013

St. Cloud State University will offer two youth wrestling camps during the month of June 2013. A Mini Intensive Camp for grades 7-12 will be offerend June 16-21, while a Youth Camp for wrestlers in grades K-6 will be offered on June 24-26.

The Mini Intensive Camp costs $400 and it includes three all-you-can-eat meals, a camp T-shirt and first class wrestling instruction from the SCSU coaches. Participants will train like a Husky wrestler and this will include instruction in the latest techniques, drills, live wrestling, conditioning workouts, weight training tips, dieting and nutrition sessions and sports psychology sessions.