September always means one thing in the Forest Lake school district: Back to School. Summer fun and events are over and a new school year begins. As soon as the final About a Foot Long Hotdog and Sweet Martha's Cookie is sold at the Minnesota State Fair and the final blue ribbon awarded, the school bells ring and new opportunities begin.
Memories of the 12-day extravaganza that is the Minnesota State Fair have yet to fade. The corn dogs and milkshakes were tasty as usual and the space needle was awesome. One could see the whole Twin Cities from the top of the tower. A chance sighting of a presidential hopeful before he officially threw his hat into the ring was exciting. Minnesota is a great place to stump even for a not yet official candidate like Fred Thompson. Heck, weeks prior to becoming president, Teddy Roosevelt made his famous speech about speaking softly and carrying a big stick at the 1901 Minnesota annual event.
Catching a glimpse of a former Twin like Kent Hrbek at some place other than the Metrodome is just one reason to attend the fair. Learning about our great state from exhibits is another. It is amazing what has been fished out of Minnesota lakes and how it can be transformed into art. The recycled frog at the DNR display is always surrounded by dozens of spectators.
Summer is officially over with the end of the state fair. Now a week into the school year district residents look forward to attending Forest Lake Rangers football games and the field trips. Approximately 7,500 students attend the 12 Forest Lake schools. The district encompasses one of the largest geographical areas in the state, 240 square miles and serves 12 communities. The district serves the following communities: Columbus, Linwood, Ham Lake, Hugo, Scandia, Lino Lakes, Marine, Stacy, May Township, Forest Lake and Wyoming. From preschool through adult continuing education there is something for everyone in the Forest Lake area schools programs.
As memories of being on the top of the world give way to having feet firmly on the ground, take time to visit a school, sign up for a class and attend a musical or sporting event. It may be the end of summer in Minnesota but the fall is always the start of something special to residents in the Forest Lake School District.
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