Goodbye MN State Fair! Hello Forest Lake Schools!

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Real Estate Agent with Boardman Realty Minnesota License#90858

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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.

khfrogCatching 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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Paula Henry
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Schools in Forest Lake start late! Our schools started mid-August I remember when ( sounding old here) all schools started after Labor Day.
Sep 14, 2007 01:13 AM #1
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Mana Tulberg
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Terri, I like that frog. How creative is that? Do you go to the football games?
Sep 14, 2007 02:39 AM #2
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Laura Cerrano
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Teri, What a fun post...it sounds like you had so much fun at the fair; I would have been by the frog, that is so creative!  I agree, it's a good time to sign up for something interesting!  Thanks for you post, I enjoyed it.
Sep 14, 2007 02:45 AM #3
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Teri - We enjoy attending local high school sporting events, even though are kids are still pretty far from high school.  Its a great way to get involved in your community, and its fairly cheap family entertainment to boot.
Sep 14, 2007 03:53 AM #4
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Teri Eckholm
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Paula--There has been discussion about having school start before Labor Day especially in the cities but as we are an agricultural state in the out state areas, it would conflict with the state fair.

Mana--I wish you could see some more of the details. I think there was a kitchen sink somewhere...LOL! We don't go to the football games but do plan to attend a hockey game or two...I did have to drive some soccer players to their game today when they missed their activity bus...Not my own kids either.

Carole--It is a tradition to go to the fair...There are many opportunities for community education through local public school systems.

Steve--It is fun because you see so many people that you know. We would go to the high school games in North St. Paul or Tartan where my husband and I attended school but havent been to a Forest Lake game yet...I think we will be going to some hockey games this year. High school hockey is a great event in Minnesota.

 

Sep 14, 2007 09:06 AM #5
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Steve Scheer
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Teri - I haven't written about this too much but we are all about hockey from about now through March.  In fact there is still a good chance we may be up your way still this year for a tournament.
Sep 14, 2007 10:35 AM #6
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Steve--We never put our boys in hockey (baseball almost year round for one) but have always loved watching as a family. We try to get to a Wild game every year but sets of 4 tickets are hard to come by. If you make it to a tourney in MN let me know. Would love to meet up if it works in your plans.
Sep 14, 2007 01:14 PM #7
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Hi Teri, that is great what you wrote on the state fair.  They can be so much fun but like all good things they do come to an end.  I noticed the fall clouds are starting to roll in, looking in the school photo.  Very nice post.
Sep 14, 2007 02:10 PM #8
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Joanne Hanson
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I wonder if they decided to do the frog before they found the stuff to make it with or if the stuff dictated a frog?  I guess since it came out of the lake, the frog would be appropriate.
Sep 14, 2007 04:37 PM #9
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Chris Tesch
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Looks like so much fun Teri!!!  Our state fair starts September 28th.  I want to go!!!
Sep 15, 2007 03:17 AM #10
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Gary--It was a spring photo of the school...We still have some cloudless days in MN depending on the weather.

Joanne--It is located near the fish pond where visitors can see and identify species of MN fish. I think the had a specific area and space to design something that was lake related. As for the trash in lakes and rivers, sadly every year they pull boat loads of debris from lakes on Earth Day so they really had much to choose from.

Chris--I think fairs and community events are always a blast. Have fun!!

Sep 15, 2007 05:39 AM #11
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Teri,  this is a great post on Forest Lake!  We start school in August also...I wish we had a few more weeks of fun like you do.   The fair looks like good times!

Sep 15, 2007 02:50 PM #12
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Teri,

I love this article about the Minnesota state fair.  Our local fair starts in a couple of weeks and it was a lot of fun last year.  Somehow the picture of the school at the end just isn't as exciting as the fair.  

Sep 17, 2007 12:38 PM #13
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Teri Eckholm
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Stephanie--Everytime the legislature talks about starting in August, the kids go crazy around here...No one wants a shorter summer!:0

Rita--That comments says it all...School appears boring compared to the state fair!!

Sep 17, 2007 12:48 PM #14
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Hi Teri! I LOVE fairs. :) So much fun. That frog scuplture is crazy!!
Sep 23, 2007 07:25 AM #15
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Teri... A little something for you son to enjoy!.......  Nearby Connecticut Thrills
Sep 23, 2007 12:07 PM #16
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Teri Eckholm
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Dan--Looks like great entertainment for thrill seekers in New England. It may be the perfect stop when we go out east! :)
Sep 24, 2007 12:30 AM #17
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Your schools do start later.  We've been in almost 6 weeks now!  When do you get out?
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