In addition to candidates for the school board and city council, Minnetonka voters will find two school district referendums on the ballot Nov. 3. In a period of enrollment leveling and state funding that has not reliably kept pace with inflation, their decisions will determine several budgeting and staffing plans in one of Minnesota’s top-ranked districts.
On Saturday, Oct. 3, guests had the chance to sample over 250 wines and over 50 beers, with hors d’oeuvres by local restaurants at Taste of Long Lake, held at Otten Brothers Nursery. All proceeds from the event, presented by Lakeside Wind + Spirits, benefited local charities including the Breast Cancer Society, Locks of Love, Orono Rotary, ALS Society MN-ND, and 8 to a Lamp/Education in Tanzania.
The Gear Western Country Half Marathon and Borton Volvo 5K Run & Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct.10. If you like local events and outdoor fitness, you will love this run/walk. The Gear West takes pride in its Long Lake roots, and encourages local families to walk or run with dogs, kids, and friends. Proceeds support the local charity Resale 101 and the Mound and Orono High School Cross Country running teams. This race is a drop-off point for Resale 101 clothing donations and Gear West donates 15 percent of the race proceeds in new clothing to Resale 101. Both Mound and Orono runners, along with employees of Lake Community Bank, will be staffing aid stations and cheering on all the runners and walkers.
In a world where cyber-bullying, body image perceptions and self esteem are becoming serious issues for children, often at younger ages than in generations past, parents, teachers and school administrators are looking for ways to start a conversation about bullying, friendship and the importance of kindness that resonates.