Richfield Educator Honored as Top Teacher

Richfield's Melanie Lawrence-Smith received a top teacher award, while inclement weather postpones many area sports meets and games. All this and whatever else you might have missed, from the week that was.

The big news around Richfield last week came Thursday when teacher Melanie Lawrence-Smith was honored as a recipient of Fox 9 TV’s Top Teacher of the Year Award. Richfield Patch was there to catch the big announcement and the reaction of Lawrence-Smith. To see a video of her reaction to the news, click .

In case you missed anything else, in other news:


With Prom season upon us, Richfield Patch investigated the Going Rate to attend the dance these days. To see the price breakdowns, click .

Richfield High School’s (RHS) to play baseball next year.

The Richfield School Board discussed The Choice is Yours Program at its regular meeting April 18 and toured parts of Richfield S.T.E.M. School. For the full story, click .

(MSB) Richfield campus staff took some time Earth Day to help cleanup Adam’s Hill Park. For photos, click .

Richfield Patch began running which feature Richfield High School and Academy of Holy Angels senior sports athletes.

Police and Fire

Richfield Public Safety charged from April 14-17 and dealt with a throughout the rest of last week.


The Richfield softball team with a win over Tartan April 18.

After losing its opening game against Hopkins, the Richfield boys baseball team went on to win four straight games from April 8-14.

While the Holy Angels boys lacrosse team remained undefeated on April 19, it experienced on April 21.

The Holy Angels girls lacrosse team won its first game April 15.

The Holy Angels boys baseball team won just one of its first three games.

The Richfield boys tennis team won its first match of the season April 18, however lost its match April 21.

The Richfield girls golf team placed second at its conference meet April 20.

The placed third at its meet April 19, while the boys team placed fourth.

The “un-spring-like” weather postponed several games and matchups mid-week last week:

Holy Angels boys tennis (now May 9), baseball (May 2), softball (May 2), girls lacrosse (May 9) and girls golf (May 3); Richfield boys golf (April 21 and 27), boys tennis (April 18), boys golf (April 21), baseball (April 22) and softball (April 21).

Details about the make-up games will be posted when they become available.

The Neighborhood Files

Richfield Patch found during its search for properties to feature in its weekly House Hunt article that the market was being dominated by many . In addition, Patch’s weekly SOLD! featured the week before, setting a record for Richfield in 2011.

Editor’s Notebook

Caitlin Burgess spent time volunteering at Arc’s Value Village sorting, tagging and hanging clothing to get it ready for sale. For the story and photos, click .

Nature Notes

Wood Lake Nature Center’s Karen Shragg continued to give readers earth-friendly tips through Friday’s Earth Day, including ideas for throwing a and .

The Wood Lake Nature Center is holding its April 29 and there are tickets still available.

Daily Videos

Patch’s Katelynn Metz tested her skills as a forestry worker. For the video, click .

Patch filmed two local sisters who love to dance and perfect their skills. For the video, click .

A martial arts instructor teaches viewers how to do a karate spin kick. For the video, click .

Patch’s Order Up! feature found Neighbors Eatery & Saloon and its amazing open-faced, hot roast beef sandwich. For the video, click .

Patch found a Richfield artist being featured at the Hopkins Center of the Arts though May 22. For the video, click .


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