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Richfield Patch Blog Launches; Bin Laden Declared Dead

Richfield's Weekly Review recaps the big stories of the previous week.

The big news around “Patch Town” last week was the launching of Local Voices Wednesday, a new blogging platform for community members.

The platform aims to create a place for the community to share their stories and expertise, while also creating more dialogue between neighbors.

Richfield Patch launched three new blogs from writers , Angela Carlson and Tom Burgess. To see all the blog, click here

The platform is open to all Richfield residents. If you’re interested in having your own blog on Richfield Patch, e-mail Editor Caitlin Burgess or click here.

The other big news that hit Richfield, the state and the world was the death of Osama bin Laden. Every major news network interrupted its normal programming May 1 for President Barack Obama’s address. Bin Laden was discovered at a mansion in Pakistan and killed by U.S. Forces, bringing an end to the search for the man largely responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks.

Richfield Patch asked readers to thank past and present military personnel for their sacrifices in the name of freedom. If you’d like to recognize a service member, click here.

In other news:

Government

Republican House members presented its redistricting plan Tuesday that would pit 20 incumbent House members and six senators against each other in the 2012 election. Richfield’s representative Sen. Ken Kelash, who would battle with Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) talked with Richfield Patch about the proposed plan. For the full story, click .

The announced Diane Ahlquist as the recipient of the 2011 Gene and Mary Jacobsen Outstanding Citizen Award for her great work in the community. In addition, the commission announced that “From Every End of This Earth” would be its next book club selection.

Schools

The Richfield School Board discussed new legislation that included a requirement for third grade students to pass a reading proficiency test in order to move on to fourth grade.

Superintendent Bob Slotterback felt this legislation would not fix the problem, but only worsen the problem. For the full story, click .

The (RHS) is part of Classic Minnesota Public Radio’s , which accepts new and used instrument donations for school band department. Richfield received six instruments in 2010 and hopes to receive more this year so it can provide all students with instruments.

In addition, the RHS music departments saw four musicians accepted to various all-state bands and choirs. To see the full all-state article, click .

RHS seniors attended their senior banquet on Cinco de Mayo and many were named to special senior awards. To see who was voted what, click .

RHS teacher and coach Eric Herrmann was recognized as one of Fox 9 TV’s Top Teachers of the Year May 2. This comes just a few days after Richfield S.T.E.M. School teacher Melanie Lawrence-Smith was also recognized with the same award. To see a video of Lawrence-Smith’s reaction to the news, click . To see Herrmann’s interview with Fox 9’s Ian Leonard, click here.

Sports

Richfield Patch continued highlight senior athletes from both RHS and (AHA) in its Senior Spotlight features. The students featured included: , RHS baseball; , RHS track and field; , RHS track and field; , RHS track and field; , RHS track and field; , AHA baseball; , AHA lacrosse; , AHA lacrosse.

Richfield Baseball Inc. (RBI) began its season for third through eighth graders Saturday at Roosevelt Park. Patch was there taking tons of pictures. To see the 50-photo gallery, click .

The Neighborhood Files

Local residents Philip Lowe, Jr. and Jason King wrote a Letter to the Editor and to community members about a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in Minnesota. Many readers have posted their thoughts and comments on the issue; to see the full letter, click .

The City of Richfield hosted its third annual Cinco de Mayo festival at Veteran’s Memorial Park Thursday. Patch was there snapping photos of community members and their families eating, laughing and playing. For the full photo gallery, click .

There were 11 closed home sales in Richfield the last week in April and Richfield Patch had the details on eight of the homes. To see what SOLD! and for how much, click .

Happy Mother's Day, too!

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