Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Cubby Hole leased to Ben Jung

Ben Jung is the new operator and chef at the Cubby Hole in Woodville. He is pictured in his kitchen.

The Cubby Hole in Woodville has been leased to Ben and Kelli Jung and they have opened a restaurant at the location. They will continue to operate the bar.

Ben Jung is the former chef at Cafe Tango in Baldwin. He said his new venture in Woodville is going well. He started operating the Cubby Hole April 1, opened the restaurant last week and will hold a Grand Opening celebration Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26.

The Cubby Hole will feature a selection of American food, said Ben, and fresh meats from Olson's Woodville Meats. The restaurant also features locally roasted Apple River Coffee from Star Prairie.

Ben said he grew up in the small town of Randolph, Wis., which has a population of about 1,800 people and is about 45 minutes northeast of Madison.

Ben attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Minneapolis. His food preparation experience in addition to Cafe Tango, includes working at Bon Appetit food service at Macalester College, including working with an Italian Chef. Most recently, Ben has worked for Cisco Foods and with many local establishments.

The restaurant at the Cubby Hole features seating for about 75, with space available for 150 at special events. The establishment is smoke-free. In the future the restaurant will feature entertainment and cater to meetings.

Kelli and Ben have two children, Joey, seven, who is in kindergarten and Mikey, two and one-half.

School referendum update - First public informational meeting set for May 5

An update concerning the June 3, 2008 school building referendum was presented at the school board meeting Monday night.

Superintendent Rusty Helland displayed the informational flyer that has been distributed throughout the district. He said a direct mail packet is ready to go and will be mailed next week to all district residents. The information from the packet will also be posted on the district web site, he said.

Monday, May 5 is the first of four scheduled public informational meetings regarding the referendum.

"Our goal is to have informed voters," Helland said.

The district web site's referendum page has been receiving a high volume of visits, according to Athletic Director/Transportation Supervisor Wade Labecki, who developed the site. "There is now a new video on the site," he added.

Since March 24, the first day the referendum page was available, there were 600 visits to the page during the last week of that month. Labecki said the traffic continues to be high during April, averaging 300 visits a day during the week and 200 visits per day on the weekend.

"The facilities study group power point is particularly popular," commented Labecki.

During the open forum, district resident LeAnn Rice identified herself as a representative of Citizens for Responsible Government, a fiscally conservative political action committee based in Milwaukee. She said there are 30 affiliates across the state, one being in St. Croix County. The group has reviewed the Baldwin-Woodville referendum information she said. Rice submitted a document of questions for board members regarding the referendum, requesting answers within a week.

"I certainly appreciate the hard work of the board," Rice said.

Eric Becker, Viking Middle School band director, delivered a presentation of music department happenings in the district. The entire music department was present: Becker, Adam Bassak, high school band director; Chandra Lamb, elementary music; Janet Hanson, high school choral
director; and Jane Thompson, Viking general music and choir director.

Students start playing instruments, singing, reading music, and composing at the elementary level, Becker said. At middle school each grade level has a choir and band he added.

At the high school level the various choirs and bands not only perform, they compete throughout the season, Becker said, and have been very successful.

Presently, three of the music department staff are over-scheduled due tolarge numbers of participants Becker concluded.

High School teacher Jason Sell informed the board of a pilot program for block classes next year. He said block classes (longer class periods, usually two periods) will be offered for sophomores in geometry, English, speech and physics. The block classes will be completed in a semester instead of running the entire year. Regular classes will also be offered, and the results of the two will be compared and evaluated at the end of the year, Sell said.

Advantages of block classes for certain disciplines include more cooperative learning, research opportunities, collaboration, and more teacher time with students. "Block classes make sense for some areas," said Principal Eric Russell, "but areas like foreign language or band, for instance, need to run the entire year."

Sell also informed the board that next year there will be two days of final exams scheduled at the high school. "We want to prepare each grade level for what comes next," he said. Sophomores need to be ready to take the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam, and seniors attending college need to have experience taking final exams, for example, said Sell.

A motion to approve year-end expenditures totaling $517,335 was approved by the board. Included in the expenditures are water proofing at Viking, $192,000, and high school, $149,000.

The board approved a ten cent increase in lunch prices, including adult lunches.

The board approved a $50.00 increase in the Drivers Education fee, which will be $200.00.

The board approved support staff 2008-2010 compensation/contracts.

The board approved the resolution authorizing adoption of 403(b) plan. The plan fulfills IRS requirements regarding tax sheltered annuities.

Board member Mike Bondarenko was appointed the board's representative to the 2008 CESA #11 Annual Convention.

Family Resource Center's auction features renowned totem pole

Apryl Mullvain, one of Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley's parent educators, shows the totem pole donated by world-renowned carvers Carl and Linda Muggli, to children from a Play & Learn Group. The traditional totem will be auctioned at the Reach for the Stars, Family Resource Center's annual gala on Sunday, April 27.

If you have seen the television show Grey's Anatomy or the movie Hoot, you may be familiar with the productions' featured totem poles created by world renowned carvers Carl and Linda Muggli.

Celebrities in the totem pole carving ranks, the Mugglis have donated a seven foot example of their work to the Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley for the organization's Reach for the Stars benefit auction that will be held Sunday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m. at the R & D Banquet
Facility in New Richmond.

The Northwest Coast native-inspired totem pole is hand carved, features traditional symbolism and is valued at over $1,400. Along with the totem pole, some novelty items that will be auctioned by auctioneer Tom Morris at the western-themed gala include: a trip to an authentic western town in Montana, a handmade cowboy quilt, pottery, gourmet cakes and more.

People gathering at this year's Reach for the Stars gala will be helping FRCSCV celebrate its tenth year of service to children and families. Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley is an early childhood development, family support and parent education organization serving all families in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties.

Featuring music by Stampede, dancing, a western-themed buffet, keepsake photos, calf roping and prizes for the best western costume, this year's Reach for the Starts is a not-to-be-missed event. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. You should call 715-684-4440 for a
chance to bid on the world class, one-of-a-kind totem pole and to reserve your spot at the benefit Sunday.

Major sponsors of Reach for the Stars include: Donaldson Company, OEM Fabricators, First Bank of Baldwin, Northern Metal Fabricators, Xcel Energy, Bremer Bank, Nilssen's Super Valu, Behavior Solutions Plus and Durand Builders.

B-W Junior Prom is Saturday

Junior candidates for Prom King and Queen are pictured above. In the front row are, from left: Alice Stone, Morgan Trunkel, Amy Lund, Jessica Curtis and Karlyn Sturtevant. In back, from left, are: Brett Tiffany, Dillon Anderson, Alex Buechter, Jason Geurkink and Logan Jacobson.

Sick and tired of this nasty April weather? How does a trip to Hawaii sound? Well look no further: the Junior Class Prom "Tropical Nights" will be held Saturday, April 26, with the Grand March and Coronation at 2:00 pm in the South Gym.

Prom 2007 Queen Angela Kusilek and King Grant Gausman will be on hand to crown a lucky pair of juniors. Those on the 2008 prom court include: Dillon Anderson, Alex Buechter, Jason Geurkink, Logan Jacobson, Brett Tiffany, Jessica Curtis, Amy Lund, Alice Stone, Karlyn Sturtevant and Morgan Trunkel.

This year's prom committee would love to have any junior class members who would like to get involved help decorate, Wednesday, April 23 after school, Thursday, April 24 six to ten p.m. and Friday, April 25 after school.

Tickets to the Grand March will be $3.00 for students and adults and $1.50 for kids under 10. Doors open at 1:30.