Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Who’s NOT planning a BBQ this weekend? If the weather holds and you’ve got propane or charcoal, chances are, you’re grilling something with your friends and family. Here, new ideas for keeping your costs down. Sponsored by Home Depot.
Here at Patch, we like to be thrifty, so we talked to two barbeque experts and uncovered some really good ideas to help you save money on your next outdoor party. 1. Start with a marinade. This means planning ahead -- say, Friday. But it’s worth it, says Rick Browne, host of Barbeque America on PBS, because you can pass up that well-marbled ribeye steak and buy a less tender and less expensive choice to grill like a flank steak or chuck steak. Just marinate it or brine for one or two days and then cook long and slow on the barbeque grill to break down tissues but maintain moisture. “You need to include an acid in the marinade, perhaps juice, vinegar or soy sauce, but avoid cola which is so acidic it can turn meat into a soggy mess.” …
Multiple St. Louis Park fourth-graders were trapped under a pile of sand and rocks while on a class field trip at Lilydale Regional Park. One child has died, two have been rescued and one is still unaccounted for.
UPDATE: One St. Louis Park elementary schooler is dead and another two are seriously injured after they were involved in a tragic accident at Lilydale Regional Park on Wednesday afternoon. A fourth student is missing, according to St. Paul Fire Department Public Information Officer Steve Zaccard. Zaccard described rescue efforts as a "very fluid situation," saying the nearly 75 rescue workers on scene have to wait until the area can be secured to continue recovery efforts of a fourth missing child. "It's too dangerous to continue because of water flowing into the hole," Zaccard said. "Once we make the scene safe, we'll continue our effort to look for that missing child." The Peter Hobart Elementary School students were part of a fourth-…
The county is holding an open house on May 30 to discuss the planned greenway that would pass through the area.
Open houses next week will give the public a chance to weigh in on plans for the Mendota-Lebanon Hills Greenway. The draft master plan for the greenway beginning at the Village at Mendota Heights, passing through Eagan and ending at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Open houses, the final stage of the year-long master planning process, will be held at the following times and locations: “The county has made a lot of progress in both greenway construction and planning for new greenway corridors over the last 5 years,” John Mertens, project manager for Dakota County, said in a statement in January. "Resident input during the planning process helps us ensure that greenways, when constructed, are assets to the communities in Dakota County. More …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Clothing, volunteer efforts, and money are all being coordinated by the Minnesota conference of Methodists.
Did you know that more women change their hairstyle in the spring than any other time of the year? It’s that urge to try something different.
The family of teen killed in distracted driving crash is using foundation created in her name to affect change. The Dixit family tells how they are, slowly but surely, moving forward, and making their daughter proud. Sponsored by Grape Nuts.
About this sponsorship: In honor of the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s historic ascent of Mount Everest, Patch and Grape-Nuts are teaming up to highlight those who inspire people around them to climb their own mountains. Shreya Dixit could have taken the bus to her parents' home in Eden Prairie that night. That was the plan when the University of Wisconsin student woke up that morning, before she learned she would be able to catch a ride with a friend who was driving to the Twin Cities that night. When she and two other friends were getting into the car for that trip, she could have gotten into the back seat instead of the front passenger seat. The driver could have, when she realized roughly a third of the way into their …
As you give your child an extra hug, send out your thoughts to Oklahoma and share what makes the educators in your child’s life special.
Last week, I had the opportunity visit with a few children at the Excelsior Farmers Market. Not surprising, they knew the exact number of days left until summer break. While many of our kids in Minnesota are eyeing the calendar with anticipation for summer break, I was reminded this week how much we owe our educators. As parents, we send our children off to school each morning expecting another typical school day until we pick them up. It becomes a parents worst nightmare when unexpected tragedies and circumstances hit a school – situations that seem to have been all too common nationwide during the 2013-2013 school year. Yet, time and time again, we hear about educators that put their life on the line to save those students they are …
Donating money to organizations that help victims is quick and easy.
Americans across the country are reacting with shock to the devastation caused by a 2-mile wide Tornado in Oklahoma. Dozens have died, and President Obama has declared the path of the tornado a major disaster area. If you would like to help, you can do so from your computer or mobile device right now. Patch will be posting stories of locals who are working to help victims from afar. If you know of someone local was affected by the tornado or who is working to help the victims, please contact Mendota Heights Patch Editor James Sanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use Patch's gas price feature to minimize your pain at the pump.
Seeing your bill at the gas pump climb to $50, $60 or even $70? The statewide average gas price in Minnesota is $4.27—the highest in the lower 48 states, according to a Monday report in the Pioneer Press. Mendota Heights' gas prices are all over the board, with per-gallon prices at many stations above and below the average. Wondering where to go for the cheapest fuel in Mendota Heights? According to gasbuddy.com, prices for a gallon of gas ranged from $4.40 at the Lilydale BP on Sibley Memorial Highway to $4.20 at the Holiday station on Dodd Road. People can also click on the "Commute" tab at the top of the page for updates on gas prices in Mendota Heights. Editor's note: Gas prices can change several times throughout the day, therefore …
Monday, May 20, 2013
New clinic offering talk on traditional Chinese Medicine's unique perspective on aging.