Bits and Pieces of Bloomington News

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Friday, February 13th, 2015 at 2:57pm.

It seems as if everyone in Bloomington is talking about the frigid temperatures, to the exclusion of pretty much everything else. From car trunks frozen in place to broken water mains, the cold temperatures are wreaking havoc across the state.

There is, however, more to Bloomington than our current Arctic blast. Let’s take a look at some of the news you may have missed over the past week or so.

Kids back to school earlier this year

The Bloomington Board of Education has changed the back-to-school date by moving it up to September 1 -- the Tuesday before Labor Day. In the past, kids didn’t return from summer break until the day after Labor Day.

There is some good news in this, however. Because of the change, the first trimester will end before Thanksgiving, so students will have the entire Thanksgiving week off school, instead of the usual partial week.

We aren’t alone in the calendar change, by the way. Richfield, Edina, and Minneapolis will also start early.

2015 Minnesota teacher of the year

There are 123 candidates for this year’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year award and Jonathan Anderson, a math teacher at Jefferson High, is among them.

A Minnesota native, Anderson has been teaching in the district since 1998. He attended Minnetonka High and then U.M. in Duluth. He later went on to obtain a masters degree.

The awards ceremony is being held in May at the Mall of America. If Mr. Anderson wins, and we don’t see any reason he shouldn’t, he will be the 51st Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Good luck to him from all of us on Team Lindahl.

Have your voice heard

If you have an opinion about Bloomington’s Alternative Transportation Plan and you missed the open comments session last night, you can still have your opinion counted. The Bloomington City Council is accepting comments via email through Saturday, February 28. Send them to

Some of the updates to the original 2008 plan include a city-wide bike and pedestrian network and a sharper focus on enhancing and maintaining the existing trail network. You can view the draft plan here.

Keep warm!

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