Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
Roughly 150 Cottage Grove residents gathered at Park High School to discuss the option of leaving the Suburban East Conference as a way to bolster the school's sports programs - a debate waged inside the walls of Park in 2009. The "community input night," led by Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel, came as Park staff members have searched for ways to improve the school's level of competition and bolster participation.
Minnesotans get used to sporting events being called off due to rain, lightning, snow or even a collapsed roof. But having a baseball game stopped in order to cut the grass? Now that's a new one. The St. Paul Park and Hastings Legion baseball game at Miesville's famous Jack Ruhr Stadium on Saturday, July 9, was canceled so the grounds crew could mow the field. "We were tied 3-3 through three-and-a-half and they had to cut the grass," said St. Paul Park Legion team head coach Matt Doornink. "I've never seen, or even heard of, anything like it.