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  • Article by: SHANNON PRATHER, JIM ADAMS and JIM KERN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 14, 2013 - 1:41 PM

Alexis Wagenfeld, a sixth-grader at Salk Middle School in Elk River, has won the seventh annual National Magnet Schools Poster Contest. The announcement was made last week at the Magnet Schools of America (MSA) National Conference in Tulsa, Okla.

Wagenfeld’s poster was selected last month as the best in the nation among all STEM middle schools. It then came out on top in voting that included the national elementary and high school poster winners. She will receive a $100 prize and have her work featured on MSA’s promotional material.

The contest is an initiative to highlight and promote magnet schools across the country. The theme this year was Magnet Schools Transforming America Today for a Stronger Tomorrow.



City festival to feature pie-baking contest

Organizers will host a pie- baking contest as part of Fridley’s annual city celebration, the ’49er Days Festival. The grand prize is $1,000.

Medtronic and the Fridley ’49er Days Festival Committee will put on the 2013 event, which runs June 27-29. Financial One Credit Union and Bakers Square are sponsoring the pie-baking event, with the credit union providing the grand prize money. Anyone age 18 and older may enter. You do not need to be a Fridley resident. Entrants cannot be professional bakers and all elements of the pie must be made from scratch. Pies will be judged on taste, texture and originality.

The contest will be held June 29. Entries will be judged by Bakers Square staff. Participants may sign up through the Parks & Recreation on-line registration. The city’s website is The activity number to use to sign up is 349490-1.


Fridley Schools

StarGazers gala arts fundraiser is Saturday

The annual StarGazers gala, a fundraiser to support arts programs in the Fridley School District, will be held Saturday, May 18, at the Fridley Middle School, 6100 W. Moore Lake Dr.

The event has been dubbed “dinnertainment,” because it will include dinner, a show and a live auction. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. and dinner seating will start at 6:15.

The theme of this year’s program is “Magic to Magical” and the show will feature David Stahl, a magician who has performed for three presidents, has appeared on a number of TV networks, and graduated from Fridley High School in 1977.

In addition to Stahl’s appearance, there will be jazz, drumming, and dance performances by student ensembles, acts by school district staff, student musical solos, and a musical quartet from the Fridley Community Theater. Acts are focused on the magic theme.

Tickets are $25 for dinner and the show. For ticket reservations, call the ticket hotline at 763-502-5077 or e-mail For general information, call 763-502-5401.


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