Teen wins award

Sixteen-year-old Alison Kurzhal of Maplewood was presented with a Life Safety Award by the Maplewood City Council in December.

She and her mother were the first on the scene of an automobile accident that killed two men in October near the corner of Hwy. 61 and Beam Avenue. Kurzhal dialed 911 to summon paramedics to the scene, and assisted them as needed throughout the rescue attempt.



Health survey offer

Got a health or environmental concern? Washington County encourages residents and anyone who commutes to work in the county to complete a brief survey on the county website.

Go to www.startribune. com/a3840 and then click on Hot Topics. The survey will be accessible through Feb. 28. "Public health services need to be responsive to the concerns of citizens," said Commissioner Dennis Hegberg, who represents District 1 in northern Washington County.

The county's Department of Public Health and Environment collects public comment every five years. Results will help determine programs and services through 2013.


Washington County

Ski trails are ready

Thanks to the snowiest December in recent years, cross-country ski trails are groomed and open. Washington County park officials said that trail conditions are the best they have been in recent years.

Ski trails are located in Lake Elmo Regional Park Reserve (Lake Elmo), St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park (Denmark Township), Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park (Cottage Grove), and Pine Point Regional Park (Stillwater Township).

Daily or annual vehicle parking permits are required at each park location. State ski passes are also required when skiing any of these trails.

For more information call the Ski Trail Conditions Hotline at 651-430-8368. Trail maps are available online at\parks and at most trailheads. Maps, permits and ski passes are also available at contact stations in the parks.



Ski lessons available

Roseville Parks and Recreation is offering cross country ski classes Jan. 12 and 13, and Jan. 26 and 27.

The classes are designed for beginners and advanced beginners. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Skis, boots and poles are available for rental during weekdays before the classes. Call 651-792-7110 to register for the classes, which will be held at Cedarholm Golf Course.


St. Paul

Learn Spanish

Habla español? The International Institute of Minnesota, one of the state's largest refugee resettlement agencies, has begun offering Spanish classes.

There are five levels of instruction, from beginning to advanced Spanish. Classes meet once a week at its St. Paul offices across the street from the State Fairgrounds. The first session runs Jan. 15 to March 19. Spring session runs April 7 to June 13.

For more information, go to or call 651-647-0191, ext. 340.