Aundrea Kinney

Aundrea Kinney can be reached at akinney@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7822.

Wed
06
Apr

Maplewood’s ‘new beginning’ has begun to show


Maplewood’s new logo, top, incorporated a clear maple leaf that will take on the color of whatever is behind it, or it can remain white.

Maplewood’s city logo changed when the website was updated last October, but over the past few months as the city has been phasing out the old logo, residents have begun noticing the change.

Wed
06
Apr

New Cub Foods in Oakdale to open soon


The Cub Foods in Oakdale’s Bergen Plaza is expected to open soon. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Over the past few months work crews have been busily transforming a former Kmart building in Bergen Plaza on 10th Street North, just west of Interstate 94, into a new Cub Foods store. 

Wed
06
Apr

Robots rampage at regionals


The FIRST Stronghold arena consists of a tower for each alliance and five defenses to protect it. (courtesy of FIRST Robotics.)
North, Hill-Murray, Mounds Park kids are gearing up for high-tech contest this weekend
 
Robots fighting a medieval siege may sound like the plot for a new young adult novel, but it’s actually the premise of a technology competition that is generating growing interest with 14- though 18-year-olds. 
High school students from the region will be gathering in Minneapolis this week to test their robots against those of their opponents on a medieval siege-themed course.

North High School and Hill-Murray High School will be competing in the 10,000 Lakes Regional event, and Mounds Park Academy’s team is entered in the North Star Regional event.

Wed
06
Apr

The sky’s the limit for Skyview Middle School Spanish teacher Grant Boulanger


Skyview Middle School’s Spanish teacher Grant Boulanger was honored as the Regional Language Teacher of the Year. Eighth-graders take on roles in the interactive classroom conversations. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

“Todo es posible en la clase de Español,” says Skyview Middle School teacher Grant Boulanger, explaining that it means, “Anything is possible in Spanish class.” 

Tue
05
Apr

Maplewood branch bank robbed


The female suspect has dark hair possibly with highlights. (Photos courtesy of Maplewood Police Department.)

Police seek help identifying female suspect

The Maplewood Police Department is seeking community help in identifying a woman involved in a bank robbery Saturday, April 2, at the TCF Bank branch inside Cub Foods, 100 W. County Road B. 

Witnesses described the woman as 20- to 25-year-old European American with dark hair that may have had highlights. At the time of the robbery she wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark leggings. 

At around 3 p.m., the woman presented a TCF Bank teller a note demanding money while implying she had a gun. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, she fled the store in an unknown direction and was not immediately located.

Wed
30
Mar

Oakdale-Lake Elmo Historical Society dissolves without enough volunteers


In 1913, the Eder School was still in use as a schoolhouse. It had no plumbing or electricity, and water had to be collected from the outdoor hand pump. Oil lamps were used to light the building, and a wood stove provided heat in the cold months of the year. (submitted photo)

One-room schoolhouse changes hands again

“There isn’t much interest in young people in history these days,” said Carol Houck, secretary and treasurer of the Oakdale-Lake Elmo Historical Society.

Lack of interest seems to be a trend across all volunteer-dependent organizations, which have been unable to attract people from the working and youth populations. In the case of the Oakdale-Lake Elmo Historical Society, it has been especially crippling. 

In response to its declining membership, the group merged with and recently transferred its collection to the Washington County Historical Society. 

Wed
30
Mar

Community hero donates furnace to family in need


Tami Thurmer and LeRoy Bendickson met March 2 with representatives from the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Pronto Heating and Air Conditioning. (submitted photo)

When LeRoy Bendickson of Mahtomedi received a Bryant Community Hero award and won a new furnace, he knew exactly what to do with it. 

Wed
30
Mar

Harriet Tubman Center in Maplewood receives generous item donation from Tartan High School


Jordan Cich, left, Brandon Ong, center, and Ruth Pee are three of eight students who helped collect donations from Tartan students and staff, and deliver them to the Harriet Tubman Center East in Maplewood.

The Skills USA group from Tartan High School recently completed a community service project that involved collecting items such as clothes, toys, books, toiletries and jewelry for the Harriet Tubman Center East in Maplewood.

Sun
27
Mar

East Side residents see opportunity, Oakdale residents resist change

As planning continues for the Gateway Gold Line, a bus rapid transit line that would run from downtown St. Paul to the east metro suburbs, planners are finding that support varies from one community to another.

Wed
23
Mar

Oakdale, Lake Elmo agree on reconstruction plans for Olson Lake Trail

After a few bumps along the way, there appears to be a somewhat smoother road forward for the Ideal Avenue/Olson Lake Trail reconstruction project.

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