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Jun

Picking up on Payne


Luiz Balderra, going into his senior year at Washington Tech Magnet High School, pulls out a giant weed bush in a parking lot garden bed along Payne Avenue on Monday, June 10. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

It was the first official day of summer, the Monday after school got out.
Likely, most kids spent it around the house, watching TV or on the computer, or maybe playing around the neighborhood.
But some kids from Washington Tech Magnet High School had a different plan.
Donning “East Side Pride” T-shirts, they pulled up heaps of weeds, picked up trash and planted flowers along Payne Avenue on Monday, June 10.
“I’d rather do this than play video games,” said Daniel Roeun, who will be a senior at Washington Tech next fall.

Thu
13
Jun

Washington County begins accepting same-sex marriage license applications

Following legislation legalizing same-sex marriage that Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law on May 14, Washington County began accepting same-sex marriage license applications on Thursday, June 6. Licenses will not be issued until Thursday, Aug. 1. Also beginning that day, Minnesota will recognize legal marriages of same-sex couples that took place in other states.

Thu
13
Jun

Shots fired near Payne and Case

Police responded to reports of gunshots near the intersection of Payne and Case avenues on Monday, June 3, in the daytime.

Wed
12
Jun

On-site clinic opens next week in North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District


District 622 School Board Chair Amy Coborn and Physician Assistant Ue Thao had the honor of cutting the ribbon at the new clinic in the district education building. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District employees will no longer have to travel to receive routine healthcare services.
District 622 will open its on-site medical clinic through HealthPartners’ Well@Work program on June 17. The clinic is available for use by district employees, retirees over 65 and employee dependents with HealthPartners health insurance.
“We are excited about it,” superintendent Patty Phillips said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our employees to receive health care. Wellness of our staff is very important to us.”

Wed
12
Jun

Shedding light on area shallow lakes

On June 4, the Valley Branch Watershed District held a community meeting to present plans to conduct a study of five shallow lakes and one creek within the watershed. Sunfish, Eagle Point and Horseshoe lakes in Lake Elmo, Silver Lake in North St. Paul, Maplewood and Oakdale, Lake Edith in Afton and Kelle’s Coulee in St. Mary’s Point are the focus of the study, which began a year ago in June 2012.
Jennifer Koehler, an engineer with Barr Engineering, Inc. who is working with the VBWD for the study, explained that these bodies of water are cause for concern because they do not meet state water-quality standards.

Wed
12
Jun

Sizzling discussion at this year’s Eggs ‘n Issues breakfast

Last week, city, school board and county officials came together for a meal and a healthy discussion on what’s happening in the community.
The Oakdale Business and Professional Association hosted its annual Eggs ‘n Issues breakfast June 6 at Oak Marsh Golf Course, and it was the second year of a new format for the event. State legislators were grilled at last year’s event before an intense November election, and this year it was county and city officials’ turn to discuss issues facing their communities.

Wed
12
Jun

Highway 36: 75-day closure between U.S. 61 and White Bear Avenue begins June 17


Highway 36 near English St. will be closed down for 75 days starting June 17. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

Motorists who regularly travel on state Highway 36 between U.S. Highway 61 and White Bear Avenue in Maplewood will need to begin planning alternate routes now, as the thoroughfare will be fully closed in both directions for more than two months starting at 6 a.m. Monday, June 17.
The 75-day closure is part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s $17 million Highway 36/English Street reconstruction project. The current signalized intersection is being replaced by a grade-separated diamond interchange.

Wed
12
Jun

New Brighton actor takes the stage in “Joseph”


New Brighton resident Wes Mouri is serving as understudy for six of Joseph’s brothers in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. (Heather Edwards/Bulletin)

It isn’t easy being a theatre understudy; you must always be prepared to take an actor’s place if they become ill or are injured. However, if an actor enjoys perfect health, the understudy may never take the stage despite extensive preparation.
“(Audience members) don’t think about what really goes into being an understudy,” noted Wes Mouri of New Brighton, who is an understudy for the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s current production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Wed
12
Jun

New Brighton golf tourney to help local kids

New Brighton’s Community Partners with Youth (CPY) is sponsoring a golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, June 22 at Brightwood Hills Golf Course to help support the organization’s summer and fall programs.
Golfers who are interested in participating are encouraged to form a foursome to play nine holes at Brightwood Hills. Each golfer would be responsible for finding $100 in sponsorship for their round.

Wed
12
Jun

Ramsey County begins accepting same-sex marriage license applications

Following legislation legalizing same-sex marriage that Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law on May 14, Ramsey County began accepting same-sex marriage license applications on Thursday, June 6.
Licenses will not be issued until Thursday, Aug. 1, at 12:01 a.m. Also beginning that day, Minnesota will recognize legal marriages of same-sex couples that took place in other states.

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