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Thu
14
Nov

Breaking: North St. Paul city block cleared out by report of suspicious package; bomb squad called


(Kaitlyn Roby/Review ‏@KRobyNews)

A little after noon Thursday, shoppers, diners and business proprieters were surprised as North St. Paul squad cars blocked "Main Street," East Seventh Avenue, for a full city block.
Squads with flashing lights parked across the intersections at Margaret and Charles streets and officers went from door to door telling patrons and owners alike they had to evacuate.

Thu
14
Nov

Janie's legacy of laughter and love: After toddler’s death, parents pursue memorial playground


A 17 months old, Janie Zahradka heads toward the playground at Edgerton Park in Maplewood. (submitted photo)

When Janie Zahradka was 7 months old, she sat on her dad’s lap at Casey Lake Park in North St. Paul to swing, because the playground wasn’t built for someone her size.
“She was always the happiest when she was outside playing,” said her father, Tony Zahradka, an assistant baseball coach at Johnson High School and teacher at Guadalupe Alternative Programs on St. Paul’s West Side.

Wed
13
Nov

Lake Elmo Market cultivates local fresh food movement


Lake Elmo Market manager Ramiz Saadeh ties off a bag of oranges in the store’s new section with fresh fruits and vegetables, such as green onions, acorn squash and potatoes. The convenience store adjacent to the Cimarron manufactured-home community is the only place within a few miles where nearby residents can buy groceries. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Alongside chips, candy and soda, Lake Elmo Market now offers acorn squash, sweet potatoes and tomatoes.
The gas station and convenience store recently expanded its offerings, making it one of the first branches of the local fresh food movement in a city with practically no grocery store options.
Manager Ramiz Saadeh partnered with Our Community Food Projects in collaboration with Washington County’s Living Healthy initiative to make Lake Elmo Market, located at 11025 Tenth St. N., one of the only places to buy groceries within city limits.

Wed
13
Nov

ISD 622 educator wins Teacher of the Year Award


Oakdale Elementary School teacher Kathy Lukin is recipient of The Arc Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year Award, honoring an outstanding teacher who has demonstrated excellence in educating and including students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Kathy Lukin holds her students to high standards. She does not pity or coddle the children who come into her classroom every day. She puts in extra hours before school and on the weekends to create new learning opportunities for her students. She advocates for more inclusiveness and support for her kids.
While these are strategies many teachers employ to help their students learn, Lukin is also faced with the challenge of teaching special education students, many of whom have severe disabilities.

Wed
13
Nov

Voters approve Stillwater District tax levy

This Election Day, residents living in the Stillwater Area Public School District voted to renew and increase the district’s tax levy.
About 63 percent of the voters, or about 9,111 of 14,396 votes cast, voted in favor of the $16.2 million levy, which district officials have said will have a three-fold impact: providing financial stability for schools by supporting current programs and avoiding more budget cuts; supporting the district’s “Bridge to Excellence” plan, and creating safer schools through a series of security upgrades.

Wed
13
Nov

Incumbents reign in Mounds View School Board elections

Last week, voters reelected three incumbents to serve new four-year terms on the Mounds View Area School Board.
Challenger John Hakes received 18.82 percent of total votes cast, but was roughly 1,100 votes shy of obtaining a seat on the board.

Wed
13
Nov

City elections tight in New Brighton, uncontested in St. Anthony

To say New Brighton's hard-fought race for city council was close would be an understatement. All five council candidates vying for two open spots were within 260 votes of one another.

Tue
12
Nov

A fun event’s on tap this week at Silverwood Park


Last year’s event was a brow-furrowing, roll-up-your sleeves workshop. This year, organizers have added fun as an ingredient and re-designed the event as a kid-friendly festival. (submitted phtoto)

An event homeowners, apartment renters - even kids - may want to check out is scheduled for the late afternoon and early evening of Thursday, Nov. 14 at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony.
The effort is co-sponsored by Falcon Heights and Lauderdale as well as St. Anthony and is subtitled “Action for Sustainable Cities.”It’s part of a movement that is growing not only locally, but also nationally, even internationally, that’s known as sustainability.

Tue
12
Nov

Falcon Heights incumbents win spots back on the city council

The Falcon Heights City Council will remain intact come January.
 Incumbents Pam Harris and Keith Gosline retained their spots on the council. According to unofficial results from last week’s election, Harris received roughly 46 percent of the votes and Gosline had roughly 39 percent, defeating challenger Michael Thomas who received about 14 percent of the total votes.

Tue
12
Nov

Roseville Area Schools levy referendum passes

On Election Day, School District 623 was one of many school districts across Minnesota to receive voter approval of a levy referendum.
About 68 percent of those who cast ballots voted in favor of the levy request, according to unofficial results. The eight-year operating levy will generate $1,505 per student in the district and will increase annually with the rate of inflation. The current operating levy, which generates $1,575 per pupil, will expire in June of next year.

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