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Wed
10
Jul

622 School Board approves $160.5 million budget for 2013-14

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board approved a  budget for the 2013-14 school year at its regular meeting last month.
Minnesota statute requires the school board to approve the district’s revenue and expenditure budgets for the next school year before July 1.
The budget outlines expenditures at about $160.5 million, and revenues projected at about $154.1 million.

Wed
10
Jul

District 621 moves programs for all-day K

On Tuesday, June 25 the Mounds View School Board unanimously authorized the district to enter into lease agreements for two properties to house its K-8 Special Education Programs, Adult Basic Education Programs and Adult Learning Center Program.
Relocation of these programs is necessary to accommodate the free all-day kindergarten program the district will be offering starting in the 2014-15 school year.
The district has plans to move kindergarten out of its six elementary schools, making them first through fifth grade.

Wed
10
Jul

Mounds View City Council, staff discuss food truck regulations

Council and city staff members held a discussion on food trucks at the Mounds View City Council Work Session on Monday, July 1.
Mounds View’s Assistant City Administrator Desaree Crane told the council about the status of the sole food truck operating in the city -- The Los Primas taco truck that has been parked at the BP gas station at 2155 Highway 10 recently.

Wed
10
Jul

New Brighton seeks applicants for urban farming task force

The city of New Brighton wants input from residents on what the city sees as a hot button issue -- urban farming, or more specifically, the keeping of chickens and other farm birds on residential lots.
Most communities around the metro have regulations either limiting the practice or prohibiting it all together but that is where New Brighton is unique, it has none.
“We don’t have any regulations. That’s one of the issues,” New Brighton’s Community Development Director Grant Fernelius says. “We have more and more people interested in keeping chickens and other fowl on their property and more and more people who think something needs to be done.”

Tue
09
Jul

RAHS names new boys hockey coach

When Jeff Whisler took over as the activities director at Roseville Area High School in the summer of 2012, his first major order of business was to find a boys hockey coach. A year later, Whisler spent the early part of the summer finalizing the hiring of another coach for that position.
Whisler announced on July 5 that Ryan Adams had accepted the offer of the position of Roseville’s boys hockey head coach. Adams takes over the head varsity job after serving as the junior varsity head coach last season.

Tue
09
Jul

RAHS speech team places at nationals

Roseville Area High School speech team member Logan Daniels thought life presented too many choices, so he chose to write and present about it. His dignified rant against life choices landed him a fourth place finish at the National Forensic League’s national speech and debate tournament.

Tue
09
Jul

Roseville PD loses key officer to retirement


Maureen Sikorra

When Maureen Sikorra retired from the Roseville Police Department earlier this month after 22 years, the department lost a veteran officer who had filled a number of roles during her career.
“I woke up one morning and said it’s time,” Sikorra said of her retirement. “It’s been a wonderful ride. I leave with mixed feelings.”
During her time in Roseville Sikorra worked as a patrol officer, juvenile detective, family violence investigator and finally, school liaison officer at Roseville Area High School (RAHS).

Mon
08
Jul

Jeffery Trevino trial moved to Sept. 16


Jeffery Trevino

On Monday, July 1, Ramsey County District Judge Leonardo Castro moved the murder trial of Jeffery Trevino, 39, to Sept. 16.
The trial was originally scheduled to begin July 22.
At an omnibus probable cause hearing in March, Trevino pleaded not guilty to killing his wife, Kira Steger, 30, in February. Steger reportedly had been planning on ending the marriage, and according to friends, Trevino was increasingly “suspicious” of what Steger was doing when they were apart. Her body was found in the Mississippi River May 8.

Sun
07
Jul

City council approves Cemstone site in SSP

The South St. Paul City Council is opting for substance over style in an effort to spark development in the city’s Interstate 494 corridor.
In its July 1 regular meeting, the council approved a conditional use permit that will allow Cemstone Product Manufacturing to operate a truck maintenance facility at 501 E Richmond St., despite concerns that the facility’s industrial aspect will be inconsistent with desire for lighter, more aesthetically-pleasing development in the corridor -- as called for in the city’s comprehensive plan.

Sun
07
Jul

Squatting art park could face demolition


Ronald “Arjo” Adams sits beside some scrap metal he salvages to make sculptures for his art park.

The park at 680 Wells St. is a strange, charming spot.
With quirky sculptures, picnic tables and gardens terraced into the steep hill, it’s a place familiar to many in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood.
It’s in many ways an extension of its maker, 60-year-old Ronald Joseph Adams, who goes by the nickname Arjo.

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