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One year after tragedy, Oakdale Elementary remembers Devin Aryal


Oakdale Elementary School students and staff wore green on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in remembrance of former student Devin Aryal, who died last year. Peter Mau, who was the principal at the time, came back to eat lunch with students that day. (submitted photos)

Oakdale Elementary School went green on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. But not in an environmental sense --nearly 600 students and staff were literally covered with the verdant shade.
Students, staff, teachers and administrators arrived at school that morning, clad in green as a way to celebrate the life of Devin Aryal, a fourth-grader who died after being killed in a drive-by shooting last year. Green was his favorite color.

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Feb

Challenge grant issued to help fund inclusive playground in Shoreview


An artist rendering of Turtle Lake Elementary School’s “A Playground for Everyone,” which will be the area’s first inclusive playground. The playground committee still needs donations to make the unique playground a reality.

The Turtle Lake Elementary “A Playground for Everyone” campaign has received a  $5,000 challenge grant from the Shoreview Community Foundation. The challenge, launched on Feb. 1, will match new donations from individual Shoreview residents of up to $5,000 through April 1.
“The Turtle Lake Playground for Everyone will enrich our whole community for healthy recreation in an inclusive environment. We are pleased that these funds, donated by residents and businesses, will help move the project to completion and encourage members of the Shoreview community to support the campaign,” Shoreview Community Foundation Vice Chair Kent Peterson said in a written statement.

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Feb

North St. Paul couple donates $34K for toddler park in daughter’s memory


North St. Paul City Council member Terry Furlong, who also works with the Parks and Recreation Commission, left, stands with Tony and Sarah Zahradka. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

The story of Tony and Sarah Zahradka moved hundreds of people throughout the Twin Cities area to help build a park for younger children in North St. Paul.
With the help of many donors over about two months, the North St. Paul couple recently contributed $34,350 to a fund for a toddler-friendly play structure at Casey Lake Park. They presented the ceremonial check to the city at the Feb. 18 North St. Paul City Council meeting.

Tue
25
Feb

Police try to identify gunman who threatened to rape 2 women in North St. Paul, Maplewood

Investigators have been following up on tips pouring in through phone calls and text messages, searching for the suspect who appears to be the same man who got into one car in North St. Paul and then another in Maplewood on Sunday night, threatening to rape and shoot the two women who drove them.
One woman took her chance to run away, and the other convinced the man to let her go unharmed.  By Tuesday afternoon, police had received many calls and texts from people who claimed to have seen the man, but they haven't yet led investigators to the suspect's identity.

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Feb

Scalze, Isaacson discuss 2014 legislative session

Around 50 people braved ice-coated roadways on Saturday morning to attend a town hall meeting at the Roseville Public Library, hosted by State Representative Jason Isaacson, DFL-Shoreview, and State Senator Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada.
The District 42 lawmakers provided a preview of some of the issues being addressed this legislative session and discussed what their priorities would be, prior to opening up the floor for questions from constituents in the room.

Tue
25
Feb

Raiders ride “uneven” performance to state title

Oftentimes a fraction of a point will decide a championship at the state gymnastics meet. That wasn’t the case last Friday when Roseville won its third consecutive Class AA crown.
Roseville beat runner-up Northfield by a full point thanks in large part to a dominating performance on the uneven bars. Roseville outscored Northfield by nearly two full points on the apparatus to pull away and win the title.

Mon
24
Feb

New Brighton police search for burglary suspect

At approximately 10:20 this morning officers from the New Brighton Department of Public Safety (NBDPS) were dispatched to the 2700 block of West County Road H for a report of an interrupted home burglary that had occurred 10 minutes prior. 

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Feb

Officials, neighbors look at lower Payne redesign


Residents teamed up with local business owners and city staff to hash out ideas for how to improve lower Payne Avenue. The group focused on the area from Edgerton Street down to East Seventh Street. (submitted photo)

In its current state, the lower end of Payne Avenue is ready for some attention, says Amy Brendmoen, city council member for Ward 5.
Luckily, the street should get some love next year, thanks to some Capital Improvement Budget funds, which would bring a redesign of the Payne Avenue and East Seventh Street intersection. It’s ranked 15th among city CIB projects, and stands to get around $97,000 in 2015 for a reworking of the intersection, and improved pedestrian and bicycle features.

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Feb

Partners in crime target metro area Menards stores

Howard and St. John hit 12 separate locations; stole more than $8,000 worth of tools
In just a week and a half, two partners in crime stole more than $8,000 worth of goods from 12 Menards stores in the metro area last summer.
The thefts took place between June 4 and June 14, 2013.

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Feb

2 women unharmed after man threatened to shoot, rape them in Maplewood, North St. Paul


North St. Paul and Maplewood police are searching for a suspect who reportedly used a gun to force two women to drive their cars to another location, threatening to shoot and rape them in the adjacent suburbs. The man, who was described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, wearing dark clothing and latex gloves, has not been apprehended. (Courtesy of the Maplewood Police Department)

Police suspect the same man held two women at gunpoint in their cars Sunday night, one in Maplewood right after the other in North St. Paul, forcing them to drive around and threatening to rape them.
One woman fled, and the other was let go unharmed.

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