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Gertens moves into former Linder’s space in Lake Elmo

Gardening aficionados in the metro area were happy last week when Gertens Greenhouse and Garden Centers announced it had purchased the site of the former Linder’s greenhouse in Lake Elmo.
The Inver Grove Heights-based company completed the acquisition of the growing range, located near 15th Street and Inwood Avenue, on Jan. 27. The acquisition includes 52 acres of land, a 12-acre heated greenhouse, four utility buildings and several more acres of nursery growing fields, but does not include the former Linder’s Garden Center retail store on Larpenteur Avenue.

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Feb

New Brighton receives first place National Night Out Award again


Members of New Brighton’s Public Safety Department and New Brighton City Council members pose with the first place national trophy the city received for National Night Out participation in 2013 at the Jan. 28 city council meeting. From left: Council member Brian Strub, Council member Mary Burg, deputy director of public safety Dan Olson, mayor Dave Jacobsen, Council member Paul Jacobsen, Council member Gina Bauman, crime prevention officer Trevor Hamdorf and director of public safety Bob Jacobson. (submitted photo)

The city of New Brighton has earned the first place national award for its participation in National Night Out (NNO) activities for 2013. Nationally, over 16,000 communities took part in NNO last year on Aug. 6.
Last year marked the third year in the past ten that the city has received the prestigious first place national award from the National Association of Town Watch for cities with populations of 15,000 to 49,000 residents.

Wed
05
Feb

North St. Paul firefighters nibble ice fishing contest comeback

Betty Enright remembers when North St. Paul anglers dragged couches onto a frozen Silver Lake a decade or so ago, as a cozy way to compete in the North St. Paul Lions Club’s popular ice fishing contest.
Her late husband, Ray, the keeper of many pails and a past club president, used to help organize the annual event that, due to dwindling membership and thin-ice cancellations, the club hasn’t hosted for the past few years.
“I just remember it took a lot of manpower,” said Enright, who’s been living in North St. Paul since 1944.

Wed
05
Feb

Writing with a passion


Johanna Schmidt performs her poem in front of her peers. (submitted photo)

Two Oak Hill Montessori School students were recently honored for their writing skills.
Freddy Keillor and Johanna Schmidt received 2012-2013 Lillian Wright Awards for Creative Writing from COMPAS. COMPAS Arts Education Program published the students’ work in its 34th annual student writing anthology, this year titled “Universal Community.” Keillor won the award for “Best Writing in Grades 6-7” for his poem “A Photo,” while Schmidt won the award for “Best Writing in Grades 8-12” for her poem “Declaration Dysfunction.”

Tue
04
Feb

Roseville girls second in SEC Nordic meet

The state rankings held true to form at last week’s Suburban East Conference Nordic ski racing championship meet. Roseville’s girls team entered the meet ranked as the second-best team in the conference and that’s how the final results played out last week.
Roseville was ranked among the group of teams just outside of the top five while Stillwater was ranked No. 2. The Raiders wound up just behind the Ponies when the final scores were tallied at the conference meet.
Stillwater won the conference team title with 472 points while Roseville was second with 442 points.

Tue
04
Feb

Unrelenting cold has schools scheduling makeup days

Due to bitterly cold temperatures -- caused by what the National Weather Service has dubbed as “polar vortices”  -- several local school districts are scheduling makeup days for students after five days of school cancellations in January.
Under state statutes, school districts must provide a minimum of 1,020 hours of instructional time per school year, or 165 days.  School districts vary, however, in how many extra days are added to each school calendar year to act as a buffer for weather-related cancellations.

Mon
03
Feb

On to Greener Pastures


Black Jack, outfitted in his duty saddle, stands ready to police the streets in St. Paul.

St. Paul police horse retires
Black Jack, the St. Paul Police Mounted Patrol's longest-serving horse, retired on Jan. 31 after 14 years of service.
Black Jack, or BJ as he is affectionately known, will return to live with his previous owners, the Grannis family, in Inver Grove Heights.

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03
Feb

With landmark sex traffic sentence, experts reflect and look forward

Jan. 9 marked a historic day for the fight against sex trafficking.
Otis Washington, 30, of St. Paul was given the longest ever sentence for sex trafficking in the state - his penalty was 40 years in prison for an operation that he, his brother Antonio Washington-Davis and two uncles conducted, selling at least 10 vulnerable girls and young women for sex in the Twin Cities and throughout the state, over a period of two years.

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03
Feb

East Side Family Clinic doubles dental services


University of Minnesota dental student Jonathan Song works on a woman’s teeth at the recently opened East Side Family Clinic. The clinic recently teamed up with the university to bring dental students in, bolstering the clinic’s dental service capacity. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Things are getting into gear at the recently opened East Side Family Clinic’s dental facility.
The state of the art wing of the building, which opened in November 2013, is a huge boost in dental services for the non-profit organization - it’s gone from having four dental chairs on the East Side to 20.
And thanks to a partnership with the University of Minnesota, the nonprofit clinic now has the staffing to fill nearly all of those chairs, which serve a high number of uninsured patients and lower-income patients on a sliding scale, alongside the fully insured.

Mon
03
Feb

East Side residents raise concerns about proposed homeless shelter


A map of downtown St. Paul shows the proposed site for a new Dorothy Day Center on the eastern edge of downtown, along with the current location on the western edge of downtown. (submitted graphic)

Depending on whom you ask, the potential site for Catholic Charities’ new homeless shelter is on the edge of the East Side, the edge of downtown St. Paul, or both.
Seeking to better service St. Paul’s homeless population, the organization is looking to add 50 beds for emergency shelter, transitional housing space, and 135 permanent supportive housing units.
The group has identified a state-owned plot near the intersection of University Avenue and Lafayette Road as a possible site. The spot is currently in use by the state as storage for items removed from the Capitol building during its renovation.

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