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14
Aug

Back to school project helps students succeed in school

The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf in New Brighton will be providing school supplies to children in need again this school year, as they have done for more than 15 years.
Ralph Reeder is a community education program of the Mounds View  Public School District offering emergency and supplemental food assistance, short term case management to other low income resources, school supplies, and holiday help to low income residents in the community.
Last school year the Good Neighbor Back to School Project, run through Ralph Reeder, provided nearly 700 children with school supplies and they hope to do the same this year.

Tue
13
Aug

Three juveniles charged in beating of Ray Widstrand


Ray Widstrand

A 16-year-old and two 15-year olds have been charged today in the beating of East Side resident Raymond Widstrand.
Widstrand, 26, was brutally assaulted on Sunday, Aug. 4, around 11:30 p.m. while he was walking within blocks of his home.
He reportedly walked by a group of people watching a fight near the intersection of Payne and Minnehaha avenues, when he was attacked. According to one witness account, he was struck over the head with a can in a sock, and then hit by several people.

Tue
13
Aug

Lauderdale gathers for community festival

Residents of Lauderdale will once again gather for the summer festival that brings the community together.
The Day in the Park Festival is from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, in Community Park, 1885 Fulham Street.
“It’s a great community building event,” Jim Bownik, assistant to the city administrator, said. “It’s an opportunity for Lauderdale residents to celebrate summer and talk with neighbors and have great time.”

Tue
13
Aug

Roseville high school welcomes new SLO

Officer Lacey BlizekOfficer Lacey Blizek will be starting duty as Roseville Area High School’s (RAHS) new school liaison officer (SLO) this fall. Blizek was hired to replace officer Maureen Sikorra, who recently retired from the Roseville Police Department.
She will patrol the school fulltime in her new role as SLO, looking out for the safety and security of the school’s 2,100 students and dozens of staff members.
According to the city, Blizek has worked as a patrol officer for the Roseville Police Department for more than eight years and has extensive training and experience in several areas, including blood alcohol testing operator (DWI offenses), suspect interview and search and seizure cases.

Mon
12
Aug

Man who drowned in Roseville police chase identified

A Hennepin County medical examiner has identified the man who drowned in Farrell’s Lake after a police chase Saturday night as 37-year-old Andrew Paul Heim of Minneapolis.
According to a statement issued Monday from Roseville police, Heim fled police after being pulled over for a broken taillight at approximately 9:30 p.m. Aug. 10 near the intersection of Cleveland and Oakcrest avenues in Roseville.
Heim slowed initially but did not stop for the squad’s emergency flashing lights, leading Roseville police on a nearly 3-mile pursuit north on Cleveland. Heim was driving a 2002 BMW 530iA sedan without a rear license plate and was traveling north towards County Road E2, authorities stated.

Mon
12
Aug

Playground popularizes St. Paul school


Linden Dungy and his wife Donna Dungy paid a visit to the new playground at Joy Academy and visited with schoolchildren. (submitted photo)

Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Dungy Family Foundation, the St. Paul Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s school, Joy Academy, is able to finish its playground project.
“We’re the first school in the state of Minnesota to receive this grant,” Joy Academy Principal Timothy Raddatz said.
“From our perspective, this is a great opportunity and recognition on behalf of this foundation for us to continue their mission of working with urban schools.”

Mon
12
Aug

Mendota Heights, SSP, WSP consider future regional hockey venues


South St. Paul’s Wakota Civic Arena could receive more than $2 million in renovations if plans pass a referendum next year. (file photo)

If passion alone could build hockey arenas, then northern Dakota County would likely be home to some magnificent ice.
The city councils holding the purse strings, however, will tell you that in reality they must balance the appeal of their facilities in an increasingly competitive marketplace with design disputes, bond issuances, equipment replacement schedules and a litany of other pricey and headache-inducing details.

Mon
12
Aug

SSP to explore floodwall extension


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South St. Paul may be adding on to its nearly 50-year-old floodwall, but first city officials must determine whether the extra protection would do more harm than good.
The city council took the first step in exploring an extension of the levee system to protect additional properties along I-494 near the Mississippi River by awarding a contract for a site evaluation project in its Aug. 5 meeting.
The contract, awarded to Minneapolis-based Barr Engineering, details the first phase of a three-phase analysis of the potential extension. In the first phase, Barr would identify potential challenges for floodwall construction, outline impacts to businesses whose properties would host the new wall and provide rough cost estimates for the project. The second phase of the evaluation would include detailed cost-benefit ratios of the added wall for affected properties, soil testing and other technical measurements required for federal approval of the work. Finally, the third phase would draw on the information already gathered to create a preliminary design for the new levee.

Mon
12
Aug

Residents turn up in droves, voice concerns over I-35E changes


Bikers cross Interstate 35E on the Gateway Trail. The trail crosses the freeway using an old railroad bridge, which will be removed when construction begins on the freeway. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Well over 100 people packed a meeting room on Wednesday, July 31, to talk about construction along Interstate 35E, the east-west barrier between the East Side and the rest of St. Paul.
Leslie McMurray, executive director of the District 5 Community Council, said she was surprised at the turnout, and noted the significance of the meeting -- with the freeway redesign projected to last a century, “this is our one chance to get it right,” she said.
Scott McBride from the Minnesota Department of Transportation said in a phone interview that he was “really happy to see all the people there.” McBride is the metro area district engineer for MnDOT.

Mon
12
Aug

Dayton’s Bluff development gaining traction


The Village on Rivoli site sits just south of Phalen Boulevard and just east of I-35E, with a view of downtown. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Village on Rivoli is a big housing project that’s been a long time in the making.
It’s been in the works for Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services since before 2006.
The proposed plan would put 34 two-story, single-family homes on unused land just to the east of Interstate 35E, just south of Phalen Boulevard. The brand new housing would be complete with a pedestrian courtyard and a prime view of downtown St. Paul, as well as a glimpse of Minneapolis.

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