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Wed
19
Jun

Booklet commemorates Ramsey County Fair’s 100-year milestone


Jim Lindner

Did you know the Ramsey County Fair was canceled in 1946 due to a polio outbreak that infected one out of every 2,649 residents in St. Paul?
History buff Jim Lindner discovered this fact during his research for a booklet he wrote to commemorate the fair’s centennial anniversary.
In his 36-page booklet, “Down Through the Years,” Lindner takes readers on a journey of the fair’s history, starting with its founding in 1913 in White Bear Lake to its present-day location in Maplewood.

Wed
19
Jun

Keller Lake Bridge construction begins

Construction on the Keller Lake Bridge over Highway 36 in Maplewood began Monday, June 17. The renovated bridge will have new guardrails, upgraded storm water ponds and easier pedestrian access.

Wed
19
Jun

Deadly helicopter crash occurs in quiet neighborhood near Maplewood Nature Center

A helicopter under contract with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District plummeted into a Maplewood resident's detached garage on the 2700 block of East Seventh Street near the Maplewood Nature Center this morning around 8:15 a.m., according to a press release from the Maplewood Police Department.
The helicopter was piloted by one person, who died in the crash. The pilot's name has not yet been released.
Maplewood police, fire and emergency medical service vehicles, Oakdale fire trucks, Ramsey County sheriff's deputies, Minnesota state troopers and representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration all rushed to the scene.

Wed
19
Jun

Recognized for bravery


Officers Brian Stroshane and Ryan Stuart were presented with the police department’s Medal of Valor after responding to an October call about a potentially suicidal man on the Fourth Street overpass above Interstate 694.

Police officers consistently put themselves in harm’s way to keep the public safe, but sometimes they go above and beyond to protect and serve.
Four members of the Oakdale Police Department and a public works employee were honored at an Oakdale City Council meeting last month for their heroic actions during 2012.
First, police officers Brian Stroshane and Ryan Stuart were presented with the police department’s Medal of Valor for their role in an incident that occurred on the afternoon of Oct. 18.

Wed
19
Jun

Youth-only food shelf opens in Maplewood


Lynnette Medcalf, Social Work team lead, shows the food shelf at the Salvation Army in Maplewood, which is open to youth Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. each week. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Just one short year after it opened its doors, the Maplewood Salvation Army food shelf at the Lakewood Worship and Service Center is expanding its program to target homeless youths in the area.
The food shelf located at 2080 Woodlynn Ave. in Maplewood is now allowing teens and young adults to come between 3 and 5 p.m. each Wednesday to pick out their own food with a staff member or volunteer. No identification or permanent address will be required to receive food items.

Wed
19
Jun

Suspect charged in Lake Elmo shooting

Authorities have charged Ruben Paramo, 35, with second-degree assault with a firearm as well as a firearm violation after a May shooting in Lake Elmo. Because Paramo is a felon who has previously been convicted of a violent crime, he cannot legally own a firearm. The maximum sentence of the combined charges is 25 years.
According to a criminal complaint, on May 21 around 8 p.m., a female motorist called 911 while driving on westbound Highway 36 to report that her passenger had been shot. The driver identified herself as Lisa Hackwith, which was later discovered to be a false name.

Wed
19
Jun

Counseling help for refugees offered at a St. Paul clinic


Roselawn Clinic joined forces with CVT, forming a team that offers refugee mental health services. From left to right: case manager Christi Johnson, therapist Jeff Walter, case manager Novia Josih and interpreter Pawwah Toe. (submitted photo)

After seeking refuge in the U.S. from the war-torn country of Burma, now known as Myanmar, Pawwah Toe, like many other Karen immigrants, settled in Minnesota.
Moving from an impoverished country to one of the world’s richest was a significant cultural shock for many of the refugees, Toe said.
The Karen also have lingering trauma from the brutal treatment they endured during the civil wars in their homeland.
These combined stresses prompted Toe to advocate for better mental health services for her people.
Her message has been heard.

Wed
19
Jun

Shoreview residents to pay more in gas and electric fees

The Shoreview City Council adopted ordinances to implement electric and gas service franchise fees at its Monday, June 3 council meeting.
Homeowners in the city can expect their electric bill’s to be $2.50 more per month and gas bills of a $1.30 more per month, or a total of about $45 more per year starting in October.
City Manager Terry Schwerm said the spike in utilities is expected to bring in around $805,000 of new revenue into the city each year.

Wed
19
Jun

Oakdale parks and buildings superintendent says farewell


Parks and Buildings Superintendent Randy Bastyr was presented with a certificate of recognition at the June 11 Oakdale City Council meeting for his nearly 34 years of service to the city. (submitted photo)

Outgoing Oakdale parks and buildings superintendent Randy Bastyr said there are many things he’ll miss about his job, but plowing snow isn’t one of them.
“I would love to just wake up and look at it, or better yet just read about it from somewhere warm,” Bastyr said with a laugh.
Bastyr will be retiring June 27 after 34 years with the city of Oakdale. Mayor Carmen Sarrack presented him with a certificate of recognition at the June 11 city council meeting, and said the city will greatly miss Bastyr, who with his crew is responsible for maintaining a majority of the city’s facilities and grounds and plays a major role in the city’s biggest celebration -- Summerfest.

Tue
18
Jun

Discover Your Parks is back in Roseville


Puppet Wagon puppeteers performing a show at a city park last year. (submitted photo)

The city of Roseville is inviting residents to check out local neighborhood parks for some playtime and themed activities this summer.
Discover Your Parks events have expanded over the past few years and have become a favorite summertime activity for many Roseville families.
Roseville Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Jill Anfang says games, crafts and other recreational activities will be themed around the equipment and other features unique to each park.

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