February 2014

Fri
28
Feb
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Mounds View through to section semifinals

Mustangs top Mahtomedi in first round to set up game against Tartan

Fri
28
Feb
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Beacons roll in playoff opener

Concordia Academy hosts St. Croix Lutheran in quarterfinals on Saturday

Thu
27
Feb

Why anti-bullying legislation matters

I was honored to be invited to attend a recent event at the Woodbury/Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church, which promised to be a discussion about “bullying prevention legislation.”
Going in, I knew it would be a community gathering and that there would be speakers sharing their stories of having experienced bullying, along with a question and answer period. I was invited to make a few remarks, and I planned to give an update on where the Safe & Supportive Schools Act stands in the legislative process, as well as make a few points about what’s included in the bill. There’s been a lot of confusion, and I’ve been surprised by constituents who have expressed concerns about things that aren’t actually included in the bill. This was the time to clarify any misunderstandings.

Thu
27
Feb

Maplewood man convicted for burglary, check forgery

A Maplewood man was recently convicted of third-degree burglary and felony check forgery in two separate crimes he committed more than a year apart.
Perry E. Williams, 27, was convicted Jan. 22 as one of three suspects who broke into a Woodbury apartment complex in 2012, and for using four fraudulent checks in St. Paul Park in 2011. The complaints said he was caught on security cameras while committing both crimes.

Thu
27
Feb

Letter: State leaders urged to support school counselors

I am a school counselor at Park High School, and I was happy to learn that Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Feb. 3-7  “School Counseling Week.”
Minnesota has one school counselor for every 792 students, ranking it 48th in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Thu
27
Feb

Ski Jumping: Norge Ski Club jumper tops field of 45 in Feb. 14 valentine tournament

A field of 45 ski jumpers from throughout the Central Division and one from Decatur, Ga., converged on the St. Paul Ski Club’s Nordic complex in Maplewood on Friday, Feb. 14, to participate in a huge “Valentines Ski Jumping Love In.”
Emerging with the top total points of 185.0 was Norge Ski Club (Fox River Grove, Ill.) ski jumper Shane Kocher. The 14-year-old Kocher was skiing in Class 3 for jumpers 12-13 years old.

Thu
27
Feb

Going out together


After two decades of guiding the North High School boys hockey program, head coach Jerry Diebel, center, and assistant coaches Thom O’Neill and John “Andy” Anderson are hanging up their skates. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

Retiring head coach Jerry Diebel, center, is surrounded by the Polars boys hockey team following a practice at Polar Arena in North St. Paul.

Head coach Jerry Diebel, center left, and assistant coach Nate Peasley confer during a North High boys hockey practice.

The lobby of Polar Arena is lined with photos of past North High hockey teams.

Diebel, Anderson and O’Neill hanging up their skates after two decades of coaching North High boys hockey program
When the North High School boys play their final hockey game this season, it will mark the end of 20 years of coaching for three stalwarts.
It will also be the conclusion of what has been a remarkably consistent coaching program established by head coach Jerry Diebel and assistants John “Andy” Anderson and Thom O’Neill.

Thu
27
Feb

Oakdale Fire Department receives $5,000 grant

The Oakdale Fire Department has received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from the MN Resuscitation Consortium (MRC).

Thu
27
Feb

Monitoring PFC Levels in Oakdale

Over the past several years, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has been working to decrease the exposure to perfluorochemicals (PFCs) in the East Metro. Red flags were raised after studies of PFCs in animals found associated health effects. In the mid-2000s, the MDH found that some public and private drinking water sources in the East Metro were polluted with PFCs as well. Shortly after,steps were taken to reduce the risk.

Thu
27
Feb

District 622 receives $350,000 STEM grant

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District will be taking its Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) program to the next level, thanks to two grants totaling $350,000 from the 3M Foundation.

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