After several years spent developing a plan for the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site, now known as the Rice Creek Commons, the Arden Hills City Council gave shakey approval to the site’s Master Plan, though the council may face more w
A 1938 aerial photograph shows Rice Creek’s windy past. The road running to its left would later become Interstate 35W. (photo courtesy of RCWD)
RCWD finalizing plan to recreate meanders in Rice Creek
Middle Rice Creek once meandered through Arden Hills before it was straightened in the mid-1900s, and after more than three-quarters of a century, the creek will be restored to a more winding route.
But before the creek's new flow can be completed and construction can start, community members and organizations like the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will have an opportunity to comment on a project document that was released to the public July 6.
Come the end of the year, the new Highway 96 bridge over Interstate 35W will be wider than before, more pedestrian friendly and have links to trails. Stop lights will replace stop signs and the interchange will become a diverging diamond interchange, which MnDOT says shifts traffic to cut down on potential accident points. (submitted graphic)
Another large bridge project in the Interstate 35W corridor cutting through New Brighton and Arden Hills is set to kick off this week, this time at the I-35W and Highway 96 interchange.
Just more than a week after Minnesota’s Fishing Opener, Fishing For Fun, an organization that bills itself as “a nonprofit offering free boating and fishing trips on Lake Johanna in Arden Hills,” held its own opener, of sorts.
The planned County Road F detour won’t be needed until the project, to replace the county road’s bridge over Interstate 35W, is re-bid next month. (submitted graphic)
Arden Hills residents and commuters have long expected driving dramatics in the city this summer — so much so that Mayor David Grant referred to the situation as "The Bridges of Ramsey County" — though, readers can drive a little easier, for now.
Writer Cheryl Blackford of North Oaks awaits the May 1 publication of “Hungry Coyote,” her children’s picture book about a year in the life of an urban coyote. (courtesy Jessie DeCorsey)
North Oaks author's book to be released May 1
On one of her many walks through the woods near her North Oaks home, author Cheryl Blackford saw a "lone coyote trotting across the frozen lake" and wondered how it lived successfully so close to an urban area.
Blackford says she walks outside almost every day, regardless of the weather. It's her thinking time for writing stories, including imagining the setting for her newly published children's picture book, "Hungry Coyote," a story about a year in the life of an urban coyote.