Newsbriefs - Ramsey Co. Maplewood


Online tool for absentee voting

Voters no longer need an excuse to vote absentee, such as being ill or out of their precinct on Election Day. As a result, more voters can vote early by absentee to avoid long lines and waits at the polling place.


Metro Transit Green Line brings bus route changes

Bus service enhancements that strengthen connections to the METRO Green Line will go into effect when the new light-rail line opened.


Maplewood police expansion project makes progress

A few construction changes won’t affect construction process
As work in the Maplewood police station at City Hall continues, progress is being made, but not without some updates. The city council recently approved some small modifications to the construction agreement that won’t have any effect on the expected date of completion on the project.


Ramsey County election filings show familiar faces, few challengers

The candidates are all filed for the 2014 general election, and the ballot for East Siders looks like it will have a lot of familiar names listed.

Incumbent Ramsey County Attorney John Choi is running uncontested for a second term.


Lake Phalen waterfall gets new life

Dry for decades, the 15-foot tall stone waterfall at the northwest corner of Lake Phalen has been restored. The dedication of water cascading again was held during the WaterFest events May 31. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Lake Phalen’s old, dormant waterfall has been brought back to life.
The waterfall, which sits on the west side of Lake Phalen, was originally built in the 1950s when the lake levels were receding -- the manmade waterfall drew from a nearby well and was a makeshift way of replenishing the water supply.


Charity cuts

Patsy Randall gets her haircut from Stephanie Chase at Regency Beauty institute in Maplewood. $5 of each $9 haircut went to the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota during their May 29 and 30 event. (submitted photo)

Students at Regency Institute in Maplewood give back to Children’s Hospital
Students at Maplewood’s Regency Beauty institute used their education methods to give back to the community, donating $5 of each $9 haircut to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota during their May 29 and 30 event.


Obama fast-tracks Gateway Corridor project

Review and permitting processes to speed up
President Barack Obama has fast-tracked the review and permitting process of the Gateway Corridor Project, along with 10 others nationwide that he saw as necessary to “cutting bureaucratic red tape that stalls good projects from breaking ground.”


Cowern earns statewide ‘character development’ award

Cowern Elementary School Principal Sonya Czerepak, District 622 Board Member Nancy Livingston, School Board Chair Amy Coborn, Sen. Chuck Wiger and teachers Cindy Piersdorf and Mary Glagavs at the award ceremony. (submitted photo)

In celebration of Character Recognition Day on May 8, Synergy & Leadership Exchange presented awards for positive character development to 17 schools and four community programs at the Character Recognition Awards Ceremony at the Minnesota State Capitol. Cowern Elementary School received a Promising Practices Award for “Promoting Peace Across the Grade Levels,” a practice where each student participates in a cross-grade level peace group, meeting on a monthly basis to focus on a specific topic and engage in activities that promote peace building and positive relationships.


‘Safe at Home’ keeps crime victims’ locations private

Nearly 3,200 people have enrolled in “Safe at Home,” Minnesota’s address confidentiality program — hundreds of households, most with children, which have been able to use a substitute address to prevent previous abusers, stalkers or others they fear knowing where they reside.


North St. Paul asks for participation in survey

The City of North St. Paul is hoping to understand how it can better reach and engage residents, businesses and visitors in the community.
As part of the partnership with the University of Minnesota Resilient Communities Project, graduate students from the U will conduct a short survey at various locations in North St. Paul. Residents participating in the survey interview will receive a $5 gift card.


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