Funds continue to come in for North St. Paul project
Upon hearing that the North St. Paul Veteran’s Committee has secured $94,009.59 so far in its efforts to build a memorial park in the city, the city council and its audience applauded.
The North St. Paul Police Department hosted the Suburban Ramsey County Law Enforcement memorial ceremony at North Haven Church May 12. Accompanied by the toll of the bell, was the reading of names of officers who died while on duty -- Reserve Deputy Mike Wilken, Lt. Earl Kennicutt, Sgt. Roger Rosengren, Deputy Kenneth Johnson, Officer Howard Johnson, Officer Bruce Russell, Officer Richard Crittenden Sr., Chief Walter Hause and Sgt. Joseph Bergeron. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The toll of the bell accompanied the reading of the names of police officers who died in the line of duty from suburban Ramsey County. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Remembered and honored May 12 were suburban peace officers from Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department, and the Roseville, North St. Paul and Maplewood police departments. The memorial ceremony took place at North Haven Church and was hosted by the North St. Paul Police Department. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The North St. Paul Police Department served as the host of the third annual Suburban Ramsey County Law Enforcement memorial service, which took place Monday, May 12 at North Haven Church.
A pair of meetings set to discuss alternative routes
A pair of open houses will take place to gather public input for the Rush Line Corridor pre-development project, a light-rail and bus transit project study that will review a pair of proposed routes through the St. Paul suburbs.
A medicine drop box is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at North St. Paul City Hall. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
It’s a safer way to dispose of unused, unwanted medicine
Prescription drug abuse has been an issue for a number of years, but has really spiked since 2000, especially among young people.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription medications make up 37 percent of abused drugs among high school seniors. The study also says one in nine people between the ages of 12 and 25 have used prescription medications for non-medical purposes within the past year.
Surrounded by windows and a fireplace, Loren Soice reads a magazine in the cozy North St. Paul Branch Library. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Ramsey County Library North St. Paul Branch was built in the North St. Paul Community Center. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
In the first three months of 2014, the circulation numbers at the North St. Paul Branch Library, 2300 North St. Paul Drive, dropped by 10 percent.
The trend of fewer books and other materials being lent out this year has caught the attention of many, since it’s on top of an overall 11 percent decline in circulation during the 2012-13 calendar year.
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.
North St. Paul’s 44-foot tall snowman welcomes residents and visitors alike with a smile that stretches 16 feet across its cheerful face. (Kaylin Creason/Review)
The tradition continues. The stucco snowman celebrates the annual Snow Frolics in 2004 with the people of North St. Paul, continuing the tradition of giant snowmen at the festival that began with snow-made structures in the 1950s. (file photo)
It’s hard to find a jersey in that size! The snowman “wears” Bret Hedican’s Carolina Hurricane’s jersey to celebrate “Bret Hedican Day” in 2006 after the North St. Paul native’s Stanley Cup victory. (file photo)
North St. Paul native, two-time Olympian and Stanley Cup victor Bret Hedican and his wife, Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, drive past the snowman during a parade celebrating Hedican’s 2006 Stanley Cup win with the Carolina Hurricanes. (file photo)
Mayor Mike Kuehn is leading the charge to check up on the health of the 40-year-old snowman, which he fears is in danger of toppling over due to rust on its cement base. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Does the North St. Paul snowman need a check-up? Mayor Mike Kuehn thinks so. A few months ago, Kuehn asked the North St. Paul Parks and Recreation Commission to look into the “health” of the North St. Paul snowman, which he fears is in danger of toppling over.
Zahradkas continue their playground rebuild in memory of daughter
Sarah and Tony Zahradka are continuing their efforts toward building a preschool-age playground at Casey Lake Park in memory of their daughter, Janie, who died unexpectedly last September.
Their newest project: a fundraiser that would install name-plated bricks (paving stones) at the park, which is located off 17th Avenue and Mohawk Road in North St. Paul.
Southwood Nature Preserve is one of the focuses of the Resilient Communities project in North St. Paul. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
One of the emphases of the “sustainable” portion of the Resilient Communities Project is keeping North St. Paul residents aware of the gem they have in a local preserve. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Southwood Nature Preserve is a haven to birds including migrating robins, mallard ducks and nesting wood ducks. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Student energy powers Resilient Communities Project
Staying true to its name, the Resilient Communities Project is finally in North St. Paul.
After a pair of hiccups, students and staff from the University of Minnesota-driven organization are now working together with the city on a project that involves the Living Street Plan, a residential rebuilding concept that combines road reconstruction with environmental sustainability. It has included proposals for new sidewalks, bike paths and water-quality protection.
Christine Crittenden, the widow of North St. Paul police officer Richard Crittenden, listens as city manager Jason Ziemer (not pictured) testifies to a Senate committee March 3 at the state Capitol for a bill presented by Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, right. The bill passed the Senate March 24 to rename Hwy. 36 for the slain officer. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
For nearly a minute March 24, members of the state Senate stood in silence.
Moments after they unanimously voted to pass a bill from Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, to rename Highway 36 to the “Officer Richard Crittenden Memorial Highway,” they paused to honor the North St. Paul cop who was killed while responding to a domestic dispute call on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009.