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Wed
08
Jan

What a difference a portrait makes


Kendra Stone, one of two high school seniors who take photos for their graduating peers for free as KP Photography, shows an image to a client, Gao Thor, during a shoot at Minnehaha Falls. (Photo by Phillipe Thao)

Two Mounds Park Academy students are sometimes compensated for taking senior photos for Twin Cities high-schoolers who can’t afford a professional photographer, but usually not with money.
“We’ve been paid in hugs, candy and donations,” said Kendra Stone, who lives in Lake Elmo.
That’s payment enough for the 18-year-old and Phillipe Thao of Hudson, Wis., who teamed up in May to take portraits of teens nearing graduation for free.

Wed
01
Jan

Oak-Land Junior High School Resource Officer recognized for exceptional service


Washington County Detective Rebecca Engel, the School Resource Officer at Oak-Land Junior High, is this year’s Meritorious Service Medal winner, awarded by the Minnesota Sheriff’s Department. (submitted photo)

She may be known as “Ms. Deputy” by some of the students at Oak-Land Junior High in Lake Elmo, but law enforcement officers around the state know Detective Rebecca Engel as this year’s Meritorious Service Medal winner.
Engel was recently recognized by the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association for her exceptional accomplishments and achievements as the School Resource Officer (SRO) at the Oak-Land Junior High School. The Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to just one deputy in the state of Minnesota each year.

Wed
01
Jan

The year in Review

I had no idea that 52 newspapers could change my life! Yet here I am, a different person from who I was a year ago.
I showed up at the Lillie News office in North St. Paul for the first day of my internship Jan. 2, 2013, with a newly minted English degree and the eager naivety of someone who has never read a gruesome criminal complaint.
Unfortunately, the receptionist was out of the office at that moment, and I was locked out.

Thu
19
Dec

Oakdale names Ted Bearth 2013 Volunteer of the Year

If “Ted Bearth” isn’t already household name in most Oakdale homes, it should be. Bearth has lived in and served Oakdale in a multitude of ways over the years, and now the city council is making its recognition of his hard work official.

Thu
19
Dec

Metropolitan Parks Commission appointments

Former Lake Elmo mayor Dean Johnston was recently re-appointed as the at-large chair of the Metropolitan Council Parks and Open Space Commission, and Lake Elmo Park Commission member Sarah Hietpas was appointed to serve District F, which encompasses the northeast and east metro.

Thu
19
Dec

“Make It With Wool”

Oakdale residents Mary Ann Thelen and Sarah Thelen participated in the Minnesota “Make It With Wool” contest held Nov. 16. Mary Ann Thelen was awarded 1st runner-up in the Adult (25 and over) category, and Sarah Thelen won the Exemplary Construction Award.

Thu
19
Dec

District 622 middle schoolers win Maplewood Human Rights Commission essay contest


From left, Maplewood Human Rights Commissioners Julie Xiong, Nate Danielson and Jon Brandt pose with the winners of the commission’s essay contest, Maplewood Middle School student Nate Kong and Skyview Middle School students Julian Yang and Jaitel Vang. (submitted photo)

Three District 622 eighth graders have been named the winners of the city of Maplewood’s Human Rights Commission essay contest.
Nathaniel Kong, an eighth grader at Maplewood Middle School, earned first place for his essay and will be entered into the statewide essay contest. Two Skyview Middle School eighth graders also placed in the Top 3. Jaitel Vang earned second place and Julian Yang earned third place.

Wed
18
Dec

He’s coming to town... photos


photos by Linda Baumiester/Review

Santa Claus came to town riding aboard an Oakdale Fire Engine making stops along Hadley Avenue to greet residents Dec. 9.

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