Joshua Nielsen

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7822.

 

Wed
20
Nov

New inclusive playground at Turtle Lake Elementary will be first of its kind in north metro


Turtle Lake Elementary has plans to build “A Playground for Everyone” this summer that has an inclusive design allowing kids, their parents and grandparents of all abilities the opportunity to play together. The playground will have ramps connecting all of its features and rubber tiles will replace wood chips on the ground, making it easy for kids and adults who rely on wheelchairs and walkers to get around the playground. (Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)

Fundraising is under way for Turtle Lake Elementary School’s new inclusive playground slated to open by next fall.
The planned 5,400-square-foot playground has been dubbed “A Playground for Everyone” and will replace the existing outdoor play area at the school.

Tue
19
Nov

Railroad activities have whole communities steamed


Cardigan Junction in Shoreview lies right beside a well established neighborhood off Rice Street north of I-694. (Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)

Residents of the Cardigan Junction neighborhood in Shoreview finally had a chance to voice their discord with increased rail activity near their homes with senior officials of Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) at a private meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7.  
CPR, which owns the Cardigan Junction railway intersection and switching yard in the southeastern Shoreview neighborhood, has seen a boom in business lately, according to Ed Greenberg, a spokesman for the company.

Tue
19
Nov

RHRA to study Roseville business climate through taskforce

In an effort to better understand the local business environment in the city, the Roseville Housing and Redevelopment Authority (RHRA) has launched a Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) program, funded by Xcel Energy.
Through the BR&E program, the RHRA hopes to accomplish a goal set in its 2012-2016 Strategic Plan to‚ retain and attract desirable housing and businesses that lead to employment, investment, and commitment to the community.

Wed
13
Nov

Incumbents reign in Mounds View School Board elections

Last week, voters reelected three incumbents to serve new four-year terms on the Mounds View Area School Board.
Challenger John Hakes received 18.82 percent of total votes cast, but was roughly 1,100 votes shy of obtaining a seat on the board.

Wed
13
Nov

City elections tight in New Brighton, uncontested in St. Anthony

To say New Brighton's hard-fought race for city council was close would be an understatement. All five council candidates vying for two open spots were within 260 votes of one another.

Tue
05
Nov

Local family helps others understand autism through new books


From left standing: Susanna and Joan Moses. Seated: Monica Moses. (submitted photo)

Three generations of women in New Brighton’s Moses family have collaborated to produce two recently published books.
Joan Quinn Moses released her first book “Roseville Girl” and her daughter Susanna Moses penned a children’s book titled “Monica’s Silent World,” named after and illustrated by her daughter Monica. Both books made their official debut following a book launch and signing event that took place in Maple Grove in October.

Tue
05
Nov

North Suburban Senior Council dissolving

After 37 years of operation, the North Suburban Senior Council (NSSC) is transitioning to become a fully integrated part of Roseville Area School District.
Established in 1975, the NSSC has operated as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and has provided advice and financial support for the Roseville Area Senior Program (RASP) operated by District 623 through its Community Education Program.

Fri
01
Nov

19 men arrested during prostitution sting in Mounds View

A total of 19 men were arrested over a two-day period for responding to online advertisements to engage in prostitution at a Mounds View motel.
To catch the perpetrators, police placed phony ads on Backpage.com advertising sex at a motel in Mounds View. The men who responded were arrested after they gave money to an undercover female officer posing as a prostitute.
"We are happy with the results of this investigation," said Mounds View Police Chief Tom Kinney. "I would like to acknowledge the St. Paul Police Department for their expertise in this."

Wed
30
Oct

Ramsey County’s bid to buy Vadnais Sports Center not enough

Vadnais Heights Sports Center’s bondholders notified Ramsey County Commissioners Oct. 24 that they were passing on the county’s $10.5 million bid to purchase the 200,000-square-foot sports facility.
The facility houses two regulation hockey rinks with seating for 1,300 spectators, a 100,000-square-foot dome with 1.5 full soccer fields, three batting cages, a 100-meter track, two volleyball courts, concessions, a conference room, offices and an attached sports bar. It was built in 2010 through bonds issued by the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Authority for $26.5 million. After three years of the center underperforming financially, Community Facilities Partners -- the nonprofit that owns the complex -- put the sports center on the market in July for half of its original cost.

Wed
30
Oct

Mounds View School Board rallies in support of levy renewal

ISD 621 School Board Members have been meeting with city council members in cities within the school district’s boundaries recently to garner support from the public for a proposed tax levy renewal referendum that will appear on the ballot on Nov. 5.  
On Monday, Oct. 14 District 621 School Board Member Bob Helgeson and District 621 Superintendent Dan Hoverman met with the Arden Hills City Council to address the matter of levy renewal. In his presentation to the council, Helgeson noted that levy funding is vital to the district’s Equity Promise, which he said is a commitment to make sure all students attending Mounds View Schools are prepared for post-secondary success, regardless of race, class or disability.

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