Joshua Nielsen

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

 

Tue
17
Sep

Nonprofit school for children with hearing loss expands in Roseville


Northern Voices teacher Elizabeth Rogers works with two soon-to-be graduates of the school’s preschool program, Ava (Left) and Sammy, both 5. (Joshua Nielsen/Review)

Northern Voices in Roseville, a nonprofit school and daycare center focusing on listening and spoken language, provides a unique learning experience for young children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
And in the school’s preschool, some children’s speech seems more advanced than the typical 5-year-old’s.
“What color are you coloring the roof of the house?” a curious little girl asks the boy across from her. “I’m coloring the roof blue,” he says.

Tue
17
Sep

Ramsey County misses out on disaster relief funding

Although cities in Ramsey County reported damages totaling a little over $1.47 million from the powerful summer solstice weekend storms, the county still fell about $280,000 short of the threshold set for state and federal disaster relief funding.

Wed
11
Sep

Ramsey County bids on Vadnais Sports Center


Ramsey County wants to buy the ailing Vadnais Heights Sports Center. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Ramsey County Commissioners voted in favor of submitting a bid to purchase the Vadnais Heights Sports Center on Tuesday, Sept 3.
The board met for nearly two hours in a closed session before voting 6-1 to submit a bid for the 200,000-square-foot sports facility by the Friday, Sept. 6 deadline.
The Sports Center houses two NHL regulation hockey rinks with seating for 1,300 spectators, locker rooms, 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 and offices.

Tue
10
Sep

ISD 623 welcomes Harambee to the family


Harambee students head in for one of their first days of school.

Classes resumed Sept. 3 at Harambee Elementary Community Cultures and Environmental Science School along with all other schools in District 623.
Initially, it appeared as though the school would sit dormant this year until a deal was struck in June between the East Metro Integration District (EMID) and ISD 623.
EMID had announced it was no longer able to operate Harambee, located on County Road B in Maplewood, or its other school, Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School in Woodbury, due to funding issues, and bills to transfer oversight of the schools to other school districts failed during the 2013 state legislative session.

Fri
06
Sep

Shoreview homicide victim IDed as South St. Paul man


Police are asking for the public's help in identifying this woman, who was seen using Melake's bank card at an ATM in Minneapolis hours after Melake was last seen alive.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified a man who was found shot dead in a parking lot in Shoreview Aug. 29 as 26-year-old Hagos Tsegay Melake.
Ramsey County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a business in the 5700 block of Hamline Avenue North in Shoreview at approximately 6:40 a.m. Aug. 29 after receiving a report of a man, later identified as Melake, who appeared to be sleeping in the parking lot. According to a Sept. 5 press release from the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, investigators believe Melake, of South St. Paul, was last seen alive leaving the Hunan Garden Restaurant on Cedar Street in downtown St. Paul around 1:30 a.m., just hours before his body was found.

Thu
05
Sep

Shoreview boy wows judges at guitar competition


The top three finishers from McNally Smith College of Music’s 2013 “Clash of the Teen Guitar Titans” competition held on Aug. 10. From left: McNally’s Guitar Department Head Joe Elliott, first place winner Collin Johnson, third place winner Owen Hiber and second place winner Bobby Rethwisch. (submitted photo)

Owen Hiber, an 11-year-old boy from Shoreview, impressed those in attendance at McNally Smith College of Music’s “Clash of the Teen Guitar Titans” on Saturday, Aug. 10.
This is the second year McNally has hosted the guitar competition at its downtown campus. The competition was just one of several guitar-themed events that weekend, climaxing with the Lowertown Guitar Festival in Mears Park, which drew a crowd of 2,000 and featured performances by famed guitarists like Mark Ribot, Pat Donohue and Scott Henderson.

Wed
04
Sep

Shoreview sign code changes to benefit businesses

Business owners in Shoreview will now have more flexibility in displaying signs advertising services.
The Shoreview City Council adopted changes to the city’s sign code at its Monday, Aug. 19 council meeting. The adopted changes will provide the business community more opportunities to display temporary and message center signage.

Wed
04
Sep

Mounds View School Board seeks levy renewal

The Mounds View School Board unanimously approved a resolution to put a levy renewal referendum on the ballot in November.
The district has been receiving $11.5 million annually from a voter approved property tax levy, which began in 2006 and will expire at the end of 2014.
If the levy is renewed it would begin in 2015 and continue through 2023.

Tue
03
Sep

Roseville authorizes contract negotiation with Eureka Recycling

The Roseville City Council authorized city staff to negotiate a three-year recycling services contract with Eureka Recycling at its Monday, Aug. 26 council meeting.
Eureka has been providing curbside recycling services for Roseville for eight years and its current contract with the city expires on Jan. 1, 2014.
The council approved for city staff to request proposals for comprehensive recycling services to all residential, single-family households and multi-unit households in the city at its Monday, July 1 council meeting.

Thu
29
Aug

Man shot when search warrant served in New Brighton ID’d

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the man shot when law enforcement served a search warrant at a New Brighton home Tuesday as 45-year-old Matthew Lloyd Vanhofwegen.
According to a press release from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, a multi-jurisdictional task force -- the Ramsey County Violent Crime Enforcement Team (VCET) -- served a narcotics search warrant at Vanhofwegen's residence on the 1500 block of 20th Avenue northwest at about 2 p.m.

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