Joshua Nielsen

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

 

Wed
26
Mar

District 621 School Board approves contract with paraprofessional union

The Mounds View School Board approved the proposed contract between the district and the Paraprofessional Union of School Services Employees, Local 282 at its Tuesday, March 11 board meeting.
Amy Jo Johnson, District 621 employee relations and benefits manager, said the district had met with union members on seven separate occasions and she recommended that the board approve the contract as ratified by the paraprofessional union on Feb. 27.

Tue
25
Mar

How sap becomes syrup


A crowd gathered at the Harriet Alexander Nature Center in Roseville last year to learn how maple syrup is made. (submitted photo)

If you have ever wondered how the watery sap from maple trees becomes the sweet, thick syrup you pour over your pancakes and waffles, this weekend’s your chance to find out.  
The Harriet Alexander Nature Center in Roseville is hosting its annual “It’s Tapping Time!” event on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wed
19
Mar

Mounds View town hall meeting to be held March 31

The city of Mounds View will be holding its 10th annual town hall meeting at city hall on Monday, March 31 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The meeting will provide an opportunity for city residents to get up to speed on city ventures and interact with the mayor, council members and city staff.

Tue
18
Mar

Shoreview, Little Canada study quieter train crossings


City staff in Shoreview have recommended making minor improvements to the Victoria Street railway crossing (pictured) and the Lexington Avenue railway crossing in order to establish rail quiet zones, where train operators would not be required to sound train horns through those intersections. (Linda E. Andersen / Review)

City staff in Shoreview have recommended making minor improvements to the Victoria Street railway crossing (pictured) and the Lexington Avenue railway crossing in order to establish rail quiet zones, where train operators would not be required to sound train horns through those intersections. (Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)

Everyone knows trains make noise as they rumble through cities, blowing their horns at crossings.
But residents in Shoreview and Little Canada say train racket has amplified considerably in recent months. Now they’re making some ruckus of their own, clamoring for help with what they claim is a disruptive amount of train traffic blocking driving routes, filling their neighborhoods with exhaust and, above all, making noise.

Wed
12
Mar

Kozlak’s closing early; hunt for new location continues


(Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)

In an email sent out to customers, Kozlak’s Royal Oak Restaurant owners Mark and Lynn Satt announced that the restaurant would be closing earlier than anticipated “due to timeline changes that extend beyond our control.” The couple had planned to keep the restaurant open at its current location through April, while searching for a new space where they plan to reopen the popular restaurant.

Tue
11
Mar

Roseville City Council, RHRA discuss business retention, Dale Street redevelopment

The Roseville City Council held a joint meeting with the Roseville Housing and Redevelopment Authority (RHRA) March 3 to discuss the Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) program and the Dale Street Redevelopment project.
The RHRA launched the BR&E program in November to get a better understanding of the local business environment in Roseville. A 24-person BR&E taskforce surveyed 41 non-retail businesses in Roseville to find out what their needs are.

Wed
05
Mar

Mounds View High School senior inspires others to be brave


Long-standing friends Sammie Hallgren, Kirsta Graf and Tessah Indlecoffer at the Winter Week pepfest on Jan. 31. (submitted photo)

Kirsta Graf is well known among her peers and the faculty at Mounds View High School (MVHS) for her exuberance, positive attitude and her unwavering commitment to her school. She is a Mustang mentor, a front desk greeter, a Young Life member and the girl’s basketball team manager.
Kirsta has Down syndrome, but she has never let that keep her from her passion for performing and inspiring others.  The 18-year-old senior has had a love for the stage since she was a little girl.  Her mother, Alicia Graf, says it all started in a first grade drama class when her daughter played a roll in the class’s performance of the Lion King.

Wed
05
Mar

Arden Hills City Council says no to Xcel franchise fees

Following a second public hearing on utility franchise fees on Monday, Feb. 24, the Arden Hills City Council made a unanimous decision to halt any further discussion of enacting the fees.  Had it been implemented, the franchise fee agreement with Xcel Energy would have added $4.75 per month to city residents’ gas and electric bills -- a $3 flat rate for electricity and $1.75 for natural gas.
“I think we have heard loud and clear from the residents and we have had some good speakers for [franchise fees], but the vast majority have been against. The community does not want franchise fees,” council member Fran Holmes said.

Tue
04
Mar

The state of Roseville in 2014

Mayor Dan Roe delivered his fourth annual “State of the City” address at city hall last week, where he touted some of the city’s accomplishments from last year and spoke of some of the city’s plans for this year.
Roe gave credit to the city’s residents, businesses, volunteers, staff and local officials for helping to keep the city in a strong state. He said Roseville is well positioned to face future challenges and is poised for continued success moving forward.

Wed
26
Feb

Challenge grant issued to help fund inclusive playground in Shoreview


An artist rendering of Turtle Lake Elementary School’s “A Playground for Everyone,” which will be the area’s first inclusive playground. The playground committee still needs donations to make the unique playground a reality.

The Turtle Lake Elementary “A Playground for Everyone” campaign has received a  $5,000 challenge grant from the Shoreview Community Foundation. The challenge, launched on Feb. 1, will match new donations from individual Shoreview residents of up to $5,000 through April 1.
“The Turtle Lake Playground for Everyone will enrich our whole community for healthy recreation in an inclusive environment. We are pleased that these funds, donated by residents and businesses, will help move the project to completion and encourage members of the Shoreview community to support the campaign,” Shoreview Community Foundation Vice Chair Kent Peterson said in a written statement.

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