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.
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.
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.
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.
Around 50 people braved ice-coated roadways on Saturday morning to attend a town hall meeting at the Roseville Public Library, hosted by State Representative Jason Isaacson, DFL-Shoreview, and State Senator Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada.
The District 42 lawmakers provided a preview of some of the issues being addressed this legislative session and discussed what their priorities would be, prior to opening up the floor for questions from constituents in the room.
A discussion on Xcel Energy franchise fees left just a few empty seats in the Arden Hills City Council chambers last week. The council has been looking for a new, reliable revenue source to fund road, parks and trails improvements given priority as part of the city’s Capital Improvements Plan (CIP), and adding a franchise fee to gas and electric utility bills is being considered as an option. A second public hearing will be held on Monday, Feb. 24 at City Hall. The meeting will start at 7 p.m.
More and more cities in Ramsey County are updating municipal tobacco ordinances to regulate the sale of electronic devices that deliver nicotine such as e-cigarettes. Products like e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, but contain the same -- some times higher-- amount of nicotine found in regular cigarettes. People who use e-cigarettes often refer to it as “vaping,’ since the heated nicotine produces a vapor instead of smoke.
Bessie waits to greet morning customers at Beisswenger’s Hardware and Garden Store in New Brighton. The store’s staff has cared for the wild turkey since she arrived underweight and injured over a month ago. (Joshua Nielsen/Bulletin)
A feathered friend has taken up residence outside the store
When a wild turkey first showed up at Beisswenger’s Hardware and Garden Store on Old Highway 8 in New Brighton over a month ago, store employees felt sorry for the underweight animal that had become estranged from its rafter and was suffering from a chest wound.
The red Toyota RAV4 suspect vehicle that authorities believe was used to commit mail theft in Roseville and Woodbury. A homeowner living on Dunlap Circle in Roseville sent this image recorded by her home surveillance camera to police. St. Paul Police pulled the same vehicle over in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood and arrested two St. Paul men early Friday, Feb. 7.
One of two suspects police believe they have in custody, who was involved in a mail theft spree spanning several metro cities, including Roseville and Woodbury. The image was taken by a Woodbury homeowner’s security camera.
An image captured from a Woodbury resident’s home security camera of a suspect vehicle police believe was involved with multiple incidents of mail theft in Woodbury and Roseville.
Local police departments are asking residents to keep a close eye on their mailboxes following an increase in mail theft in Roseville and other communities across the metro. With tax season under way, some thieves have been rifling through people’s mailboxes searching for documents containing personal information that can be used to commit identity theft.
“We’ve noticed an uptick, which typically starts around the holidays, but really starts fast and furious in January when employers send out W2’s and 1099’s,” Roseville Police Lt. Lorne Rosand said.
Members of New Brighton’s Public Safety Department and New Brighton City Council members pose with the first place national trophy the city received for National Night Out participation in 2013 at the Jan. 28 city council meeting. From left: Council member Brian Strub, Council member Mary Burg, deputy director of public safety Dan Olson, mayor Dave Jacobsen, Council member Paul Jacobsen, Council member Gina Bauman, crime prevention officer Trevor Hamdorf and director of public safety Bob Jacobson. (submitted photo)
The city of New Brighton has earned the first place national award for its participation in National Night Out (NNO) activities for 2013. Nationally, over 16,000 communities took part in NNO last year on Aug. 6.
Last year marked the third year in the past ten that the city has received the prestigious first place national award from the National Association of Town Watch for cities with populations of 15,000 to 49,000 residents.