Joshua Nielsen

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

 

Wed
11
Dec

Chief Malenick retires after 32 years service to St. Anthony


St. Anthony Village Fire Chief John Malenick on his last full week on the job. (Joshua Nielsen/Bulletin)

St. Anthony Village’s Fire Chief John Malenick is wrapping up a long and distinguished career with the Village this week, and will be bid farewell with a retirement celebration on Thursday at city hall.
Malenick began his career with St. Anthony Village as a part-time employee at the city’s municipal liquor store, where he was quickly promoted to full-time store manager after completing a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in 1982.

Tue
10
Dec

High oxygen levels suspected as cause of Lake Owasso fish kill


A few of the hundreds of dead fish found belly-up in the frozen shallows of Lake Owasso late last month. The DNR believes high oxygen levels may be to blame. (Submitted photos)

It’s still unclear what killed hundreds, possibly thousands of fish in Lake Owasso over the long Thanksgiving weekend just days after the lake froze over. The prevailing theory is that high oxygen levels in the lake may have caused the fish kill.
“Right now it’s a theory,” Dave McCormack, assistant regional fisheries manager with the Department of Natural Resources said. “We are not exactly sure what caused this.”

Wed
04
Dec

St. Anthony City Council approves 2014 Street and Utility Project

The St. Anthony Village City Council unanimously approved the city’s 2014 Street and Utility Project Plans and Specifications and authorized an advertisement for bids at its Tuesday, Nov. 26 city council meeting.
St. Anthony’s City Engineer Todd Hubmer said the entire project would cost $2.19 million. Of that amount, the city would be paying just over $1.7 million and $483,000 would be assessed to 72 properties in the area. Homeowners would not be assessed for sanitary improvements or a proposed rain garden on the north end of Central Park, Hubmer said.

Tue
03
Dec

RAHS student receives Shoreview’s 2013 Caring Youth Award


Ava Witthauer received the 2013 Caring Youth Award, which was presented to her by Shoreview Mayor Sandy Martin, left, and Shoreview Human Rights Commission co-chairs Bob Minton and Nancy Hite. (Joshua Nielsen/Review)

Ava Witthauer of Shoreview has been in the habit of helping others since she was a little girl at Parkview Center School in Roseville -- from raising cash donations for victims of 2004’s deadly tsunami in southeast Asia, collecting thousands of Valentine’s Day cards for troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, to helping start a food shelf at Roseville Area High School (RAHS).
“She was born this way,” her mother Kim says. “As far back as I can remember she has been looking for ways to help others.”

Tue
03
Dec

I-694 receives funding for part-time lanes

Commuters traveling along Interstate 694 in the northeast metro should see shorter commute times starting in 2015.  
Last month, Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) announced ten highway projects to receive $300 million in funding through the state’s new Corridors of Commerce program. The program was established during the 2013 legislative session to improve the movement of freight and add capacity to some of the state’s most congested roadways.

Wed
27
Nov

Colombian orphans arrive in Shoreview for Camp of Dreams

A group of 11 orphans have traveled thousands of miles from their native Colombia to Shoreview to spend a week and a half at the Camp of Dreams held at the Ona Orth Ministry Center on Snail Lake’s northeast shore.
The camp runs from Nov. 21 to Dec. 2. During this time the children will participate in a Minnesota-style camp experience, which will include a traditional Thanksgiving feast, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor recreational activities, games, and a trip to an indoor water park.

Tue
26
Nov

Canadian Pacific Railway changing its operations at Cardigan Junction

Residents living near Cardigan Junction in southeast Shoreview may get some relief from the around-the-clock train noise they have been enduring since this spring as a result of increased railroad activity.
Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) announced last week that they would be implementing a new operation plan through the junction.
CPR, which owns the railway intersection just north of I-694 and west of Rice Street, has seen an uptick in business lately as a result of an improved economy, according to Ed Greenberg, a spokesman for the company.

Tue
26
Nov

Preliminary designs for road reconstruction near TCAAP unveiled


Proposed improvements to the County Road H and County Highway 96 interchanges with I-35W are still in the preliminary phases. Ramsey County is seeking state funding to help pay for the improvements that would address operational, safety and bridge deficiencies as well as to provide for future needs. (graphic courtesy of Google Maps)

Ramsey County held an open house for residents to learn more about reconstruction plans for the County Road 96 and County Road H interchanges with Interstate 35W Nov. 19 at the Ramsey County Public Works Facility in Arden Hills.
County officials, in cooperation with the cities of Shoreview, Mounds View, New Brighton, and Arden Hills along with Metropolitan Council, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Rice Creek Watershed District, are currently reviewing several preliminary design alternatives for the reconstruction project.

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)

Some of the equipment on the Turtle Lake Elementary School’s playground has peeling paint and shows its age. (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.

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