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Wed
26
Jun

Oakdale, Lake Elmo recognized for environmental sustainability practices

Going green isn’t just a fad in Oakdale and Lake Elmo -- it’s an ongoing effort.
Both cities were recognized at the June 20 League of Minnesota Cities annual conference for their implementation of a number of environmental sustainability practices. At the conference, both suburbs were designated as Step Two GreenStep cities as part of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program.

Wed
26
Jun

Summer meals available for kids in Lake Elmo and Landfall

Cimarron and Landfall children home from school for the summer do not need to worry about where their next meal will be coming from, thanks to a program through FamilyMeans and Concordia Creative Learning Academy.
Starting June 13, free, nutritious lunches and snacks will be available at three locations in the east metro area: Concordia Creating Learning Academy in St. Paul and the FamilyMeans sites in Landfall and Cimarron in Lake Elmo. The lunches meet the summer meal guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.

Wed
26
Jun

Heart device saves 24-year-old’s life


Tara Townsend, once in heart failure, has a heart device to help pump blood. Townsend, of White Bear Lake. has a busy schedule pursuing a degree in human services at Century College and working in Shoreview. (Linda Baumeister/Bulletin)

In attempt to escape the sweltering summer, Minnesotans take refuge in lakes and pools.
However, Tara Townsend, a 24-year old from White Bear Lake, can’t enjoy this cooling relief  -- she can’t get wet.
Nor can the Century College student engage in contact sports, go through metal detectors or lift more than 25 pounds.

Wed
26
Jun

Residential development project approved in New Brighton Exchange

The New Brighton City Council unanimously authorized execution of a contract for private redevelopment with Pulte Homes at its Tuesday, June 11 council meeting.
Pulte has plans to build 86 single-family homes and 34 town homes at the 27-acre site once occupied by the former Midwest Asphalt and Beisswenger’s properties.
Pulte Homes is a Michigan based company that has built several developments in Minnesota, including Arden Hills and Roseville.

Wed
26
Jun

More than just ‘some old car’


Dan Nordstrom’s 1913 Ford Model T will be on display at the 100th anniversary of the Ramsey County Fair, July 10-14. (submitted photo)

Dan Nordstrom knows a thing or two about the year 1913. He can tell you who the president was, what the average salary was and how many states there were.
He even knows what kind of car people drove a century ago. Why? Because he drives one himself.
Nordstrom, who lives in Plymouth, will be showing off his 100-year-old Ford Model T at this year’s Ramsey County Fair July 10-14. This year marks the fair’s centennial anniversary; the first one was held in White Bear Lake in 1913.

Wed
26
Jun

Shoreview council approves bid for $3.3 million street rehabilitation project

The Shoreview City Council accepted a bid from North Valley, Inc. for the city’s 2013 Street Rehabilitation Project at its Monday, June 17 council meeting.
North Valley’s bid of just over $3.3 million was the lowest of the five bids Shoreview received for the project.
The project will rehab several streets scattered throughout the city (see map) and will include extending the water main on Gaston and Grove Avenues and St. Albans Street.

Tue
25
Jun

Anna Hurd's boyfriend sentenced as adult


Anthony Mitchell

On June 25, Anthony J. Mitchell, 17, of Maplewood was sentenced to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of second-degree murder in the stabbing of Anna Hurd, 16, in February.
At a plea hearing May 10, Mitchell waived his right to contest being certified as an adult to stand trial. His prison sentence is part of a plea agreement with the Ramsey County attorney's office.
During the hearing, Mitchell told Judge Chang Bohr that he and Hurd were walking near Hillside Park in Maplewood Feb. 23 when they had an argument about whether or not he would be joining Hurd when she returned to Texas to live with her mother the next day.

Tue
25
Jun

Maplewood selects Paul Schnell as new police chief


Paul Schnell

At his last city council meeting June 24, retiring city manager Jim Antonen announced the city's new police chief. Current Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell was chosen to fill the position, which has been temporarily occupied by Deputy Chief Dave Kvam since long-time Chief Dave Thomalla retired in December.
Schnell, 51, has been the Hastings chief of police since 2010, and has worked in the past with Carver County as a sheriff's deputy and St. Paul Police Department as a public information officer and sergeant.
He earned his bachelor's degree in social work from the University of St. Thomas and his master's degree in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University. He is certified in Minnesota as both a peace officer and social worker.

Tue
25
Jun

First deployment sends Reserve unit overseas


The 203rd Transportation Company U.S. Army Reserve out of Arden Hills, an integral piece of the U.S. mission, stand ready to enter Aldrich Arena as guests arrive for the Farewell Ceremony June 18. The Patriot Guard was also on hand showing their respect. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

Family and friends gathered at Aldrich Arena in support of their loved ones. After the ceremony, a reception was held, including 700 cookies baked in the last 24 hours.

The Maplewood Fire Department displayed the huge flag in honor of the 203rd deployment ceremony at Aldrich Arena.

The recessional concludes the farewell ceremony for the 203rd Transportation Company out of Arden Hills. The 203rd will be part of the historic drawdown of personnel and equipment out of Afghanistan.

Dignitaries take the stage with Tom Halden, anchor of FOX 9 news, as the Master of Ceremonies as the farewell got under way for the 203rd Transportation Company’s deployment June 18. Halden is a North St. Paul native who attended North High.

Dressed in his Army gear and surrounded by family and friends, Leo Severson celebrated two occasions on June 18 - his 21st birthday and his deployment to Afghanistan.
Severson was one of 103 Minnesota soldiers from the 203rd Transportation Company of the U.S. Army Reserves being deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The soldiers said farewell to families and friends June 18 at a ceremony at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.

Tue
25
Jun

Prostitution arrests down 76 percent in Roseville

Is it possible that Roseville has gotten such a bad name -- among pimps and prostitutes, that is -- that these entrepreneurs are simply not venturing across the city’s borders?
The Roseville Police Department says that’s what’s happening. A recent study showed prostitution-related arrests in the city have decreased by 76 percent in the first half of this year compared to arrests at the same time last year.
Neighboring cities could soon see similar results. The Roseville department cites its participation in a countywide campaign to stop prostitution as the main contributing factor for the decline.

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