From top to bottom: An Eastern bluebird is spotted in the Oakdale Nature Preserve. Oakdale crews clear wood, sending it through the chipper for new wood chip pathways. Construction continues on the new boardwalk across Mud Lake April 20.
At a launching event for the Ramsey County: A Start by Believing Community initiative Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell said, “As friends we can believe and support these victims. As criminal justice system providers and others we can believe and ensure that good solid investigation occurs.” (Aundrea Kinney/Review)
Communities unite against sexual violence
One in six women and one in 33 men are victims of sexual assault, and only a fraction of sexual assault cases are ever reported, according to John Choi Ramsey County Attorney.
“Just in Ramsey County alone, two-thirds of all the cases that are investigated by police agencies never even come to the county judge’s office or prosecution to deal with,” Choi said.
The upcoming presidential election is on everybody’s radar, but the November 2016 ballot will also allow people the chance to vote for candidates running for the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives.
The Republican and DFL parties have been holding their endorsing conventions, and in District 43 the legislative races are beginning to take shape.
House District 43A includes Maplewood Precincts 1-9, White Bear Lake Precincts 3-5, Mahtomedi and Willernie.
House District 43B includes North St. Paul, Oakdale north of Tenth Street and Maplewood Precincts 10 and 11.
Senate District 43 includes the entire area of House District 43A and 43B.
Washington County, in cooperation with Lake Elmo, is hosting a pre-construction open house for the Lake Elmo Avenue Corridor Management and Safety Improvement Project from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Christ Lutheran Church.
At the Oakdale City Council meeting April 12, Cub Foods received licenses to sell tobacco and alcohol products at its new, larger location within the Bergen Plaza. The council members unanimously approved the license applications.