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3M celebrates opening new R&D lab


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Building 280 is the latest addition to 3M’s Maplewood campus

3M opened its new research and development laboratory for viewing on Friday, March 11, during a grand opening event. 

Attendees included Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison and Tom Emmer, Maplewood Mayor Nora Slawik, Maplewood City Council members, top leaders from the Legislature and Mattias Fyrenius from the Nobel Organization.

Building 280, the newest addition to the Maplewood-based company’s campus, cost $150 million. The four-story building is approximately 470,000 square feet, which is about the size of eight football fields in area. About 700 scientists and researchers will occupy the high-tech building. 

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16
Mar

916 Career Tech takes shop class to the next level


The city of North St. Paul in partnership with Northeast Metro 916 are building a home at 2341 14th Ave. near Tower Park. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

High school students learn hands-on while building a house

Northeast Metro 916 Career & Technical Center’s construction occupations class is not like any shop class students might otherwise take in high school. In this class about 40 high school students work together to build a house from the ground up in a single school year.

“There is no better collaboration that I’ve seen ever,” says 916 Career Tech principal Jill Stewart-Kellar. 

Instructor Tom Spehn adds, “The students who take my class typically are the hands-on learners, so a lot of students might not have a lot of success in the typical classroom setting that has you sit behind a desk for an hour and memorize theory. Here they actually apply it.”

“I like to do work with my hands mostly,” says North senior Reid Olson who was drawn to the program because of his interest in construction. He is especially excited to see how all the individual pieces of the project come together as a whole.

During the 2015-2016 school year, the students are building a single-family home at 2341 14th Ave. E., North St. Paul.

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14
Mar

Ted Bearth, longtime Oakdale leader and resident, passes away


Ted Bearth (middle) was known to many as the face of Summerfest. The “Ted Bearth Grande Parade,” a popular Summerfest event, is named in his honor. (file photos)

Oakdale community leader and Washington County Commissioner Ted Bearth died on March 10. He was 77 and had been battling cancer. 

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North St. Paul says goodbye to a local icon


In 1995 Ellsworth Erickson revisited photographs taken in Europe during World War II. While serving his country, Erickson developed film to be viewed in 3D. This early version of 3D required photos to be taken from slightly different vantage points. Once developed, the photos were viewed through plastic glasses. (file photo)
Ellsworth Erickson, 92, was World War II vet, popular teacher, civic leader 

North St. Paul lost one of its few remaining World War II veterans on March 3, 2016, when Ellsworth Erickson succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

He will be remembered by the public as a family man, a veteran, a teacher, an artist and a friend. His family members said they will remember him for his loyalty, honesty and optimism that permeated all aspects of his life.

“It was hard because even though he was 92, he acted young; he thought young,” said his daughter Sheryl Erickson in an interview last week.

Wed
09
Mar

Nominations for EXCEL awards being accepted

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Schools Community Education Advisory Council will be recognizing individuals and groups for their outstanding contributions to community education with the 2016 Excellence in Community Education Leadership (EXCEL) Awards. 

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09
Mar

Ramsey County-Maplewood Review bulletin board March 9, 2016

Upcoming Events - Click for more details: Executive director of MN Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training speaks to LWV; ‘What the Birds are Telling Us’ at Como Park; Easter Bunny is hopping into Maplewood Mall;

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Mar

Retiring DNR officer Brad Johnson was called to serve the public


DNR conservation officer Brad Johnson of Maplewood says if he writes a book, it will be titled “The critters that bit me.” Lucky for him, this bald eagle didn’t get that chance. (submitted photo)

For retiring Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer (CO) Brad Johnson of Maplewood, the most enjoyable or rewarding part of the job was serving the public. 

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09
Mar

Cowern teacher Julie Swanson makes Teacher of the Year semifinals

Julie Swanson
Julie Swanson

Julie Swanson was recently named one of the 34 semifinalists for the 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. 

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09
Mar

Trash rates of neighboring cities cannot be compared equally


Trash containers line the streets in northern North St. Paul for the Thursday morning pick-up. (Linda Baumeister/Reivew)

Few things seem to get residents as riled up as city trash collection and the fees for those services. 

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09
Mar

Lake Elmo City Council shuts down the proposal to close a fire hall

Trains blocking roads, possible increased response times and a growing population all played a role in the Lake Elmo City Council’s decision last week to keep the city’s two fire halls open, at least for now.

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