The North St. Paul Lions’ Ice Fishing Contest was an annual highlight at Silver Lake before extremes in weather took hold. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Back in November, area parks got an early start on flooding ice rinks and grooming cross-country ski trails. Early signs of a cold Midwestern winter also fueled hopes of bringing the North St. Paul ice fishing contest back to Silver Lake.
Longtime Hill-Murray educator Frank Asenbrenner poses with his daughter Peg Sutherland. (file photo)
The flash of the brass instruments, the pounding of the drums, the trim green-and-white uniforms and precision stepping have made the Hill-Murray band a source of pride for alumni and neighbors for years at games and along parade routes.
A map shows how two basic alignments of the Rush Line Corridor would go through the East Side, one via I-35E and another through Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority right-of-way, including Swede Hollow Park. More nuanced versions of the alignments, with more route options, will be on display at the Rush Line open houses scheduled for mid-January. (submitted graphic)
New alignments on the table
Bringing more potential routes to the table, Rush Line Corridor staff will present updated information about the potential transit line in open house events scheduled in mid-January.
The Rush Line Corridor is a transit line that would put a public transportation corridor from downtown St. Paul through the East Side up to either White Bear Lake or Forest Lake. Transit planners presented early studies of the potential routes over the summer and fall of 2014. Now, after taking in feedback from residents, they’re coming back to the table to present updated findings.
Funds come from DNR grant
After winning a $10,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul Parks and Recreation will look to put in an archery range at Pigs Eye Park, just down the hill from Dayton’s Bluff.
Eric Thompson, former East Side director for Parks and Rec who still works for the department as a certified park and recreation professional, said the initiative to get archery resources in St. Paul came from a meeting in St. Paul City Council member Russ Stark’s office, back in the spring.
Around a dozen Edgerton Elementary 4-5-6th-grade choir members made a surpise caroling visit with Cecilia Gresback, a 97-year old Maplewood resident Dec. 16. Next, the singers were off to the Maplewood Mall for a singing engagement. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Carolers sent from across the country
The scene: following a fresh sprinkling of snow, 14 young carolers from Edgerton Elementary School file into Cecilia Gresback’s living room, filling her Maplewood home with song and good tidings. The 97-year-old rocks her chair back and forth and claps her hands, keeping tempo with the carolers as they sing “Holly Jolly Christmas” with a keyboard accompaniment.
Her daughter, Rita Shor, sitting by her side, can hardly keep her eyes dry.
A photo from last year shows the one-machine snowmaking operation at Battle Creek Regional Park, which was a trial run for a more comprehensive and permanent snowmaking setup at the park. Though the trial was deemed successful, staff will not be using the equipment to make snow this winter, despite minimal snow on the ground. (file photo)
Despite the mid-December warm up, Ramsey County Parks and Recreation staff will not be making snow at Battle Creek Regional Park. Not this year, at least.