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Wed
14
May

North St. Paul offering medicine drop box


A medicine drop box is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at North St. Paul City Hall. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

It’s a safer way to dispose of unused, unwanted medicine
Prescription drug abuse has been an issue for a number of years, but has really spiked since 2000, especially among young people.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription medications make up 37 percent of abused drugs among high school seniors. The study also says one in nine people between the ages of 12 and 25 have used prescription medications for non-medical purposes within the past year.

Wed
14
May

622 approves settlements, teacher layoffs

At its Tuesday, April 22 meeting, the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board approved a settlement on an outstanding contract with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 70 and District 622.
A settlement was also approved between the school district and the Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 12, which covers education assistants.

Wed
14
May

Maplewood Rainbow Foods is sold


Maplewood Rainbow Foods bought by SuperValu, will keep its name

Rainbow Foods, for the most part, will be no more in Minnesota.
The supermarket chain’s parent company, Roundy’s, announced May 7 it would be selling 18 of its 27 Rainbow stores. Twin Cities-based SuperValu is buying 10 Rainbows and turning them into Cub Foods stores.
Six locations, including the one in Maplewood, will remain a Rainbow Foods under new ownership.

Thu
08
May

Just like summer - photo


Linda Baumeister/Review

Brody, Roy, Mira, and Gavin sail down the Giant Slide out at Presentation Church Spring Festival May 3.  It was a kiddie land of rides for youngsters all weekend.

Thu
08
May

Tim Faklis joins Review staff

My interest in writing happened by accident. I’m like the Post-it note of journalists.
When I was a 14-year-old freshman in the Edina School District, I had a sudden urge to write about the Minnesota Twins and pro-basketball legend George Mikan, and subsequently created a free blog to accomplish this goal.

Thu
08
May

Maplewood historian wins Heritage Award

Love of city’s history began by researching a road
You don’t have to be a native of a city to become an expert of its history.
Bob Jensen has only lived in Maplewood since 2007, but that hasn’t stopped him from immersing himself in the suburb’s history. Within two years of arriving, he was a part of the Maplewood Historical Society. Two years after that, he was the society’s vice president. One year later, he was promoted again, this time to president, a title he still holds.

Thu
08
May

New Keller opens new vistas but reflects its past


The new Keller Golf Clubhouse, at 18,800 square feet and already open for special events, is located at 2166 Maplewood Drive and again a familar sight along Highway 61. The renovated golf course is planned to open at the end of June. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The new, spacious kitchen will allow Lancer Catering to be a full banquet facility for weddings and other special events. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The Keller Clubhouse, closed in October 2012 and rebuilt, has a large bar and grill lounge. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Pictures of winners will be added above the bar and on the walls. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

A wood staircase leads to the upper level, as does an elevator. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Looking up at the new Keller Lake Golf Course clubhouse as you drive along U.S. Highway 61 in Maplewood, you will hardly notice any differences. It was meant to be that way.
Even the brand new pro shop is located in the same place, and its exterior also appears unchanged.  
I stopped by Keller recently and met with Allison Winters, communications associate with the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department.

Wed
07
May

Circulation numbers fall at library; council restates support


Surrounded by windows and a fireplace, Loren Soice reads a magazine in the cozy North St. Paul Branch Library. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The Ramsey County Library North St. Paul Branch was built in the North St. Paul Community Center. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

In the first three months of 2014, the circulation numbers at the North St. Paul Branch Library, 2300 North St. Paul Drive, dropped by 10 percent.
The trend of fewer books and other materials being lent out this year has caught the attention of many, since it’s on top of an overall 11 percent decline in circulation during the 2012-13 calendar year.

Wed
07
May

Stillwater Prison: a time capsule


The Minnesota State Correctional Facility at Stillwater has stood the test of time -- though 100 years old, it’s still in full operation. The facility, which stands in Bayport, Minn. holds 1,638 inmates. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

To enter the Stillwater Prison, a visitor passes through the security scanning area, called “the bubble,” followed by four sets of gates, before arriving in the core of the prison. From there, a security desk sits between the four cell blocks, which look to be straight out of a movie set, and haven’t changed much since they were built. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Stillwater Prison Warden Michelle Smith spoke in commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the prison. Smith toted the facility’s successes with education programs for inmates, and spoke of the challenges of maintaining a century-old building. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

As of Friday, May 2, the Stillwater Prison has been running non-stop, 24 hours a day, for the past 100 years.
Though by no means a cheerful place, the Victorian-era building does hold a certain charm. Even inside the main hallway where prisoners are transported, touches like lavender trim, worn tile floors, yellow brick walls and oak rails make it easily identifiable as a piece of history.

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