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Tue
03
Sep

Sun Ray Library to see $5.5 million renovation


The Sun Ray Library was built in 1970. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

A $5,545,000 remodeling project will give the Sun Ray Library an updated presence on the East Side.
“We’re looking at transforming the library to be up to speed for what 21st century libraries need to be,” said Jill Boldenow, community and digital services director at St. Paul Public Library.
Although the details are not finalized, the project will include renovating both the interior and exterior of the library and reconfiguring the current space as well as constructing additional space.

Tue
03
Sep

New Johnson High principal has a history with the place


Micheal Thompson, incoming principal at Johnson High School, stands in front of a display case which holds pictures of students posing with books — simple endeavors like this can help students recognize that they’re a part of the school, he said. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Micheal Thompson is a witty, candid kind of guy whose passion for education is as easy to notice as the black eye he got when he tripped during a triathlon just days before sat down for a newspapear interview.
He’s 52, but it’s hard to tell by looking at him.He could easily be in his late 30s. He seems energized and revved up for the new school year.
In a way, Thompson’s new job as the Johnson High School principal is a homecoming.

Tue
03
Sep

Early Childhood center moves out of John A Johnson

The Early Childhood Family Education center at John A. Johnson will be moved to Battle Creek Elementary.
Donald Sysyn, director of the early childhood program, said the move comes after the Strong Schools, Strong Communities initiative at St. Paul Public Schools drew more kids to John A. Johnson last year.

Mon
02
Sep

New year, new computers for SSP students

When South St. Paul High students go back to school Sept. 3, they’ll be equipped with a new educational tool: a Google Samsung Chromebook.
Recently the district purchased 800 of the laptops in an effort to equip all juniors and seniors with a computer for use at home and school. Students in the upper elementary grades will also be able to use additional Chromebooks available in student areas.

Thu
29
Aug

Man shot when search warrant served in New Brighton ID’d

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the man shot when law enforcement served a search warrant at a New Brighton home Tuesday as 45-year-old Matthew Lloyd Vanhofwegen.
According to a press release from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, a multi-jurisdictional task force -- the Ramsey County Violent Crime Enforcement Team (VCET) -- served a narcotics search warrant at Vanhofwegen's residence on the 1500 block of 20th Avenue northwest at about 2 p.m.

Wed
28
Aug

Demo of two Mounds View buildings approved

Mounds View’s Economic Development Authority unanimously approved a resolution allowing for the demolition of two EDA-owned buildings at its Aug. 12 meeting.
The two parcels – the former Robert’s Sports Bar site at 2400 County Road H2 and the former location of Taiko Sushi at 2394 County Road 10 – were purchased by the EDA earlier this summer using unobligated tax increment financing (TIF) funds.

 

Wed
28
Aug

A mission fulfilled


Out back the shelter provides a spacious, large enough for seventeen to have a snowball fight last winter, fenced in yard for all seasons.

Nearly one year after its opening, a homeless shelter to serve suburban families is going strong.
“Hope for the Journey Home,” a facility in Oakdale that provides shelter for families experiencing homelessness in suburban Washington and Ramsey counties, opened in September of 2012.
The effort is a partnership between Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale and St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi. The two congregations have been joined by more than 30 churches throughout the metro area that volunteer to staff the shelter for certain weeks during the year.

Wed
28
Aug

Make way for 2013 Lake Elmo Days!

The annual Lake Elmo Days celebration is back, and the city is pulling out all the stops to make this year’s event bigger than ever before.
Lake Elmo Days has grown from humble beginnings into the two-day festival it is today. In 2007, the event started as a way to celebrate the Lake Elmo Fire Department’s 50-year anniversary.
After its initial success, it became the city’s one-day “Fall Festival” until 2012, when organizers added more activities and renamed it “Lake Elmo Days.”

Wed
28
Aug

Victim identified in traffic fatality in Shoreview

James L. Youngbauer, a 56-year-old Shoreview resident, died after he was struck by a semitrailer truck at approximately 12:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the 5500 block of Lexington Avenue in Shoreview.
Witnesses report seeing Youngbauer walk in front of the semi that was traveling north bound on Lexington Avenue, north of County Road I.

Wed
28
Aug

Maplewood Mall rainwater runoff retrofit featured in symposium


The Maplewood Mall’s giant rainwater cistern (a very big watering can) is one of four special features used to catch, reuse, and clean rainwater. photos by Linda Baumeister/Review

An urban forest is growing in a surprising area of Maplewood. Where one might expect to find a desert of paint lines, concrete and vehicles, an oasis of trees, gardens and art is popping up.
Last week, the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District’s stormwater infiltration retrofit project at the Maplewood Mall parking lot was highlighted as part of the 2013 International Low Impact Development Symposium.
The symposium, which garners the attention of thousands of engineers, professors, environmentalists and other professionals each year, is hosted by the University of Minnesota at the St. Paul RiverCentre. The conference is a series of lectures and presentations about various programs across the Midwest that work to address urban water quality issues like stormwater runoff and sewer overflows.

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