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Tue
06
Aug

After 1-day strike, Health Systems Cooperative Laundries workers and management reach agreement


Workers at Health Systems Cooperative Laundries went on strike Monday, fighting proposed changes to their contracts. Around midnight, the workers' union reached an agreement with management. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

After months of contract negotiations, things were not happening for the roughly 200 laborers at Health Systems Cooperative Laundries, which cleans all the linens for 19 area hospitals and over 150 clinics.
The previous contract had run out in late March, and in the renewal process, the union was faced with a gutted version of the previous contract, said Julie Boots.
Boots manages the contract for the union, Worker's United Local 150. Management was proposing cutting the four sick days laborers were entitled to, as well as removing employees' rights should the company change hands, Boots said. In total there were 150 proposed language changes which were largely rejected by the union, she said.

Tue
06
Aug

Three city commission vacancies filled in Roseville

The Roseville City Council filled three vacancies on three city commissions at its Monday, July 22 council meeting.
Full-length terms for all city commissions are for three years, however, three commissioners vacated their appointments before they expired for various reasons, Roseville Communications Specialist Carolyn Curti said.
Council members and the chairperson for each respective commission interviewed candidates individually at City Hall on Monday, July 15.

Tue
06
Aug

Communities gather for celebration, crime prevention

Roseville residents are rolling out the red carpet — literally — for this year’s annual Night to Unite.
Mary Edel-Joyce, along with three other Roseville residents, are preparing for their “red carpet” extravaganza with planning underway for food and attire.
“I think it’s great,” Edel-Joyce said. “It’s a way for people to meet. It’s a treat to see other people and visit.’’

Tue
06
Aug

Celebrate the march that changed America

Fifty years ago on Aug. 28, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister with a Ph.D. in theology, led a peaceful march from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial and gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech calling for jobs and for justice for all people. At that celebration, Rosa Parks, Archbishop Patrick O’Boyle and Roy Wilkins were among the many speakers while singers Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Marion Anderson and Peter, Paul and Mary entertained the monumental crowd of 200,000 to 300,000 people who came from all over the country.

Mon
05
Aug

West St. Paul author offers ‘dilemma’ in first book


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In his first novel, “The Devereaux Dilemma,” West St. Paul writer Steve McEllistrem paints a picture of a disturbing time in the not-so-distant future.
In this “speculative” science fiction piece, the world is on the verge of collapse. War is breaking out among humans, many of whom are biologically enhanced, and the bio-weapons being created are powerful enough to destroy them all. As war wages around him, Jeremiah Jones embarks on a journey to hunt down an elusive religious leader who holds the key to saving them or destroying them all.

Mon
05
Aug

Neighbors stock up, spread out for Night to Unite

It’s that rare time of year you can smell smoke, hear shouting and see a fire engine pull up in front of your house and feel excitement rather than panic.
That’s because grilling, big parties and visits from local fire and police departments are beloved traditions for many participants of Night to Unite, which returns this year on Aug. 6. The statewide event is gives residents a chance to get to know their neighbors better and meet city staff and elected officials in a relaxed setting as a way to build a stronger sense of community and prevent crime.

Mon
05
Aug

IGH men arrested with 6 pounds of cocaine

Dakota County prosecutors say they may have uncovered a direct supply line of illegal drugs from Mexico to Minnesota with the arrests of two Inver Grove Heights men.
Mike Sanchez, 27, and Josue Ivan Ledezma-Lopez, 22, have been charged with two felony counts each for sale and possession a controlled substance.
The pair were arrested July 23 as part of Dakota County Drug Task Force raid in which investigators seized nearly six pounds of cocaine, three pounds of methamphetamine and $23,000 in cash from Sanchez’ Inver Grove Heights home. If convicted, Sanchez and Ledezma-Lopez could face sentences of up to 40 years in prison as well as penalties up to $1 million.

Mon
05
Aug

New mobile cameras are coming for East Side cops


East Side police are evaluating two styles of surveillance cameras. Shown above is one model the police department is considering -- the Minneapolis Police Department uses small trailer cameras for portable police surveillance. (submitted photo)

To add to the department’s stationary surveillance, St. Paul Police’s Eastern District will soon be deploying new portable cameras.
The cameras come with city STAR funding in the range of $35,000. The East Side will be the first of the city’s policing districts to use the portable cameras.
Senior Commander Joe Newberger says he’s hoping the district’s cameras will lead to a citywide policing change.

Mon
05
Aug

‘Learning Jet’ lands for Farnsworth and Minnesota kids


The Farnsworth Aerospace Magnet band played the National Anthem to commemorate the arrival of the Learning Jet. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Farnsworth Aerospace Magnet students may be spending some time in a Boeing 727 in the coming school year.
A retired cargo plane was donated by FedEx to the non-profit group Minnesota Women in Aviation. It will be used as a “Learning Jet” in St. Paul Public Schools and throughout the state.
The jet will be renovated into classroom space, where kids in grades K-12 will learn science and math skills related to the plane’s flight and its many onboard systems.

Mon
05
Aug

“Pocket Parks” pop up


The nearly finished park at 752 Jessamine Ave. features annual and perrenial flowers, a bench for resting, and a gravel path lined with stones. (submitted photo)

Until recently, 752 Jessamine was an unsightly bare lot, one of many scattered around the East Side.
The lot once held a neglected duplex that was so moldy, the only thing to do was demolish it.
The bald land was one of several vacant properties on the block, which has been a focus area of the East Side Neighborhood Development Company’s Vacant Housing Watch group.

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