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Maryland-Arkwright construction slated to start mid-August


Maryland Avenue will be widened at the Arkwright intersection later this summer. (submitted graphic)

Ramsey County Public Works crews have been working on Maryland Avenue one intersection at a time.
So far they’ve added left-turn lanes at two dangerous intersections along the avenue -- at Prosperity Avenue and at Rice Street.
Next, they’ll be working on the Arkwright Street intersection, putting in left-turn lanes, widening the road and improving the sidewalks.

Sun
30
Jun

Hmong talk about an elephant in the room


Patrick Larkin/Review

St. Paul resident Tiffany Vang says she never felt particularly encouraged to go to school by her family. “College” wasn’t a word that got thrown around in her household, and most of her siblings did not go to college.
She sees this as part of a larger problem in the Hmong community.
So, working with colleagues, she’s hoping to change that with a new group at the Lao Family Community of Minnesota.

Sun
30
Jun

Late-night gunfire leads to raid, arrests, seized guns

In the early hours of June 17, residents on the 1600 block of McAfee Street were awakened by the sound of gunshots inside a home.
Nearby on White Bear Avenue, a St. Paul police officer heard the shots. Approaching the area, he was able to confirm what he’d heard with residents, who directed him to a specific home on the block, according to a statement from the St. Paul’s Eastern District Police Station.

Sun
30
Jun

Resident concerns delay IGH senior housing project


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You wouldn’t typically think of senior citizens as the type of neighbors who cause people to pack up and move away, but that’s what some Inver Grove Heights residents say they may do if a new senior housing facility near Concord Avenue and Highway 52 is constructed as planned.
The issue, according to the residents who spoke at the June 24 city council meeting, isn’t the tenants, but rather the placement and design of the 66-unit building proposed by the Dakota County Community Development Agency at the corner of Cheney Trail and Cahill Avenue. They say placing the three-story structure on the southeast corner of lot near homes on Cheney Trail will bring hilltop residents eye-to-eye with their new neighbors and diminish property values in the area.

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30
Jun

WSP narrows list of city manager candidates

West St. Paul is one step — or four more eliminations — away from selecting its next city manager.
The city has narrowed its list of applicants to five for a position that has been vacant for nearly two years.

Thu
27
Jun

Smokedale Tobacco shop in Oakdale raided by federal agents

A local tobacco shop was reportedly raided by federal drug agents on Wednesday, as part of a multi-state sweep of such businesses.
According to Owen Putman, public information officer for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's Chicago Field Division, which includes Minnesota and Wisconsin, search warrants were executed at five locations in the two states, including the Smokedale Tobacco shop on 10th Street N. in Oakdale.
Putman said a search warrant was also executed at Smokedale's warehouse, located just a few doors down from the Oakdale shop, as well as at Smokedale shops in Minneapolis and Hudson and at an address in Afton, Minn.

Wed
26
Jun

Oakdale, Lake Elmo recognized for environmental sustainability practices

Going green isn’t just a fad in Oakdale and Lake Elmo -- it’s an ongoing effort.
Both cities were recognized at the June 20 League of Minnesota Cities annual conference for their implementation of a number of environmental sustainability practices. At the conference, both suburbs were designated as Step Two GreenStep cities as part of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program.

Wed
26
Jun

Summer meals available for kids in Lake Elmo and Landfall

Cimarron and Landfall children home from school for the summer do not need to worry about where their next meal will be coming from, thanks to a program through FamilyMeans and Concordia Creative Learning Academy.
Starting June 13, free, nutritious lunches and snacks will be available at three locations in the east metro area: Concordia Creating Learning Academy in St. Paul and the FamilyMeans sites in Landfall and Cimarron in Lake Elmo. The lunches meet the summer meal guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.

Wed
26
Jun

Heart device saves 24-year-old’s life


Tara Townsend, once in heart failure, has a heart device to help pump blood. Townsend, of White Bear Lake. has a busy schedule pursuing a degree in human services at Century College and working in Shoreview. (Linda Baumeister/Bulletin)

In attempt to escape the sweltering summer, Minnesotans take refuge in lakes and pools.
However, Tara Townsend, a 24-year old from White Bear Lake, can’t enjoy this cooling relief  -- she can’t get wet.
Nor can the Century College student engage in contact sports, go through metal detectors or lift more than 25 pounds.

Wed
26
Jun

Residential development project approved in New Brighton Exchange

The New Brighton City Council unanimously authorized execution of a contract for private redevelopment with Pulte Homes at its Tuesday, June 11 council meeting.
Pulte has plans to build 86 single-family homes and 34 town homes at the 27-acre site once occupied by the former Midwest Asphalt and Beisswenger’s properties.
Pulte Homes is a Michigan based company that has built several developments in Minnesota, including Arden Hills and Roseville.

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