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Wed
14
Aug

Molestation charges against NSP foster father dropped

In May, Ramsey County prosecutors dismissed two fourth-degree sexual conduct charges against Moua Soua Mouacheupao, 61, of North St. Paul. Mouacheupao was accused of molesting two female minors who were placed under foster care in his home with him and his wife, Sy Vang Mouacheupao.
A document submitted by the prosecution says “the State of Minnesota ... dismisses the (charges) on the grounds that the State is unable to maintain its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt at a trial in this matter.”
Mouacheupao has maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal. Over the years, his house on Buhl Avenue has been home to more than 25 foster children ages 2-21.

Wed
14
Aug

LE appoints youngest Park Commission member


Jacob Silvernale

15-year-old Jacob Silvernale can add a position to his resume that most people may assume is meant for someone much older: park commissioner.
But his youth isn’t a hindrance-Silvernale has grand plans for Lake Elmo’s park system.
His interest in the city’s park commission was sparked when commissioners were discussing the possible construction of a park in his housing development between Lake Elmo and Manning avenues in the northeast corner of the city.

Wed
14
Aug

District 622 programs aim to keep students in school ... or get them back

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District is launching new programs this fall so that students with young children and former students have a better chance to earn their high school diploma.
A daycare center for young children whose mothers are students will open in September at the District Education Center in North St. Paul. It is a partnership with the YMCA and designed to prevent young parents from dropping out. It will offer parenting classes as well, said community education director Chuck Erickson.
The district will also begin offering another new program at Harmony Learning Center this fall so adults between the ages of 18 to 21 who didn’t complete high school will have an added opportunity to earn their diploma.

Wed
14
Aug

Washington County commissioners review 2014 proposed budget

Budget discussions are officially under way at the Washington County Government Center.
The proposed 2014 county budget was presented to the Washington County Board of Commissioners at its Aug. 6 meeting. The recommended 2014 county operating budget is $147.4 million, and the recommended capital expenditures budget is $23.1 million.
Last year, the county board set the 2013 budget at $172.7 million, with no increase in the county’s portion of the property-tax levy.

Wed
14
Aug

Back to school project helps students succeed in school

The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf in New Brighton will be providing school supplies to children in need again this school year, as they have done for more than 15 years.
Ralph Reeder is a community education program of the Mounds View  Public School District offering emergency and supplemental food assistance, short term case management to other low income resources, school supplies, and holiday help to low income residents in the community.
Last school year the Good Neighbor Back to School Project, run through Ralph Reeder, provided nearly 700 children with school supplies and they hope to do the same this year.

Tue
13
Aug

Three juveniles charged in beating of Ray Widstrand


Ray Widstrand

A 16-year-old and two 15-year olds have been charged today in the beating of East Side resident Raymond Widstrand.
Widstrand, 26, was brutally assaulted on Sunday, Aug. 4, around 11:30 p.m. while he was walking within blocks of his home.
He reportedly walked by a group of people watching a fight near the intersection of Payne and Minnehaha avenues, when he was attacked. According to one witness account, he was struck over the head with a can in a sock, and then hit by several people.

Tue
13
Aug

Lauderdale gathers for community festival

Residents of Lauderdale will once again gather for the summer festival that brings the community together.
The Day in the Park Festival is from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, in Community Park, 1885 Fulham Street.
“It’s a great community building event,” Jim Bownik, assistant to the city administrator, said. “It’s an opportunity for Lauderdale residents to celebrate summer and talk with neighbors and have great time.”

Tue
13
Aug

Roseville high school welcomes new SLO

Officer Lacey BlizekOfficer Lacey Blizek will be starting duty as Roseville Area High School’s (RAHS) new school liaison officer (SLO) this fall. Blizek was hired to replace officer Maureen Sikorra, who recently retired from the Roseville Police Department.
She will patrol the school fulltime in her new role as SLO, looking out for the safety and security of the school’s 2,100 students and dozens of staff members.
According to the city, Blizek has worked as a patrol officer for the Roseville Police Department for more than eight years and has extensive training and experience in several areas, including blood alcohol testing operator (DWI offenses), suspect interview and search and seizure cases.

Mon
12
Aug

Man who drowned in Roseville police chase identified

A Hennepin County medical examiner has identified the man who drowned in Farrell’s Lake after a police chase Saturday night as 37-year-old Andrew Paul Heim of Minneapolis.
According to a statement issued Monday from Roseville police, Heim fled police after being pulled over for a broken taillight at approximately 9:30 p.m. Aug. 10 near the intersection of Cleveland and Oakcrest avenues in Roseville.
Heim slowed initially but did not stop for the squad’s emergency flashing lights, leading Roseville police on a nearly 3-mile pursuit north on Cleveland. Heim was driving a 2002 BMW 530iA sedan without a rear license plate and was traveling north towards County Road E2, authorities stated.

Mon
12
Aug

Playground popularizes St. Paul school


Linden Dungy and his wife Donna Dungy paid a visit to the new playground at Joy Academy and visited with schoolchildren. (submitted photo)

Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Dungy Family Foundation, the St. Paul Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s school, Joy Academy, is able to finish its playground project.
“We’re the first school in the state of Minnesota to receive this grant,” Joy Academy Principal Timothy Raddatz said.
“From our perspective, this is a great opportunity and recognition on behalf of this foundation for us to continue their mission of working with urban schools.”

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