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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.

Wed
28
Aug

Maplewood man killed in Pine County crash

Maplewood resident William D. Joseph, 50, died Aug. 17 after his 2011 Toyota Prius was hit by a pickup truck on a road in rural Pine County.
Joseph was westbound on two-lane state Highway 70 when his car was struck by a Dodge Ram pickup driven by Danny Kitterman, 48, of Waite Park. According to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol, the truck apparently ran a stop sign going north on Government Road and broadsided the Prius around 2:45 p.m.

Wed
28
Aug

MnDOT holds Hwy. 5 project open house

Officials from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Lake Elmo held an open house at Lake Elmo Elementary School Aug. 21 to discuss the plans for the state Highway 5 micro-surfacing project that begins in September.
Residents, business owners, commission members and teachers were present to ask questions and express concerns about the project, which will impact Lake Elmo’s Old Village area as a center left turn lane is installed.

Tue
27
Aug

RAHS grad onstage at Guthrie


Aeysha Kinnunen (submitted photo)

From an early start in Roseville community and school theater, Aeysha Kinnunen has landed on the Guthrie Theater stage, as “Lydia” in “Pride and Prejudice.”
The “Pride and Prejudice” production, which runs through Aug. 31, stars Vincent Kartheiser from TV’s “Mad Men” as Mr. Darcy and Ashley Rose Montondo as the intelligent, spirited Elizabeth Bennett.
Under Joe Dowling’s direction, this “Pride and Prejudice” is definitely played for laughs, and Kinnunen, as Elizabeth’s twitter-pated and brazen younger sister, gets some of the biggest.

Tue
27
Aug

Little Canada looks for support for Veterans Memorial


An artist’s rendering of the proposed Veterans Memorial Park in Little Canada. There is no set timeline for the project, however, the city’s Veterans Memorial Committee is hopeful construction will start by Memorial Day next spring and be complete by Veteran’s Day. (submitted artwork)

A Veterans Memorial is being proposed on city owned property adjacent to Round Lake in Little Canada. The Little Canada Veterans Memorial Committee is seeking contributions to help make the memorial a reality through their “Buy-A-Brick” fundraising program.
According to the city, about one-half of the cost of the estimated $70,000 memorial can be attributed to a parking bay on Little Canada Road and the installation of sidewalks.

Mon
26
Aug

East Sider could have a million dollar idea


The abandoned building in the Bruce Venture Nature Sanctuary could one day be the site of a food hub and a historical interpretive center for the area. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

East Sider Tracy Sides was just one of about a thousand submitters to the Forever St. Paul Challenge, a contest in which Minnesotans propose ideas to do “placemaking” in St. Paul.
But after two rounds of judging, her idea to create an “urban oasis food hub” could see some tangible momentum -- it’s one of three finalists for the $1 million prize.
Sides’ idea is to turn the old Standard Oil building at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary into a food hub, where gardeners and farmers could bring extra produce to be canned, cooked or redistributed. Sides’ East Side-based non-profit Bravely Be has been working on bringing the idea to life.

Sun
25
Aug

St. Paul eyes 2 East Side streetcar routes


A map of the potential routes that were deemed feasible in St. Paul’s Streetcar Feasibility Study includes two East Side routes. The routes are hypothetical and subject to change. (submitted graphic)

Come 2018, we could be seeing a taste of the past and the future at once rolling along some East Side streets.
St. Paul’s Planning and Economic Development department has been looking at potential streetcar routes for the city, and this July it unveiled a map of seven lines that could be feasible, including two on the East Side.

Sun
25
Aug

Free backpacks coming to East Side school kids


An estimated 2,500 people showed up at last year’s backpack giveaway. (submitted photo)

For the third year in a row, Alfreda Flowers and her organization Family Values for Life will be giving out new backpacks and school supplies to East Side school kids, just days before school starts.
The event started fairly small -- they collected and handed out 150 backpacks the first year. But over 500 people showed, so they ran out of supplies. In the second year, they gathered up over 1,000 backpacks, but again, they were short -- Flowers estimated 2,500 people showed.

Sun
25
Aug

SSP slates first parks referendum in 20 years


This image shows what Kaposia Landing might look like if voters approve additional parks and recreation spending in a referendum next February. (submitted graphic)

A lot of people are willing to pay $8 a month to stream movies from the Internet into their homes, but would they put the same amount toward a new baseball field just outside?
That’s the question that will be put to South St. Paul voters next February after the council approved a parks and recreations referendum in its Aug. 20 meeting that would pay for an array of new and improved amenities at Kaposia Landing, McMorrow Field and Wakota Arena.

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