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Wed
29
Jan

Lipke-led North High Alumni Choir disbands


Accomplished vocal music director Carl H. Lipke and the North High Alumni Choir performed their final concerts in December. They recently had a farewell party, celebrating 20 years together. (photos courtesy of John Feikema Photography)

Carl Lipke tried to end the North High Alumni Choir quietly.
The choir had just finished its spring concert, and wasn’t yet gearing up for the holiday shows. The group’s leaders were discussing how it should disband, agreeing that costs were too high and some of the singers could no longer stand for an entire performance.
The revered director suggested a discreet exit, without bows or encores.

Wed
29
Jan

Meet Maplewood’s newest K-9 team

Brix never really looks ferocious.
Even when he’s apprehending suspects or sniffing out illicit drugs, the dog half of Maplewood’s newest K-9 team treats his job like a game.
According to his partner, Officer Joseph Demulling, the 19-month-old from Slovakia does it all for a Kong, a rubber chew toy on a rope.

Wed
29
Jan

HELLO: more than just a greeting


Ebenezer Flomo, his wife Janelle Voxland and other HELLO volunteers hand-delivered over 40,000 books to more than 16 schools in Liberia over the holidays. (submitted photos)

It’s easy to just throw away an old book that’s been read a thousand times or a textbook that’s a year or two out of date. But some tens of thousands of those previously unwanted books are making their way to schools across the Atlantic Ocean, thanks to some help from an Oakdale-based organization.
Help Encourage Liberia’s Little Ones, or HELLO, was started in Liberia by Ebenezer Flomo in 2003. Its operations moved with him in 2005 when he came to the U.S. and married Oakdale resident Janelle Voxland.

Wed
29
Jan

Another way to tailgate

Not long after the sun comes up on Super Bowl Sunday, about a dozen volunteers wielding propane-powered ice augers will drill 2,000 holes into 20 inches of ice on Lake Jane in Lake Elmo.
That is, if the weather cooperates and the ice stays thick.
“Pray for good weather,” urged Craig Knoll, a co-chair of the 57th annual Lake Elmo Lions Club fishing contest. But his idea of “good weather” probably differs from the rest of us. He’s hoping for no letup in this week’s below-freezing temperatures to keep the ice in good shape, and also a slight warmup the day of to keep contestants from hunkering down at home.

Wed
29
Jan

Arden Hills to discuss utility franchise fees

Should Arden Hills add an Xcel Energy  “franchise fee” -- which would be tacked onto residents’ gas and electric bills -- to boost funding for street, park and trail improvements?
The Arden Hills City Council has been studying the pros and cons of that idea and has scheduled public hearings next month to further discuss the issue with residents.

Wed
29
Jan

District 621 begins moving programs for all-day K

The Mounds View School District has begun relocating education programs to make way for the transition to free all-day kindergarten next school year.
The relocation of programs at the Snail Lake and Pike Lake education centers are necessary to make room for two kindergarten centers. The district’s six elementary schools will house first through fifth grades starting this fall, and all the district’s kindergarteners will attend classes at the two new centers.

Tue
28
Jan

Moviehouse keeps $2 films, adds new outreach for church


The plaza’s lobby was repainted, given new walls and ceiling tiles, and a collage featuring stills from a wide swath of famous movies was put up. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

With new ownership and plans for a new digital projector, the Plaza Maplewood is back up and running, under the hands of a church.
Following investment and fundraising from the new management, Woodland Hills Church, the place has new carpet, new walls, new ceiling tiles, new seats, and new staff.
The arcade machines are gone and things look fresh, new, and almost pristine.

Tue
28
Jan

Ramsey County Libraries celebrate Black History Month with a diverse itinerary


The Penumbra Theatre will present scenes from the play ‘Bearing Witness: The Ballad of Emmett Till,’ Feb. 6 at Roseville Library. (submitted photo)

This February, Ramsey County Libraries will celebrate diversity with a series on black history. The Roseville and Maplewood branches of the library will present five free events  as part of their month-long public education program on African-American history.
Judy Woodward, the history coordinator for Ramsey County Libraries,  organized the series to honor Black History Month and join a Ramsey County-wide initiative to promote diversity.
The programming will highlight some of the history of Minnesota and the different cultural groups within the state.

Mon
27
Jan

Gebhard, longtime East Side barber, dies


Long-time East Side barber Cliff Gebhard, 72, passed away on Jan. 24 after a battle with stomach cancer. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Cliff Gebhard, long-time East Side barber, passed away Jan. 24 at St. John's Hospital at the age of 72.

Mon
27
Jan

 Lawshe Museum decoding Minnesota’s computer history  


This photograph shows engineers performing final tests on a Univac II computer in October 1957 before shipping it to Boston, Mass. for the John Hancock Insurance Company. (photos courtesy Lawshe Museum)

Before Silicon Valley boomed or Bill Gates was even born, some of the first breakthroughs in the field of computer science were already taking place in Minnesota.
At its peak, the local computer industry produced technology that handled air traffic control at airports nationwide, processed data aboard U.S. Navy ships, assisted in NASA launches and revolutionized banking and commerce.
Over time, however, as the market shifted and tech hubs sprang up elsewhere in the country, Minnesota’s contributions to the field were largely forgotten by the public. The door effectively shut on those pioneering days with the closure of Lockheed Martin’s historic Eagan site in 2013.

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