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Wed
26
Jun

Wow the crowd at the Ramsey County Fair Talent Contest


The White Bear Avenue Parade is definitely a must-go event, with the most floats, bands and marching units for miles around.

The Ramsey County Fair Amateur Talent Contest is open to anyone who is a resident of Ramsey County and is an amateur entertainer. The 2013 talent contest will be Sunday, July 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the fairgrounds. There are no auditions necessary for performers to take the stage.
Participants must register on or before Saturday, July 13, at 1 p.m. Entry categories are determined by age groups as follows: age 12 and under, age 13-18 and open class for everyone else. Prizes awarded in each category are $65 for first place, $45 for second place and $25 for third place.

Tue
25
Jun

Anna Hurd's boyfriend sentenced as adult


Anthony Mitchell

On June 25, Anthony J. Mitchell, 17, of Maplewood was sentenced to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of second-degree murder in the stabbing of Anna Hurd, 16, in February.
At a plea hearing May 10, Mitchell waived his right to contest being certified as an adult to stand trial. His prison sentence is part of a plea agreement with the Ramsey County attorney's office.
During the hearing, Mitchell told Judge Chang Bohr that he and Hurd were walking near Hillside Park in Maplewood Feb. 23 when they had an argument about whether or not he would be joining Hurd when she returned to Texas to live with her mother the next day.

Tue
25
Jun

Maplewood selects Paul Schnell as new police chief


Paul Schnell

At his last city council meeting June 24, retiring city manager Jim Antonen announced the city's new police chief. Current Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell was chosen to fill the position, which has been temporarily occupied by Deputy Chief Dave Kvam since long-time Chief Dave Thomalla retired in December.
Schnell, 51, has been the Hastings chief of police since 2010, and has worked in the past with Carver County as a sheriff's deputy and St. Paul Police Department as a public information officer and sergeant.
He earned his bachelor's degree in social work from the University of St. Thomas and his master's degree in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University. He is certified in Minnesota as both a peace officer and social worker.

Wed
19
Jun

Update - Deadly helicopter crash occurs in quiet neighborhood near Maplewood Nature Center


The charred remains of a helicopter could be seen being loaded onto a tow truck Wednesday afternoon.

A helicopter under contract with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District plummeted into a Maplewood resident's detached garage on the 2700 block of East Seventh Street near the Maplewood Nature Center this morning around 8:15 a.m., according to authorities.
The helicopter was piloted by one person, who died in the crash.
At an afternoon press conference, Maplewood Acting Police Chief Dave Kvam said the pilot is believed to be 44-year-old Michael Kramer of St. Charles, Minn.

Wed
19
Jun

Tartan High School graduate appointed to West Point


Tyler Weaver was honored at a special reception at Senator Al Franken’s St. Paul office June 9. (submitted photo)

U.S. Senator Al Franken recently congratulated Tyler Weaver, a Minnesota State-Mankato student from Maplewood, on his appointment to West Point. He will be part of the Class of 2017 when he enters this summer.  

Wed
19
Jun

Booklet commemorates Ramsey County Fair’s 100-year milestone


Jim Lindner

Did you know the Ramsey County Fair was canceled in 1946 due to a polio outbreak that infected one out of every 2,649 residents in St. Paul?
History buff Jim Lindner discovered this fact during his research for a booklet he wrote to commemorate the fair’s centennial anniversary.
In his 36-page booklet, “Down Through the Years,” Lindner takes readers on a journey of the fair’s history, starting with its founding in 1913 in White Bear Lake to its present-day location in Maplewood.

Wed
19
Jun

Keller Lake Bridge construction begins

Construction on the Keller Lake Bridge over Highway 36 in Maplewood began Monday, June 17. The renovated bridge will have new guardrails, upgraded storm water ponds and easier pedestrian access.

Wed
19
Jun

Even you can exhibit at the Ramsey County Fair!

Do you have a special pickle recipe? Are your quilts works of art meant to hang on a wall rather than cover a bed?  Do your kids know a thing or two about rockets? Are you nervous about exhibiting at the Minnesota State Fair and want to have a test run first? Consider exhibiting at the Ramsey County Fair! Exhibiting at the fair is easy, and prizes are awarded for a chance at friendly competition among neighbors.

Wed
19
Jun

Deadly helicopter crash occurs in quiet neighborhood near Maplewood Nature Center

A helicopter under contract with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District plummeted into a Maplewood resident's detached garage on the 2700 block of East Seventh Street near the Maplewood Nature Center this morning around 8:15 a.m., according to a press release from the Maplewood Police Department.
The helicopter was piloted by one person, who died in the crash. The pilot's name has not yet been released.
Maplewood police, fire and emergency medical service vehicles, Oakdale fire trucks, Ramsey County sheriff's deputies, Minnesota state troopers and representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration all rushed to the scene.

Wed
19
Jun

Youth-only food shelf opens in Maplewood


Lynnette Medcalf, Social Work team lead, shows the food shelf at the Salvation Army in Maplewood, which is open to youth Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. each week. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Just one short year after it opened its doors, the Maplewood Salvation Army food shelf at the Lakewood Worship and Service Center is expanding its program to target homeless youths in the area.
The food shelf located at 2080 Woodlynn Ave. in Maplewood is now allowing teens and young adults to come between 3 and 5 p.m. each Wednesday to pick out their own food with a staff member or volunteer. No identification or permanent address will be required to receive food items.

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