May 2013

Fri
24
May

Scout master training


Mike Baumann practiced making a head dressing on Rob on May 11.

The Boy Scouts, Outdoor Leader Skills, and Cub Scouts, Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation, groups gathered in Thompson County Park in West St. Paul on May 11.

Fri
24
May

Letter: Voting yes

On May 21, the South St. Paul school district will have a special election vote on a proposed building bond. I am writing to encourage residents to vote yes on this bond.

Fri
24
May

Mendota Heights readies for park festival

Normally when you think of receiving reminders, it conjures thoughts of upcoming doctor's appointments, student loans exiting their grace periods, license renewals or worse.

Fri
24
May

Trial begins for Lori Baker murder suspect


Thomas Fox

The trial for the man accused of killing Oakdale resident Lori Christine Baker began last week.

Thu
23
May

Garden with birds, bees, savings in mind


Chick-a-dee-dee-don’t: Big, clean plate-glass windows are great to look through, but birds may find them deadly. (submitted photo)

Spring is here, which means it’s time to slip those green thumbs into some gardening gloves.
And if you want to feel truly good about what you grow, consider upgrading your garden to be more planet-friendly.
Here are some ideas to consider:

Thu
23
May

So, is a DIYer’s best friend the local building inspector?


Extending electrical circuits and adding new outlets was featured as a “don’t do-it-yourself” project at www.todayshomeowner.com. (submitted photos)

That bathroom has needed upgrades since you moved in. Your vintage home also has that vintage “one outlet per room” wiring, which apparently was sufficient to 1913 but not 2013. You heard something recently about the energy savings of insulating a basement -- but does that mean it will trap moisture?
In the rush to get started on home-improvement projects, given our “late” spring, homeowners may be tempted to forego licensed contractors’ waiting lists and tackle the work on their own.

Thu
23
May

Giving a drink to the river herself


A young girl squats to gather water from the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. (submitted photo)

On March 1, Sharon Day started walking and she didn’t stop for a long time. Every day for two months, she and four other “Water Walkers” - Deon Kirby, Ira Johnson, Beth Brent, and Barb Baker-Iarush – walked beside the Mississippi River, all the way from Minnesota to Louisiana. Several hundred people joined the walkers here and there throughout their journey. Strangers would put them up at night, and tribes provided lodging.

Thu
23
May

Fighting metal theft in Minnesota communities

Across Minnesota, communities have been facing a rash of robberies. But these thieves aren’t your common thugs stealing TVs or computers — instead they’re going after high-priced metal from businesses, homes and even veterans’ graves, and selling it to scrap dealers to make a quick buck.

Thu
23
May

Tartan hosts summer boys’ basketball camp 

The highly successful Tartan boys’ basketball program is looking to the future.

Thu
23
May

Oakdale man charged in connection with Woodbury burglaries

A 30-year-old Oakdale man has been charged in connection with two burglaries in Woodbury after a GPS monitoring device tracked the movements of a vehicle he was allegedly driving.

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