October 2013

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Oct

New traffic signals to be installed on Trunk Highway 5 in Lake Elmo


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Thanks to a sizeable grant received by Washington County, two new signalized intersections will be coming to the Village area in downtown Lake Elmo.
The county was awarded a $462,000 grant from the Metro Municipal Agreement Program to “aid in the cost of safety improvements” along Trunk Highway 5. The funds will be used to install signals on Highway 5 at both spots where Lake Elmo Avenue (County Road 17) intersects the highway. Dedicated right-turn lanes will also be constructed as part of the project, which is slated to begin in September 2014.

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Oct

St. Anthony volleyball wins playoff opener

The St. Anthony Village High School volleyball team finished the regular season with a losing record (11-13) but that was good enough to get the Huskies a home match in the first round of the playoffs. They made the most of the opportunity and now have a new opportunity.
St. Anthony, seeded fourth in the South sub-section of Section 5AA, beat fifth-seeded Mound Westonka in four games (25-16, 25-14, 12-25, 25-12). The White Hawks won just three matches in the regular season but was still seeded ahead of three other teams in the sub-section.

Wed
30
Oct

Brills comes up short in repeat bid

To win the state singles title last year, Mounds View High School's Summer Brills played nearly seven hours of tennis on the final day of the tournament. On the last day of this year's state tournament last week, Brills appeared determined to make quick work of winning it all.

Wed
30
Oct

Mustangs, Huskies headed to state cross country meet

Three teams from Section 5AA were ranked in the final Class AA boys cross country coaches poll last week. That meant that one ranked team would be left out of the state meet.
Mounds View was one of the teams that made the cut by finishing in the top two of the team standings at the section meet held Oct. 24 at Anoka High School. The Mustangs' 78 points were enough for second place and that was good enough to secure a berth in Saturday's state meet.

Wed
30
Oct

Andover halts Knights' playoff march

At football games at Andover High School, whenever the home team gets a first down or scores a touchdown, the sound of a barking dog is played over the public address system. Those canine sounds were heard quite often on Saturday afternoon as the Huskies ended Irondale's season.
Andover scored on its first three possessions of the game and then blew the game open in the third quarter of its 42-3 win over the Knights in the Section 4AAAAA semifinals.

Wed
30
Oct

Mustangs avenge loss, advance to section final

There was a time in the late 1990s and early 2000s when Mounds View and White Bear Lake met in the section playoffs nearly every year. What made that era even more notable was that it seemed more often than not that the team that lost the regular-season match-up would rise up and get revenge in the post-season.

Wed
30
Oct

Lending a ‘hand’ to families in need this holiday season

What started as a small group of people helping struggling families during the holiday season has blossomed into a community outreach effort taken on by more than a hundred volunteers.
The Holiday Helping Hands program, which was started more than 20 years ago by the Oakdale Business and Professional Association (OBPA), now serves more than 80 North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District 622 families each year.

Wed
30
Oct

Ramsey County’s bid to buy Vadnais Sports Center not enough

Vadnais Heights Sports Center’s bondholders notified Ramsey County Commissioners Oct. 24 that they were passing on the county’s $10.5 million bid to purchase the 200,000-square-foot sports facility.
The facility houses two regulation hockey rinks with seating for 1,300 spectators, a 100,000-square-foot dome with 1.5 full soccer fields, three batting cages, a 100-meter track, two volleyball courts, concessions, a conference room, offices and an attached sports bar. It was built in 2010 through bonds issued by the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Authority for $26.5 million. After three years of the center underperforming financially, Community Facilities Partners -- the nonprofit that owns the complex -- put the sports center on the market in July for half of its original cost.

Wed
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Oct

Oakdale veteran picks up a new hobby: boxing


Jake Raymond, 24, of Oakdale picked up boxing after attending a boxing showcase at the city’s annual Summerfest celebration this year. He has been training since July, and competed in his first fight in mid-October. (submitted photo)

Raymond admits his first fight, held at the Uppercut Boxing Club in Minneapolis Oct. 12, was “not great,” but plans on continuing his training. He says he never intended to be a competitive boxer, but wanted to use the sport as a way to stay in shape. (submitted photos)

Jake Raymond, 24, has many titles. Father of two, husband, student, Oakdale resident, military veteran, runner. And now, he can add another to the list: amateur boxer.
Raymond, a former member of the North High School wrestling team, says individual sports have always drawn his interest.

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Oct

Mounds View School Board rallies in support of levy renewal

ISD 621 School Board Members have been meeting with city council members in cities within the school district’s boundaries recently to garner support from the public for a proposed tax levy renewal referendum that will appear on the ballot on Nov. 5.  
On Monday, Oct. 14 District 621 School Board Member Bob Helgeson and District 621 Superintendent Dan Hoverman met with the Arden Hills City Council to address the matter of levy renewal. In his presentation to the council, Helgeson noted that levy funding is vital to the district’s Equity Promise, which he said is a commitment to make sure all students attending Mounds View Schools are prepared for post-secondary success, regardless of race, class or disability.

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