October 2013

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Different levels of success

A street person may be successful if he gets a meal and bed at the Union Gospel Mission. A student is successful if he/she receives satisfactory or good grade. An athlete is happy if she/he makes the team. Winning is a team goal. A high school or college graduate is happy to find employment. The kind of job that they desired makes them feel even more successful. These are very important goals to achieve.

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Oct

Affordable Care Act: What do changes mean in your community?

Nearly everyone has heard of the Affordable Care Act by now, but you need not feel alone if you still want more of the facts.  You may have a parent, child, relative or friend able to enroll in an affordable insurance plan for the first time.  Or, you may just want to know you’re getting the best plan your money can buy.  After all, who wants to spend more than they have to keep their good health?
The goals of the ACA, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are the “3 C’s,” Coverage, Cost and Care.  A fourth C, “Choice,” is a critical tenet of the ACA as well.

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28
Oct

City looks for new owner for classic fire station


The classic two-story fire station at 1720 East Seventh St. will be sold by the city, if a viable proposal comes in from a developer. (submitted photo)

The handsome red brick building known as “Old Engine House No. 24” hasn’t been used as a fire station for a long time.
The St. Paul fire station, built in 1916, is one of about six old neighborhood-based stations. It’s located at the corner of East Seventh Street and Flandrau Avenue, one block west of White Bear Avenue, nestled in the largely residential Greater East Side neighborhood.

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28
Oct

Four candidates square off in ISD 197 school board election

It may not draw the same fanfare as last year’s presidential election, but Dakota County voters will soon be asked to bundle and head out to the polls to participate in everyone’s favorite exercise in democracy.
In Independent School District 197, which covers West St. Paul, Mendota Heights and Eagan, four candidates will compete for three open seats on the school board in the Nov. 5 election.

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28
Oct

SSP resident accuses police of racial profiling


Maryland “Lucky” Rosenbloom posed with a cutout of his late father, “Tiger” Jack Rosenbloom, atop the original shoeshine box that anchored the historical Rondo neighborhood shop in St. Paul for more than 50 years. (photo by Luke Reiter/Review)

Maryland “Lucky” Rosenbloom moved to South St. Paul this summer looking for a quiet community with a touch of the urban feel he grew up with.
So far, Rosenbloom  says, it’s been “a hell of a welcome” -- he’s been stopped while driving twice in three months by South St. Paul officers, both times for minor equipment infractions.

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28
Oct

As ‘last resort,’ city may seek private partners for its golf courses


Golfers get in an early fall game out at Phalen Golf Course.

City officials say St. Paul’s four municipal golf courses have long been a black hole for city funds.
Though the courses were once self-sustaining, since 2008 the four courses have gone a total of $5 million into the red, said Brad Meyer, spokesperson for St. Paul Parks and Recreation.  The city needs to take action, he said.

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28
Oct

15-year-old boy sentenced in Widstrand beating

A 15-year-old involved in the Aug. 4 assault on 27-year-old Ray Widstrand was sentenced to 1 1/2 to two years in a juvenile corrections facility, according to the Ramsey County attorney’s office.
The juvenile pleaded guilty to assault in the first degree.

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28
Oct

Teens indicted for WSP murder

Three teens have been indicted on first-and second-degree homicide charges in the shooting death of West St. Paul resident Luis David Reyes-Galvan, 31.
Each has been indicted on charges of murder in the first degree while committing aggravated robbery, murder in the second degree -- intentional, and murder in the second degree while committing a felony.

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27
Oct

Letter: ‘New absentee vote rights’

On Nov. 5, we will elect a new Mayor and two City Council Members for Maplewood. Last year a bill was passed that we would have a no excuse needed for the right to vote on absentee ballot, so you can go to City Hall and vote anytime convenient for you. No waiting in long lines, or fearing bad weather.

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27
Oct

Sunrise, sunset

It’s a glorious autumn day; the sun is shining down on leaves that have turned lemon yellow, dusky orange and mahogany red.
As I pause every so often to gaze out a window, a few lines from a Rodgers and Hammerstein song run through my head:
“I’m as restless as a willow in a windstorm, I’m as jumpy as puppet on a string, ... I’m as busy as a spider spinning daydreams, I’m as giddy as a baby on a swing.”

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