February 2014

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What you should know about taxes and Social Security benefits

Will your tax bill this year include taxes on your Social Security benefits? About 55 million people receive monthly Social Security payments and some of them pay taxes on up to 85 percent of those benefits, depending on their financial situation. Will you have to ante up to Uncle Sam when you begin to collect Social Security? If you’re not certain - or if you’re currently being taxed on your benefits - the Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA) offers advice on ways to minimize your outlay.

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Feb

Boys basketball: Polars come close before Titans close them out


Leading the Polars with 22 points, junior guard Jake Steckler (1) puts up a shot defended by Tartan senior center Brody Jackson (45). North lost 66-61 at home Feb. 18. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

When the sports teams from North and Tartan high schools clash, it’s a good idea to avoid guessing who the victor might be.
Such was the case Feb. 18, when the powerhouse Titans invaded North High’s Hal Norgard Gymnasiuum for a Classic Suburban Conference boys basketball game.

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Feb

Mounds View works overtime at state

Overtime games seem to have become rather common at the girls state hockey tournament in recent years. Mounds View got in on the act twice at the state tournament last weekend.
The Mustangs went 1-1 in overtime games in the state tournament and ended up in sixth place when all was said and done.

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Feb

Pioneers reach the pinnacle of girls hockey


The Pioneers celebrate a second period goal in the Minnesota State Girls Hockey Class AA Tournament quarterfinal game against Burnsville Feb. 20. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

After defeating Benilde-St. Margaret’s in the title game, the jubilant Hill-Murray players gathered around goalie Leah Patrick as they celebrated their first girls state hockey title.
Seeded second in the Minnesota Class AA Girls Hockey Tournament, the Pioneers downed the top-seeded Red Knights, 5-3, Saturday night, Feb. 22. Patrick made some key saves late in the game to help seal the win.
On their way to this year’s state crown, the Hill-Murray girls won the Section 4AA title with a 4-1 win over Stillwater.

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Feb

Oakdale bank robber sentenced

After admitting he stole more than $6,000 from the Oakdale branch of Western Bank on Hadley Avenue, a man who had three prior felonies on his record was sentenced to 38 months in prison last week.

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Feb

Frozen water pipes cause problems for North St. Paul residents, staff

Sub-zero temperatures have frozen about 35 service pipes in neighborhoods around North St. Paul this winter, leaving some residents without water for less than a day to as long as five days.
Scott Duddeck said he hasn’t seen this many iced-up water lines in one year in the more than 20 years he’s worked with the North St. Paul Public Works Department.
“We’ve never had anything this extreme,” the public works director said. “We’ve had an occasional service freeze here or there. This year is very out of the norm.”

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Feb

One year after tragedy, Oakdale Elementary remembers Devin Aryal


Oakdale Elementary School students and staff wore green on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in remembrance of former student Devin Aryal, who died last year. Peter Mau, who was the principal at the time, came back to eat lunch with students that day. (submitted photos)

Oakdale Elementary School went green on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. But not in an environmental sense --nearly 600 students and staff were literally covered with the verdant shade.
Students, staff, teachers and administrators arrived at school that morning, clad in green as a way to celebrate the life of Devin Aryal, a fourth-grader who died after being killed in a drive-by shooting last year. Green was his favorite color.

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Feb

Challenge grant issued to help fund inclusive playground in Shoreview


An artist rendering of Turtle Lake Elementary School’s “A Playground for Everyone,” which will be the area’s first inclusive playground. The playground committee still needs donations to make the unique playground a reality.

The Turtle Lake Elementary “A Playground for Everyone” campaign has received a  $5,000 challenge grant from the Shoreview Community Foundation. The challenge, launched on Feb. 1, will match new donations from individual Shoreview residents of up to $5,000 through April 1.
“The Turtle Lake Playground for Everyone will enrich our whole community for healthy recreation in an inclusive environment. We are pleased that these funds, donated by residents and businesses, will help move the project to completion and encourage members of the Shoreview community to support the campaign,” Shoreview Community Foundation Vice Chair Kent Peterson said in a written statement.

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Post-season goes by quickly for boys hockey teams

A pair of frustrating boys hockey seasons came to end on Saturday at Aldrich Arena on Saturday. Both Bulletin-area teams bowed out in the first round of the Section 4AA playoffs.

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