February 2014

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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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26
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)

A box, decorated with some of Devin’s favorite things, was set up in the hallway where students could put pictures, letters, cards or Valentines. The box, brimming with mementos, was then given to Devin’s mother.

Oakdale Elementary staff and teachers, including Principal Tracy Buhl and Devin’s fourth-grade teacher, Melissa Helmick, wore green attire and ribbons to show their support Feb. 11.

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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26
Feb

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.

Wed
26
Feb

In Memory: Irene Marie Foss


Irene Foss

Irene Marie Foss of Mounds View passed away Feb 15, at the age of 77. She was a wonderful mother.

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26
Feb

Bulletin-area trio competes in state gymnastics meet

Each of the three Bulletin-area high schools had an individual compete at the state gymnastics meets on Saturday. Here’s a look at how they fared.

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26
Feb

Boys basketball playoffs kick into high gear this week

If it seems like the section playoffs for boys basketball are starting early this year, you’re right. Because of a one-year schedule change, boys basketball and girls basketball have traded places on the calendar.
Some boys hoops section tournaments started last week but the Bulletin-area squads open the post-season this week. Here’s a look at where each team stands.

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26
Feb

Mounds View seniors lead state swim contingent

The Mounds View High School boys swimming and diving team earned seven entries in this week’s state meet and Alec Martini and Sasha Safonov had hands in more than half.
Martini and Safonov, both seniors, qualified for state in four events each at Saturday’s Section 5AA meet at Minnetonka East Middle School. Both will swim two solo events and two relays.

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26
Feb

Seven Bulletin-area high school wrestlers headed to state

All three Bulletin-area high schools will have competitors at this weekend’s state wrestling meet.
Mounds View leads the way with five entries while Irondale and St. Anthony Village are sending one each.

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