February 2014

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Agencies look to monitor, reduce PFC levels this spring

If Punxsutawney Phil had come to the east metro on Groundhog Day Feb. 2, he may have predicted six weeks of studies related to perfluorochemical (PFC) groundwater contamination.
While that seems like a pretty specific prediction, this spring, several organizations on the federal, state and municipal level are investigating and hoping to reduce the effects of these chemicals on Washington County residents.

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Feb

Maplewood acquires Fish Creek land


Fish Creek cuts through a property in south Maplewood that the city recently acquired, after pursuing the land for more than 20 years. (Courtesy of the city of Maplewood)

For around 30 years, Carolyn Peterson pushed for the purchase of an expanse of land in south Maplewood recently acquired by the city, even though she still hasn’t seen most of it.
She contracted polio at a young age, leaving her disabled, she said. When Peterson was introduced to the 70-acre Fish Creek parcel decades ago, it was too difficult for her to trek through parts of the rugged property.

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Beecroft sentencing set for May

After months of waiting, Nicole Beecroft’s retrial proceedings are once again moving forward.
In September 2013, Washington County Judge John Hoffman convicted Beecroft, 24, of Oakdale of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her newborn daughter.
A status hearing was held Feb. 14, 2014, after having been postponed for three months for several reasons, including defense attorneys’ scheduling conflicts.

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East metro previews Gateway Corridor transit project


Gateway Corridor planners helped residents and community leaders brainstorm ideas for bus or light-rail stops in Oakdale, Lake Elmo and Woodbury at an open house Feb. 6 at Globe University in Woodbury. A formal feedback period on the project starts March 3. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

East metro residents and leaders recently previewed a project that would add 12 miles of a light-rail train line or designated bus lanes, linking St. Paul with neighboring suburbs, including Maplewood, Oakdale and Lake Elmo.

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Oakdale reveals strategy for allowing AmericInn conversion to senior housing


AmericInn Lodge and Suites is located at 6630 Hudson Blvd. in Oakdale. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

After voicing some concerns at a previous meeting, Oakdale City Council members seem to be on board with a new strategy for allowing a St. Paul business owner to move forward with plans to convert an existing hotel to senior housing.

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Feb

Ray Johnson's 100th Birthday


Ray Johnson

Congratulations to Raymond Johnson who will celebrate his 100th birthday on Feb. 25.

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Feb

Experience should help Mounds View at state hockey tournament

Bella Sutton admitted that two years ago when the Mounds View High School girls hockey team made it to the state tournament, there was a “wide eyed” factor that affected the team. The Mustangs are back at state and Sutton is confident the big eyes won’t show up this time around.
At least a half-dozen members of this year’s squad played in the state tournament back in 2012. They will be counted on to lead the newcomers when the Mustangs take the ice at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday evening.

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Feb

Public hearing on franchise fees draws a crowd in Arden Hills

A discussion on Xcel Energy franchise fees left just a few empty seats in the Arden Hills City Council chambers last week. The council has been looking for a new, reliable revenue source to fund road, parks and trails improvements given priority as part of the city’s Capital Improvements Plan (CIP), and adding a franchise fee to gas and electric utility bills is being considered as an option. A second public hearing will be held on Monday, Feb. 24 at City Hall. The meeting will start at 7 p.m.

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Mustangs, Knights face tough playoff openers

Getting out of the first round of the Section 4AA playoffs will be no easy task for the Irondale/St. Anthony Village and Mounds View boys hockey teams. Both face higher-seeded foes in Saturday’s quarterfinals at Aldrich Arena.

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Area grapplers aiming to pin down state berths

The biggest day outside of the state tournament is approaching for the three Bulletin-area high school wrestling teams. They will converge on Champlin Park High School on Saturday for the Section 5AAA individual tournament.

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