April 2014

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From global events to local treasures, history has a home in Kansas City


The Kansas City National World War I Museum is housed in the Liberty Memorial.

Grenades and “fighting knives” attest to the bitter fighting of World War I, where soldiers in tunnels or trenches might be blown up, gassed, buried alive or encounter the enemy with barely room to draw a blade in defense.

Dave Hawley sits beside a stanchion from the “Arabia” -- a ship he discovered buried beneath a cornfield.  

This is what the ill-fated “Arabia” would have looked like under full steam as she carried passengers and supplies toward the frontier. 

Keys and all sorts of tools were found in the once-buried Arabia steamship.

Shoes of various kinds appear to have been bound for general stors farther west. As well as personal goods, the “Arabia” was loaded to the decks with “dry goods” to stock stores for the coming season of families traveling to the frontier.

Stockings, someone’s cloak and hat and bolts of material were preserved by nearly 150 years below ground. The reason there were no human fatalities; the “Arabia” sunk while most were on land eating supper, and the rest were able to scramble to shore.

President Harry Truman’s home is in Independence, Mo., just outside Kansas City. The unassuming Midwesterner, who famously “lost” to Thomas Dewey in every poll except the actual Presidential election, returned to his Missouri roots as soon as he could. 

When co-workers asked me why I was going to Kansas City -- as if it were merely flyover country -- I said there is much to see and I’d tell them after my trip. While some seemed skeptical, one piped up that the World War l museum was the best military museum he’d ever seen.

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Intergenerational gardening

Do you enjoy gardening? Consider getting involved this spring and summer with the intergenerational garden, co-sponsored by the Roseville Area Senior Program and the Fairview Alternative High School.

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Apr

Dakota Electric warns residents of bill scams

Dakota Electric Association wants to remind members to beware of any suspicious phone calls from people asking for personal financial information. Utilities across the country are seeing increased incidences of scams targeting residential and business customers. Individuals claiming to be utility employees or collection agency personnel are using a variety of techniques to try and gain access to members’ funds, usually by indicating a member has an outstanding debt and is about to lose service.

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Apr

West St. Paul man allegedly slashed girlfriend during argument


Raymond Hill

'Short manhunt' preceded arrest
A West St. Paul man allegedly slashed his girlfriend with steak knives during an argument at their apartment, and was arrested nearby hours later with blood on his face and arms, according to court documents filed April 24.
Raymond Everett Hill, 35, is facing a felony charge for second-degree assault in the attack.

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Apr

New book reflects Benedictine riches

Can a fifth century monk show us how to live in the 21st century?
“The Way Forward,” written by local poet Vic Klimoski, director of the Benedictine Center, shows how a spiritually-based life does not mean abandoning the world. Instead, it means re-connecting to the world in a new way.

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Apr

‘Safe at Home’ keeps crime victims’ locations private

Nearly 3,200 people have enrolled in “Safe at Home,” Minnesota’s address confidentiality program — hundreds of households, most with children, which have been able to use a substitute address to prevent previous abusers, stalkers or others they fear knowing where they reside.

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Apr

North St. Paul asks for participation in survey

The City of North St. Paul is hoping to understand how it can better reach and engage residents, businesses and visitors in the community.
As part of the partnership with the University of Minnesota Resilient Communities Project, graduate students from the U will conduct a short survey at various locations in North St. Paul. Residents participating in the survey interview will receive a $5 gift card.

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Apr

Saluting equal rights for women

The United States has come a long way since Susan B. Anthony and the National Woman Suffrage Association started their movement to treat women equally in this nation. Thanks to their hard work, and the efforts of all of the women that followed, denying a women’s right to vote, hold office or own a business and property now seems like a ridiculous, backwards practice that is hard to imagine ever existed in our nation’s history.

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Apr

Letter: ‘Interest in fairness’

I would like to say thank you to Representative Peter Fischer for the column describing an excellent bill that will give help to many families. As an AARP Advocate for Seniors, I am very interested in fairness for all members of the family. As a women born the year a group of very brave ladies gained the right for women to vote, I appreciate that right.

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