Julianne Hunter accepts her Villager of the Year award April 24 at Jax Cafe. The award was established in 1991 by the St. Anthony Chamber of Commerce to recognize a resident who has made outstanding contributions to improve the quality of life in St. Anthony. (Samara Bilyeu-Anderson/Bulletin)
It probably seemed like a normal enough Thursday night for Julianne Hunter: volunteer at one event, duck out midway through to receive an award for her commitment to volunteering, return to volunteering as soon as possible.
So it was for Hunter, named the St. Anthony Villager of the Year by the St. Anthony Chamber of Commerce on April 24, who picked up her award at Jax Cafe in Minneapolis, and then returned to Stanley’s Bar Room, just four blocks away, where she was serving as an ambassador at Dining Out For Life, put on by The Aliveness Project, an organization that supports those in the Twin Cities diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.
Pat Niccum and Corey Anderson of Architect Mechanical accept the St. Anthony Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Business of the Year Award April 24 at Jax Cafe. The award was established in 1993 to recognize an outstanding business located in or serving the community of St. Anthony. (Samara Bilyeu-Anderson/Bulletin)
The story of Architect Mechanical, the St. Anthony Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Business of the Year for 2014, as its president and founder Pat Niccum tells it, began humbly, and on wheels.
“I think we started 16 years ago with just two guys in a van,” Niccum says, adding that he first started the company with his brother-in-law. “We went with the ethic that if you do what you say you’re going to do and get lucky along the way, things will work out.”
Gavin Pugh and his daughter Katalina followed the Dragon Chase runners in a golf cart.
Nearly 600 runners participated in the Dragon Chase 5K, which benefited Gavin Pugh in his fight against ALS. (Photos courtesy of Rich Sonterre)
On a cool and blustery Saturday morning, nearly 600 runners turned out for the Dragon Chase 5K at The Mermaid in Mounds View to support Gavin Pugh, a soccer coach who was diagnosed last year with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, on April 19.
The Dragon Chase, in conjunction with a pancake breakfast that morning that drew 500 people, was the latest fundraising efforts on behalf of Pugh, a beloved fixture in the Minnesota soccer community.
The home on the 2500 block of Knollwood Drive near Eastman Drive in New Brighton was the scene of a shooting on May 5 that killed one man and injured a woman. The victims were allegedly embroiled in a dispute with their neighbor across the street, Neal Zumberge, 57, about feeding wild deer that would occasionally cross his backyard to reach a feeder in the victims' yard.
From outside the house, gunshot holes can be seen in the aluminum front storm door and siding. Shattered glass covers the front step, and lights leading up the sidewalk to the door were strewn about near the area where police found Todd Stevens, 46. Interior photos reveal myriad bullet holes.
Plastic deer and lawn ornaments decorated the victims' property. The victims allegedly had a deer feeder in their yard, and the animals passed through Zumberge's backyard from a wooded area near the Rice Creek Trail walking path.
The Ramsey County attorney's office has charged Zumberge with one count of second-degree murder, which has a maximum sentence of 40 years, and one count of second-degree attempted murder, which has a maximum sentence of 20 years.
A diagram depicts the traffic flow of a diverging diamond interchange at County Road 96 and Interstate 35W. (Graphic courtesy of Ramsey County)
As road construction at the interchange between County Road 96 and U.S. Highway 10 in Arden Hills continues to snarl traffic within the city, council members, during a work session following the April 28 regular meeting, said they’d nearly had it with the prospect of more choking construction.
Knollwood Drive neighbors had feud over deer feeding
A dispute between New Brighton homeowners turned deadly the evening of May 5 after a man reportedly shot two of his neighbors, killing one.
Around 8:30 p.m., police were called to the 2500 block of Knollwood Drive near Silver Lake Road and County Road H on reports that two people had been shot by a neighbor. Upon arrival, officers discovered a man was dead from gunshot wounds, and a woman had also been shot. Authorities said she was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center, where her condition is unknown.
A historic aerial photo from 1938 shows a straightened Rice Creek as it flows through what would later become the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant, with its former meandering path still visible. The road running north/south through the photo would later become Interstate-35W. (photo courtesy of the Rice Creek Watershed District)
The Rice Creek Watershed District (RCWD) recently received a $3 million grant from the Clean Water Fund which will be used to improve the water quality in Long Lake.
The grant, which comes from the Minnesota Legacy Fund, will be used for various projects intended to curb pollution entering Rice Creek and surrounding waters that feed Long Lake, focusing on sediments and phosphorus, which cause algae blooms. The long-term goal is to reduce the pollution in the lake by 40 percent.
Last week, Ramsey County secured its place in the “state of hockey” after a probate court judge allowed the county to purchase the Vadnais Sports Center, a complex that houses two ice arenas and seating for more than a thousand spectators, among other amenities.
Ponytail Posse, a six-member all-girls team, finished second at the state Lego League tournament, meaning they will continue on to the North American Open Championship at Legoland in Carlsbad, Calif. The team is led by coach Norton Lam. Pictured with their regional and state tournament awards, from left to right, top row: Rose Lam, Sabriyah Taher and Meghan Froehle. Bottom row: Emily Elmquist, Nancy Koshy and Amy Helgeson. (Johanna Holub/Bulletin)
Five teams from Shoreview qualified for the FIRST Lego League State Tournament. From left to right, these local teams are: Imaginative Orange Pi Guys, Ponytail Posse, Masters of Disasters, Fantastic Five and Height Differential. (submitted photo)
Height Differential won the state Lego League tournament on Feb. 8, which qualifies them for the FLL International Open Championship held in Toronto, Canada, in June. The team is made up of seven members, from left to right: John Helgeson, Charlie Whiting, Grant Altenhofen, Katie Riedel, Nick Riedel, Grace Whiting and Akash D’Souza. Eric Engstrom, a judge, smiles in the background. (submitted photo)
Two local teams headed to national, international competitions
Move over, hockey. Minnesota’s got a new favorite sporting event.
The world of robotics is fast-growing, with leagues sprouting up across the country geared toward kids ages 6 through 18.