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St. Anthony approves PD contracts with Lauderdale and Falcon Heights

The St. Anthony Village City Council unanimously approved contract agreements for police services with the cities of Lauderdale and Falcon Heights at its Tuesday, July 23 council meeting.
Both cities approved separate one-year, $617,000 contract agreements for police services in 2014.


Valentine Park in Arden Hills re-opens after a makeover

Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin Valentine Park in Arden Hills has re-opened and features many new and updated pieces of equipment, such as a new basketball court, new swing sets and the playground area too.

Valentine Park in Arden Hills held re-opening of the park on July 16. Neighbors and community leaders gathered at the park to celebrate the event.

photos by Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin

Around 150 residents, the mayor, city council and city staff members braved the blazing heat on Tuesday, July 16 for the grand re-opening of Valentine Park in Arden Hills.
The re-opening included a free ice cream social, children’s events, a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the brand new Don Messerly Picnic Shelter.
The park had been under construction since the spring of 2012 and had been closed to the public since last fall.


New Brighton looks to reclaim top NNO award

From left: Office assistant Jen Minwegen, Firefighter Ashley Farmer and Firefighter Charlie Prasek handing out free plastic firefighter helmets to kids at last year’s National Night Out. The city gave away 1,000 of the red plastic helmets last year at NNO. (submitted photos)

Members of New Brighton’s Department of Public Safety, staff, elected officials and volunteers, who along with residents, make NNO a success. The public safety department alone has 300 volunteers.

Deputy Director Tony Paetznick takes time to pose for the camera at a NNO neighborhood gathering at last summer’s NNO.

America’s night out against crime, National Night Out (NNO) is less than two weeks away and the city of New Brighton is expecting another high turnout in community celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the event.
NNO will take place across most of the country on Tuesday, Aug. 6, beginning at 6 p.m.
Last year the city had 147 organized block parties with over 10,000 residents -- nearly half the city’s population -- who participated in NNO.


Doggone it! Busted in Mounds View

Bulletin Area police reports week of July 24, 2013


‘Wheelage’ tax passed to keep up Ramsey County roads

A pothole butts up against a recently repaired patch of road on White Bear Avenue, a county road that may be repaired in short order thanks in part to a new Ramsey County wheelage tax. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to introduce a $10 “wheelage” tax to improve the county’s ailing roads.
The $10 per-vehicle charge, added onto license plate tab fees, will bring in an estimated $3.8 million dollars to fund major construction projects, according to a statement from the county.
Jim Tolaas, director of the county Public Works department, called the new funds “a major infusion that will actually make a meaningful difference that people will be able to see.”


A bad day in Vadnais Heights

Bulletin Area police reports week of July 17, 2013


St. Anthony Village receives City of Excellence Award for second time

The city of St. Anthony was presented with a City of Excellence Award from the League of Minnesota Cities at the LMC’s annual conference on Wednesday, June 20.
This year marked the 100-year anniversary of the conference, which met for three days at St. Paul’s River Centre from June 19-21.
St. Anthony received the award for its collaboration with other municipalities, and for innovation and improved city services.


Mounds View Theatre offers first local “Les Mis”

The revolutionaries prepare to fight to the death in the Mounds View Community Theatre production of “Les Miserables.” (photos by Heather Edwards/Bulletin)

Jean Valjean, played by Lorin Yenor, expresses rage after years of being falsely imprisoned. 

Hazen Markoe and Tina Brauer offer comic relief as Thenardier and Mme. Thenardier. Brauer is a resident of New Brighton. 

A young Cosette (played by Sophie Kuether) sings of a castle in the clouds during Mounds View Community Theatrés production of “Les Misérables.”

“Les Mis” fans, rejoice; for the first time, a non-professional Minnesota theatre is presenting “Les Misérables.”

Until recently, the production rights for the wildly popular musical were exclusive to professional theatre companies. When the rights were released  to non-professional theatre groups this year,  the Mounds View Community Theatre (MVCT) was the first to obtain those rights.

“I was just really impressed that Mounds View took that leap of faith,” said New Brighton resident Tina Brauer, who plays Mme. Thenardier.


Shoreview’s Jeanne Haapala receives LMC’s Leadership Award

Shoreview’s Finance Director Jeanne Haapala (second from right) receiving the League of Minnesota Cities’ 2013 Leadership Award. The award ceremony was held at the LMC’s annual conference in St. Paul’s River Centre on Thursday, June 20. Pictured from left: 2013-14 LMC First Vice President Dave Osberg, 2013-14 LMC President Shaunna Johnson, Jeanne Haapala, and 2012-13 LMC President Betsy Hodges. (submitted photo)

Shoreview’s Finance Director Jeanne Haapala has received the prestigious League of Minnesota Cities’ (LMC) Leadership Award. Haapala accepted the award at the LMC annual conference at the St. Paul River Centre on Thursday, June 20.
“It’s a pretty amazing honor,” Haapala said. “I think recognition by your peers and professional associates is about as good as it gets.”
The LMC recognizes just one individual each year to receive the Leadership Award.


District 621 moves programs for all-day K

On Tuesday, June 25 the Mounds View School Board unanimously authorized the district to enter into lease agreements for two properties to house its K-8 Special Education Programs, Adult Basic Education Programs and Adult Learning Center Program.
Relocation of these programs is necessary to accommodate the free all-day kindergarten program the district will be offering starting in the 2014-15 school year.
The district has plans to move kindergarten out of its six elementary schools, making them first through fifth grade.