Johanna Holub

Johanna Holub can be reached at jholub@lillienews.com or 651-748-7813. Follow her on Twitter @jholubnews

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12
Mar

Stillwater District prepares to cut $4 million from budget

Despite the passing of a $16.2 million levy last fall, Stillwater Public Schools is expected to cut several million dollars from next year’s budget.
School board members met on Thursday, March 6, to direct staff to compile a list of possible budget adjustments and cuts for the 2014-15 school year, which will total a projected $4 million. The board is scheduled to vote on the reductions at its March 13 meeting.

Wed
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.

Mon
24
Feb

Partners in crime target metro area Menards stores

Howard and St. John hit 12 separate locations; stole more than $8,000 worth of tools
In just a week and a half, two partners in crime stole more than $8,000 worth of goods from 12 Menards stores in the metro area last summer.
The thefts took place between June 4 and June 14, 2013.

Wed
19
Feb

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.

Wed
19
Feb

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.

Tue
18
Feb

Archdiocese discloses sexual abuse claims against nine more priests

On Monday, Feb. 17, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released a list of nine more priests thought to have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct.
The archdiocese released the names following a comprehensive file review by Kinsale Management Consulting, an outside firm based in Los Angeles, Calif. The review began in December 2013, when a Ramsey County judge ordered the archdiocese to release the list of priests who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse. At that time, the archdiocese disclosed claims against 33 priests.

Wed
29
Jan

HELLO: more than just a greeting


Ebenezer Flomo, his wife Janelle Voxland and other HELLO volunteers hand-delivered over 40,000 books to more than 16 schools in Liberia over the holidays. (submitted photos)

Some of the elementary schools, Flomo said, were in poor condition with broken windows, dilapidated benches and dirty floors. He said a library inside a school he visited had only a single calculator, a couple broken computers and National Geographic magazines dating back to 1965. (submitted photos)

It’s easy to just throw away an old book that’s been read a thousand times or a textbook that’s a year or two out of date. But some tens of thousands of those previously unwanted books are making their way to schools across the Atlantic Ocean, thanks to some help from an Oakdale-based organization.
Help Encourage Liberia’s Little Ones, or HELLO, was started in Liberia by Ebenezer Flomo in 2003. Its operations moved with him in 2005 when he came to the U.S. and married Oakdale resident Janelle Voxland.

Mon
27
Jan

Hill-Murray to add 6th-grade program next fall

Competition for students among area private schools has just gotten a little tougher.
Hill-Murray School, located on Larpenteur Avenue in Maplewood, announced this November it will be adding sixth grade starting in the 2014-2015 school year. The Catholic-affiliated school has offered grades seventh-12th since the late 1980s.
In a letter sent to students’ families this fall, president Susan Paul explains the addition was something the Hill-Murray board of trustees “wrestled” with for a number of years.

Wed
22
Jan

Oakdale AmericInn may soon become senior housing


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

The properties surrounding the Oakdale AmericInn, located at 6630 Hudson Blvd., are zoned for commercial and low-density residential use. (submitted graphic)

The AmericInn building in Oakdale could soon have a new clientele: seniors.
Oakdale City Council members heard plans to convert the hotel at 6630 Hudson Blvd., just north of Interstate 94, into an assisted living facility at their Jan. 14 meeting.

Wed
15
Jan

Hill-Murray to add 6th-grade program next fall

Competition for students among area private schools has just gotten a little tougher.
Hill-Murray School, located on Larpenteur Avenue in Maplewood, announced this November it will be adding sixth grade starting in the 2014-2015 school year. The Catholic-affiliated school has offered grades seventh-12th since the late 1980s.
In a letter sent to students’ families this fall, president Susan Paul explains the addition was something the Hill-Murray board of trustees “wrestled” with for a number of years.

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