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Archdiocese releases list of priests accused of sexually abusing minors

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released a list of 30 priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors on Thursday, Dec. 5.
The list also includes an additional four priests who have unsubstantiated claims against them.
Ramsey County District Court Judge John Van de North gave permission for the names to be released at a hearing Dec. 2, giving the Archdiocese 15 days to do so. The names had previously been sealed under a protective order in a 2009 lawsuit.


An angel in Oakdale

Oakdale resident Relindis Moffor and 10 staff members operate Angel of Mercy USA, a nonprofit she founded in 2005. Through three offices located in Cameroon, the organization serves about 750 people, many of whom have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Their clients live in about 10 villages in the west central African country. (submitted photos)

Some days, Relindis Oyebog Moffor, a registered nurse at Regency Hospital in Golden Valley, works a 16-hour shift in the dead of night caring for ailing patients. Then she comes home, makes a phone call to Cameroon and provides care for several hundred people living nearly 7,000 miles away.


Jeffery Trevino sentenced to 27.5 years in prison

Jeffery Trevino of St. Paul was sentenced to 330 months, or about 27 1/2 years, in prison at a hearing in Ramsey County Court Nov. 25.
A courtroom full of family members, volunteer searchers and journalists watched as Trevino entered the room, looking solemn and wearing an orange Ramsey County jail jumpsuit.


Weaver Elementary student hit by SUV in Oakdale

A 5-year-old Maplewood boy is currently in fair condition after being hit by a SUV in the parking lot at a party facility in Oakdale the evening of Nov. 15.
Oakdale Police say the boy, identified by family members as Weaver Elementary kindergartener Jakob Schafer, was chasing a bouncy ball in the parking lot of Pump it Up, located at 7045 6th St., when a "dark SUV" hit him around 7:30 p.m.


Local authors share the secrets of success

Local authors Meg Corrigan and Gloria VanDemmeltraadt are included in a recently released collection of stories entitled “Unlocking the Secrets of Success: Minnesota Women Share Tips and Strategies for Achieving Your Goals and Living Your Dreams.” (photo and video by Johanna Holub/Review staff)

One woman’s dream is another’s nightmare. But through it all, the Minnesota women featured in the recently released collection “Unlocking the Secrets of Success: Minnesota Women Share Tips and Strategies for Achieving Your Goals and Living Your Dreams” have persevered.
Joan Kennedy, 91, of New Brighton gathered the stories of 40 women working in a variety of professions to create a collection of success stories, ranging from tales of professional success to personal triumphs.


Former sheriff’s deputy convicted of misconduct, drug possession

A former Washington County sheriff’s deputy was convicted last week of misconduct by a public employee and illegal possession of prescription drugs after he was caught illicitly accessing and stealing from the county’s drug disposal bin earlier this year.
Oakdale resident Ricky Harry Gruber, 44, was originally charged with felony drug possession, felony theft, misconduct of a public officer and unlawful possession of pharmacy drugs. The theft charge was dismissed, and Gruber pleaded not guilty to four of the charges.


ISD 622 educator wins Teacher of the Year Award

Oakdale Elementary School teacher Kathy Lukin is recipient of The Arc Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year Award, honoring an outstanding teacher who has demonstrated excellence in educating and including students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Kathy Lukin, multiple needs teacher at Oakdale Elementary, is The Arc Minnesota’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Kathy Lukin holds her students to high standards. She does not pity or coddle the children who come into her classroom every day. She puts in extra hours before school and on the weekends to create new learning opportunities for her students. She advocates for more inclusiveness and support for her kids.
While these are strategies many teachers employ to help their students learn, Lukin is also faced with the challenge of teaching special education students, many of whom have severe disabilities.


Lake Elmo Park Reserve to close for deer hunts

Those who frequently use Lake Elmo Park Reserve, located at 1515 Keats Avenue, should be aware that the park will be closed on two different weekends in November: Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 16-17. The reason for the closures? An overabundance of hungry, antlered plant-eaters.
Two deer management harvests have been scheduled at the popular Washington County park, with just over 50 hunters having obtained special lottery permits from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources setting up camp within the reserve.
The participating hunters attended a mandatory safety orientation in October.


Lending a ‘hand’ to families in need this holiday season

What started as a small group of people helping struggling families during the holiday season has blossomed into a community outreach effort taken on by more than a hundred volunteers.
The Holiday Helping Hands program, which was started more than 20 years ago by the Oakdale Business and Professional Association (OBPA), now serves more than 80 North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District 622 families each year.


Oakdale veteran picks up a new hobby: boxing

Jake Raymond, 24, of Oakdale picked up boxing after attending a boxing showcase at the city’s annual Summerfest celebration this year. He has been training since July, and competed in his first fight in mid-October. (submitted photo)

Raymond admits his first fight, held at the Uppercut Boxing Club in Minneapolis Oct. 12, was “not great,” but plans on continuing his training. He says he never intended to be a competitive boxer, but wanted to use the sport as a way to stay in shape. (submitted photos)

Jake Raymond, 24, has many titles. Father of two, husband, student, Oakdale resident, military veteran, runner. And now, he can add another to the list: amateur boxer.
Raymond, a former member of the North High School wrestling team, says individual sports have always drawn his interest.