Joshua Nielsen

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7822.

 

Wed
16
Apr

New youth center to be built in Cimarron Park


FamilyMeans will be expanding on site near the Cimarron Park Golf Course clubhouse. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

FamilyMeans new Cimarron Park youth center will be located just south of 10th Street N. and east of Lake Elmo Avenue N.

FamilyMeans will have a brand new building to house its after-school and summer youth programs at its Lake Elmo location next year.
On Tuesday, April 1, the Lake Elmo City Council approved an amendment to the conditional use permit for the Cimarron Manufactured Home Park, allowing for the construction of a new youth center.

Wed
09
Apr

More adjustments made to Stillwater area schools budget

In an effort to balance next year’s budget, the Stillwater Area School Board approved nearly $1.5 million in budget adjustments at its March 27 meeting.
Some of the largest adjustments include:

Wed
09
Apr

‘Cakes From Grace’ makes sick kids smile one cake at a time


Becky Hunt, founder of Cakes From Grace, an organization dedicated to raising the awareness of congenital heart defects, loves whipping up cakes for such families. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

A variety of decorated cakes and cupcakes highlight the creativity of Becky Hunt’s mission of spreading hope and smiles. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The cake made to celebrate Gracie’s first birthday in heaven along with a picture of Gracie. (submitted photo)

In October 2012, Becky Hunt made a difficult decision: to quit her corporate job to care for her 2-month-old daughter, Gracia, who was born with a severe congenital heart defect.
Gracia, affectionately known as Gracie, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome -- a condition where the left ventricle of the heart does not develop properly, so the left side of the heart can’t pump blood to the rest of the body.

Wed
02
Apr

SAVHS students “sleep out” for homeless youth


Around 50 St. Anthony Village High School students slept outside the school in tents and cardboard boxes last Friday night to raise awareness of homelessness and to raise money for the Bridge for Youth organization, which helps homeless teens through a variety of programs. (Submitted photo)

Nearly 50 St. Anthony Village High School students participated in a “sleep out” Friday, March 28, to raise awareness of homelessness in the local area and to raise money for the cause.

Tue
01
Apr

Dayton appoints Roseville lawyer to Minnesota Court of Appeals


Peter Reyes, Jr. will start his judgeship on the Minnesota Court of Appeals next week. Reyes will be the first Latino to serve on any appellate court in Minnesota. (submitted photo)

Peter M. Reyes, Jr. speaks at the MHBA Presidential Fiesta in 2012; a highlight was celebrating his becoming the first Minnesota member to become president of the Hispanic National Bar Association. (submitted photo)

Reyes had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama in 2012. (submitted photo)

Peter Reyes will be the first Latino to serve on the court
Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Peter Reyes, Jr. as a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals last month. Reyes, along with District Court Judge Denise Reilly of Long Lake, Minn., were appointed to fill two at-large seats on the court following the retirement of the Honorable Thomas Kalitowski and the Honorable Terri Stoneburner on April 1.

Wed
26
Mar

District 621 School Board approves contract with paraprofessional union

The Mounds View School Board approved the proposed contract between the district and the Paraprofessional Union of School Services Employees, Local 282 at its Tuesday, March 11 board meeting.
Amy Jo Johnson, District 621 employee relations and benefits manager, said the district had met with union members on seven separate occasions and she recommended that the board approve the contract as ratified by the paraprofessional union on Feb. 27.

Tue
25
Mar

How sap becomes syrup


A crowd gathered at the Harriet Alexander Nature Center in Roseville last year to learn how maple syrup is made. (submitted photo)

If you have ever wondered how the watery sap from maple trees becomes the sweet, thick syrup you pour over your pancakes and waffles, this weekend’s your chance to find out.  
The Harriet Alexander Nature Center in Roseville is hosting its annual “It’s Tapping Time!” event on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wed
19
Mar

Mounds View town hall meeting to be held March 31

The city of Mounds View will be holding its 10th annual town hall meeting at city hall on Monday, March 31 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The meeting will provide an opportunity for city residents to get up to speed on city ventures and interact with the mayor, council members and city staff.

Tue
18
Mar

Shoreview, Little Canada study quieter train crossings


City staff in Shoreview have recommended making minor improvements to the Victoria Street railway crossing (pictured) and the Lexington Avenue railway crossing in order to establish rail quiet zones, where train operators would not be required to sound train horns through those intersections. (Linda E. Andersen / Review)

City staff in Shoreview have recommended making minor improvements to the Victoria Street railway crossing (pictured) and the Lexington Avenue railway crossing in order to establish rail quiet zones, where train operators would not be required to sound train horns through those intersections. (Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)

Everyone knows trains make noise as they rumble through cities, blowing their horns at crossings.
But residents in Shoreview and Little Canada say train racket has amplified considerably in recent months. Now they’re making some ruckus of their own, clamoring for help with what they claim is a disruptive amount of train traffic blocking driving routes, filling their neighborhoods with exhaust and, above all, making noise.

Wed
12
Mar

Kozlak’s closing early; hunt for new location continues


(Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)

In an email sent out to customers, Kozlak’s Royal Oak Restaurant owners Mark and Lynn Satt announced that the restaurant would be closing earlier than anticipated “due to timeline changes that extend beyond our control.” The couple had planned to keep the restaurant open at its current location through April, while searching for a new space where they plan to reopen the popular restaurant.

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