Joshua Nielsen

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

 

Wed
15
Jan

St. Anthony Community Theater presents PlayFest

If you have ever wanted to write, direct or star in your own stage play, now is your chance. The St. Anthony Community Theater will be hosting its first ever PlayFest, where they are inviting teams of two to five people to write and stage a one-act play within 48 hours.
There will be rules each team must follow when writing the play, which will be given to the teams at an organizational meeting, held on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the St. Anthony Village High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Teams will then have 48 hours to write short, one-act plays, which they will perform on stage, starting at 7 p.m.

Wed
15
Jan

TCAAP open house scheduled for Jan. 22

The city of Arden Hills and Ramsey County are hosting a TCAAP open house at the Ramsey County Public Works Facility in Arden Hills on Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  
The open house will provide residents an opportunity to learn more about proposed development at the site, as well as a chance to share opinions on future use at TCAAP.

Thu
09
Jan

Afton Alps celebrates 50 years


Afton Alps co-founder Paul Augustine blows snow from a snow gun on a slope at Afton in the mid-1960s. (submitted photo)

Skiers line up to ride one of Afton Alps’ first chairlifts.

An upslope view of Afton Alps’ main chalet a couple of decades ago. (submitted photo)

Afton Alps has a flashy new Guest Services Facility, which houses a new ski school center, ticketing and pass sales office and customer service center. (submitted photo)

An artist’s rendering of the newly renovated Paul’s Pub on the second floor of the Alps Chalet.

Following a change in ownership and months of renovations and new construction, Afton Alps is inviting the public to check out its improved resort and to celebrate 50 years of skiing.
The ski facility is no longer the rustic, mom-and-pop operation that attracted skiers for decades. The redesigned resort now features high-tech snowmaking machines, a new guest-services building, with a  stainless steel look, and improved terrain park.

Wed
25
Dec

Mark Sitarz takes over as St. Anthony’s new fire chief


St. Anthony Village Fire Chief John Malenick (left) posed for a photo with the new fire chief for St. Anthony Village, Mark Sitarz, on Dec. 12 during the open house for the retiring chief. (Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)

St. Anthony Village has named 15-year department veteran Mark Sitarz as its new fire chief to replace outgoing chief John Malenick, who retired earlier this month.
Sitarz, 44, grew up in the Village and is a graduate of St. John’s University, where he majored in political science and Spanish studies.

Wed
25
Dec

District 621 makes 2013 AP Honor Roll

Students at both Irondale and Mounds View high schools have been excelling in AP (Advanced Placement) courses and outperforming their peers in most school districts across the state -- garnering the attention of the College Board and earning the Mounds View Public School District a spot on the AP Honor Roll once again this year.

Wed
25
Dec

Proposed development for TCAAP unveiled

The Arden Hills City Council got its first look at the preliminary master plan for future development at the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) at its Monday, Dec. 16 work session.

Wed
18
Dec

Shoreview Citizen of the Year awarded


Shoreview’s Mayor Sandy Martin, left, poses with Julie B. Williams at the 2013 Volunteer Appreciation event where Williams was given the Citizen of the Year award. (submitted photo)

The city of Shoreview honored Julie B. Williams with this year’s Citizen of the Year award at its annual Volunteer Appreciation event last month at the Shoreview Community Center.
The Shoreview City Council in 2007 began giving out the award to honor a resident who gives back to the community through volunteer work and inspires others to do the same.

Wed
18
Dec

Local cities approve 2014 tax levies, budgets

Most Bulletin-area cities have approved budgets and set property tax levies for next year.  
The Vadnais Heights City Council adopted its 2014 budget and tax levy on Wednesday, Dec. 4, and the cities of Mounds View, New Brighton, Arden Hills and St. Anthony Village each approved their final budgets and levies last week. The city of Shoreview was expected to approve its budget and tax levy on Dec. 16, which is after the Bulletin’s press time.

Wed
11
Dec

Chief Malenick retires after 32 years service to St. Anthony


St. Anthony Village Fire Chief John Malenick on his last full week on the job. (Joshua Nielsen/Bulletin)

St. Anthony Village’s Fire Chief John Malenick is wrapping up a long and distinguished career with the Village this week, and will be bid farewell with a retirement celebration on Thursday at city hall.
Malenick began his career with St. Anthony Village as a part-time employee at the city’s municipal liquor store, where he was quickly promoted to full-time store manager after completing a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in 1982.

Tue
10
Dec

High oxygen levels suspected as cause of Lake Owasso fish kill


A few of the hundreds of dead fish found belly-up in the frozen shallows of Lake Owasso late last month. The DNR believes high oxygen levels may be to blame. (Submitted photos)

It’s still unclear what killed hundreds, possibly thousands of fish in Lake Owasso over the long Thanksgiving weekend just days after the lake froze over. The prevailing theory is that high oxygen levels in the lake may have caused the fish kill.
“Right now it’s a theory,” Dave McCormack, assistant regional fisheries manager with the Department of Natural Resources said. “We are not exactly sure what caused this.”

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