Building 280 is the latest addition to 3M’s Maplewood campus
3M opened its new research and development laboratory for viewing on Friday, March 11, during a grand opening event.
Attendees included Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison and Tom Emmer, Maplewood Mayor Nora Slawik, Maplewood City Council members, top leaders from the Legislature and Mattias Fyrenius from the Nobel Organization.
Building 280, the newest addition to the Maplewood-based company’s campus, cost $150 million. The four-story building is approximately 470,000 square feet, which is about the size of eight football fields in area. About 700 scientists and researchers will occupy the high-tech building.
The city of North St. Paul in partnership with Northeast Metro 916 are building a home at 2341 14th Ave. near Tower Park. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
High school students learn hands-on while building a house
Northeast Metro 916 Career & Technical Center’s construction occupations class is not like any shop class students might otherwise take in high school. In this class about 40 high school students work together to build a house from the ground up in a single school year.
“There is no better collaboration that I’ve seen ever,” says 916 Career Tech principal Jill Stewart-Kellar.
Instructor Tom Spehn adds, “The students who take my class typically are the hands-on learners, so a lot of students might not have a lot of success in the typical classroom setting that has you sit behind a desk for an hour and memorize theory. Here they actually apply it.”
“I like to do work with my hands mostly,” says North senior Reid Olson who was drawn to the program because of his interest in construction. He is especially excited to see how all the individual pieces of the project come together as a whole.
During the 2015-2016 school year, the students are building a single-family home at 2341 14th Ave. E., North St. Paul.
Shoreview’s former Rainbow Foods location will become the area’s first Kowalski’s Market near the end of the year. The Shoreview City Council approved building plans and will pay for a turn lane off Highway 96 to make the grocery store more accessible. (Jesse Poole photos/Bulletin)
City will contribute $1.4 million in TIF to help move
The path is paved for Kowalki’s Market to settle in Shoreview after the city council finalized plans for the Woodbury-based grocery store chain to move into the former Rainbow Foods location at Highway 96 and Hodgson Road.
“We finalized the final plat, all of the development agreements and everything on Monday,” Mayor Sandy Martin said of the city’s moves at the March 7 city council meeting.
Kowalki’s new location is the 1990s-era 68,000-square-foot building that was left empty when Rainbow’s parent company, Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., pulled out of the Twin Cities in July 2014.
In 1995 Ellsworth Erickson revisited photographs taken in Europe during World War II. While serving his country, Erickson developed film to be viewed in 3D. This early version of 3D required photos to be taken from slightly different vantage points. Once developed, the photos were viewed through plastic glasses. (file photo)
Ellsworth Erickson, 92, was World War II vet, popular teacher, civic leader
North St. Paul lost one of its few remaining World War II veterans on March 3, 2016, when Ellsworth Erickson succumbed to pancreatic cancer.
He will be remembered by the public as a family man, a veteran, a teacher, an artist and a friend. His family members said they will remember him for his loyalty, honesty and optimism that permeated all aspects of his life.
“It was hard because even though he was 92, he acted young; he thought young,” said his daughter Sheryl Erickson in an interview last week.
Creagan, right, met soldiers from many of the NATO countries, including a soldier from Hungary. (submitted photos)
Local chaplain returns from serving overseas
Getting to where he is today meant the Rev. Michael Creagan’s life changed course more than once. First off, he says he never thought he would be in the Catholic priesthood -- let alone that it would lead him to serving as an Army chaplain in Kosovo.
Creagan, 45, majored in international studies at the University of St. Thomas with the hope of someday working for the U.S. Foreign Service.
“It was probably half way through college, that God really called me to priesthood. In fact, at first I thought ‘oh no’ because I don’t like public speaking and I tried to come up with all the excuses,” Creagan says.
He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1997 after attending St. Paul Seminary. Then he never thought he would join the Army National Guard.