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Sun
30
Jun

WSP narrows list of city manager candidates

West St. Paul is one step — or four more eliminations — away from selecting its next city manager.
The city has narrowed its list of applicants to five for a position that has been vacant for nearly two years.

Thu
27
Jun

Smokedale Tobacco shop in Oakdale raided by federal agents

A local tobacco shop was reportedly raided by federal drug agents on Wednesday, as part of a multi-state sweep of such businesses.
According to Owen Putman, public information officer for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's Chicago Field Division, which includes Minnesota and Wisconsin, search warrants were executed at five locations in the two states, including the Smokedale Tobacco shop on 10th Street N. in Oakdale.
Putman said a search warrant was also executed at Smokedale's warehouse, located just a few doors down from the Oakdale shop, as well as at Smokedale shops in Minneapolis and Hudson and at an address in Afton, Minn.

Wed
26
Jun

Oakdale, Lake Elmo recognized for environmental sustainability practices

Going green isn’t just a fad in Oakdale and Lake Elmo -- it’s an ongoing effort.
Both cities were recognized at the June 20 League of Minnesota Cities annual conference for their implementation of a number of environmental sustainability practices. At the conference, both suburbs were designated as Step Two GreenStep cities as part of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program.

Wed
26
Jun

Summer meals available for kids in Lake Elmo and Landfall

Cimarron and Landfall children home from school for the summer do not need to worry about where their next meal will be coming from, thanks to a program through FamilyMeans and Concordia Creative Learning Academy.
Starting June 13, free, nutritious lunches and snacks will be available at three locations in the east metro area: Concordia Creating Learning Academy in St. Paul and the FamilyMeans sites in Landfall and Cimarron in Lake Elmo. The lunches meet the summer meal guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.

Wed
26
Jun

Heart device saves 24-year-old’s life


Tara Townsend, once in heart failure, has a heart device to help pump blood. Townsend, of White Bear Lake. has a busy schedule pursuing a degree in human services at Century College and working in Shoreview. (Linda Baumeister/Bulletin)

In attempt to escape the sweltering summer, Minnesotans take refuge in lakes and pools.
However, Tara Townsend, a 24-year old from White Bear Lake, can’t enjoy this cooling relief  -- she can’t get wet.
Nor can the Century College student engage in contact sports, go through metal detectors or lift more than 25 pounds.

Wed
26
Jun

Residential development project approved in New Brighton Exchange

The New Brighton City Council unanimously authorized execution of a contract for private redevelopment with Pulte Homes at its Tuesday, June 11 council meeting.
Pulte has plans to build 86 single-family homes and 34 town homes at the 27-acre site once occupied by the former Midwest Asphalt and Beisswenger’s properties.
Pulte Homes is a Michigan based company that has built several developments in Minnesota, including Arden Hills and Roseville.

Wed
26
Jun

More than just ‘some old car’


Dan Nordstrom’s 1913 Ford Model T will be on display at the 100th anniversary of the Ramsey County Fair, July 10-14. (submitted photo)

Dan Nordstrom knows a thing or two about the year 1913. He can tell you who the president was, what the average salary was and how many states there were.
He even knows what kind of car people drove a century ago. Why? Because he drives one himself.
Nordstrom, who lives in Plymouth, will be showing off his 100-year-old Ford Model T at this year’s Ramsey County Fair July 10-14. This year marks the fair’s centennial anniversary; the first one was held in White Bear Lake in 1913.

Wed
26
Jun

Shoreview council approves bid for $3.3 million street rehabilitation project

The Shoreview City Council accepted a bid from North Valley, Inc. for the city’s 2013 Street Rehabilitation Project at its Monday, June 17 council meeting.
North Valley’s bid of just over $3.3 million was the lowest of the five bids Shoreview received for the project.
The project will rehab several streets scattered throughout the city (see map) and will include extending the water main on Gaston and Grove Avenues and St. Albans Street.

Tue
25
Jun

Anna Hurd's boyfriend sentenced as adult


Anthony Mitchell

On June 25, Anthony J. Mitchell, 17, of Maplewood was sentenced to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of second-degree murder in the stabbing of Anna Hurd, 16, in February.
At a plea hearing May 10, Mitchell waived his right to contest being certified as an adult to stand trial. His prison sentence is part of a plea agreement with the Ramsey County attorney's office.
During the hearing, Mitchell told Judge Chang Bohr that he and Hurd were walking near Hillside Park in Maplewood Feb. 23 when they had an argument about whether or not he would be joining Hurd when she returned to Texas to live with her mother the next day.

Tue
25
Jun

Maplewood selects Paul Schnell as new police chief


Paul Schnell

At his last city council meeting June 24, retiring city manager Jim Antonen announced the city's new police chief. Current Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell was chosen to fill the position, which has been temporarily occupied by Deputy Chief Dave Kvam since long-time Chief Dave Thomalla retired in December.
Schnell, 51, has been the Hastings chief of police since 2010, and has worked in the past with Carver County as a sheriff's deputy and St. Paul Police Department as a public information officer and sergeant.
He earned his bachelor's degree in social work from the University of St. Thomas and his master's degree in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University. He is certified in Minnesota as both a peace officer and social worker.

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