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New Payne Ave. plaza is a labor of love


Sonia Ortega, a new business owner on the East Side, has ambitious goals for her newly opened Plaza Del Sol. Ortega hopes to make the space a bustling community marketplace. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Sonia Ortega has big dreams.
The fiercely diligent 42-year-old is hoping to make her mark on Payne Avenue, in the building that once held Borgstrom’s Pharmacy at the corner of Jenks and Payne avenues.
As far as she’s concerned, making Plaza Del Sol a bustling marketplace is simply a matter of will and tireless hard work. So she sleeps only four or five hours a night, while pulling 17-hour days.

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9-year old meets her life savers


9-year-old Nevaeh Sellers, at the far right, met the firefighters who helped save her life on Monday, April 28. Sellers was found unconscious in her burning home on Sunday, Feb. 17. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Rescued by firefighters, she gets a chance to thank them
When firefighters found 9-year-old Nevaeh Sellers in the basement of her home, she was surrounded by a thick haze of smoke, unconscious, and her heart had stopped beating.
Thankfully, she has now recovered and a few months later, those same firefighters had the chance to see her full of life, smiling and holding a giant “thank you firemen” sign.

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City looks to buy and demolish Payne Ave. ‘eyesore’


The former auto shop at 845 Payne Ave. will likely be demolished by the city this summer. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

For the 20-plus years Dan Bayers has been with the St. Paul Planning and Economic Development Department, the little auto shop at 845 Payne Ave. hasn’t seen much action.
As far as he knows it’s mainly been used for storage, and has been somewhat of an ugly relic.

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Youth Service Bureau continues to succeed in Maplewood

Capping off a successful fifth year of crime prevention education for juvenile offenders, it was announced that the Youth Service Bureau is now set to return for a sixth.
The Maplewood City Council unanimously renewed funding for the Bureau at its Monday, April 14, meeting, thereby giving kids who have had contact with police a chance to start over. It will cover the 2014 calendar year and will cost $27,295.50 to continue their services.

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Shoreview Lego League teams storm state tournament


Ponytail Posse, a six-member all-girls team, finished second at the state Lego League tournament, meaning they will continue on to the North American Open Championship at Legoland in Carlsbad, Calif. The team is led by coach Norton Lam. Pictured with their regional and state tournament awards, from left to right, top row: Rose Lam, Sabriyah Taher and Meghan Froehle. Bottom row: Emily Elmquist, Nancy Koshy and Amy Helgeson. (Johanna Holub/Bulletin)

Two local teams headed to national, international competitions
Move over, hockey. Minnesota’s got a new favorite sporting event.
The world of robotics is fast-growing, with leagues sprouting up across the country geared toward kids ages 6 through 18.

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New loan program launched to replace failing septic systems

In an effort to protect groundwater quality, and assist homeowners with the high cost of replacing septic systems, Washington County has unveiled a low-interest loan program.

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Lake Elmo may soon get a dog park


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Would you like a park created for dogs to gather and play off-leash while under their owners’ supervision?
The Lake Elmo Parks Commission is considering a proposal to create a fenced dog park, and the commissioners are seeking public input. The proposed location is near the west entrance of Sunfish Lake Park, off Jamaca Avenue, just east of fire station No. 2. Dogs are currently allowed in much of the 284-acre, natural-area park, but must be leashed at all times.

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Irondale, Mounds View join trap-shooting craze


Mounds View sophomore Luke Swenson busts a target at the range during one of the team’s practices at the Metro Gun Club in Blaine. (submitted photo)

Since 2001, trap shooting has been a club sport in high schools in Minnesota. Growth was slow at first but took off around 2009 and the number of teams and shooters has doubled each year since.
The Mounds View school district got in on the act this spring with teams at both Irondale and Mounds View. It took a few years to get approval, but now there are Knights and Mustangs representing their schools on the gun range.

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Ramsey County Sheriff recognizes local teacher and couple


Sandy and Keith Libby, center, were presented the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Award for Excellence after rescuing a drowning neighbor from a pool. (Mike Munzenrider/Review)

At a ceremony in Little Canada on April 21, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office presented its Award for Excellence to a teacher and couple who potentially saved lives.

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Raptor Center upgrades take wing


The University of Minnesota held its groundbreaking ceremony for $1.5 million in new upgrades at the Raptor Center in Falcon Heights on April 24. Board members and distinguished staff helped with the ceremony and announced the event. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota campus in Falcon Heights broke ground last week on $1.5 million-worth of facility upgrades that will take place over the summer.

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