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09
Feb

Angry tweets lead to felony charge for SSP man

Turns out even when you’re limited to 140 characters, you could still say enough to earn prison time.
Dakota County prosecutors have charged Harrison William Rund of South St. Paul with a felony count of terroristic threats for a series of hot-blooded tweets he posted on his Twitter account after receiving a speeding ticket.

Sun
09
Feb

St. Paul looks to double bike paths


A bike route map released in January by St. Paul Public Works Department shows planned new routes throughout the city.(Submitted graphic)

St. Paul officials have unveiled a master plan for bike paths that seeks to more than double the amount of bike thoroughfares in the city.
The plan is St. Paul’s first comprehensive look at bike travel, and provides a framework for creating designated spaces for bike travel in conjunction with road maintenance.
A plan put together by St. Paul Public Works Department proposes creating 214 miles of bike paths to add to the existing 144 miles.

Sun
09
Feb

With snazzy new facilities, Johnson High poised for future


Johnson High School parent Seanne Thomas tries out a flight through the Grand Canyon on one of the new flight simulators the school installed in January. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Johnson High School principal Micheal Thompson recently flew around in the Grand Canyon, nearly crashing during the landing.
All this was within the walls of the East Side school.
Such is an example of the possibilities with the new equipment and curriculum at the school, now known as Johnson Aerospace and Engineering High School, as of the 2012-2013 school year.

Sun
09
Feb

St. Paul reveals youth job program


St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announces a new youth jobs initiative called Right Track. The program builds on the city’s Youth Job Corps program, adding internships and professional partnerships for kids to gain access to. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Harding High School junior DeShaun Baker, 17, has gone in a short time from pulling weeds to pulling files at an Xcel Energy power plant.
He’s got a lot of hard work and initiative to thank for that -- the kid seems to have a lot of “get up and go.”
And he’s also got St. Paul’s Youth Job Corps to thank.

Thu
06
Feb

Moonshine Saloon shooting suspect indicted


The Moonshine Saloon was the site of a drive-by shooting in the early hours of Oct. 26, 2013. True Thao was charged Wednesday, Feb. 5 with first-degree murder in the case, a significantly stronger charge than original charges filed in October 2013. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

True Thao, 31, of St. Paul faces a 14-count indictment in connection with a fatal shooting at the Moonshine Saloon on Oct. 26, 2013.
The 14 counts are a step up from charges Thao faced in the incident when he was originally charged last Halloween, and could mean longer sentencing, depending on the outcome of his trial.
The counts come from a grand jury indictment issued late Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Wed
05
Feb

New-to-town Lake Elmo businesses spur wedding fair

When a flower shop, a hair salon and a wine store ended up along the same block in downtown Lake Elmo late last year, their next move was almost predictable: They launched a wedding fair.
"We have everything right here; all the wedding ingredients in one place," said Gaby Rosenthal of establish salon. "It was a natural decision to put something like this together and be a part of it."
Along with several other bridal- and event-related local and regional vendors, the salon will join Henry Girls Floral & Garden and the Lake Elmo Wine Company from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the two businesses' shared building at 3511 Lake Elmo Ave. N.

Wed
05
Feb

Gertens moves into former Linder’s space in Lake Elmo

Gardening aficionados in the metro area were happy last week when Gertens Greenhouse and Garden Centers announced it had purchased the site of the former Linder’s greenhouse in Lake Elmo.
The Inver Grove Heights-based company completed the acquisition of the growing range, located near 15th Street and Inwood Avenue, on Jan. 27. The acquisition includes 52 acres of land, a 12-acre heated greenhouse, four utility buildings and several more acres of nursery growing fields, but does not include the former Linder’s Garden Center retail store on Larpenteur Avenue.

Wed
05
Feb

New Brighton receives first place National Night Out Award again


Members of New Brighton’s Public Safety Department and New Brighton City Council members pose with the first place national trophy the city received for National Night Out participation in 2013 at the Jan. 28 city council meeting. From left: Council member Brian Strub, Council member Mary Burg, deputy director of public safety Dan Olson, mayor Dave Jacobsen, Council member Paul Jacobsen, Council member Gina Bauman, crime prevention officer Trevor Hamdorf and director of public safety Bob Jacobson. (submitted photo)

The city of New Brighton has earned the first place national award for its participation in National Night Out (NNO) activities for 2013. Nationally, over 16,000 communities took part in NNO last year on Aug. 6.
Last year marked the third year in the past ten that the city has received the prestigious first place national award from the National Association of Town Watch for cities with populations of 15,000 to 49,000 residents.

Wed
05
Feb

North St. Paul firefighters nibble ice fishing contest comeback

Betty Enright remembers when North St. Paul anglers dragged couches onto a frozen Silver Lake a decade or so ago, as a cozy way to compete in the North St. Paul Lions Club’s popular ice fishing contest.
Her late husband, Ray, the keeper of many pails and a past club president, used to help organize the annual event that, due to dwindling membership and thin-ice cancellations, the club hasn’t hosted for the past few years.
“I just remember it took a lot of manpower,” said Enright, who’s been living in North St. Paul since 1944.

Wed
05
Feb

Writing with a passion


Johanna Schmidt performs her poem in front of her peers. (submitted photo)

Two Oak Hill Montessori School students were recently honored for their writing skills.
Freddy Keillor and Johanna Schmidt received 2012-2013 Lillian Wright Awards for Creative Writing from COMPAS. COMPAS Arts Education Program published the students’ work in its 34th annual student writing anthology, this year titled “Universal Community.” Keillor won the award for “Best Writing in Grades 6-7” for his poem “A Photo,” while Schmidt won the award for “Best Writing in Grades 8-12” for her poem “Declaration Dysfunction.”

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