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Mon
13
Jan

Snow making at Battle Creek means solid ski trails


Ramsey County workers get the snow making machine up and running at Battle Creek Regional Park in St. Paul on a chilly morning Wednesday, Jan. 3. The machine is part of a temporary test run for snow making on the park’s lighted cross-country ski trails. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

While this winter hasn’t exactly lacked cold or snow, Battle Creek Regional Park’s gotten an extra bump of snow this year.
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation has been doing a trial run of snowmaking along the county’s premier cross country ski area, in advance of a larger project to bolster the area as a winter activities destination.

Mon
13
Jan

City crews will start cutting down 196 East Side ash trees


An ash tree in the city’s Highland Park neighborhood that was pulled down by St. Paul’s Forestry Department is one of the over 5,000 the city cut down to curb the spread of the non-native emerald ash borer. (submitted photo)

As part of an effort to curb the spread of the emerald ash borers, invasive Asian beetles that destroy ash trees, the St. Paul Forestry Department will cut down an estimated 196 ash trees along public right-of-ways and parkways on the East Side, according to Brad Meyer, spokesperson for St. Paul Parks and Recreation.

Mon
13
Jan

93-year-old dies after car accident

St. Paul police officers arrived at the intersection of East Third and Earl streets on Thursday, Jan. 2, to find two battered vehicles on the northeast corner.
Police said one car was traveling northbound on Earl, while the other was traveling eastbound on East Third, when they collided.

Sat
11
Jan

Ramsey County launches Veterans Court Track

Ramsey County has launched a Veterans Court Track program to help veterans charged with crimes who may be struggling with service-related issues.

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)

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
08
Jan

A year in Review - Bulletin Area News


Cardigan Junction in Shoreview lies right beside a well established neighborhood off Rice Street north of I-694. (photos by Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)

Another busy year has wrapped up in the Bulletin area. Here is a look at some of the top stories in local neighborhoods over the past year.

Wed
08
Jan

What a difference a portrait makes


Kendra Stone, one of two high school seniors who take photos for their graduating peers for free as KP Photography, shows an image to a client, Gao Thor, during a shoot at Minnehaha Falls. (Photo by Phillipe Thao)

Two Mounds Park Academy students are sometimes compensated for taking senior photos for Twin Cities high-schoolers who can’t afford a professional photographer, but usually not with money.
“We’ve been paid in hugs, candy and donations,” said Kendra Stone, who lives in Lake Elmo.
That’s payment enough for the 18-year-old and Phillipe Thao of Hudson, Wis., who teamed up in May to take portraits of teens nearing graduation for free.

Wed
08
Jan

Methamphetamine dealer sentenced to 8 years in prison

Washington County District Judge Ellen Maas sentenced Oakdale resident Danielle Brand, 26, to 84 months in prison after she was convicted of felony first-degree controlled substance possession after a traffic stop in which a substantial amount of methamphetamine was discovered in her vehicle.

Wed
08
Jan

Northeast Metro district moves forward with Lake Elmo land purchase

Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District plans to construct a school in Lake Elmo’s Eagle Point Business Park in 2015.
Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District plans to construct a school in Lake Elmo’s Eagle Point Business Park in 2015. The District 916 expects the building to look similar to its newest school, Karner Blue Education Center, in Blaine. The unique floor plan, pictured above, includes open quiet space areas where agitated students can go to calm down, Superintendent Connie Hayes said. (submitted graphic)

Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District has entered into a purchase agreement for a $2.4 million plot of land within Lake Elmo’s Eagle Point Business Park along Interstate 94 at Inwood Avenue on the southern end of the city.
The nearly 20-acre parcel is zoned for commercial business park use and is currently a cornfield.
However, within the next couple years, those stalks of corn will be replaced by a public school for up to 150 kindergarten through 8th-grade students with autism and emotional behavioral disorders.

Wed
08
Jan

North St. Paul council nixes Shawnee Drive sidewalk in 2014 improvements

It came down to who showed up.
After hearing from residents who strongly opposed a sidewalk on Shawnee Drive, the North St. Paul City Council on Dec. 17 ordered a major street project in the northwest portion of the city -- without a walkway that was identified in a planning document as key to connecting two parks via the city’s trail system.

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