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May

Roseville teen earns robotics award

Madeleine Logeais of Roseville, a junior at Visitation School in Mendota Heights and co-captain of The Robettes all-girls robotics team, earned one of only ten FIRST Dean’s List awards at the Robotics World Championship held April 26 in St. Louis, Mo.
Logeais is the first-ever Minnesotan recipient of the prestigious award, which is selectively given to exceptional FIRST Robotics Competition participants based on their leadership skills, commitment to FIRST ideals, contributions to their team, and their effectiveness in increasing awareness of FIRST within their schools and communities. 80 or more finalists are named, and winners are announced at a ceremony during the championship.

Mon
05
May

West St. Paul may scrap city logo


The current West St. Paul logo that the council is considering replacing.

Logo contest yields no ‘home runs’
West St. Paul’s logo may go back to the drawing board.
The West St. Paul City Council had to pick a winner of an online city-logo design contest at its work session Monday, but the top choice won’t actually replace the current logo, the blue star-like emblem that’s splashed throughout the city on signs, vehicles and police uniforms. The council instead directed staff to obtain proposals from design firms to possibly help the city freshen its branding.

Mon
05
May

West St. Paul woman with guide dog wants to be treated like any other customer


MaryJeanne Hemesath, of West St. Paul, says some local businesses have confronted her about her guide dog, or asked her to leave the trained animal outside. “I’m sick and tired of it,” she says. State and federal laws say guide dogs are allowed in any public establishment, with very few exceptions. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

MaryJeanne Hemesath has been feeling less and less welcome at West St. Paul businesses.
She’s been yelled at or shooed away by some employees and business owners when they see her guide dog. She says it’s happened both when she’s alone and with a friend while using the guide dog to navigate.
The confrontations make getting out even more of a burden.

Mon
05
May

Summer meal program hits Inver Grove Heights

As summer break approaches, lower income families may struggle to put more meals on the table for children who aren’t at school.
A solution is in the works, as South St. Paul, West St Paul and Inver Grove Heights schools will all be participating in the Summer Food Service Program, where all attending children 18 and under will be provided with a free meal. It includes an event that will take place at Hilltop Elementary School in Inver Grove Heights, and will feature a three-meal program as part of the process.

Mon
05
May

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.

Mon
05
May

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.

Mon
05
May

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.

Wed
30
Apr

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.

Wed
30
Apr

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.

Wed
30
Apr

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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