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Wed
19
Jun

Youth-only food shelf opens in Maplewood


Lynnette Medcalf, Social Work team lead, shows the food shelf at the Salvation Army in Maplewood, which is open to youth Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. each week. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Just one short year after it opened its doors, the Maplewood Salvation Army food shelf at the Lakewood Worship and Service Center is expanding its program to target homeless youths in the area.
The food shelf located at 2080 Woodlynn Ave. in Maplewood is now allowing teens and young adults to come between 3 and 5 p.m. each Wednesday to pick out their own food with a staff member or volunteer. No identification or permanent address will be required to receive food items.

Wed
19
Jun

Suspect charged in Lake Elmo shooting

Authorities have charged Ruben Paramo, 35, with second-degree assault with a firearm as well as a firearm violation after a May shooting in Lake Elmo. Because Paramo is a felon who has previously been convicted of a violent crime, he cannot legally own a firearm. The maximum sentence of the combined charges is 25 years.
According to a criminal complaint, on May 21 around 8 p.m., a female motorist called 911 while driving on westbound Highway 36 to report that her passenger had been shot. The driver identified herself as Lisa Hackwith, which was later discovered to be a false name.

Wed
19
Jun

Counseling help for refugees offered at a St. Paul clinic


Roselawn Clinic joined forces with CVT, forming a team that offers refugee mental health services. From left to right: case manager Christi Johnson, therapist Jeff Walter, case manager Novia Josih and interpreter Pawwah Toe. (submitted photo)

After seeking refuge in the U.S. from the war-torn country of Burma, now known as Myanmar, Pawwah Toe, like many other Karen immigrants, settled in Minnesota.
Moving from an impoverished country to one of the world’s richest was a significant cultural shock for many of the refugees, Toe said.
The Karen also have lingering trauma from the brutal treatment they endured during the civil wars in their homeland.
These combined stresses prompted Toe to advocate for better mental health services for her people.
Her message has been heard.

Wed
19
Jun

Shoreview residents to pay more in gas and electric fees

The Shoreview City Council adopted ordinances to implement electric and gas service franchise fees at its Monday, June 3 council meeting.
Homeowners in the city can expect their electric bill’s to be $2.50 more per month and gas bills of a $1.30 more per month, or a total of about $45 more per year starting in October.
City Manager Terry Schwerm said the spike in utilities is expected to bring in around $805,000 of new revenue into the city each year.

Wed
19
Jun

Oakdale parks and buildings superintendent says farewell


Parks and Buildings Superintendent Randy Bastyr was presented with a certificate of recognition at the June 11 Oakdale City Council meeting for his nearly 34 years of service to the city. (submitted photo)

Outgoing Oakdale parks and buildings superintendent Randy Bastyr said there are many things he’ll miss about his job, but plowing snow isn’t one of them.
“I would love to just wake up and look at it, or better yet just read about it from somewhere warm,” Bastyr said with a laugh.
Bastyr will be retiring June 27 after 34 years with the city of Oakdale. Mayor Carmen Sarrack presented him with a certificate of recognition at the June 11 city council meeting, and said the city will greatly miss Bastyr, who with his crew is responsible for maintaining a majority of the city’s facilities and grounds and plays a major role in the city’s biggest celebration -- Summerfest.

Tue
18
Jun

Discover Your Parks is back in Roseville


Puppet Wagon puppeteers performing a show at a city park last year. (submitted photo)

The city of Roseville is inviting residents to check out local neighborhood parks for some playtime and themed activities this summer.
Discover Your Parks events have expanded over the past few years and have become a favorite summertime activity for many Roseville families.
Roseville Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Jill Anfang says games, crafts and other recreational activities will be themed around the equipment and other features unique to each park.

Tue
18
Jun

Roseville Adult Learning Center celebrates graduation

Roseville Area Schools Adult Learning Center celebrated its 42nd graduation ceremony June 5, with 71 students earning a G.E.D. or high school diploma.
Students from this year’s graduating class hailed from countries around the world, such as Ethiopia, Somalia, Thailand and Mexico. The class ranged in age from 17 to mid-50s.
The class was the last to take the G.E.D. the “old-fashioned” way. The G.E.D. will switch from a paper-based test to a computerized version, going in effect 2014.

Tue
18
Jun

Como gorillas enjoying new home


Como Zoo now has 3 male adolescent gorillas and one family gorilla group on display. The males and the family group are kept separate from each other in different zoo enclosures.

It’s likely going to be a very exciting and busy summer at Como Zoo thanks in no small part to the zoo’s newly opened Gorilla Forest exhibit.
The $11 million, 13,000 square-foot enclosure is home to seven gorillas, six of whom are new to Como.
Matt Reinartz, Como’s marketing and public relations manager, notes the new exhibit is nearly three times larger than the previous gorilla habitat.

Mon
17
Jun

WSP police catch 7 businesses on tobacco checks

Cigarettes can be costly for more than just the consumers, it seems.
The West St. Paul City Council approved sanctions June 10 for an unusually high number of businesses that failed annual tobacco compliance checks.
The civil sanction includes a small fine, but in many cases also leads business to schedule additional training and purchase identification-verifying equipment.

Mon
17
Jun

IGH receiving new facilities at Swing Bridge Park

The Inver Grove Heights City Council gave its blessing to the latest improvements at the newly-christened Swing Bridge Park last week, bringing the total investment in the renovated park to more than $5 million.
In its June 10 meeting, the council approved a joint powers agreement with Dakota County for the installation and maintenance of a trailhead facility for the Mississippi River Regional Trail. When completed, the MRRT is expected to stretch from South St. Paul to Hastings.

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