PERSPECTIVES - Woodbury - South Maplewood

Wed
23
Apr

Rusty the snowman?


North St. Paul’s 44-foot tall snowman welcomes residents and visitors alike with a smile that stretches 16 feet across its cheerful face. (Kaylin Creason/Review)

Does the North St. Paul snowman need a check-up? Mayor Mike Kuehn thinks so. A few months ago, Kuehn asked the North St. Paul Parks and Recreation Commission to look into the “health” of the North St. Paul snowman, which he fears is in danger of toppling over.

Wed
09
Apr

Oakdale woman takes a spin on the ‘Wheel of Fortune’


Jessica Kiefer of Oakdale, right, and her friend Kristin Wasil from Michigan were contestants on the March 26 episode of “Wheel of Fortune.” The show’s theme was “Girlfriend Getaways,” and the two took home just over $10,000 in winnings. (submitted photo)

Local teacher appeared during ‘Girlfriend Getaways’ week
An Oakdale woman recently appeared on “Wheel of Fortune,” the 31-year-old game show based on the popular game “Hangman,” in which contestants buy letters to solve word puzzles to win cash and fun prizes.

Mon
07
Apr

Spare Key opens doors for parents of sick kids


The striking Aria venue in downtown Minneapolis hosted the 2014 Groove Gala, Spare Key’s biggest fundraiser of the year. (Submitted photo)

South St. Paul couple’s nonprofit helps families keep their homes during crisis
If you were forced to make a decision between your job and your child, what would you do?

Tue
01
Apr

Dayton appoints Roseville lawyer to Minnesota Court of Appeals


Peter Reyes, Jr. will start his judgeship on the Minnesota Court of Appeals next week. Reyes will be the first Latino to serve on any appellate court in Minnesota. (submitted photo)

Peter Reyes will be the first Latino to serve on the court
Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Peter Reyes, Jr. as a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals last month. Reyes, along with District Court Judge Denise Reilly of Long Lake, Minn., were appointed to fill two at-large seats on the court following the retirement of the Honorable Thomas Kalitowski and the Honorable Terri Stoneburner on April 1.

Tue
25
Mar

Medical bills mount for 14-year-old with VATER association


Drew Macke, a 14-year-old boy from Woodbury, has VATER association, a rare genetic condition that requires frequent surgeries and ongoing treatment. Friends who know Drew describe him as a "remarkable kid" who "never complains" about his health problems. (Submitted photos
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Hope Church of Oakdale hosting April 5 benefit
Drew Macke is a remarkable kid.
That's what the people who know him say, and it's not hard to see why.
Drew, a 14 year-old boy from Woodbury, was born with a rare condition called VATER association. VATER association is a "grouping of different anomalies," according to Dr. Mary Wild Crea, a pediatrician from Fairview Clinic in Rosemount. She has been caring for Drew since he was about 3 months old.

Tue
11
Mar

A part in that world


Mouri (left) stands beside Caroline Innerbichler (Ariel) and fellow castmember, Mathias Anderson. Chanhassen’s production of “The Little Mermaid” is the first time the show has been performed in the Midwest.

Some actors just can’t catch a break. They work in theater for years, dealing with rejection and struggling to make their “big break.”
Wes Mouri just can’t catch a break, but not in the same way: he’s worked nearly nonstop since he graduated from college two years ago.

Wed
05
Mar

Designer picked for Janie Zahradka memorial playground in North St. Paul


The rendering of part of the unique playground from Play by Design

A whimsical, toddler-friendly playground could be built at Casey Lake Park in North St. Paul this summer.
The Parks and Recreation Commission moved the unique play structure one step closer to construction on Feb. 26 by recommending hiring New York company Play by Design, which put together a colorful “Magical Forest Tot Lot” that organizers say would draw families throughout the region.

Thu
27
Feb

Going out together


After two decades of guiding the North High School boys hockey program, head coach Jerry Diebel, center, and assistant coaches Thom O’Neill and John “Andy” Anderson are hanging up their skates. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

Diebel, Anderson and O’Neill hanging up their skates after two decades of coaching North High boys hockey program
When the North High School boys play their final hockey game this season, it will mark the end of 20 years of coaching for three stalwarts.
It will also be the conclusion of what has been a remarkably consistent coaching program established by head coach Jerry Diebel and assistants John “Andy” Anderson and Thom O’Neill.

Wed
26
Feb

One year after tragedy, Oakdale Elementary remembers Devin Aryal


Oakdale Elementary School students and staff wore green on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in remembrance of former student Devin Aryal, who died last year. Peter Mau, who was the principal at the time, came back to eat lunch with students that day. (submitted photos)

Oakdale Elementary School went green on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. But not in an environmental sense --nearly 600 students and staff were literally covered with the verdant shade.
Students, staff, teachers and administrators arrived at school that morning, clad in green as a way to celebrate the life of Devin Aryal, a fourth-grader who died after being killed in a drive-by shooting last year. Green was his favorite color.

Tue
28
Jan

Moviehouse keeps $2 films, adds new outreach for church


The plaza’s lobby was repainted, given new walls and ceiling tiles, and a collage featuring stills from a wide swath of famous movies was put up. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

With new ownership and plans for a new digital projector, the Plaza Maplewood is back up and running, under the hands of a church.
Following investment and fundraising from the new management, Woodland Hills Church, the place has new carpet, new walls, new ceiling tiles, new seats, and new staff.
The arcade machines are gone and things look fresh, new, and almost pristine.

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