Potholes and crumbling pavement along Snowshoe Lane are not scheduled for repairs until 2017, unless the city finds an alternative source of revenue. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Mayor hopes for help from legislature
The potholes along Snowshoe Lane in Maplewood are a bit less obvious with snow packed like cement inside them, but gravel-like remnants of the crumbling pavement reveal its poor condition.
"Snowshoe is in pretty rough shape. It's just deteriorating," says Mayor Nora Slawik, looking out the car window on a tour of the city's local transportation needs with the city engineer and a representative of Move MN, a state-wide coalition advocating for more transportation funding.
Looking for a sign of the past? The City of North St. Paul is in the process of replacing city street signs as the current ones did not meet federal standards. On Monday, Feb. 2, the old smaller blue signs will go up for auction at Luther Auctions starting at 6 p.m.; to see if “your” street is there, check the preview Sunday from 4-8 p.m. or Monday before the auction. In other news, the 44-foot concrete snowman recently made the “Explore the ‘World’s Largest’ across Minnesota” MPR list.
For as long as anyone at City Hall in North St. Paul can remember, the city logo has featured a three-tiered, cattywampus snowman with a top hat and outstretched arms.
The North St. Paul Lions’ Ice Fishing Contest was an annual highlight at Silver Lake before extremes in weather took hold. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Back in November, area parks got an early start on flooding ice rinks and grooming cross-country ski trails. Early signs of a cold Midwestern winter also fueled hopes of bringing the North St. Paul ice fishing contest back to Silver Lake.
Longtime Hill-Murray educator Frank Asenbrenner poses with his daughter Peg Sutherland. (file photo)
The flash of the brass instruments, the pounding of the drums, the trim green-and-white uniforms and precision stepping have made the Hill-Murray band a source of pride for alumni and neighbors for years at games and along parade routes.
A map shows how two basic alignments of the Rush Line Corridor would go through the East Side, one via I-35E and another through Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority right-of-way, including Swede Hollow Park. More nuanced versions of the alignments, with more route options, will be on display at the Rush Line open houses scheduled for mid-January. (submitted graphic)
New alignments on the table
Bringing more potential routes to the table, Rush Line Corridor staff will present updated information about the potential transit line in open house events scheduled in mid-January.
The Rush Line Corridor is a transit line that would put a public transportation corridor from downtown St. Paul through the East Side up to either White Bear Lake or Forest Lake. Transit planners presented early studies of the potential routes over the summer and fall of 2014. Now, after taking in feedback from residents, they’re coming back to the table to present updated findings.
Funds come from DNR grant
After winning a $10,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul Parks and Recreation will look to put in an archery range at Pigs Eye Park, just down the hill from Dayton’s Bluff.
Eric Thompson, former East Side director for Parks and Rec who still works for the department as a certified park and recreation professional, said the initiative to get archery resources in St. Paul came from a meeting in St. Paul City Council member Russ Stark’s office, back in the spring.