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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

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.

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

The end of an East Side mainstay


St. John’s Catholic Church Parishioners attend an 8 a.m weekday mass on Wednesday, June 12. Located at 977 E. 5th St., the church has been holding daily mass since it opened in 1922. The parish will hold its last mass on Sunday, June 30. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

The charming old church at 977 E. Fifth St. has been around a long time.
Opened up in 1922, St. John's has since held Mass nearly every single day no matter what the weather -- rain, shine, snow or sleet. In all it's probably held over 32,000 days of Mass.
But its streak is about to end.

Thu
13
Jun

Tartan BPA students participate in National Leadership Conference


submitted photo

Twelve students from the Tartan Chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) attended the BPA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. May 8-12.

Thu
13
Jun

Oakdale Elementary honors volunteers

Oakdale Elementary School held its annual volunteer breakfast May 29.
Oakdale Elementary Principal Peter Mau and parent volunteer coordinator DeLisa Shearod presented Connie Dow with a certificate for volunteering over 20 hours in the classroom. Dow has been a volunteer in the classroom for over 12 years and has helped out with a variety of activities, Shearod said. 

Wed
12
Jun

On-site clinic opens next week in North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District


District 622 School Board Chair Amy Coborn and Physician Assistant Ue Thao had the honor of cutting the ribbon at the new clinic in the district education building. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District employees will no longer have to travel to receive routine healthcare services.
District 622 will open its on-site medical clinic through HealthPartners’ Well@Work program on June 17. The clinic is available for use by district employees, retirees over 65 and employee dependents with HealthPartners health insurance.
“We are excited about it,” superintendent Patty Phillips said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our employees to receive health care. Wellness of our staff is very important to us.”

Wed
12
Jun

Never too old to cut a rug


Linda Baumeister/Review

Tartan’s Micah Goebel and Teresita Acesor dance at the Golden Prom held at Prom Center May 29. A pork dinner, bingo, prom photos, and prizes continue to be popular with area seniors and their high school hosts.

Wed
12
Jun

Highway 36: 75-day closure between U.S. 61 and White Bear Avenue begins June 17


Highway 36 near English St. will be closed down for 75 days starting June 17. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

Motorists who regularly travel on state Highway 36 between U.S. Highway 61 and White Bear Avenue in Maplewood will need to begin planning alternate routes now, as the thoroughfare will be fully closed in both directions for more than two months starting at 6 a.m. Monday, June 17.
The 75-day closure is part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s $17 million Highway 36/English Street reconstruction project. The current signalized intersection is being replaced by a grade-separated diamond interchange.

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