Shoreview - Arden Hills Bulletin News

Wed
07
May

Second-degree murder charges filed in New Brighton shooting


Neal Curtis Zumberge

The home on the 2500 block of Knollwood Drive near Eastman Drive in New Brighton was the scene of a shooting on May 5 that killed one man and injured a woman. The victims were allegedly embroiled in a dispute with their neighbor across the street, Neal Zumberge, 57, about feeding wild deer that would occasionally cross his backyard to reach a feeder in the victims' yard.

From outside the house, gunshot holes can be seen in the aluminum front storm door and siding. Shattered glass covers the front step, and lights leading up the sidewalk to the door were strewn about near the area where police found Todd Stevens, 46. Interior photos reveal myriad bullet holes.

Plastic deer and lawn ornaments decorated the victims' property. The victims allegedly had a deer feeder in their yard, and the animals passed through Zumberge's backyard from a wooded area near the Rice Creek Trail walking path.

The Ramsey County attorney's office has charged Zumberge with one count of second-degree murder, which has a maximum sentence of 40 years, and one count of second-degree attempted murder, which has a maximum sentence of 20 years.

Wed
07
May

Arden Hills council voices road construction fatigue


A diagram depicts the traffic flow of a diverging diamond interchange at County Road 96 and Interstate 35W. (Graphic courtesy of Ramsey County)

As road construction at the interchange between County Road 96 and U.S. Highway 10 in Arden Hills continues to snarl traffic within the city, council members, during a work session following the April 28 regular meeting, said they’d nearly had it with the prospect of more choking construction.

Wed
07
May

Thief survives drilling hole in gas tank

Bulletin Area police reports week of May 7, 2014 for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights

Tue
06
May

New Brighton shooting leaves one dead, injures another

Knollwood Drive neighbors had feud over deer feeding
A dispute between New Brighton homeowners turned deadly the evening of May 5 after a man reportedly shot two of his neighbors, killing one.
Around 8:30 p.m., police were called to the 2500 block of Knollwood Drive near Silver Lake Road and County Road H on reports that two people had been shot by a neighbor. Upon arrival, officers discovered a man was dead from gunshot wounds, and a woman had also been shot. Authorities said she was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center, where her condition is unknown.

Tue
06
May

Grant to be used to improve water quality in Long Lake


A historic aerial photo from 1938 shows a straightened Rice Creek as it flows through what would later become the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant, with its former meandering path still visible. The road running north/south through the photo would later become Interstate-35W. (photo courtesy of the Rice Creek Watershed District)

The Rice Creek Watershed District (RCWD) recently received a $3 million grant from the Clean Water Fund which will be used to improve the water quality in Long Lake.
The grant, which comes from the Minnesota Legacy Fund, will be used for various projects intended to curb pollution entering Rice Creek and surrounding waters that feed Long Lake, focusing on sediments and phosphorus, which cause algae blooms. The long-term goal is to reduce the pollution in the lake by 40 percent.

Tue
06
May

Judge approves Ramsey County bid for Vadnais Sports Center

Last week, Ramsey County secured its place in the “state of hockey” after a probate court judge allowed the county to purchase the Vadnais Sports Center, a complex that houses two ice arenas and seating for more than a thousand spectators, among other amenities.

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)

Five teams from Shoreview qualified for the FIRST Lego League State Tournament. From left to right, these local teams are: Imaginative Orange Pi Guys, Ponytail Posse, Masters of Disasters, Fantastic Five and Height Differential. (submitted photo)

Height Differential won the state Lego League tournament on Feb. 8, which qualifies them for the FLL International Open Championship held in Toronto, Canada, in June. The team is made up of seven members, from left to right: John Helgeson, Charlie Whiting, Grant Altenhofen, Katie Riedel, Nick Riedel, Grace Whiting and Akash D’Souza. Eric Engstrom, a judge, smiles in the background. (submitted photo)

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

Irondale, Mounds View join trap-shooting craze


Mounds View sophomore Luke Swenson busts a target at the range during one of the team’s practices at the Metro Gun Club in Blaine. (submitted photo)

Since 2001, trap shooting has been a club sport in high schools in Minnesota. Growth was slow at first but took off around 2009 and the number of teams and shooters has doubled each year since.
The Mounds View school district got in on the act this spring with teams at both Irondale and Mounds View. It took a few years to get approval, but now there are Knights and Mustangs representing their schools on the gun range.

Tue
29
Apr

Ramsey County Sheriff recognizes local teacher and couple


Sandy and Keith Libby, center, were presented the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Award for Excellence after rescuing a drowning neighbor from a pool. (Mike Munzenrider/Review)

Special education teacher Matt Dodge, center, received a Sheriff’s Award for Excellence for intervening with an angry student with a knife. (Mike Munzenrider/Review)

At a ceremony in Little Canada on April 21, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office presented its Award for Excellence to a teacher and couple who potentially saved lives.

Thu
24
Apr

‘Robot! Robot!’ Make way -- the future’s coming through


Robotics teams have team colors, referees in striped shirts, cheerleaders, mascots and their own devoted fan sections. (photos by Linda Baumeister and Holly Wenzel)

Irondale captain Logan Mildenberger, center, is all concentration as he and Matt Sondrol pilot the 2013 version of the KnightKrawler. The sleek machine can usually be counted on to do its job perfectly; it’s the human element that can play it up

This is what a robotics “pit” looks like when things are going wrong; Roseville FireBears Jonathan Hildebrandt and Sara Rieck reflexively put their hands to their heads as mentor Paul Mann mutters “We’re gonna need a drill press.” Fellow mentor and software engineer Keith Rieck explains that on-the-spot troubleshooting is just part of the learning process. “It’s a big puzzle to figure out ... We’re having some bad luck today, but we’re still having a lot of fun.”

Don’t let your guard down at its smile; this is a “Fighting Calculator,” mascot of the Math and Science Academy in Woodbury. From the Hill Murray “PioNerds” to a team whose uniforms are white lab coats, robotics competitors make the most of their “geek cred.”

Madeleine Logeais, of the Visitation Robettes, first all-girl team in the state, works on the team’s robot in the pit.

Make no mistake: these kids could hot-wire your car, hack its computer system, weld on enough hardware to make it do somersaults and secure corporate financing for the project in the time it takes you to parallel park it.
And then they’d put it on their college application forms.
Because the skills robotics students have learned -- from computer coding to negotiation, welding to presentation skills -- can power some pretty bright futures.

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