Tartan heads to state tournament
In the Section 4 AAAA boys basketball finals March 5, the No.1-seeded Woodbury Royals met No. 3-seeded Tartan Titans played a torrid, hotly-contested game at East Ridge High School. The Tartan five jumped to an early lead and, despite stiff opposition, never relinquished it. The Titans' stifling defense shut off an almost equally stubborn Woodbury offense to secure a hard-fought 90-78 triumph.
The victory over the Royals won the Titans a trip to the Class AAAA boys State Tournament, which begins March 12 at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.
When they weren’t robbing Twin Cities banks more than 80 years ago, gangsters would kick back at Keller Golf Course in Maplewood.
They could be spotted not only by the expensive clothing they wore but the fact each man had two golf bags: one stuffed with golf clubs and the other filled with firearms.
As one would expect, they tipped their caddies well.
The rendering of part of the unique playground from Play by Design
At the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting on Feb. 26, Sarah Zahradka describes the options for an all-ages playground that will be built at Casey Lake Park in North St. Paul as a memorial to her daughter, Janie, who passed away in September at 18 months old. She and her husband, Tony, collected donations for the whimsical play structure.
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.
Even buildings are tired of the weather this winter.
Following a blizzard that dumped about 10 inches of snow on the Twin Cities Feb. 20, the roof of the outdoor garden shop on the east side of the Oakdale Kmart, located at 7191 Tenth St. N., caved in the morning of Feb. 21.
Following discussions at two separate meetings, Oakdale City Council members recently approved a plan that would allow the AmericInn Hotel, located at 6630 Hudson Blvd., just north of Interstate 94 and east of Tanners Lake, to be remodeled into a senior living facility.
At its Feb. 25 meeting, city council members voted unanimously to rezone the property for “Limited Business” use. This will “maintain the site’s essentially commercial nature while still allowing for an assisted living site,” according to a staff report.
Chickens move about their Oakdale coop. Lake Elmo residents with at least half an acre can now raise chickens of their own. Bees are also permitted. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Horses in Lake Elmo stand out among the setting sun. They used to be the only livestock allowed on less than 10 acres. Other livestock including chickens and bees are now permitted. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Natasha Fleischman took in a brood of chickens when a friend was forced to get rid of the fowl.
“I really thought they were fun to have around,” the Lake Elmo resident said. “They come running when you call them. They’re fun to watch.
“There’s something so fulfilling about going out and getting your own eggs. For three years, I didn’t buy eggs at a grocery store, ever.”
Long-standing friends Sammie Hallgren, Kirsta Graf and Tessah Indlecoffer at the Winter Week pepfest on Jan. 31. (submitted photo)
Kirsta Graf is well known among her peers and the faculty at Mounds View High School (MVHS) for her exuberance, positive attitude and her unwavering commitment to her school. She is a Mustang mentor, a front desk greeter, a Young Life member and the girl’s basketball team manager.
Kirsta has Down syndrome, but she has never let that keep her from her passion for performing and inspiring others. The 18-year-old senior has had a love for the stage since she was a little girl. Her mother, Alicia Graf, says it all started in a first grade drama class when her daughter played a roll in the class’s performance of the Lion King.
Following a second public hearing on utility franchise fees on Monday, Feb. 24, the Arden Hills City Council made a unanimous decision to halt any further discussion of enacting the fees. Had it been implemented, the franchise fee agreement with Xcel Energy would have added $4.75 per month to city residents’ gas and electric bills -- a $3 flat rate for electricity and $1.75 for natural gas.
“I think we have heard loud and clear from the residents and we have had some good speakers for [franchise fees], but the vast majority have been against. The community does not want franchise fees,” council member Fran Holmes said.
The road to the final high school winter sports state tournament begins this week for the Bulletin-area girls basketball teams. All three teams face tough tasks in their respective section tournaments.
Mayor Dan Roe delivered his fourth annual “State of the City” address at city hall last week, where he touted some of the city’s accomplishments from last year and spoke of some of the city’s plans for this year.
Roe gave credit to the city’s residents, businesses, volunteers, staff and local officials for helping to keep the city in a strong state. He said Roseville is well positioned to face future challenges and is poised for continued success moving forward.