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Tue
18
Jun

Discover Your Parks is back in Roseville


Puppet Wagon puppeteers performing a show at a city park last year. (submitted photo)

The city of Roseville is inviting residents to check out local neighborhood parks for some playtime and themed activities this summer.
Discover Your Parks events have expanded over the past few years and have become a favorite summertime activity for many Roseville families.
Roseville Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Jill Anfang says games, crafts and other recreational activities will be themed around the equipment and other features unique to each park.

Tue
18
Jun

Roseville Adult Learning Center celebrates graduation

Roseville Area Schools Adult Learning Center celebrated its 42nd graduation ceremony June 5, with 71 students earning a G.E.D. or high school diploma.
Students from this year’s graduating class hailed from countries around the world, such as Ethiopia, Somalia, Thailand and Mexico. The class ranged in age from 17 to mid-50s.
The class was the last to take the G.E.D. the “old-fashioned” way. The G.E.D. will switch from a paper-based test to a computerized version, going in effect 2014.

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

WSP police catch 7 businesses on tobacco checks

Cigarettes can be costly for more than just the consumers, it seems.
The West St. Paul City Council approved sanctions June 10 for an unusually high number of businesses that failed annual tobacco compliance checks.
The civil sanction includes a small fine, but in many cases also leads business to schedule additional training and purchase identification-verifying equipment.

Mon
17
Jun

IGH receiving new facilities at Swing Bridge Park

The Inver Grove Heights City Council gave its blessing to the latest improvements at the newly-christened Swing Bridge Park last week, bringing the total investment in the renovated park to more than $5 million.
In its June 10 meeting, the council approved a joint powers agreement with Dakota County for the installation and maintenance of a trailhead facility for the Mississippi River Regional Trail. When completed, the MRRT is expected to stretch from South St. Paul to Hastings.

Mon
17
Jun

SSP officer arrested in Rosemount

A longtime South St. Paul police officer was arrested in Rosemount last week on suspicion of driving under the influence and fleeing from police in his car.
Rosemount police said they arrested Sgt. Cory Slifko, a 13-year veteran of the South St. Paul department, June 11 around 10:30 a.m. for probable cause DUI and fleeing officers in a motor vehicle.

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.

Mon
17
Jun

Priest will retire after 85th birthday, but hopes not to slow down


Fr. Welzbacher is ready for the next chapter in his long career. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

On Thursday, June 13, the Rev. George Welzbacher turned 85 years old. He’s been a Roman Catholic priest for 62 years, most recently at St. John’s Catholic Church on the East Side. And with the closing of St. John’s on June 30, he’ll be going into retirement, nominally at least.
Though he’ll be moving into senior housing owned by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, he intends to keep busy, helping out at a St. Louis Park church among other things.

Mon
17
Jun

School shuffle


Parkway Elementary, which housed L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion school, will be converted into a Montessori elementary school this summer. (photos courtesy of St. Paul Public Schools)

The Ames and Prosperity buildings where L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion school is relocating have been updated, shined and polished. They’re more or less ready for the 2013-2014 school year.
With school out Friday, June 7, the old French Immersion building, known as Parkway, is going to get a makeover.

Mon
17
Jun

Picking up on Payne


Luiz Balderra, going into his senior year at Washington Tech Magnet High School, pulls out a giant weed bush in a parking lot garden bed along Payne Avenue on Monday, June 10. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

It was the first official day of summer, the Monday after school got out.
Likely, most kids spent it around the house, watching TV or on the computer, or maybe playing around the neighborhood.
But some kids from Washington Tech Magnet High School had a different plan.
Donning “East Side Pride” T-shirts, they pulled up heaps of weeds, picked up trash and planted flowers along Payne Avenue on Monday, June 10.
“I’d rather do this than play video games,” said Daniel Roeun, who will be a senior at Washington Tech next fall.

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