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Free community meals at south Washington County churches are a Friday night phenomenon that have grown from six people to nearly 180 at times. Three area churches led the way with two newcomers now offering meals, one on Thursday and the other on Sunday. The Catholic Church of St.
Members of American Legion Post 98 Women's Auxiliary in St. Paul Park served as color guard at last Friday's ceremony in memory of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City. From left are Kay Zaddack, Lynn Duffy, Nancy Lemke and Dawn Rassett. St. Paul Park firefighters in dress uniform participated in the ceremony at Veteran's Park as well as the Legion's Honor Guard, which fired three volleys.
Cottage Grove resident and teacher Ann Mattson wants her sixth-grade students at Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights to start thinking globally. "It's important to look beyond our boundaries, to learn new languages and cultures," Mattson said. Her research began with a course in East Asian culture at the St. Paul Academy, which made her eligible for a three-week, low-cost study tour to the Peoples Republic of China this summer through Indiana University's East Asian Studies Center. The tour was supported by the Freeman Foundation. Mattson focused on Chinese food.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 11 MOVIE IN THE PARK -- The St. Paul Park Park and Rec Commission is hosting a free family-style Movie in the Park, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at Veteran's Park, between Fourth and Fifth streets, north of Broadway Ave. The evening will begin with a brief 9/11 memorial ceremony by members of American Legion Post 98. Snacks will be available for purchase. NEWPORT MEAT RAFFLE -- The Newport Fire Department will hold its annual meat raffle from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the Clover Leaf Bar and Grill, 2146 Hastings Ave., in Newport.
There's a new raingarden at All Saints Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove that took nearly 10 weeks and more than 280 volunteer hours to install. "The church has needed a raingarden in the southeast corner of the parking for years," said Pastor Jules Erickson. "When it rained, water pooled in that corner and sometimes overflowed into a neighbor's back yard and seeped into their basement. "And, it works," Erickson said. "With all the rain we've had recently, there has been no overflow." Installation of the raingarden -- roughly 100-by-80 feet -- began in June and was completed Aug.
Filing for two St. Paul Park city council seats closed Sept. 8 with no challengers stepping forward to contest the re-election of Sandi Dingle and Jeff Swenson. Both are running for second 4-year terms. In 2007, mayor John Hunziker and councilmen Steve Hunstad and Tim Jones also ran un-opposed. The election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
St. Paul Park residents will be paying slightly more for sewer, water and streetlight service beginning with the fourth quarter this year. On Sept.
St. Paul Park City Council members approved a preliminary 2010 budget Monday along with a proposed tax levy of 1.27 percent. That means homeowners should not see any increase in the city portion of their 2010 property taxes, according to city administrator Kevin Walsh. "Some homeowners may even see a decrease depending on the valuation placed on their property." The council will adopt the final city budget and levy resolution at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 3 TENTH-GRADE ORIENTATION -- Tenth-grade orientation at Park High School will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. New 11th- and 12th-grade students are also welcome to attend this orientation. Students should plan to have their picture taken in the Activity Center before or after orientation. OLTMAN ORIENTATION -- Orientation for all sixth and seventh grade students who will attend Oltman Middle School in St. Paul Park will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. Parents are welcome to attend after 4 p.m. with their child.