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FRIDAY, AUG. 7 YOUTH HOCKEY GOLF BENEFIT -- The 29th annual Cottage Grove Youth Hockey Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, Aug. 7, at Mississippi Dunes Golf Links, in Cottage Grove. Tickets are $80 per player, with activities including 18 holes of golf, cart, dinner, silent auction music and special events. Dinner-only is $20 and admission to the silent auction and music is $5.
Jason Zachariason was sworn in Monday night as the newest member of the St. Paul Park Parks and Recreation Commission. Zachariason, who has lived in St. Paul Park for five years, said he just graduated from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, "a school that prides itself on community-based learning and engagement." "I saw the opening on the city's Web site and thought it would be an agreeable experience," he said. His term of office will expire Dec. 31, 2011.
St. Paul Park City Council Monday night agreed to postpone discussion indefinitely on a request to upgrade infrastructure on Second Street, due to lack of response from the developer. The request for the upgrade was submitted in late spring by former city council member Doug Haseley, doing business as Ann-Greg Inc. Haseley, who owns five lots on Second Street between Ninth and 10th avenues.
Garry Kriz, master optician and owner of Best In Vision, opened the doors to his new eyeware shop on July 14 with more than 1,400 sample frames, his own laboratory and the promise of experienced personal service. "When you come here, you're talking to the person who owns the business," he said in an interview last week. "I can offer a quality product at a better price. "Every person has a unique visual requirement," he said. Take him, for example. When Kriz, a lifelong motorcycle rider, needed glasses for his rides, he had to find the right pair by trial and error, he said.
Fifteen years ago Doris McShea invited 32 people -- all married at least 50 years -- to celebrate their marriage with a Mass and lunch at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, in St. Paul Park. This year, she had nearly 90 people celebrating on Wednesday, July 14. Couples are invited to the event as well as widows and widowers who were married more than 50 years. Alice and Ken Talcott, 50-year long residents of Cottage Grove, met 61 years ago in Rochester while Alice worked at World Hospital and Ken was a patient. "I had to compete with all those other nurses," she said last week.
As of Monday, July 20, all the streets north of Pullman Avenue in St. Paul Park have been completed and are being prepared for sod, according to a Public Works update on the 2009 Street and Utility Project. Asphalt driveway repairs are scheduled this week on all streets north of Pullman Avenue, according to the report. All underground utility work has been completed on Pullman Avenue and curb crews are scheduled this week from Summit to Marshall avenues. Crews are preparing Third Street from Broadway to Pullman avenues for sealcoating as well as Pullman Avenue from Third to Sixth streets.
St. Paul Park resident Kelly Heiderscheid opened Park Grove Driving School, Inc., on April 1. Since then, he's been filling his classroom twice a day and once in the evening with teens and adults who want to learn to drive. "They come to my classes because I make it fun," Heiderscheid said in a recent interview.
Landscaping is almost complete at the new St. Paul Park monument sign situated near the 70th Street exit on northbound Highway 61. The sign is just part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation's finishing touches on the overpass construction, which included planting grass, trees and shrubs at selected sites along the state right-of-ways around the overpass. Design and installation of the sign was also part of the project.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8 NARNIA THE MUSICAL -- The Woodbury Community Theatre will present "Narnia -- The Musical," at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, July 8 to 11, at New Life Church, 6758 Bailey Road, in Woodbury. The show is based on the books of C.S. Lewis and Jules Tasca, with music by Thomas Tierney and lyrics from Ted Drachman. Tickets are reserved and must be paid for in advance. Orders can be placed online at www.woodburycommunitytheatre.org . Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, students and children, 4 years and older.
St. Paul Park city council members on Monday took the first step to create an Economic Development Authority, with slight dissension about the number of people on the authority. The council directed city staff to draw up a draft enabling resolution to create a five-person EDA. That resolution will be considered at a public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 18, following a regular city council meeting. During the workshop, council members and some in the audience debated the most desirable number of EDA members.