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St. Paul Park property owners can cheer up. The city received bids for its 2007 street project from "seven very hungry contractors," city engineer Rick Seifert told the City Council at its June 18 meeting. "As we expected, the bids are very favorable to the city," Seifert said. "The low bid -- from Danner Inc., of South St. Paul -- will result in close to a 20 percent drop in assessments." The bid, at $2.3 million is nearly $400,000 less than projected.
THURSDAY, JUNE 21 FAMILY CARNIVAL -- A carnival for the whole family will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Southeast Area YMCA, 2175 Radio Drive, Woodbury. The event is free but small fees will be charged for games, food and activities. Other activities will include prizes, inflatables, a bake walk and music. All proceeds will benefit youth and family programs at the YMCA. For details, call the YMCA at (651) 731-9507. FRIDAY, JUNE 22 FREE MEAL -- All Saints Lutheran Church, Cottage Grove, is serving a free community meal at 6 p.m. the fourth Friday of each month.
Although the morning began with mist and some drops of rain, the weather finally cleared last Saturday just in time for the Strawberry Fest parade. Hundreds of residents lined 80th Street as 88 units marched to music and cheers. Children came prepared for a multitude of giveaways from parade participants, including beach balls from the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce to pencils from the combined float of Peaceful Grove and Woodbury United Methodist churches and Christmas candy canes from Santa Claus Gary Spooner whose white Volkswagen convertible closed the parade.
THURSDAY, JUNE 14 OPEN HOUSE -- Arlene Myers, Dan Myers and Blaine Backberg, the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans southeast metro team, are hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at their new office, 8750 90th St., Cottage Grove. Everyone is invited and refreshments will be served. SUMMER REC AT HERITAGE PARK -- Sign ups for St. Paul Park summer recreation programs is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 14; or 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Heritage Park building, 14th and Laurel avenues. The cost is $75 per child and the program runs from June 18 to Aug.
Gardeners beware, the city's compost site is being moved one block east to the corner of 13th Avenue and First Street. "The site is being moved in order to restore the location to its natural state," Council Member Sandi Dingle said last week. The compost site sits at the west end of 13th Street, close to the entrance of Riverside Park, which is comprised of a mile and a half of walking trails that meander along the Mississippi River. Development of the park has been a joint effort of the city and the National Park Service for the past six years.
FRIDAY, JUNE 1 IMPERIAL CAMPER SALES CELEBRATES -- Dick and Idella Droen, owners of Imperial Camper Sales, 1156 Hastings Avenue, Newport, invite all their friends, neighbors and customers to an open house celebrating 35 years of business. Everyone is welcome from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, for cake, hot dogs, hamburgers and activities for children. SATURDAY, JUNE 2 FREE GARAGE SALE -- Crossroads Church is hosting an absolutely free garage sale from 9 a.m.
Helen Hedeen is celebrating the really big one this year. The lifelong Newport resident will turn 100 on Saturday, June 2, and the city, her bank, family and friends are all celebrating with her. Kevin Chapdelaine, Newport mayor and Hedeen's neighbor, proclaimed the week of June 2 to 8 as Helen Hedeen Week in the City of Newport, at the May 17 City Council meeting. "Helen has lived in the city all her life and is a cherished and revered citizen," Chapdelaine said. Her bank will add to the festivities.
THURSDAY, MAY 24 POPPIES -- Buddy Poppies, handmade by disabled veterans, will be sold at the Cottage Grove VFW Post 8752 Red Barn until Memorial Day, May 31. All proceeds from their sale are used to help veterans, widows and their children. The motto of the poppy program is "Honor the dead by helping the living." The Red Barn is located at 9260 East Point Douglas Road, Cottage Grove. WINE TASTING -- Dennis Brothers Liquor, Cottage Grove, is hosting a fundraiser wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 24, to support the Bridge to a Cure cancer walk.
THURSDAY, MAY 17 GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE -- Pineridge Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May18 at 1031 Summit Ave., St. Paul Park. Members will be selling perennials and some annuals. WALKING CLUB -- A walking club -- organized by the Cottage Grove Recreation Department -- will meet at 9 a.m. at Woodridge Park, beginning Saturday, May 19. Walks are free and open to all and will be led by personal trainer Annie Elmer.
Michael Thoms, of Hastings, is St. Paul Park's new part-time community service officer. He has served as the city's animal control officer and as a Reserve Police Officer for the past nine years. Thoms, who is attending the Law Enforcement program at Inver Hills Community College, will enforce city codes and assist police when needed.