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Kearstin Roy's search to help AIDS sufferers began at an orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa, last summer. The 19-year-old student from Cottage Grove spent five weeks volunteering at a Salvation Army orphanage, which houses 65 children, from a few days to 3 years old. Most of the children -- nearly 80 percent -- are HIV positive or have had AIDS from birth, she said. "We played with them and hugged them and loved them," Kearstin said.
Sally Nelson and her children entered St. Paul Park's annual holiday lights contest in memory of her husband, Russ, who celebrated his last Christmas in 2004. "We promised my husband we would keep up the decorating tradition," Nelson said in December, after she was awarded first place in the contest. "We won this year and we won't enter again. We did it for him." St. Paul Park Mayor John Hunziker praised the family for their display and gave Nelson a $100 Visa gift card for her decorated yard, at 1009 Marshall Ave. Anchor Bank and the City of St.
Commuters and tanker truck drivers trying to get out of St. Paul Park in the early morning have to be very patient. "Traffic backs up on Summit Avenue (County State Aid Highway 22) nearly back to Broadway, between 6:30 and 7 a.m. due to the timing of traffic lights on the overpass," said City Council Member Jeff Swenson. As a result, tanker trucks trying to turn left from St. Paul Park Road to CSAH 22 must wait for a gap in the line. St.
A local group called the Chrysalides is keeping chemotherapy and brain surgery patients warm this winter. The group makes soft, lightweight washable hats they give away free. After six years on the job, they have made close to 8,500 hats. "We don't just give them one, we give them at least seven -- one for each day," said Shirley Burbank, the woman behind the Chrysalides project.
The St. Paul Park City Council in a 4-1 vote turned down a request for variance from Michael Allram, 1539 Ashland Ave. Council member Jeff Swenson voted nay, saying he would abide by the Planning Commission recommendation. Allram asked for a variance on a structure built over a hot tub. According to the city's building code, the structure must be 10 feet from the house, and Allram's hot tub structure is only two feet from the house.
Long before the first snowflake descends, St. Paul Park's Public Works department begins preparing for its arrival. Even during the summer, department employees watch the snow plowing routes for any sprinkler systems or lawn ornaments that could be damaged by snowplows, and submit bids for sand and salt. "Fall is our busiest time," St. Paul Park Public Works Supervisor Lee Flandrich said. During fall, trees are trimmed in alleys and on boulevards and streets are swept clean of leaves and debris.
Kids teased 7-year-old David Mueller about his long hair for more than four years. Adults teased him too. But a determined David paid no attention to them. "It doesn't bother me, I know why I'm growing it," he told his mother, Barb. On Oct. 19, David and Barb both had their hair cut, and donated three ponytails to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces for needy children suffering from medical hair loss. When David was 3 years old and on a visit to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St.
Park High School first-year English literature teacher Terry Jorgenson was selected "Student Teacher of the Year for 2005-06 by the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English Language Arts. She received the award at the Council's annual convention in Middleton, Wis., Nov. 3. Jorgenson did her student teaching with Carole Byhre at Oltman Junior High School and Tom McCarthy at Park High School. "They were great mentors," she said. "I was lucky to have them as cooperating teachers." Jorgenson teaches 11th and 12th grade students. Her classes just completed a unit in romantic poetry.
St. Paul Park City Council members have scheduled a question-and-answer workshop with owners of 20 parcels of land recently annexed by the city. The session will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. Those residents own homes on Third, Fourth and Fifth streets south of 14th Avenue. "The residents have questions about property taxes and reconstruction of their streets," said St. Paul Park Mayor John Hunziker.
Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Gerry Ellis has taken his military service one step further -- he teaches students at Park High School what it means to serve their country. In recognition of his 18 years working with the Air Force ROTC program at Park, Ellis will receive the Teacher of the Year Award from the Gen. E. W. Rawlings Chapter of the Air Force Association, at ceremonies Nov. 11. He was nominated for the award by Col.