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It might cost revelers at least $1 to stroll down Broadway Avenue with a beer in hand during the 2010 St. Paul Park Heritage Days festival. That was just one of many suggested changes proposed by new Heritage Days committee chair Greg Langbehn, as he spoke to city council members last week. "The wristbands would aid police in controlling underage drinking and bring in a little more revenue for Heritage Days," Langbehn said. Langbehn told the council he met with Broadway Avenue business owners in early November. "They had a long list of recommendations and suggestions," Langbehn said.
Newly certified therapy dog, Cooper Isaac, dispensed his special brand of friendly contact recently on a visit with All Saints Lutheran Church senior pastor Jules Erickson to All Saints parishioner Ginny Christiansen, at a local nursing home. Cooper is a Goldendoodle that has been certified through All Breed Obedience School in Woodbury, according to Erickson. "It's a great gift to give people the joy that comes through Cooper," she said.
When Maureen Dillon's days as a registered nurse were filled more by computers and machines than patients, she quit and found a job where people were the focus. Dillon has been the parish nurse at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Paul Park for the past 10 years -- the best 10 years of her nursing career, she said recently. Her job is mostly compassionate listening, she says. "I help people sort out their needs for themselves." When she began the job at the church, Dillon said she still treated people like patients.
Bells will ring for peace in south Washington County at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11 -- Veteran's Day -- at St. Rita's Catholic Church, All Saints Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church, all in Cottage Grove, and at Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul Park. Those who want to acknowledge the day with prayer, remembrance and hope are invited to coffee and fellowship at 10:30 a.m.
THURSDAY, NOV. 5 ST. LUKE'S BOUTIQUE -- The craft fair at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Hinton Avenue and 70th Street, in Cottage Grove, will start a full weekend of craft fairs throughout the area. The fair at St. Luke's will run three days with lunch available on Friday and Saturday. The hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 5 and 6, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7. OAKWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH invites everyone to its first bazaar, 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7. The church is located at 1388 Point Douglas Road, St.
More than two months have passed since school opened and students who walk or bike along Pullman Avenue are still forced to move into the street as they cross the railroad tracks. The city built a new sidewalk on the north side of Pullman Avenue as part of its 2009 Street Rehabilitation project so that students wouldn't be forced to walk in the street, but the sidewalk doesn't cover the Burlington Northern Santa Fe right-of-way. "It's been a battle," said Lee Flandrich, St. Paul Park Public Works supervisor.
At its Oct. 19 meeting, the St. Paul Park City Council approved a Request for Proposal for a city engineer. Proposals are due by 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23. McCombs Frank Roos Associates, Inc. (MFRA), based in Plymouth, has served as the city engineer since 1984, Mayor John Hunziker said. "We really want to take a look at what's out there." Council member Jeff Swenson said some cities change engineers every few years.
The St. Paul Park City Council approved a resolution on Oct. 19 ordering the owner of a vacant home at 1318 Summit Avenue to secure the property by Nov. 2 or the city will do it and charge the property. The house, owned by Mike McConnell, was damaged in a fire in the spring and has not been repaired, according to city administrator Kevin Walsh. The city has requested McConnell repair the house or board up the hole in the roof, cover broken windows, install locks on all doors and post "No Trespassing" signs. Walsh said gas and water service has been turned off at the property.
There's plenty for families to do this Halloween in south Washington County ranging from haunted houses to Howl-O--Ween for pet lovers. Many neighborhood events are free, while the larger shows cost $5 and up and nearly all event organizers will accept nonperishable food items for the Friends in Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park. - Harvest celebration at YMCA The Southeast Area YMCA is hosting a Community Family Night from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. The event's free and open to the public.
THURSDAY, OCT. 29 HILLSIDE SPAGHETTI DINNER -- The staff at Hillside Elementary School is hosting its 15th annual spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 at the school, at 8177 Hillside Trail, in Cottage Grove. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Children, and seniors, 55 and older, pay $4. Preschoolers eat free. In addition to spaghetti, the menu will include meatballs, salad, bread, a cookie, juice and coffee.