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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.
On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, the School Board will have a slate of 10 individuals running for the four expiring school board seats. The candidates and their city of residence are: David G. Kemper of Woodbury; Tracy Brunnette of Cottage Grove (incumbent); Walt Lyszak of Cottage Grove; Marsha C.
Birthdays are special for the Nippoldt and Bothe families. Victor Nippoldt and Roger Bothe have farmed across the road from each other for more than 50 years and were always ready to lend a hand when needed. That included celebrating birthdays together. This month, Victor turns 90 and Roger and Ruth Ann Bothe and friends from Woodbury/Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church have planned a huge celebration. "The two families have been together forever; they were family," Ruth Ann said on a recent visit to see Victor. "He was a surrogate grandfather to our son Brian.