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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.
Greg Langbehn, new de facto chair of the St. Paul Park Heritage Days committee, ran headlong into a drastically reduced committee and a formal memo from city police recommending no street dance and no drinking on city property, at his first meeting on Tuesday. The discussion grew so heated the committee forgot to formally nominate and elect Langbehn to the chairmanship, but that didn't stop the longtime city businessman and Lions Club member from following his agenda. The memo from St.
When cancer strikes a young child, it's devastating. "You do a lot of crying the first week," said Anne Pedersen. "Then you get busy." And, if you're lucky, you find a support group that understands what it means to have a young child with cancer. Five-year-old Paige Pedersen of Cottage Grove was diagnosed with ALL, or acute lymphoblastic leukemia, in fall of 2008. A year earlier, 4-year-old Ella Anderson of Woodbury was diagnosed with the same form of cancer.
Cottage Grove's Monster Bash Halloween parade and costume contest will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24. Parade line-up will begin at 8:30 a.m. at District 833 Service Center parking lot, at 7362 East Point Douglas Road, across from McDonald's. Floats and units will be judged at 10:30 a.m. with the parade stepping out at 11 a.m. The parade will move south along East Point Douglas Road to the District Program Center. The costume contest -- new for this year -- will be held at the Program Center after the parade for youth, ages to 12 years.
Three times last week, and many times in the past, items that cannot be recycled or reused have been dumped at the back door delivery dock at Stone Soup Thrift Shop in St. Paul Park. "You give and give and give and then someone dumps their un-useable trash at our back door," said Stone Soup manager Becky Monson. "We have to pay for having dirty, 30-year-old mattresses hauled away." Stone Soup has been in business for 11 years with one goal -- to provide goods at very reduced prices, or without charge to families needing clothing, furniture and other household items.
FRIDAY, OCT. 2 EAST RIDGE HOMECOMING -- Friday, Oct. 2 is "Gold Rush Day." Students will wear gold or a Homecoming T-shirt. A pep fest and arts and activities fair will take place during the day. The parade begins at 4 p.m. at Lake Middle School and will follow Pioneer Drive south to East Ridge. The football game starts at 7 p.m. with a dance from 9 to 11 p.m. SATURDAY, OCT. 3 CLASS OF '84 -- Park High School's Class of 1984 will meet for its 25-year reunion at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the American Legion Post 98 hall, 328 Broadway Ave., in St. Paul Park.
Those who aren't familiar with the world of singing may ask, "Who is Anthony Kearns?" For Kathleen Kullmann, a Cottage Grove resident and Kearns fan, it's an easy question to answer. "Just listen to him sing. He has a phenomenal voice," she said last week. Kearns and accompanist Patrick Healy will perform in concert at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Paul Park at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18. Kullman, who spends most of her spare time playing clarinet in at least three metro-area orchestras or bands, met Kearns and Healy at one of their concerts and became friends.
St. Paul Park property owners will see a new fee on their county tax bills for 2010, according to Matt Moore, administrator for the South Washington Watershed District. The fee -- approximately $35 -- will allow the district to move forward on three projects that involve water quality, drainage and erosion, Moore said. Those projects are the North Ravine in Newport, the Cottage Grove Clear Channel Pond and the Grey Cloud Island first fill culvert. Moore told the St.
The first meeting of the newly created St. Paul Park Economic Development Authority was held Sept. 21. Documents were accepted supporting creation of the authority, by-laws with minor corrections were approved and officers were elected. Those officers are John Hunziker, president; Steve Hunstad, vice president; Jeff Swenson, treasurer; Kim Sommerland, assistant treasurer; Kevin Walsh, secretary; and Sharon Ornquist, assistant secretary. In accordance with Minnesota state statutes, the president, vice president and treasurer must be members of the city council.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 25 STAR WATCH -- Mike Lynch, a meteorologist with WCCO radio who also writes a weekly stargazing column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, will present an outdoor astronomy program called Minnesota Starwatch at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Big Marine Park Reserve. Participants will learn about the constellations and the stories behind them. They will also use large reflecting telescopes, including a 20-inch telescope that is among the largest in Minnesota. Stargazers may wish to bring along a lawn chair or blanket.