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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.
Free community meals at south Washington County churches are a Friday night phenomenon that have grown from six people to nearly 180 at times. Three area churches led the way with two newcomers now offering meals, one on Thursday and the other on Sunday. The Catholic Church of St.
Members of American Legion Post 98 Women's Auxiliary in St. Paul Park served as color guard at last Friday's ceremony in memory of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City. From left are Kay Zaddack, Lynn Duffy, Nancy Lemke and Dawn Rassett. St. Paul Park firefighters in dress uniform participated in the ceremony at Veteran's Park as well as the Legion's Honor Guard, which fired three volleys.
Cottage Grove resident and teacher Ann Mattson wants her sixth-grade students at Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights to start thinking globally. "It's important to look beyond our boundaries, to learn new languages and cultures," Mattson said. Her research began with a course in East Asian culture at the St. Paul Academy, which made her eligible for a three-week, low-cost study tour to the Peoples Republic of China this summer through Indiana University's East Asian Studies Center. The tour was supported by the Freeman Foundation. Mattson focused on Chinese food.