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There's a new raingarden at All Saints Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove that took nearly 10 weeks and more than 280 volunteer hours to install. "The church has needed a raingarden in the southeast corner of the parking for years," said Pastor Jules Erickson. "When it rained, water pooled in that corner and sometimes overflowed into a neighbor's back yard and seeped into their basement. "And, it works," Erickson said. "With all the rain we've had recently, there has been no overflow." Installation of the raingarden -- roughly 100-by-80 feet -- began in June and was completed Aug.
Filing for two St. Paul Park city council seats closed Sept. 8 with no challengers stepping forward to contest the re-election of Sandi Dingle and Jeff Swenson. Both are running for second 4-year terms. In 2007, mayor John Hunziker and councilmen Steve Hunstad and Tim Jones also ran un-opposed. The election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
St. Paul Park residents will be paying slightly more for sewer, water and streetlight service beginning with the fourth quarter this year. On Sept.
St. Paul Park City Council members approved a preliminary 2010 budget Monday along with a proposed tax levy of 1.27 percent. That means homeowners should not see any increase in the city portion of their 2010 property taxes, according to city administrator Kevin Walsh. "Some homeowners may even see a decrease depending on the valuation placed on their property." The council will adopt the final city budget and levy resolution at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 3 TENTH-GRADE ORIENTATION -- Tenth-grade orientation at Park High School will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. New 11th- and 12th-grade students are also welcome to attend this orientation. Students should plan to have their picture taken in the Activity Center before or after orientation. OLTMAN ORIENTATION -- Orientation for all sixth and seventh grade students who will attend Oltman Middle School in St. Paul Park will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. Parents are welcome to attend after 4 p.m. with their child.
The St. Paul Park City Council voted, 4-0, to adopt modifications to the city's Development District Plan and Tax Increment Plan for municipal development. Steve Apfelbacher, of Ehlers & Associates, Inc., the city's financial advisor, gave an overview of the modifications.
The St. Paul Park Park and Recreation Commission is hosting a free Movie in the Park, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11. The evening will begin with a brief 9/11 memorial ceremony by members of American Legion Post 98, according to commission member Jennifer Cheesman. Families are invited to attend the ceremony and movie at Veteran's Park, between Fourth and Fifth streets, north of Broadway Avenue The movie is suitable for all ages, according to Cheesman. To learn the title, go to www.stpaulpark.govoffice.com .
FRIDAY, AUG. 28 YOUTH BLOCK PARTY -- Junior and senior high youth from Crossroads Church in Woodbury and Hope Community Church in Cottage Grove will host their second annual block party from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, at Hamlet Park, in Cottage Grove. All youth in grades six through 12 are invited to attend for live music, skateboarding demonstrations and open skate park, sports contests and the world's largest banana split eating contest. The event is free; food will sell for modest prices. WOODBURY DAYS -- The city celebration is scheduled from Friday to Sunday, Aug. 28 to 30.
Ryan J. Larson, 22, and his brother Troy T. Larson, 24, both of Eagan, were arrested for disorderly conduct and obstruction of the legal process after police reserve officers asked them to take their dog out of the festival grounds during St. Paul Park Heritage Days, on Saturday, Aug. 15. According to the police report, both were asked to take their dog out of the grounds on several occasions. They refused and cursed at and called the reserve officers derogatory names.