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The St. Paul Park City Council passed a resolution May 17 approving a permit for the St. Paul Park-Newport Lions Club to conduct lawful gambling at Vinny's on the River -- the restaurant at Hidden Harbor marina, at 388 Ninth Ave., in St. Paul Park. "We're waiting to receive the license from the state," said Robert Boeck, the club's charitable gambling manager, who hoped to start on June 1. Boeck said the club would begin with pull-tabs but "there is an opening to do other things such as raffles and paddle wheels."
Tom Shannon, co-owner of American Motorsports Bar and Grill in Cottage Grove, is a longtime car enthusiast who has invited other car enthusiasts to gather on Wednesdays for an informal show. "They usually start to arrive at 4 p.m. -- after work," Shannon said last week. "I call it Hot Rod Hump Day." About 30 cars were on display May 26 in the parking lot in front of American Motorsports Bar, 7240 East Point Douglas Road, near Rainbow Foods.
This weekend promises to be quiet in south Washington County as veteran's organizations and churches remember military personnel who have served and are still serving the country. The LeDuc Historic Estate, located at 1629 Vermillion St. in Hastings opened for the season on Wednesday, May 26 and will offer tours, special events, competitions, shows and markets through Oct. 31. For details, call (651) 437-7055 or go to the website at www.dakotahistory.org . Washington County campfire programs will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, north of Woodbury, and St.
The St. Paul Park Heritage Days Committee has dropped the traditional Sunday night fireworks display from this year's list of events at the festival held in August. "In order to keep the same lineup of events on Saturday and Sunday, we had to cut the fireworks, which cost anywhere from $3,000 to $4,200," said committee member and former chair Ruth Dinger. The display was in danger of being cut in 2009 but saved by last-minute donations from Marathon Petroleum, two city council members, Tennis Sanitation and the city, Dinger said.
A large assortment of annual, vegetables, flats and hanging baskets will be sold from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, at Community United Church of Christ, 1145 Summit Ave. in St. Paul Park.
Becky and Philip Vierling, who live on 10 acres of the old Anderson homestead in Denmark Township, breed their Nubian long-eared goats every fall and expect kids the next spring, but this year was different. "We didn't want as many kids, so we only bred four does," Becky Vierling said. They received four sets of quadruplets. "That's almost unheard of," she said. "Female goats (does) only have two teats, so the remaining kids must be fed by hand." Becky milks the mothers twice a day, pasteurizes the milk, heats it to 110 degrees and feeds it to the kids.
Bert Williams with help from Jay Kortus, sandblasted then applied primer and a final coat of white paint to the cross at Light the Way Church at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 70th Street in Cottage Grove last recently. Kortus of Cottage Grove and Williams, from BW Sandblasting & Painting donated the job, which took most of the day. The cross, which stands at the corner of the property, was designed by church member Allen Pollock, and built and installed by church members in 1998, according to pastor John Magee.
Get out and enjoy the outdoors this weekend. Head to the community tree planting in Highlands Park, the benefit flower sale at Park High School or the Llama Magic event at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Cottage Grove is sponsoring a community tree planting from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 8, at Highlands Park, 6975 Idsen Ave.
St. Paul Park City Council members have changed their minds about Heritage Days revelers drinking on public property. At its April 19 meeting, the council revised a previous motion and will not require wristbands be worn by those who want to drink in designated public areas.
Hidden Harbor in St. Paul Park, known for many years as Willie's Hidden Harbor, is back in business after being closed for two seasons. "We are accepting boats and have opened the upstairs bar to customers," said co-owner Paul Narpaul. "The harbor dredging has been completed for now and we are building new docks. They will be installed by the end of May. The lower-level restaurant is scheduled to open by May 15." Narpaul said he expects to have approval by April 30 on a final concept plan to hook up the marina to city sewer and water service.