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FRIDAY, JULY 6 SKATERS GRILL BRATS - The Cottage Grove Synchronized Skating Team is hosting a fundraiser Friday through Sunday, July 6-8 at Von Hanson's Meats, 9030 Inwood Ave., Cottage Grove. Serving times are 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. SATURDAY, JULY 7 WEEKEND WANDERERS - Weekend Wanderers will meet for a ravine hike from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at Carpenter Nature Center, Denmark Township. For details, call the Center at (651) 437-4359. RAPTORS BY THE CAMPFIRE - Liven up the weekend with stories about "Raptors," at 7:15 p.m.
St. Paul Park City Council approved, 5-0, purchase of new accounting software, at its June 18 meeting. City finance officer Kim Sommerland recommended purchase of INCODE Software by Tyler Technologies. Although negotiations are in progress, Sommerland said she expects the final price tag will be somewhere between $20,000 and $25,000, which includes the cost of conversion and training. "We hope to purchase the software by mid-July and have it up and running in five months," she said.
It doesn't matter who you are, when you come back from war, you're different, said Richard Jenkins Sr., a Newport resident who was just named a leader of an organization devoted to veterans who've received the Purple Heart. Jenkins, the Minnesota Department Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, is a Vietnam veteran. "I was there, I know what it's like to come home," he said.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 29 BASEBALL AT BIELENBERG -- The Concept Group Groupers men's baseball team, 35-years-old and over, will face the Woodbury Warriors Friday, June 29, at Bielenberg at 7 p.m. The Groupers play in the Classic League, and the neighbor to the north, the Warriors, took second-place in the state tournament in 2006. CREATURES OF THE NIGHT -- "Creatures of the Night (Fireflies, Bats, Owls, and Nighthawks)" will take place at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, at Dodge Nature Center, 365 Marie Ave. West, West St. Paul. For details, call (651) 455-4531 or go to www.dodgenaturecenter.org .
St. Paul Park property owners can cheer up. The city received bids for its 2007 street project from "seven very hungry contractors," city engineer Rick Seifert told the City Council at its June 18 meeting. "As we expected, the bids are very favorable to the city," Seifert said. "The low bid -- from Danner Inc., of South St. Paul -- will result in close to a 20 percent drop in assessments." The bid, at $2.3 million is nearly $400,000 less than projected.
THURSDAY, JUNE 21 FAMILY CARNIVAL -- A carnival for the whole family will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Southeast Area YMCA, 2175 Radio Drive, Woodbury. The event is free but small fees will be charged for games, food and activities. Other activities will include prizes, inflatables, a bake walk and music. All proceeds will benefit youth and family programs at the YMCA. For details, call the YMCA at (651) 731-9507. FRIDAY, JUNE 22 FREE MEAL -- All Saints Lutheran Church, Cottage Grove, is serving a free community meal at 6 p.m. the fourth Friday of each month.
Although the morning began with mist and some drops of rain, the weather finally cleared last Saturday just in time for the Strawberry Fest parade. Hundreds of residents lined 80th Street as 88 units marched to music and cheers. Children came prepared for a multitude of giveaways from parade participants, including beach balls from the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce to pencils from the combined float of Peaceful Grove and Woodbury United Methodist churches and Christmas candy canes from Santa Claus Gary Spooner whose white Volkswagen convertible closed the parade.
THURSDAY, JUNE 14 OPEN HOUSE -- Arlene Myers, Dan Myers and Blaine Backberg, the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans southeast metro team, are hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at their new office, 8750 90th St., Cottage Grove. Everyone is invited and refreshments will be served. SUMMER REC AT HERITAGE PARK -- Sign ups for St. Paul Park summer recreation programs is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 14; or 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Heritage Park building, 14th and Laurel avenues. The cost is $75 per child and the program runs from June 18 to Aug.
Gardeners beware, the city's compost site is being moved one block east to the corner of 13th Avenue and First Street. "The site is being moved in order to restore the location to its natural state," Council Member Sandi Dingle said last week. The compost site sits at the west end of 13th Street, close to the entrance of Riverside Park, which is comprised of a mile and a half of walking trails that meander along the Mississippi River. Development of the park has been a joint effort of the city and the National Park Service for the past six years.