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Long before the first snowflake descends, St. Paul Park's Public Works department begins preparing for its arrival. Even during the summer, department employees watch the snow plowing routes for any sprinkler systems or lawn ornaments that could be damaged by snowplows, and submit bids for sand and salt. "Fall is our busiest time," St. Paul Park Public Works Supervisor Lee Flandrich said. During fall, trees are trimmed in alleys and on boulevards and streets are swept clean of leaves and debris.
Kids teased 7-year-old David Mueller about his long hair for more than four years. Adults teased him too. But a determined David paid no attention to them. "It doesn't bother me, I know why I'm growing it," he told his mother, Barb. On Oct. 19, David and Barb both had their hair cut, and donated three ponytails to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces for needy children suffering from medical hair loss. When David was 3 years old and on a visit to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St.
St. Paul Park City Council members have scheduled a question-and-answer workshop with owners of 20 parcels of land recently annexed by the city. The session will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. Those residents own homes on Third, Fourth and Fifth streets south of 14th Avenue. "The residents have questions about property taxes and reconstruction of their streets," said St. Paul Park Mayor John Hunziker.
Park High School first-year English literature teacher Terry Jorgenson was selected "Student Teacher of the Year for 2005-06 by the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English Language Arts. She received the award at the Council's annual convention in Middleton, Wis., Nov. 3. Jorgenson did her student teaching with Carole Byhre at Oltman Junior High School and Tom McCarthy at Park High School. "They were great mentors," she said. "I was lucky to have them as cooperating teachers." Jorgenson teaches 11th and 12th grade students. Her classes just completed a unit in romantic poetry.
Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Gerry Ellis has taken his military service one step further -- he teaches students at Park High School what it means to serve their country. In recognition of his 18 years working with the Air Force ROTC program at Park, Ellis will receive the Teacher of the Year Award from the Gen. E. W. Rawlings Chapter of the Air Force Association, at ceremonies Nov. 11. He was nominated for the award by Col.
Stone Soup Thrift Shop opened in 1998 to help needy citizens in south Washington County. Now it needs help. By end of August, the shop was in the hole slightly more than $17,000 for the year. "We need more customers," said Majel Carroll, president of the shop's governing board. "People simply don't know where we're located." The shop opened in 1998 at Cottage Square Mall, but was forced to close in 2005, when the mall was sold to developers. After a year of searching for a new location, Stone Soup re-opened Jan. 2 this year next to Oltman Junior High School in St.
The St. Paul Park Parks and Recreation Commission was once a full committee of enthusiastic parents and citizens who planned an event for more than 40 people every month. Now, not one member remains. The commission's last member resigned after Heritage Days. The city needs that commission in action again, City Council members said at their Oct. 16 meeting. "That commission will have a big voice in upcoming park plans as new development comes to the city," said St.
Registrations are being accepted for the second annual Holiday Lights contest, co-sponsored by Anchor Bank and the City of St. Paul Park. Applications may be picked up at Anchor Bank, 1030 Hastings Ave., or at St. Paul Park City Hall, 600 Portland Ave. The deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 1, at the bank. Judging will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 6, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., and winners will be announced at the Dec. 18 city council meeting. Judges will make decisions based on quantity of lights, decorations, creativity and theme.
Roberta J. Tufenk, known to all as Bobbie, died peacefully at home in Inver Grove Heights on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006. She was the coordinator of "Share the Joy" Thanksgiving and Christmas giving program at Friends in Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park, for 15 years. "It was her passion," said Michelle Rageth, food shelf director. "It was strictly a volunteer job for her, she never earned a penny of pay for all the work she did." The program serves about 450 area families a year. Bobbie Jo knew each family and remembered them all, Rageth said.