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It's been 19 years since anyone took Broadway Avenue in St. Paul Park seriously. Now, there's a groundswell of enthusiasm building to give the 119-year-old street a new look and new life. City Council members Steve Hunstad and Sandi Dingle are leading a campaign to beautify Broadway Avenue and also attract new business to the area. "Broadway will be the gateway to new communities, and right now it looks old and tired," Dingle said. "There's not much to attract people to stop on Broadway," said Sandy Edwards, owner of Curves, which is located on Broadway.
For St. Paul Park Council Member Steve Hunstad and his daughter, Ashley, the DFL state convention was a real eye opener. Both were undecided delegates representing House District 57. "I had no idea what was involved in a state-level endorsement convention," Steve Hunstad said. "The amount of energy and efficiency was amazing." "It's fascinating how politics work," Ashley said. The DFL endorsement convention ran three days, June 9-11 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.
Brianna Verdeja of Cottage Grove and Diane Huot of Woodbury both wanted to finish their high school education -- on their own terms. They graduated May 31 from District 833's Second Opportunity School (SOS) in Cottage Grove. Verdeja transferred to SOS from Park High School while still a junior, and Huot came back after dropping out in 1975. "I wanted to do the work on my own time," Verdeja said. "At SOS, you can stay in class or do the work at home." As she completed classes at SOS, Verdeja worked and saved for the next step in her education.
A Cottage Grove man has retired from two careers and is now, literally, building his third -- restoring furniture and heirlooms. Travis Beard, along with St. Paul Park resident David Smith and three other furniture craftsmen, share a workshop in South St. Paul. Each of the three is an expert in some area of furniture building, restoring and refinishing, both private and commercial. Beard's first attempt at woodworking occurred in high school, where he "made a lamp from a big chunk of walnut." He's still using the tear-drop shaped lamp at home. He was hooked.
At American Legion Post 98, in St. Paul Park, nearly everyone who helps fill boxes for troops serving overseas has a connection to the military. Kris Larson says it's payback for her father, and the Legion Auxiliary women who helped him recuperate at the VA hospital during his military service. Lynn Duffy, president of Post 98 Auxiliary, has a son serving overseas and a daughter who just returned. John Holzinger served in the Navy for seven years. John Tabor, St.
Raya Rawson's second grade class at Grey Cloud Elementary School took a covered wagon trip to Oregon -- 150 days without TV, bicycles, a closet full of clothes and Game Boys. Students didn't mind. They did every mile in their Cottage Grove classroom. Second-grader Jessica Anderson said she could handle such a trip, but she "would miss pizza." Sam Jirovec would take the trip in a flash.
The St. Paul Park Planning Commission has one empty chair and two eager candidates vying for it. At its April 10 meeting, the commission interviewed candidate Jason Barnett, a St. Paul Park resident and architecture student at the University of Minnesota. Barnett told the commission that he was a little younger than other members, but that was good because it's important to think about the future. "St.
There's a special ditch on the east side of the railroad tracks that closed traffic at the bottom of Pullman Avenue in St. Paul Park, Wednesday and Thursday, April 12-13. Marathon Petroleum Co. was taking care of routine maintenance at five locations along its pipeline system, according to St. Paul Park Public Works Supervisor Lee Flandrich.
How many people would stop to help a distressed driver whose vehicle is pulled up against the middle barrier in the fast lane of Interstate 494 near the Lake Road exit? Brian Rumpca of Cottage Grove stopped, parked, turned on his flashers and walked back to investigate. "I wasn't sure what I would find, but I'm glad there wasn't much wrong," said Rumpca, who was headed to Woodbury on a job-related trip. He has worked 10 years for the St.
This summer, St. Paul Park will experiment with the installation of rain gardens to help alleviate stormwater runoff in neighborhoods that do not have storm sewers. Rain gardens, an old technique being used for new purposes, are a means of controlling stormwater flooding and reducing pollutants that eventually flow into rivers. "We'll start with the Dixon Drive neighborhood east and south of Pullman, near 14th Street," said Mayor John Hunziker.