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September 2010 Volume 7 Number 9

IN THIS ISSUE... • • • •

The Next 100 Years...

Sample St. Paul Event Guide........ Page 6 River Connections.. ................... Page 10 Home Improvement.................. Page 11 Back in Time............................ Page 12

Heaven Citizenship Ministries: from Africa to South St. Paul Page 3

Get involved in America’s Great Outdoor Initiative Page 10

Wakota Bridge complete! Completion is welcome news for many SSP businesses Mary Diedrick Hansen Staff Writer


he I-494 Wakota Bridge bottleneck was finally busted on July 1 when both east- and westbound bridges were opened. Construction of the new bridge began in 2002 and was designed specifically to transport the growing number of commuters more quickly and efficiently across the Mississippi River. The assumption was that there would be a few years of inconvenience, including a traffic slowdown, but a series of illfated occurrences led to delay after delay, leaving commuters and business owners wondering if the bridge would ever be completed. Finally, after 8 years of mammoth

traffic jams and lost revenue to businesses near exit and entrance ramps, which were sometimes closed for days on end during construction, both spans of the bridge opened. A celebration was definitely in order. On July 29 a group of 100 gathered at the South St. Paul Mississippi Riverboat Landing to dedicate the new bridge, which has five lanes on each span, compared to two lanes on the old bridge. It also has full shoulders for motorist safety, as well as a trail/sidewalk on the westbound section for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross the river. The ceremony continued when a caravan of 50 vehicles, many of them classic cars, cruised

across the bridge. Led by police squad cars from South St. Paul and Newport, they exited into Newport, where festivities continued at Tinuccis’s restaurant. “The bridge is built to last for 100 years,” said John Sachi, city engineer for South St. Paul. “Keep in mind that although it is a five-lane bridge, the two far right lanes going both east- and westbound are actually exit and entry lanes. The three far left lanes are thoroughfare lanes that match up with the three lanes on either side of the bridge. It’s designed for safety and efficiency.” The dedication and celebration were longawaited for Rob Kellner, owner of South St. Paul’s ABC Rental, who saw the

writing on the wall almost from the start when Tractor Supply Company, one of ABC Rentals’ complementary businesses, relocated outside of South St. Paul. They foresaw potential problems with the construction project and took their customer base, shared by ABC Rental, along with them. “Unfortunately, the length of construction has led people to look for alternative routes to cross the river,” said Kellner, “and it will take some transition time to make them aware that the bottleneck is over, and bring them back.”

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Wakota Bridge

Construction was put on hold. The section of beginning with construc- bridge already built was tion of the westbound retrofit with steel cables span just north of the old woven through steel bars bridge. All I-494 traf- and pulled so the sides of fic would be diverted to the bridge came together. the new span, and the old This reduced the weight bridge would be demol- on the concrete and put ished. Demolition would an end to the sagging. Because of the delay, be done during the winthe new bridge wasn’t ter, to avoid intruding on the large volume of sum- ready by the winter of mertime barge traffic. 2005/2006, which meant Once the old bridge was that demolition of the gone, the eastbound span old bridge had to be deof the new bridge would layed a whole year. In addition, the design erbe built. The project progressed ror required construction well until 2004, when changes to the eastbound the Minnesota Depart- span. The next problem surment of Transportation faced when Mn/DOT (Mn/DOT) noticed that and Lunda Construction, the new bridge was not in charge of completing only beginning to droop the westbound bridge and a bit, but was starting to removal of the old bridge, crack and was in danger were at odds over the cost of collapsing under its of building the redeown weight. The source of this mis- signed eastbound section. Mn/DOT canceled its hap? A design flaw underAd for SSP Voice:Ad for SSP Voice 10/30/09 2:24 PM Page 1 estimating the amount of contract with Lunda, and steel rebar needed to sup- in January 2008 opened bids for construction of port the bridge. from page 2

Fun facts to know about the Wakota Bridge Statistics common to both spans

Location.. .................................River mile 832.40 River elevation.. ........................686 feet Daily traffic count....................89,000 (estimated) Bridge type.. .............................Post-tensioned continuous concrete box girder Length.....................................1,892 feet, 466-foot longest span Navigation channel width.. ........450 feet (estimated) Height above water...................58 feet Entire Wakota Bridge cost.........$300 million

the second span. The lowest bidder? Lunda Construction. Lunda’s $60 million bid was within a few hundred thousand dollars of its earlier projection. Lunda received about $10 million in a breach of contract settlement. Construction of the second span began in March 2008. Mn/DOT had about $40 million left to finish the project, causing concern about cash flow. The department was considering delaying work

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on the Wakota Bridge until more funds could be found. Then, in November 2008, MNDOT received $20 million from the bridge designer to compensate for the design errors. That covered the cost of fixing the westbound span, with a few dollars left over for the $30 million price increase to build the eastbound span. Sachi expressed his relief regarding the bridge completion since it will reduce the amount of traffic moving through

the city of South St. Paul during rush hour when “jumpers” would exit from clogged-up 494, scoot through town and then re-enter the freeway closer to the bridge. “We had many complaints from residents about the jumpers coming down their streets,” he said. “They weren’t stopping for a beer, they were frustrated commuters. The opening of the bridges will reduce the amount of wear and tear on the streets of South St. Paul.”

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South St. Paul City Administrator Stephen King said that instead of avoiding the bridge and South St. Paul, commuters will know that they can quickly and efficiently move across the river, leading to more traffic and potential consumers of South St. Paul businesses. Kellner, of ABC Rental, expressed some optimism. “We won’t be able to gauge the ‘ramp up’ (of business) for a while, but more free-flowing traffic and exiting and reentering from Hardman and Concord will help,” he said. “We hope we are entering a season filled with progress.” During construction, Kellner said his business was virtually landlocked as accesses were cut off. In response, he started delivering services to his customers. “You have to adapt to a handicap,” he said. “We want people to know we are open for business, we have survived and we would love to have you GRAN VENTA DE visit.” Ropa, juguetes, artículos para Final site cleanup is y otros artículos ligeramente u expected by the end of de novia nuevos! Sábado 2 de October. Landscaping las 8 a.m. a las 4 p.m. en el E is scheduled for this fall instalaciones donde funciona near Lake Road, and Minnesota. Venta a mitad de p next fall along the p.m. y desde las bridge 3 p.m. todo lo Concord Maxwell. en una to bolsa costará $5.

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Heaven Citizenship Ministries: from Africa to South St. Paul Mary Diedrick Hansen Staff Writer


new church has arrived in South St. Paul, with roots in Africa and stops along the way in Belgium, accounting and microbiology. François Ahimou and his wife, Anne, were born in Ivory Coast, West Africa, and met in college. He studied microbiology, and she, accounting. They married in 1994 and moved to Belgium, where François completed a Ph.D. in microbiology and began a successful career in research at universities in Europe and the United States, including the University of Minnesota. He published numerous articles on applied microbiology. Two years ago, however, the couple took a “leap of faith,” and became

founders of Heaven Citizenship Ministries, based in South St. Paul. During their years of study and professional careers, the couple’s deep faith in God had led them to serve at churches in the cities where they were living. Then, François said he got “a clear mandate from God” that they could do more; “that God is more than a Sunday Service. He is a lifestyle.” They joined Power Evangelism Ministry, based in Bloomington, Minn., and while working in research at the University of Minnesota, they also preached and helped build new churches in Minnesota and Florida. After three years of training and traveling, François said that once

again he got a strong nudge from God that it was time to change directions and give more attention to ministering to others. The couple took four months to pray for direction from God, he added. What kind of ministry did God want? Where and when should it start? What they learned, he said, was that it should be a simple ministry with the mission to reach those who believe in Jesus Christ and God, but have not grown close enough to have experienced the joy and peace that comes through prayer and Bible study. The church started two years ago in their living room with 10 people who were being trained to take on leadership roles and to work as a team to get the

François Ahimou, who was born in Ivory Coast, West Africa, took a leap of faith to found Heaven Citizenship Ministries, based in South St. Paul. church stabilized and to extend the vision. They are now located at 820 N. Concord St. The seating capacity for Sunday services is 60, and François is confident the church will grow. He is seeing outreach success through

television broadcasts of his preaching and teaching to nine different local cable stations throughout the metro area. “I frequently get calls from people who have seen the sermon on television and need prayer.” he

said. “So many people are suffering from depression due to divorce or how to pay the bills. My phone is always available.” For more information, visit or call 651-2743244.

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N ews Briefs Library happenings

For more information on the following library events, call 651-5543240 or visit • Book discussions “Until They Bring the Streetcars Back” by Stanly Gordon West is the title discussed in September. The novel, which is set in St. Paul, follows teenager Cal Gant as he learns to take a stand, no matter what. The Wednesday afternoon group meets at 1 p.m., Sept. 15; the Thursday group at 7 p.m., Sept. 16. Information packets are available at the library’s front desk and on our website. West will be appearing at the Wentworth Library at 7 p.m., Tues., Sept. 21. • Memoir writing workshop – Are you ready to put your fam-

Your community news and information source ily’s story into words but don’t know where to start? A 3-session workshop will be held 6:308 p.m., Sept. 23 and 30 and Oct. 7, conducted by James Rogers, writer and adjunct faculty of the University of St. Thomas. Registration is required. • Drop-In Computer Help - Staff will be available in the library meeting room 2-3 p.m., Mon., Sept. 20 to answer basic questions about common software programs, the worldwide web, e-mail and more. • Saturday hours The library will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays, beginning Sept. 11. • Storytimes - Storytimes begin September 13 and continue through the week of Dec. 6. These events are a great way to promote literacy. Baby

storytime is offered Mondays at 6:30 p.m. This 20-minute program of action songs, stories, sign language and more is designed for children under age one and their parents. Toddler Storytime is offered Tuesdays at 10 a.m. The 20-minute sessions feature action rhymes, songs, and books geared toward children age 1-3 who are accompanied by an adult. Preschool Storytime is offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. These 30-minute sessions include books, music and more. Some include a short craft project, with all supplies provided. Themes change from week to week. • Paws to R.E.A.D with Caesar and Lulu - Children of any age may sign up to read for

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15 minutes to Caesar or Lulu, trained therapy and reading assistance dogs. Join Caesar 4-5 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month, and Lulu 3-4 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday. • Grand Tea - Grandparents and their grandchildren are invited to register for a Grand Tea, held at 2 p.m., Sat., Sept. 18. Ms. Marilyn from Mannerly Manners will be there to teach table manners and social graces. Refreshments will be provided.

Class of ’75 reunion

South St. Paul Class of 1975 is hosting its 35year reunion at 6 p.m., Sat., Sept. 18, at the Croation Hall in South St Paul. Cost is $5 per person at the door. Participants are asked to bring hors d’oeuvres to share. For more information, contact algale2@yahoo. com, or call 612-801-2408.

Scout troops will be helping with the event and church members are donating homemade candy, jams, pickles, produce and baked goods for sale. There will also be antique cars in the parking lot of the church, located at 535 20th Ave. N., South St. Paul. For more information, call the church office at 651-451-6223.

Benefit for youth with cancer

The First Presbyterian Church of South St. Paul is hosting a benefit 2-7 p.m., Sat., Sept. 11, for the family of Willard Lee, 10, of West St. Paul, who was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in December of 2009 and continues ongoing treatment. Proceeds will help defray medical costs for the family. The event includes food, games, silent auction and a musical performance by the Sibley High School band. Area Girl Scout and Boy

Square Dancing for beginners

Dakota Grand Squares square dancing club will offer weekly square dancing for beginners starting at 7 p.m., Tues., Sept. 21, at the Salem Lutheran Church, 11 W. Bernard, West St. Paul. Participants will learn over 60 different calls that make up the basic square dance repertoire. Lessons are structured to include singles, couples and families. Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information, call 651-4542942. Dakota Grand Squares

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Groundbreaking Ceremony - 3 p.m., Tues., Sept. 7 Join local officials and the Dakota County Community Development Agency to officially break-ground on this 60 unit affordable, independent living senior housing development that will be located on Thompson Avenue between 13th and 15th Avenue North in South St. Paul. Building Features: • Mix of one and two bedroom units • Completely Smoke-Free Building • Underground Heated Parking Garage • Secured Entrances • Exercise Room • Laundry Facilities • Community Room with Kitchen Income Limits One person: $45,100

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Rents One Bedroom: $550 Two Bedroom: $673 Note: Income limits and rents are subject to change. To request an application, call 651-675-4440. All applications received by November 1 will be put in a random lottery drawing for placement on the waiting list. For more information visit or call 651-675-4400. Page 4 - South St. Paul Voice - September 2010

Wine Tasting & Vintage Fashion Show Friday, September 10 6:00 - 10:00 pm

6-8 pm Wine Tasting with Warehouse Winery and Import Iberia 8 pm Fashion Show featuring Girl Can’t Help It Deluxe Clothing -Twilight Soaps & Gifts Vintage Collection, CAF PX and more. 9 pm Trunk Show featuring - Atta Girl by Kedrin, Twilight Soaps and Gifts, Pacific Shores Stone Works and more. 6-10 pm Silent Auction Tickets: $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For tickets email

Fall Bombers Moon Ball Saturday, September 18 6:00 pm - midnight Music by the Roseville Big Band. Free Dance lessons from TC Swing & The Swing Cats. Doors open at 6 pm, dance lessons at 7 pm, dance runs from 8 pm to Midnight Music, Dancing, Food, Prizes for best WWII era dress and more. $10 donation per person. Proceeds benefit the MN Wing CAF.

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N ews Briefs also holds dances the first Saturday of each month at St. John Vianney church, 1815 Bromley St., South St. Paul.

Parks and Rec programs

For more information on the following programs, call 651-3063690, or visit the South St. Paul Parks and Recreation office, located at the Central Square Community Center, 100 Seventh Ave. N. • Fall programs - The South St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department is offering a large variety of programs this fall, including after-school bowling, non-school day field trips, holiday happenings, family Target Center trips, adult kickball and more. A Fall Program Brochure is available at www.southstpaul. org and at the Parks and Rec office. • Kaposia Park Disc Golf Course - The 18hole Kaposia Park Disc Golf Course operates on a “pay to play” format. Users must purchase an annual pass for $30 or a daily pass for $5. Passes can be purchased from the Fairway Flyerz facility, located at tee box #1 at Kaposia Park. Annual passes are also sold at the Parks and Rec office. • Kaposia Landing Off Leash Dog Park - Kaposia Landing Off-Leash Dog Park, a 6.3-acre park located near Concord Street North and Bryant Avenue in South St. Paul, features a fully fenced perimeter, bull pen entry and exit area, two shelters with picnic tables, Mutt Mitt waste disposable stations, trash containers and an information/bulletin board kiosk. Dog Park users must purchase a yearly membership for $20. The fee supports on-going development of the park. Membership forms are available at and at the Parks and Rec office.

Highground Memorial

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 639 of South St. Paul is seeking cash and merchandise do-

Your community news and information source nations for its fundraiser, which will be held 2-5:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 16, at Bugg’s Place, 925 N. Concord Exchange. The event will feature food, a silent auction, pull tabs and more. Proceeds will benefit the Highground Memorial, which honors veterans of all wars. For more information, contact John Lynch at 651459-1310 or lynch0319@

duck in each race and the last place duck, the Lazy Duck. Volunteers are needed to assist with the event. For more information on this and other volunteer opportunities at Neighbors, Inc., contact or 651-306-2145.

Volunteer opportunities

Peace Maker Foundation is hosting a presentation at noon, Wed., Sept. 29 at Central Square Community Center, 100 Seventh Ave. N., to share information about school-based conflict resolution programs. The meeting is held in partnership with South St. Paul Restorative Justice Council, Kaposia Education Center and Lincoln Center Elementary. For more information, contact Jodelle Ista at 651455-4244,

• The Minnesota Reading Corps is seeking reading tutors for the 2010/2011 school year. The program provides free, one-on-one tutoring to children age three through third grade.  Minnesota Reading Corps members receive a living stipend, reimbursement for college (up to $5,350) and health insurance (for full-time members). For more information or to apply, visit or call 1-866-859-2825. • Neighbors, Inc., a social service agency serving Northern Dakota County, has a number of volunteer opportunities to assist local residents. For more information, contact volunteer@ or call 651-306-2145.

Mississippi River Duck Race

Neighbors, Inc., a social service agency serving Northern Dakota County, is hosting the Great Mississippi River Duck Race 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., Sept. 18, at Kaposia Landing, 800 Bryant Ave., South St. Paul. The event includes duck races, concessions, games and activities for all ages. Duck souvenirs and raffle tickets for a variety of prizes will be available for purchase. Raffle tickets are $1 each. All proceeds benefit Neighbors, Inc., programs. Rubber ducks will be available for adoption at $5 each or $25 for a Family Fun Pack of five ducks. Duck races will be held throughout the event, with prizes awarded for the winning

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Morgan completes Basic Training

Air National Guard Airman Juanita M. Morgan of South St. Paul graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. She is a 2009 graduate of South St. Paul High School.

SSP Dance Team hosts dance clinic

The South St. Paul Dance Team will host a dance clinic for K-12 girls, Oct. 2, at South St. Paul High School. Participants will receive a Tshirt and perform during half-time at the Oct. 8 football game at Ettinger Field.  For more information, call 651 323-0790.

Teen Night

The South St. Paul Mayor’s Youth Task Force is hosting a Teen Night 8-10 p.m., Wed., Sept. 1, at the Central Square Community Center Amphitheatre. This free event is for 7th-12th grade students. Music will be provided by DJ Preston Woods and food will be available to purchase. The event will also feature games and

prizes. The grand prize is a 1-hour limo ride for 8, provided by Total Comfort Limousine. For more information, contact Deb Griffith, community affairs liaison at 651-554-3230 or deb.

Program on cemeteries and burial places

A program on cemeteries and burial places is offered at 7 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 23, at the Dakota County Historical Society, 130 Third Ave. N., South St. Paul. Debbie Boe, a professional researcher, paralegal and genealogist, will present her story about transcribing, compiling and publishing cemetery burial monument information. Boe, who owns and operates Debbie’s Historical and Genealogical Services, has transcribed cemetery burial monument information for numerous cemeteries in Carver, Dakota and Hennepin counties. This free pro-

gram is sponsored by the Dakota County Genealogical Society. For more information, call Dick Thill at 651-452-5926.

Wine tasting and vintage fashion show

The Minnesota Wing Commemorative Air Force is hosting a wine tasting and vintage fashion show 6-11 p.m.,

Fri., Sept. 10, at Hangar #3, Fleming Field, 310 Airport Road, South St. Paul. The wine tasting begins at 6 p.m., the fashion show at 8 p.m., and a trunk show at 9 p.m. A silent auction will be held 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and can be ordered by emailing

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Dave Matthews Band’s “Summer Tour 2010,” with special guests Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, is coming to Xcel Energy Center at 7 p.m., Wed., Sept. 15. Tickets are $65. The Xcel Center is located at 199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. For more information, visit www.xcelenergycenter. com.

Children’s Museum

“The Wizard of Oz,” the first officially licensed and sanctioned traveling educational exhibit based on the beloved film classic, is featured through Sept. 12. Visitors will journey through child-size reproductions of memorable sets from the movie, such as the colorful Land of Oz, the Witch’s Castle and Emerald City. Tickets are $8.95. The museum is located at 10 W. Seventh St., St. Paul. For more information, call 651-2256000.

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Ordway Center for Performing Arts

“Evita” is featured Sept. 30-Oct. 31, at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 35 Washington St., St. Paul. This performance details the life of First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón, who was a legend in her time. A country girl, she rose to become the most powerful woman Latin America had ever seen—a potent symbol of hope and change. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s opera is the powerhouse telling of her brief and fascinating life. Tickets are $19-$39. For more information, call 651224-4222 or visit www.

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Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival

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The fourth annual Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival will return to St. Paul’s Mears Park Sept. 9-11. The festival will feature classical, indie rock, opera, hip hop, jazz, punk rock and blues on two stages. The festival kicks off on Thurs., Sept. 9 with a Club Crawl, featuring live music in a number of Lowertown clubs. The Mears Park performances will take place on the permanent stage and a second acoustic stage on Sixth Street, beginning Friday afternoon and continuing through Saturday evening. The music will continue after the park closes at 10 p.m. with additional performances on stages of neighboring clubs in the Lowertown Entertainment District. The Festival includes Thursday happy-hour music beginning at 3:30 at various Lowertown clubs. Music begins in Mears Park at 5 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday. Food, wine and beer from restaurants in the Lowertown Entertainment District will be available for purchase. For more information, visit

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History Theatre

Sample Night Live, a sampling of local productions, is featured at the History Theatre at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month, except February. The format features 12 acts per night, including theater, film, dance, improv, visual arts, folk and opera. The next performance is July 7. Tickets are $20. The History Theater is located at 30 E. Tenth St., St. Paul. For more information, call the box office at 651-292-4323.

Science Museum “Dead Sea Scrolls: Words That Changed the World.” This exhibit, featured through Oct. 24, offers a rare opportunity to witness one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. The Dead Sea Scrolls include the earliest known Biblical writings. The 2,000-year-old authentic text fragments are steeped in scientific, religious and cultural significance. Complementing the exhibit is “Arabia,” showing in the Omnitheater. This film offers a look at Arabia’s culture, history and religion. Tickets are $28 for adults and $22 for children ages 4-12 and



seniors age 60 and older, or $34 and $28 respectively with admission to the Omnitheater. The Science Museum is located at 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. For more information, visit, or call 651-221-9444.

Artists’ Quarter

The Artists’ Quarter, located in the Historic Hamm Building at Seventh Place and St. Peter in downtown St. Paul, offers live entertainment throughout the month, including jazz bands, poetry nights and the popular B-3 organ night, held at 9 p.m. every Tuesday. For a complete schedule of events, call 651-2921359 or visit

Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get-Together, held through Sept. 6 in St. Paul, draws more than 1.6 million visitors annually and showcases Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art, industry and people-watching. Everything edible on a stick can be found at the fair, along with a giant Midway, a kidway, free mu-

sic, Grandstand concerts, giveaways, product demonstrations, butter sculptures, animals, parades and much more. Tickets are $11 (free for kids 5 and under). Bargain days and discounted tickets bought before the Fair are available. For more information, visit www.

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Comedian Steve Hofstetter will be appearing Wed., Sept. 29 at Station 4, located at 201 E. Fourth St., St. Paul. Hofstetter has been on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and E! True Hollywood Story, Comics Unleashed, Comedy All-Stars, Quite

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Saturday Live continues in September

Landmark Center and St. Paul City Ballet will present Ballet Tuesdays at noon the second Tuesday of the month, Sept. 14-May 10, 2011, at the Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St. The free performances will feature the St. Paul City Ballet’s Company of dancers performing excerpts from their holiday show, The Enchanted Toy Shop, The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. For more information, visit www.

The popular Saturday Live series will continue in September with weekly performances at the St. Paul Public Central Library, 90 West Fourth St. The following programs begin at 11:15 a.m. For more information, visit Sept. 11 - Schiffelly Puppets will bring a fractured fairy-tale to life. Setp. 18 - Magical Mia will mystify and entertain with sleight of hand and

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If you were a member of the South St. Paul Mayor’s Youth Task Force, you were either at Central Square Community Center or Northview Pool. It was quite a summer! To combat the statement, “There is nothing to do in South St. Paul,” the task force was on a mission to provide activities and events for the community on Wednesday evenings during the summer. Each task force member helped plan and lead an event. Whether it was being in charge of a refreshment stand or coming up with games for the pool parties, our members were terrific in their leadership role. Were we successful? Here are our observations. You decide. In June, the task force brought Sounds of South St. Paul to Central Square Community Center on Wednesday evenings. These concerts continued for seven weeks and attracted 100-200 people per concert. It appeared to be a favorite of the slightly older generation of South St. Paulites, but had a mix of youth as well. Was it successful? We think so. In July, we hosted four Swimming under the Stars pool parties at Northview Pool on Wednesday evenings. These parties started at 8 p.m., immediately following the closing of the regular pool sessions and the Sounds of South St. Paul concerts. In some cases the concerts were still taking place when the pool parties started so task force members split up and covered both events. Attendance at these parties grew each week, with 100-150 youth and parents attending. The average age of the attendees was 10-16. These events were so successful that the task force added three more pool parties during August. Why was there such interest? We asked the same question of attendees, and here is what they told us: River's Edge Academy


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“It is a Wednesday night tradition.” “To have fun with my friends.” “It is fun to swim at night.” “To cool off after sports.” “It is a chance to swim.” “It is only $2 to get in.” “It is fun and cheap.” “I love the games that the task force members come up with.” “The music is great.” “I like playing with the floaties in the pool.” “The parents can get in for free to watch their kids.” “You don’t get sunburn.” “The prizes are great.” “It is like when I was a kid swimming at Northview.” We received a variety of answers, but everyone we talked with said they were having a good time. In addition, the parents thanked us for hosting the parties. Were they successful? We think so. In August, the task force, along with the Parks and Rec Department and Experience Shows, Inc., started a 4-week series of Movies in the Park. Even with the other activities going on, attendance topped 100. The audience was mostly under age 10 with their parents. Were they successful? Again, we think so. So, what do you think? Was there something to do in South St. Paul this summer? The task force would like to thank everyone who helped make these events possible. So what’s on tap for the fall? The task force is planning a variety of events, including a teen party for 7-12 graders at Central Square Community Center. It will take place 8-10 p.m., Wed., Sept. 1, in the Amphitheatre at Central Square. There will be music, food, games and fabulous prizes. Admission is free and food may be purchased. For more information on the task force, visit www. and click on Mayor’s Youth Task Force.

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Neighbors, Inc. By John Kemp Executive Director of Neighbors, Inc.

Here come the ducks. Here come the ducks. Y’all watch out, ‘cause here come the ducks! Yes, it’s almost rubber duck time again; the time of year when Neighbors, Inc. hosts its annual Great Neighbors Mississippi River Duck Races and Family Fun Day. Our third annual event will be held Sat., Sept. 18, at Kaposia Landing in South St. Paul, and this year’s event promises to be more fun than ever before. Here’s how it works. People adopt one or more ducks. They are given a certificate (not a duck) with

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Your community news and information source a unique number on it, which corresponds to numbers on the ducks entered in the race. The first three ducks across the finish line of an enclosed course on the Mississippi River win prizes for their adopters. This year an extra element of fun has been added. Instead of all the ducks being dumped into the water at the same time, the event will be held in heats. Approximately 300 ducks will be entered into each heat, and the first 25 ducks to cross the finish line will be entered into the finals. Once all the heats have been completed and the finalists determined, there will be a championship race. The adopter of the first-place duck will win a new 50cc motor scooter; the secondplace winner a flat-screen television, and the thirdplace winner a backyard movie screening. The last duck to cross the finish line will win the Lazy Duck Award, a $100 cash prize for its adopter. In addition, winners of each heat will win a prize. Also new this year is the “duck chute,” a large wooden chute that will be placed on the bank of the river. Water will be pumped from the top of the chute to carry the ducks down to the river, where they will enter the Mississippi River and float to the finish line. It

should be quite a spectacle and lots of fun to watch. Heats will be begin at 11 a.m., and the championship race at 2:45 p.m. Ducks may be adopted at a large number of locations this year. Visit for specific locations. In addition, adoption certificates are available at Neighbors, Inc., 218 13th Ave. S., South St. Paul, and at many churches throughout northern Dakota County. Adoptions are $5 each. Remember, adopting more ducks increases your chances of winning one of our great prizes. All funds raised in this event will support our programs for the people of northern Dakota County. Family Fun Day at Kaposia Landing will include several food booths, a variety of games and inflatables, and a “duck store,” where duck-themed products will be available. Duck adoptions will also be available on site during the event, which runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Also, mark your calendar to attend our Huge Indoor Rummage Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 8-9. The sale features a wide variety of clothing and household items.

perhaps best known for wearing their distinctive red fez, and for their 22 hospitals in North America that provide orthopedic and burn care to children at no charge to the family. Bywords has been in business since 1981 and has been a part of the South St. Paul community since 1994. Fish served as Chairman of the River Heights Chamber of Commerce in 2005, and she and Payne have been active in Kaposia Days for more than 15 years.

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The River Heights Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize two South St. Paul business members for their recent achievements and honors received nationally and internationally.

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A publication produced by Bywords Printing of South St. Paul won the Dromedary award for outstanding achievement in printed communications from Shriners International. Nancy Fish and Jerry Jerry Payne and Nancy Fish Payne, proprietors of Bywords Printing, have been active with the Osman Shriners for many years and have prepared the Osman Shrine newspaper since 2006. Nancy is responsible for design and the photography, and Bywords prints and distributes the magazine. The Dromedary Awards recognize exceptional communications efforts throughout Shriners International, which has 193 Temples throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Osman’s newspaper won first place among Temples with membership under 2,000. Imperial Potentate Jack Jones presented the winning Temples with the awards during the 136th Imperial Council Session in Toronto in July. Shriners are

Roadware, Inc., of South St. Paul donated one of its products to assist with a Haiti relief effort after receiving a call last March from Frank Jacobs, director of Hope Alive! Clinic Ministries. He found Roadware’s website and called owner Kelton Glewwe to explain his need to repair a major crack in his clinic’s foundation. Roadware donated a Concrete Repair International Start-up Kit, which they normally sell to new international customers. The kit contains everything needed to complete a small concrete repair project and helps new customers get acquainted with Roadware products. Roadware has sent these kits to over 30 different countries over the years. “We were able to get the kit into Haiti in time for our July 8 trip and brought along a pastor who is also a ‘concrete guy’,” said Jacobs. “He said he has never worked with a product that was so easy and did such a great job. The epicenter of the earthquake was only six to seven miles from our clinic. We even have two sets of tubes left over. The neighbors will benefit.” Jacobs recently sent Glewwe a thank-you note that

Roadware assisted with a Haiti relief project. read, “I do not know how to say thanks but to just say thanks. Your kindness has made a difference with Hope Alive Clinics and the Haitian people.” Congratulations to both of these businesses for their outstanding work and outreach in our community and abroad. For more information on the River Heights Chamber of Commerce or our members, visit or call us at 651-451-2266. The River Heights Chamber of Commerce is located at 5782 Blackshire Path, Inver Grove Heights.

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his spring, my son Jake, 14, and I took a weekend canoe trip on the Mississippi River and one of its tributaries: the Zumbro River. As we dipped our paddles into the river, it quickly became evident that the vast number of supplies we had along — tent, cooler, Coleman stove, etc. — would require us to use more strength in each stroke. We dug in hard until we finally found our rhythm, and once our muscles were warmed and cooperative we were able to enjoy the beauty of the landscape. As we glided along a bushy bank, which cooled us from the warm afternoon sun, we were

able to peer into the forest to see the different foliage, wildflowers and birds and animals that lived there. “Look! A bald eagle,” Jake called out as we approached the mouth of the Zumbro. We let the canoe drift quietly along as we closely examined our National bird, which was perched only yards away on a dead branch of a nearby tree. As we stroked further upstream, we saw another eagle, and then another. Suddenly, four bald eagles were playing hop-scotch with us as we paddled a handful of miles to a remote sandbar, which would be our campsite. That night, after we had scavenged enough driftwood for a campfire, we talked of the day. We

lamented the difficulty of the paddle, we marveled at the number of eagles we had seen and we spoke of the thrill of rounding each river bend. As the flames flickered in the night, we heard strange noises in the forest, fish jump in the river, and secretly wondered about our safety from the wild animals. We were out of our comfort zone, and we were happy. A trip such as ours is exactly what the organizers of the new Great Outdoors Initiative hope to see happen more often. The goal of the federal program, which was recently instituted by Presidential Memorandum, is simple: to get more people outdoors and to spark a national dialogue on how we can protect

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The National Park Service offers many programs to engage the community in exploring the great outdoors, including a youth program with Wilderness Inquiry and Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventure. and conserve our natural resources. According to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), 80 percent of Americans live in cities and suburbs. Coalition members, including the departments of the Interior and Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and the CEQ, want to see better access to our rivers, parks, lakes and other national amenities, which in turn will hopefully promote better conservation and preservation practices. To get the ball rolling, they are hosting listening sessions across the country. The first one was held in St. Paul on Aug. 4. The event began with more than 40 youth paddling a voyageur canoe to Harriet Island, the

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Locally, the National Park Service has been hosting a Mississippi River Forum series since April 2009, which encourages discussion on how to protect and preserve the river. These discussions fit perfectly into this national initiative. Some of the topics have included the value of open space, improving water quality with innovative stormwater techniques, drinking the Mississippi River, and the Mississippi Makeover Project. For more information and future forum dates, visit http://www. or call the National Park 1927 Service atDesde 651-290-3030. TheKen St. B. Paul Riverfront Peterson Owner-Director Corporation recently Se habla Erica. of began itsespañol. nextLlame round discussions to update the Johnson-Peterson Great River Park Master Casa Funeria y Cremación Plan, which is a planning 612 So. Smith Ave. document used to help 651-222-3220 connect people to the

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The Grand Old South St. Paul City Hall Lois Glewwe Contributor


t the top of the Grand Avenue hill where Grand meets Third Avenue North, today’s South St. Paul residents will find Lawshe Park, a small hillside garden spot with a few benches where walkers can take a welcome rest. Few remember that the peaceful park was once the site of South St. Paul’s grand old city hall, a massive structure with elaborate stonework and copper domed tower. Built in 1890, the City Hall was thought by some to be a foolish waste of money. South St. Paul was incorporated in March of 1887 with boundaries that included the current city limits plus the entire area of what is now the city of West St. Paul. The first 1887 city council planned to build a

new city hall on donated land on Oakdale. The offer came with a one-year, $6,000 cost stipulation and the Council could never agree on the exact location or design. Two years later, half of the South St. Paul Council got up and walked out to form the city of West St. Paul. The newly formed West St. Paul City Council moved quickly to accept an offer of land on Eaton Street (now South Robert Street) at Orme Avenue. They hired architect John Hopper Coxhead to design their city hall and moved into the impressive building in December 1889. In the meantime, South St. Paul struggled with the financial crisis that resulted from the split. The city lost five of the nine existing schools that had been built between 1887 and 1889, includ-

West St. Paul City Hall, above left, was erected on the corner of South Robert Street and Orme Avenue in 1889. South St. Paul’s municipal center, above right, was built in 1890 on the top of the hill at Grand Avenue and Third Avenue North. Both structures were designed by architect John Hopper Coxhead, who founded his own firm in St. Paul in 1887. South St. Paul demolished its city hall in 1953. The old West St. Paul City Hall was torn down in October 1971. ing Gladstone School, where the city offices were located. Thus, they no longer had a meeting place, and the land donated for their city hall was now outside South St. Paul’s new boundaries. Nevertheless, just five days before his work was completed on the

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West St. Paul City Hall, South St. Paul officials hired architect Coxhead to design their city hall. West St. Paul’s City Hall cost $5,000, but the bid South St. Paul received from the contracting firm of Barnett & Record came in at $8,950. A few weeks later an additional $1,900 was added to cover the cost of vault doors purchased from Dakota Safe and Lock Company of Canton, Ohio. When the two city halls were completed, they were nearly identical in design. Coxhead’s South St. Paul City Hall was ready for occupancy on July 28, 1890. As the mayor and city council moved into their new facilities, along with the police department and other city staff, they faced many challenges, especially financial ones. It was only

a few months later, in January 1891, that C.H. Lienau, a state senator from Ramsey County, wrote to Senator Ignatius Donnelly of Dakota County expressing his dismay at the behavior of the South St. Paul City Council. His words, published in the South St. Paul Reporter on February 9, 1891, included the following accusation: “They (the property owners living in South St. Paul) will tell you some strange stories about the building of a so-called ‘City Hall’ at an enormous cost, a building for which there was absolutely no demand….” He went on to itemize a long list of expenditures, which he said were in question. His suggestion to Donnelly was that Ramsey County and the city of St. Paul immediately step in and annex

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