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July 2013 Volume 10 Number 7

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Historic tour of ‘Pill Hill’ homes offered July 21 Rick Hansen Contributor


alling all history buffs. A great opportunity to experience firsthand many hidden gems of South St. Paul’s history will take place 1-3 p.m., Sunday, July 21 with a tour of the “Pill Hill” neighborhood of South St. Paul, hosted by the South St. Paul Restorative Justice Council. “Pill Hill” is an historic neighborhood in South St. Paul featuring homes originally built in the 1930s and 1940s by doctors, lawyers and politicians. The name was taken from the historic Chicago

neighborhood of the same era, built by prominent doctors. Registration will take place 1-3 p.m. at the intersection of 5th and Grand, on the lawn of St. Stefan’s Romanian Orthodox Church. The event includes continuous tours of this historic church, and neighborhood tours that last 30-40 minutes and include a visit inside three separate homes. Important figures who lived in the area, including Harold Stassen, the 25th governor of Minnesota, will be discussed during the tour. Cost is $20 per person. The fee is tax deductible

and proceeds will be used to fund classroom response training for grade school teachers and conflict resolution for Restorative Justice peace guides at Lincoln Center and Kaposia Education Center elementary schools. Peace guides are part of South St. Paul’s Restorative Justice organization and help elementary students learn how to deal with bullying and other conflicts in a peaceful manner. For more information, contact Carol Mladek at 651-457-2564 or

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The living room in Carol Mladek’s home at 389 5th Ave. N shows the marvelous view of the Mississippi river from the homes on Pill Hill.

Home prices rise sharply but inventory is down significantly Mary Diedrick Hansen Staff Writer


he good news for homeowners in South St. Paul who have their home on the market is that the average sale price for a house has skyrocketed since last year, from $99,000 to $126,000, an increase

of 25 percent. The figures are from January through April for both years. Adding to that good news is the decrease in the number of days it has taken to sell a home in the city. That figure dropped 20 percent, from 120 to 96. Also, sellers this year are getting bids closer to their asking price.

On the down side, new listings in South St. Paul have declined 32 percent, and sales are down from 100 homes last year to 50. It’s become a seller’s market because not enough homes are on the market to meet the demands of eager home buyers. A five-month supply of housing inventory

is generally considered balanced, favoring neither buyers nor sellers. South St. Paul’s numbers are well below that. The city of South St. Paul’s focus through 2030 will be to encourage the maintenance and reinvestment in housing through remodeling programs and

code enforcement, as well as developing more choice with regard to “move-up” (larger than a starter home) units and housing for seniors. The major reason for the lackluster number of homes for sale in the region is the

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New bioenergy company to be headquartered in South St. Paul Mark Gallagher Contributor


outh St. Paul is expected to become home of a new bioenergy facility as early as the spring of 2015, or the fall of that same year. The facility will be the offspring of a partnership between Sanimax, a leading North American rendering

company, and Green Energy Partners, a Wisconsinbased company that develops environmental projects through engineering and construction services. The name of the new company is SaniGreen Bioenergy. Sanimax is a familyowned company that offers creative solutions, services and products to the agri-

food industry, providing for the collection, processing and enhancement of organic by-products. Green Energy Partners focuses on positively impacting the environment through advancements in engineering, enabling them to design sustainable infrastructure to provide renewable energy for transportation and elec-

tricity production. SaniGreen Bioenergy intends to bring 150 construction jobs and 20 permanent jobs to the South St. Paul area. Dan Ostrenga, Organic Solutions director for Sanimax, said they will be recruiting from South St. Paul and the surrounding communities. The new company will

use a biological reduction process that is an extension of the “We are the 3R” philosophy (Recycling-ReuseReduce). The process will focus on reclaiming unwanted organic materials from landfill or land spreading, renewing those materials for other uses, and returning those materials to the marketplace. The entire

process occurs in a sealed, negative pressure facility utilizing innovative filtration technology to mitigate odors. In addition to producing natural gas through an organic conversion process, the SaniGreen facility will generate its own electricity and sell organic fer-

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tilizer by-products to local and regional businesses. Jennifer Gale, president of the River Heights Chamber of Commerce, is excited about the new venture. “SaniGreen’s bioenergy facility proposed for South St. Paul will bring additional permanent jobs, as well as innovative, environmen-

tally-friendly technology to the BridgePoint Business Park area.” she said. “We look forward to working with SaniGreen and learning more about what they can offer our local community.” Sanimax is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec; Green Energy Partners is in Green

Bay, Wisc. SaniGreen will be headquartered in South St. Paul. “South St. Paul is a great opportunity area, a very progressive area that’s been looking for organic recycling,” said Ostrenga. “We as a company are looking to make a green campus to showcase what we can do in that area. Big companies look at big waste streams. Mid and smaller

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high percentage of “underwater” homes – when homeowners owe more on the house than it’s currently worth, according to Herb Tousley of the Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas’s Opus College of Business. The percentage of metro area homeowners who are “underwater” is about five to 15 percentage points higher than the national average. The national average is 25 percent. In Dakota County it is 37 percent. Specific numbers for South St. Paul were not available. Fewer houses for sale is great for sellers because they are receiving multiple offers, which push housing prices up. On the negative side, would-be buyers may not be able to find homes that meet their needs. It is expected that rising home values will entice homeowners who have been waiting on the sidelines for just the right time to list their home will finally put the “for sale” sign out. Owners of homes that are “underwater” can be hopeful that they are on

their way to regaining some of the home value that was lost when the housing bubble burst in 2008. Tousley said home values are now at 2003 levels. Don’t expect prices to rise to 2007-2008 levels – the apex of home values – any time soon, he warns, because those prices were artificially inflated and not sustainable for the economic state of the local market at the time and certainly not now. Unfortunately, another indicator puts the metro area in a bad light. The number of houses sold for less than their value, usually through foreclosure or a short sale, is higher here. In April 2012, the average number of sheriff sales was 28 percent of all home sales nationally but a staggering 42.7 percent in the metro. Things looked a little better in April of this year, with the national average down to 18 percent and the metro at 31.6. Tousley predicted that the percentage of distressed metro area sales will decline to nearly the national average late in the third

quarter of this year. Despite the high numbers for the metro area, South St. Paul is seeing fewer houses in peril. The number of sheriff sales is down from 48 in January through April 2012 to 30 this year. The number of “pending sales” has also declined in the city, from 79 during this time frame last year to only 43 this year. A pending sale is an official notification from the mortgage company that the foreclosure process has begun. However, not all of these result in sheriff sales.

Older, yet affordable South St. Paul is at an advantage because it offers the least expensive homes in Dakota County, with 89 percent under $249,000 and 61 percent under $200,000. The city’s housing stock is on the older end, with 75 percent built before 1960. Single family homes comprise most of the housing. With only a few small townhouse developments or condominium units and very few “move-up” single family homes, the City sees a need for more diversity in

housing choices so residents will remain in the community as their housing needs change. With only a few small tracts available for new development, however, South St. Paul is considered a fully developed city. In 1996, a new program came to the rescue. The South St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) created “Rediscover South St. Paul” to acquire blighted properties and initiate redevelopment of the properties for new single family homes. Three modest sized areas – South Bluff, Wentworth Hollow and Wilson Heights – have been redeveloped to accommodate 41 “move-up” single family homes. Over the last 10 years, this approach, along with other redevelopment efforts, has provided 32 townhouse units at Southview Estates and Lincoln Park Townhomes. In addition, Wakota on Fourth, originally a commercial site, was redeveloped as a 36-unit condominium building. A large single family property was redeveloped into Levander

Estates, a 56-unit condominium building with 18 townhouses.

Senior housing It is expected that many aging seniors will want to stay in their homes as long as possible, which will lead to a greater need for redesign services and loans to fund improvements to make homes safer for seniors. The Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) has already responded to the need for affordable senior units in South St. Paul by building three senior apartment buildings over the last 10 years. They include the 56-unit Dakota Heights on 15th Avenue North between 3rd and 4th Streets North; River Heights Terrace, with 54 units at 1720 Thompson Ave., and Thompson Heights, a 60unit building on Thompson Avenue, between 13th and 15th Avenues North. South St. Paul HRA manages 296 one-bedroom apartments in two locations: the John Carroll Building,

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N ews Briefs Student Notes Corey Lemay was named to the dean’s list at Marquette University. Stephanie Howard and Jessica Scott were named to the dean’s list at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Breanna Olson was named to the dean’s list at St. Olaf College. Sadie Kuehn was named to the dean’s list at Concordia University, St. Paul.

South St. Paul Public Schools golf tourney The South St. Paul Public Schools CustodialMaintenance-Technology Departments will host the 17th Annual “CMT” Golf Tournament Fundraiser at noon, Monday, July 29 at the Cannon Falls Golf Club. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The tournament is shotgun start, best ball format. Cost is $70 per golfer and includes golfing, cart, food and beverages. There will also be a silent auction, raffle drawing and door prizes. Proceeds will be used for scholarships in the amount of $3,000 that are awarded annually to two

Your community news and information source South St. Paul High School graduating seniors. To register or make a donation, call Erika at 651-457-9474.

Lion’s Club hosts fundraiser The South St. Paul Lion’s Club will host a golf tournament at noon, Monday, Aug. 5 at Mississippi Dunes in Cottage Grove. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The format is shotgun start, 4-person scramble. Cost is $90 for golf, cart, bucket of range balls, door prizes and dinner. A silent auction and social hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and a program at 6:45 p.m. For more information, contact Greg Niederkorn at 651-451-1333 or or golf@

Library happenings For more information on library events, call 651-5543240 or visit Book discussions - July’s title is “The Tiger’s Wife” by Téa Obreht. While visiting an orphanage in a remote village, Natalia learns that

her grandfather has died mysteriously. She comes to believe that he was on a quest to find “the deathless man” of his past. Natalia recalls the stories her grandfather told her during their treks to the local zoo to visit the tigers. The Wednesday group meets at 1 p.m., July 10 and the Thursday group at 7 p.m., July 11. Both discussions are held in the library’s meeting room. Author information packets are at the library’s front desk or at library, under Adult Book Discussions. e-book basics - Learn more about downloading free eBooks from the library at these informational sessions, held Tuesday, July 9. Session 1 (iPad), 1:30-2:15 p.m.; Session 2 (Kindle) 2:15-3 p.m.; Session 3 (Nook, Kobo, Sony and others), 3-3:35 p.m.. If you are unsure which session is right for you, call Honora at 651-554-3243. Online registration is required. ipad basics - This class, offered 6-8 p.m., Monday, July 22, is designed for new iPad users who need help learning the basics of the iPad. Topics include navi-

gation, understanding apps and basic troubleshooting. Attendees should bring their own iPad. Online registration is required. Colorful Clay Pots with Abrakadoodle - 2-3 p.m., Monday, July 1. Learn to roll coils and mix colors to create colorful clay pots. Ages 6-12. Registration required. Bibliobop - 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 2. DJ Miss Amy will share great tunes from the library’s music collection. Ages birth and up with a caregiver. Messy Art Club - 2-3:30 p.m., Monday, July 8. Make a Dig In!-themed art project. Ages 3-12. Discovery Club: Rocks - 2-3 p.m., Tuesday, July 9. Learn about different kinds of rocks and minerals. Ages 6-12. Registration required Summer Playhouse 10:30 a.m., Wednesday July 10, 17, 24 and 31. Free entertainment presented by the South St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Playhouse. Little Scientists: Recycle - 10:30-11:15 a.m., Thursday, July 11. Learn about recycling through stories and interactive science ac-

tivities. Ages 3-6. Registration required. Little Scientists: All Kinds of Rocks - 2-2:45 p.m., Monday, July 15. Learn about all kinds of rocks through stories and interactive science activities. Ages 3-6. Registration required. Storyteller from England - 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 16. A special program about seeds and flowers by accomplished storyteller Brian Poulton. All ages. Pirate Party - 1-2 p.m., Thursday, July 18. Walk the plank, discover your pirate name, go on a treasure hunt and more. Ages 6-12. Registration required. Rock, Rattle, & Rhyme - 10:30-11:15 a.m., Friday, July 19 and 6:15-7 p.m., Monday, July 22. Ages 36 months and younger with a caregiver. Features rhymes, songs, books and open play. Bet You Can’t Eat Just One!: Potato Chip Taste Testing - 2-2:45 p.m., Tuesday, July 23. Learn about George Crum, the inventor of the potato chip, then participate in a potato chip taste test to help choose the best chip. Registration required.

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The South St. Paul Community Preschool program is accepting registrations for classes that start in September. A new class for threeyear-olds has been added at Family Connections. Limited four-year-old openings exist at Lincoln Center and Kid Connections. Children must be age three or four by September 1. To register or for more information, call 651-457-9418.

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Fare for All Express will be held 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, at Central Square The South St. Paul Parks Community Center, 100 and Recreation Depart- 7th Ave. N. Fare for All ment is accepting registra- Express is a program of tions through July 19 for the Emergency Foodshelf the 2013 youth football Network that partners with league. Boys and girls in organizations around the grades 1-6 may register for Twin Cities metro area. It is flag; grades 3-6 for tackle. a cooperative food buying Use grade child is entering program that allows people in Fall 2013 and register at to save up to 50 percent on the Parks and Rec. office at monthly groceries by pur100-7th Ave. N., South St. chasing “express packages.” Paul. Fees are $60 per play- No advance payment or er for flag; $80 per player pre-registration is needed to for tackle. Late registrations purchase packages and there will incur a $15 additional is no limit to the number of fee. The league will feature a packages that can be purskills week that is included chased each month. Fare with the sign up. All youth For All is open to everyone. will participate the first There are no income-based week and receive instruc- requirements for participation from South St. Paul tion. Participation does not High School varsity coach affect eligibility to receive Chad Sexauer and his staff.  assistance from a food shelf. For more information, call For more information, 651-306-3690, or register call 651-306-3690 or visit online at www.southstpaul. org.

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Memorial bench, tree and paver bricks The Memorial Bench, Tree and Paver Brick program is a unique way to honor a loved one. A personalized bench or tree can be placed in a city park or along a city trail.  Personalized memory path paver bricks are placed at Simon’s Ravine Trailhead, 1308 N.

Park shelters and pavilion reservations

The South St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department is accepting reservations for its three facilities that are available for rent for picnics or special events. Rentals available daily through October 14 include the shelter at Lorraine Park and the shelter and pavilion at Kaposia Park. All other public

Permits are now available for the Kaposia Landing Off-Leash Dog Area, l 800 Bryant Ave., South St. Paul. This 6.3-acre fenced parcel offers dogs and their owners the only legal area to run, recreate and train without a leash in the city. Users must have a permit to use the park. Cost is $20 for residents and $30 for nonresidents. The fee supports on-going maintenance and development of the park, which is open daily 6 a.m.10 p.m. For more information, visit www.southstpaul. org or call 651-306-3690.

Passes on sale for disc golf and outdoor pools The Kaposia Park Disc Golf Course at Kaposia Park operates on a pay-toplay format. Users must purchase a $5 daily pass or an annual pass, which costs $30 for residents and $40 for non-residents. There is no charge for students age 14 and under with a student ID. Passes are sold on-site during the disc golf season and also at the Parks and Recreation office, 100 7th Ave. N., South St. Paul. Summer season passes are on sale for South St. Paul’s t

wo outdoor pools: Splash Pool at Lorraine Park and Northview Pool. The passes are also honored at the indoor pool at Central Square Community Center. The outdoor pools will be open June 8 through Aug. 18. Cost for residents is $35 for the first pass in a household and $25 for each additional pass. Non-resident fees are $45, and $35 for additional passes within the household. Daily admission is $3.50. Annual passes and daily admission coupon books are available at the Parks and Recreation office at Central Square Community Center, 100 7th Ave. N., South St. Paul. For more information, call 651306-3690 or visit www.

Gamblers Anonymous meeting A Gamblers Anonymous meeting is held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Miracle Centre Church/ School, 125 21st Ave. S., Room 113, South St. Paul. For more information, call 1-855-222-5542 or visit

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Free entertainment presented by the South St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Playhouse is offered at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 16, 23, 30 at Miracle Center of St. Paul, 125 21st Ave. S.;  and 1:30 p.m. at Veterans Field, Third Street and 13th Avenue North. Programs are held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 10, 17, 24 and 31 at the South St. Paul Library, Marie Avenue and 3rd Avenue South;  1 p.m. at Lorraine Park, 3rd Avenue and 7th Street South; and 2:30 p.m. at Kaposia Center, 1st Avenue South and Dale Street. Programs are also held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday,  July 11, 18, 25 and August 1 at Lincoln Center, 4th Street parking lot;  1 p.m. at Summit Park, 15th Avenue North and Pleasant Avenue; and

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South Suburban Adult Basic Education offers free classes to help adults age 16 and older learn English and prepare for the GED test. Classes are offered at various times and locations. Free childcare is available for some classes. To enroll or receive more information, call 651-457-9441 or visit South Suburban Adult Basic Education at 517 Marie Ave., South St. Paul.

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headband or fascinator hat like British royalty wears. Learn to make fabric flowers and accessorize with feathers and netting. Ages 12-18. Registration required. Craft Lab: Shrinky Dinks - 6-7 p.m., Monday, July 15. Draw on shrinking plastic to create awesome creations. Make key chains, charms and more. Ages 1218. Registration required.

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“Then Now Wow,” the largest exhibit ever at the History Center, highlights Minnesota’s history in the prairies, forests and cities. Visitors will encounter multi-media exhibits, artifacts and images unique to Minnesota’s diverse population and historic events.

“Minnesota and the Civil War” is presented through September 8. The intense divide between North and South in the 1850s turned to war in 1861, and Minnesotans were the first in the Union to respond to the call. Discover the people who mourned, made sacrifices and weighed every possibility and outcome

Ongoing exhibits include “The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862,” “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, The War, The Boom,” “Grainland,” “Open House: If These Walls Could Talk” and “Weather Permitting.” Museum tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and college students, and $6 for children ages 6-17. The center offers free admission on Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m.

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“Dora and Diego” is presented through September 22. Children and families are invited to the enchanting world of Dora the Explorer, her animal-rescuing cousin Diego, and their friends Boots and Baby Jaguar. Participants may explore Isa’s Flowery Garden, help Tico gather nuts,

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“Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” is presented at the Science Museum. It features numerous artifacts and interactive exhibits.

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Pip Jazz Sundays Poet and spoken word artist Louis Alemayehu will perform at 4 p.m.,

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S ample St. Paul is presented through July 14. In the heart of London some of Europe’s most powerful men gather to play a game. The game is murder. This is The Suicide Club, and they have a new member, Sherlock Holmes. Tickets are $25-$58.

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Nine Nights of Music Now in its 15th year, the Minnesota History Center is hosting its free Nine Nights of Music series every Tuesday in July and August at the Minnesota History Center Plaza, 345

Your community news and information source W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Listen to the rich and vibrant rhythms and sounds of some of Minnesota’s best musicians from a variety of cultures and get out your dancing shoes for salsa, soulful Motown, and big band swing. Dance instruction from Tapestry Folk Dance Center or Uptown Swing is offered 6:30-7 p.m. Live music and dancing takes place 7-8:30 p.m. Pack a picnic or purchase food from the Café Minnesota terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to museum galleries, 5-8 p.m. There is a nominal fee for parking. In case of rain, performances will be held indoors in the 3M Auditorium. The Century Brass Band will honor soldiers who died 150 years ago at the Battle of Gettysburg on Tuesday, July 2 by joining a candlelight processional across Kellogg Boulevard to the Josias King Civil War Monument for a brief memorial. King was the first man to volunteer in the First Minnesota Infantry, which makes him the first person to join the Union Army in the Civil War. For a complete schedule,

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Minnesota Centennial Showboat “Sweet Revenge or No Mother to Guide Her” is presented through August 24 at the Minnesota Centennial Showboat, moored at Harriet Island. Performances are held at 8 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Romance, comedy and high drama drive this classic American melodrama of a repentant criminal who steals the heart of a farmer’s daughter only to have his former corrupt partner, Livingstone, claim her for his own. Add to the mix a whiskey-swilling grandmother who serves as Livingstone’s hit woman, a well meaning constable and an escaped convict who has seen the light, and you get an action-packed adventure appropriate for audiences of all ages. Showboat audiences are encouraged to boo and hiss the bad guys and cheer on the heroes. A

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Every mile is a memory The 72 miles of Mississippi River that flow through the Twin Cities hold a treasure trove of memories in the making. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area this November, we are publishing a series of articles that explore life in the corridor and the many amenities it offers. Read the series at

Paddling with a purpose Tim Spitzack Editor


hose of us who canoe or kayak do so for many different reasons. I have a handful of my own that justify the tremendous effort it takes to retrieve my kayak from my shed, lash it to my truck and drive it down to the river. Granted, the effort is caused my own foolishness. My kayak hangs in the back of my shed, directly behind my canoe. They both hover over my instruments of lawn manipulation: mower, weed sprayer, tiller, aerator, etc. I use my kayak more frequently than my canoe so I don’t know why I continue to store it in the most hard-to-reach space. I suspect it has to do with tradition. I purchased my kayak many years before my canoe and that’s where I’ve always stored it. To recover it, I must duck under my canoe, climb around the lawn equipment, free it from it’s chains and try to squeeze it through a narrow opening toward the door. I have to

contort my body to accomplish this act and I invariably graze my head against the side of my canoe before the task is done. This scenario played out for the umpteenth time on June 2, but alas, by 7 p.m. I had reached the river, squeezed myself in my kayak and was gliding along a tranquil surface. The Mississippi can often be rough and choppy but that day it was serene and glassy and gloriously reflected the bluff line and the ribbons of clouds in the blue sky above. I embarked from the boat ramp near Spring Lake Park Reserve, located between Rosemount and Hastings. Within minutes I was paddling over the submerged shoreline that separated Spring Lake and the Mississippi river before the Army Corps of Engineers dammed the river and conjoined the two into one body of water. I sprinted across the main channel and paddled around one of several small islands. I like to paddle between these islands because the water is too shallow for motor-

Neighbors, Inc. By John Kemp Executive Director

Each year the month of March is dubbed “Minnesota FoodShare Month.” This has been an annual event for over a quarter of a century. The FoodShare program is sponsored by the Minneapolis Council of Churches and nearly every food shelf in the state participates in the program. It becomes a giant competition among food shelves because the share of the funds that each food shelf receives from the Council of Churches is dependent upon the success of each individual food shelf ’s FoodShare drive. For instance, if the total amount of food and funds raised by every food shelf that participates is 2,000,000, and a single food shelf raises 50,000, then that food shelf will receive 2.5 percent of the total amount of money in the pool. If the total raised is 2,000,000, and a food shelf raises 100,000, then they will receive 5 percent. Each week, during FoodShare month, each food shelf submits data to the Council of Churches on how much money they raised that week and how much food they rePage 8 - South St. Paul Voice - July 2013

boats and the signs of urban progress are hidden from landscape, making me feel like I’m in a wilderness area. I eyed a lovely little cove, pointed my boat in it’s direction and stroked toward it. Once there, I let myself drift silently along, looking like a compass needle trying to find true north, listening to a beautiful symphony from my feathered friends around me. Minutes later I paddled further along and the water became increasingly more shallow — three feet, two feet, a foot — and very muddy. I was nearly immobile in the muck when six or eight torpedos suddenly burst out from both sides of my bow. I couldn’t tell what they were but I heard their report and saw the rippled direction of their trajectory fan out before me to a distance of ten yards or more. They startled me and I sat there in bemusement, feeling like the Sealion submarine that had just fired its load of armament. I stroked further ahead and unexpectedly began to feel several thumps beneath my kayak and see more commotion beneath the surface. I feared that

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the hunter had become the hunted. That week, I called Joel Stiras, a fisheries biologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, to see what caused this underwater barrage. “It was likely bigmouth buffalo,” he said. The bigmouth buffalo is the largest member of the sucker family and lives in shallow, muddy areas of lakes and rivers. They can grow to three feet or longer and weigh over 50 pounds. This experience made me realize why I continue to carve out time to spend on the river. No two outings are ever the same. It is for that reason that so many people are attracted to paddle sports, including the 300 or so who will be taking part in the 10th annual Mississippi River Challenge July 27-28. The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR), an organization that is celebrating it’s 20th year of protecting, restoring and enhancing the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities region. FMR has grown in size and scope since it

ceived. In April, a celebration luncheon is held to announce the results. This year, we at Neighbors were thrilled to find that we had the third most successful FoodShare month in the state; third among more than 300 food shelves that participated. It was the best we’ve ever done, and given the nature of the organizations that finished first and second, it’s the best we can ever expect to do. While the competitive nature of most of us is such that we can’t help but take just a little pride in finishing third out of more than 300, we realize that the real winners are the people we serve; the people in our community who will visit our food shelf this year. How did it happen? In a word, “You.” It happened because you care. It happened because you stepped up and answered the call. You recognize our collective responsibility to care for each other and you are willing to share what you can of your own resources to make sure others have what they need to continue to be a part of our community. I don’t think this happens in most other communities to the same degree it does in our community. The level of generosity and kindness in this northern Dakota County community we call home never ceases to amaze me. It’s also worth noting that Minnesota is the only state in the country that has a program like this, which I think speaks volumes about the generosity of Minnesotans in general. Historically, the months of January and February are pretty slow months in terms of donations, both funds and food. During those months we watch our shelves get more and more bare. Then comes March and we almost get overwhelmed with the amount of food that pours in. It’s dif-

was founded. Today, it is run by a 16-member board, 9-member council of advisers, 19 staff and a slew of volunteers. Nearly 1,700 people pledge financial support to the organization that has helped protect over 1,500 acres in the Twin Cities metro area and restored habitat on over 1,300 acres on 45 sites. If you’ve seen people picking up garbage along the riverbank or stenciling storm drains with the message “Please Don’t Pollute - Drains To River!,” it’s likely they are FMR volunteers. Over 38,000 volunteers have donated an estimated 286,000 hours of time to the organization over the years. The Mississippi River Challenge is FMR’s largest member-supported fundraiser. Over 2,400 paddlers have raised over $1 million over the past decade. They come in all ages, shapes and sizes and paddle boats that are either new or wellused, drab or colorful and creative, such as one canoe painted to look like a shark. This year participants will travel a 44-mile route down the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers, ending near

Grey Cloud Island. On the first day they will paddle on the Minnesota River through the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, ending at Fort Snelling State Park. That night they will celebrate at the parade grounds at Historic Fort Snelling with food, wine, beer and music. It will likely resemble a raucous rendezvous from days of yore. The public may attend this event, held 7-10 p.m., Saturday, July 27. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. On the second day, paddlers will travel through downtown St. Paul and head south toward Grey Cloud Island. If you are interested in participating, visit or call 651222-2193. The registration fee is $130 before July 12, $140 after. All paddlers are required to raise $250 in pledges. Canoe rental is available for $40, and kayaks for $50. Friends of the Mississippi is located at 360 N. Robert St., Suite 400, St. Paul. For more information, visit or call 651222-2193.

ficult for our volunteers to keep up with the influx as every donation must be weighed, recorded, sorted, marked and put on the shelves. With about 100,000 pounds coming in over a four-week period it’s joyous but exhausting work. Then come the doldrums. Except for the Postal Employees’ Food Drive on Mother’s Day weekend, which is always a large success and this year brought in about 30,000 pounds, donations to the food shelf slow to a trickle and all the food we put on the shelves in March begins to disappear. We distribute 35,000-40,000 pounds of food a month, so even though we may receive 100,000 pounds in March, that food lasts less than three months. Add to that the 30,000 pounds we received in the Postal drive and we’re in pretty good shape through much of the summer, the busiest time of the year for the food shelf. After that, we’re scrambling. The FoodShare program is very important to Neighbors and to all food shelves in the state. Please don’t forget about us this summer. If you hear of someone doing a food drive, think about donating some food. If you shop at Knowlans or Cub Foods, consider picking up one of the prepacked bags of food they have available and dropping it in the Neighbors bin each time you shop, or perhaps just put a few items in a bag and bring it to the food shelf yourself. Our food shelf volunteers love having visitors. In addition to giving you a big thank you, they’ll show you around the food shelf, if you’re interested. Meanwhile, from all of those who turn to Neighbors for assistance to all of you who helped make this year’s FoodShare month such a great success, thank you.

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WANTED: South St. Paul youth that are in grades 5-12 who are creative, like to have fun, are hard working and a team player, enjoy giving back to the community, are looking for something to do and have great ideas for new activities and events in South St. Paul for youth and families. If this is you, then consider joining the South St. Paul Mayor’s Youth Task Force. Last month, members of the task force invited youth in grades 4-6 to join the task force and get involved in activi-

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The River Heights Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary business organization with a powerful presence and a strong position on diverse issues affecting the surrounding community. The Chamber represents the business community of South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights and surrounding areas, all of which provides over 10,000 local jobs. Membership is comprised of companies, civic leaders and individual business people whose main objective is to promote the interests of business and the promotion of jobs for the community they represent. We look at businesses as employers. The more jobs available, the more people employed. In the United States, the first Chamber of Commerce was created in 1768 in New York City. The River Heights Chamber has its beginnings dating all the way back to 1903. From the very beginning of our country and our local community, chambers of commerce have been there to help make our business community strong. A chamber of commerce does more than promote the interests of businesses through political advocacy. Our Chamber works for the betterment of local schools and other community institutions as well. It offers a range of programs and services to our members, including education, recognition, advice and support on business matters, and opportunities for networking and the sharing of ideas. Our Chamber continues to be an advocate for local businesses of all sizes. A community thrives when businesses are strong and jobs are created. A strong business community benefits everyone and everything. The key ingredient to a strong chamber is its members. Since 1903, our Chamber has been made up of community leaders and entrepreneurs. These are individuals who

When are the monthly meetings? During the school year, meetings are typically held at 11 a.m. the second Saturday at City Hall. In the summer, we hold meetings on Wednesday evenings, as needed, before Swimming Under the Stars parties. We also hold sub-committee meetings as needed. Meeting times are flexible due to member’s schedules, events and activities in the community. I’m involved in sports and other activities. What if I can’t make it to all the meetings? That’s okay. Being involved in sports and activities is

work in the community, own local businesses, live in the community, raise their families here, went to local schools, send their children to local schools and volunteer unlimited hours to improve the community. We don’t work for the city, the state or the federal government. We work for your employer to maintain a healthy business climate with one common goal: to make your community a better place to live, work and play. We invite you to check out the River Heights Chamber of Commerce and attend an upcoming free networking

important and we support that. We ask that you attend meetings as you are able and be part of the team. The task force has a reward system in which an active member can earn a task force sweatshirt. All you need to do to receive a sweatshirt is attend five meetings, assist at five events and lead one activity within a year. I have a few ideas that I think youth in the community will like. How do I go about presenting them? Simply join the task force and present your ideas at one of the monthly meetings. Task force members and adult advisors will listen to and discuss your ideas. Not all ideas fit our mission, but sometimes discussion of one idea will lead to developing another idea that is just as fun. What are some of the events for this summer? Events include: • June 28 – Kaposia Days Parade float • June 30 – 2nd Annual Water Balloon Dodge Ball tournament • Wednesday evenings – Swimming Under the Stars pool parties • August 6 – South St. Paul Night to Unite/Fill the Backpack campaign kick-off For complete details on these events or the task force, visit and click on SSP Mayor’s Youth Task Force, like us on Facebook at South St Paul Mayor’s Youth Task Force, or contact Deb Griffith at Deb.griffith@ or 651-554-3230. We hope to see you this summer at our community events, either as a participant or a task force member.

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ew high school sports buffs – including ancient ones like myself – can recall a prep sports season as stressful and discombobulated as the spring of 2013. Through all of April and well into May, weather events conspired to bring high school athletics to a virtual standstill. Fortunately, most young people are far more resilient than their adult counterparts. Despite the forced cancellation of nearly half of their respective schedules, several South St. Paul High School athletes ignored the disruption and competed at a very high level. We pause to recognize eight who were great and advanced to the state tournament.

The 4x200 meter girls relay team Samantha Veldman, Hannah Marion, Roxanne Veldman and Sherra Casey Sherra Casey experienced an epic season and a stellar track and field career. A senior and two-time captain, she earned all-conference honors in four events: long jump, 100 meters and the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. According to Tom Hart, head coach of the girls track team, she was also a very effective mentor for her teammates on the 4x200 relay team that advanced to the state tournament. Samantha Veldman is a ninth grader, as is Hannah Marion. Roxanne Veldman is a seventh grader. To our knowledge, Casey never babysat for any of the three, but there is ample evidence that the four of them meshed very nicely as a relay team. They set a Classic Suburban Conference record in the 4x200. They were runners-up to eventual AA state champion Prior Lake in the same distance in sectional qualifying and finished a very respectable fifth place at the state tournament. Veldman and Marion, as eighth graders, and Casey, as a junior, were also members of the 4x200 relay team that placed fourth at the 2012 state tournament. It is not all about track for Veldman and Marion. They were also members of the Packer soccer team that captured third place at last fall’s state tournament. The

two of them – not yet eligible for a driver’s license – already have three state tournaments under their belts. “I learned many life lessons,” Casey said in summing up her track career at South St. Paul. “The competition was my motivator and taught me how to cope with defeat and also how to stay humble in victory.” It is not all about track for Casey either. Riding aboard her horse, Gunner, Casey is also an accomplished barrel racer, a rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a clover-leaf pattern around preset barrels. Casey said a typical race lasts 16 seconds – or about 3.5 seconds longer than it takes for her to run 100 meters.

Girls 3200 meter Sarah Conlon Coach Hart won the lottery when the Conlon family of Bloomington moved to South St. Paul during the summer of 2012. Fortunately for Hart, they brought with them a ninth grade long-distance runner who is a borderline child prodigy. Sarah Conlon’s specialties are the 1600 meter and 3200 meter (roughly onemile and two-mile) runs. At the conference championships she finished second in the 1600 and shattered the conference record with a time of 11:06 in the 3200. “What amazed all of us,” said Hart, “is how Sarah continued to shave off huge chunks of time as she progressed through the postseason.” At the sectional championship, Conlon finished second in the 3200 with a time of 10:56.92. She peeled off another ten seconds (10:46.29) at the state tournament and finished in sixth place. Marion, Conlon and Veldman each have three years of eligibility left and Roxanne Veldman has five. We dare say that state championships may be lurking in the distance.

Boys long jump and triple jump Dan Sauro Senior co-captain Dan Sauro had an outstanding 2013 season. He earned allconference honors in four events: long jump, triple jump, 200 meters and the 4x100 meter relay. Long and lean at 6’3” and 175 pounds, Sauro excelled in the jumping disciplines. He finished second in both the long jump (20’10½”) and the triple jump (43’2”) at the sectional qualifying meet, earning a berth in the state tournament in both events. He placed 17th in the long jump and 13th in the triple jump. Suaro will attend the University of St. Thomas where he will continue to pursue his track and field career. “Dan has put in a lot of hard work and has really developed physically,” said head coach Randy Bjorkland. “He improved his numbers every year he competed for us and I look for him to continue to improve at the college level.”

Boys High Jump Ted Frid Only a sophomore, Ted Frid is on course to carve quite a niche in the South St. Paul athletic landscape. A three-sport athlete, he may impact the football and hockey programs in much the same manner as he has the track and field team. It is rare that someone can jump higher that his own height. Those theatrics are generally reserved for our four-legged friends. Frid does it on a regular basis. Only six feet tall, he

The 4x200 meter girls relay team: (left to right) Sherra Casey, Hannah Marion, Roxanne Veldman and Samantha Veldman.

won the conference championship at Mahtomedi with a jump of 6’2.” He followed that up with a personal best of 6’4” to capture the Section 3AA championship and advance to the state tournament. Like so many athletic events this spring, the state high jump competition was settled in a downpour at Hamline University. Frid finished 13th with a jump of 6’2.” “Ted is a great all-around athlete,” said Bjorkland. “If he continues to improve at the same pace as he did this season, there is no telling what he might accomplish.”

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Boys golf David Vaughn David Vaughn has been the face of the boys golf team throughout his tenure at South St. Paul High School: five-year letter winner, four-time MVP, three-time All Conference Honorable Mention and two-time team captain. About the only thing missing from his resume

was a trip to the state tournament. He rectified that omission in his senior season, shooting a scintillating 79-74 to finish runner-up in the sectional championships at the River Oaks Country Club. He was not pleased with his play in the 2A State Tournament (shortened by rain to 54 holes) but that does not diminish the satisfaction he gained from his experience as a member of the South St. Paul golf team. “Dave (Palmquist) is a great guy and a great coach and it was a pleasure to play with so many incredible teammates,” he said. Vaughn intends to play golf for the Cobbers at Concordia College in Moorhead and enroll in pre-dental.


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B ack in Time A glimpse back at ‘Pill Hill’ Lois Glewwe Contributor


ne of the things which distinguishes South St. Paul from communities like Inver Grove Heights, Eagan and Apple Valley is that the city never went through the gradual process of transition from farmland to suburban development. Soon after Dakota County was created in 1849, surveyors began the process of identifying plats that were meant to attract new residents and businesses to the area after the Mdewakanton Dakota people were removed to reservations in 1852. Instead of parceling off 140 acre plots for farms, however, South St. Paul began with the establishment of the massive St. Paul Union Stockyards and the rapid construction along Concord Street that accompanied the arrival of the livestock industry. The result of this rush to build led to the establishment of early residential homes along the main

streets of the center of the city. These elegant new homes were quickly purchased by the commission men, cattlemen, bankers and industrialists who brought their families here from the east coast to invest in the burgeoning community. A particular stretch of land high on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River became one of South St. Paul’s most elite and elegant neighborhoods. Identifiable today as the 300 and 400 blocks of Fifth Avenue North, the property was first purchased by Chester Pitt in 1857, who most likely bought the 40acre plat as an investment. A well-known entrepreneur, Alpheus French, added the area to his extensive land holdings in 1859. French also owned all of the property encompassing the stockyards and what is now Grand and Concord. French was followed by a variety of investors, none of whom were successful


in developing the street into residential lots. It was not until 1928 when Dr. Harold Tregilgas and the South St. Paul Improvement Company purchased the plat that any kind of construction plans were implemented. The first homes on what was to become Fifth Avenue North were built in the early 1930s and the last were completed before the end of World War II. Each house is distinctive in design, although several reflect America’s fascination with Spanish architecture that was prevalent at the time. Whether by intent or accident, several South St. Paul physicians were among the early owners of the Fifth Avenue homes. Their shared profession led to the nicknaming of the street as “Pill Hill,” a designation which identifies similar neighborhoods of elegant homes belonging to doctors in Chicago, Ill., and Rochester, Minn. South St. Paul’s Pill Hill was home to Dr. Tregilgas and to doctors Earl and

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Thomas Lowe, brothers who shared office space on Concord Street. Local dentist Dr. Thomas Conlon moved onto the avenue in later years as did Dr. Robert Lindell. Dr. Robert Forsythe, a veterinarian, was one of the owners of the plat in 1928 and lived at 389 Fifth Ave. N. for many years. One of the first houses completed was at 379 Fifth Ave. N., which was the first home that Harold Stassen and his new bride, Esther Glewwe Stassen, built in 1932. They lived there when Harold was elected as Governor of Minnesota in November 1938, making the house the only “Governor’s Residence” in the state at that time. The home was purchased by William Bowen, owner of Lee Livestock, when the Stassens moved to their new house on Stewart Lane in South St. Paul in 1941. Other residents over the years included the families of Union Stockyards sales executive Thomas Lesch, Campbell Commission Company salesman My-

ron Grant, Armour’s cattle buyer Ewald Peterson, insurance agency owner Leo Rolle, Northwest Airlines executive Adolph Rindfleisch, Standard Building Supplies owner Joe Chalupa; and Southview Country Club founder Ezra Lloyd. Many of the homes were

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passed down from parent to child to grandchild over the years and most have had only two or three owners in the seven or eight decades since they were built. The most remarkable characteristic of the Pill Hill neighborhood is the view many of the homes have of the Mississippi River. Because of the height of the bluff and the angle of the hillside, most of the buildings on Grand and Concord are hidden, and only the river, the barges, tugboats and pleasure craft are seen from bay windows and front yard patios. The two most significant neighbors the Fifth Avenue residents share are St. Augustine’s Catholic Church and St. Stefan’s Romanian Orthodox Church. The latter, built in 1924, was placed on the National Register of Historic sites in 2004 and is a local landmark and one of the attractions of Pill Hill.

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