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Anoka County Library celebrates diamond jubilee BY SHANNON GRANHOLM EDITOR

Staff at Anoka County Libraries (ACL) are looking forward to celebrating all year-round. 2018 marks the ACL's 60th anniversary. “It’s an exciting time – our diamond jubilee,” said Library Director Maggie Snow. “We want to celebrate with our patrons all year long. “We recognize our patrons and staff have helped create and shape our story. It’s important that we preserve those stories

to share in the next 60 years.” What began as a small organization with a few libraries has since transformed into a system with eight branches and two affiliate libraries. ACL system officially opened its doors to the public in November 1958.

efforts, Independent School District 12 levied for a library and established the Southeast Anoka County Public Library in 1959. Later that year, the library merged with the county library but continued to received district funding until around 1970. At the time, the branch was located in the Midland Cooperative Building at Lake Drive and Lexington Avenue. The library later moved to a rented building at 920 Lexington Ave., where it operated

Centennial Branch history

Centennial Branch's history dates even farther back. In 1953, Circle Pines resident Elsa Carlson started collecting books and running a library out of her home. Because of Carlson's and other residents'



The original Circle Pines Library located in the Circulating Pines strip mall in 1958.

Met Council reform explored at chamber event BY SHANNON GRANHOLM EDITOR


Volunteer Nicholas Schintgen cuddles with his foster basset, Uno, at Blaine Chuck and Don's on April 8.

Basset hound rescue group visits Blaine BY JULIA ARNOLD CONTRIBUTING WRITER

BLAINE — There were a lot of keen noses and long faces sniffing around the Blaine Chuck & Don’s on Sunday, April 8. Basset hound noses, that is. Chuck & Don’s, a

Minnesota-based pet supply company with stores located throughout Minnesota, Colorado and Wisconsin, often hosts events to help promote animal adoption. The Blaine location (4255 Pheasant Ridge Drive) hosted the

Minnesota Basset Rescue (MNBR). On hand to greet visitors and shoppers were members of the rescue organization — basically a group of basset aficionados devoted to educating the public about their favorite breed and finding homes for

bassets in need. The people behind the hounds Alexandra Bertz, a MNBR board member, was at the event with her two beloved basset hounds, along with several other basset SEE BASSET HOUND, PAGE 12

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LINO LAKES — Quad-area business owners gathered to learn more about the Metropolitan Council, an initiative for its reform and what they can do to get involved at the Quad Area Chamber Lunch and Learn event Thursday, April 5, at Lino Lakes City Hall. Chris Tiedeman and Kathy Saltzman were the featured speakers. Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah was also in attendance to provide insight on the topic. Tiedeman, a resident of Blaine and licensed attorney, has worked for political and corporate clients to develop and execute grassroots teams as well as traditional and new media campaigns across the upper Midwest. Saltzman is a public affairs and government relations consultant with Weber Johnson Public Affairs. She has served as a DFL state senator, a legislative advocate and the executive director of the AmeriCorps program. The two presented the Metro Governance Transparency Initiative, which consists of both a House bill (HF 3273) and Senate bill (SF 2809). “We are working to make sure the Met Council is accountable to local governments. There have been a whole series of cities and counties that have gotten active in making changes to the governance of this organization because it is no longer accountable to us, the people,” Tiedeman said. “Anoka County and the north metro has been a real leader in this effort.”

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Circle Pines takes steps to manage emerald ash borer BY SHANNON GRANHOLM EDITOR

CIRCLE PINES — The city of Circle Pines has entered into an agreement with a company that will not only benefit the city overall, but also has perks for residents. The Circle Pines City Council approved a resolution at its April 10 meeting authorizing an agreement with Rainbow Treecare to help the city manage emerald ash borer (EAB). “They use a different, more effective method of treating the ash trees at a lower cost than the city can currently provide,” City Administrator Patrick Antonen explained to the council. “Currently, we charge residents $150 per tree for the injections, but the actual cost is roughly $250 (with staff time). Depending on the size of the tree, Rainbow Treecare costs are roughly $80 to $100 per tree.” Jeff Hafner, director of municipal consulting with Rainbow Treecare, addressed the council about EAB, the company and what the company is doing to manage it. EAB was fi rst discovered in Minnesota in 2009. It has now been confi rmed within 1 mile of Circle Pines in addition to surrounding communities including Shoreview in 2013, Blaine in 2017 and Lino Lakes in 2017. Most infected trees in Circle Pines are in the northwest quadrant of the city. Antonen said the city currently has around six to 12 trees they are treating and around 10 private trees that residents are paying the city to treat. “In 2013, Rainbow Treecare declared as a company that EAB was not going to move through Minnesota the same way it moved through other states like Ohio and Michigan. We decided that we were going to be a source for Minnesota doing it differently,” Hafner said. “In 2003 when EAB was discovered in Detroit, there weren't a lot of ideas of how to manage it. They lost a lot of trees that we don't need to. We have over 15 years of scientific advancements that have


This graphic, from the Emerald Ash Borer Information Network, depicts what people need to know about EAB.

really brought forward a pretty easy solution to manage EAB on a tree-bytree basis.” Rainbow Treecare works to combine insights from national research on EAB management, develop practical implementation strategies and comprehensive plans for cities and create municipal and homeowner programs to maximize tree protection and pest suppression. The company currently has 20 municipal EAB management programs, more than 12,000 ash trees under protection and over 25,000 total protected ash trees. Hafner said the key to the program is that both the city and residents are on the same page. “You want to get everybody that owns an ash tree working in a similar fashion. One of the reasons to combine a municipal and homeowner management program is that the death curve is the single biggest obstacle for you to achieve your goals. So when you increase the number of treated trees, then we kill insects rather than insects killing the trees and that death curve flattens out. So the more protected trees you have in any scalable environment, the slower all of the nontreated trees are going to die.”


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It is important to note that Rainbow Treecare will contract with the city to manage EAB on city property, but homeowners can also contract with the company at a reduced rate. Hafner said the resident would receive about 30 percent off of services. Councilwoman Jennifer Rauner asked how long it takes the bugs to kill the trees. Hafner said it can take anywhere from two to five years, depending on the level of infestation. Councilman Dean Goldberg asked whether a treated tree surrounded by unprotected trees would be affected. Hafner said no. “It will still be attacked, but as long as the treatment is started before the attack is too far advanced, those trees are absolutely guaranteed to survive,” he explained. “The surrounding trees will have insects that are trying to infect it but they will be killed eventually if they try to eat on it. There is kind of a halo effect of protection that is created around those trees.” Goldberg also wanted to know if the


Agrilus planipennis, commonly known as the emerald ash borer (EAB), is a green beetle native to northeastern Asia that feeds on ash species. It was first discovered in Minnesota in 2009.

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The rite of passage


N 1976 A book entitled “Passages” was written by Gail Sheehy on predictable crises of adult life. This book by a prize-winning investigative reporter captured my attention as she began to explain throughout adult life the external forces acting on all of us. It was on the New York Times best seller list for more than three years and it has been reprinted in 28 languages. The Library of Congress survey named “Passages” one of the ten most influential books of our time. This book brings me thoughts for the column this week. Kathy and I after 50 years of marriage and 48 years in our century-old About the home on Lake Avenue have decided to downsize and move down Town the street to a condo that was built over 30 years ago by the late Gene Johnson Ted Glasrud on White Bear Lake between West Park and Ramsey County B C Beach. h As we experienced our most recent passage, we realized we didn’t need four bedrooms. We decided to make the change to a one bedroom condo. In the process of making this decision, age was a big factor, second floor bedrooms was another, and we really didn’t need the excess space to store more “stuff.” We talked to a lot of friends who have downsized and some of them said they dragged it out way too long. One garbage can a week full of unnecessary junk was not fast enough. So here’s what we did. We told our children to pick out pieces of furniture, art and memorabilia they would like to have. We also asked if any one of them was interested in buying the “Prairie Sanctuary” home where they were raised. Our son Carter was interested. I told Carter and Amy we were only going to take our bed and dressers because the condo was staged with some furniture that we chose to buy. When we got home from Florida this cold, snowy spring, we went right to our condo. The kids had moved us in with a lot of hard work and care to make us comfortable, and we were. Going back to the author, Sheehy, she has suggested that if we don’t accept these different passages in life we will lose out in understanding them and enjoying them. I don’t know where you are in the passages of life. Perhaps having friends ten years older you can keep learning how to be prepared for the next passage. Having friends younger is also good to see how the world is thinking. Sheehy leaves us with a lot of good quotes. Following are a few for your consideration. “The illusions of the twenties, however, may be essential to infuse our fi rst commitments with excitement and intensity, and to sustain us in those commitments long enough to gain us some experience in living.” — Gail Sheehy, Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life “The forties are the time to rediscover community on a more realistic plane. Before this decade is out, if you are determined to become authentically yourself, you will fi nd a way to assemble all the parts of your nature into one whole. You will have to stop pretending to be the person you have been and begin to recognize and ultimately accept who, or what, you are becoming.” — Gail Sheehy, New Passages Adjusting to the later passages of life has its challenges as I mentioned before, but this passage also gives the opportunity to reflect, mentor younger people, write family histories and thoroughly enjoy grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Scripture reminds us in Proverbs 20:29 “The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair,” and in Proverbs 16:31 “A gray head is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.” Gene Johnson is publisher emeritus of Press Publications.

The Wake-Up Call


id you know that we’ve lost 50 percent of our songbirds in the last 40 years? And monarch populations have declined by 90 percent in the last two decades? And these are just showy species that people pay attention to. What about all of the unsung heroes out there like native “solitary” bees that account for 90 percent of the bees worldwide and do the majority of the Their Lawnchair pollination? populations are Gardener declining too, but they are harder to track because Dawn Pape of their illusive nature. How did we get here? It’s simple. According to renown professor of wildlife and entomology, Doug Tallamy, we’ve taken away 95 percent of our country’s native plants, or the plants that are indigenous to a region. It seems that in adding urban spaces, agriculture, ornamental plants, and lawn, we’ve forgotten our basic biology and done away with the primary producers — aka the food chain base. In fact, 15,364 scientists from 184 countries signed “A Second Notice” which is an open letter to humanity pleading for humans to cut greenhouse gases and reverse the trend of collapsing biodiversity. They are seeking to raise awareness that a mass species extinction is cur-

This enormous problem has a solution: bring back the native plants into our landscapes wherever possible. rently happening. We are amidst the sixth mass extinction in the last 540 million years. Even though this is certainly jaw-dropping, depressing news, there is good news. This enormous problem has a solution: bring back the native plants into our landscapes wherever possible. Since most of the land in our country is privately owned, individuals’ collective efforts can turn the situation around. If you are wondering why the insects, birds and other wildlife can’t just use the greenery that abounds in our landscape, here is the short answer: the critters either don’t know how to use the plant, or the plant doesn’t provide adequate nutrition. Ornamental plants are generally either non-native or cultivated for showy traits. Since the last ice age 10,000 over years ago, plants and wildlife have evolved together and have formed intricate relationships that we are only just beginning to understand. According to Tallamy, a native plant supports 29 times for species than and non-native plant. Cultivated varieties of plants are engineered for specific showy traits which

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Answering the call to become eco-mentors


oes it pain you to see the ice caps melting? Are you concerned about rainforests being burned to the ground? Does it make you sad to know that animals are becoming extinct, and plants and honeybees are being poisoned by toxic chemicals? Do weather events related to global warming have you feeling on edge? Are you concerned that toxins in the environment might be escalating your family’s risk for diseases such as chronic fatigue, cancer, autism and Alzheimer’s disease? If you answered “yes� to these questions, you are not alone. Like you, I’m concerned that, because we, as a global society have lived out of balance with nature for so long, we are now paying the steepest price imaginable for our unconscious human behaviors. The price we are paying is the price that it takes to understand, manage and heal the physical symptoms of environmental illness. Environmental illness is becoming widespread in our world today as the result of industries producing lifestyle products with toxic materials. When

the environment gets sick (as the result of chemicals being released into the air, water and the land), we, too get sick, because we breathe the air, drink the water and eat the food that is grown on the land. How have we learned to live in such an unconscious way? In my mind, we’ve been socially conditioned to adopt a lifestyle that is Movers and based on convenience and instant gratificaShakers tion, versus sustainability. Our egos have Candia Lea Cole allowed us to make choices that don’t support our health or our humanity. And because of this, we have lost touch with our innate eco-intelligence. What is eco-intelligence, you might be wondering? I define eco-intelligence as: “the intelligence that each of us was born with, that guides us to know our special place within the great web of life, and to make healthy lifestyle choices that protect and sustain life.�

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Lino Lakes Toastmasters Open House

The Lino Lakes Toastmasters will host an Open House from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the Community Room at Lino Lakes City Hall, 620 Town Center Parkway. The public is invited to join the club for a meeting. Toastmasters provides a great way for people to learn to speak effectively, conduct meetings and to lead, delegate and motivate. For more information, contact 763-205-0189 or visit

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Thursday, April 19, at Lifetree CafĂŠ. The program titled, “How to Live Before You Die: Embracing Life to the Fullest,â€? features a filmed interview with Sasha Vukelja, who as a young girl escaped from communist Yugoslavia and emigrated to the U.S. Admission to the 60-minute event is free and snacks and beverages are provided. Lifetree CafĂŠ is located at 1 Shepherd Court, Circle Pines. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Ann at 612-751-5707 or

“What is an eco-mentor? It’s a person who, like me, is very concerned about the personal and planetary health challenges we face, and who wants to use those challenges to lighten their ecological footprint, live in harmony with the natural world, and become the healthy person they were born to be.� It’s this kind of intelligence that I want to assist people in reclaiming in their lives today, because, without it, I don’t see us thriving in the 21st century. In my work as an eco-lifestyle educator, I interact with many young adults who tell me they feel anxious, depressed and angry about the state of affairs in our world today. Many have lost hope in a bright future, and many are dealing with the symptoms of environmental illness. This breaks my heart. But I’m not one to simply let sleeping dogs lie. I want to give every young person in our community the opportunity to be raised by an ecomentor, and the chance to become one, themselves! What is an eco-mentor? It’s a person

who, like me, is very concerned about the personal and planetary health challenges we face, and who wants to use those challenges to lighten their ecological footprint, live in harmony with the natural world and become the healthy person they were born to be. Do you hear the calling to be an eco-mentor? If so, I invite you to learn about my educational mission and my educational offerings at: my sister websites: www.ecointelligenteating. com and Together, we can make a true and lasting difference, and leave a collective legacy that we can be proud of. Candia Lea Cole is founder of Eco-Learning Legacies.

TPC ROSE selects HOPE 4 Youth as 2018 beneficiary TPC ROSE (Tournament Players Club Reach Out, Serve, Empower) in Blaine has selected HOPE 4 Youth as its 2018 beneficiary. HOPE 4 Youth provides pathways to end youth homelessness in the north metro suburbs. Funds raised will help educate the community and reduce the number of homeless youth caught up in sex trafficking. Funds also will help young moms become better parents. TPC ROSE is a group of about 70 highly motivated women members who share a commitment to make a difference in the community. Each year, the group hosts fundraisers to support a selected


HOPE 4 Youth was selected as the 2018 beneficiary by TPC ROSE members during a regular March meeting at TPC Twin Cities, Blaine. Pictured are Lisa Jacobson, executive director, HOPE 4 Youth, and Michele Prokott, TPC ROSE nominations committee member.

local nonprofit. Since founding in 2008, the group has raised more than $861,250 for area

causes. President Sandra Crane is setting a goal to surpass $1 million this year. “HOPE 4 Youth’s mission fits well with our mission, which is to reach out, empower and serve,� Crane said. “I believe our partnership this year, along with support from community members, will result in changing more young lives for the better.� As in past years, TPC ROSE will host events to raise awareness and funds. Fundraising events are planned and open to the public, including Handbag Bingo, golf event and the Moonlight Gala. For more information, visit www.

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QUAD AREA EVENTS ANOKA COUNTY LIBRARY’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND CENTENNIAL OPEN HOUSE When: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 Where: Centennial Library, 100 Civic Heights Cir., Circle Pines Details: Help celebrate the past, present and future of the library with activities for all ages, and learn about the plans for expansion. Contact: 763-324-1540 or

YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY When: Saturday, April 21 Where: All area YMCAs Details: National initiative is a free community open house with activities for the family themed around healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. Contact: www.ymca

Where: Golden Lake Elementary, 1 School Road, Circle Pines Details: Cash only games and concessions, and silent auction. Come in a sports jersey and recieve a free prize. Contact: 763-717-4970

PARENT’S NIGHT OUT When: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, April 21 Where: Lino Lakes YMCA, 7690 Village Dr. Details: Childcare and activities provided so parents can enjoy an afternoon/evening out. $20/Y members; $25/ non-members. See early bird pricing specials. Registration required. Contact: 651-795-9622 or locations/lino_lakes_ ymca


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CRAFT AND BAKE SALE When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 28 Where: Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 7330 Lake Dr., Lino Lakes Details: More than 20 local vendors showcasing unique items and baked goods. Contact: 651-784-7667 or

RAPTORS FAMILY PROGRAM When: 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 Where: Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St., Lino Lakes Details: Learn about raptors through interactive activities and go on a hike to see clues they have left behind. All ages; 8 and up is recommended. $5/person; registration required. Contact: 763-324-3350 or

When: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 23 Where: Centennial Library, 100 Civic Heights Cir., Circle Pines Details: Drop in for EARTH DAY discussion of the book, IN LINO LAKES “Mennonite in a Little When: 8:30 -11:30 a.m. Black Dress.” Saturday, April 21 Contact: 763-324-1540 or INTRO TO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY Where: Lino Lakes City Hall, 600 Town CenWhen: 1-3:30 p.m. Satter Pkwy. urday, April 28 BIRD WALK SERIES Details: Celebrate Where: Wargo Nature When: 8-10 a.m. TuesEarth Day by volunCenter, 7701 Main St., day, April 24 teering to help clean up Lino Lakes Where: Rice Creek parks, trails and open Details: Join a local Chain of Lakes Park Respaces. photographer to learn the serve Heritage Lab Site Contact: 651-982-2423 or tips and tricks for taking Details: Join an rienced birder on a walk photos in nature, including a discussion of equipto see and hear 20-60 LINO LAKES species of birds. All bird- ment, then practice skills RECYCLING SATURDAY ing abilities welcome; outdoors. No experience necessary, children must When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. binoculars provided. be accomanied by an Saturday, April 21 $5/person, registration adult. $5/person; regisWhere: Lino Park, 7850 required. tration required. Lake Dr., Lino Lakes Contact: 763-324-3350 Contact: 763-324-3350; or www.anoka Details: Residents of Lino Lakes can recycle appliances and electronLINO LAKES ics. LOWERING YOUR TOASTMASTERS Contact: 651-982-2423 or SICK DAYS OPEN HOUSE When: 12:30-2 p.m. When: 6:30 p.m. meetFriday, April 27 GOLDEN LAKE Where: Lino Lakes Se- ing; 7:30 p.m. reception, ELEMENTARY nior Center, 1189 Main St. Tuesday, May 1 Where: Lino Lakes CARNIVAL Details: Discuss stratCity Hall Community When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. egies to generate more room, 620 Town Center Saturday, April 21 energy with Dr. Tyler of Pkwy Details: Learn to speak effectively, conduct meetings and to lead, delegate and motivate. Meetings open to all and guest Week of April 8 – 14, 2018 welcome. Editor’s note: Visit to read Contact: 763-205-0189 the full versions of these most-visited stories or linolkaes.toast 1. Credit union will replace Wendy’s restaurant. Vadnais

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Family Earth Day Celebration WHEN: 12:30-3 p.m. Saturday, April 21

WHERE: Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St., Lino Lakes DETAILS: Learn about Wargo’s


native gardens and bees and make earth art project, visit Earth Day Fair. Also, Earth Day clean-up 10 a.m.-noon.

CONTACT: 651-429-8007 or www.

When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21 Where: Shoreview Community Center, 4580 N. Victoria St. Details: Boating class meets the requirements for watercraft operators permit in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Taught by trained instructors from NEIGHBORHOODS the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Ages 12+; NEARBY youth half-price with regSPAGHETTI DINER istered adult. $50/person. When: 5:30-7 p.m. ‘SCREENAGERS’ Contact: 651-490-4700 Thursday, April 19 When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, or shoreviewcommunity Where: Hugo AmeriApril 17 can Legion, 5383 140th St. Where: Faith Lutheran Details: All-you-canChurch, 886 North Shore eat spaghetti, salad and HOUSEHOLD Dr., Forest Lake HAZARDOUS WASTE rolls. $8/adults; $4/chilDetails: Free viewing COLLECTION dren. of the fi lm that depicts When: 8 a.m.-noon Contact: 651-255-1432 family struggles over soSaturday, April 21 cial media, video games Where: Hugo Public BEING BRAVE and academics, followed Works Garage, 6900 137th WOMEN’S RETREAT by Q & A. Pizza served. St. N., Hugo When: 7-8:30 p.m. Appropriate for parents Details: Satellite colFriday, April 20 and 8:30 and children 10 and up; lections bring services ofa.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, child care provided for fered at the Washington younger children. Reser- April 21 County Environmental LINO LAKES SPRING Where: First Presbytevations requested online. RECYCLING DAY rian Church, 4821 Bloom Center closer to resiContact: dents, making it easier Ave., White Bear Lake When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. to dispose of household Saturday, May 5 Details: Retreat is HALF MOON RISING: hazardous waste and a day of conversaton, Where: 1189 Main St. SONGWRITER electronics. inspiration, exploration Details: Residents of SHOWCASE Contact: co.washingand encouragement. Lino Lakes can recycle When: 7-10 p.m. Kelly Johnson, author of appliances and electron- Wednesdays, April 18 & “Being Brave: A 40-Day ics. 25 GARDENING WITH Journey to the Life God Contact: 651-982-2423 or Where: Ziggy’s, 132 Dreams for You,” is guest NATIVE POLLINATORS Main St. S., Stillwater When: 10-11:15 a.m. speaker. $45. Details: April 18 event Saturday, April 21 Contact: 651-429-3381 MADONNA LUNCHEON features local songWhere: Warner Nature or When: Noon Monday, writers Sarah Morris, Center, 15375 Norell Ave. May 7 Lars Carlson and Tony N., Marine on St. Croix ALL ABOUT Where: St. Genevieve’s Cuchetti who will talk Details: Heather Holm, BOATING SAFETY Parish Community Center, 6995 Centerville Road, Centerville Details: “500” cards and cribbage following lunch. $10; tickets available at the door. Men and women welcome. Contact: 651-429-7937

“in-the-round” about their work and what draws inspiration for their music; Paul Mayasich will join on lead guitar. April 25 event features Katy Vernon, Ross William Perry and Nici Peper. Contact: facebook .com/events/ 1600735783375648

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Services will be on hand to answer questions. Part of TPT’s ongoing “Minnesota Remembers Vietnam” initiative. Contact: mnvietnam. org

workshops, activities for children and information stations. Free recycling of household hazardous waste and document shredding on-site 8 a.m.-2 p.m.



When: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 Where: Hardwood Creek Library, 19955 Forest Road N., Forest Lake Details: Learn some proven tips and tricks to separate facts, fiction and fakes in the news media. Adults and teens welcome; registration required. Contact: 651-275-7300 or


bus circular service. Free, no registration required. Contact: 651-204-6000 or www.cityvadnais

When: April 26-May 20; shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; Preview 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 Where: Hanifl Performing Arts Center, 4941 Long Ave., White Bear Lake Details: Stephen Sondheim’s fairy tale musical masterpiece combines some of your favorite tales: Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and others and explores what happens AFTER they live happily ever after. Tickets $19-$25. Contact: 651-429-5674 or www.lakeshore




Chain of Giving Casino Night 109th Ave. NE, Blaine

and drinks, silent auction, funny money to play games and win raffle tickets for prizes. Tickets online or at the door. Doors open 6:30 p.m.

DETAILS: 7th Annual event hosted

CONTACT: chainoflakesrotary.

WHEN: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, April 21 WHERE: Infinite Campus, 4321

by the Chain of Lakes Rotary Club includes hors d’oeuvres buffet

author and national speaker, will lead presentation about native pollinators and how to attract them to gardens. Call to register. Contact: 651-433-2427, ext 10

SPRING CRAFT AND VENDOR SHOW When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 Where: Lakeside Elementary, 10345 Wyoming Ave., Chisago City Details: Vendors, crafters and drawings. Free. Contact: rsg

SPRING INTO WINE When: Noon- 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 Where: Chateau St. Croix Winery, 1998 Highway 87, St. Croix Falls Details: Enjoy complimentary food pairings with a wine tasting. Contact: www.

GREATER TWIN CITIES YOUTH SYMPHONY CONCERTINO & PHILHARMONIC CONCERT When: 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22 Where: St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi Details: Free and open to the public. Contact:

SPRING ROYAL TEA PARTY When: 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22


Where: Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N. Details: Event for children 10 and under includes crafts, storytelling, appearance by a princess and refreshments. $12/residents; registration required. Contact: 651-490-4750 or www.shoreview

When: 7-8 p.m.Tuesdays, April 24; and May 8, 15 & 22 STAR GAZING Where: Redeemer WITH MIKE LYNCH Lutheran Church, 3770 Bellaire Ave., White When: 7:45 -9:30 p.m. Bear Lake Monday, April 23 Details: Learn to sing Where: Stillwater Public Library, 224 Third barbershop with a group of women of all ages from St. N. Details: Evening of as- Washington, Ramsey and Anoka Counties. Free, tronomy and stargazing and participants invited using large telescopes with meteorologist Mike to bring a friend. Contact: 651-323-7877 Lynch. Free; rain or or www.lakecountry shine. Contact: 651-275-4338 or


HUGO FIRE DEPARTMENT BLOOD DRIVE When: 2:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesay, April 24 Where: Hugo Fire Department, 5323 140th St. N. Details: All blood types needed. Pre-register online. Contact: redcross

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: NEW TRAX When: 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 Where: Vadnais Heights City Hall, 800 E. County Road E. Details: Seniors can learn about the new local

When: 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 Where: Shoreview Community Center,4580 N. Victoria St. Details: For adults; $.25/card. Contact: 651-490-4750 or shoreviewcommunity

VIETNAM WAR 360 When: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 Where: Bayport American Legion, 263 Third St. N. Details: Community conversation that explores the Vietnam War and its legacy, featuring four speakers with different experiences. Representatives from Veteran’s


When: 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 27 Where: White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, 328 Maple St., Mahtomedi Details: Grand Marais-based authors Amy and Dave Freeman make a tour stop to bring renewed awareness of the efforts to protect the Boundary Waters from proposed mines and support their critically-acclaimed book “A Year in the Wilderness.” Contact: savethe PedaltoDC

AQUA FAIR When: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 28 Where: Otter Lake Elementary, 1401 County Road H2, White Bear Township Details: Learn about water conservation and participate in the Walk for Water. Discounted rain barrels for sale. Contact: race2reduce. org/aqua-fair-2018

RITE OF SPRING When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 28 Where: Mahtomedi District Education Center, 1520 Mahtomedi Ave. Details: Hands-on

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 Where: Oneka Elementary School, 4888 Heritage Parkway, Hugo Details: Free family event sponsored by the Hugo Business Association and Hugo Economic Development Authority offers carnival games, prizes, face painting, crafts, bounce castle and more. Contact: www.hugo

MUSICAL MYTHS & LEGENDS When: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28 Where: Bethel University, Benson Great Hall, 3900 Bethel Dr., Arden Hills Details: Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band performs their spring concert. Tickets $10 from a band member or $13 online, at the door, at Shoreview City Hall, or the Bethel Box Office. Contact: 651-470-5625 or

NORTHEAST METRO EXPO — NEW LOCATION When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 29 Where: White Bear Area High School South Campus, 3557 McKnight Rd. Details: Free event with local business and non-profit vendors, family fun and activities, food, entertainment, including visit with the Olympian Brandt sisters, art project with Leonardo’s Basement, climbing wall, mascot dance-off and more. Contact: presspubs. com or

WARDEN’S HOUSE MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE When: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, April 29 Where: 602 North Main St., Stillwater Details: View the newest exhibits and enjoy refreshments. Guides, but no tours.


Contact: 651-439-5956 or

VICTORIAN TEA AT THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE When: Noon-2 p.m. Sunday, April 29 Where: Historic Courthouse, 101 W. Pine St., Stillwater Details: Multi-course tea and program by the Minnesota Historical Society. Reservations required. Contact: co.

NYFS LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 Where: Midland Hills Country Club, 2001 Fulham St., Roseville Details: Guest speaker is John Noltner, creator of a multimedia arts project built around the simple question, “What Does Peace Mean to You?” Free to attend, but donations encouraged. RSVP. Contact: 651-379-3422 or

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Prep sports teams unable to tag out Old Man Winter BY BRUCE STRAND SPORTS CONTRIBUTOR

For high school spring sports in Minnesota, Old Man Winter is always a formidable rival. Sometimes he just won’t go away. April of 2018 is proving to be one of worst springs ever, unless you really like snowmobiling. Just five years ago, 2013, the old man hung around so long that baseball and softball games didn’t start until after April 20, which one 43rd-year coach (Tink Larson of Waseca) said was the latest ever. But 2018 could break that record, especially with all playing fields buried by this past weekend’s Tax Day Blizzard that pushed April snowfall to a record 25 inches with two weeks to go. Baseball coach Rollie Goertzen said his team was starting to hope, last week, they would open by next week. “But after this blizzard, I would be surprised if we are on the field before May 1,” the coach lamented. “The conference AD’s will be meeting again this week to talk about condensing the schedule.” The Cougars did manage to stage their one-day fundraiser on Saturday, despite the blizzard. Goertzen considered postponing, but the boosters talked him out of it. Happily, the turnout was still good. “We had a Swing-a-Thon, where the kids get pledges for them to take up to 100 swings at Complete Game (an indoor facility),” Goertzen said. “And we have our annual Bean Bag tournament, which we had to move inside the gym. We had 98 teams signed up, and only one team was a no show. So we had good support from the community.” The event also included selling piz-


The Cougar softball team, and parents, wielded shovels rather than bats last Tuesday to clear part of the field. Coach Amanda Daeger snapped a photo.

za’s and a week-long online auction. The players have working out in the gym and at Complete Game. To mix it up, the coach said, they have The Cougar Challenge, with events like a shuttle run and baseball trivia quizzes. They had kind of a costume party. One kid came as Babe Ruth, another as Harmon Killebrew, one was a character from ‘The Benchwarmers,” and one dressed like a Cougar assistant coach with his glasses. Centennial has a strong senior group that won the state VFW championship two summers ago. For now, they are just chomping at the bit. “It’s pretty hard for them, to have this happen their senior year but we are making the best of it.” Goertzen teaches with Colleen Cardinal, coach of both boys and girls track. The tracksters had no indoor meets as some schools do, so they have

not competed. “She’s pretty frustrated. She’s had the team shovel off the track a couple times, but this time, she said, No more, she can’t ask the kids to do that again.” Centennial’s lacrosse teams were able to take advantage of a brief hole in the winter weather to open their season as scheduled last Thursday at home. The Cougar girls beat Andover 7-3 and the boys lost to the Huskies 8-7. Girls coach big Gary Nelson credited Centennial’s artificial turf for that. “We are not fortunate like some of the west schools to have a dome, but we are lucky enough to have two turf fields — which were plowed last Wednesday, practiced on one day, played on the next day and snowed on the next.” After the blizzard weekend, Nelson anticipates seeing his team’s three scheduled game this week canceled.

But, he added, it’s much worse if you don’t have turf: “For teams that play on grass fields or courses it could be weeks.” (In that girls win, Marissa Waldoch tallied two goals and Hannah Backman, Hailee Berg, Audrey DuFresne, Elizabeth Jensen, and Madeline Johnson hade one each. Justine Cole in the nets stopped six of nine shots.) Centennial softball has a new coach, Amanda Daeger, dealing with this extra aggravation. So far they’ve missed out on five games including the North St. Paul tournament, which was canceled altogether. Conference games have been rescheduled for May. Cooped up in the gymnasium, she’s had the Cougars honing fundamentals and doing “small-ball work” such as bunt scrimmages and hitting off the tee. They brought in YMCA instructors to lead group fitness workouts. The girls have worked on team building, leadership skills and “developing the person rather than just the athlete.” They’ve utilized local hitting cages. They’ve also supported the school’s Adapted Softball team, cheering for them in an indoor season opener. And they did get outside once, to shovel off the field, and make snowmen in the outfield. “In my fi rst year as head coach, I was not expecting to be dealing with this,” Daeger said, “but as a whole, we rally together and make the best of it. When we do get out, we will be ready to play. I talk to them about how all teams are in the same situation.” The guy with hardest job right now is probably Activities Director Brian Hegseth. “He’s trying to fi nd practice space for 16-plus outdoor sports teams,” Nelson observed.

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Hello, my name is Gene, and I'm a baseball cardaholic


ver since I started opening packs of statistic-filled pieces of baseball cardboard, I've never been able to completely step away from the hobby. It all started, as I remember, when I was 11. My parents ran the outdoor movie theater in Houlton, Wisconsin, just across the St. Croix River from downtown Stillwater. As a youngster, I was recruited to pick up trash people had left from the previous night's showing. Money I earned for my work would soon be converted to multiple packs of Topps baseball cards. Topps was the sole baseball card manufacturer at the time. My dad would drive me to Reed's Drug Store on Stillwater's Main Street and I'd hurry to the aisle where I knew I could find the most recent arrivals of the sealed packs. I'd randomly grab between 10 and 12 packs of cards, pay for them at the register and urge my dad to hurry home so I could release the cards, and the stale piece of brittle pink bubble gum, from their wrapper. Of course, I was hoping to find nothing but cards featuring players on my favorite team, the Minnesota Twins. (Yes, the Twins. Milwaukee, as far as I was concerned, might well have been on another planet.) Imagine my excitement when I unveiled a Rod Carew card, or one belonging to Bert Blyleven. Every now and then, I'd even open a pack with a Harmon Killebrew card. Sometimes I'd even get duplicates. These trips to purchase cards would coincide with every payday, and over the summer I'd THIS PAGE LAYOUT IS DESIGN BY GAOKANGZOUA YANG

St. Louis. I'd load up the cards I was accumulate more than 500 cards. At intending to sell to willing buyers. one point, I’ve owned more than one I'd travel with two other vendors, million cards. whom I'll call Mike and Jim, and we'd As summers passed, I eventually take turns behind the wheel in order took it upon myself to ride my Schwinn to make it to our destination in the bicycle down the long hill to buy the shortest amount of time. Most of these cards without any parental assistance. baseball card buffets would entice Often I would purchase a complete attendees by bringing in autograph box! That's right, 36 packs. guests, including the likes of Older cardboard heroes boxing legend Muhammad gave way to fresh faces, and Ali, as well baseball legends the never ending array of Pete Rose, Yogi Berra and statistics featured on the others. reverse side of the card. It These trips continued for the was interesting to see how better part of the next decade. many home runs a player To entice new buyers to the hit year by year, or how he hobby, card companies started performed in 1974 compared inserting cards featuring to 1977. autographs or small pieces of This obsession with buying a player's jersey randomly into cards has continued over the their packs. I would "rescue" years, even as the baseball Gene Annis, cards of Minnesota players card industry has had ebbs Sports coordinator and return them to their and flows of popularity. rightful state. Prices of Kirby In the early 1980s, Topps' Puckett, Joe Mauer and Torii Hunter stranglehold on the industry cards were cheaper in Dallas than disappeared, as companies named could be found back home. Fleer and Donruss took their turn at Local baseball card shops have come the plate to issue player cards. and gone, as cards became readily It seems as if every town had at least available with the click of a mouse one baseball card shop, where a person on the internet. For a 10-year period I could walk in and take their turn at joined my co-worker Gregg in running purchasing packs or boxes of cards. Bases Loaded card shop in Lexington. Collecting baseball cards, which began in earnest in the early 1950s, has passed Silver Bat sports in no longer operating in White Bear Lake, nor is Wildwood from generation to generation, from parent to child, even as card technology Sports in a Mahtomedi shopping center. Last I checked, the closest sports card has changed with the times. shop to my home is in Roseville. In the mid-1990s, I began to travel I attended the National Sports Card to major baseball card shows, held throughout the country in mostly large Collector's Show in Chicago in 2015 and spoke to a product coordinator cities such as Dallas, Kansas City or

for Upper Deck Company, a longtime sports card producer (since 1989). I learned then the company was including cards of non-athletes in some products. It was at that show I opened a pack and got a card featuring William Shakespeare. So, it's true, even the Bard has a card! The most recent change to the hobby has been the introduction of live televised box or case breaks. For a small fee, a person can purchase their preferred team and packs are opened live before their eyes. For some of these card breaks, teams are randomly assigned before the packs are opened. It's the equivalent of a baseball card lottery. Cards corresponding to the team purchased are then sent to the buyer through the mail. Many Minnesotans have been featured on baseball cards over the years, including Hall of Famers Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield and 2018 inductee Jack Morris. Glen Perkins of Stillwater, who starred as a relief pitcher for the Twins, has multiple cards available. The Twins themselves plan on participating in National Baseball Card Day on Aug. 1 by distributing packs to fans entering ticket gates. The St. Paul Saints have scheduled Aug. 5 as their team card set day, with the first 1,500 fans getting the annual set. I still randomly buy a pack or two, sometimes even a box, when I'm at my local Target or Walmart. After all, how else am I going to get my new Byron Buxton or Miguel Sano card?


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Free Senior area with resources/ games and prizes 11:30 Bingo 12:20 Chair massage 1:30 Bingo • Leonardo’s Basement Participants of all ages will use hand tools and diverse building materials to design and build engineering and art projects, most of which they can take home. • Cornhole Tournament • Balloon Artist • Create Space • Snakes & Reptiles

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Sunday, April 29th 11 - 3 pm LIVE ENTERTAINMENT 11:00 Color Guard 11:10 WBL North Campus High School Combo 11:35 4th Street Dance Centre 12:15 Raptor Center/ 1 pm at Booth 12:55 Elvis 1:20 Magic Norm 2:00 Lee’s Champion Taekwondo Academy 2:35 Mascot Dance-Off

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BASSET HOUND: Rescue group gathers at Blaine Chuck & Don’s Nicholas Schintgen was also on hand to answer questions and introduce people to the dogs. He grew up with basset hounds, and when his own hound recently passed away, he became a foster parent for a cheerful little basset named Uno. Uno spent his time at Chuck & Don’s happily sniffing around for treats and greeting visitors. Schintgen also uses his metalworking skills to


owners, foster families and their friendly dogs. She said she loves the breed for their personality: “If you have patience and a sense of humor, they might be the dog for you!” Over the years, Bertz has owned and fostered about a dozen bassets, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge and love for the breed with basset newbies. MNBR volunteer

contribute one-of-a-kind basset-themed decor to the volunteer-based organization. Married couple Patty and Scott Sinn enjoyed sharing their extensive knowledge of the breed — and their new basset puppy, Socrates — with curious visitors. The Sinns have been involved with basset rescue since 2006, and they have had a total of 18 bassets in their lives over the years as pets and foster pets.

They especially enjoy how bassets like other bassets so much. They said that bassets also usually like children and even treat kids like they are one of the pack. Scott added that bassets love attention, which was apparent during the Chuck & Don’s stint. Every dog there was more than pleased to get a pet or two from a stranger.

Minnesota Basset Rescue

MNBR is an allvolunteer, nonprofit organization. It is comprised of a group of basset hound lovers whose common goal is to rescue these unique dogs and find them forever homes. Founded in July of 2017, MNBR re-homes dogs from owners who can no longer provide their care and rescues dogs from local pounds and shelters. Bertz said about half of the MNBR dogs come from families who have experienced a big life change, such as a divorce or death, and the other half come from local animal shelters. The organization welcomes help and participation from anyone who loves dogs and wishes to help bassets and basset mixes live a healthy and happy life. They provide safe, loving foster homes, proper veterinary care and daily necessities, all while working hard to

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It was “Basset Hounds Gone Wild” at Chuck & Don’s when the Minnesota Basset Rescue Organization hosted an adoption and information event.


This was Miles’, age 6, first encounter with a basset hound. He said, “I like them.” They seemed to like him as well.

find these special dogs a permanent, loving home. Bertz owns two bassets, but “loves fostering” and has housed many foster pups over the years. She appreciates that though bassets, like all dogs, need regular exercise, they are also happy to curl up with their humans after a long day.

If spring ever arrives

On Saturday, May 19, MNBR will host its annual fundraiser, Spring Fling, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stone Mountain Pet Lodge (10073 Baltimore St.


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NE) in Blaine. The cost to attend this familyfriendly event, which includes a silent auction, live auction, games and more, is $10 per person or $20 per family. Find more information about MNBR online: www.mnbassetrescue. com. Chuck & Don’s events are hosted at various stores throughout the state and are listed on the website calendar: https:// events/.

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MET COUNCIL: Reform proposal calls for accountability to local governments FROM PAGE 1

The Met Council, which is celebrating its 50th year of existence, is the regional policymaking body, planning agency and provider of services for the Twin Cities metropolitan region. The council's mission is to foster efficient and economic growth for a prosperous region. The 17-person council is currently made up of members who are appointed by the governor, a process the Metro Governance Transparency Initiative proposes to change. “Met Council members are not really accountable to me or you, they are accountable to the governor,” Saltzman said. “This particular bill is not about our current governor or the past governor, it's about all governors in that they are able to appoint their own political appointees to these offices and their allegiance is to the governor. If they don't align with the governor, they are probably not going to be there.” Saltzman explained the Met Council is a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). She said there are eight MPOs in Minnesota and of

over 400 MPOs in the country, the Met Council is the only one that is made up of members appointed by the governor. “If you are elected, you probably have a better sense of what is going on in your community. You are listening to citizens and you are involved in and hearing about different issues. They are all very good people, this is not about if they are a good person, but I am not sure how connected they are with local community,” she said. “How do we ensure that people that are at the table making important decisions about our communities and our regions, who also have taxing authority, really represent the people?” Sivarajah said there have been some instances within Anoka County where the Met Council disagreed with what a local community wanted in its Comprehensive Plan. “Legislation passed last year because Oak Grove and the Met Council were in a in battle. The legislators got involved and said they should be able to determine what they want for their own community rather than the Met Council, a set of unelected people that don't even live in the community,

• Total membership would be expanded to 29 from the current 17. • The chair would be appointed by members of the council. • Members would serve four-year staggered terms. • A couple of business owners in the audience wanted to know how they could get involved with the reform effort. Saltzman, Tiedeman and Sivarajah all encouraged attendees to contact their state senators and representatives. • “Let your state representatives know that this is important to you and also city council members; if they have not already gotten involved in the effort, encourage them to support Met Council reform,” Sivarajah said. “It doesn't really matter which governor is in office, whether he or she is Republican or Democrat. The bottom line is, we have a flawed system as far as the governance goes.” For more information, visit www.

dictating how it is that they should run their community,” she said. She also noted many of the sewer availability charge (SAC) and water availability charge (WAC) fees have also become burdensome to Anoka County businesses. “I was talking to a local business owner who said by the time he was done paying those fees, he wasn't able to afford to actually have the business anymore. He had to bring in more people because he had spent over $100,000 just to have this business.” Some of the key proponents of the reform proposal include: • To conform Met Council's district boundaries to the seven counties it represents. • The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul would each appoint a local elected offi cial to represent their city. • Each county board would appoint its own representative. • There would be four additional members to meet federal MPO requirements (representing MnDOT, public transit, freight and nonmotorized transportation.

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CIRCLE PINES CITY COUNCIL NOTES The Circle Pines City Council took the following action at its April 10 meeting: • Heard from Councilman Dean Goldberg, who reminded residents of Golden Lake Elementary School's upcoming carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21.

He also mentioned he recently took up an offer from Centennial Lakes Police Lt. Russell Blanck to go on a ride-along with Sgt. Bill Jacobson. “I really got to observe fi rsthand how they police our community ... They are incredible assets to our community.”

• Mayor Dave Bartholomay said the Easter Egg Hunt on March 31 at Golden Lake Park was still well attended, despite the cold temperatures and snow. He added the Centennial Area Education Foundation (CAEF) Gala was once again a big success and well attended.

He announced the annual spring cleanup day will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28. City Administrator Patrick Antonen said Simple Recycling would be on-site to collect textiles, and its curbside program will kick off in the city on May 25.

• Heard from Antonen, who relayed the Park Board met on April 3. He noted the board set the Music in the Park schedule and acts for this summer and approved the purchase of a couple of trail cameras to be placed in local parks to deter vandalism.

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• Councilman Matt Percy mentioned the Fire Steering Committee met on April 5. The committee reviewed the call statistics for the fi rst quarter, approved some expenditures for the remodeling and replacing of appliances at stations 1 and 3, and authorized the chief to apply for a grant from the DNR. The committee also updated its personnel policy to reflect an informal policy already in practice —fi refighters are not allowed to have beards. • Approved the consent agenda, which included March 28 meeting minutes and general fund, police and fi re disbursements. • Approved a contract with Rainbow Tree Care for the management of emerald ash borer in the city. See this week's Quad Community Press for the full story. • Approved a resolution calling for the bond sale of $6,115,000 in general obligation bonds (series 2018A) for this year's street reconstruction project. The bonds will be issued for a 15-year term and the anticipated interest rate is 3.1 percent. The bonds will be paid back through a combination of levies, utility revenue and assessment recovery. • Approved policy 62 for building permit refunds. Antonen said in reviewing the city's policy, he noticed the city was missing a refund policy. Upon further investigation, he found Circle Pines was the only city in the area that refunded 100 percent of the building permit fees. He explained if the work is never completed, someone could get a refund of 80 percent. The next City Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at City Hall. Shannon Granholm

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POLICE REPORTS The Lino Lakes Police Department reported the following incidents: • A resident in the 300 block of Sioux Lane reported concerns about ongoing issues with a vehicle speeding in the neighborhood April 3. The information was shared with officers. • An officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 7100 block of Mourning Dove Road April 3. A passenger was subsequently cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. • Officers responded to a call of a welfare check of a male in the area of I-35W and Lake Drive April 3. The caller reported seeing a male in winter clothes standing near open water. Officers were unable to locate the male. • Officers responded to check on a suspicious vehicle in the 70 block of Lilac Street April 3. A driver was lost and in the area to pick up a friend. While speaking with the driver, officers learned of a possible violation of a protection order happening nearby. The officers responded and no issues were found.

• Staff from the Lino Lakes Public Safety Department responded to a possible fi re/ smoke inside an apartment complex in the 700 block of Town Center Parkway April 3. Staff determined there was no fi re, and two adults were cited for disorderly conduct. • An officer was involved in a property damage accident in which their squad car was damaged in the 600 block of Town Center Parkway April 3. • Officers responded to an area in Lino Lakes April 4 on a report of a juvenile who had run away from school. Officers located the male and returned him to school. • Officers responded to a call about a vehicle in the area of 300 Ware Circle that was possibly selling drugs April 4. The vehicle was not located. • An officer stopped a vehicle for several traffic violations in the 700 block of I-35W April 4. Two adult females were subsequently arrested for drug charges, and a runaway juvenile female was also in the vehicle and returned to her guardians. • An officer responded to a report of a suspicious

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF ANOKA TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PROBATE DIVISION COURT FILE NO.: 02-PR-17-655 AMENDED NOTICE OF AND ORDER FOR HEARING ON PETITION FOR FORMAL SUMMARY ASSIGNMENT OR DISTRIBUTION AND FORMAL PROBATE OF WILL (NON-EXEMPT ESTATE) In Re: Estate of ROGER JOHN ANDERT, Decedent It is Ordered and Notice is given that on May 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., a hearing will be held in this Court at 2100 3rd Avenue, Anoka, Minnesota, on a petition for the formal summary assignment or distribution and formal probate of will of decedent’s non-exempt estate. Any objections to the petition must be raised at the hearing or filed with the Court prior to the hearing. If the petition is proper and no objections are filed or raised, the decedent’s estate will be summarily assigned and distributed to all persons entitled to the assets of the decedent’s estate. BY THE COURT Dated: April 4, 2018 Daniel O’Fallon, Judge of District Court Lori O’Brien, Court Administrator Stevens Law, P.L.L.C. Scott E. Stevens MN# 0270945

occupied vehicle in the area of Deerwood Lane and Muskrat Run April 5. The officer learned it was a paper delivery driver. • An officer responded to a local retail store in the 700 block of Apollo Drive on report of a theft April 5. One adult male was cited for theft, and one adult male was cited for aiding an offender. Both males were trespassed from the store. • An officer assisted another agency to stop a vehicle for a lane violation in the 13500 block of I-35W in Columbus April 6. An adult male was subsequently arrested for fourth-degree DWI. • An officer assisted another agency in stopping a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 10900 block of I-35W in Blaine April 6. An adult female was subsequently arrested for DWI. • Officers responded to an assault report in the 400 block of Lilac Street April 6. An adult male was subsequently arrested and booked into jail. • Officers responded to a report of two juvenile males running through a caller's yard in the 2200 block of Tart Lake Road April 6.

The caller said the two males might have black handguns. The officers checked the area and were unable to locate anyone or any problems. There were no other calls or reports. • An officer stopped a vehicle for no plates in the area of Palomino Lane and Sunset Avenue April 7. The driver was cited for driving without a license, and a passenger was cited for drug paraphernalia. • A traffic stop was conducted in the 0 block of Ash Street April 7. A female driver was arrested and cited for reckless driving and booked into jail. • Officers responded to a burglary report at a new residence under construction in the 900 block of Pheasant Run South April 9. The investigation is pending. The Centennial Lakes Police Department reported the following incidents: • Officers responded to the 7200 block of Clearwater Drive in Centerville April 6 on report of suspicious activity. The caller advised a suspect had attempted to gain entry through his front

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STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF ANOKA TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT DISTRICT COURT PROBATE DIVISION NOTICE AND ORDER OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION OF INTESTACY, DETERMINATION OF HEIRSHIP, APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS COURT FILE NO. 02-PR-18-168 Estate of Mary Elizabeth Lawrence (A.K.A. Mary Beth Lawrence), Decedent It is Ordered and Notice is given that on May 22, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. a hearing will be held in this Court at Anoka County Courthouse, 2100 3rd Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303, for the adjudication of intestacy and determination of heirship of the Decedent, and for the appointment of Douglas John Lawrence, whose address is 8935 Deer Run Drive, Victoria, MN 55386 as

door. There are no suspects and no entry was made. The caller did not know when it happened. • Officers located a male with an outstanding warrant in the 200 block of Twilite Terrace in Circle Pines April 5. The male was arrested and transported to jail. • Officers took a report of a theft in the 50 block of North Drive in Circle Pines April 6. The theft was a civil issue between two parties. • An adult female was stopped for an equipment violation in the area of Lovell Road and Lexington Avenue in Lexington April 6. The female was arrested on an outstanding warrant. • A counterfeit bill was turned over to police in the 7100 block of 21st Avenue in Centerville April 9. • A resident in the 90 block of West Golden Lake Road in Circle Pines reported a theft from their vehicle April 10. The resident left the vehicle unlocked and personal belongings and miscellaneous change were taken. There are no suspects.

Personal Representative of the Estate of the Decedent in an unsupervised administration. Any objections to the petition must be filed with the Court prior to or raised at the hearing. If proper and if no objections are file or raised, the Personal Representative will be appointed with full power to administer the Estate, including the power to collect all assets, to pay all legal debts, claims, taxes and expenses, to sell real and personal property, and to do all necessary acts for the Estate. Notice is also given that (subject to Minnesota Statutes section 524.3801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the Personal Representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred. BY THE COURT Dated: March 29, 2018 Kevin L. McCarthy, Judge of District Court Lori O’Brien, Court Administrator Attorney for Petitioner George Byron Griffiths George Byron Griffiths Law, PLLC 5200 Wilson Road, Suite 150 Edina, MN 55424 Attorney License No. 0397481 Telephone: (612) 564-5054 Email: Published two times in the Quad Community Press on April 10 and 17, 2018.

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APRIL 17, 2018

DIAMOND JUBILEE: Anoka County Library celebrates 60 years of history until 1985. The current building, located next door to Circle Pines City Hall, opened to the public in November 1985. The building was designed by Glen Lindberg of Lindberg Architects, and the project cost around $600,000. Extensive repairs were made to the building in 1996 to correct ongoing problems.

The emergence of e-readers has also been a game changer. “They are another way for us for us to provide resources to the community,” Snow said. Shannon Melham, manager of the Mississippi Library in Fridley, added, “It is not just about the brick and mortar, it is all the resources and programming we can provide. The library is an ever-evolving institution. It not only has to be responsive, but proactive to the needs of the communities it serves.”

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Library systems in Anoka County have seen many changes in the past 60 years, including the transformation of technology, how books are circulated, inventory systems, reference materials and much more. The way people use libraries has also changed. “Originally, libraries were meant to be the people's university. It was a spot for people to come and learn new things, to better themselves and a place for people to read in their own languages,” Snow recalled. “As paperback books became inexpensive, physical libraries changed to be more of warehouses rather than places to read. I think we are seeing a shift back to that; there is less emphasis on collections and more so on the people using the space.” Story times have also changed. In the beginning, story times served more as an opportunity for parents to be productive while their children were in a preschool-like setting. Nowadays, it is more about the entire family being involved and engaged during the program. Shortly after the advent of the internet, many people relied on libraries, as they were the only place people could access the new technology. Centennial Branch Manager Mary Healy noted that today, most people have their own devices but prefer to have a quiet setting while they use Wi-Fi.

To honor the 60th anniversary, ACL has released a series of limited edition historical library cards. Cards are available at all locations or online. Replacement cards cost $2. ACL also plans to host a variety of events this year. Next up will be the ACL 60th Anniversary Celebration and Centennial Open House, plane\ned from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Centennial Branch, 100 Civic Heights Drive, Circle Pines. The event will celebrate the past, present and future of the branch and feature fun activities for all ages. Throughout the year, patrons can also take a peek at the history of ACL as two different traveling history displays rotate throughout all of the branches until November. The exhibits feature library artifacts and old photographs. A search is currently underway for an ACL poet laureate to help celebrate the anniversary. Snow said library staff already have many ideas for how to utilize the position, one of which will be to commemorate the 60th anniversary. ACL is inviting people to share their favorite memories of the library in a variety of ways: • Over the phone, by calling a 24-hour voicemail box at


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612-567-7832. Be sure to leave your name. • Online, by visiting This method allows community members to also submit photos, video or audio clips. • In person, by visiting an ACL branch and recording your story in the traveling recording booth. Throughout the year, the booth will rotate to different ACL locations. • By using #ACL60Years on social media. For more information on upcoming events and other information related to the library’s 60th anniversary, visit Editor Shannon Granholm can be reached at 651-407-1227 or

LINO LAKES CITY COUNCIL NOTES to monthly utility billing and options for outsourcing and or additional staff. • Increased the building inspection temporary support staff budget by $20,700 and approved the employment of a second temporary, part-time building inspector to work 24 hours each week for six months. The need for assistance is a direct result of roofing and siding damage caused from the June 2017 storms. Human Resources Manager Karissa Bartholomew explained inspections are pending for nearly 1,700 residential properties from permits issued in 2017, and staff is already seeing an influx in 2018 permits. Staff is anticipating another 2,700 roofing- and siding-related permits this year. • Appointed Tim Paulno to the fourth utilities maintenance worker position in the public services department. He will begin his employment on April 16 at an hourly rate of pay of $27.16. • Appointed Kelly Schmidt to the administrative assistant position in the public services department. She will begin her employment on April 16 at an hourly rate of $20.61. • Approved a contract with Northland Recreation Inc. for the playground design and equipment at Birch Park in the amount of $60,000. The playground was installed in 1998 and is need of replacement. The Park Board and city staff are recommending the playground be replaced as part of the 2018 parks and trails capital projects that

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Lino Lakes City Council took the following action at its April 9 meeting: • Approved the consent agenda, which included expenditures, March 26 work session and regular meeting minutes, as well as a resolution granting a 90-day extension to record the final plat of SS properties addition. Owners of All Seasons Rental, Scott and Shelly Carlson, requested the extension to finalize details related to financing. • Discussed the accounting clerk/utility billing position, which became vacant when Lynn Francis retired in March 23. Finance Director Sarah Cotton explained she was spending a lot of her time filling in for the vacant position. Mayor Jeff Reinert wanted to know if the position could be outsourced. Councilman Rob Rafferty said he wanted to gain a better understanding of the positions and hiring process. “We do have some other issues coming before us relating to the hiring of administrative staff ...There are some options there that might be available that might be a good solution. It's an opportunity for the council to fully understand some things.” Councilman Dale Stoesz said he would like to see utility billing become monthly rather than quarterly so residents can more easily gauge how they are doing on water usage. No action was taken on the position. In the meantime, Stoesz said he would look into what it would entail to switch

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will be fully presented at the City Council's May 7 work session. • Approved a resolution requesting an advance from the Municipal State Street Fund. Lino Lakes receives its share of the gas tax through the Municipal State Aid (MSA) program. The city’s annual construction allotment of MSA funds is currently at $783,592. The city has the opportunity to advance these funds, versus waiting until the time when they would be paid through the annual construction allotment (approximately three years later). The amount eligible to the city for past construction projects is $2,017,715. • Approved the preliminary plat for Main Street Shoppes 2nd Addition, located immediately east of McDonald's at the northeast corner of Otter Lake Road and Main Street. The applicant, CM Properties 14 LLC, is creating a 1.35-acre parcel for the purpose of constructing a 9,000-square-foot commercial retail building. • Approved a conditional use permit for a contractor shop and office for Distinctive Elements Tile & Design in the Apollo Business Park. The applicant, Patrick Bland, plans to purchase a vacant 0.82acre lot on Apollo Drive (south of Lilac Street) to construct a 3,024-square-foot tile storage area and workshop. The family-owned and -operated business has served Lino Lakes and the surrounding areas for six years. Bland said the business has grown and is in need of a shop and supply warehouse and an office area. • Approved a cost-share grant agreement with the Rice Creek Watershed District (RCWD) for the LaMotte neighborhood bio-filtration basin project and the West Shadow Lake Drive sanitary extension. The city applied for grant funding through the RCWD Urban Stormwater Remediation Cost-Share (USWR) program. The city was awarded $39,500 for the LaMotte project and $47,500 for the West Shadow Lake project. Both projects include infrastructure improvements

that implement the Chain of Lakes total maximum daily load (TMDL) water quality standards. • Authorized an appraisal report for the northeast area drainage improvements. The project is located in the northeast area of Lino Lakes bounded by Main Street to the south, Hugo to the east, Peltier Lake to the west and Rehbein Street to the north. Phase 1 of the proposed improvements includes the construction of a channel from 20th Avenue N. to Peltier Lake. This channel would impact three properties, and acquisition of either fee title or drainage easements will be required. Staff is proposing to obtain appraisals on the property to determine potential acquisition costs. WSB & Associates has prepared a proposal including appraisal and survey services in the amount of $16,450. • Approved an escrow agreement for individual subsurface treatment system (ISTS) compliance for 465 Ash St. The property owner requested to connect to the city of Shoreview’s municipal utilities. He recently purchased the property and is planning on constructing an addition to the existing home, which has a noncompliant septic system. Lino Lakes does not currently have municipal utilities available along the 400 block of Ash Street. City staff is processing a joint powers agreement with Shoreview. According to the escrow agreement, the city will hold the value of the ISTS system ($29,000) in escrow until the connection is approved by Lino Lakes and Shoreview. The next City Council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, at City Hall. That evening, there will also be a work session at 5:30 p.m. and the Board of Appeal and Equalization at 6 p.m.

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