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Green has new meaning at floral shop BY SARA MARIE MOORE EDITOR

SHOREVIEW — At Hummingbird Floral and Gifts, where designers surrounded by flowers and greens create beautiful arrangements, the word green has new implications. About 80 percent of the shop’s waste previously thrown away, including flower stems left over from cuttings for arrangements, was actually compostable, said Lugene Olson, owner and designer. The shop has gone from throwing everything away to recycling almost everything. Through a recycling grant received from Ramsey County through the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation in 2016, the shop im-


One of Olson’s favorite flowers is the garden rose, left. It is distinguished from a tea rose, right, in that its petals create more of a feathered, full and asymmetrical look.

plemented a recycling program that is unique in the floral industry, Olson said. “Really understanding how much you can really recycle is amazing,” she noted. “Literally in one week, we went from being a mass garbage producer to two trash cans per week.” If Styrofoam could be recycled, she added, the trash would not even fi ll one can. The compostable material now fi lls a large dumpster that is taken by Aspen Waste to a compost site in Ramsey County. Another dumpster gets fi lled with cardboard and other paper products. Beside floral designers in the shop are large cans designated now solely for extra greenery to be composted. Designer Debbie Wismer, of Lino Lakes, said she fi lls the can multiple times a day. It used to be thrown away. “There was nothing else to do with it,” she remembered. The grant from Waste Wise helped the shop get started on creating its own recycling program. It provided funds to build an enclosure for the recycling dumpsters, training and bins for inside the shop. A side benefit is the shop saves money with cheaper fees for recycling collection than garbage collection. “My goal really was to be more green-friendly,” Olson noted. “It was a winwin.” What the floral shop is doing has become the ambition of other florists she’s told about it. SARA MARIE MOORE | PRESS PUBLICATIONS “A lot of florists I know don’t do this,” she Hummingbird Floral and Gifts Owner and Designer Lugene Olson, of North said. Oaks, said the shop’s compostable waste, such as flower stems, is now composted instead of thrown away, reducing waste by 80 percent. SEE FLORAL SHOP, PAGE 11

Students mirror United Nations in statewide conference BY SARA MARIE MOORE EDITOR

MINNEAPOLIS — Students from across the state tried their minds at solving the world’s problems during a YMCA Model United Nations event earlier this month. Students from the northeast metro were among the 800 who gathered for several days at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center hotel to represent various countries and participate in model councils and committees mirroring the United Nations. Forest Lake students Emily May and Emma Savage were among about a dozen students on the model Security Council awakened at midnight April 6 to deal with a model crisis issue in Myanmar involving ethnic genocide of the Rohingya people from Rakhine State. The students began working on a response in the wee hours of the night


but slept on it until they could meet with a delegate representing Myanmar. They then approved a resolution calling the government of Myanmar to put a stop to the violence or United Nations peacekeeping forces would be deployed. May represented the U.S. and Savage represented Sweden on the council, which unanimously voted in favor of the resolution. Countries on the council mirrored those that are currently or were recently part of the real council. The purpose of the event is for students to learn about the world, said Orville Lindquist, state program executive for the Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government program. Students researched their adopted country — its culture, government, enemies and current events — to prepare to represent it fairly, he noted. Students then discuss issues on various councils or

Chippewa Middle School student Owen Arndt represented Egypt on a Model United Nations Political and Security Committee during a YMCA event in Minneapolis April 6.

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in Model General Assembly committees from the perceived perspective of that country. Entities on which students serve include a model Economic and Social Council, Human Rights Council, International Court of Justice and Security Council. A historic security council also gives students the opportunity to learn about historic crises. Students also run a daily newspaper and administrate a resource center. “Model U.N. helps students develop a global perspective,” Lindquist said. “They will sharpen their researching, writing and speaking skills but, more importantly, they will grow as leaders and learn to respect opposing points of view and bring about peaceful change in the world.” The Minnesota YMCA Model United Nations is one of few in the country, he noted. Chippewa Middle School student Owen Arndt represented Egypt on the Political and Security Committee. Through the process, he said he has learned a lot about how to work with others. He also learned a lot about Egypt, he said, such as how

people there live and the coups that often happen due to the country’s mandatory draft. Irondale High School student Amanda Joswiak represented Greece on the model Economic and Social Council. The council discussed urbanization and climate change, she said. She also learned that Greece is in a lot of debt and not able to contribute more to United Nations funding than it receives. Mahtomedi High School student Peter Merrill represented the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Economic and Social Council. Through the event he has learned how intricate every word can be in a resolution that has an international impact, he said. His council spent time discussing whether or not an area should be described as an island or coast, he noted. Twin Cities Academy student Anna Foster represented the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Political and Security Committee. The committee discussed internally displaced people, she said. Students from the White Bear Lake, Mounds View, Centennial and Forest Lake area attended the event along with students from across the state. The Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government program began in 1946. It also includes a model assembly session held at the state Capitol. The Model United Nations has been held for about 30 years. For more information, visit


Irondale High School student Amanda Joswiak represented Greece on a Model United Nations Economic and Social Council during a YMCA event in Minneapolis April 6.

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COMMUNITY BRIEFS Address urban forestry The next topic in the Shoreview Environmental Speaker Series will be urban forestry issues in the city, presented at 7 p.m. April 18 by Mark Rehder, board-certified master arborist, S&S Tree Specialists. Topics discussed will include pests and diseases affecting trees in Shoreview, the best trees to plant and pruning techniques. The event will be held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

Test out senior bus

New Trax, which provides transportation services for seniors in the area, will provide a bus for viewing and boarding to Vadnais Heights City Hall between 2 and 3 p.m. April 24. Information on senior transportation will be given.

Business workshop on communication

A business workshop on communication will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. April 25 at the Shoreview Community Center. The presentation, hosted by the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation (VHEDC), will address generational differences, the influence of stereotypes and sexual harassment. Presenters will be Cindy O’Donovan and Kit Welchlin. For more information, visit https://www.

Shoreview band announces spring concert

The Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band’s (SNLVB) annual spring concert is 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in Benson Great Hall on the campus of Bethel University, Arden Hills. The concert music reflects the Musical Myths and Legends theme. The audience will fly high above the Mississippi River with a mythical winged creature, hear melodies from American jazz composers Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington, pay tribute to the legendary Rosa Parks, travel to “Mars” from The Planets Suite, and laugh at Eric Whitacre’s zany composition for the classic movie monster Godzilla. Tickets are $10 if purchased from a band member and $13 at www.snlvb. com, Shoreview City Hall, tickets., Bethel University Box Office, or by calling 651-470-5625. The Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band is under the musical direction of Dr. Michael Scott. The guest conductor is Merle Danielson. More information and a history of the band can be found at

Autism awareness carnival

District 916 will hold an autism awareness carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at Central Park in Roseville in the Foundation Picnic Shelter, 2495 Victoria Street N. The carnival will raise funds for the Autism Society of Minnesota. Last year, the student-organized carnival raised $2,000.

Spring cleanup date announced

The city of Shoreview and Arden Hills will hold a spring cleanup day for residents 7 a.m. to noon May 19. Residents can dispose of electronics, construction debris, grills, tires, exercise equipment, generators, lawn mowers, snow blowers, furniture, vacuum cleaners, appliances, furniture and household hazardous waste at 1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive. Different fees apply for car ($10), truck ($25) and trailer ($35) loads of items. For more information, visit

Recycle clothes at curb in Shoreview

Shoreview residents can recycle used clothing, textiles, shoes and home goods right at their curb, no matter the condition of the items. Put your unwanted goods into orange Simple Recycling bags and place them at the curb beside your recycling cart on your scheduled recycling day. All materials collected will be recycled. Simple Recycling is not a charity organization, so please continue to donate items in good condition to your regular donation service. Contact 866-835-5068 or info@simplerecycling. com to request orange Simple Recycling bags. Additional bags are also available at City Hall.

Community survey coming this summer

The city of Shoreview will be conducting a community survey by phone this summer. The city undertakes community surveys every two years to determine resident

satisfaction levels with various city services and programs. A large survey is conducted every four years and a smaller one every two years. The City Council approved the large 2018 survey be conducted by Morris Leatherman Company for about $30,000. About 400 random people can expect a phone call via landline or cell phone before the fall.

Youth drop-in center opens in mall

The Tubman Center recently opened a new location for a youth and young adult drop-in center in the Maplewood Mall. The center is storefront No. 2006 on the west side of the mall near the Metro Transit station. It is next to the food court by PayLess. Youth are welcome to drop in. The center also offers transportation to the Tubman Maplewood location, which has showers and laundry available. Youth interested in the program can call or text 612-656-9292 or email The center is also taking donations, such as notebooks and pens. An official grand opening will be held June 16.

CSA farm directory now available

Another Community Supported Agriculture season is just around the corner, giving eaters a chance to forge partnerships with some of the most innovative farmers in the region while enjoying fresh, sustainably produced food. The 2018 edition of the Twin Cities, Minnesota & Western Wisconsin Region Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Directory is now available from the Land Stewardship Project at www. stewardshipfood/csa. CSA shares tend to sell out by early spring, so consumers are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

Avoid illness while raising chickens

Since spring is a common time to purchase birds, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) are recommending a few simple steps for staying healthy around live poultry. Recent years have seen large nationwide outbreaks of salmonella infections linked to live poultry in small flocks. Over the past three years, 84 Minnesotans and 2,267


people nationwide have become ill with salmonella infections in these outbreaks. Risks are greatest for children under 5 years old and people with weakened immune systems. Do not allow live poultry in your house or in areas where food or drinks are prepared, served or stored. Dedicate a pair of boots or shoes for use only in the poultry areas. Wash your hands with soap and water after contact with poultry or their environment. Poultry should be housed in a secure area with intact fences, barriers or buildings. If animals become ill, separate them from the healthy animals and consult your veterinarian. Purchase poultry only from licensed dealers. Poultry dealers must be licensed annually by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. To learn more, visit or call 651-201-5414 or 651-201-6826.

Equine therapy service looking for volunteers

Equine therapy nonprofit River Valley Riders is getting ready to start up again this spring and will offer volunteer training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 880 Neal Ave. S., Afton. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. RSVP is required. Please call 651-439-2558 or contact www. Volunteers work directly with instructors and provide assistance during therapeutic horseback riding lessons. Evening volunteer opportunities are from May through October at a choice of either the Afton or Scandia location. Trained to become side walkers and leaders, each member of the volunteer team has a specific responsibility. Experience with horses or people with disabilities is not required. River Valley Riders is a nonprofit volunteer-run organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of children and adults with special needs by providing equine-assisted activities and therapies. Last year, over 200 volunteers made a difference in the lives of 68 individuals with disabilities in the eastern Twin Cities and western Wisconsin areas.


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Cai Zhongzhou Age 92 of Lino Lakes Born in Shandong, China on September 13, 1925 to parents Cai Jiamei and Zhen Ruxian; passed peacefully on March 31, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. Mr. Cai was preceded in death by wife, Sun Yuxiu; survived by son, Cai Bentong; daughter, Tsai Benhong (husband Wong Chen Yee); daughter, Cai Benling; grandchildren, Cai Xianglin, Cai Xiangguang, Wong Hanning, Wong Hanwen, Cai Yanmei, and Cai Yanping. A devoted grandfather, father, uncle, elder brother and loyal friend. Mr. Cai was an unfailing source of loving care, wise counsel and unconditional support to his family, colleagues and friends. Services were held, burial at Roselawn Cemetery, Roseville.

Insurance agency opens State Farm Agent Ryan Hangartner recently opened a location in Shoreview. It is located at 3999 Rice Street, Suite 104A. His agency offers auto, motorcycle, home, condo, renter’s and life insurance. For more information, visit

Earth Day performance

The Pilgrim House Unitarian Universalist (UU) Fellowship will hold an Earth Day celebration at 10:15 a.m. April 22. The DeMasi Brothers will perform songs and humor. The brothers have presented to over 100 UU fellowships throughout the country. This is an intergenerational program. Pilgrim House is located at 1212 W. Hwy 96, Arden Hills.

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Reclaim connection in digital world

6:35 to 7:45 p.m. April 18 at St. Odilia Catholic Church. Joe Beckman will discuss how to reclaim human connection in the digital world and the loneliness that screens can create. All are welcome to attend. The church is located at 3495 Victoria St. N, Shoreview.


A series of free personal fi nance workshops will be held at St. Odilia Catholic Church from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 18, 25, May 2 and 9. Topics include developing a wealth mindset to build a strong fi nancial house, protecting your fi nancial house and debt elimination, wealth creation and estate and legacy planning. Workshops will be held in the parish conference room. Attendees may go to one workshop or the whole series. Register at stodilia. org or call Ramona Michaels at 651-415-3350 with questions.


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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 over 30 years ago by the late Gene Johnson built Ted Glasrud on White Bear Lake between West Park and Ramsey County Beach. 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.

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Tax reforms should keep taxes low


he Legislature returned from its annual Easter and Passover break this past week with a full slate of issues waiting to be resolved. While there are a number of important issues we will address during the remainder of the session, none is perhaps more impactful to you, your family, and the state’s economy than federal tax conformity. Federal tax conformity is Legislator something the Legislature does Lingo almost every year: Randy Jessup we conform the state’s tax code to any changes made at the federal level. Such conformity makes fi ling tax returns easier and allows Minnesotans to take advantage of certain credits or deductions at the federal level. Most years the debate surrounding federal tax conformity is relatively non-controversial. However, this year’s debate has taken on a different tenor due to the fi nancial consequences Minnesotans may see if no changes are made to the state tax code. Here’s why: Late last year the President signed into law the largest tax re-

“Minnesota’s economy and budget outlook are as strong as they have been in some time, and Minnesota families are keeping more of their hard-earned money.” form bill in decades. As a result, many Americans are seeing higher wages, bonuses and an unemployment rate that remains at the lowest level we’ve seen in a long time. Since the federal tax code was changed so dramatically, we are now tasked with deciding to what extent Minnesota should conform to these changes. The Minnesota Department of Revenue is on record as stating that, with full conformity and no other state tax policy changes, an additional $460 million in new taxes would be collected from taxpayers next year. Such a tax increase is not acceptable. Alternatively, if the state doesn’t conform at all, simple tasks like fi ling your state taxes may be virtually impossible. Another factor to consider is that we passed the largest state

tax relief bill in 20 years last year. This legislation will provide $650 million in middle class tax relief for 2018-2019 and $790 million for 2020-2021. These tax reforms were focused on helping seniors, students, farmers and the middle class. Even with these tax reductions, Minnesota tax revenue continues to generate millions of dollars above projections. The latest state budget projection showed a $329 million surplus due in large part to tax reform at the state and federal levels. Minnesota’s economy and budget outlook are as strong as they have been in some time, and Minnesota families are keeping more of their hard-earned money. I am working diligently to make sure that you and your neighbors don’t see higher taxes when our state’s tax conformity plan is agreed upon. I would love to hear from you regarding federal tax conformity and any other matter of state government. Please contact me at 651-296-0141 or via email at rep. Thank you for the opportunity to represent you at the Capitol. Rep. Randy Jessup represents District 42A in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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Free flowing: Roundabouts improve safety


oving people within and through a community is ever evolving. Just over 100 years ago a new technology, the automobile, was becoming more affordable to many. Horses, streetcars, bicycles and walking lost their popularity and convenience as more and more people bought cars. The road system changed to accommodate these new vehicles by adjusting signs, signals and road design to create a safer experience for people driving. Ramsey County Public Works maintains almost 300 miles of roadways. We support each city and the Minnesota Department of Transportation as they maintain and construct roads and trails throughout the county. Our team of more than 100 professionals perform a wide range of work from snow removal to designing and building new roads. For years, Ramsey County identified the interchange at Rice Street and I-694 as a top priority for reconstruction. I-694 is an important regional trucking route – it’s connection to Rice Street serves a vital north-south corridor within the county. This large interchange is often congested. While many see the interchange as only serv-

ing cars and trucks, there are neighborhoods, senior housing units, and parks and trails adjacent to this important connection to the interstate system. The county is committed to providing an equitable transportation system for all users and modes. This commitment is one reason we are designing and constructing more Movers and roundabouts in the county, including the Shakers series of roundabouts at the interchange of Ted Rice Street and I-694. Schoenecker Traffic signals began replacing stop signs in 1900s as a way to manage i the th early l 190 increasing traffic at an intersection. Before stop signs, there was trust that a driver would slow at an intersection to verify a safe crossing. In addition to traffic signals and stop signs, roundabouts offer another option for improving a roadway’s safety and traffic flow. Roundabouts are a safe, efficient and cost-effective way to mitigate increasing traffic backups. By

designing with improved traffic flow in mind, the impact to adjacent properties is also minimized. Minnesota’s first multilane roundabout was built in Medford and the first in the Twin Cities was at Frost Avenue and English Street. In the years since, more than 200 roundabouts of varying size have been built across the state in a wide range of communities. Roundabouts provide increased safety, access and traffic flow. The most eye-opening safety data is related to significant decreases in fatal and life-altering injury crashes. Vehicle crashes tend to be less severe at roundabouts because cars and trucks are traveling at reduced speeds in one direction. Pedestrian and bicycle crashes are also reduced. This evidence makes a strong case for changing the way people move through high-traffic intersections. The people who live in the area and walk, bike or drive to various destinations benefit most from this improved experience. Access to roads and area businesses is also improved. Traffic flow through roundabout intersections is consistent and offers businesses opportunities

to connect driveway access in ways they may not be able to with a signalized intersection. For drivers, the improved flow is perhaps the most noticeable benefit of roundabouts. Higher numbers of cars and trucks can be accommodated and with fewer delays than in other intersection designs. Traffic backups are infrequent in roundabouts but very common at high-traffic intersections with signals. A complete stop at a traffic signal can cause unnecessary delays, especially during peak travel hours. Ambulances, fire trucks, school buses, tractor trailers and snow plows are all able to move within roundabouts. Pedestrians can walk on the sidewalks with safe stopping points and shorter crossing distances. Our complex road system will continue changing to meet the needs of evolving transportation technology and to serve the needs of the people who depend on it to move through our community. I encourage you to learn more about this project on our website. Ted Schoenecker is director of Ramsey County Public Works.


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Also support youth advocating for climate I agree wholeheartedly with Lori Olinger’s advice that we should pay attention to the climate change solutions that college students are proposing (April 3, “Listen to student voices on climate change”). I am of an older generation, but I am 100 percent with these students. A solid majority of Minnesotans are as well. According to the Yale Climate Opinion Maps, 72 percent of Minnesotans believe that global warming will harm future generations, and 75 percent support public policies to regulate carbon dioxide, one of the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Instead of quarreling about the validity of climate change, these students are examining pragmatic solutions that will not only reduce greenhouse gases but grow our economy. In their own words, they want to “open the door to bipartisan climate action.” Their carbon dividends plan is very similar to a proposal by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nonpartisan group which trains and supports volunteers to have respectful conversations with elected officials about climate change. Both plans use the power of the market and are revenue-neutral, so as not to grow the size of government. It’s a smart, politically viable solution that I encourage Sens. Klobuchar and Smith and Congresswoman Betty McCollum to support. Mary Haltvik Shoreview

Happy with representative’s response to school safety Last week, I was happy to hear our state representative, Randy Jessup, was in attendance at a press conference regarding the important issue of school safety. Following the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, there has been an intense national conversation surrounding ways to ensure our students are safe. Some of the discussion has been focused on the divisive issue of fi rearms. With both sides of the gun debate seemingly unwilling to give an inch, I am proud that Rep. Jessup has been focused on solutions that are not only workable, but solutions that have a very realistic chance to be signed into law. The initiatives that Rep. Jessup and his colleagues in the House are proposing a comprehensive approach that enhances school security, addresses student mental health, and provides school districts with needed resources and flexibility to keep our kids safe. This increased funding, more than double what Governor Dayton is proposing, is money well spent. Our children are our most precious resource and our future. Thank you Rep. Jessup for keeping our kids fi rst and for working on solutions that will not only keep students safe, but for focusing on issues that unite us, not divide us.

Shoreview resident Eugene Nichols was awarded by the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners earlier this month for his leadership in reducing youth access to tobacco products and his longstanding work promoting health, mental health and well-being. Nichols was one of five recognized with 2018 public health awards in Ramsey County. Nominations for the awards were solicited from the public earlier this year. For more information, visit Nichols is a longstanding community leader and volunteer. A retired 3M health care division manager, Nichols currently serves as board chair at Open Cities Health Center, chairs the African

Leadership Forum survey of menthol tobacco use and coordinated subsequent forums that engaged African American community leaders, churches and citizens on this issue. Data from the survey was shared with county and city governments which informed decisions on a county resolution in support of restricting youth access Eugene Ni E Nichols h l to menthol products, and a St. Paul City Council ordinance limiting the American Leadership Forum-Health and Well- sale and youth access to flavored and menthol ness Group and serves products. on Shoreview’s Human Nichols was nominated Rights Commission. He is also a member of Saint for his tireless efforts to engage the community, Paul – Ramsey County raise awareness and Public Health’s Comensure citizen’s voices munity Health Services are heard on a range Advisory Committee of issues from healthy and chairs the Mental eating, active living and Health and Well-being tobacco use, to nurse Action Team. home visiting, mental He was the project health and well-being. manager of a recent African-American

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day, April 21 Where: Shoreview Library, 4570 N. Victoria St. Details: Carve out a sign using a router and decorate it. For teens and families. Contact: 651-486-2303 or

day, Apr. 25 Where: Shoreview Community Center,4580 N. Victoria St. Details: For adults; $.25/card. Contact: 651-490-4750 or shoreviewcommunity



When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 Where: Midland Hills When: 3-5 p.m. SaturCountry Club, 2001 Fulday, April 21 When: 7-8:30 p.m. ham St., Roseville Where: Shoreview LiWednesday, April 18 Details: Guest speaker Where: Shoreview City brary, 4570 N. Victoria St. is John Noltner, creator Details: Join Virgil Council Chambers, 4600 of a multimedia arts Benoit as he digs deeper Victoria St. N. project built around the into the French tradiDetails: Learn about simple question, “What tions of the area and urban forestry best Does Peace Mean to learn how to be part of practices specific to You?” Free to attend, but Shoreview, and activities the research project. donations encouraged. Contact: homeowners can underRSVP. take in order to improve Contact: 651-379-3422 tree habitat and health SPRING ROYAL or on their properties. TEA PARTY Contact: 651-490-4665 When: 3-4:30 p.m. Sunor day, April 22 FICTION BASICS Where: Shoreview When: 2-3:30 p.m. SatCommunity Center, 4580 urday, May 5 YMCA HEALTHY Victoria St. N. KIDS DAY Where: Details: Event for Details: Writing When: Saturday, April children 10 and under program for kids 6th 21 includes crafts, storygrade and up to learn the Where: All area YMtelling, appearance by ins and outs of creating CAs a princess and refreshmemorable settings, deDetails: National iniveloping an exciting plot, tiative is a free communi- ments. $12/residents; and writing believable ty open house with activi- registration required. Contact: 651-490-4750 characters with depth ties for the family themed or www.shoreview and complexity. Registraaround healthy living, tion required. youth development and Contact: 651-486-2303 social responsibility. Contact: www. BUSINESS WORKSHOP: or HOW TO MINIMIZE COM-




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 MN and WI. Taught by trained instructors from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Ages 12+; youth halfprice with registered adult. $50/person. Contact: 651-490-4700 or shoreviewcommunity

When: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 Where: Shoreview When: 7:30-9:30 a.m. Community Center, 4580 Wednesday, April 25 Victoria St. N. Where: Shoreview Details: Dress in fancy Community Center, 4580 attire and wear a favorite Victoria St. N. spring hat. Bring a teaDetails: Light breakcup and pot if you have fast and networking followed by fre workshop one to share; variety of teas and appetizers covering the topics of served. Registration generational differencrequired; $14. es and the influence Contact: 651-490-4750 of stereotypes; sexual harassment; and creating or www.shoreview a respectful workplace. Free, but registration required. Contact: shoreviewmn. gov




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Musical Myths & Legends WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 28 WHERE: Bethel University, Benson Great Hall, 3900 Bethel Dr., Arden Hills DETAILS: Shoreview Northern

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 www.

Lights Variety Band performs their

Mondays Where: Shoreview Library, 4580 N. Victoria St. Details: Stories, songs and fingerplays for children ages 2-5 to enhance early literacy skills. Contact: 651-724-6006 or

‘500’ CARDS

When: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays Where: Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N. Details: All caliber players who enjoy the game of 500 are welcome. Free. Contact: 651-490-4750 or www.shoreview

Cuchetti will talk ‘in-theround’ 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


When: 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 20 and 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21 Where: First Presbyterian Church, 4821 Bloom Ave., White Bear Lake Details: Retreat is a day of conversaton, inspiration, exploration NEIGHBORHOODS and encouragement. Kelly Johnson, author of NEARBY “Being Brave: A 40-Day Journey to the Life God Dreams for You,” is guest ‘SCREENAGERS’ MEET WITH THE MAYOR When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, speaker. $45. Contact: 651-429-3381 April 17 When: 3-5 p.m. most Where: Faith Lutheran or Tuesdays Where: Shoreview City Church, 886 North Shore Dr., Forest Lake Hall, 4600 Victoria St. GARDENING WITH Details: Free viewing Details: Meet with NATIVE POLLINATORS of the film that depicts Mayor Sandy Martin to When: 10-11:15 a.m. family struggles over so- Saturday, April 21 discuss issues or concial media, video games cerns. Call for an apWhere: Warner Nature and academics, followed pointment. Center, 15375 Norell Ave. by Q & A. Pizza served. Contact: 651-490-4618 N., Marine on St. Croix Appropriate for parents or Details: Heather Holm, and children 10 and up; author and national child care provided for speaker, will lead preTHE BRAIN BOX younger children. Reser- sentation about native When: 4-6 p.m. Thursvations requested online. pollinators and how to days Contact: attract them to gardens. Where: Shoreview LiCall to register. brary, 4570 N. Victoria St. Contact: 651-433-2427 Details: Teens can HALF MOON RISING: ext 10 drop in to check out the SONGWRITER new teen area and make SHOWCASE stuff with the 3D printer, When: 7-10 p.m. FAMILY EARTH DAY sewing machine, Cameo Wednesday, April 18 & 25 CELEBRATION cutter and more. Free. Where: Ziggy’s, 132 When: 12:30-3 p.m. Contact: 651-724-6006 Main St. S., Stillwater Saturday, April 21 or Details: April 18 event Where: Wargo Nature features local songCenter, 7701 Main St., writers Sarah Morris, Lino Lakes FAMILY STORY TIME Lars Carlson, and Tony Details: Learn about When: 10:30-11 a.m.


When: 1 p.m. Wednes-


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.anokacounty


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:


When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, April 21 Where: Infinite Campus, 4321 109th Ave. NE, Blaine Details: 7th Annual event hosted by the Chain of Lakes Rotary Club includes hors d’Oeuvres buffet 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. Contact: chainoflakes


When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22 Where: Village Sports Bar, 3600 Hoffman Rd., White Bear Lake Details: Hike through residential areas, woods and paved path, followed by treats at the Village Sports Bar. Hike is approx 5 miles and last 1 1/2-2 hours. Contact: 651-426-8593 or

APRIL 17, 2018

ty Rd. 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



Northeast Metro Expo — NEW LOCATION —

WHEN: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday,

School South Campus, 3557 McKnight Rd.

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.

DETAILS: Free event with local


business and nonprofit vendors,

April 29

WHERE: White Bear Area High


When: 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22 Where: St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Rd., Mahtomedi Details: Free and open to the public. Contact:


When: 6-7 p.m. Monday, April 23 Where: White Bear Lake Library, 2150 2nd St. Details: Overview of the year 1918 according to the White Bear Press covers the Great War, influenza epidemic, the Temperance Movement and Women’s Suffrage. Free. Contact: 651-407-5327 or


When: 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 Where: Vadnais Heights City Hall, 800 E. County Rd. E. Details: Seniors can learn about the new local bus circular service. Free, no registration required. Contact: 651-204-6000 or cityvadnaisheights. com


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 Services on hand to answer questions. Part of TPT’s ongoing “Minnesota Remembers Vietnam-

”initiative. Contact: mnvietnam. org


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


When: 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26 Where: Normandy Park Senior Center, 2482 County Rd. F, White Bear Lake Details: Hear officers discuss real life examples of scams against seniors, financial scams and fraud, web-based scams and more. Free and all ages welcome. Contact: whitebear


When: Apr. 26-May 20; shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; Preview 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 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


When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 26; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 27; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 28 Where: First Presbyterian Church, 4821 Bloom Ave., White Bear Lake Details: Annual sale with good quality bargain-priced clothing, household goods, tools, small appliances, books, shoes, purses, games, toys, linens, jewelry, office supplies. Bargain bags on Saturday. Contact: 651-429-3381,


When: 7 p.m. Friday, Apr. 27; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 28; 2 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 29 Where: Stillwater Area High School Auditorium, 5701 Stillwater Blvd. N. Details: St. Croix Ballet performs a musical story of goodness and love. Contact: 651-439-2820 or


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: PedaltoDC


When: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 28 Where: Otter Lake Elementary, 1401 Coun-

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 28 Where: Mahtomedi District Education Center, 1520 Mahtomedi Ave. Details: Hands-on 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: 10:15-1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 Where: Keys Cafe upper meeting room, 2208 4th St., White Bear Lake Details: Create an acrylic pet portrait and help raise money for the Second Chance Animal Rescue of White Bear Lake. $35 includes supplies and instruction by Cheerful Hearts Studio. Registration required. Contact:


When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 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


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;


When: 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 Where: Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St., Lino Lakes Details: Join a local photographer to learn the tips and tricks for taking photos in nature, including a discussion of equipment, then practice skills outdoors. No experience necessary, children must be accomanied by an adult. $5/person; registration required. Contact: 763-324-3350;



When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 28 Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 115 4th St. N., Stillwater Details: The Missa in Angustiis, or Lord Nelson Mass by Franz Joseph Haydn anchors the performance. Tickets online or at the door, $27/ adults; $22/seniors; $17/ students. Contact: 651-430-0124 or valleychamberchorale. org


When: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 29 Where: 602 North Main St., Stillwater Details: View the newest exhibits and enjoy refreshments. Guides, but no tours. Contact: 651-439-5956 or


When: Noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 29 Where: Historic Courthouse, 101 W. Pine St., Stillwater Details: Multi-course tea and program by the MN Historical Society. Reservations required. Contact: co.


When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 30 Where: Wildwood Library, 763 Stillwater Rd., Mahtomedi Details: Fact-based presentation aimes to clarify misconceptions and misinformation about the refugee program in Minnesota. Contact: 651-426-2042 or


When: 6:30 p.m. meeting; 7:30 p.m. reception, Tuesday, May 1 Where: Lino Lakes City Hall Community room, 620 Town Center Pkwy Details: Learn to speak effectively, conduct meetings, and to lead, delegate and motivate. Meetings open to all and guest welcome. Contact: 763-205-0189


or linolakes.toast


When: 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3 Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 115 4th St. N., Stillwater Details: Author of “Into the Beautiful North” will talk with Krista Tippett as part of the NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley program. Event also features the La Luchadora screen printing cart, and attendees will walk away with a keepsake poster. Free, but reservations required. Contact: 651-430-1465 or


When: 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6 Where: Veterans Campground on Big Marine Lake, 11300 180th St. N., Marine on St. Croix Details: Free celebration includes Native singing and drumming, storytelling, hide tanning demonstration, and lunch. Family friendly and open to all. RSVP online. Contact: 651-343-7924 or StillwaterNAPAC


When: 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6 Where: St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Rd., Mahtomedi Details: Free concert features the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Festive Overture and Symphony #5 Op 47 in d minor. Reception follows concert. Contact:


When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 Where: Rudy’s Redeye Grill, 4940 Hwy 61, White Bear Lake Details: Fundraising luncheon to support Northeast Residence programs for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Free to attend; RSVP online. Contact:




APRIL 17, 2018

RAMSEY COUNTY SHERIFF REPORTS The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:

North Oaks • A Larkspur Lane resident returning from a 10-day trip out of the country on March 22 found his garage door open and his mini-Cooper sedan missing, along with a Sig Sauer handgun that was in the glovebox. A 30-year-old male suspect in the theft, identification not released, was found dead in a Hennepin County park. Another suspect, also a 30-year-old male, is missing. • A caller on Spring Farm Lane with squirrels in his attic on April 2 requested a visit from county animal control. That agency only handles requests concerning domestic animals, so the caller was sent a list of agencies dealing with wildlife.

Shoreview • A neighbor in the 3400 block of Kent Street heard arguing outside March 21 and saw a man pushing a woman into a vehicle. That attempt was unsuccessful, and the suspect fled the scene on foot. The frightened victim, a 20-year-old from Cottage Grove, exhibited marks from a previous altercation. Deputies are attempting to locate the 21-year-old suspect who has a previous domestic assault-related conviction. • A woman in the 700 block of County Road F fell victim to the mystery shopper scam March 22 when she opened a FedEx envelope containing a check for $2,950. The 77-year-old was advised to keep $300 for herself and buy gift cards with the rest. She was then told to take pictures of the gift cards and send the photos to the scammer (where they would be quickly cashed). This happened twice

more until the victim, now out $7,900, contacted the sheriff’s office. An investigation is underway. • A deputy on patrol saw a vehicle backing down a ramp at Victoria Street and onto I-694 near midnight March 25, then reaching a speed of 75 mph in a 60 mph zone. The driver, a 42-yearold man from Brooklyn Center who didn’t do well on the field sobriety tests, had no ID other than a Mexican driver’s license and tested in excess of the legal limit. He was booked into jail on a fourth-degree DWI charge. • A man who left his Chevy Silverado parked in Dad’s driveway in the 1000 block of County Road F around midnight March 25, awoke the next morning to find four tires and wheels, a stereo, tools and a fire extinguisher — total value of $2,250 — gone. No suspects. • A construction worker arrived at a job site in the 1000 block of Gramsie Road the morning of March 26 to discover a lock to the fence cut and two compressors and wire and power tools missing. The total loss was estimated at $13,000. Security video is under review. • Camera footage recorded March 26 showed a white four-door Buick sedan with Minnesota plates and driven by a male pull up to the front door of an apartment building in the 5800 block of Royal Oaks Drive. A female passenger got out, grabbed a package for a resident that had been recently delivered, and jumped back in the waiting vehicle, which made tracks. In the package? Sixty dollars worth of furnace filters. • A 29 -year-old man wanted on a Ramsey County warrant for his arrest for felony possession of burglary tools and warrants from Polk County, Wisconsin, for use of a vehicle without

PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEF Law enforcement cracks down on distracted driving in April Deputies, police officers and troopers from more than 300 agencies are conducting extra distracted driving enforcement through April 22. The campaign is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS). Texting while driving citations climbed almost 23 percent from 2016 to 2017, from 5,988 to 7,357. Just five years ago, citations were about half that number, 3,498. Minnesota’s “No Texting” law makes it illegal for drivers to read, send texts and emails, and access the web while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic. That includes sitting at a stoplight or stop sign. The consequence for violating this law is a $50 fi ne for the fi rst offense and $275 for subsequent offenses. If you injure or kill someone because of texting and driving, you can face a felony charge of criminal vehicular operation or homicide. Distracted driving contributes to one in five crashes in Minnesota and contributes to an average of 59 deaths and 223 serious injuries in the state each year, according to data collected between 2012 and 2016. When a crash occurs in Minnesota, the driver behavior that law enforcement agencies cite most often as a contributing factor is inattention or distraction. Law enforcement recommends placing cell phones out of reach or turning them off while driving. Map out a destination and enter the GPS route in advance. Music and radio stations can be pre-programmed. Adjust mirrors and ventilation before traveling. Secure drinks and avoid messy foods.

consent, jumping bail and fleeing police in a motor vehicle, was taken into custody the afternoon of March 27 at the Best Western hotel in the 1000 block of Gramsie Road. • A window was broken March 28 on a vehicle parked in the YMCA lot in the 3700 block of Lexington Avenue and a purse containing $20 in cash and credit cards along with the usual purse stuff went missing. • A highly intoxicated, incoherent man suspected of shoplifting and found sitting on a bench outside Target March 28 in the 3800 block of Lexington Avenue was arrested for theft when he could not produce a receipt for the $68 worth of children’s medicine and a new thermometer he had in his pocket. The 48-year-old Farmington man was booked into the Ramsey County Jail. • A guest was asked to check out early March 30 at the Best Western Hotel on Gramsie Road following an “unusual amount of foot traffic to their room.” Arrested were a 57-year-old man with no permanent address, a 48-year-old Blaine man and a 35-yearold Blaine woman, who is the ex-wife of the Blaine man. Drug paraphernalia and “a crystal-like substance“ were found in two cars belonging to the younger suspects. The 57-year-old was charged with failure to keep his information as a registered sex-offender current. The 48-year-old was booked into jail on a felony narcotics-related warrant out of Hennepin County. The woman was jailed on an Anoka County warrant for her arrest. • An elderly man left Bremer Bank at Lexington Avenue and County Road F the afternoon of March 30 after a visit to the bank’s ATM. Unbeknownst to the senior citizen, there was a car right behind him. When they arrived

at the 82-year-old’s residence on Sylvia Lane, the senior noticed, out of the corner of his eye, a man jump out of the passenger seat of the car. The man brandished a knife, punched him, grabbed the $200 cash he had withdrawn and fled the scene in the car. An investigation is underway. • Pulled over for speeding at Lexington Avenue and Tanglewood Drive the night of March 31, a 52-year-old local man was soon on his way to jail on a fourth-degree DWI charge. • A man reported begging in the parking lot of the Best Western Hotel on Gramsie Road on April Fool’s Day was gone when deputies arrived. • A 34-year-old employee of Deluxe Corporation on Victoria Street who was fired four months into her sixmonth probation period threatened the human resources employee who delivered the bad news. No charges were filed against her. • A vulnerable adult from a group home in the neighborhood who was shopping with his caseworker at Kowalski’s on Highway 96, found a $100 bill in his pants pocket on April 2. Unfortunately, the pants had gone through the group home’s washing machine and there wasn’t much left of the bill. The bill’s owner passed it on to his caseworker, who in turn gave it to the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office. From there, the bill was given to the U.S. Secret Service. • Deputies responding to a 911 call hang-up at an apartment building in the 3400 block of Kent Street in the early morning hours of April 3 found a 20-year-old woman in a second floor hallway speaking incoherently. Because no one in the building could come up with a reason for her presence, she was booked into jail on a disorderly conduct charge.


Oh, the abuse our feet endure. Painful bunions? There's a new remedy for that. A patented procedure called lapiplasty is the future of bunion surgery. White Bear Lake podiatrist Christopher Phillips is one of the fi rst in the metro to perform the technique. “The procedure is driven to create a technique that is controlled, reproducible and lends itself to confidence in the results,” Phillips said. “It aims at restoring anatomy back to normal by correcting the deformity at the joint. A patient can bear weight almost immediately following the surgery.” Previous methods for fi xing the deformity, and there are many, require cutting the bone behind the bunion and sliding it back beneath the toe. Phillips describes it as a “nonanatomical correction that lends itself to recurrence.” A bunion is a bump on the side of the foot. It forms from what the podiatrist calls a “structural deviation” of the metatarsal joint and big toe. The fi rst patient to have the procedure under Phillips' care, Jessi Foell, can't rave enough about the results. Foell, 40, had been living with a painful bunion on her left foot for years. It kept her from doing things she enjoys, like playing tennis or

using the treadmill. “I had always heard horror stories of traditional surgery where they break the bone and shave it,” Foell relayed. “A podiatrist referred me to Dr. Phillips, saying I was a good candidate for this new procedure. I am so happy with it I will probably get the other foot done within a year.” A walking boot was required post-surgery, but both the downtime and the pain were minimal, Foell said. “It has been the complete opposite of what everyone tells me of their personal stories. It has been so worth it.” According to Phillips, people of any age can have bunions. “All sorts of structural deformities will predispose a foot to bunions,” he said. “High heels can be a component. Pointy shoes play a role, especially if worn for decades. Or it can be genetic.” Foell started experiencing pain in her 20s from the protruding bone. “Mine wasn't disgusting on my foot. It just hindered me from doing things I like. My foot would throb for hours after a few minutes of exercise.” Within four days of surgery, she was getting around in just the boot. The St. Paul woman worked from home the following week but could have returned to work, she said. Lapiplasty isn't for every bunion deformity. “But it's a technology that standardizes the technique, which hasn't been out there before,”


Phillips has owned the White Bear Foot and Ankle Clinic at 4653 White Bear Pkwy. since 2014. A White Bear native, he grew up on Bald Eagle Lake and graduated from Hill-Murray High School. He received his doctor of podiatry in Ohio, where he met his wife, Mary.

noted Phillips. “It takes into consideration the rotational deformity portion of a bunion; it looks at it in three dimensions. Rotation is a big component. We attribute rotation to the rate of recurrence.” If a patient has a bunion deformity that has created significant arthritis at the big toe joint, they would not be a good candidate. “Bunions get a bad rap. It doesn't have to be a bad experience,” Phillips said. The surgery is performed in the hospital; patients are put into a deep sleep for the 90-minute procedure. According to the company that invented lapiplasty, Treace Medical Concepts Inc., 87 percent of bunions have a metatarsal frontal plane rotational deformity. If not corrected, patients are 12 times more likely to have a recurrence.

APRIL 17, 2018



Children’s theater arts group opens doors at HaniflPerforming Arts Center As the placard on White Bear Lake’s new Hanifl Performing Arts Center indicates, the north wing of the building is dedicated to Children’s Performing Arts (CPA). “White Bear Lake is new and exciting to us,” said CPA Board Chairman Sharon Hanifl -Lee. “We can’t wait to offer more children opportunities to grow through the theater arts. Even though we’re sharing space with Lakeshore Players, we aren’t Lakeshore Players. I think this is one of the reasons we are a best-kept secret, for now.” Founded in 2005 in Forest Lake, the theater group for youth K-6 started with 27 children in its first production. As enrollment grew, CPA began outgrowing venues, eventually fi nding a home in 2014 at Forest Lake High School. Part of its mission, pointed out CPA Executive Director Kari Bullion, is to include everyone at all abilities and skill levels. “We never want to turn anyone away. Every role in a production is important. We work hard to give every child a special opportunity on the stage.” As CPA flourished, casts were topping 100 children. It became apparent there was a need for expanded programming to serve even more children. “We had a lot of interest from parents to expand our programs past sixth grade, but beyond having older kids work with us on our productions as junior directors, it was hard to do with our current limitations — access to space and volunteers,” Bullion said. “Forest Lake High School is a wonderful venue but can only accommodate us for our one large production and one summer camp. When the opportunity came up to join the Hanifl Performing Arts Center community theater, sharing space with Lakeshore Players, we jumped at the chance.” This is the first year that Children’s Performing Arts will be able to offer an upper-level musical for seventh to 12th grade students, which will also be their fi rst production at the new theater. “Joseph & The Technicolor Dreamcoat” is still taking registrations. “We are also offering a chorus for fi rst- through fi fth-graders with a bit less of a rigorous practice schedule. This show is so adapt-


Young performers participated in the Frog & Toad summer camp last year. CPA is headquartered in the HaniflPerforming Arts Center in White Bear Lake.

able we wanted to give as many students an opportunity to participate as possible in the fi rst production in the new theater,” said Director Carrie Carlson. CPA is offering other classes, as well, including a musical workshop day, graphic design class, summer camps, and two original productions. “We are excited to be able to offer children different types of classes and camps that aren’t offered

at every theater. Both our upcoming original productions are book adaptations that have never been performed prior; they are completely original works,” Bullion noted. For more information about Children’s Performing Arts upcoming programs, visit: 2018-program-guide.html Submitted

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APRIL 17, 2018

A Grand Debut: Theater acquires Steinway from legendary piano company BY DEBRA NEUTKENS MANAGING EDITOR

There are now two 9-foot concert grand pianos in the White Bear Lake area. The first Steinway belongs to a classical pianist living in Dellwood, Dr. Reid Smith; the second was uncrated Friday in the lobby of Hanifl Performing Arts Center. Smith was first to caress its keys; in fact, he was the one who selected the $150,000 piano at the Steinway & Sons factory in Queens, New York. Last December, Smith and Rob Thomas, Lakeshore Players Theatre executive director, traveled to New York to decide on the instrument. They knew they wanted a Steinway concert grand; the part that required Smith’s expertise was choosing which one. The selection narrowed to six candidates at the factory, which has existed in the New York City borough since 1853. A two-hour tour was included in the excursion with the guide, who explained that picking out a Steinway was like choosing a favorite child. All have their own particular qualities. Surprisingly, the process of elimination did not involve Smith performing works by Chopin or Mozart. His technique was, shall we say, rather unconventional, and closely involved Thomas, who claims to be tone deaf. Ultimately, the piano Smith chose sounded the best when Thomas yelled into it. Smith described the sound as “sustained.” “This piano not only reproduced Rob’s exact pitch but it sounds like an echo across the valley. It will fill the theater,” Smith said. “We eliminated three of the six without playing a single song,” added Thomas. “The remaining three had extra qualities. All are spectacular, of course, but these had something different; they had more ring.” The legendary Steinway piano takes a year to build. Every piece is handmade with hand tools by 270 craftsmen who each play an individual role in its creation. Schmitt Music is the exclusive Steinway dealer in the Twin Cities. Store representative Sue Dopp accompanied the two men on the trip, as is required by Steinway, to broker the purchase. “Sue has been to many selections,” Smith noted. “She couldn’t believe what I was doing. It was the first selection where not a note was played. She thought it was the weirdest thing she had ever seen.” To demonstrate the technique, Thomas again sang a chord into the strings in Lakeshore’s lobby. Smith was thrilled that the piano maintained its reverberation at its new home. “This piano sings,” he pointed out. “It has nothing to do with the performer.” Even Thomas admitted he could hear the difference and was delighted to be a part of the process. “I thought I would just be paying for dinner and making sure everyone got to where they needed to be,” he said. A 9-foot concert grand is the expected instrument for major venues, according to Smith. “It is the standard for any professional pianist. If you want to be at the top level, you have this piano.” With his perfect pitch and impressive resume, Smith was the ideal choice for selecting the Steinway, Thomas said. It was Smith who insisted the piano was mandatory if the theater was serious about bringing classical music to White Bear Lake.


Rob Thomas, Lakeshore Players Theatre executive director, assisted pianist Dr. Reid Smith, seated at the Steinway, in selecting the piano on the factory floor.


Putting their ear to the instrument, Smith and Thomas narrow the candidates from six to three to one.

The Dellwood resident will be director of classical programming for Lakeshore as it moves forward with plans to hold a piano series and other concert events. The piano will make its debut with Smith at the keyboards for a private donor appreciation event April 13. Theater staff hope a benefactor will still come forward with a $100,000 donation for naming rights to the piano’s storage room: a climate-controlled closet left of the stage. About $60,000 has already been raised through the capital campaign to purchase the Steinway. A graduate of Boston University and the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik in Austria, Smith received a master’s degree from The Juilliard School in New York City. His doctoral thesis included a performance of the 24 Chopin Etudes. He has taught piano at Juilliard, Kent State, St. John’s University and the University of Minnesota and currently teaches out of his Dellwood studio, educating, he says, the next generation of Van Cliburn winners. The sound from Lakeshore’s grand new addition will get richer with age, noted Smith, and can take 10 to 12 years to plateau. The breaking-in process will be soft and gentle. Just who gets to play upon its keys is yet to be determined. “Pianos take on the personality of the person playing it,” Smith said. “Anyone who plays the Steinway will have to know what they are doing.” He added that future performances will depend on budget. “It’s better to start little by little and grow over time. We have a number of outstanding local

During their factory tour, Thomas and Smith were hands on with the tools to make a piano. A concert grand takes a year to build and 270 craftsmen.


Dr. Reid Smith, left, Rob Thomas, and Schmitt Music rep Sue Dopp stand in an outline of a grand piano at the Steinway factory in Queens, New York.

people who would be willing to play.” For Thomas, the buying adventure was a “oncein-a-lifetime experience” that culminated with a delightful dinner at the Russian Tea Room in Manhattan. “This is such a gift to the community,” he added. “I’m walking on a cloud now that the piano is home.”

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and grows over 200 varieties of flowers and foliage. Three Organic, green floral days a week, fresh cut flowers arrangements are delivered in a van to florists and wedding designers Going green with the new in the Twin Cities, he said. recycling program was an The Trotts grow flowers on extension of the shop’s underabout four of their 25-acres, lying organic values, Olson which have become quite the explained. place for pollinators. The shop buys vases from “The fields hum with honeythrift stores to reuse them and encourages customers to bees and bumblebees,” Doug said. The Trotts avoid using bring in their own favorite vase when ordering a custom harmful chemicals on their flowers. “I hate to spray,” he arrangement. If customers noted. “The last two years we donate a box of used vases, have not even sprayed any they receive free flowers. organic chemicals. We have The shop also uses recycled newspaper in the box given to just been releasing beneficial insects.” Problem insects customers that balances the are taken care of by natural floral arrangement until it predators. gets home. Most roses sold at HumThe arrangements also mingbird come from Ecuahave an “organic” flair in dor; they are flown to Miami that designers use a lot of to go through customs and greenery to complement the then are trucked or flown to flowers. various florists across the na“We love greens,” Olson said, pointing out an arrange- tion. “There’s flowers grown all over the world,” Olson ment Wismer was working said. on. Designers also like to use Her favorite flowers? Gartwigs and branches. den roses and green spider Olson buys many of the flowers she sells directly from mums. farmers in the Midwest from late spring to fall, such as del- Reused building on phiniums, lilies, marigolds, neighborhood corner sunflowers and zinnias. Going green lines up with At Prairie Garden Farm in Olson’s previous career in the Starbuck, Minnesota, flowcorporate chemical industry ers are grown from seed in a working to replace toxic maheated greenhouse beginning terials with nontoxic options, in December and then transshe said. She minored in planted to fields or shaded botany in college and flower tunnels, said Doug Trott, a arranging has always been a former Shoreview resident hobby. who started the farm with “I said, ‘Someday I am his wife Robin in 2010. The going to be surrounded by farm is the second-largest flowers,’” she remembered. flower grower in Minnesota The North Oaks resident has FROM PAGE 1





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“GOD’S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS” (PG) [THEMATIC ELEMENTS, INCLUDING SOME VIOLENCE AND SUGGESTIVE MATERIAL.] — After an angry college student (Mike C. Manning) accidentally sets fire to an Arkansas church and kills a visiting pastor (Benjamin A. Onyango) from Ghana in this inspirational, engaging, touching, 2-hour religious drama, the reverend (David A. R. White) of St. James Church seeks out his estranged lawyer brother (John Corbett) in Chicago to help him go up against the church board of trustees (Ted McGinley, Tatum O’Neal, et al.) when they want to bulldoze the 150-year-old church and to build a student center instead on campus.

“I CAN ONLY IMAGINE” (PG) [THEMATIC ELEMENTS INCLUDING SOME VIOLENCE.] — An inspirational, factually based, heartwarming, entertaining, stardotted (Cloris Leachman and Trace Adkins), 110-minute religious film that details the back story to the “I Can Only Imagine” triple-platinum, number one Christian single of all time and the troubled, difficult life of talented, inventive singer/songwriter Bart Millard (J. Michael Finley/Brody Rose) growing up in Greenville, Texas, in the 1980s with his abusive father (Dennis Quaid) after his mother (Tanya Clarke) left, his longtime and tumultuous relationship with his childhood girlfriend (Taegen Burns/ Madeline Carroll) he met at summer camp, the struggles he and his MercyMe band members (Jason Burkey, O’Shay Brooks, et al.) faced to get recognized by music executives, and finally the repairing of his relationship with his estranged father who became a Christian and found God later in life after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.



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White Bear food shelf expands to Maplewood church BY SARA MARIE MOORE EDITOR

Wanted: Hungry stomachs from across the city to be fi lled. The White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf (WBAEFS) has expanded to Maplewood with a Mobile Market that offers fresh food for anyone in need — yes, anyone from anywhere. The partnership with Redeeming Love Church's Manna Pantry began after the food shelf noticed several seniors who frequented its weekly bonus day, which is open to anyone with a self-identified need. “After further investigation, we learned that they all lived in the same senior building in Maplewood and they were thrilled to fi nd additional resources for healthy foods nearby,” said WBAEFS Executive Director Andrea Kish-Bailey. “This got us thinking ... how could we help bridge the gap for seniors and others struggling to put food on the table in our neighboring city?” WBAEFS researched food support in Maplewood and located Redeeming Love Church near the women's homes. The church's Manna Pantry ministry offered nonperishable food during an open house 4 to 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month to anyone with a self-identified need. “This got us thinking again ... perhaps we could increase access to healthy food for seniors and others living right next door by working with Redeeming Love to provide fresh produce, milk and protein,” Kish-Bailey remembered. The church jumped at the opportunity to expand its pantry to a market in partnership with the food shelf. The first WBAEFS Mobile Market – Manna Pantry partnership was held last month. Regulars of the Manna Pantry loved receiving fresh food, said Janelle Gunderson, Manna Pantry coordinator. Gunderson also revamped the pantry into more of a shopping format. Previously, attendees received a prepackaged bag of nonperishable foods. Now, shoppers in need receive two grocery bags that they can fill with a certain number of items of their choosing. The church still provides the nonperishable foods and WBAEFS brings in fresh foods such as produce, meat, milk, eggs and bread. The church upped its volunteers for the open house food shelf in anticipation of more attendees. Twenty-two households came, Gunderson said. “We hope to grow,” she added. “New people came that had never heard of it.” She hopes more people who need food will continue to come. The purpose of the food shelf she has overseen at the church for three years is to be available to meet people's needs, she noted. “A huge thank you to Janelle and volunteers from Redeeming Love for making this happen,” Kish-Bailey said. “We are thrilled to partner to provide healthy items for families struggling to put food on the table.” A WBAEFS volunteer at the market takes any remaining fresh food to the food shelf in White Bear Lake for regular distribution.


Redeeming Love Church’s Manna Pantry recently partnered with the White Bear Lake Area Emergency Food Shelf to launch a Mobile Market offering fresh foods. On March 26, church volunteers Janelle and Nora Gunderson, Pete Welle, Rick Beresford and Rebekah Welle prepared to distribute milk, eggs, bread, apples, oranges, onions, carrots, turkey pepperoni and a variety of dry goods.

The Manna Pantry is open to anyone in need from 4 to 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month. The next market will be April 23. In May and December, the market is held the third Monday of the month due to holidays. The church is located at 2425 White Bear Ave., Maplewood. The market is held at door four, in the back of the church. For more information, visit, email manna@ or call 651-777-5200. The WBAEFS also holds Mobile Markets open to residents of certain senior buildings in White Bear Lake (Washington Square, Willow Wood and Pioneer Manor) and at school events throughout the year. The food shelf has regular business hours for anyone in need in the White Bear Lake Area School District and takes appointments for anyone in need outside the school district on Bonus Saturdays, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. For more information, visit, email info@ or call 651-407-5310.




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Robotics teams advance to world championships Two student robotics teams from the Shoreview area advanced to the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championships to be held later this month. The Height Differential and Ponytail Posse teams competed at the FTC North Super Regional Championship in Iowa last month. Team Height Differential won the

fi rst place INSPIRE Award; Ponytail Posse took second place. There were 72 teams from 11 states represented at the competition. Ponytail Posse was the state champion. The INSPIRE award is given to the team that embodied the challenge of the FIRST Tech Challenge program and is an inspiration to other teams with gracious professionalism.

Height Differential’s mentor Jim Irvine received a Compass Award for guiding and supporting the team. Candidates are nominated by FIRST Tech Challenge student team members, via a 40-60 second video submission. A local middle school team, the Dots, also advanced to the World Championships in Detroit April 25-28 by winning the third-place Champi-




Height Differential team members show off their robot at a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) North Super Regional Championship in Iowa last month.

ons Award at the Minnesota FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition this winter. The tournament focuses on science and engineering projects and feeds into the FIRST Tech Challenge program.

Members of the Height Differential and Ponytail Posse teams competed at the FIRST Tech Challenge North Super Regional Championship in Iowa last month and advanced to the World Championships, to be held in Detroit the end of April. Left to right, front to back: Rose Lam, Sabriyah Taher, Heeral Narkhede, Nancy Koshy, John Helgeson, Nick Riedel, Akash D’Souza, Grant Altenhofen, Charlotte Hamilton, Amy Helgeson and Meghan Froehle.

Wildlife should stay wild this spring BY JACKIE BUSSJAEGER LOWDOWN EDITOR

AMERY—Seeing a newborn animal in spring is one of the many special pleasures of the season, but wildlife experts want you to know that the best way to care for these animals is to let them stay wild. Amery resident Yvette Tourville is a volunteer with Tammi’s Wildlife Rescue in Frederic. She remembers taking in “orphaned” animals such as young raccoons and gray squirrels when she was growing up, but it wasn’t until later she realized that there is a better way to look out for these animals. Licensed rehabilitators have special permission to keep and care for these animals while they recover. Some of these rescued creatures can be released back to the wild, but others have become too accustomed to humans, or are too severely injured to survive without care. Taking in a wild animal is no small feat. Licensed rehabilitators such as Tamara Larson, the owner of Tammi’s Wildlife Rescue, have a lot of work on their hands. For everyone who doesn’t have a license for this work, keeping a wild animal is illegal. “This is for the protection of the animal as well as humans it could come in contact with,” Tourville explained in an email interview. “It seems like everyone knew someone with a ‘pet’ raccoon growing up. What ended up happening to that raccoon? The lifespan of a raccoon is more than 20 years. I haven’t heard of anyone taking in an orphaned raccoon and keeping it for 20 years.” Wild animals such as raccoons can’t really be house trained, and they are destructive, messy and will bite. They can grow to more than 25 pounds and

can become particularly aggressive during breeding season. “If you raise a raccoon with humans and domestic animals you can’t expect to ‘just let it go’ when you get sick of it,” Tourville wrote. “Wildlife rehabilitators are required to keep wild animals separate from domestic animals and not get them habituated to humans.” Wild animals can present a risk of disease to humans who come in close contact with them. This includes brucellosis, salmonella, rabies and ringworm. In addition to being potentially dangerous to the human, keeping a wild creature is often inhumane for the animal. In one famous example gone horribly wrong, a group of tourists at Yellowstone National Park in 2016 put a bison calf in their car because they thought it looked cold. When rangers tried to return the calf to its mother, it was rejected by its herd due to human interference and had to be euthanized because it was not old enough to care for itself. “One of the biggest problems is people taking animals when they are not in trouble,” Tourville wrote. “Does don’t stay with their fawns all day and night. They feed them 2-3 times per day and then leave them alone. If you come across a fawn, leave it alone! If it’s standing in the middle of the road, move it about 20 feet into the ditch. Mom will find it later.” Cottontail rabbits should also be left alone during this time of year. “You will find young rabbits that seem to be too small running around on their own,” Tourville wrote. “Don’t touch them. Mother cottontail rabbits typically only feed their young once a night. And they do come out of the nest to run around pretty early in life. Your dog got into a nest? Put the living ones

back, cover the nest and keep your dog away for a couple of weeks.” She said that 90 percent of rabbits taken from the wild don’t live past the first week. The best course of action is to call a licensed rehabilitator if the animal is injured, if a dead parent is nearby or if the animal is crying and wandering. “While most people have good intentions when trying to save an animal on their own, it usually doesn’t end well,” Tourville wrote. “Meeting the nutritional requirements for a wild animal as well as their mental and physical needs is more difficult than most people realize.” Tourville said that not many people realize that wildlife rehabilitators such as Tammi’s Wildlife Rescue do not get any funding from the state. All of the money that goes toward feed, enclosures, bedding, gas, employees, vet bills, medicine and any other needs comes from donations or straight from the rehabilitator. So what are the best steps when you do encounter an animal that seems to be injured or orphaned? First, make sure the animal is protected from further harm, such as cold and predators. Place the animal in a safe environment such as a small cardboard box, and place it in a dark, quiet place. Provide a heat source such as a heated pad under the box, or a hot water bottle if you can, but make sure the animal has room to move away from the heat if it needs to. Do not feed the animal, though you can give it water. Call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator as soon as you are able. Learn more about how to keep wildlife wild at, with tips on how to handle each type of animal you might find.


If you find a fawn by itself, in most cases it probably isn’t lost. Fawns stay still and hide under foliage for hours while their mothers forage for food elsewhere, checking back on their babies every now and then. The spotted pattern on the fawn’s back mimics sunlight on a forest floor to help with camouflage.

Resources for wildlife rescue: • Tammi’s Wildlife Rescue, 562 335th Ave., Frederic; 715-491-2352 • Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, 2530 Dale St. N., Roseville; 651-486-9453. • Minnesota Raptor Center, 108, 1920 Fitch Ave, St. Paul; 612-624-4745 • Wildlife Conservation Inc., 18470 Franconia Trail, Shafer; 612-624-4745 Find more in your area of Minnesota or Wisconsin at www.dnr.state. injured-wildlife.html or https://dnr. html. Jackie Bussjaeger is the editor of the Forest Lake and St. Croix Valley Lowdown and can be reached at 651-407-1229 or




Sports teams compete against record snowfall BY BRUCE STRAND SPORTS CONTRIBUTOR


Mounds View baseball players wielded shovels rather than bats on April 5, some of them shirtless in 40 degrees. Most of that snow was soon gone, but much more was on the way.

District program named ‘Hunger Hero’

The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, a program of Mounds View Public Schools, has been named a 2018 Hunger Hero by Second Harvest Heartland. Recognized for its innovative approach to hunger relief and increasing healthy food access, Ralph Reeder was chosen among a hunger relief network of nearly 1,000 agencies in Minnesota. Last year, Ralph Reeder nearly tripled the amount of produce that it accessed through Second Harvest Heartland and increased its total number of clients served. Ralph Reeder has increased healthy food access through “Mobile Markets” in high-need neighborhoods, “Free Farmer’s Markets” fresh produce distributions, and by expanding service hours so clients can visit the food shelf on a weekly basis for produce.

Summer camp registration is open now

Mounds View Public Schools Community Education offers more than 100 summer camp options in the areas of art, science, technology engineering, new experiences and athletics. Registration for students entering grades 1-12 (in fall 2018) is open now. To view camp descriptions and to register, visit www. Students that attended school in the Mounds View School District during the 2017-2018 school year and received free or reduced lunch may qualify for a partial scholarship. Call 651-621-6057 for scholarship information.

“And believe me .... that is a challenge. I am not now, or ever have been, a big fan of winter. This ‘spring’ affirms that position.” The Mustang girls lacrosse team was pleased to be featured as Channel 5’s Athletes of the Week on April 4 “for clearing a portion of our stadium field in order to hold our tryouts,” said coach Greg Zandio. He reports that his team has missed only two of 12 practice opportunities. They have worked out indoors (once at National Sports Center in Blaine) and outdoors. Lacrosse is less affected than other sports because their schedule didn’t start until this week. Zandio said Sunday that the first two non-conference games were in doubt, due to the massive weekend storm and continuing cold weather, but, on the plus side, conference doesn’t start until April 26 when they play Cretin-Derham Hall. Some cabin fever is setting

in, he acknowledged. “Emotions are getting somewhat testy, but when they do, our coaching staff is excellent at allowing cooler heads to prevail,” Zandio said. “I believe most players, seniors and younger, understand the weather is totally out of our hands, and we are trying our utmost best to continue to have practices, be it in or out, and we will take advantage of the practice/playing conditions when allowable.” Scott Sundstrom’s tennis team has been practicing at Lifetime Fitness. They’ve had three matches called off, and more will be axed to make sure the conference events are played. “We are making the best of it. We are lucky to be able to play indoors,” he said. “We are trying to do a lot of conditioning, to be best prepared for multiple matches a week down the home stretch. “This is springtime in Minnesota. It happens.”

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just practice … May will determine the impact of the weather this year. Paul Bailey’s girls golf team has had three events called off so far. He anticipates a lot of conference rescheduling and probably some big invitationals “mostly likely lost” to make room for conference meets. They practice at Goodrich Golf Dome two or three days a week, while holding classroom sessions on rules and course management. Bailey gives them an occasional day off. “That’s the best way to break up the monotony of hitting inside,” he said. Asked about dealing with frustration, he said, “I’m just trying to preach to them that we can only control what is in front of us, but to be totally prepared when the green light finally comes, because it will be a compacted dash to the finish line.” Bailey figures if he keeps his frustration in check, the players will follow his lead.

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are against that. “I personally would rather play 14 seven-inning games (98 innings), than 20 five-inning games (100 innings),” he said. The track teams have had two indoor meets, with two outdoor meets lost. The Southeast Conference Relays were postponed, then canceled. While usually cooped up inside for workouts, the Mustangs have mixed in some variety, such as team handball, to break up the routine. It’s frustrating to be kept indoors, girls co-coach Aaron Redman said, but, he pointed out, track is unlike other sports in that April meets don’t count for anything, with regard to conference and section. Those all occur in May. “So it is more about our training schedule at this time of the year,” said Redman. “The weather has made that component very challenging. It would certainly be nice to get some more opportunities in for the athletes to compete and not


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. Mounds View baseball coach Mark Downey said 14 games have been postponed, counting varsity, junior varsity, B squad and freshmen, as of this past weekend, with the potential of 15 more this current week if the winter weather persists. “We are waiting until we determine when we can play, before we start rescheduling,” Downey said. “Due to a finite number of umpires, we won’t likely be able to add games to future off-days. Most rescheduling will be double headers.” Suburban East Conference activities directors were slated to meet this week to review spring sports schedule adjustments. “There certainly is a strong desire to get outside and play the game. But, our seniors have been great,” Downey said. “They have brought great energy and commitment to practice each day. They truly enjoy being with each other on a daily basis, regardless of the circumstance.” In 2013, when the Mustangs could not open until April 22, the varsity was still able to play all 20 games, all of them seven innings, Dowey noted. Last week, the MSHSL announced that it will allow five-inning games if that helps teams complete their schedule. Downey said that he and fellow coaches he’s talked to

Michael Fahim, Mounds View senior, had the best discus throw (147-10) and second-best shot put (47-2) at the White Bear Relays last week, helping the Mustangs edge the host Bears 104 to 101 for first place. Also a football lineman and basketball center, the 6-5, 235-pound athlete has signed with the Minnesota Gophers for track and field. Minnesota’s #1 Volume Toyota Dealer! Per Toyota Motor Sale USA 2017

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APRIL 17, 2018

Wilderness adventurers stop in Mahtomedi on bicycle book tour


Dave and Amy Freeman will set out on bicycles, towing a canoe behind them, to show their support of protecting the Boundary Waters wilderness.

of the Boundary Waters, or not allow them to be leased for say 20 years,” Dave said. “Part of the tour is talking to people about the Boundary Waters when that decision is made at end of 2018 or beginning of NICK PTACEK | SUBMITTED 2019.” Dave and Amy Freeman have traveled the world to promote the importance of wild lands. Their newest adThe Boundary Waters venture will take them halfway across the U.S. to Washington D.C., where they will meet with decision-makers Canoe and Wilderness Area about the potential impacts of mining in the Boundary Waters watershed. is the most-visited national wilderness in the U.S. Many roll into White Bear Lake Uni- ways. There’s not many people Minnesotans and people from BY JACKIE BUSSJAEGER all around the globe go there paddling down the Hudson versalist Unitarian Church LOWDOWN EDITOR river in November. We’re able to experience what life is like in Mahtomedi to share their disconnected from the conveto engage with more people experience in the wilderness MAHTOMEDI — The adniences of modern life. and their hopes for the future. this way.” venture never stops for Dave Like many, both Dave and He said it also seemed fitting The tour ends June 18 in and Amy Freeman—after Amy first visited the Boundthat 2018 is the 40th anniverWashington, D.C., where the spending a year living in the ary Waters when they were in sary of the Boundary Waters pair will hold meetings with Boundary Waters wilderness, middle school. Amy was from prominent decision-makers in Canoe Area Wilderness Act. they will share their story St. Paul, and Dave was from While the Freemans were the U.S. government. while traveling 1,750 miles to Chicago, but began working The Freemans have traveled living the Boundary Waters Washington, D.C. by bicycle. summer jobs in the Boundary the world, mostly by canoe, to in 2015-2016, it was unknown Their next stop: Mahtomedi. Waters when they were in provide education about some whether or not the mineral The couple from Grand college and high school. leases would be renewed for of the earth’s most amazing Marais are taking their “For both of us, the Boundthe proposed mines. By the wild places. Dave Freeman book “A Year in the Wilderary Waters was the fi rst real time their book was printed, said that they had considered ness: Bearing Witness in the wilderness experience either they learned that the Bureau doing a regular book tour for Boundary Waters” on a Pedal of us had had,” Dave said. of Land Management and the “A Year in the Wilderness,” to D.C. Book Tour. It’s not the Forest Service had decided not “There’s no place like the but it just wasn’t their style. first time their adventures to renew the leases. This deci- Boundary Waters. That’s why “I guess it will help us have taken them to the nation’s we live where we do.” sion has since been reversed capitol—they undertook a Pad- reduce our carbon footprint, They now split their time dle to D.C. journey by canoe in traveling under our own pow- by the current federal adminbetween Ely and Grand Maraistration. A two-year moratoer,” he said. “It allows us to 2014, also to bring awareness is, as dogsledding guides in travel through urban areas or rium is in effect until the end to potential threats from prothe winter and canoe guides of 2018 to allow the BLM and rural areas and interact with posed mining projects in the in the summer. That is, when Forest Service to study the a lot of people. When we padBoundary Waters area. dled, we were along lakes and potential impacts of mining in they’re not on their next great The latest tour begins April adventure. 20 at “ground zero”--the site of rivers, which was great, but in the area. As part of the Pedal to D.C. “The government will deterSeptember, October, Novema proposed copper mine near tour, the Freemans will tow a mine if it will continue leasber, there’s not a lot of people Ely. Just a few days later on ing minerals in the watershed canoe behind their bikes, mirout on some of these waterApril 27, the Freemans will


“A Year in the Wilderness” documents the year the Freemans spent living within the borders of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Wilderness.

roring their previous Paddle to D.C. Trip. Event attendees will be able to add their signature to the canoe, to show their support. The Freemans will visit White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church 5-7 p.m. April 27. The church is located at 328 Maple St., Mahtomedi. Learn more about the Pedal to D.C. tour at Jackie Bussjaeger is the editor of the Forest Lake and St. Croix Valley Lowdown, and can be reached at 651-407-1229 or lowdownnews

Lowell Inn matriarch inducted into women’s hall of fame BY JACKIE BUSSJAEGER LOWDOWN EDITOR

STILLWATER—History remembers Nelle Palmer as a gracious hostess, the heart and soul of the Lowell Inn. It is no surprise to her grandchildren that she was chosen to be posthumously inducted into the Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame in 2018. Granddaughter Lorah Palmer and her eight siblings grew up working at the Lowell Inn under her grandmother’s watchful eye. She said that she treated her grandchildren “like gold,” but they were still subject to the perfect standards of the inn known as the “Mount Vernon of the West.” “She really was a trailblazer,” Lorah said. “When you think of Stillwater and what was going on in the early 1920s, nobody went to Stillwater. (My grandparents) really had to work hard to get people to come, especially during the Depression. They had to be very creative in how they got the Twin Cities people out to Stillwater.” Nelle Palmer was born in 1893, the ninth of 10 children. She got her start as a performer in her family’s traveling concert company, and became the leading actress in a traveling theater group where she met and married Arthur Palmer in 1927. As motion pictures spelled the end of the vaudeville era, she and Art began managing the inn in 1930, and after years of hard work purchased it in 1945. For 40 years, Nelle was the elegant face of the inn, greeting guests and creating the distinctly unique ambiance of the inn. Lorah said her grandmother

strived to make the inn feel like dining in an elegant home—each room and each table had its own unique theme and dinnerware. “It was truly like you were eating in someone’s home,” Lorah said. Cocktails were never served in the dining room; there was a special lounge for that. Every table had two servers, dressed in Swissstyle crinolines. Part of the inn’s success came from Duncan Hines, the famed restaurant critic who was impressed with the Lowell Inn. Nelle Palmer passed away from cancer in 1970. Her family continued to run the inn until 1998, when it was sold to family friend Dickie Anderson. Nelle’s grandchildren have become successful entrepreneurs, keeping alive the legacy of hard work learned at an early age. “At a young age we learned that you always smile, the show must go on and the customer is always right,” Lorah said. “It was an incredible training for all of us, just the people relations and I think just thinking on your feet. The whole makeup of an entrepreneur is that you’re persistent. When you grow up in a family business, you’re persistent, you don’t give up. You keep trying to find solutions.” The Minnesota Business Owners Hall of Fame was established in 2013 to honor women who made substantial and lasting contributions to Minnesota’s entrepreneurial community. Additionally, each inductee must have made a major impact on women’s entrepreneurial development in Minnesota, and a meaningful connection to Minnesota (such as place of birth, education, and/or business location). They must also have demonstrated leadership


Nelle Palmer, matriarch of the Lowell Inn, will be recognized by the Minnesota Women’s Hall of Fame in 2018. Arthur Palmer is pictured at right.

qualities or a spirit of entrepreneurial innovation that can serve as an inspiration to future generations of Minnesota entrepreneurs, and have been publicly acknowledged for their accomplishments by winning a major business award and/or receiving similar recognition from their industry. Nelle Palmer will be honored along with other inductees at a gala event held May 1 at the Golden Valley Country Club. Jackie Bussjaeger is the editor of the Forest Lake and St. Croix Valley Lowdown, and can be reached at 651-407-1229 or

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Biweekly newspaper covering Shoreview and the surrounding area.

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Biweekly newspaper covering Shoreview and the surrounding area.