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How to prevent trafficking of teens BY SARA MARIE MOORE EDITOR

year, said Jerry Peterson, a Shoreview resident and member of New Life Presbyterian in Roseville. About 750 volunteers from the churches work for 10 weeks, according to Habitat for Humanity. Holy Hammers has built 23 complete homes and parts of 10 others.

There are warning signs when a teen is at risk of being trafficked. Professionals who have worked with trafficking victims will present on prevention tips during Trafficking Justice’s Freedom Weekend, which includes an event at the Shoreview Community Center at 7 p.m. May 3. The Shoreview event is hosted by Emmanuel Covenant Church. The church, which meets at the community center on Sundays, had a sermon series on trafficking last fall, said Bekah Backman, director of outreach. She said church members were in shock and disbelief that trafficking happens in their own communities. “It really accentuates the need for education around the issue,” Backman said. One of the event’s speakers, Jessica Bartholomew of ACT United, spoke at the church last fall. She is a former police officer and will share practical advice on how adults can




George Murakami, second from left, holds down a firewall sheeting board at a Habitat for Humanity construction site in St. Paul April 10. Murakami is a Shoreview resident, member of Presbyterian Church of the Way in Shoreview and a 20-year Holy Hammers volunteer. BY SARA MARIE MOORE EDITOR

The Holy Hammers, a group of volunteers from northeast metro churches, has been pounding hammers for Habitat for Humanity for 20 years. Volunteers started this year’s 10week project on Whitall Street in St.

Paul earlier this month despite the April snowfall. The Holy Hammers started 20 years ago with volunteers from several churches. It now includes 15 churches in Shoreview, White Bear Lake, Circle Pines, Roseville, Falcon Heights and New Brighton. Volunteers come together and work on one house per

Students bring mental health into the light BY SARA MARIE MOORE EDITOR

A group of Mounds View High School students is organizing a community walk to bring mental health awareness and suicide prevention into the light. National Honor Society co-presidents Nate Moller and Chris Jin were inspired to initiate the walk after they and other students attended an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Out of the Darkness walk earlier this school year. “It really showed how the whole community can come


together,” Moller said. They and other senior National Honor Society students organizing the event hope the Mounds View Public Schools community will come together in the same way at 1 p.m May 5 at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton. The Out of the Darkness walk will raise funds for AFSP to support those affected by mental illnesses. Moller became interested in promoting mental health last spring when one of his close friends died by suicide. The goal of the walk is to destigSEE MENTAL HEALTH, PAGE 11


A group of Mounds View High School students participated in an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention walk earlier this school year; they are wearing T-shirts from the walk.

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BUSINESS BRIEFS Team-building recess time Nonprofit Playworks teamed up with volunteers from Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) to teach students from Turtle Lake Elementary School in Shoreview safe, fun and healthy play at recess. Volunteers teach elementary schoolers inclusive games and team-building activities in a classroom setting, followed by a recess period where the students and volunteers put what they learned into practice.

Shoreview event planner wins award Shoreview resident Maddie Huntwork, owner of Ask for the Moon Events, won Twin Cities Wedding & Event Professionals (TCWEP’s) Diamonds of Dedication 2019 “Best Planner in the Twin Cities” award earlier this month. There were 10 peer-nominated awards given at TCWEP’s 10-year anniversary event in Minneapolis.

NAMES IN THE NEWS Artist announces mother and daughter summer art classes

Children’s book release party with a hedgehog

Shoreview artist Terri Wentzka will offer specially designed mother-daughter art classes at her Northrup King studio in Northeast Minneapolis. Wentzka creates art and teaches classes on drawing, botanical painting and drawing, creativity and art journaling at her Northrup King studio. Now she’s offering a unique mother (or grandmother or aunt) and daughter class, designed for daughters between ages 9-12. The single-session class will be offered three times during the summer: June 29, July 20 and August 16. Each class is limited to six mother-daughter pairs and costs $150 per pair (cost of art materials included). Registration needs to be done in advance at:

Author/photographer Sara Marie Moore and her hedgehog Ginger will hold a book release party for “The Spike Cream Woods” at Ramsey County Library Shoreview at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11. The photo-illustrated children’s book blends the worlds of fiction and nonfiction as Ginger, a real-life African pygmy hedgehog, explores a fictional ice cream forest. Ginger will appear for a reading of the book, short phonics lesson and question and answer time about pet hedgehogs every 15 minutes until 3 p.m. The book will be available to check out from the Ramsey County Library this spring. Moore is a former preschool teacher and current editor of the Shoreview Press. For more information visit


Above: Author Sara Marie Moore will present a children’s book on her hedgehog Ginger at the Shoreview library May 11. Right: “The Spike Cream Woods” is a photo-illustrated children’s book.


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COMMUNITY BRIEFS Highway 10 construction planned through September Construction of a third lane on eastbound Highway 10 between I-35W and Highway 96 in Arden Hills began this month. Construction activities will take place Mondays through Saturdays, and motorists will encounter lane closures during work on the eastbound highway. The project includes building a twolane exit from southbound I-35W to eastbound Highway 10 and noise walls along Arden Manor and homes on the frontage road. The wall will begin just southeast of Scherer Bros. Lumber and will skip an area in front of the Big Ten Tavern and end at Highway 96. Additionally, Prior Avenue just west of the Big Ten Tavern will be realigned to join Highway 10 at a right angle and the frontage road along the eastbound roadway will be lengthened to allow traffic to reach County Road 96 without traveling on Highway 10. Weather permitting, the entire project will be completed by the end of September 2019. For more information and to sign up for email updates, please visit the project website projects/hwy10ardenhills/index. html.

I-35W MNPass project begins MnDOT began construction of the I-35W North MnPASS project between Roseville and Lino Lakes this spring. Drivers should prepare for lane and ramp closures during the three-year project, which will repair aging infrastructure and improve mobility on the freeway. Learn more about the project and sign up for email updates at projects/35wnorthmnpass/.

Celebrate poetry month Ramsey County Library – Shoreview will celebrate National

Poetry Month with a poetry reading and conversation between Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Ed Bok Lee at 7 p.m. April 30. Poets on Poetry is a new program series featuring two invited poets who read from their poetry and then have a casual conversation with each other about writing. This program draws from the wealth of literary and poetic artists in Minnesota and encourages all community members to celebrate the richness of language. These programs are presented with the support of Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Admission is free and the program is open to all.

Days for Girls Sew-A-Thon Ramsey County Library in Shoreview will host Sew-a-Thon from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, to create washable feminine hygiene kits for girls in developing countries. Join community volunteers and the Roseville and Maple Grove Rotary clubs to help break the cycle of poverty. In many developing countries, having a way to manage her cycle keeps a girl in school. There are jobs for non-sewing adults and older children such as pinning, applying snaps, threading, pressing and cutting. Sewers can bring their sewing machine, if they can, and their favorite scissors. Supplies are available, but the group will also accept donations. The event is presented by Days for Girls, which increases access to menstrual care and education.

Military care packages packing event May is Military Appreciation Month and the Twin Cities YMCA, Ship To Military, Shipthrifty, and Ship Gratitude will host a troop support care package event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at the Shoreview YMCA, 3760 Lexington Avenue N, Shoreview. Packing help is welcome, as are donations. There is a drop box at


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the Shoreview YMCA. Other local businesses are welcome to put out a drop box to collect donations and bring them to the packing event. The goal is to send an upwards of 1,000 packages. Snacks, hygiene items, stationary and books, games and magazines are needed.

‘Talking Trash’ with Eureka Recycling The next Environmental Quality Commission speaker series topic at 7 p.m. May 15 will be on trash and recycling. Eureka Recycling will present on what can and cannot be recycled and give a virtual tour of their facility. The event will be held in the City Council chambers.

Run for library Friends of the Ramsey County Library will hold its 10th anniversary Book It! 5K Walk/Run from 9

a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 18, at the Roseville library. The event raises money for Ramsey County Library’s Summer Reading Program for youth at all seven branches, including Shoreview and White Bear Lake. Last year, more than 5,756 children and teens took part in the summer program by reading and reviewing books. Registration forms are available in the libraries or participants may register online at Cost is $27 per adult or $75 per family by May 2 or more on race day. A free and noncompetitive kids’ fun run led by a librarian in a T-rex costume will be held in the library’s north parking lot at 10 a.m. right after the main 5K race. This activity is open to children ages 3 to 12. Advanced registration is not required for the Library Lap.

Family business celebrates 100 years Shoreview-based Houck Transit Advertising celebrates a century as a family-owned business, carrying on what brothers Leo, Joe and Pete Houck started in 1919: transit-based advertising. What started as an interior advertisement on two buses between Minneapolis and St. Paul now has a reach across 40 public transit systems in nine states. Houck works with companies to amplify their advertising campaigns and elevate their brands with high-impact transit advertising opportunities while providing a dedicated source of revenue to public transit systems. The company has grown from three brothers to 22 team members and is now owned and operated by its fourth generation and Leo’s great-grandson,

Justin Houck, as president. “I think the main key to our success over so many years is always staying true to the principles of putting our clients, team members and partners fi rst and always providing value to those we serve,” Houck said. “City buses are how we have served and provided value to others for 100 years. Advertising on public transit buses offers organizations a high-impact platform to bring awareness to their product or service. In turn, the revenue generated from those campaigns helps public transit systems enhance service throughout the community. We have seen fi rsthand, when private companies and public transit come together, communities

become strong. We have been honored to play a role in facilitating those partnerships for many decades.” Houck Transit Advertising will honor the anniversary throughout the year, including a special recognition with employees. “The entire company and family are very excited about this milestone,” Houck said. “I am very grateful for the passion and dedication our team has for our clients, and I am extremely excited about beginning the next 100 years with them.” Submitted



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hile waiting in line for an ice cream cone at a local establishment the other day, the server handed a cone to a young adult who took it without saying “thank you.” I noticed because it is so unusual for someone in that type of interaction to simply walk away without any acknowledgement or even a quick thanks. Perhaps the person forgot or was distracted. It got me to thinking about the importance of our every day interactions. More often as I go about my day in this community, I see people smiling at each other, offering to hold open doors and engaging in kind little gestures. We all try to teach our children etiquette and model good manners, and for the most part, the youth I talk to are polite. It’s a reminder that a show of appreciation or a small act of kindness is noticed more than we may ever know; it’s absence is noticed, too. This brief experience also made me think about how often I say “thank you.” How do I say it to our staff here at Press Publisher’s regularly Publications, our carriers who deliver the papers each week, our customers who partner View with us through their marketing efforts, and Carter Johnson our loyal readers? Probably not enough. There is a lot that goes into producing the newspaper every single week. Here at Press Publications, our goal is to instill good values in the products we publish: weekly reporting of local government, school board meetings, feature stories, community, church and business briefs, our calendar of events, and much more. We have top-notch journalists writing and coordinating the content each week, and they do a fantastic job. Thank you to our news team: Debra, Sara Marie, Shannon, Elizabeth, Paul, Amy and our correspondents. Your paper is only possible because of the support of businesses and people who see the benefit of marketing their products and services on our pages. Thank you to our marketing team: Patty, Leanne, Vicki, Randy, Patti, Cori, Jeannie and Tina for their efforts to rally support for our paper and at the same time, promote local business. Our production team is made up of graphic designers who pull together all of the news and advertising and create a publication that is enjoyable to read. Thanks to Zac, Adam, Evelyn, Amanda and Gao. Our circulation team handles the massive task of ensuring the delivery of tens of thousands of papers to homes and newsstands each week. Thank you to our staff and drivers – Lisa, Brianna, Jim, Pat and Frank who get the papers into the hands of our carriers who get it to you. We work with more than 100 youth and adult carriers who partner with us as independent contractors. Thank you to all of them, along with their families, for their perseverance in getting the paper to our readers, especially when outside conflicts arise or weather creates challenges. Being a newspaper carrier is a great learning experience, but it isn’t an easy job. Most cerntainly, thank you to our readers. You expect high standards for your community paper. Whether you are a subscriber or not, if you read your local paper you are helping to ensure that the dissemination of local news stays relevant. Our readers tend to show more interest in what is happening around them and engage in the community. And when people are engaged even in some small way, it contributes to a better place to live and work for all of us. Thank you to our readers for recognizing the importance of local news. Twice a year we ask that you invest in the local newspaper with a subscription. Advertising and subscriptions are our only means to keep experienced, professionally-trained journalists writing the local news, designers to create the product, and delivery personnel who work so hard to get it to you. In the past few years like many small businesses, we have struggled with skyrocketing health care costs. We have seen an 18% increase in the price of paper. We are always doing things to keep our rate increases to a minimum and haven’t had an increase in our subscriptions for years. This fall we plan to increase rates a little to keep up. If local news is important to you, please send in your subscription today. You may subscribe over the phone by calling 651-407-1200, or you can go to With your subscription, you will receive full online access to our e-edition, expanded content, videos and a chance to win a $250 gift card to a local merchant. While subscriptions are still voluntary at this point, your financial support of the local newspaper is very much appreciated. Now might be a good time to consider the two-year subscription option. Please also remember to tip your carrier. Thank you! Carter Johnson is publisher of Press Publications.

Tips to help green your garden this season


pring in the garden is a time of endless possibilities. We have a blank slate to create a season-long masterpiece that will feed our souls and our stomachs, and possibly those of our friends and neighbors. This annually renewed excitement draws many of us outside to our veggie Movers & patch, Shakers perennial garden or patio Michelle Bruhn containers each year. Food gardening is an activity proven to lower stress and aid in healthy food choices. There are even studies showing that direct contact with soil microbes (Mycobacterium vaccae) stimulate serotonin which help us relax, so go ahead and get dirty. I have been an avid gardener of flowers and food for years. I consider it a healthy hobby. Yet, on closer inspection, some parts of gardening are not very healthy; the pesticides, plastics and pest controls traditionally used are anything but. Luckily, there are easy ways to get an eco-friendly jump on your planting. Here’s a few tips to help you green your garden this season: Start with sustainable seeds Find locally grown seeds. Or order your seeds from

Plant for pollinators When you plant for pollinators you will be rewarded with higher yields of veggies, not to mention all the added life in your garden. Start with pesticide free, native plants that deliver nectar throughout the season. Add from there as diversity is key when planting for pollinators. Our University of Minnesota Bee Lab is considered the top in the nation and has a wealth of info on specific plant options on their website, www.beelab. umn.

Natural pest control Grow companion plants that bring in beneficial insects, while deterring pests. Think Marigolds interplanted with tomatoes. You’re naturally creating a healthier growing environment while adding beauty to the garden. Using the book “Good Bug, Bad Bug” by Jessica Walliser to ID insects is a good place to start. Dig in Trying even one of these green garden practices will directly impact your food, land, and everything that interacts with it. Gardening teaches even the most fledgling beginner how interconnected we are with the natural world. Let’s embrace the fact that we are an integral part of this stunningly abundant natural world. I hope you dig your food more than ever this season. You can read more about green gardening ideas, local food, local farmers and direct links to many of the above resources at forksinthedirt. com.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Support Arden Hills from Ramsey County bullying Earlier this month, the St. Paul City Council voted 6-1 to move forward with the redevelopment plan for the Ford plant site in Highland Park where I own a UPS Store. The city, neighborhood residents and developer worked well in cooperation throughout the process, and development will likely begin within two years. I applaud their efforts and believe the development will be advantageous for everyone in the community. In contrast, the promising Rice Creek Commons project previously slated to begin this year is moving backward. Ramsey County and the city of Arden Hills had established a master agreement of 1,460 housing units for the property — with input from neighbors, concerned citizens and traffic and neighborhood development planners. Unfortunately, Ramsey County commissioners today are demanding 2,500 housing units. Whereas contract conflicts are anticipated in private transactions, we expect our government entities to work together for the common good of our community. The new demand by a large entity like Ramsey County upon a relatively small suburban city is not appropriate, particularly since a mutually agreed-upon housing density was already established with citizen approval. A few years ago, the state Legislature enacted anti-bullying laws to protect our students and schools. Yet, the actions of our county commissioners infer that bullying of a smaller municipality is entirely acceptable. I encourage citizens in our north suburban community to support the city and residents of Arden Hills in their commitment to develop Rice Creek Commons per the original agreement with Ramsey County. Randy Jessup Shoreview

Funding for election cybersecurity critical With the 2020 elections on deck, does Minnesota have an election cybersecurity plan in place to protect your vote against known and emerging sophisticated attacks on our election system? We can say, yes, Minnesota has a plan, but unfortunately, it won’t be in place if Senate Republicans continue to block full authorization of the $6.6 million federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds that Congress and President Trump allocated to Minnesota for election security. Minnesota is the only state left to claim those funds, severely delaying the proposed cybersecurity system improvements that Minnesota needs to have in place before the 2020 election. The Senate Republicans have presented a changing set of “excuses” for stalling, but none have merit — especially concerns about how the funds will be spent. In 2018 Secretary of State Simon convened a working group that developed a detailed plan to spend the $6.6 million cybersecurity grant based on the recommendations of national intelli-

gence officials. The group included local election officials, cybersecurity experts, members of the disability community and legislators. Although invited, no Senate GOP member participated. Since January 2019, the proposed use of the funds has been disclosed to the public, presented at numerous House and Senate hearings, and vetted by various stakeholders. At no time did any senator raise any concerns or questions about the proposed plan. On an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, the House authorized using all the funds, but the Senate voted for only partial funding, $1.5 million, with no provisions for the remaining funds. In the conference committee hearings on this bill, the Senate Republicans have rejected all compromises and even refused to attend the latest conference committee meeting. Minnesota has been warned by national security experts that we should expect more activity by more bad actors in the future. Time is of the essence to get these systems updated, tested and ready before the presidential primary in June 2020. Minnesota needs these funds urgently. Call your senator to tell Majority Leader Senator Gazelka it is critical that full funding for election cybersecurity be passed now. Katherine Tomsich North Oaks

Dry, wet years part of natural cycle In response to letter of Anna Grace Hottinger published April 16 entitled, “Commit to clean energy,” I feel sorry for the young woman. Someone has obviously let her down, brainwashing her with bad information. Regarding the California fi res the past few months, the problem resulted from a confluence of factors, many of which were man-made. Leading the list is bad forest management practices, as well as water management, by the state of California. Second, P, G & E power lines in remote, forested areas were a leading cause of sparking fi res in months past. Third, more people are building houses closer to trees and vegetation and in more remote areas. Fourth, trees, vegetation and all the dead forest kindling happened to be very dry this year when fires were sparked. California has always had cycles of dry years and wet years. I would refer readers to John Steinbeck’s book “East of Eden” published in 1952: “During the dry years, the people forgot about the rich years, and when the wet years returned, they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.” Finally, instead of lambasting fossil fuel executives as “greedy,” people should be grateful for their creative and innovative efforts to supply the nation and world with inexpensive oil and natural gas, which allow them to clothe themselves and travel

every day via either gas or electric vehicle. Indeed, it was Rex Tillerson - a career Exxon executive who generously left millions of dollars on the table, when he resigned prematurely six months before retirement to accept the job of Secretary of State of the United States. Some things are bigger than money. Rex Tillerson is a primary, living example of that fact. Lawrence Sagstetter Shoreview

Pass election cybersecurity bill I am writing because of my concern for the integrity of our elections in Minnesota. We have always had excellent election integrity but cyber-attacks are a real threat. On April 23rd, for a second time in a row, the Senate Republicans refused to appear at a Conference Committee meeting to negotiate a compromise on a bill that allows access to a federal grant of $6.6 million for election cybersecurity. Cyberweapons and sophisticated hacking pose the greatest threat to our election system but the Senate Republicans are refusing to engage in meaningful negotiations so we can immediately begin to use the $6.6 million to address weaknesses in our election technology. They do not seem to realize that cyberweapons and sophisticated hacking pose a great threat to our election system and allow a direct attack on our democracy. One year ago, the federal government authorized $6.6 million in “Help America Vote Act” (HAVA) funding for election cybersecurity. Minnesota is the only state left to claim those funds, severely delaying the proposed cybersecurity system improvements that need to be in place before the 2020 election. Despite Senate Majority Leader Gazelka promising an easy win for election security, Senate Republicans are stalling conference committee work on a bill that would authorize full funding. I expect lawmakers to protect Minnesota voters, show courage and bipartisanship, and do their job before we lose this critical funding. HAVA funding is necessary to protect Minnesota from election security threats and is available to use immediately if passed. There is no legitimate justification for opposing the protection of our election system. Contact Gazelka at 651-296-4875 and ask them to pass the full $6.6 million today. Carolyn Winters Folke North Oaks


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SHOREVIEW AREA EVENTS Event details are subject to change. Please contact the event organizer to verify information prior to attending.

POETS ON POETRY: ALEXIS PAULINE GUMBS AND ED BOK LEE When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 Where: Shoreview Library, 4560 Victoria St. N. Details: New program series featuring two invited poets who read from their poetry and then have a casual conversation about writing with each other. Free and open to all. Contact: 651-724-6006 or

SHOREVIEW COMMUNITY GARDEN CLUB When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 Where: Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N. Details: Dr. Randy Winkler of Gateway Gardening and Augsburg University will speak on “Landscape Design.” $3 fee. Public welcome. Contact: 651-484-4341

HOW TO GET YOUR FIRST JOB When: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 4 Where: Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N. Details: Workshop for teens 15+ to learn how to make a great fi rst impression and go through an interview. $40. Contact: 651-4904750 or shoreview

BOUTIQUE AND JEWELRY SALE When: Noon-6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4 and 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5

Where: St. Odilia Catholic Church, 3495 N. Victoria St., Shoreview Details: Shop beautiful hand made quilts and other crafted items. Proceeds go to community non-profits.

MOUNDS VIEW HIGH SCHOOL OUT OF THE DARKNESS MENTAL HEALTH WALK When: 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5 Where: Long Lake Regional Park, 1500 Old Highway 8, New Brighton Details: Mounds View National Honor Society hosts fi rst annual event to support those affected by mental illness. Preevent entertainment including student performers, speakers, food trucks, and other fun, family friendly events at 11:30 a.m. Sign up online. Contact:

DAYS FOR GIRLS SEWA-THON When: 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, May 5 Where: Shoreview Library, 4560 Victoria St. N. Details: Adults and older children can create washable feminine hygiene kits for girls in developing countries. Jobs for sewers and non-sewing adults. Supplied available, and donations accepted. Contact: 651-724-6006 or

AP DE-STRESS FEST When: 6-9 p.m. Monday, May 6 & 13 Where: Shoreview Library, 4560 Victoria St. N. Details: Students can study for AP exams and enjoy some breaks that include snacks, petting a therapy dog, and more. Contact: 651-724-6006 or

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SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP: TAXES 101 When: 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 Where: Shoreview Library, 4560 Victoria St. N. Details: Session answers questions such as whether to set up a small business as a sole proprietor, LLC, corporation or partnership: what can be deducted and how to report business income and expenses. Free; registration required. Contact: 651-724-6006 or

SPRING TEA When: 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 Where: Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N. Details: Dress in fancy attire and wear a favorite spring hat. Bring a teacup and pot if you have one to share; variety of teas and appetizers served. Registration required; $14. Contact: 651-4904750 or shoreview

EQC SPEAKER SERIES: TALKING TRASH WITH EUREKA RECYCLING When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 Where: Shoreview City Council Chambers, 4600 Victoria St. N. Details: See a virtual tour of Eureka Recycling and get answers to frequently asked questions about what can and can’t be recycled and why. Contact: 651-490-4665 or

DESSERT & BINGO When: 1:30-3 p.m. Thursday, May 16 Where: Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N. Details: $6/resident includes treats, prizes and bingo. Contact: 651-4904750 or shoreview

SHOREVIEW SPRING CLEANUP DAY When: 7 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 18 Where: Ramsey County Public Works, 1425 Paul Kirkwold Dr., Arden Hills Details: Residents can bring garbage/refuse not accepted by their hauler, including household hazardous waste. See website for list of accepted items and fees. Contact: shoreviewmn. gov


Gallery 96 Spring 2019 Exhibition Opening Reception When: 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 10 Where: Shoreview Library, 4560 Victoria St. N. Details: Visit with local artists

SPRING ROYAL TEA PARTY When: 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19 Where: Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N. Details: Kids can come in their favorite prince or princess attire for an afternoon of crafts, a special appearance by a princess, storytelling, a temporary tattoo, and refreshments. Registration required. Contact: 651-4904750 or shoreview

Ongoing MEET WITH THE MAYOR When: 3-5 p.m. most Tuesdays Where: Shoreview City Hall, 4600 Victoria Street Details: Meet with Mayor Sandy Martin to discuss issues or concerns. Call for an appointment. Contact: 651-490-4618 or

THE BRAIN BOX When: 4-6 p.m. Thursdays Where: Shoreview Library, 4560 Victoria Street N.

and view their work. Exhibit runs through June 22. Contact: 651-724-6006 or

Details: Teens can drop in to check out the new teen area and make stuff with the 3D printer, sewing machine, Cameo cutter and more. Free. Contact: 651-724-6006 or

FAMILY STORY TIME When: 10:30-11 a.m. Mondays Where: Shoreview Library, 4580 N. Victoria Street Details: Stories, songs and fi ngerplays 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 Details: All caliber players who enjoy the game of 500 are welcome. Free. Contact: 651-490-4750 or shoreviewcommunity

KNITTING FOR GOOD When: 7-8 p.m. Thursdays Where: Shoreview Library, 4580 N. Victoria Street Details: Drop-in knitting group; make hats and

welcome blankets for those in need. All skills welcome. Contact: 651-724-6006 or

NEIGHBORHOODS NEARBY 55+ DRIVER DISCOUNT PROGRAM 4 HOUR REFRESHER When: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2 Where: Waters of White Bear Lake, 3820 Hoffman Rd., White Bear Lake Details: Driver safety refreshers course to maintain 10% discount on auto insurance. $22; registration required. Contact: 888-234-1294 or

NATURE PLAY When: 10-11:15 a.m. Thursday, May 2 Where: Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St., Lino Lakes Details: Kids ages 2-5 will go outside to investigate all that the trees provide and even try a tasty syrup snack. $3/person; registration required. Contact: 763-324-3350 or

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Details: Ruggero Allifranchini Plays Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto. Tickets available at the SPCO box office. Contact: 651-291-1144 or




When: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 16 Where: Vadnais Heights City Hall, 800 E County Rd. E Details: Learn about native plants, including THE TWIN CITIES plant types and MASTER’S CHORALE selection, installation, When: 4 p.m. Sunday, and maintenance. 27TH ANNUAL May 5 Featuring special POTTERY STUDIO guest presenter Tracy Where: Lakewood TOUR & SALE Lawler of Natural Shore Worship Center, When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Technologies, Inc. 2080 Woodlynn Ave., Friday, May 10 and Maplewood Contact: 651-204-6070 Saturday, May 11; 10 Details: Concert of a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May or native-plants-turfclassic hymns with 12 alternatives1/ a brass ensemble Where: Upper St. Croix and Josh Tompkins Valley, self-guided tour on Piano. Free will RAMSEY COUNTY Details: Visit seven offering. MASTER GARDENER’S pottery studios with PLANT SALE Contact: 651-226-4289 guest potters from When: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. around the country; Saturday, May 18 items for sale. NORTHEAST METRO Where: The Barn, JOB FAIR Contact: LAKESHOREPLAYERS.ORG LAKESHOREPLAYERS ORG | SUBMITTED 2020 White Bear Ave., When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Maplewood Wednesday, May 8 Where: Jimmy’s Event SHEPHERD’S HARVEST Details: Hundreds of plants for sale, Center, 3565 Labore Rd., FESTIVAL When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 9 Details: Stage adaptation based on including perennials, Vadnais Heights When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., & 16; 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, 10 & the stories of P.L. Travers and the native plants, Details: Job seekers can Saturday, May 11 and 17; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 11 & classic Walt Disney fi lm, presented annuals,tomatoes, and explore, network and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 18; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 12 & 19 through special arrangement with hosta, tended by expert learn about employment May 12 Music Theatre International (MTI). Where: Hanifl Performing Arts gardeners. opportunities in the Where: Washington Center, 4941 Long Ave., White Bear Contact: 651-429-5674 or Contact: ramsey northeast metro area. County Fairgrounds, Lake Over 50 companies 12300 N. 40th St., Lake represented. Free. Elmo CREATING YOUR Contact: Details: Sheep and wool RESILIENT YARD festival events include Bldg. C & D, 12300 N. State Park Visitor When: 6-7:30 p.m. Minnesota’s largest Center, Hwy 95, Marine NORTHEAST ST CROIX VALLEY ART 40th St., Stillwater Tuesday, May 21 fl eece competition, RESIDENCE on St. Croix OPENER STUDIO TOUR Details: Consignment FUNDRAISING Where: White Bear Lake sheep shearing, fl eece sale featuring Details: Kids ages 4-11 When: 4-8 p.m. Friday, LUNCHEON City Hall, 4701 Hwy 61 skirting demos, bookeverything related to can explore nature and May 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. signings, dog-herding When: Noon Wednesday, Details: Workshop walks babies and children. play outdoor games. Saturday, May 4 and demos, classes, farm May 8 through how to begin Meet at the large picnic Sunday, May 5 Contact: work stock dog trial, incorporate resilience Where: Keller Golf shelter. Free with park Where: Artist studios and vendors. on your property. Course, Maplewood permit. throughout the St. Includes details on Contact: 612-961Details: Luncheon Contact: 651-433-0500 Croix Valley DROP-IN DISCOVERY raingarden installation, 9625 or shepherds to benefit children x227 or sean.hoppes@ STATIONS: WHERE’S Details: Features stormwater and adults with THE NATURALIST? demonstrations and management, and developmental artwork for sale by When: 10 a.m.-noon tree, shrub, flower BEAR BOATING disabilities. local artists. BLUEBIRD WALK & Saturday, May 4 and turf alternative VOLUNTEER MEETING Contact: 651-765-0217 or TALK Contact: recommendations, Where: Tamarack When: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, and one on one with When: 10-11 a.m. Nature Center, 5287 May 14 landscape designers. $5; Otter Lake Road, White Sunday, May 5 JUMP TO IT 5K/10K Where: Boatworks register online. LEATHER & Bear Township Where: William O’Brien KIDS FUN RUN Commons Community LACES ADULT Contact: metroblooms. State Park, Hwy 95, Details: Free dropWhen: 9-10:30 a.m. Room, 4495 Lake Ave. SYNCHRONIZED org Marine on St. Croix in program with Saturday, May 4 S., White Bear Lake SKATING TEAM nature discussions, Details: Join a naturalist Where: West Park, 11th Details: Information When: 8:15-10 p.m. touchable artifacts for a hike and to peek COMMUNITY St. and Lake Ave., session for new and Wednesday, May 8 and interactions with inside birdhouses to CONNECTIONS: HOW White Bear Lake previous volunteers Where: Vadnais Sports animals. All ages. see if baby bluebirds, TO PAY FOR THE Details: Most of the Center, 1490 County Rd. for Bear Boating, a NURSING HOME, swallows, wrens or Contact: 651-407-5350 or course is along the non profit offering E East AN ATTORNEY chickadees are in the shores of White Bear boating excursions for PERSPECTIVE nests. For families. Free Details: Learn more tamarack Lake. The out and seniors, active duty with park permit. about one of the only When: 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, back course is fl at military, veterans, USFS adult teams in May 21 Contact: 651-433-0500 SPRING IS IN THE AIR and fast and has seen and the disabled in the Minnesota. 8:15-8:45 x227 or sean.hoppes@ CRAFT & GIFT EXPO state records in its community. Social hour Where: Vadnais Heights off-ice informational City Hall, 800 East 35-year history. $35 5-6 p.m.; training 6-7 When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. session; 9-10 p.m. on-ice. p.m. County Rd. E registration. Saturday, May 4 Contact: leatherandlaces BOUTIQUE SHOPPING Details: Free monthly Contact: 651-428-9697 or Contact: bearboating. Where: White Bear Lake AT 7 VINES presentation on org Armory, 2228 4th St. topics for seniors and event/jump-to-it-10kWhen: Noon-4 p.m. Details: Original supporters of seniors on FRANCONIA ARTIST and-5k Sunday, May 5 LUNCH WITH A handmade craft the fourth Tuesday of TALKS Where: 7 Vines Vineyard NATURALIST: exhibitors to the month. Registration When: 6:30 p.m. every and Winery, 101 Hwy 96, PHENOLOGY BOUQUET DAY small businesses, required. second and fourth Dellwood woodworkers, knots, When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. When: Saturday, May 4 Contact: 651-204-6000 or embroidery, crocheted Details: Pop-up boutique Thursday, May 9 Wednesday, May 15 Where: Downtown through Sept. 26 items, lights, metal art, with 25 vendors offering Where: Wargo Nature White Bear Lake Where: 29836 St. Croix wood signs, cosmetics, unique gifts, home Center, 7701 Main St., Details: Visit Trail, Franconia beauty and wellness decor, clothing and Lino Lakes participating stores and products, art, baked accessories. Food and Details: Dine with, meet Details: Seniors 50+ can receive a free cut flower goods and more. Free. wine. and learn from artists bring a lunch and join a to make a bouquet. who live and work Contact: craftshowsmn. Contact: naturalist for monthly Contact: downtown onsite. 6:30 p.m. dinner presentations that com ($10), 8 p.m. discussion. include local natural ST. PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Contact: RSVP to 651history information GEOCACHING 101: A MUNCHKIN MARKET 257-6668 or info@ HIGH TECH TREASURE When: 3 p.m. Sunday, and possibly a relaxing When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. HUNT stroll on the trail. May 5 Saturday, May 4; 9 a.m.- When: 10:30 a.m.-noon Registration not Where: St. Andrews 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5 required. Saturday, May 4 Lutheran Church, Where: Washington Contact: 763-324-3350 or 900 Stillwater Rd., Where: William O’Brien County Fairgrounds, Mahtomedi

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Child care legislation the Legislature missed BY SARA MARIE MOORE EDITOR

Comprehensive changes to the state's child care licensing regulations were put forth by the Minnesota Child Care Association (MCCA) this session, but no legislators picked it up. MCCA drafted a bill that would implement a statewide tiered licensing citation system that would give parents more information on how severe a licensing citation is — or isn't. “It did not get picked up by anyone, which is not that surprising,” said Clare Sanford, MCCA board member and New Horizon Academy director of government and community relations. “There have been a ton of licensing bills at the Legislature this year.” Sanford said there have been at least 30 bills proposed this year, but most of them have to do with specific rule changes, such as allowing children to use water bottles instead of disposable cups, that wouldn't make an overarching difference in the way child care centers are regulated by the state. Creating a tiered citation system would separate serious issues from not-so-serious issues, such as an infant being put to sleep on their stomach, versus a citation for a single bathroom stall that ran out of toilet paper, Sanford explained. All licensing citations are available to the public on the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) website, so listing citations separately would give parents a better sense of the whole picture when they see a number of citations. “When you talk about supervision, interactions, those kinds of things, for me as a parent that would be concerning,” said Rena Larson, MCCA board member and northeast metro district leader with KinderCare. But when parents look at citations online, they aren't always able to discern what they should be looking for as concerns. Parents might just look at the number of citations without learning what a center is really like, she noted. Record-keeping citations can put a center in a worse light than reality. “If you have a center that is excellent and one staff fi le has gone amiss, they could have a number of citations as the same center that had every fi le out of whack,” Larson said. “We want them to know and be informed.” She said the best way to know what is going on in a center is by taking a tour and spending time in the classrooms. Citation documents are just one piece of information available when looking for child care, not the sum of it all, she noted. DHS has been researching tiered licensing violation systems, although it was not involved with MCCA's proposal, the department stated. “The Licensing Division has been exploring a tiered violation system, also called a weighted regulatory system,” DHS stated in an email. “Weighted licensing regulations assign different rules a weighted 'value' associated with a level of potential risk. These weights are used to determine the level of risk present in a licensed child care setting and help establish a common understanding of risk. A tiered system would make it easier for parents to understand the licensing system. While every child


A staff member plays with infants at a KinderCare child care center.

care licensing regulation is designed to provide some level of protection to children, not all regulations, if violated, present the same level of risk to children.” The bill put forth by MCCA also would have created a task force for quarterly meetings between DHS and child care providers to discuss rules. “Providers have valuable insights that can assist DHS in furthering the development of safe, quality and affordable child care,” DHS stated. “We do not always see eye to eye but are always willing to talk and hear each other out,” Sanford said.

“We need low ratios to provide not only safety but quality and brain development for children.” Clare Sanford MCCA board member Child care providers were surprised when only 13 of more than 300 regulations were chosen by DHS in response to fi x-it ticket legislation passed by the Legislature about two years ago, Sanford said. The items are ones that, if fi xed within 48 hours, a center won't be cited for, such as a bathroom stall that lacks toilet paper. But the fi x-it ticket system didn't provide what child care providers hoped. An example: If one toilet isn't flushed, centers would be given a fi x-it ticket. If one toilet in the preschool room and one in the toddler room aren't flushed, then it's a full licensing violation. “That's the kind of stuff that makes providers pull their

hair out,” Sanford said. A bill was put forward this year in the Legislature to expand what's on the fi x-it ticket. Still, MCCA would rather work with DHS on a tiered licensing system. “They have a job to do, too, in protecting health and safety,” Sanford noted. “Rule 3 has not been revised in 30 years and a comprehensive examination of the current rules and laws governing child care centers is needed to ensure child care in Minnesota reflects the realities of our modern world,” DHS stated. “Law changes have been used over the decades to change, add and update licensing requirements.” One licensing regulation MCCA doesn't ever want to see changed is the required ratios of children to teachers/aides. Although some legislators have pushed for this in the name of reducing the costs of child care, providers don't agree. “We need low ratios to provide not only safety but quality and brain development for children,” Sanford said. “Changing some regulations will not make child care cheaper for parents, which is what everybody wants to do.” Unfortunately, making child care less expensive is nearly impossible without reducing quality. “The big issue with the child care crisis in Minnesota is (that) parents cannot afford to pay more and providers cannot afford to pay less,” Sanford noted. Entry-level workers in child care make at or near minimum wage. Lead teachers with a degree make up to $15-16/hour. Right now, KinderCare is working on actually lowering its toddler ratio from 1 to 7 to 1 to 4 so children can have more individual attention, Larson said. Ironically, the business has to ask the state for variances to do so.

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NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO SECTION 151.056(B) OF CITY ORDINANCES RELATED TO PUD PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT PROCESSING Notice is hereby given that the North Oaks City Council will hold a public hearing Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at 100 Village Center Drive, Room 150 to review a proposed amendment to Ordinance 151.056(B) governing

PUD Planned Unit Development Processing. The public is invited to attend. Michael Robertson, City Administrator Published one time in the Shoreview Press on April 30, 2019.

CITY OF NORTH OAKS NOTICE OF COUNCIL WORKSHOP Notice is hereby given that the North Oaks City Council will hold a Workshop with the League of Minnesota Cities on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at 100 Village Center Drive, Room 150 to discuss governance issues. The public is invited to attend but no public comments are allowed. Michael Robertson, City Administrator Published one time in the Shoreview Press on April 30, 2019.

THE MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY (MPCA) MPCA INVITES COMMENT ON MINNESOTA DECISION DOCUMENT AMENDMENT FOR HIGHWAY 96 SUPERFUND SITE The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) invites public comment on the draft Minnesota Decision Document Amendment #2 for the Highway 96 Superfund Site located in White Bear Township. The draft amendment is related to proposed sampling frequency modifications. The MPCA is seeking written comments from the public before the decision document amendment is finalized. The MPCA will issue the draft decision document amendment for public comment on May 1, 2019 and will accept written comments until May 31, 2019. The draft decision document amendment can be found on the City of North Oaks website at (under City Government/ Highway 96 Superfund Site/Background Information) or can be mailed. Interested persons may contact Andri Dahlmeier at the MPCA (phone 651-757-2718, 800-657-3864 or email for more information. Published one time in the Shoreview Press on April 30, 2019.




Mustangs’ Alex brothers: born with tennis rackets in their hands BY BRUCE STRAND SPORTS CONTRIBUTOR

The Alex household of Arden Hill is a major source of talent for the vibrant Mounds View tennis program. The Alex brothers are not only plentiful, they also come to the Mustangs finely-trained -- by their mom. Petro Alex, 18, a senior, plays No. 2 singles, after two years at No. 1, for the Mustangs, who placed third in the state last season and are ranked No. 2 this year. Petro has played in five state team tournaments and has qualified in singles the last two years Christo, 15, a freshman, usually plays No. 1 doubles and is a strong singles player when need. He has played in state team tournaments in 8th and 9th grade and qualified in doubles last year. Emmanuel, 13, a seventh-grader, plays No. 4 singles. He’s ranked No. 19 nationally for his age group. “All credit to our mother,” Petro said. “She taught us a lot. She is still a really good player.” Kathy Alex was a four-time All-American at UCLA who led the Bruins to the NCAA team title in 1981 and was an NCAA runner-up in doubles in 1982. Her professional career included playing doubles in the US Open main draw four times and Wimbledon once. Alex and partner Terry Holladay took Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver to a third set at the 1983 US Open. The boys’ mom has coached tennis players for decades around the U.S.

and overseas. Her husband Christopher is from Greece, where they started their family, which grew to six boys and three girls. Kathy is very active in USTA and currently coaches at InnerCity Tennis in Minneapolis. She coached the Mahtomedi girls for one season, 2016, in which they won the state championship. “She has coached all of the boys and had a great impact in their tennis upbringing,” Mustang coach Scott Sundstrom said. “Petro even has a one-handed backhand like his mother! She coaches at North Oaks Rec Center during the summer and has coached many Mounds View players, and she, like her sons, have all contributed to the success of the MV program.” Two older Alex brothers also graced Mustang lineups for several seasons. Abraham played 1-doubles on the 2015 state champion team and was a state individual qualifier. Luke, who played doubles and 3-singles on the thirdplace team in 2017. “I’ve never played on a team that didn’t have at least one of my brothers,” said Petro. This year marks the second time there’s been three Alex’s on a team. Luke, Petro and Christo were in the lineup for the 2017 thirdplace team. “The Alex brothers have shown strong leadership and are truly team-centered players,” Sundstrom said. Mounds View has a 6-1 record including recent wins over No. 8 Rochester Century, 4-3, and No. 10 East Ridge


Emmanuel Alex

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7-0. Their lone loss came against No. 1 Edina, 4-3, in their season opener. The Mustangs might get another shot at Edina on Saturday at the power-packed Edina Invitational. Mustang freshman Bjorn Swenson is ranked No. 4 in the state. Swenson took over the No. 1 slot for the Mustangs this season, although Petro says he’ll try regain it. Both have gone to state in singles the past two years. It might take a state team championship this year to top, or match, Petro’s single greatest thrill so far. That was in eighth grade when he played No. 4 singles and the state championship match came down to his duel against Elk River senior Zeke Delain at the University of Minnesota. With everyone crowded around their court, Petro prevailed 6-3, 6-3, giving the Mustangs a 4-3 win. “That has always been my greatest moment in tennis and I think about it a lot,” he said. Asked about the pressure, he said, “I really enjoyed being

in the spotlight. You don’t usually get that in tennis! My coach estimated there were about 350 people watching.” Christo is the only Alex who has another sport; he played safety on the Mustang football team last fall and plans to continue. Luke was also a football player, starting for the Mustangs at cornerback. Petro has played soccer, and Emmanuel has played basketball, but both concentrate on tennis now. Petro dueled his older brothers when he was starting out, and now has Emmanuel, five years younger, for a worthy sparring partner. They frequently take an open court at InnerCity Tennis and blast away at each other. When they met in the finals of a recent USTA tournament, Petro won 6-1, 6-1. “But everyone thought it was pretty cool for a 13-year-old to reach the finals against 18-year-olds,” he said. It’s pretty cool for the Mustangs to have Alex brothers in the lineups for several more years.




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Mounds View is 2-3 in boys lacrosse Mounds View boys lacrosse has won two of five matches so far. The Mustangs lost to


Mounds View’s approach to winning baseball games includes keeping a close eye on several statistical goals. The Mustangs are meeting most of them so far while posting a 7-1 record. No-hitters are not on that list of goals but the Mustangs have a couple of those, too. Both were thrown by senior John Solfest, in a 9-0 win over White Bear Lake (0-6) on April 18 and a five-inning, 10-0 win over Roseville Area (2-6) on April 26. Solfest had one walk and seven strikeouts in each. The Mustangs last no-hitter was by Charlie Callahan against Park in April of 2014, a 1-0 win.

age, with a goal of .550, and we’re ahead of that right now at .606.” Last week, the Mustangs beat Park Center 3-1 with Ian Bahn (win) and Alec Wahlin (save) pitching while Will Rogers and Cole Stenstrom each doubled home a run; and beat Park 8-2 with Bahn delivering two hits and three RBIs and Stenstrom three hits and Hunter Ault on the mound; and Roseville 10-0.

Lakeville South 17-7 and Centennial 10-7, beat Hastings 10-4 and Hill-Murray 17-1, and lost to Cretin-Derham Hall 6-4. Top scorers after four games were (goals-assists) Hunter Kascht 10-7, Henry Claridge 10-4, Trevor Redmond 3-6 and Thomas Woldt 5-1.

Mustang softball has 3-5 ledger Mustang softball Mounds View softball has a 3-5 record including two wins over Roseville, 8-1 and 10-6, and one against Stillwater 6-4. Junior outfielder Hannah Peschel and sophomore catcher

Abbie Thompson are batting around .500. Main pitchers are junior Jenna Peschel and senior Caitlyn Teske.

Shilson will wrestle at Augsburg Emily Shilson, the state’s best female high school wrestler who finished her career with Mounds View this winter, will wrestle for the women’s team at Augsburg College, announced her father, Chad. Shilson was a three-time state qualifier in boys tournaments, two with Centennial and one with the Mustangs.

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Baseball stats looking good, including two no-hitters

Against the Bears, Robert Hogan was 2-for-2 with a triple and RBI. Against Roseville, Solfest was 2-for-3 (RBI) and Ike Mezzenga 2-for-2 (two RBIs). Getting back to those stat standards: “We talk about striving to execute at a championship level, and we have some statistical goals that help us measure that,” coach Mark Downey said. “Our fielding percentage is .943; we need to field .950 or higher, so we have to get better there. Our team ERA is 1.60, which is outstanding and better than our goal of 2.50. “We have a goal of scoring 4.5 runs/game, and thus far we’ve scored 6.0. We focus on Quality At-Bat Percent-

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Mounds View athletes captured three fi rst-places in state’s most exclusive regular-season track meet Friday evening. Hamline Elite Meet champions for the Mustangs were Josh Sampson in the 300 hurdles and Julia Fixsen in the pole vault along with the boys 4x200 team. Sampson won the 300 hurdles in 38.68. He placed third in last year’s state meet with 38.99. Sampson is defending state champion in 110 high hurdles. He didn’t run that event at Hamline but the Mustangs were well-represented as sophomore Josh Thomsen placed third with 15.13. Fixsen, two-time state champion, cleared 13-3, repeating as Hamline champion and breaking her own meet record by an inch. The University of Georgia recruit holds the state record with 13-9 1/4 and exceeded that with 13-11 1/4 vault at Outdoor Junior Nationals last June. Fixsen also highjumped 5-4 for third place and took eighth in 100 hurdles (15.50) The Mustang boys 4x200 relay of Josh Sampson, Josh Thomsen, John Montgomery, and Nick Sharma won

in 1:29.28, finishing 1.6 seconds ahead of Forest Lake. Sharma placed second in the 200 (21.96) and third in the 100 (10.85). Lukas Hessini took second in the 800 (4:24.42), Romeo Sackie was fi fth in triple jump (43-4 1/4) and Jack Roeber was eighth (43-1). Austin Street placed eighth in the 3200 (9:23.72) The Mustang girls 4x800 team of Tollie Jackson, Taylor Isabel, Ella Herbert, and Jess Kennedy placed sixth (8:13.33).


Mustangs win three events at Hamline Elite Meet

John Solfest, Mounds View pitcher, has thrown two consecutive no-hit games. The senior right-hander no-hit White Bear Lake, winning 9-0, and followed with a fiveinning no-hitter against Roseville Area, winning 10-0. In each, Solfest had one walk and seven strikeouts. Also a shortstop, Solfest is hitting .348 in the No. 3 slot. He played forward on the Mustang hockey team. Minnesota’s #1 Volume Toyota Dealer! Per Toyota Motor Sale USA 2017

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HOLY HAMMERS: Laying a solid foundation for affordable housing FROM PAGE 1

The churches also donate funds to help build the houses; they’ve raised $1.5 million over 20 years. This year, the group raised $75,000, Peterson said. They are building a twin home and will come close to fi nishing by mid-June, said Shoreview resident Ron Kuhn, a member at St. Michael’s Lutheran in Roseville. Volunteers do the carpentry; electrical and plumbing are done by professionals, Peterson said. Volunteer groups follow each other to fi nish carpentry work if one group doesn’t fi nish after its time commitment, said site supervisor Terra Lumley. There will be six new twin homes on Whitall Street when the area’s project is complete. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Circle Pines has been involved in Holy Hammers for about 14 years, said church member Ruel Carpenter, a Lexington resident. Carpenter said he didn’t have previous professional carpentry experience but started volunteering after his own house was torn down and rebuilt. Churches are assigned certain dates to volunteer. Our Savior’s has about 10 regular volunteers that fi ll 30 positions on shifts. Churches also take turns providing lunches and snacks for crews, so there are a number of volunteers who assist with that, he noted. Christ the King Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake has been part of Holy Hammers since it was founded, said church member Craig Carlson, a Vadnais Heights resident. It began with nine churches in 1999. Most of the houses Holy Hammers have built over the years have been in St. Paul and the northeast metro, including Shoreview and White Bear Lake. Christ the King has about a dozen regular volunteers who use hammers but about 15-20 more who put together and bring lunch, coffee and snacks. Helping homes get built is a tangible and meaningful way to make a difference in the community. “It really addresses the need of affordable housing for families that otherwise wouldn’t be able to qualify for a mortgage,” Carlson said. George Murakami, a Shoreview resident and member of Presbyterian Church of the Way in Shoreview, said he will volunteer about four or five days this spring. He has been doing this for 20 years as a way to give back. Peterson and Kuhn have also been volunteering for 20 years. They didn’t have previous professional carpentry experience, but just learned as they went. “Getting people into homes, it just changes their lives,” Kuhn said. Many of the families that move into the homes come from crowded apartments or substandard living, Murakami and Kuhn noted. Fifty to sixty people apply each month to buy a home through Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, said Matt Haugen, communications manager. About half of those are ready fi nancially to begin the process; half


Shoreview resident Ron Kuhn pounds a nail to secure firewall sheeting on a Habitat for Humanity House in St. Paul April 10.

are referred to other organizations for fi nancial coaching. The organization requires a certain debt-to-income ratio and employment status to begin the process. In order to qualify, applicants must make a low income based on family size, but not too little to take on a subsidized mortgage. For example, a family of four’s household income needs to be between about $37,000 and $72,000. Habitat for Humanity offers an individualized mortgage that is not more than 30 percent of the family’s income. The organization is able to do this through donations and grants. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity will help about 100 people purchase homes this year, Haugen said. About half of those will be ones built by volunteers and half will be on the open market through a new partnership with Bremer Bank. About 1,300 families have found a home through Habitat since 1985. For more information, visit Churches involved in Holy Hammers in the Press coverage area include Christ the King Lutheran in White Bear Lake, Incarnation Lutheran in Shoreview, Our Savior’s Lutheran in Circle Pines, Presbyterian Church of the Way in Shoreview, St. Odilia Catholic in Shoreview and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran in Shoreview. Holy Hammers is always looking for more congregations to join the group, Carlson said, who is on the steering committee. For more information, contact Carlson at 651-426-7384.

CITY COUNCIL NOTES The Shoreview City Council took the following actions at its April 15 meeting: • Approved plans for the County Road E water main extension and trail project. It will bring city water to six properties between Lexington Avenue and Victoria Street. The total cost will be about $260,000, which will come from the city’s water fund. A new trail will also be constructed at the same time. The county will pay about $206,000 of the $515,000 cost. The remaining $309,000 will come

from the city’s investment fund. Construction is expected to begin in June or July. • Reviewed the city’s code enforcement program, including code violation inspections, rental licensing, tracking and monitoring of foreclosed properties and the SHINE program. For more information on the city code, visit shoreviewmn. gov/services/property-maintenance-and-code-enforcement. Sara Marie Moore


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Filling children’s lives with magic, 1 wig at a time BY SHANNON GRANHOLM QUAD COMMUNITY EDITOR

Since its founding in 2014, The Magic Yarn Project has delivered well over 12,000 wigs to 48 countries. In January, the fi rst state chapter of the project was founded by Ham Lake (former Circle Pines) resident Gwyn Yuhanna. “The biggest thing about having this chapter, is not only are we making wigs here in Minnesota, but we are delivering them here to kids in Minnesota,” Yuhanna explained. She said that before the chapter was created, she had to send all the wigs she made to her region’s headquarters in Kansas. Yuhanna found out about The Magic Yarn Project after stumbling across the website. She used to crochet, and she wanted to see if she could pick it back up. After watching videos on YouTube and getting help from her sister-in-law, she succeeded. “I just got crazy with it. By the end of the year I made over 200 wigs.” The Magic Yarn Project is a nonprofit organization based out of Palmer, Alaska. The organization’s mission is to bring magic into the lives of children battling cancer and inspire volunteerism to make a difference. Chemotherapy treatments often leave young scalps too sensitive for traditional wigs, so the project’s yarn wigs are comfy, soft and warm. The wigs are inspired by Disney characters and invite children back to the world of play and daydreaming during scary times. Yuhanna said the most popular wigs

are based on Disney’s Ariel, Elsa and Rapunzel. Other characters include Belle, Moana, Minions, Jack Sparrow, Spider-Man and Captain Marvel. To be able to start the fi rst Minnesota chapter, Yuhanna attended a four-day training in Cincinnati and applied to be a chapter leader. The chapter has already hosted two public workshops at the Lino Lakes Public Safety Department in addition to four other private workshops. “As a chapter leader, my goal is to complete 100 wigs this year. I also have a fundraising goal to cover the startup costs and the cost of supplies for the beanies and wigs,” Yuhanna said. “The estimated value of each wig is $50.” At the workshops, attendees help assemble the wigs, which are already crocheted. “There are different ways to get involved: you can crochet, (hold) fundraisers (yarn/supply drives), put together flowers, cut yarn, decorate envelopes or host a private workshop,” Yuhanna explained. Lino Lakes resident LouAnn Snell is one of four “Fairy Godmothers” who helped start the chapter. She found out about The Magic Yarn Project after receiving an email from Gofundme, which featured the organization. After reading more about the project, Snell knew she wanted to get involved but could not crochet. She started assembling flowers and decorating envelopes at her home. “As I think towards retirement, I have taken art classes and different things,

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and I thought ‘I really don’t need to make things that are just going to fi ll up my house,’” she explained. “This is a hobby, but it is doing good. Every time I work on a wig, I picture a child and what joy it is going to bring to them.” Yuhanna shared a story about a child named Holly who received a wig. “Her mother wrote us a note and sent us a picture of Holly in her wig. ‘(She wrote) No one even notices that she is sick with her Elsa wig on. She enjoys being a kid again.’” Currently, the chapter partners with Children’s Hospital Minneapolis. Yuhanna said the hope is to also partner with the University of Minnesota Journey Clinic in the future.

For more information about The Magic Yarn Project, visit To request a private workshop, or become involved with the chapter, contact Yuhanna at gwyn@themagicyarnproject. com.

THE DETAILS What: The Magic Yarn Project workshop When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19 Where: Lino Lakes Public Safety Department classroom, 640 Town Center Pkwy. Details: People who can crochet, cut yarn, decorate envelopes and bedazzle flowers are all invited to attend.


Kristina Bunde, of Cottage Grove, helps assemble a wig at a Magic Yarn Project workshop March 30 at the Lino Lakes Public Safety Department. Bunde’s mother wanted to check out the workshop, because she is thinking about hosting one at her work.

Adopt a storm drain on your street to help protect rivers, lakes and wetlands BY ANGIE HONG CONTRIBUTING WRITER

A new Adopt-a-Drain program debuted across the seven-county metro area. Its goal is to engage residents in helping to prevent water pollution through small-scale volunteer action, just 15 minutes at a time, and only twice a month ( You can join more than

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friendly neighborhood competitions: Hamline-Midway competed against Como to see which neighborhood could adopt the most storm drains. Adopt-a-Drain was developed by Metro Watershed Partners, a coalition of more than 70 public, private, and nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities area, that works together to inspire people to protect water quality in their communities. Partners share stories of everyday Minnesotans taking action to protect water ( and meet monthly to share resources and develop new skills. According to Jana Larson, a staff member at Hamline University who’s played a lead role in developing Adopt-a-Drain, Minnesota’s program is the largest in the nation. Several other large cities are piloting similar programs — Houston, Oakland, New Orleans, Norfolk – but Minnesota’s is the only program that includes more than one city and, in typical Minnesota fashion, already has more volunteers signed up than in any other location. “People really become attached to their drains,” Larson laughs, “Many have even named them.” To learn more about the program and adopt a drain in your neighborhood, visit Angie Hong is an educator for East Metro Water – Contact her at 651-330-8220 x.35 or

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SCHOOL BOARD NOTES The Mounds View Public Schools board took the following action at its April 23 meeting: •Heard a report on middle school literacy. During the 2017-2018 school year, a district management group conducted a comprehensive evaluation of district middle school English/ Language Arts programming. The recommendations from that study were used to create a framework and implementation guide to improve and enhance the middle school English/Language Arts experience for students. Angie Peschel, director of curriculum and instruction, and middle school English/ Language Arts coaches Bethany DeCent and Heather Oechski, provided an update on the progress of this District Operational Plan goal. They shared the work that has been done this year and how it has impacted the teaching and learning in District ELA classrooms at the middle school level. The presentation defined next steps for continued work over the summer and into next year on enhancements and improvements for teachers and students. •Heard a report from Jeff Ridlehoover, assistant superintendent, on the Integrated School Improvement Innovation Plan (ISIIP) Data Dashboard progress to date. A priority District Operational Plan (DOP) goal this year is the development of a comprehensive and easy-to-use data dashboard. The data dashboard work has been ongoing and evolving. Data mining has become better refined to site-specific needs with the intent of analyzing multiple


SCHOOL BRIEFS high-leverage data points for each and every student. District staff are utilizing the new data warehouse (ViewPoint) and extensive training has been provided to site-based instructional leaders. •Heard a quarterly budget report and amendments. Carole Nielsen, executive director of administrative services, and Bridget Peterson, director of finance, presented the revenue and expenditure reports for all funds for the third quarter ending March 31. Both revenues and expenditures are within budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 and are very comparable to this time last year. Budget amendments were also included in the report. As additional budgetary information becomes known, it is necessary to amend the District’s budgets to reflect those changes. •Heard a report about next school year’s budget assumptions. Nielsen and Peterson spoke about 2019-2020 fiscal year budget assumptions which are developed with input from the school board and any pertinent legislative actions taken during the 2019 session. The budget development process continues as scheduled. The current assumptions include a 1% increase in the per pupil general education funding formula. The legislative session has until May 20 to reach a compromise between the House E-12 bill that sets the formula increase at 3% for next year and the Senate E-12 bill that sets the formula increase at 0.5% for next year. Submitted


Students create newspaper Above: Oak Hill Montessori first- through third-graders recently created a newspaper. They invited Shoreview Press Editor Sara Marie Moore to class so they could learn more about newspapers. Left: The students reported about environmental topics in their newspaper.

Student wins Big Bang Catholic STEM Fair St. Odilia Catholic Schools student Julianne Thomas of Shoreview won a trip to the Vatican Observatory at the second annual Big Bang Catholic STEM Fair in the 6-8 grade category. The event was hosted by the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE). Julianne won a trip







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If you look at rainfall this month, there was potential for APRIL 24-30, 2019 disaster. With rain forecasted for Easter Sunday and with 30° the three rain events this month, each one totaling over one High Low 40° inch, outdoor plans could easily turn into indoor plans. As it turns out, all I did was get wet for my morning run along %Sun 56% with a few dog walkers, as skies cleared a little after 9am PCP 0.88” and it was a beautiful day. We’re already over our normal monthly total for rain with Monday’s thunderstorms adding to the nearly 4” total. Ice-out reports have been coming in. Bald Eagle April 11, Centerville & Forest Lake April 16, White Bear April 18 and Minnetonka April 19.

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APRIL 30, 2019

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

North Oaks • A 30-year-old man was found dead the afternoon of April 7 at a residence in the 20th block of Deer Hills Drive. An investigation continues. • Acting on a tip, staff at Chippewa Middle School conducted a search of a student’s locker the afternoon of April 10 and found suspected narcotics. The questionable material was placed into property for testing. • A known shoplifter was arrested April 13 at Walgreen’s in the 600 block of Village Center Drive for stealing food and Newport cigarettes valued at a total of $303.

Shoreview • An intoxicated 64-year-old St. Paul male driver left the roadway in the area of Hamline Avenue and Rice Creek Trail on April Fool’s Day and was taken into custody on a third-degree DWI charge. • A rear passenger window was smashed, and a backpack, headphones, jacket and pair of gloves went missing in the predawn hours of April 2 in the underground garage in the 1000 block of Gramsie Road. • A Kawasaki four-wheeler was reported stolen in the wee hours of April 2 following forced entry to that same underground garage in the 1000 block of Gramsie Road. • A vehicle window was broken, and a laptop computer was stolen in the early morning hours of April 2 in the underground garage in the 1000 block of Gramsie Road. An investigation is underway. • A resident in the 1700 block of Hillview Road fell victim to the “computer repair scam” on April 2, turning over $5,246 on his debit card to the scammer. The funds were reimbursed by the man’s bank along with some advice on preventing future scams. • A kitchen cupboard theft was reported the evening of April 2 in the 800 block of Lawnview Avenue where an unknown amount of cash disappeared from a jar. Information was provided on a possible suspect. • A vehicle careening westbound down Highway 96 near Snail Lake Boulevard April 4 struck a light pole, left the highway and traveled down an embankment — just missing a holding pond — before striking a retaining wall. The driver, a 26-year-old Otsego man, was transported to Regions for treatment of his injuries and an evaluation of a possible medical condition. • A spud shot from a potato gun broke the front window of a Richmond Avenue residence the evening of April 6. No suspects. • A 51-year-old St. Paul woman was arrested the afternoon of April 7 at the Shoreview Community Center for assaulting a juvenile. No other information was released. • Responding to a report of a domestic situation the afternoon of April 7 on Lawnview Avenue, deputies arrested a 61-year-old local man. No other information was released. • A deputy arriving at the scene of a property damage crash at Lexington Avenue and Ridge Creek Road the night of April 10 arrested one of the drivers, a 29-year-old Circle Pines man, who was booked into jail on a second-degree DWI charge. • A 62-year-old Mounds View woman was arrested the afternoon of April 10 for shoplifting at the Shoreview Target in the 3800 block of Lexington Avenue. • A 25-year-old South St. Paul man was arrested the evening of April 12 in the 100 block of Grass Lake Place for possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle. • A 30-year-old local woman reported April 13 that her ex-boyfriend had just driven off from Owasso Street in her vehicle. The burned vehicle was recovered in Brooklyn Park but was a total loss. An investigation is underway.



TRAFFICKING: 41% of victims under 18 FROM PAGE 1

speak with their children about how exploitation and sex trafficking happen. Also speaking will be Carter Staaf, an Eden Prairie police detective. He will give a fi rsthand account of what trafficking looks like and share with parents how they can prevent their children from becoming a victim. Forty-one percent of sex trafficking victims are under age 18, according to a U.S. Department of Justice study conducted between 2008 and 2010. The Shoreview event is just one of several on trafficking issues that will be held throughout the Twin Cities over the weekend. The informational conference on sex trafficking prevention and volunteerism has been running for about five years in the spring, said Keith Lokkesmoe, Trafficking Justice executive director.

The organization began in 2011 in a church small group in Lakeville, Lokkesmoe said. He became executive director 3 1/2 years ago. The entire 12-member staff is all volunteers. He is also the executive pastor at Sojourn Campus Church in Minneapolis. The purpose of the organization is to inspire, equip and mobilize people to prevent sexual exploitation and trafficking, Lokkesmoe said. It also mobilizes volunteers for organizations that do restoration work with victims of trafficking. White Bear Lake resident Rita Torborg is the volunteer treasurer at Trafficking Justice. She has been volunteering with the organization since she retired over a year ago. “I think it is one of the most ugly scourges our society has, so I thought I would join the fight,” Torborg said. The organization has a sex


FREEDOM WEEKEND NORTHEAST METRO EVENT What: Straight Talk to Parents: How to Talk to Your Teens Where: Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St N. When: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3 trafficking 101 class for those interested in learning more about the issue and becoming a volunteer. Several topics regarding trafficking will be discussed at other events throughout the Twin Cities Metro during Freedom Weekend May 3-5. The conference is free, and registration is not required except for two meal events Friday morning and Saturday lunch. Backman will speak how to mobilize your church to fight trafficking at the prayer breakfast Friday morning. For more information, visit

Warning signs that someone may be trafficked: • Signs of physical abuse such as burn marks, bruises or cuts • Unexplained absences from class • Less appropriately dressed than before • Displays expensive clothes, accessories or shoes • Sexualized behavior • Overly tired in class • Withdrawn, depressed, distracted or checked out

• Brags about making or having lots of money • New tattoo (tattoos are often used by pimps as a way to brand victims. Tattoos of a name, symbol of money or barcode could indicate trafficking) • Older boyfriend or new friends with a different lifestyle • Talks about wild parties or invites other students to attend parties • Shows signs of gang affiliation

Source: Shared Hope International

PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEF Public meeting on body cameras A meeting will be held in Vadnais Heights at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, to inform the public about the upcoming implementation of body cameras for deputies in Ramsey County. Input from the public will be gathered and questions about policy for the body cameras will be answered. The sheriff’s office will share an overview on

the technology to be used, the vendor selected, the method selected for data storage and the timetable for implementation. An overview of the ways that Minnesota Data Practices legislation governs data storage and information sharing will be a featured topic. The meeting will be held at the Vadnais Heights Commons, 655 County Road F, East.

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• A work van with tools inside went missing in the early morning hours of April 13 from the 4000 block of Lexington Avenue. • An investigation continues as to shots fi red in the late-night hours of April 13 in the 4100 block of Lexington Avenue.

651-407-1200 •



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Northeast Metro Career Connections Job Fair Wednesday, May 8th, 2019


Jimmy’s Event Center • 11am - 3pm

HIRING Visit us at the Job Fair!

Now Hiring Machine Operators, Medical Assembly, Document Processing, Warehouse, Food Production, $12.00/Hr - $15.00/Hr all shifts available. Call 763-571-6090 or email Fridley@ for more information on how to apply! 7924 University Ave Fridley, MN 55432

Fairview Health Services is seeking dedicated individuals to join our locations across the metro! We’re Hiring for: • Nursing • Nursing Assistants • Medical Assistants • Security • Maintenance • Customer Services • Emergency Services • Nutrition Services • Housekeeping • And many other areas! Visit us at:

PAI is a day program offering services and opportunities for adults to design a life they love. Direct support staff support adults with a developmental disability to build personal connections, expand community connections and engage them in employment opportunities. Support life skills training and offer opportunities to explore pet and music therapy, art, Wii, exercise groups and more! We offer family friendly hours, Mon-Fri days; benefits start at 32/hrs. a week. Visit our website at for more information or to apply!

- Direct Care Professionals - Floats and E-Floats - Residential Supervisors - Nurses (LPN & RN) - Maintenance - IT Tech Support

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Package Handlers $15.00 - 16.50 to start Compensation • Multiple pay increases within the first six months of employment • Tuition reimbursement program • Career advancement opportunities • Weekly paycheck/direct deposit Qualifications • Must be at least 18 years of age • Must be able to load, unload and sort packages, as well as perform other related duties Full-time and flexible schedules available in some locations. For more information, please visit FedEx Ground is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer (Minorities/ Females/Disability/Veterans) committed to a diverse workforce.

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White Bear Lake: 1st and 2nd shift - Medical assembly - apply online at Contact Todd Levig 651-846-3916/651-766-6382 Email:

Hiring Financial Sales positions all over the Twin Cities! Contact Lexi McEathron 763-746-3130 lexi.mceathron@

• Processing Associate (Days and Nights) • Night Order Selector • Day Order Selector • Class B Service Delivery Driver • Part Time Saturday Only Delivery Driver Download an application at Email your application or resumé to Call our career line at (651) 288-6449

BIX Produce Company 1415 L’Orient Street St. Paul, Minnesota

Apply at: Questions? Contact our team at Warehouse Order Pickers/Packers/ Shippers/Truck loaders/Standup Forklift Operators Needed PT & FT M-F shifts available. 7-12pm, 3-8pm, 8-4:30pm, 12-8:30pm, 2:30-11 or 4-midnight openings available.

Send resume to or phone (612) 819-5440


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Chuck & Don’s Pet Food and Supplies is currently hiring for the following positions: Team Members, Supervisors, Assistant Managers, and Groomers at multiple locations across the Twin Cities Metro! 651-747-8704 x141

Experienced enced and Entry-Level Entry-Lev il bl in i multiple l Openings available locations: - Coon Rapids - New Hope - Vadnais Heights - Roseville Apply Online today for: - Press Brake Operator - Welder - Quality Inspector - CNC Machinist - Powder Coater - Paint Support - AND MORE!

• Work part time or full time • Get paid weekly! Plus weekly bonuses! • $13/hour + bonus structure • All retail locations within Twin Cities metro area • Great career advancement opportunities


Available Positions:


Andersen Corporation is currently hiring Retail Brand Ambassadors

Cornerstone Early Learning Center of Hugo is looking to hire creative, compassionate and energetic teachers and teacher aides. We offer a fun, friendly and encouraging work environment for people with all levels of work experience. Flexible FT & PT work schedules. Must be 16+ to apply. Visit us at staff-application to view qualifications and complete our job application. Please call 651-444-1144 to inquire.

NOW HIRING: $15.00/hr Starting Wage Full and Part-Time Positions

M-F Hours – No Nights or Weekends Direct Support Professionals are needed to provide life enrichment and vocational support for adults with intellectual disabilities in Vadnais Heights To apply online, visit

• Nursing Assistants in Training • CNA’s • LPN’s • RN’s • Culinary Aides • Culinary Cooks • Maintenance

Apply online: Email or Call Kami with questions: or 507-320-4050


We are a growing distributor in the Hugo/Lino Lakes area looking to fill several order fulfillment positions. Entry level, will train. Willingness to work up to 2 hours OT per day needed. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including a 401(k), health, dental and life insurance, health savings accounts, short and long term disability, vacation time, sick time and paid holidays. We also offer advancement opportunities, referral bonuses, catered employee lunches and a M-F work week! Please see our ads on Indeed to apply, email , or apply in person during the hours of 8–5.p.m. at Northern Wholesale Supply, 6800 Otter Lake Road, Lino Lakes to be considered for these positions. Offers of employment are subject to a background check.

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APRIL 30, 2019

Hotdish A-Hmong Friends a winner in Washington WASHINGTON — District 4 Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFLMinn.) took fi rst place in a recent Minnesota Delegation Hotdish Competition with her entry “Hotdish A-Hmong Friends.” The ninth annual competition, hosted by Sen. Tina Smith (DFL-Minnesota), featured entries of Minnesota’s signature dish from every member of the state’s Congressional delegation. “One of the largest Hmong communities in the United States is in

Minnesota’s Fourth Congressional District,” Rep. McCollum said. “I’m so excited that my ‘Hotdish A-Hmong Friends’ recipe took fi rst place in this year’s friendly congressional competition. Our state’s favorite comfort food unites Minnesotans from all walks of life. Thank you to Sen. Smith for continuing this tradition, and to all of my colleagues for sharing their recipes with us today.”

“One of the largest Hmong communities in the United States is in Minnesota’s Fourth Congressional District.” Betty McCollum U.S. Representative SUBMITTED

Rep. Betty McCollum holds the award with co-chefs Maureen Acero and Trish Palermo, staffers in her Washington, D.C. office.

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HOTDISH A-HMONG FRIENDS Directions: Add tater tots to cover the bottom of the hotdish container Sauté garlic for 1 minute on medium heat Add onion and cook until translucent Add carrots and cabbage and cook until soft Transfer veggies to plate Cook ground beef Add veggies back into the pan, with chilis if desired Add umami seasoning, salt and pepper and mix Transfer food in pan to hotdish container, covering tater tots Whisk cream of mushroom with milk and pour in hotdish container Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes While hotdish is baking, cut egg roll wraps in quarters and fry Crumble egg roll wraps and garnish hotdish 5 minutes before it’s done

Ingredients: 1 large onion, diced 2 cups carrots, grated 1 small cabbage, quartered & sliced 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 lbs ground beef 1 bag tater tots 1/2 cup Umami Seasoning 1/2 tablespoon salt 1/2 tablespoon pepper 1 can cream of mushroom 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 egg roll wraps 5 Thai chilis (optional)

Learn more about job opportunities available where you live! Meet representatives from employers and organizations looking for candidates for a range of job opportunities, from full-time, part-time, seasonal, and volunteer positions! Suitable for entry-level, new grads, professional careers, seasoned experts, returning to the job market, or looking to make a transition! In addition to meeting employers and organizations, take advantage of resources and services to improve your success!

The City of Lino Lake is Hiring Summer Staff!

Ruffridge-Johnson Equipment Company in Centerville MN is seeking: Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic/ Field Service Technician.

Work in the Park, Utilities, or Streets Department. $13 starting pay, no weekends, flexible hours, no experience necessary!

Will diagnose, repair and maintain heavy construction equipment in shop and in the field. Some coursework in Diesel/ Heavy Equipment or equivalent experience preferred but will train the right person.

To apply visit https://www.cilino-lakes.

Contact David Bailey at 612-378-9558 for more information


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