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Shoreview first in northeast metro to restrict young adult tobacco sales

Sex buyer ‘john’ has a name BY SARA MARIE MOORE EDITOR

for Minnesota with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Vaping among youth has exploded in popularity, McFarling said. E-cigarettes and Juuls create a vapor laced with nicotine. They come in different shapes and flavors so that adults do not even sometimes recognize them as a nicotine device. They can be recharged in computers. Students said they see classmates

Over the last several years, the dark secrets of prostitution and sex trafficking in the Twin Cities metro have begun to be revealed. Law enforcement, attorney’s offices and judges are cracking down on the demand that has led to the physical and emotional enslavement of hundreds of victims. Law enforcement personnel posing as teen girls for sale for sex have received over a hundred phone calls or texts per ad from people wanting to buy, reported Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and Washington County Attorney Pete Orput. As part of the state’s Safe Harbor legislation several years ago, the penalty for purchasing prostitution was increased to a felony in certain circumstances. The law is the most restrictive in the nation and only three other states have similar laws, said Scott Wasserman, public information officer, Minnesota Office of Justice Programs. “It increases the mandatory community work service the judge must order and increases the mandatory fine from $500 to $3,000,” he noted. Most sex buyers, aka ‘johns’, buy sex between 30 and 60 miles from

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About 30 local youth showed up at the Shoreview City Council meeting May 7 to encourage the council to pass an ordinance raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. BY SARA MARIE MOORE EDITOR

SHOREVIEW — This summer, tobacco and related devices will no longer be sold to people under the age of 21 within city limits. The change to the city’s ordinance was made May 7 in front of about 30 youth wearing T-shirts promoting the “Tobacco 21” initiative, a national campaign that has begun to influence the state. Shoreview is the sixth mu-

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E-cigarettes vaporize liquid nicotine that comes in a variety of flavors.

nicipality in the state to adopt a law restricting tobacco sales to those 21 or older. Last May, Edina was the first. Students from Mounds View High School spoke to the City Council about why they wanted it to increase the minimum purchasing age from 18 to 21. Classmates use e-cigarettes in the parking lot, school bathrooms, at home and at parties, said senior Meghan McFarling, who was last year’s National Youth Ambassador

20 years ago, tornado tragedy built ‘community spirit’ BY SARA MARIE MOORE EDITOR

It’s been two decades since a tornado cut a path of destruction across Shoreview, touching down in Roseville and wreaking havoc north to Lino Lakes on May 15, 1998. Winds from 70-90 mph caused vast damage across Shoreview, from Lake Owasso to Turtle Lake. The city declared a state of emergency in the wake of the 12-mile, 1/5-mile swath of damage that was mostly located within Shoreview, according to Shoreview Press archives. Roofs blew off of homes. Streets were impassable due to downed trees. The Flower Mart on Highway 96 was destroyed. Some residents were without

power for days. The tornado hit Friday around suppertime, remembered Mayor Sandy Martin, who had been mayor for only two years at that point. “I just remember the incredible response of all of the emergency responders, the city employees — some of the employees were on their way out of town on fishing trips. They turned around and came back.” Martin, City Manager Terry Schwerm and Public Works Director Mark Maloney drove around the city that evening after the storm passed to assess the damage. “The amount of tree damage was extraordinary,” Schwerm remembered. FILE | PRESS PUBLICATIONS

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A tornado hit Shoreview May 15, 1998, destroying and damaging homes and downing trees.

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SCHOOL BRIEFS Mounds View students take a stand against human trafficking Mounds View High School’s business management class is planning a fundraiser to empower human trafficking survivors and spread awareness of the trafficking epidemic. The class aims to raise $10,000 to support Breaking Free, a nonprofit organization committed to this cause. The trafficking awareness project is student-led. The business management class instructor guides students through a semester-long service-learning project each year. This year’s class of 17 students chose to support and empower victims of human trafficking in their community. The project culminates in a fundraising event to fulfi ll the requirements for the class. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 20 at the Manitou Grill and Event Center, 2171 Fourth St., White Bear Lake. Tickets cost is $45 for an individual, $280 for a table (8) and $160 for a half table (4). The event will include a dinner, keynote speakers, a silent auction and more. All profits will be donated to Breaking Free. Tickets are available for purchase via email request at MVBM.TAP@gmail.com or by calling 651-621-7296. SUBMITTED

Mounds View High School business students are planning a fundraiser to fight human trafficking May 20.

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Mounds View High School Rock Orchestra Concert The annual Mounds View High School Rock Orchestra Concert will be at 7 p.m. May 29 in the school auditorium, 900 Lake Valentine Road, Arden Hills. It will feature the school’s rock orchestra, concert orchestra, symphony orchestra, the winners of the rock orchestra singing contest, and special guest Jeromy Darling. There is no fee to attend the concert. A suggested donation of $6 for adults and $4 for students will go toward the music program.

High school ranked among top in state Mounds View High School was ranked 13th within Minnesota, according to U.S. News and World Report rankings released last week. It was ranked No. 575 nationally and earned a silver medal. Schools are ranked by state testing, above-average performing underserved students, graduation rates and preparation for college-level coursework.

Community celebrates partnership in education The Mounds View Schools Education Foundation (MVSEF) hosted its seventh annual Partnering for Education lunch at the Shoreview Community Center last month. The keynote address was given by Erin McGillivray, a 1998 graduate of Mounds View High School. After completing college at the University of Puget Sound, during which she spent a year as a study-

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abroad student in Nepal, she joined the U.S. Peace Corps and is now serving as a Senior Placement Officer. In her presentation, McGillivray described her evolution from a timid child to adult leader, someone who now relishes stepping into even intimidating challenges, and attributed the development of her courage and drive to Mounds View faculty and advisors who guided her. She referenced both Student Council advisor Mike Coty and Mike Cartwright, her AP physics teacher, as influential people in her development. This year’s program also offered the audience the perspective of two high school seniors. Gabrielle Wiest, a senior at Mounds View High School, shared her experiences singing in an ensemble girls choir and competing on the dance team, which went to state competition. Julia Hayes, a senior at

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Camp Invention, a nationally recognized summer enrichment camp program, is coming to St. Odilia Catholic Church the week of June 25-29. A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Camp Invention challenges children in Grades K-6 to find their “inner inventor” by learning the process of innovation. At the end of the program, each camper will bring home two personalized robots. Other nearby camps include Willow Lane Elementary School the week of July 9 – July 13 and Centerville Elementary School the week of July 23-27. For additional information and to register, visit campinvention.org.

Identification of autism increases The Centers for Disease Control’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network reported last month that 1 in 59 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This reflects a 13.2 percent increase over the previous report of a 1 in 68 prevalence rate. Boys also are 4.6 times more likely to be identified with ASD than girls. This was the fi rst year ADDM included Minnesota in its study. In Minnesota, the prevalence rate for autism is 1 in 42, the second-highest rate of the 11 data collection sites throughout the country. Minnesota data was collected from Hennepin and Ramsey counties only. The average age of autism diagnosis in Minnesota is 4 years, 9 months. “Though we are concerned about this increase, we are not surprised,” said Ellie Wilson, Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) executive director. “Along with an increase in diagnoses comes an increase in the need for programs and services to support individuals with autism from birth through retirement and to provide education and training to our communities.” Some of the change in prevalence could be due to improved autism identification in minority populations, according to the study. Autism is still more likely to be identified in white children than in black or Hispanic children. For more information, visit www.ausm.org.


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TOBACCO: ‘It is very addictive and the best thing is never, ever to start’ FROM PAGE 1

using Juuls and vapes in the school hallways and under their desks in class. Bathrooms have been closed temporarily because so many students are vaping inside. Students said raising the minimum purchasing age from 18 to 21 will make it harder for younger students to access the products since they know lots of 18-year-olds, but not many 21-year-olds. Community members also spoke in favor of the new ordinance. Dr. Mark Eggen, who lives in Shoreview, said Juuls create nicotine addiction despite the manufacturer’s claims to help smokers choose a better alternative. “They are not like things the medical community advocates to quit smoking — like nicotine patches,” Eggen said. “These I look at as stepping stones to using tobacco.” Shoreview Human Rights Commission member Eugene Nichols, who is also on the Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health’s Community Health Services Advisory Committee, said tobacco is the number one preventable cause of death in the state. “We cannot allow the tobacco industry to prey on another generation,” he said. Minnesota youth nicotine use increased last year for the fi rst time since 2000 due to a recent increase in e-cigarette and vaping device use, according to a Minnesota Department of Health survey. Data shows 1 in 5 high school students use e-cigarettes, a 50 percent increase since data was last collected in 2014. Those who use e-cigarettes are twice as likely to try smoking. Nine out of 10 cigarette smokers fi rst tried smoking by age 18, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Opposition cites ‘competitive disadvantage’ The Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce opposed the ordinance because it would cause a “competitive disadvantage” to gas stations in the city, said Board Chair Andy Voorhees. Three of the city’s seven convenience stores have competition literally across the street, he said. “You have shopping patterns that you are changing,” he noted. He said he applauded the city for trying to protect youth from tobacco, but said the change should be made at the state level. “I think we are delusional if we think something like passing this ordinance is going to change smoking behaviors, because we all know the power of addiction,” he said. J.R. Fielding & Co. tobacco shop owner David Beahrs likened the Tobacco 21 law to what happened in Chicago in 1925 during the national prohibition. He said the law would just put money into the hands of criminals who will sell tobacco illegally. “In prohibition is profit,” he noted. He said his shop sells responsibly and doesn’t cater to the high school crowd. He said it would be wrong to not be able to sell a 20-year-old combat veteran a celebratory cigar. Beahrs left in a huff after expressing angst toward the council that the day also happened to be the sixth anniversary of a decision by a preceding council to ban smoking in his shop. The city has 10 businesses that are licensed to sell tobacco, said Renee Eisenbeisz, assistant to the Shoreview city manager. They were all notified of the potential law change and the city heard from two who oppose the law. The city’s Economic Development Commission opposed the ordinance, Eisenbeisz reported. The commission had recommended 7-1 not to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco because it would put the city’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage to other cities. They said the tobacco sale age should be increased at the

TOBACCO AND TOBACCO-RELATED DEVICES DEFINED Nicotine: A stimulant found in the nightshade family of plants. Tobacco: A product prepared from the leaves of the tobacco plant. Cigarette: Smoking — burns tobacco leaves rolled in paper. E-cigarette: Vaping — vaporizes liquid nicotine extracted from plant. E-liquid: A mixtures used in e-cigarettes that often contains nicotine. Its makeup is typically 95 percent propylene glycol and glycerin. Juul: A type of e-cigarette popular among today’s youth. It is shaped like a USB drive, charges in a computer and comes in various flavors.

BY THE NUMBERS 26.4% of Minnesota high school students use tobacco 20% use e-cigarettes 1 in 3 students who use e-cigarettes report trying the device with marijuana 2 times as likely to smoke if used e-cigarettes SOURCE: MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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The Juul is a type of e-cigarette popular among today’s youth despite the company’s mission to help smokers choose a better alternative, not attract young people to nicotine products. The company has pledged to support the Tobacco 21 law at state and federal levels with $30 million over the next three years.

state level. A bill for a Tobacco 21 law was discussed at the Legislature this year but has not advanced. The city received numerous letters of support from organizations, youth and residents in favor of the law change. They received three in opposition. City staff recommended the City Council approve the change, which it did unanimously. Undivided council support: City decisions influence state Councilman Cory Springhorn said cities often lead the way to a state change. He cited as an example the city of Moose Lake, which was the fi rst to prohibit smoking in bars and restaurants years ago. The change swept to other cities and, fi nally, the state level. He said he plans to make an effort to mitigate lost sales to Shoreview businesses by trying to buy gas only in Shoreview. He said he hopes bordering cities will pass a similar ordinance. Councilwoman Sue Denkinger said she was also sympathetic to businesses but when she heard that most youth receive tobacco products from those who just older than they are, she had to try to make a change. She hopes the state will also change its law but doesn’t think Shoreview needs to wait for that. “If it even saves a few lives or people from becoming addicted, I think it is worthwhile,” she noted. “It is very addictive and the best thing is never, ever to start.” “It should be a state issue but the state isn’t ready — but we are,” added Councilwoman Emy Johnson. “I can’t consciously not support this ordinance as a parent and a member of our community.” Councilman Terry Quigley said he grew up in the “smoking generation” and although he never smoked he has experienced health issues due to secondhand smoke. He is a former president of the American Lung Association in Ramsey County. He also is a former member of the Shoreview Economic Development Commission. “I am supportive of business but also of the health and well-being of residents,” he noted. Mayor Sandy Martin said she agreed with the Twin Cities Chamber

that the state ought to pass a law but noted that cities play an influential role in gaining the state’s attention. “We waited a whole year for the state to do something and thought it might happen, but we have been told by legislators it is more likely to happen if cities continue to pass (tobacco sales restriction ordinances),” she said. “We would like it if cities in Ramsey County would follow our lead.” Shoreview continues its ‘progressive’ status in the metro One resident said she moved to Shoreview about 40 years ago because of the city’s leadership on issues like this. “The surrounding communities look to Shoreview to follow in our footsteps,” she noted. An elementary school mother said she moved to Shoreview intentionally four years ago because it is a “progressive” community. The city has a 30-year history of being on the cutting edge of tobacco restriction. In 1990, it was the second city in the state to restrict tobacco products in vending machines, Martin said. Last year, an ordinance limiting the sale of flavored tobac-

co products to tobacco-only stores went into effect, according to Press archives. At the time, Saint Paul and Minneapolis were the only other cities in Minnesota that had restricted the sale of flavored tobacco products to such stores. Shoreview’s newest ordinance will become effective July 1. It includes restrictions on tobacco-related products and tobacco-related devices. Other cities in Minnesota that have adopted a Tobacco 21 law include Bloomington, North Mankato, Plymouth and St. Louis Park, Eisenbeisz said. Falcon Heights passed the same ordinance two days after Shoreview on May 9. Five states have such laws — California, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey and Oregon, according to the Tobacco 21 website. About 300 cities and counties across the nation have adopted the change. JUUL Labs, the manufacturer of Juuls, has pledged to support the Tobacco 21 law at state and federal levels with $30 million over the next three years, according to its website. The company’s mission, it says, is to help smokers choose a better alternative, not attract young people to nicotine products.

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riting columns is not my thing. That would explain my conspicuous absence on these pages. Still, every once in awhile I take one for the team and agree to write about something; anything. While I mulled a topic, I looked at the Know-ItAll Calendar hanging in the newsroom. There it was: May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Voila! A subject near and dear to my heart. By the way, May is also National Blood Pressure Month; National Chamber Music Month; National Strawberry Month; National Water Safety Month; National Bike Month; National Motorcycle Awareness Month; and National Brain Cancer Feeling Awareness Month. The list goes on. It’s also Celiac Disease Awareness Inspired Month. There must be a lot of people Debra with this disease based on the gluten-free options at supermarkets and Neutkens restaurants. And National Military Appreciation Month. Again, with a son and son-in-law in active duty, this special recognition is gratifying. It’s also National Stroke Awareness Month and National Mental Health Awareness Month. I just read that teens are being treated for a new mental health issue: social media addiction. Doesn’t surprise me. Also among the list for May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Readers may not know there is a support group that meets in White Bear Lake every Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. at the District Center, 4855 Bloom Ave. See mnlyme.org for more information on speakers and events. But I digress. Back to skin cancer. This worries me. I am a member of the generation that worked hard to tan. I rubbed baby oil on my skin for Pete’s sake to burn faster. My northern European ancestors blessed me with fair skin, the type that didn’t tan without frying first, but oh did I try. I have the sun- damaged back to prove I could withstand the tropical sun while baking alongside my girlfriends during spring break. A severely blistered back made for a long ride home in a VW bug from Daytona. Bad burns by age 18 is a precursor to melanoma later. And so I faithfully see my dermatologist once a year. I’m waiting for the day she says, “yup, that mole looks malignant.” Skin cancer is no joke. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, with the rates of melanoma increasing over the past three decades. It is estimated that this year the U.S. will see roughly 91,000 new cases of melanoma, resulting in about 9,000 deaths. Risk of melanoma increases with age but it is not uncommon in people younger than 30. In fact, it is one of the most common cancers in young adults, particularly women. And check the soles of your feet. The Know-It-All Calendar cites a dermatologist who states that deadly skin cancer is found to be more advanced when it is developed on the soles of the feet. Wear a hat. Don’t forget the sunscreen. Leave the baby oil at home. Lastly, my interest was piqued the other day by a Washington Post piece regarding noise exposure. Seems it is becoming the “new secondhand smoke.” In midtown Manhattan, for example, the nonemergency call service gets 50,000 calls a day. The No. 1 complaint? Noise. According to the article, the Environmental Protection Agency says noise below an average of 70 decibels over 24 hours is safe and won’t cause hearing loss. A jackhammer is 130 decibels of noise; a chain saw, 110; a rock concert standing near the speakers is 120. Getting passed by police with sirens blaring is 120 and a noisy restaurant is 70. We won’t even talk about leaf blowers. Skin cancer and hearing loss. Wonder what June will bring. Debra Neutkens is managing editor of Press Publications.

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Let’s eat out! • Don’t allow children to run “A cannibal is a person who walks into a restaurant and orders around or be disruptive 2. Treat all wait staff with rethe waiter.” — Morey Amsterdam spect and courtesy. • Call them by name ometimes I wonder… • Look them in the eye Does anyone eat at home • Be ready to order when they anymore? As baby boomers, we were ask • Realize they have numerous part of that generation where tables to take care of meals at home, gathered around • When you arrive, wait at the the table, were entrance to be seated by the hostthe norm not the ess. In social situations, ladies exception. Today follow the hostess, men follow the I’m guessing, it’s ladies. Ladies are given the best the reverse. And why not eat view of the restaurant. If flatware out with the pleth- is not already in place, unroll your napkin, which will hold your ora of options to flatware. Put them in the proper feast on? On any place, knives and spoons on the given night we Everyday can dine at a five right, forks on the left. Then place your napkin on your lap. star establishEtiquette ment or a fast food • Close your menu to indicate you are ready to order. Each perfranchise. I’ve Julie Frantz son should look at the wait staff even convinced and give their order in a timely my husband that it’s cheaper to eat out than all that fashion. Adults should place the order for young children. While fuss of cooking at home. you wait for the food, this is the No matter what venue you time to converse with fellow choose there are courtesies that diners. must be extended on the part of • If you need to gain the attenthe patron and establishment. tion of your wait staff during the Two main thoughts to guide meal, do not snap your fingers or your dining experience as a yell “Hey, you!” Make eye conpatron are: 1. You are sharing this occasion tact and use their name. At the conclusion of the meal, place your with others. napkin to the left of your place • Turn off your cell phone and setting. Do not stack or clear dishput it away es. Ask for the check and discreet• Speak at a moderate level ly check the math. Calculate a 15 where only those at the table can percent tip based on reasonable hear you

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he recent egg recall was a wake up call. Eggs are one of the most versatile, nutritious and widely consumed food item. Unfortunately, the egg recall was large and many people got sick. Food travels far these days, and many products under different names come from the same large production plants, which increases the number of people affected by contamination and a recall. A single product can contain ingredients from many different production sites, sometimes making it difficult to trace the source of contamination. Contamination can occur at multiple points along the path of a food before it gets to our table. Peanut butter, wheat flour, frozen fruit, melon and romaine are all foods that have been subject to contamination and recall recently. The FDA is limited in the oversight of food safety, leaving much of the responsibility to the consumer. While the food we bring into our home has the risk of being contaminated, there are several steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of developing a foodborne illness. These safe food practices will allow us to continue

to enjoy delicious food and be nourished. 1. Cook foods thoroughly and use a thermometer to check temperatures. Bringing a food to the recommended temperature is known as the “kill step.” Even if there is pathogenic bacteria present on or in the food item prior to cooking, if the food reaches the recommended temperatures prior to being Movers and consumed, the bacteria will die and not cause Shakers illness. Do not consume undercooked foods, inMegan Baumler cluding over-easy eggs. 2. Foods that will be raw (fruits and vegetables) b eaten t ( should be washed thoroughly. Produce does not require a special wash — just plenty of water will eliminate any potential contaminants. 3. Prevent cross contamination by eliminating any contact between raw meats and foods that will not be cooked prior to eating. Prepare meats and poultry in a separate area

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“While the food we bring into our home has the risk of being contaminated, there are several steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of developing a foodborne illness.” or on a separate cutting board, and wash area and tools thoroughly with soap and hot water immediately after preparation. Anything that comes into contact with the raw meat or poultry, such as a spoon, bowl, counter, or hands, must be washed before touching anything else. 4. Wash hands and forearms with hot soapy water for 20 seconds, and dry thoroughly prior to working with food. If you have cuts or scrapes on your hands, use gloves, or do not participate in food preparation. Cuts or open wounds easily become infected with stapholococcus aureas, which can contaminate food. Do not touch your face or hair while participating in food prep. Wash hands frequently and most especially after using the bathroom. 5. Do not consume food that has been between 40-140 degrees Fahrenheit (“the danger zone”) for more than 2 hours. At this tempera-

ture for this duration of time, bacteria present in the food can multiply to an extent that if consumed, would make a person sick. While throwing out food can be painful, it is not nearly as painful as food poisoning can be. It is not worth the risk. 6. Follow directions exactly when canning foods at home, and only consume home canned gifted foods if you trust that the giver followed safe canning practices.The University of Minnesota Food Safety Extension has excellent modules on home canning and food safety that are short and easy to understand. Use these safe practices and enjoy the simple pleasure of food. Megan Baumler, PhD, RD, is a registered dietitian, adjunct professor, teaches clinical nutrition at the University of Minnesota and lives in White Bear Lake.

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No rallies during school time In response to the student walkouts on April 20 approved by Mounds View High School administration and the Chippewa Middle School principal, this demonstration on school time holds those administrators, teachers and the superintendent liable for misuse of public tax dollars, regardless of the rallies’ intent. School District 612 is not in the business of organizing political rallies; this is not why school tax dollars are being collected from the public. Maybe this is why our public school children fall behind private schools in math and English instruction. Students guilty of walking out of classes should be put on probation and students wanting to hold political rallies should be doing so on their own time. Chris Wolff Shoreview

The following students were named to the dean’s list or received academic honors at a college or university for the 2017 fall semester: Clemson University: Madison Stiglich of Shoreview. Wheaton College: Noah Kingsbury and Kylie Monson, both of Shoreview.

The following students graduated from a college or university in the fall of 2017: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater: Alexander Wocken of Shoreview, master of business administration. Justin Duffy, a senior from Mounds View High School, took part in the inaugural National Academic Quiz Tournaments Individual Player National Championship Tournament.

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SHOREVIEW AREA EVENTS COMPREHENSIVE PLAN accepted by their hauler, including household OPEN HOUSE

When: 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 and 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 17 Where: Shoreview City Council Chambers, 4600 Victoria St. N. Details: Drop-in opportunity to learn more about the Plan, provide comments and ask questions. Contact: shoreview mn.gov

SHOREVIEW MYSTERY EVENING BOOK GROUP

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 Where: Shoreview Library, 4560 N. Victoria St. Details: Contact the library for this month’s title. Contact: 651-724-6006

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hazardous waste. Contact: shoreview mn.gov

STREAMING WORKSHOP

When: 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, May 22 Where: Shoreview Community Center,4580 N. Victoria St. Details: Workshop covers how to connect to the internet, browse the web, research, purchase, download and install different apps to stream music and movies. Registration required. Contact: 651-490-4750 or shoreviewcommunity center.com

BINGO

When: 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 Where: Shoreview Community Center,4580 N. Victoria St. Details: For adults; $.25/card. Contact: 651-490-4750 or shoreviewcommunity center.com

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 Where: Shoreview City Council Chambers, 4600 Victoria St. N. Details: Learn how to create naturally beautiful, care-free landscapes using native plants, presented by Nancy Schumacher, The Vagary “SEVEN ARTISTS, Native Plant Nursery. SEVEN BAYS” Contact: 651-490-4665 ART EXHIBITION or shoreviewmn.gov When: During regular hours, through June 30 Where: Shoreview DESSERT & BINGO Community Center, 4580 When: 1:30-3 p.m. Victoria St N, Shoreview Tuesday, May 17 Details: Showcase of Where: Shoreview Community Center, 4580 seven area artists work in watercolor, acrylics, Victoria St. N. mixed media, wood carvDetails: $6/resident ing and photography on includes treats, prizes display in the Fireside and bingo. Register by Room of the Shoreview Feb. 12 Community Center. Contact: 651-490-4750 or shoreviewcommunity Free and open to the public. center.com Contact: info@gallery 96.org SHOREVIEW SPRING

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discuss issues or concerns. Call for an appointment. Contact: 651-490-4618 or shoreviewmn.gov

THE BRAIN BOX

When: 4-6 p.m. Thursdays Where: Shoreview Library, 4570 N. Victoria St. 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 rclreads.org When: 10:30-11 a.m. 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 rclreads.org

‘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 communitycenter.com

NEIGHBORHOODS NEARBY LAKESHORE PLAYERS: ‘INTO THE WOODS’

When: Through May 20; shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Where: Hanifl Performing Arts Center, 4941 Long Ave., White CLEANUP DAY When: 7 a.m.-noon MEET WITH THE MAYOR Bear Lake Details: Stephen Saturday, May 19 When: 3-5 p.m. most Sondheim’s fairy tale Where: Ramsey Tuesdays musical masterpiece County Public Works, Where: Shoreview combines some of your 1425 Paul Kirkwold Dr., City Hall, 4600 Victoria favorite tales: Jack and Arden Hills St. the Beanstalk, Little Red Details: Residents can Details: Meet with Riding Hood, Rapunzel bring garbage/refuse not Mayor Sandy Martin to and others and explores what happens after they live happily ever after. Tickets $19-$25. Contact: 651-429-5674 Week of May 6 – 12, 2018 or www.lakeshore players.com Editor’s note: Visit www.presspubs.com to read

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BIRDING BY BOAT

When: 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, May 17 Where: Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St., Lino Lakes Details: Access area other birders can’t get to and see a variety of waterfowl, shorebirds and upland bird species. Equipment provided. $10/adult; 17 and under free. Registration required. Contact: 763-324-3350 or anokacountyparks. com

Active Life Fair WHEN: 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, May 16

WHERE: Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N.

DETAILS: Free resource fair adults 55+ and caregivers to gather information regarding

ANNIE’S SWEDISH COFFEE PARTIES

When: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17 Where: Gammelgarden Museum, 20880 Olinda Trail N., Scandia Details: 3-course coffee party and tour of five historic buildings. $15/person; reservations required. Contact: 651-433-5054 or gammelgardenmuseum.org

TOUCH A TRUCK

When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 17 Where: Podvin Park, 1700 9th St., White Bear Lake Details: Kids can see and tour police squads, fi re trucks, big trucks, city street vehicles and more. Bring a food donation for the food shelf. Contact: whitebear lake.org

local programs and services about health, fitness and wellness opportunities, senior housing facilities, and retirement planning; also hearing checks and balance screens.

CONTACT: 651-490-4750 or www. shoreviewcommunitycenter.com

tion, 10:15 a.m. opening remarks, 10:30 a.m. walk begins. Resource fair, activities and prizes. Registration $20/adults; free for children. Contact: nystrom counseling.com/walka mile

GLOBAL 6K FOR WATER

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19 Where: Rice Creek Covenant Church, 125 Ash St. Lino Lakes Details: 6K walk/run is 3.73 miles, representing the average distance that people in the developing world walk for water. $50 registration fee provides clean water for one person. Register online. Contact: teamworld vision.org/ckc6k

Elmo Details: Free outdoor flea and crafter’s market. Contact: 715-557-1785 or rsgdevelopment.com/ fleamarket

FITNESS HIKE WITH HISTORY

When: 9-10 a.m. Saturday, May 19 Where: Washington County Historic Courthouse, 101 W. Pine St., Stillwater Details: Guided hike with fitness challenges and stair climbing along a route offering unique views and history highlights. Ages 13+. $10 suggested donation. Contact: co.washington.mn.us

SPRING OPEN HOUSE AT ARCOLA MILLS

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 19 Where: Arcola Mills, 12905 Arcola Trail N., When: 9 a.m.-noon Stillwater Saturday, May 19 LITERATURE LOVER’S Details: Event inNIGHT OUT Where: Roseville Library, 2180 N. Hamline cludes spring colors When: 7 p.m. Friday, photography shoot showAve. May 17 casing the work of local Details: 9th AnnuWhere: Grand Banphotographers 10 a.m.-2 al event hosted by the quet Hall, 301 S. 2nd St., p.m.; poetry meet and Friends of the RamStillwater greet with poets from the Details: Monthly event sey County Libraries local chapter of League supports the Summer features national and of Minnesota Poets. Reading Program at all local authors, refreshContact: arcolamills. branch locations, includments and prize drawing Shoreview and White org ings. Doors open at 6:30 Bear Lake. $27/adult or p.m. Cash bar available. $75/family by May 3; Reservations required; CANINE CARNIVAL $15/age 12 and under. $11/ticket. When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Prizes, activities, snacks Saturday, May 19 Contact: 651-430-3385 and T-shirt. or valleybookseller.com Where: Wildlife Contact: rclfriends. Science Center, 22830 org/5k2018 Sunrise Road NE, Stacy 3RD ANNUAL WALK A Details: Guest speakMILE IN HER SHOES ers, presentations on When: 8:30 a.m. Satur- STILLWATER resident wolves, demonFLEA MARKET day, May 19 strations of dog-related Where: Anoka City When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. activities, vendors. Dog Hall Plaza Saturday, May 19 and on leashes welcome. $10/ Details: Annual oneSunday, May 20 adults; $8/kids. mile walk fundraising Where: Washington Contact: wildlife event for Alexandra County Fairgrounds, sciencecenter.org House. 8:30 a.m. registra- 12300 40th St. N., Lake

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KIDS-MAKESCULPTURE WORKSHOPS When: 1 to 4 pm Saturday, May 26 Where: Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Franconia Details: Students ages 4-18 create sculptures with assistance of Franconia staff and artists. Contact: 651-257-6668 or kidsmakesculpture@ franconia.org

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Ramsey County Master Gardener’s Plant Sale WHEN: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 19

WHERE: The Barn, 2020 White Bear Ave., Maplewood DETAILS: Hundreds of plants for

12TH ANNUAL BREWERS BAZAAR When: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19 Where: Avalon Riverboat, 525 S. Main St., Stillwater Details: Sampling of more than 80 regional craft beers, food and live music. Tickets $45; fundraiser for Stillwater Sunrise Rotary. Contact: stillwater sunriserotary.org

sale, including perennials, native plants, annuals, and hosta, tended by expert gardeners. Ongoing presentations.

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May 20 Where: St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi Details: Performance of Haydn’s “Morning Symphony.” Tickets available at the SPCO box office. Contact: 651-291-1144 or thespco.org

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: STATE OF REAL ESTATE AND DECORATING FOR WORKHORSE 5K/10K When: Noon Saturday, SMALL SPACES

May 19 where: West Park, 2350 11th St., White Bear Lake Details: Family friendly event for all ages and abilities, benefits the Erickson Merkel Foundation to help students minimize student loan debt. Meal, beverages and lawn games follow the run. Register online, $35-$45/adults; $25-$35/ youth 14 and under. Contact: erickson merkel.org

WORLD FEST When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 19 Where: Town Square Park, 10802 Town Square Dr. NE, Blaine Details: Wide array of music, dance, cultural learning booths, demonstrations and ethnic foods. Bring a lawn chair. Contact: 763-717-2723 or blainemn.gov

ST. PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA When: 3 p.m. Sunday,

When: 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 Where: Vadnais Heights City Hall, 800 E. County Road E Details: Learn about real estate and how to decorate for small spaces from two local realtors in the program for seniors. Free; no registration required. Contact: 651-204-6000 or cityvadnaisheights. com

BLACK BEAR YACHT RACING ASSOCIATION TRAINING When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 Where: White Bear Lake City Hall, 4701 Highway 61 Details: Classroom training covers boat trailering, safety equipment, safety under sail, crew overboard preparedness, sailing rules, racing tactics and strategies. Open to the public. Contact: bbyra.com

LUNCH WITH A NATURALIST: INSECT DIVERSITY When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 Where: Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St., Lino Lakes Details: Bring a lunch and join a naturalist for a monthly presentation on local natural history and possibly a hike. Free. Ages 50+. Contact: 763-324-3350 or anokacountyparks. com

LUNCH AND TABLE GAMES When: Noon Wednesday, May 23 Where: Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 3676 Centerville Road, Vadnais heights Details: Seniors can bring a lunch and play games. Coffee and dessert provided. Contact: 651-204-6000 or cityvadnaisheights. com

When: Saturday, May 26 Where: Check-in at Water Street Inn, 101 Water St., Stillwater Details: Route is along the Gateway Trail and through downtown Stillwater, ending at Pioneer Park. Participants bussed from the Water Street Inn to the start of the race. Breakfast buffet follows. Contact: stillwater halfmarathon.com

SPRING TEA IN THE BARN When: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26 Where: Bruentrup Heritage Farm, 2170 County Road D East Details: Fundraiser for the Maplewood Area Historical Society includes a chef-inspired five-course meal paired with gourmet tea and silent auction. Theme is Minnesota History. Tickets $35; online. Contact: 651-330-3862 or https://squareup. com/store/maplewood-area-historicalsociety

TALLY’S DOCKSIDE SUMMER CONCERTS When: 6 to 9 pm Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, May 30Sept. 8 Where: Tally’s Dock-

side, 4440 Lake Ave. S. in White Bear Lake Details: Familyfriendly concerts; food and beverages available for sale. Contact: www.cg hooks.com for schedule of performers

‘10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL’ When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31 & June 7; 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 1 & 8; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2 & 9; 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3 & 10 Where: Hanifl Performing Arts Center, 4941 Long Ave., White Bear Lake Details: Novice and published playwrights worldwide submit new works; 10 are chosen to be performed by actors from across the Twin Cities. Contact: 651-429-5674 or www.lakeshore players.com

DRAGONFLY MONITOR TRAINING When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 3 Where: Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township Details: Public program for anyone want-

ing to learn more about our local dragonflies and damselflies and a volunteer training for those who want to learn how to monitor these species at Tamarack. Contact: 651-407-5350 or www.parks.co. ramsey.mn.us/tamarack

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

North Oaks • Residents were reported April 27 setting out piles of corn in yards on Edgewater Lane to feed the local ducks. Homeowners were advised that this sort of activity is against a city ordinance and in the future violators may be cited. • A prowler took a purse and a Galaxy S-7 smartphone from an unlocked vehicle belonging to a 49-year-old La Crosse, Wisconsin, woman April 28 that was parked on Leaf Wing Drive. While a squad was on the way, the fast-moving thief used a stolen credit card to purchase gasoline and a late-night snack. Authorities are taking a hard look at a neighbor’s video showing a pair of male teen suspects.

Shoreview • A 64-year-old local male resident stopped a deputy around noon on April 18 and asked him if he could take possession of a deceased wild turkey in the 1900 block of County Road I for “taxidermy purposes.” The resident was given the okay.

a couple arguing in the 4100 block of Lexington Avenue the morning of April 21 by separating them for the day. The man was back, however, the next day and threw his 23-year-old girlfriend to the floor and kicked her. The 26-year-old Minneapolis man was quickly on his way to the Ramsey County Jail on charges of domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct. • A bench next to the walking trail in McCullough Park was vandalized with spray paint over the weekend of April 22. The damage was reported by the 80-year-old resident who donated the funds to construct the bench. “I keep an eye on it,” he said. Authorities promised to refi nish the $585 bench. • A thief with an apparent Lego fetish ran out of the Lexington Avenue Target store the morning of April 22 with a cart fi lled with boxes of the little plastic construction pieces. The five sets of Legos are valued at $670. The 45-year-old St. Paul suspect has a date with the Shoreview city attorney next month regarding the theft.

• A driver was arrested April 19 when she failed to move over a lane in the 4500 block of Victoria Street after passing an emergency vehicle. The 53-year-old White Bear Lake woman was cited for violating the state’s Ted Foss Law, named in recognition of the state trooper killed by a passing motorist 17 years ago on Interstate 90.

• Passersby reported a public argument at Lexington Avenue and Ingerson Road the evening of April 22; the woman was on foot and the man following her was in a white van. An investigation proved neither to be cooperative, and the 27-yearold female had no permanent address. She was jailed on a misdemeanor warrant for DWI, and the male, age not given, was cited for expired registration on the white van, which was now parked illegally.

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• Pandemonium occurred at the Exxon gas station

the morning of April 23 when a 19-year-old local man began swinging a metal pipe around and screaming that he “wanted his money back.” Customers fled the scene, deputies arrived and the pipe-wielding man, who never made it clear what he was demanding a refund for, gave up 23 grams of the green leafy substance before heading for jail on a charge of “felony threats of violence.” • Check your debit card charges online frequently. A West Royal Oaks Drive resident did and found six transactions totaling $1,200 on April 23 that he had not made. An investigation is underway. • A man with a history of harassing a neighbor in the 3500 block of Owasso Street was at it again the afternoon of April 25 when he followed the woman in his vehicle until she called 911. The 72-year-old, who is nearly 40 years the victim’s senior, was arrested on a gross-misdemeanor stalking charge and booked into the Ramsey County Jail. • A 37-year-old man was awakened near midnight April 25 in the 900 block of Monterey Drive after he heard the sound of a tire being slashed and the sound of a car being driven away by an individual he suspected to be his ex-girlfriend. • A wild turkey was hit by a car April 27 on Hodgson Road. “Several other turkeys (in the area) are ‘freaking out’ about their friend,” according to a recent call for service report. • A resident on Lexington Avenue told a deputy April 27 about an injured blackbird in a fenced area nearby. The resident was provided with the phone number for the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville.

County adds more sexual assault advocates BY SARA MARIE MOORE EDITOR

ST. PAUL — Ramsey County will allocate more funds toward supporting victims of sexual assault. Two new sexual assault advocates will be added to the Ramsey County Public Health Department to help support victims through the process of bringing their case to court, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said at a recent press conference. The Ramsey County Board plans to allocate $225,000 to fund the new positions. The announcement was made in the wake of the release of a twoyear Ramsey County sexual assault systems review, which studied sexual assault cases as part of Ramsey County's “Start by Believing” campaign and sexual assault justice initiative launched in 2016. The study authored by Assistant County

Attorney Kaarin Long reviewed the ways the system could change to better support victims. The study found through research of victim services agencies and law enforcement that many victims drop out of the court process. “You will learn that victims oftentimes feel ashamed, embarrassed and might blame themselves,” Choi said. It is estimated about 20 percent of rapes are never reported. For the Ramsey County study, several law enforcement agencies in Ramsey County reported information from certain types of sexual assault cases from 2013-2016. The cases mostly involved victims age 13 or older with a suspect who was not a relative, but did include spouses. Six law enforcement agencies participated in the study, including the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office. In total, 646 assaults were documented, 110 of which were from the

YOU SHOULD KNOW: Ramsey County SOS Sexual Violence Services 24/7 crisis line: 651-266-1000

Ramsey County Sheriff's Office. About two-thirds of sexual assault investigations performed by police agencies are never presented to the attorney's office for review, Choi said. Of the total 646 cases investigated in the study, about 11 percent of them were charged. The office charged 37 percent of cases presented and 73 percent received convictions. Every case that went to trial resulted in a conviction, Choi said. A substantial number of victims have difficulty staying connected to the investigation, Choi said. Causes could include long waiting times and a lack of support for victims to stay engaged in the process. The county hopes the new victim advocates will help more victims

stay involved in the process. Funding of $287,000 is also being transferred from the county for two new sexual assault investigators in the St. Paul Police Department. “I know we can realize better outcomes for victims of sexual assault and we will hold more perpetrators accountable,” Choi said. The county currently has five sexual assault advocates. Its numbers will now be seven, said Anne Barry, Saint Paul and Ramsey County public health director. The county's SOS sexual violence services offers a 24/7 crisis line. Volunteers help on nights and weekends. If you have experienced a sexual assault, call 651-266-1000. The countywide campaign has reached out to college campuses and city councils across Ramsey County over the last two years to promote its message of taking sexual assault reports seriously.

Sheriff’s office nabs 46 during distracted driving campaign The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office gave 46 citations for distracted driving during a statewide campaign last month. Statewide, law enforcement cited 1,576 people for

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texting and driving April 9-22. A 42-year-old man was cited at I-694 and Rice Street for playing poker on his phone while driving. 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. Consequences are $50 plus court fees for a first offense and $275 plus court fees for a second and/ or subsequent offense. If you injure or kill someone because of texting and driving, you can face a felony charge of criminal vehicular operation or homicide. Texting citations in Minnesota climbed nearly 23 percent from 2016 to 2017. Distracted driving contributes to 1 in 5 crashes in Minnesota and an average of 59 deaths and 223 serious injuries each year, based on statistics from 2012 – 2016.


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their hometown, according to a University of Minnesota study released last year. Buyers are predominantly middle-aged, married men. In 2017, 111 ‘johns’ were convicted for offering to buy sex in the seven-county metro area, according to data from the State Court Administrator’s Office. Northeast metro residents are among those who have been caught and convicted for offering to buy sex across the Twin Cities during stings by law enforcement in recent years. They used to be called ‘john.’ Today, they have a name. Shoreview In February, Shoreview resident Vishal Sookhai, 42, was convicted for offering to hire a prostitute at a Bloomington hotel last summer. Sookhai was caught during a “john sweep” conducted by the Bloomington Police and St. Paul Police departments Aug. 24, according to court documents. The sting is designed to target people who buy sexual services online. An undercover female detective placed a suggestive advertisement on backpage.com with photos of another woman. Sookahi responded to the ad and came to the specified hotel. He paid $100 for half an hour of services. Sookhai was then arrested by undercover backup officers. Sookhai pleaded guilty Feb. 27 to a charge of hiring, offering or agreeing to hire prostitution in a public place, a gross misdemeanor. He was fined $750 and sentenced to a two-year probation. Shoreview resident Christopher Joseph Heinze, 43, was convicted for agreeing to hire for prostitution someone he reasonably believed was under age 18 in 2017, according to court documents. Heinze responded to a juvenile escort ad placed online by undercover officers in 2016. They informed him the prostitute was 16 years old and he requested sexual services. Officers gave Heinze an undercover apartment address in Maple Grove, where he arrived and was subsequently arrested. A forensic analysis of Heinze’s phone showed he was communicating with undercover officers. Heinze was charged with a felony and pleaded guilty. He was convicted of a gross misdemeanor and sentenced to a two-year probation. He was given 60 days in the workhouse, with 305 days stayed if he successfully completes his probation terms. He was fi ned $3,300 with $2,300 of it stayed. He was also required to receive therapy and undergo a psychosexual evaluation. Vadnais Heights Jerome Christopher Burts, 28, of Vadnais Heights, was arrested during a sting by the Inver Grove Heights Police Department conducted with the assistance of a special agent with Homeland Security. Burts responded via email to an online ad in 2016 suggesting juvenile sex was for sale. A Homeland Security agent responded that it would cost $50-100 for various sexual services and that the girl was 15 years old, 5-foot-3-inches and 105 pounds. Burt continued communication via email, text and phone calls, directing Burt to a hotel room in Inver Grove Heights. Burts, who lived in Hugo at the time, was arrested when he arrived at the hotel. He admitted to talking with a girl on Craigslist and that he came to the hotel to “have sex or whatever.” Burts was charged with prostitution and prostitution in a public place. He pleaded not guilty to both charges. He was convicted of misdemeanor prostitution in 2017; the second gross misdemeanor charge was dismissed.

THE TOWNS OF ‘JOHNS’ CONVICTED IN RAMSEY COUNTY IN 2017

Lino Lakes Circle Pines Blaine Hugo Stillwater

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Maple Grove Minneapolis

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Greater Minnesota and beyond: Litchfield Mora Peterson Prescott, Wisconsin

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Trafficking

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Most sex buyers, aka ‘johns’, buy sex between 30 and 60 miles from their hometown, according to a University of Minnesota study released last year. Northeast metro residents recently convicted of offering to buy prostitution in the seven-county metro area have traveled as far as Bloomington.

He was sentenced to one year of probation and three days in jail. He was fined $300. Lino Lakes In January, Lino Lakes resident John Paul Super, 54, was convicted for offering to hire a prostitute at a Bloomington hotel last summer. Super responded to an undercover ad on backpage.com with stock photos of scantily clad females and asked what $200 would get him, according to court documents. An officer responded he could have “both of us beautiful women for an hour.” When Super arrived at the hotel, he received the room number from officers and laid out money by the TV. An undercover female officer asked the defendant if he wanted “full service,” and Super said “sure.” The undercover officer then gave a predetermined signal to other officers and Super was arrested. Super pleaded guilty in January to a charge of hiring, offering or agreeing to hire prostitution in a public place, a gross misdemeanor. He was sentenced to two years of probation and fined $450. Circle Pines Circle Pines resident Shouching Chao, 63, was convicted last year for offering to hire a prostitute at a hotel in Coon Rapids. Chao was initially charged with a felony for offering to hire an hour of sexual services from a 14-year-old for $125, according to court documents. He was arrested during a sting by law enforcement at a Coon Rapids hotel in 2015. The sting was focused on those seeking to buy sex from minors. Chao was one of the potential customers who responded to an online ad and agreed via text to pay $125 for an hour of services with a 14-year-old. When he arrived at the hotel, he had $125 in cash. Chao retained a lawyer. He maintained that he did not pay attention or realize that the person was underage and was simply coming for a massage. However, he told the undercover officer to prepare a condom when the officer asked him to bring one, according to a text message. He pleaded guilty in 2016 to a charge of hiring, offering or agreeing to hire prostitution in a public place. His conviction was deemed a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $700. He was required to perform 20 hours of community service; 90 days in jail was stayed for successfully completing the terms of his probation. He volunteered at a food shelf.

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Blaine Blaine resident Hajrudin Sazic, 58, was convicted last year for offering to hire a prostitute on a street in Minneapolis. Sazic was arrested when an undercover officer acted as a decoy prostitute near Lake Street East and 13th Avenue S. in 2016, according to court documents. Sazic reportedly drove past the undercover officer, made eye contact, nodded at her several times and waved for her to follow him down the street. He pulled his vehicle over and waved for her to open the door. The undercover officer asked him if he was looking for a date. He said yes. The undercover officer asked if he wanted sex and he smiled and nodded. The undercover officer told him it would be $50, and he smiled and nodded. Sazic pleaded guilty in 2017 to a charge of hiring, offering or agreeing to hire prostitution in a public place, a gross misdemeanor. “I offered to pay for sex to a woman I believed to be a prostitute,” was written in his petition to enter a guilty plea. He was convicted and sentenced to a two-year probation. About a year in the workhouse is stayed if he successfully completes the terms of his probation. He was fined $2,000. He was sentenced to five days of service in lieu of $500 of the fine. Charges of loitering with intent to participate in prostitution and loitering with intent to solicit an act prohibited by law were dismissed as part of a

plea agreement. Blaine resident Justin Taylor Dentz, 28, was convicted this winter for offering to hire a 15-year-old girl for sex during a prostitution sting in Maple Grove. Dentz responded to an online ad on backpage.com posted by undercover officers via text last year, asking how much it would cost for a certain type of sex. The undercover officer responded that it would cost $120 per hour. The undercover officer stated she was almost 16. When Dentz arrived at the indicated address in Maple Grove, he had $120 in cash. Dentz initially pleaded not guilty to a charge of hiring, offering or agreeing to hire prostitution from a 13- to 16-year-old, a felony. He later pleaded guilty. In an interview with law enforcement, he had admitted he agreed to pay $120 for sex from a girl who identified as being 15 years old. He retained an attorney, who stated that Dentz has responded to the incident by expressing remorse, pursuing treatment and making efforts to regain his “true north.” He was diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) by Veterans Affairs. He was convicted in December of a misdemeanor and sentenced to two years of probation. He was required to perform 15 days of service or spend 60 days in the workhouse. He completed 15 days of service. He was also required to receive a psychological evaluation and counseling, attend a sex offender program, not possess any sexually explicit material and not have any unsupervised contact with minor females except relatives. He was fined $200. The state prosecutor has appealed the lower conviction.

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SHOREVIEW — A new apartment and townhome development in the northern part of the city received approval from the City Council May 7. The 18.5-acre parcel is located near I-35W and Rice Creek Parkway, in the Rice Creek Corporate Park area. “It is our last remaining large vacant parcel in the city,” said City Planner Kathleen Castle. “It would expand housing choices in the city and would expand our rental options, especially in the northern end of town.” The parcel was slated to be a north campus of Children’s Hospital but the hospital sold the land as it was no longer interested in a campus at the site. JPL Development proposed a residential and commercial use of the land to the City Council last year. The council expressed some concerns about the density of the project, which proposed 74 townhomes, 312 apart-

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New fi re truck for Lake Johanna Fire Department The Lake Johanna Fire Department (LJFD) received its new fire truck. It was purchased jointly by the cities of Shoreview, Arden Hills and North Oaks. In 2016, a fire truck committee, made up of six to eight firefighters, spent several months determining the exact

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signed grill. It is an American fl ag with a thin red line in the center line of the fl ag that says “Lake Johanna” and is backlit in red. This “thin red line fl ag” carries special meaning for all fi refighters and their families and friends. Firefighters live with peril every day, and

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Petro Alex, a junior in his fifth varsity season, heads the Mustang lineup.

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World Triathlon Ken Hola of Shoreview, recently qualified for the October World Triathlon Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. A triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile marathon. Ken placed first in the 75-79 age group at the April Ironman North American Championships in Houston, Texas which qualified him for the world championships. He competed with his son Tim who has completed 16 Ironman World Triathlon Championships.

Mounds View tennis has been taking on the top teams in the metro area and coming out on top. In fact, the Mustangs are 16-1 and ranked No. 1 in Class 2A. “Yes, we are having a good year. Number one in the state. We are very excited,” said Petro Alex, a five-year veteran who plays No. 1 singles. “It should be an interesting state tournament.” If the Mustangs avoid upset in the sectionals, they’ll try to improve on the last three years at state when they’ve been runner-up once and fi nished third twice. Ranked teams the Mustangs have

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Mustang trackmen earn 14th consecutive state trip in true-team Mounds View boys track earned its 14th consecutive berth in the state trueteam meet, and 27th overall, by winning their section at home Tuesday, May 9. The Mustangs — scoring heavily in relays, pole vault, throws and hurdles —amassed 1063 points, followed by Roseville Area 965, Irondale 858.5, Minneapolis Southwest 606.5, Minneapolis Washburn 573.5, North St. Paul 543.5, St. Paul Central 515, Minneapolis South 380, and Cretin-Derham Hall 283. The state true-team meet will be held in Stillwater on Friday. Mounds View has won state six times, most recently in 2015. Bruce Strand

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(triple jump, 32-8 1/2), Lizzie Kauls (100 hurdles, 17.42) and Isabelle Schrab (discus, 108-4). Placing fifth were Maya Koffski (300 hurdles, 51.56) and Mari Coltvet (long jump, 16-1). In relays, the Mustangs were second in the 4x100 (49.96), third in the 4x400 (4:18.63), third in the 4x800 (10:18.58), fourth in the 4x200 (1:51.40).

The Mustangs had 16 hits in an 11-8, eight-inning win under the lights at Forest Lake, led by Carter Traczyk (4-for-4, two RBI’s). Bahn struck out nine in four innings, and Bateman fanned five in three innings, for a total of 14 K’s to lead a 2-1 win over Irondale. Bahn had both RBI’s on a ground out and sac fly. Pitching-rich Stillwater beat the Mustangs 5-3 Monday, when Will Frisch and Drew Gilbert combined for 12 strikeouts, and 6-0 Thursday, when Gilbert fanned 13. The Mustangs kept the first game close, helped by Jack Zieske knocking in two runs with an infield hit, on a 3-2 count and two outs. Park, previously winless, beat Mounds View 3-2 despite the Mustangs getting seven walks, four hits and nine stolen bases. John Solfest was a tough-luck losing pitcher on a four-hitter.

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Aleah Keske took second in shot put (37-1 1/4) and third in discus (120-11). Also placing second was Lilly Nowatzke (300 hurdles, 49.59). Placing third were Taylor Siebenaler (100 dash, 13.23), Marya Schuelke (high jump, 5-2), and Zoe Witham (pole vault, 100). Placing fourth were Morgan Dahl (1600 run, 5:25.40), Lizzy Rydberg

Mounds View baseball honored the organization that nurtured them as ballplayers, and the teachers who nurtured them in classrooms, last week, while posting a 2-3 record Saturday through Friday. The Mustangs had Shoreview Area Youth Baseball (SAYB) Day against Irondale, paying tribute to the organization in which players on both teams got their start. Dozens of young players were on hand, and the Mustangs wore their old SAYB jerseys in the field in the fi rst inning. Teacher Recognition Day was held when they played Park of Cottage Grove. Each senior selected a teacher or staff member who made a significant impact on them. The teachers threw a ceremonial fi rst pitch to their student, who then autographed the ball for the teacher to keep.

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Julie Fixsen of the Mustangs took second in three events, including long jump (above) and won pole vault.

Lewis Sheaffer, and Samuel Ronneberg; juniors Kenneth Diao and Michael Cao; freshman Peter Culp; and eighth-graders Christo Alex and Johnny Yue. “I rotate players around depending on who we are playing. I mix the players up in singles and doubles.” The Mustangs, who’ve won the Suburban East Conference title, will take on Blake again, at home, on Tuesday to close the regular season. They’ll start team sectionals Thursday.

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Mounds View girls track finished a close second in the Section 5AA true-team meet at home on May 9, just missing qualifying for the state meet. Roseville Area scored 1038.5 points, the Mustangs 1011, and Washburn 864, for the top three slots among nine teams. “We knew it was going to be a very close competition with Roseville,” said Aaron Redman, co-head coach with Scott Yikanen. “Overall it came down to the fact that they competed better then we did. We had a couple areas where we did not perform as well as we needed. Need to use that as motivation for our next competition.” Mustang junior Julia Fixsen, who leads the state honor roll with a 13-9 pole vault, won that event by two feet with 136. Fixsen was also second in long jump (16-11), 100 hurdles (15.95) and high jump (5-4).

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“THE 12TH MAN” (NR) (4) [SUBTITLED] — After the Gestapo capture eleven Norwegian resistance fighters (Vegar Hoel, Daniel Frikstad, Håkon T. Nielsen, Eirik Risholm Velle, Eric Dirnes, et al.), who were trained in Scotland, in March 1943 in this gripping, intense, factually based, well-acted, gut-wrenching, 135-minute thriller based Petter Skavlan’s novel, last tenacious, stubborn surviving Norwegian team member Jan Baalsrud (Thomas Gullestad) is helped throughout his harrowing journey by many brave people (Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Marie Blokhus, Kim Jøran Olsen, et al.) as he struggles to evade an ambitious Nazi officer (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and his men to make it to neutral Sweden with vital information during WWII.

“DISOBEDIENCE” (R) (3) [SOME STRONG SEXUALITY.] — After her estranged Orthodox Jewish rabbi father (Nicholas Woodeson) suddenly dies of pneumonia in this well-acted, multilayered, bittersweet, unevenly paced, star-dotted (Anton Lesser and Allan Corduner), 114-minute film based on Naomi Alderman’s novel, a liberated, passionate, bisexual New York City photographer (Rachel Weisz) heads to London for the funeral despite being shunned years earlier and tries to rekindle a relationship with a repressed schoolteacher (Rachel McAdams) who is in a stifling marriage to a strict rabbi Jewish rabbi (Alessandro Nivola).

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TORNADO: 5,000 to 7,000 trees lost across the city earlier in the day before the tornado hit. The house was destroyed. Trees were downed across the northeast metro but there were no deaths or injuries. “We were so lucky we didn’t have any fatalities and no real injuries,” Martin said. “I think we learned trees can be replanted, but we were fortunate because we didn’t have any fatalities. You can rebuild houses and people in your neighborhood can help.” Shoreview received state and federal support due to about $500,000 in public damage. The long and narrow city, which runs north and south, had sustained most of the damage from the tornado, Martin said. “There was straight-line wind damage all around the city,” Schwerm said. “It was declared a disaster area by FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency).” Neighboring cities came together during the disaster. Vadnais Heights fi refighters volunteered to give 150 Lake Johanna fi refighters a break in the wake of the tornado, reported the Shoreview Press. “These kinds of things remind you what community is all about,” Martin said. “The night of the event and next day a number of other cities offered to help us do work,” Schwerm remembered. “It really shows what a community spirit or regional spirit that our neighboring communities have.”

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The city chipped wood for six weeks, Martin remembered: “Chipping and chipping and chipping.” Mulch was made available to residents and some of the chipped debris went to a facility to be processed for fuel. The city hosted a tree sale that spring considering so many trees had been lost; it continues to this day, Maloney said. About 200 trees were downed in Snail Lake Regional Park. The park had just been redeveloped by Ramsey County the year before with a parking lot that wound

age, reported the Pioneer Press. Restaurants and the Red Cross provided food for displaced families. A few families accepted Red Cross assistance to stay in a hotel. Between 5,000 and 7,000 trees were lost. “For the next couple of years, there were literally thousands of roof replacements all around the city,” Schwerm said. Homes in North Oaks, Lino Lakes and Circle Pines were also destroyed or damaged, reported the Pioneer Press. One family in Lino Lakes had just closed on their new home

around the park’s 100-yearold oak trees, reported the Pioneer Press. The county had worked hard to protect oak trees on the site from being uprooted, per public request. The tornado uprooted them instead. “There were trees down all over the park which they had worked to protect,” remembered City Manager Terry Schwerm. The park’s year-old pavilion was also destroyed. Shoreview was rebuilding for at least a year. Nineteen homes were destroyed, 130 were severely damaged and about 400 had minor dam-

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