Monitor Saint Paul Serving the Midway, Como and North End neighborhoods of St. Paul Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:17:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 First & First plans creative campus in St. Paul’s Midway Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:17:05 +0000 FirstandFirstPhotoFrom THE LINE

The innovative developer that brought Minneapolis such imaginative properties as The Broadway, Aria and Icehouse Plaza is taking on its biggest project yet with its first venture into St. Paul. First & First is moving ahead with the redevelopment of a 5.5-acre, multi-structure property at 550 Vandalia Street in the Creative Enterprise Zone to be known as Vandalia Tower—a nod to the old water tower that will become a focal point of the property.

Founder and head visionary Peter Remes says he plans to transform the property into a dynamic campus housing an array of creative tenants from woodworkers to graphic designers, artists, architects and more. He says negotiations are also underway with potential craft brewers and restaurants. One of the defining features of the campus will be what Remes describes as a “secret garden” courtyard in the center of the complex.

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Report your local potholes! Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:25:30 +0000 April2014IOC_PotholesWith the warming weather, the current challenge to St Paul’s streets are potholes. There are three easy ways to report potholes and other damage to St Paul streets:

—use the free “St Paul Connect” mobile app for your smart phone, which can be downloaded free from the Apple Store and Google Play;

—use the online reporting form at; or

—call 651-266-9700.

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HM Elders plan monthly programs Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:24:30 +0000 April2014IOC_HmalineMidwayEldersA series of joint-friendly exercise classes for seniors, led by Joni O’Connell, continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3pm through May 8. Sessions are offered at no cost and are held at Hamline Methodist Church, 1514 Englewood Ave. Seniors are encouraged to join this class at any time. Contact Hamline Midway Elders at or 651-209-6542 to register or for more information.

“Riding the New Light Rail” will be the topic for the Tues., May 13 luncheon sponsored by Hamline Midway Elders. Doug Cook from Metro Transit will share information about the light rail slated to begin service in June. The luncheon is held at Hamline Methodist Church, 1514 Englewood Ave. and begins at 11:30am. Free blood pressure checks are provided, and free transportation can be provided to seniors in the Hamline Midway neighborhood. For more information, please contact Hamline Midway Elders at or 651-209-6542 to register or for more information.

The Caregivers Support Group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30–8pm at Hamline Methodist Church, 1514 Englewood Ave. This group is designed for caregivers to find support and exchange information, and is facilitated by Hamline Midway Elders staff and trained volunteers. There is no cost to participate, and the group is open to anyone caring for older adults or persons of any age with special needs. Refreshments are provided. Contact Monica at or 651-209-6542 for more information.

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HU Law Professor honored as Fellow Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:23:25 +0000 April2014IOC_HamlineLaw

Hamline University School of Law Associate Professor Laura Hermer, J.D., LL.M.

Hamline University School of Law Associate Professor Laura Hermer, J.D., LL.M., has been chosen by Georgia State University College of Law and its Center for Law Health & Society as one of 10 faculty fellows to participate in the “Future of Public Health Law Education: Faculty Fellowship Program.”

Hermer and her nine colleagues chosen for the fellowship will develop interdisciplinary courses and programs in public health law at their respective universities during the fellowship year. Their projects will strengthen interdisciplinary education in public health law and promote collaborations with public health agencies and organizations in the fellows’ communities.

In connection with a new medical-legal partnership between Hamline Law and St. Paul’s United Family Medicine, Hermer will work with medical practitioners and Hamline Law students in a medical-law clinic to develop a new Hamline Law course examining the interrelationships between law, socioeconomic determinants of health and public health. The medical-legal partnership will offer legal services to lower-income United Family Medicine patients who have legal needs that directly or indirectly impact their health.

“The fellowship will bring me together with a select group of experienced public health law faculty from around the nation who are also developing cutting-edge, innovative public health curricula at their home institutions,” Hermer said. “Through the curriculum developed during my fellowship, Hamline Law students will work in partnership with an interdisciplinary group of health care and other professionals to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between the law, health and socioeconomic determinants of health, and acquire tools that will help them become effective advocates for their clients and social change.”

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Local 2nd grader gets national grant Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:21:34 +0000 April2014IOC_RibbonJohan Rafael (Rafa) Bastida-Rickmyer, a 2nd Grader from Great River Montessori School (1326 Energy Park Dr.) has been awarded a Sodexo Foundation Youth Grant through Youth Service America. The grant will support Bastida-Rickmyer in leading a community service project that addresses the issue of childhood hunger.

Service activities will take place on Apr. 24 on Global Youth Service Day—the largest volunteering and service event in the world. Bastida-Rickmyer is partnering with Merrick Community Services, a food shelf supporting 150 families per week.

This is his second year winning the grant. Last year’s project delivered over 400 pounds of food and a check for over $200 to help fill the gap where budget cuts had caused families in need to go without. Courtney Roessler, the director of the food shelf was grateful that once again, her organization would receive additional help when they really need it most.

One-hundred grants were awarded to youth-led projects that aim to reduce childhood hunger in local communities throughout America. Grantees educate and mobilize their peers around the issue, creating solutions to end childhood hunger.

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Keystone schedules senior events Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:18:30 +0000 April2014IOC_KeystoneKeystone Community Services is sponsoring a group of programs over the next month at Merriam Park Community Center, 2000 St. Anthony Ave. Among the programs are:

—A Beginner Bridge Class will be held four Monday evenings beginning Apr. 21, 6:30-8pm. Cost is $8.

—A Beginning Drawing Art Class will be held three Tuesday afternoons (Apr. 22, 29 and May 13) from 1-2:30pm. Cost is $8.

—Chess Class for Beginners will be held on four Tuesdays from 12-1:30pm beginning Apr. 22. Cost is $5.

—Bonnie Blanchette will present “Healing Through Gardening” on Tues., May 6, 7-8pm. Blanchette is a recipient of the National Gardener Writers Award and her photographs have been featured on the covers of many gardening magazines. The cost is $5 and you should call 651-645-7424 to register for this presentation.

—AARP Smart Drive Refresher Classes will be held on Tues., Apr. 29 from 5-9pm and on Tues., May 13 from 9:30am-1:30pm. The cost is $18 for each class, and you should call to register.

Please call Keystone Senior Program located at the Merriam Park Community Center, 2000 St. Anthony Ave. (651-645-7424) with any questions, to register for any of these programs or for a copy of the Keystone Senior Hi-Lites.

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Tech Dump set May 10 at Hamline United Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:17:09 +0000 April2014IOC_TechDumpHamline Church United Methodist and Tech Dump will co-host a Tech Dump on Sat., May 10, 9am-1pm at the church parking lot on Minnehaha Avenue between Simpson and Asbury. The event is a great way to get rid of electronic waste (no appliances this year) and it also raises funds for the church as free will donations are accepted. Tax receipts are available.

There are charges for some items due to the materials they contain. For example, charges are $15 for TVs and monitors with CVTs of less than 30 inches in size, $25 for TVs and monitors larger than 30 inches, $35 for console TVs and $45 for rear projection TVs.

Items that can be disposed of for free include game consoles, cell phones and PDAs, LED and LCD flat panel monitors and TVs, cords, cables, mice, switches, routers, hubs, CPUs, memory and disk drives, laptops and desktop computers, satellite, cable and TiVo receivers, peripheral cards and hardware, and anything else with a battery or cord.

For questions call Tech Dump at 763-432-3117, ext. 1.


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Murray Middle School excels at state science fair Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:16:10 +0000 April2014IOC_ScienceFairStudents at Murray Middle School, 2200 Buford Ave., have had a long tradition of doing science fairs at school (since the 80s), taking the students to the region and state level. No other St. Paul public school was so strongly represented at this year’s 77th annual Minnesota Academy of Science State Fair, Mar.30-Apr. 1 in Bloomington. Under teachers Nick Altringer and Tim Chase, the students garnered the following 2014 awards:

–Valerie Bares, was awarded a Middle School Paper Award (Grade 7) for “How do winter temperatures affect the germination and growth of the tar spot fungus?”

–Isak Stillwell-Jardin, was awarded a Middle School Paper Award (Grade 7) for “Does the Flavor of Mint Affect the Amount of Mouth Bacteria?”

–Grand Awards-Bronze, was awarded to Lily Xiong for “How does the amount of ammonium nitrate affect the temperature of water?”

–Gayathri Dileepan, received 3 awards for “Harmful Hamburgers”: Seagate Emerging Scientist Award; Grand Awards-Silver; and a Broadcom Masters Award.

–Daniel Ellis, received 3 awards for “How does the temperature of a tuning fork affect its frequency?”: Seagate Emerging Scientist Award; a Grand Awards-Gold; and a Broadcom Masters Award.

–Forrest Ahrens, also received 3 awards for “How Does the Strength of the Permanent Magnetic Field of an Electric Motor Affect the Rotations Per Minute (RPM) of the Motors Armature?”: Seagate Emerging Scientist Award; Grand Awards-Gold; and a Broadcom Masters Award.


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