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SSP officer arrested in Rosemount

A longtime South St. Paul police officer was arrested in Rosemount last week on suspicion of driving under the influence and fleeing from police in his car.
Rosemount police said they arrested Sgt. Cory Slifko, a 13-year veteran of the South St. Paul department, June 11 around 10:30 a.m. for probable cause DUI and fleeing officers in a motor vehicle.

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Jun

The end of an East Side mainstay


St. John’s Catholic Church Parishioners attend an 8 a.m weekday mass on Wednesday, June 12. Located at 977 E. 5th St., the church has been holding daily mass since it opened in 1922. The parish will hold its last mass on Sunday, June 30. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

The charming old church at 977 E. Fifth St. has been around a long time.
Opened up in 1922, St. John's has since held Mass nearly every single day no matter what the weather -- rain, shine, snow or sleet. In all it's probably held over 32,000 days of Mass.
But its streak is about to end.

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17
Jun

Priest will retire after 85th birthday, but hopes not to slow down


Fr. Welzbacher is ready for the next chapter in his long career. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

On Thursday, June 13, the Rev. George Welzbacher turned 85 years old. He’s been a Roman Catholic priest for 62 years, most recently at St. John’s Catholic Church on the East Side. And with the closing of St. John’s on June 30, he’ll be going into retirement, nominally at least.
Though he’ll be moving into senior housing owned by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, he intends to keep busy, helping out at a St. Louis Park church among other things.

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17
Jun

School shuffle


Parkway Elementary, which housed L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion school, will be converted into a Montessori elementary school this summer. (photos courtesy of St. Paul Public Schools)

The Ames and Prosperity buildings where L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion school is relocating have been updated, shined and polished. They’re more or less ready for the 2013-2014 school year.
With school out Friday, June 7, the old French Immersion building, known as Parkway, is going to get a makeover.

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17
Jun

Picking up on Payne


Luiz Balderra, going into his senior year at Washington Tech Magnet High School, pulls out a giant weed bush in a parking lot garden bed along Payne Avenue on Monday, June 10. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

It was the first official day of summer, the Monday after school got out.
Likely, most kids spent it around the house, watching TV or on the computer, or maybe playing around the neighborhood.
But some kids from Washington Tech Magnet High School had a different plan.
Donning “East Side Pride” T-shirts, they pulled up heaps of weeds, picked up trash and planted flowers along Payne Avenue on Monday, June 10.
“I’d rather do this than play video games,” said Daniel Roeun, who will be a senior at Washington Tech next fall.

Thu
13
Jun

Washington County begins accepting same-sex marriage license applications

Following legislation legalizing same-sex marriage that Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law on May 14, Washington County began accepting same-sex marriage license applications on Thursday, June 6. Licenses will not be issued until Thursday, Aug. 1. Also beginning that day, Minnesota will recognize legal marriages of same-sex couples that took place in other states.

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13
Jun

Shots fired near Payne and Case

Police responded to reports of gunshots near the intersection of Payne and Case avenues on Monday, June 3, in the daytime.

Wed
12
Jun

On-site clinic opens next week in North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District


District 622 School Board Chair Amy Coborn and Physician Assistant Ue Thao had the honor of cutting the ribbon at the new clinic in the district education building. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District employees will no longer have to travel to receive routine healthcare services.
District 622 will open its on-site medical clinic through HealthPartners’ Well@Work program on June 17. The clinic is available for use by district employees, retirees over 65 and employee dependents with HealthPartners health insurance.
“We are excited about it,” superintendent Patty Phillips said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our employees to receive health care. Wellness of our staff is very important to us.”

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12
Jun

Shedding light on area shallow lakes

On June 4, the Valley Branch Watershed District held a community meeting to present plans to conduct a study of five shallow lakes and one creek within the watershed. Sunfish, Eagle Point and Horseshoe lakes in Lake Elmo, Silver Lake in North St. Paul, Maplewood and Oakdale, Lake Edith in Afton and Kelle’s Coulee in St. Mary’s Point are the focus of the study, which began a year ago in June 2012.
Jennifer Koehler, an engineer with Barr Engineering, Inc. who is working with the VBWD for the study, explained that these bodies of water are cause for concern because they do not meet state water-quality standards.

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12
Jun

Sizzling discussion at this year’s Eggs ‘n Issues breakfast

Last week, city, school board and county officials came together for a meal and a healthy discussion on what’s happening in the community.
The Oakdale Business and Professional Association hosted its annual Eggs ‘n Issues breakfast June 6 at Oak Marsh Golf Course, and it was the second year of a new format for the event. State legislators were grilled at last year’s event before an intense November election, and this year it was county and city officials’ turn to discuss issues facing their communities.

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