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Craig Waldron leaving Oakdale for new digs

Oakdale City Administrator Craig Waldron is leaving the city after this summer to teach at Hamline University. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Longtime city administrator will teach at Hamline full-time starting this fall
When Craig Waldron took a job as Oakdale’s city administrator in 1993, he had no idea he would still be at the helm over 20 years later. But when he took the reigns, the city quickly blossomed into its growth heyday and Waldron became spellbound with his work in the community and never looked back.


Rush Line Corridor to host open house

A pair of meetings set to discuss alternative routes
A pair of open houses will take place to gather public input for the Rush Line Corridor pre-development project, a light-rail and bus transit project study that will review a pair of proposed routes through the St. Paul suburbs.


Ramsey County authorizes purchase of Vadnais Sports Center

In about a month, Ramsey County will be able to boast a good-as-new sports complex as its newest addition to the Parks and Recreation Department.
At its May 27 meeting, the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners voted 6-1 to authorize county manager Julie Kleinschmidt to purchase the Vadnais Sports Center for $9.8 million. The county also authorized the purchase of two adjacent commercial lots which could be developed for $752,000.


Maplewood Moose Lodge looks to future

The Maplewood Moose Lodge has experienced a decline in membership in recent years, but many dedicated members are thinking about new ways to draw new members, and keep the fraternal and service organization relevant. (Photos by Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Membership down, but dedicated
Leaders of the Maplewood Moose Lodge recently have been thinking about ways to attract new members, in order to bolster its more than 100-year-old missions to serve the community and establish fellowship.


Yocum Oil sold

Yocum Oil truck is parked by the company's headquarters on Stillwater Road in Maplewood (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Long-deliberated decision has led to the sale of Maplewood family business
Longtime Maplewood staple, Yocum Oil, has been sold.
Mansfield Energy Corporation, based out of Georgia, and Minnesota-based Lubrication Technologies Inc. announced Tuesday, May 6 they have acquired the commercial fuels, lubricants, and solutions businesses of the family-owned corporation.


North St. Paul offering medicine drop box

A medicine drop box is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at North St. Paul City Hall. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

It’s a safer way to dispose of unused, unwanted medicine
Prescription drug abuse has been an issue for a number of years, but has really spiked since 2000, especially among young people.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription medications make up 37 percent of abused drugs among high school seniors. The study also says one in nine people between the ages of 12 and 25 have used prescription medications for non-medical purposes within the past year.


622 approves settlements, teacher layoffs

At its Tuesday, April 22 meeting, the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board approved a settlement on an outstanding contract with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 70 and District 622.
A settlement was also approved between the school district and the Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 12, which covers education assistants.


Maplewood Rainbow Foods is sold

Maplewood Rainbow Foods bought by SuperValu, will keep its name

Rainbow Foods, for the most part, will be no more in Minnesota.
The supermarket chain’s parent company, Roundy’s, announced May 7 it would be selling 18 of its 27 Rainbow stores. Twin Cities-based SuperValu is buying 10 Rainbows and turning them into Cub Foods stores.
Six locations, including the one in Maplewood, will remain a Rainbow Foods under new ownership.


Just like summer - photo

Linda Baumeister/Review

Brody, Roy, Mira, and Gavin sail down the Giant Slide out at Presentation Church Spring Festival May 3.  It was a kiddie land of rides for youngsters all weekend.


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