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Tuj lub coming to Keller Regional Park


Ramsey County Parks & Recreation is set to begin construction on four new tuj lub courts at Keller Regional Park.

Tuj lub (pronounced too-loo), or top-spin, is a traditional Hmong top-spinning game played on a grass field about the size of a tennis court. Two teams of six people compete to knock over spinning tops and stationary targets from a distance of 10 to 75 feet.

The new courts will offer a formal playing surface to many in the local community who already use the grassy areas of the park as a makeshift site for tuj lub games and tournaments.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for the new courts at 5 p.m., September 16 at Keller Regional Park.

Establishing the new courts was a combined effort between Ramsey County and the City of Maplewood Parks and Recreation Department. Partial funding for the project was supplied by the state Legacy Fund.

St. Paul man looking out for neighbor ends up being beaten, car stolen

A 61-year-old St. Paul man who was looking out for a neighbor ended up being beaten and having his car stolen early Tuesday morning on the East Side.

The man was driving home near the intersection of Duluth and Magnolia, police said, when he saw two young men "messing with" a neighbor's car. After the man circled the block, he saw the suspects walking away, said police spokesman Steve Linders.

So he stopped, lowered his window and asked the men what they were doing. At first, Linders said, they ignored him. But when he persisted in questioning them, one of the suspects took a red flashlight and began banging on the passenger window of the man's car. Then one of them reached into the car "to grab stuff," Linders said.

So the man put the car in park and got out, at which point he was attacked by the suspects. In the struggle, he fell and they kicked him several times. They then stole his car.

At about 6 a.m. Wednesday, police spotted a 1993 red Ford Explorer "driving erratically" near University Avenue and Fairview, Linders said. The car and license plate matched the car that was stolen. Police stopped the car after it pulled into the parking lot of the McDonald's at Unversity and Marion. The two suspects from the incident -- a 16-year-old male and a 19-year-old man -- were arrested without incident. Two passengers in the back seat were released.

Police returned the car to its owner, who had refused medical treatment from the assault, Linders said.