In case your spring cleanup yields stacks of old appliances, tires or scrap metal, the city of Woodbury and local trash haulers have organized a curbside pickup for the week of May 16-19.
Residents should let their haulers know by Monday if they need items picked up. Some fees will be charged.
Residential-sized appliances such as washers, dryers and stoves will be removed for $15. Disposal of car and bicycle tires will cost $4 each, and may be more for larger tires. Scrap metal, including such things as old lawn mowers and snowblowers, will be picked up free, but fluids, plastic, rubber and other non-metal parts must be removed.
For more information, contact your local trash hauler.
Just how will a proposed upgrade of the intersection of Hwy. 36 and Hilton Trail in Pine Springs affect the environment? Officials from the Minnesota Department of Transportation will talk about potential impacts when it releases its environmental assessment during an open house and public hearing 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at O.H. Anderson Elementary School, 666 Warner Av. S., Mahtomedi.
The public is invited to comment during the event and can also submit written comments to MnDOT environmental planner Rick Dalton at email@example.com by May 18. Copies of the assessment are available for public viewing at the Wildwood Library, 763 Stillwater Road in Mahtomedi, and at, www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy36pinesprings/index.html.
According to MnDOT, the yet-to-be-scheduled project calls for removing traffic lights and building a bridge to carry drivers on Hwy. 36 over Hilton Trail. It also calls for construction of two roundabouts on either side of the highway, extension of two frontage roads and closing off access to Hwy. 36 at Highland Trail. The cost of the project is estimated at $13.8 million.
The Rotary Club of Woodbury is selling tickets to the Twins-Texas Rangers game on June 9 at Target Field. The club is selling the upper-level seats overlooking the infield for $25 as part of a fundraiser to build a baseball field for children who have mental or physical challenges. Through other fundraisers, the club has raised about $100,000 toward Miracle Field, which will be built at the Bielenberg Sports Complex in Woodbury. For information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.woodburymnrotary.org.
Horticulture students at Century College will hold their annual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through May 10 in the greenhouses behind the East Campus building at 3300 Century Av. N. The annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs, and hanging baskets on sale were grown by students in the program as part of their training. Proceeds will support the horticulture program and student scholarships.
Stillwater has always been a picturesque town, but now the rest of the country is in on the secret. Forbes magazine recently named the St. Croix River city as one of the prettiest towns in America. The magazine featured a picture of the city's historic courthouse and hailed its storybook look. Stillwater was the only Minnesota community named to the list of 11 towns featured in its April edition.
The St. Paul Park City Council passed a resolution that allows residents to keep up to four chickens on residential property provided the containment area is at least 50 feet from the nearest dwelling. The old language of the ordinance said the containment area had to be at least 50 feet from the property line. In many cases, residential lots were not wide enough to meet the requirement. The change was adopted on a 5-0 vote at the council's April 18 meeting upon recommendation of the planning commission, which intended the change to allow chickens in most areas of the city.
Looking for a fun and affordable day camp this summer? Scandia is offering full- and half-day camp options in partnership with Camp Lakamaga. Camp activities include swimming, kayaking, fishing, art projects, an adventure course and more. Session 1 runs June 27-July 1. The full day option, for grades 1-5, costs $130 and includes lunch. The half-day option, for children in kindergarten through third grade, costs $60.
Registration deadline is June 20. Call Recreation Coordinator Laurie Monson at 651-271-8999 for more information and additional session dates or get more information on the city's website, www.ci.scandia.mn.us.
Ian Shattuck, of Scandia, and Amanda Potts, of Stillwater, are recipients of $1,000 academic scholarships awarded by the Washington County Historical Society. Shattuck plans to study history at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., while Potts plans to study music performance and history at Northwestern College in Roseville. The Washington County Historical Society has awarded scholarships since 2001 to students attending post-secondary institutions.
TIM HARLOW AND Kevin Giles