St. Paul public works staff on June 1 will present a report and recommendation to the City Council on organized trash collection. The presentation, to be made at 5:30 p.m., will be followed by a public hearing on the recommended goals.

The city now has an open system of trash collection, in which residents contract with their own hauler, and many haulers serve each neighborhood across the city. Under an organized system, haulers are authorized to collect trash from a specific service area.

On Feb. 24, the City Council directed the Public Works Department to get residents’ opinions to develop objectives for organized trash collection. The report summarizes that feedback and offers draft objectives should the council decide to move forward. The report will be available online on ­Wednesday. For more information, visit

James Walsh


Legislators to hold post-session town hall

Residents of state Senate District 46 — including Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Medicine Lake and parts of Golden Valley and Plymouth — are invited to a town-hall meeting with their legislators to discuss the 2016 session and future priorities.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers at St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd. Sen. Ron Latz and Reps. Peggy Flanagan and Cheryl Youakim, all DFLers, will be available to answer questions from community members.



Historic schoolhouse will open for tours

Historic Eder School at the Oakdale Nature Preserve, 4444 Hadley Av. N., will be open for 10 Sundays this summer starting June 5. The school will not be open for the July 4th weekend.

The schoolhouse, built in 1888, was rural District No. 12 in Washington County. It served a couple generations of area students until the district was consolidated into another in 1920. It was moved and donated to the Oakdale Nature Center in 2004.

All events and tours of the schoolhouse are free. For more information about Eder School, call the Washington County Historical Society at 651-439-5956 or visit the events section of the website

Kevin Giles


Proposed Vento trail extension to be discussed

A community meeting will be held Wednesday in Vadnais Heights to discuss a planned extension of the Bruce Vento Regional Trail in northeast Ramsey County.

The mostly flat trail runs between St. Paul and Maplewood. The proposed 3-mile project would extend the trail along or near Hwy. 61 into Vadnais Heights, Gem Lake, White Bear Lake and White Bear Township, ending at Hwy. 96.

The trail will be a 12-foot-wide bituminous surface with 2 feet of clear zones beyond the pavement. Its slope would not exceed 5 percent, and bridge underpass designs for County Road E and Hwy. 61 allow for a 12-foot clearance. Depending on federal funding, construction is expected within five years.

The meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Vadnais Sports Center, 1490 County Road E, Vadnais Heights.




Iconic Prince photo sells at auction for $32,000

A photo taken of Prince before his first album sold for $32,000 Friday night at an auction to benefit the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Bidding for the 40-by-60-inch photograph, taken in 1977 by Robert Whitman, had started at $4,000.

Interest in the photo, which was taken in front of the music mural at 10th and Marquette in downtown Minneapolis, created tremendous buzz, especially in online bidding before the auction. Whitman had called it “the most iconic photograph of Prince in Minneapolis.”