Mary Divine, Pioneer Press

Mary Divine

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Mary:

Want to be the first to complete the new Loop Trail? Get there early.

The Stillwater Lift Bridge will open to bicycle and pedestrian traffic at 8 a.m. Monday — a milestone that will mark the completion of the construction of a new 5-mile Loop Trail that crosses the l… → Read More

6 protesters arrested near Minneapolis officer’s home

OAKDALE, Minn. -- Monique Cullars-Doty, whose nephew was fatally shot by St. Paul police officers five years ago, was one of six protesters arrested Wednesday night, May 27, in Oakdale near a house belonging to Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin. → Read More

Six George Floyd protesters arrested at fired Minneapolis police officer’s Oakdale home – Twin Cities

Monique Cullars-Doty, whose nephew was fatally shot by St. Paul police officers five years ago, was one of six protesters arrested Wednesday night in Oakdale near a house belonging to Minneapolis o… → Read More

Woodbury woman charged in crash that killed former Lakeland Shores mayor

The woman accused of striking and killing a former mayor of Lakeland Shores on the shoulder of Interstate 94 last fall faces a felony charge in connection with the case. She has a lengthy history o… → Read More

Volkers tapped to be city administrator in Oakdale

Christina Volkers is returning to Washington County to be the city administrator of Oakdale. Volkers, who served as court administrator in Washington County and for Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial Distr… → Read More

Coronavirus update: Afton’s Fourth of July parade canceled – Twin Cities

Organizers of Afton’s popular Fourth of July parade announced Monday that this year’s event has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Parade organizer Stan Ross said he and… → Read More

Easement issue in Lake Elmo pits Jesuits vs. Hermits

Each weekend, as many as 70 men gather for three days of silent prayer and meditation at the Jesuit Retreat House near Lake Demontreville in Lake Elmo. The retreats, conducted by the Jesuit order o… → Read More

Lake Elmo City Council gives Stillwater school district deadline to vacate bus terminal

The Lake Elmo City Council this week told the Stillwater Area School District that it has until May 29 to vacate the school bus terminal it owns in the city. The City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday t… → Read More

Stillwater schools finance director sues district, board chair

Stillwater Area School District finance director Kristen Hoheisel has sued the school district and the chairwoman of the school board for allegedly violating the state’s open-meeting laws, the whis… → Read More

Virus claims life of Anne Hornickel Yuska, 63, UMN science educator and STEM leader

Anne Hornickel Yuska devoted much of her career to increasing the representation of women and people of color in science, technology, engineering and math. As the head of the North Star STEM Allian… → Read More

Oakdale names 5 finalists for city administrator job

Oakdale has named five finalists for its city administrator opening. The city council interviewed the finalists last week and has entered into negotiations with one of them, interim city administra… → Read More

Oak Park Heights begins planning for future of Allen S. King plant site

The Allen S. King Plant won’t close for eight years, but Oak Park Heights officials are already making plans for the power plant’s site. The city council last week formed an advisory pa… → Read More

No prom, online graduation: East-metro high school seniors face season of loss

“At some point, it’s really going to hit me that I can never go back — that I’m done.” → Read More

St. Paul Public Schools to hold virtual graduation ceremonies

St. Paul Public Schools will provide “virtual graduations” for the Class of 2020, the district said Thursday. All school graduation ceremonies will be held at the times and dates previo… → Read More

Coronavirus survivor: ‘I truly thought I was going to die.’ – Twin Cities

On her worst night in intensive care, on the night she thought she would die, Karen Rabe Schmidt begged an overnight nurse at United Hospital in St. Paul not to leave her alone. “I couldn’t breathe… → Read More

Coronavirus: Lake Elmo swimming pond closed for summer

Due to concerns over COVID-19, the swimming pond at Lake Elmo Park Reserve won’t open this summer, and the beaches at Square Lake Park, Point Douglas Park and Big Marine Park Reserve won’t open unt… → Read More

Level 3 sex offender moving into Stillwater; video notification meeting set

A Level 3 sex offender is moving into Stillwater — the second this year — and concerned residents are asked to contact police with questions prior to Thursday. Due to restrictions surrounding COVID… → Read More

Coronavirus: ‘Back to the 50’s’ car show canceled

Cool, shiny vehicles won’t be cruising to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this summer. Officials with the Minnesota Street Rod Association’s Back to the 50’s classic car show anno… → Read More

Minnesota’s summer camps face uncertain future in wake of COVID-19

Some camps, including the Bell Museum Camps at the University of Minnesota and Concordia Language Villages, have notified families they won’t open in June because of the coronavirus crisis. → Read More

Minnesota’s summer camps face uncertain future in wake of COVID-19 – Twin Cities

Emerson Siefken can’t bear to think about missing his sixth summer at Camp Tomahawk. The week he spends at the Boy Scouts camp in northwestern Wisconsin is the highlight of his summer. Missing it, … → Read More