It’s Out of this World: Como Park Elementary Planetarium

When the Minneapolis Central Library was bulldozed in 2002 to build a larger building, its planetarium was not included in the final design.  Since the construction of the new Library building and it’s opening in 2006, Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area has been without a public planetarium, except for the Como Park Elementary Planetarium, called simply Como Planetarium.

Como Planetarium isn’t always open to the public, just on certain days of the month, for birthday parties, special events, and after regular school hours have ended.

It is a 55 seat planetarium and by the looks of the video, a fun way to learn about the universe around us.

Tuesdays:  5:30 pm & 7:00 pm.

There is a day for Homeschoolers twice a month on Mondays during the day, see the calendar at the bottom of the link.

Cost:   $5 per person (free for children under two).


Amateur Astronomy in the Twin Cities

The Planetarium destined for the Minneapolis Central Library has been destined for the Remodeled Bell Museum at the University of Minnesota–St Paul Campus.  On the corner of Cleveland Ave and Larpenteur Ave (2088 Larpenteur Ave, Falcon Heights MN 55108).

Also at the Tate Laboratory for Physics and Astronomy on the University of Minnesota Campus there is a Public Telescope Viewing.  Atop Tate Physics building on the Mall (map) sits a dome that has a schedule for amateur astronomers from the public to use their telescope to view the sky.

We are posting this as a courtesy to Como Park Elementary School, and Como Planetarium.  We had our 2018 Precinct Caucuses at the school.  We are not associated with the school, and we do not receive any money from the sale of their tickets.  We provided a link to make it easier for you to purchase a ticket.  I am a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology, and I’m an amateur, backyard astronomer.

~~ Tom Polachek, HD 66B Republicans Chair

MN HD66B Convention is March 10th

Attention Delegates, Alternates and Republican Residents of Minnesota House District 66B:

The HD 66B Republicans Convention will be on Saturday March 10th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the Rice Street Library. The MN House District 66B Convention shall be composed of the delegates and alternates elected at the February 6th, 2018 HD66B Caucus.

  • Location: Rice Street Library
  • Address: 1011 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117
  • Registration: 2:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Convention Starts: 2:30pm to 5:00pm
We are asking for an at-will donation of $5 to cover convention supply expenses (e.g paper/printing costs of agenda, constitution, etc.). Cash, Check, Credit/Debit cards excepted. If you would like to make a PCR Donation, we’ll have forms available.

We are also requesting attendees bring an item to donate to 2nd Harvest Heartland.  Please go to this link for suggested items to donate.

Food Collection Bin for Second Harvest
Our convention agenda may consist of:
  • 2018 State and Local Candidate Speeches
  • Nominating and voting on CD4 Convention delegates (CD4 Convention Date: April 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm)
  • Nominating and voting on MNGOP State Convention delegates (MNGOP State Convention Date: June 1st and 2nd, 2018)
  • Discussion and vote of any platform resolution(s) brought forward from February 6th Caucus
  • Discussion and vote of a HD66B Constitutional Amendment to have the Office of Treasurer be a voting member
  • Other business/motions delegates would like brought forward

Please Note: A person doesn’t have to be an HD66B delegate or alternate to attend the convention or be nominated and voted on to be a delegate or alternate for the CD4 and/or MNGOP State Conventions.  However, only HD66B Delegates (or alternates seated in place of a delegate) can vote on candidate nominations, any motions or amendments, and other required business during the meeting.

To attend on March 10th you need to meet the following requirements:

  1. A resident within MN HD66B
  2. Eligible to vote and will be at least 18 years of age on November 6th, 2018
  3. In agreement with the principles of the Republican party of Minnesota
  4. Have voted or affiliated with the party in the last general election or intend to do so in the next general election.

To be nominated and voted on to be a delegate at the CD4 and/or MNGOP State Convention, you must:

    1. Meet the above requirements
    2. Be in attendance at the MN HD66B Convention on March 10th, 2018

Go to the link below for the current MNGOP Party Platform

2016 Standing Minnesota Republican Party Platform

Map of HD66B

MN House District 66B 

(on the map of HD 66B the number of W6P3 was changed to W6P7)

66B Map

Precincts of House District 66B (Ward Precinct)

W1P16     W4P12     W4P13     W5P2     W5P3     W5P4     W5P5

W5P8      W5P9     W6P1     W6P7

Stay Informed – Links to Other Republican Websites

MN Congressional District 4 Republicans

Stay Informed – Meet the Current Republican Candidates Running for State or Federal Office

Governor (Candidates are listed in alphabetical order)

Attorney General

State Auditor

Senate – Class 1 (running against incumbent Amy Klobuchar)

Senate – Class 2 (filling Al Franken’s seat)

Congressional District 4

  • Currently there are no Republicans challenging Congresswoman Betty McCollum

I love Saint Paul


2018 Ramsey County Road Projects


Road Construction Projects Will Soon Be Upon Us!

Link to Ramsey County Projects Interactive Map

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners has approved more than 20 proposed construction and maintenance projects for the upcoming 2018 season. Ramsey County Public Works will lead or participate in projects that will improve travel and commerce throughout communities in the east metro.

A project list and details may be found at Most projects will begin in the summer. Updates will be provided online and via an interactive map as construction season progresses — including detours and timelines. Subscriptions for email updates on projects are also available.

Major projects include:

  • Resurfacing Lexington Parkway between James and University avenues in Saint Paul and between East Como Boulevard and Highway 36 in Saint Paul and Roseville.
  • Resurfacing County Road E between Centerville Road and Highway 61 in the communities of Vadnais Heights and Gem Lake.
  • Resurfacing Maryland Avenue between Greenbriar Avenue and Johnson Parkway in Saint Paul.
  • Construction of a new roadway east of I-35W within the Rice Creek Commons development site in Arden Hills.
  • Adding six miles of bicycle lanes and mixed-use trails.

Public Works will resurface about 13 miles of county roads in 2018. These projects typically include crossing improvements for pedestrians. Wheelage tax revenues – a $20 charge collected with annual vehicle registration – allow Public Works to keep pace with what had been a growing backlog of road segments in pressing need of repair.

Lexington Parkway Resurfacing

The surface layer on Lexington Parkway between James and University avenues will be removed and replaced with new, smooth pavement in 2018. The work is expected to begin during the summer. Land surveying crews will be working in the project area before, during and immediately after construction. Signal replacements on Lexington Parkway at St. ClairConcordia and St. Anthony avenues will also take place this summer.

The city of Saint Paul and Ramsey County will install a bike lane between James and St. Clair avenues in conjunction with this project.

New accessible ramps for pedestrians were installed in 2017.

Bike Lanes

Detours will be in place.

Luke Lortie, Project Manager


County Road E Resurfacing

The surface layer on County Road E between Centerville Road and Highway 61 will be removed and replaced with new, smooth pavement in 2018. The work is expected to begin during the summer. New accessible ramps for pedestrians will be installed. Land surveying crews will be working in the project area before, during and immediately after construction.

Detours will be in place.

Luke Lortie, Project Manager


Maryland Avenue Resurfacing

Test project: 4-to-3 lane conversion

Ramsey County temporarily changed the stripes on Maryland Avenue between Payne Avenue and Johnson Parkway to test impacts of converting from a 4-to-3 lane road for improved safety. This test project will remain in place over the winter and additional traffic-related data will be collected. Impacts evaluated will include traffic speed and volume, bus delays and pedestrian crossings. Maryland Avenue is open to traffic during the test project.

Medians at Greenbrier and Duluth streets were added and eliminate the ability to cross Maryland Avenue at these intersections. Left turns from Maryland Avenue to Greenbrier and Duluth streets are eliminated.

Project information

Maryland Avenue (County Road 31) will be resurfaced between Greenbrier Street and Johnson Parkway in Saint Paul to create smoother and safer driving in 2018.

Community meeting

A community meeting was held at Farnsworth Lower School on September 12. The meeting included a brief project review, a summary of the plan moving forward, information about what was learned during the test, what still needs to be studied and questions or comments from meeting attendees.


Erin Laberee, P.E.

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Caucus 2018 Results

Congratulations to Jeff Johnson for winning overall Minnesota Republican Straw Poll.

Jeff Johnson also overwhelmingly won our HD66B Straw Poll. Other Gubernatorial Candidates receiving some votes at HD66B Caucus include Mary Giuliani Stephens, Phillip Parrish and Keith Downey. Although not currently running for Governor, Tim Pawlenty also received a vote.

Thank you everyone for coming out to Caucus! Your participation is much appreciated.

Caucus 2018 Results

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