Dorothy Koehler Reding: A Remembrance
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Although Dorothy Reding, who died at 94 at the end of December, did not live in the West End — her home on Highland Parkway overlooked it — her many years in business and community service endeared her to the community.

Born in St. Paul, Dorothy lived here all her life, and worked in several businesses. She and her husband Lloyd bought the family business when his father died, and ran the New York Dry Cleaning Company on the West Side until Lloyd’s death — at just 50 — in 1964. Dorothy continued it for a year or so but then sold and went to work for Frank Noyes Real Estate, where she also got her own real estate license. Later she worked as a secretary for the Gallagher law firm, and one way or another she worked until she was 90 years old.

Photo: Dorothy was a grand marshal of the West End Business Association Parade.

In the late 1960s Dorothy became secretary of the West End Business and Professional Association (WEBPA) that had been founded in 1966. Her volunteer work for the Association was a key to its many years of successful community-building and celebrating achievements, for which the WEBPA was well-known. Many recall the annual parade, and one year she served as Grand Marshall. In 1995 she was proclaimed a Life Member of the Association.

In 1980 Do[IMAGE]rothy began to volunteer at the West Seventh Community Center as a Meals On Wheels delivery driver, and she continued in this service for 26 years. She used to say, “I never delivered to anyone who was older than me.” She chose Meals On Wheels after experiencing it when her mother needed the service and was so impressed that it became “her thing.”

As with her other work and volunteering, Dorothy had to stop delivering Meals On Wheels at age 90 after she injured her rotator cuff in a bowling accident and could no longer drive. Over the years she received many Certificates of Appreciation from the Community Center.

Xcel High Bridge Arbor Day Planting | 4.11

Great River Greening ( is entering its 13th year of work at the Xcel Energy plant. On April 29 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., 100 volunteers will plant trees, seedlings, and shrubs in order to close a gap in the forest canopy in an effort to help ensure the ecological health of the surrounding floodplain forest and Mississippi River. The planting will help ensure the health of a rich diversity of plant and animal life. The closed canopy will also help improve wild bird habitat and encourage the return of endangered bird populations. The project as a whole helps protect the water quality of the Mississippi River, which positively affects the entire metro area watershed.

Individuals of all ages, families, community and corporate groups are welcome to participate. To register, contact Mark Turbak, Greening Volunteer Program and Event Manager, at or 651-665-9500, ext. 11.

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Community Shredding Events to Benefit Crime Stoppers of Minnesota | 4.11
Individuals will have the opportunity to drop off unwanted bank statements, utility bills, insurance statements and other personally identifying information. Shred Right will have its document destruction truck on location, and the actual shredding and destruction will be completed on site to ensure full protection. A donation of $5 per grocery bag or box of documents is suggested.

The shredding event April 9, 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the American Bank, 2310 West Seventh St. For information, contact Mark Thorson, Crime Stoppers of Minnesota, 952-835-7069.

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Friends of Parks and Trails Tree Sale | 4.11
Friends of the Parks has been “planting, protecting and preserving” in the Twin Cities for 25 years. Their annual tree sale offers a wonderful selection of trees for your own yards and the opportunity to donate trees to city parks. Maple, oak, spruce, birch and Honeycrisp apple trees are available, as well as poplar shrubs such as lilac, hydrangea and rose.

The deadline for orders is April 22, with pickup May 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Trees donated to the parks will be picked up and planted by city workers, and those gifts are also tax deductible. Order forms are available at or 651-698-4543.

Ramsey County Garden-Related Sales
By composting organic waste (vegetable scraps and yard waste) and capturing rainwater from the roof, you can reduce the need for expensive fertilizers, reduce your water bill, help keep waterways clean, and reduce waste. The Recycling Association of Minnesota sale is April 30 and May 1 (preregistration required). Go to

7th Annual Community Garden Spring Resource Fair
April 2, 9am-4pm. (doors open 8:30am), Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St., Mpls. Info: or 612-821-2358. Communities and families have options to assist with their budget.

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4th Saint Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest Opens
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Fourth Annual Saint Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest Opens
Public Art Saint Paul is accepting applications until April 17 for the Sidewalk Poetry contest, in which short poems are inscribed in sidewalks as part of the City’s annual Sidewalk Replacement program, and winning poets receive a cash award. Since the program was inaugurated in 2008, 31 poems have been impressed into 268 sidewalk sites citywide.

Contest entries must be submitted online at the city’s sidewalk poetry page —, where further information about both the contest and the sidewalk poetry project is available. New this year: the Saint Paul Public Library will host a series of workshops led by award-winning poet John Minczeski, who will guide prospective poets through writing exercises, and include tips on creative writing and helpful critique. Dates & locations of the poetry workshops: Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall, April 9, 10:30am-12:30pm (all ages). Information at 651-642-0385. Rice Street Library, 1011 Rice, April 9, 2-4pm (all ages, ideal for ages 18 and under). Info: 651-558-2223.

River Garden Yoga Open House, April 16 | 4.11 [IMAGE]

River Garden Yoga Center Open House: April 16, 1-4pm, 455 West Seventh. If you are curious about yoga, want to try a new style, or simply looking to add variety to your existing practice, come join us. Try one or try them all. All welcome.

1-1:45 p.m. Viniyoga with Liz Lacy-Gotz
2-2:45 p.m. Hatha Yoga- Anne Mercer
2-2:45 p.m. 5 Elements Qigong - Andrea Sullivan
3-3:45 p.m. “Go Yoga” Vinyasa - Ashleigh Penrod

Andrea Sullivan will be offering chair massage in the lower studio before and after her Qigong class.

Each class is 45 minutes with time between for questions/refreshments. Dress comfortably. Mats are available.
For details see

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