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NEWS | EDITORIAL

Parkways in the City
Fort Road Animal Clinic - Caring and Compassionate
Vandalism in North High Bridge Park

Parkways in the City
| 5.11

Dear Editor,

In regards to the article in the Community Reporter, “Great River Park Design Team Targets 35 mph Parkway for Shepard Road.”

Why does everything need to be parkways in this City? The interstate I-35E is a parkway, which should be changed, as it is a federal highway not a city street.

The article assumes that everyone is in favor of this proposal, which is not true.

Towards the end of the article a question is asked (“What’s missing or needing to be changed?”). Nothing.
Dean Kullhe

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Fort Road Animal Clinic - Caring and Compassionate
| 5.11
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To the Editor:
Twelve years ago I became the owner of a runaway Dalmatian named Chief. Since then we explored, ran in the snow, took long walks and became solid friends. Last summer Chief was diagnosed with a liver tumor — he slowed down, lost most of his energy and, on November 12, he lost his battle with the disease.

Dr. Mark Goodell and his staff at the Fort Road Animal Clinic did everything to make Chief’s final days as good as humanly possible. Dr. Mark and his staff are the most loving, caring and compassionate people I have ever met. I am deeply indebted to them for the kindness they gave me and my four-legged pal.

Is Chief still here? I can still hear him lapping up water from his dish, and pawing his bed to make a soft spot to lie down on. I know he’s in Doggie Heaven looking for treats.

With sincere gratitude, Frank Caruso, Jr.


Vandalism in North High Bridge Park | 5.11  [IMAGE]

In mid-April neighbors were dismayed to find that someone vandalized the sculpture “Community Gate Project” in the North High Bridge Park. The installation was created in 2004 by West Side artist Craig David to celebrate the accomplishments of Czech and Slovak immigrants who settled in the West End since 1860s. The vandals had chained one of the upright curbstones in the installation and pulled it down, probably with a truck. The curbstones, each weighing 1,200 to 1,500 pounds, were hand-hewn from granite blocks in the 1880s and 1890s, and were used to line St. Paul streets. Each of the thirteen curbstones has a four-foot footing with steel pins that hold them in place. The footing, which weighs about a ton, was still firmly anchored to the ground. As a temporary measure, the stone will be cut from its steel pins and left to lie in place. The artwork includes the former baptismal gate from St. Stanislaus Church on Western Avenue, with a theme of Antonin Dvorak’s opera “Rusalka.” Dvorak visited the site in 1893. Our City Council member Dave Thune has said he will explore city funding to install a replacement. Neighbors are encouraged to report any suspicious activities to 911 in their communities now that spring has arrived, and these types of problems are surfacing.
Joe Landsberger
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