On July 29 just after 12 noon I was involved in a auto accident on Inwood Avenue in Lake Elmo.
A small group of good Samaritans pulled me from my overturned pick-up truck and helped bandage my injured arm.
My truck was totaled but I seem to be OK.
You people are true heroes and not bystanders.
People tell me I am lucky.
I think I was very lucky.
Greg Thordson, Arden Hills
I would like to saint Jerry’s Enterprises for beautifully landscaping and maintaining the vacant property on the northwest corner of Robert Street and Mendota Road in West St. Paul.
Older citizens will remember when Jerry’s supermarket, now replaced by Cub, was furnished with chandeliers, carpeting and drive-up grocery pickup service.
It’s gratifying to know Jerry’s is still an active, responsible, and caring corporate citizen.
Joyce Patten, West St. Paul
This is a major tainting to our Saintly city and a warning for anyone heading to the Irish Fest this year.
Last year my husband and I ventured to Harriet Island on the Friday night of the Festival. After three hours of enjoying everything Irish, we returned to the car to find a handicap parking citation on the windshield. We were stunned as we knew we had evaluated our parking spot so carefully on Water Street.
Angrily, I walked up and down that street looking for a handicap sign … I found them all right; every six car lengths apart and placed facing the street, NOT the drivers!
I wondered how many other innocent people this happened to and became mad enough to fight this ticket especially when it was brought to my attention that if I simply paid this nearly $300 fine, I’d be admitting to a petty misdemeanor which would remain on my record forever.
So after nearly nine months of navigating and being shuffled through the Ramsey County judicial system and appearing in court four times, my name was finally cleared of a “crime” I was scammed into committing.
BTW, we attended an event on Harriet Island 12 days following the Irish Fest, parked in the exact spot and what do you know; not one single handicap sign was posted on Water Street, Hmmmmmm … Beware!
Mary C. Michels, Stillwater
Tainted and Sainted
Last month I bought a bottle of liquor and a $25 gift card at a wine and spirits store in Woodbury. Both were birthday gifts for friends.
When I took the bag out of the closet to wrap the gifts, there was the bottle of liquor and the receipt, but no gift card. I was beside myself! I called the store the next morning at 8 a.m. and told my story to the assistant manager. He took my name, number and receipt number and said he would get back to me. He called me back shortly thereafter, said he had viewed the transaction on video and clearly saw the salesperson put my gift card into my bag. I asked him if he could void the gift card number and issue me another one, and he said he could not do that. I was bereft.
The next day I went to the store and repeated my story to the woman at the Customer Service Desk. She consulted another woman who said she would check on it. (I’m sorry I didn’t get their names.) In less than a minute, she came back and presented me with my gift card (the number on my receipt matched the number on the gift card). The gift card had been found in the vestibule of the store and turned in. They placed the gift card in their safe. The woman who helped me out said that they figured eventually someone would come looking for it.
A very grateful SAINTED to the very honest person who found the gift card and turned it in and to the customer service representatives who took the time to look into it and retrieve my gift card. I wanted to hug them.
Laurie Platt, St. Paul
About three years ago, I contact Robin White, Founder of Green Books. She and her husband, David Alexander White, have been doing good deeds for over three years. They collect used books from people of St. Paul and bring them to nursing homes. They hand out books to people at no cost. They sort the books on tables to make it easier to choose. They repeat the process about once a week at other nursing homes around the Twin Cities. The only donations they accept are books for their efforts.
I believe that the Green Books program embodies the finest qualities of service to the community.
Lorraine Hertz, St., Paul