Aundrea Kinney

Aundrea Kinney can be reached at akinney@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7822.

Wed
16
May

Legislature may delay water-use changes tied to White Bear Lake ruling

The Minnesota House passed a bill May 8 that might provide relief to some east metro cities that have recently received groundwater restrictions from the Department of Natural Resources.

Wed
16
May

Candidate filing for some elected positions opens May 22

The first round of candidate filing for the Nov. 6 general election will open May 22 and run through June 5 for several elected offices.

Wed
09
May

North St. Paul installs new weather siren


courtesy of City of North St. Paul • North St. Paul had a new severe weather siren installed on the roof of City Hall May 3 next to the existing siren, which will continue to be sounded at noon every day. The new siren, which has a different tone, will only be used in the event of severe weather.

North St. Paul installed a new Federal Signal siren May 3 to be used for severe weather warnings. The siren that residents are used to hearing every day at noon has not been decommissioned and will continue to mark midday.

Wed
09
May

Oakdale cheerleading squad wins national championship


submitted photo • An Oakdale-based cheerleading squad made up of 14 metro area girls recently won its division at the All Star Cheer Competition National Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Lightning, a cheerleading squad out of Oakdale, won the Recreation Level Three Division All Star Cheer Competition National Championship, which was held recently in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Wed
09
May

Rep. Leon Lillie recovering after fall from ladder


Courtesy of Minnesota House Public Information Services • Despite having numerous broken bones, State Rep. Leon Lillie made a surprise appearance at the House Capital Investment Committee the morning of May 4, according to a tweet posted by @MNHouseInfo that same day.

Leon Lillie

State Rep. Leon Lillie was hospitalized after he fell off a ladder at his home April 22, breaking multiple bones. 

Fri
27
Apr

North High School robotics team to compete in championship for the first time


submitted photo • The North High School robotics team was one of three teams on the winning alliance at the Northern Lights Regional event held in Duluth in March, which secured its spot at the FIRST Championship to be held April 28 in Detroit, Michigan. The team also competed in the Medtronic Foundation Regional event in Minneapolis last month. It is common for teams to attend more than one regional event if they can afford to do so.

The North High School robotics team, the Bionic Polars, have qualified for the FIRST Robotics Championship tournament for the first time, following a successful regional competition in Duluth held in early March. 

Fri
27
Apr

Short-term mental health facility opens in Maplewood


Aundrea Kinney/Review • During an April 12 open house event, community members were welcomed into Afton Place to see the renovations HealthPartners did to the building and to learn more about the short-term residential mental health transitional support program that began there April 18. After touring the building, most in attendance gathered to chat in the dining area where patients eat family-style meals and learn nutritional and budgeting skills.

Despite a bump in the road just over a year ago, Afton Place, a short-term residential mental health transitional support facility in Maplewood, began taking in patients April 18 after hosting a successful public open house event the week before.

Wed
18
Apr

SNAPSHOT: Sharing culture through dance


courtesy of School District 622

courtesy of School District 622 • The District 622 Latino student group will be performing folklore dances from Mexico and El Salvador at the Tartan High School Festival of Cultures on Friday, April 20.

Wed
18
Apr

Maplewood music teacher named a finalist for Teacher of the Year


Shaylee McComb

Weaver Elementary School music teacher Shaylee McComb is a finalist for the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award.

Wed
18
Apr

In pursuit of the past


Aundrea Kinney photos/Review • Local historian Janice Quick pours over one of the historic ledgers at Forest Lawn Cemetery, where she conducted much of her research on Mathilde Dike.

Local historian uncovers forgotten story of a St. Paul woman.

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