Solomon Gustavo

Wed
13
Feb

North St. Paul Food Shelf to offer choice, evening hours


file photos North St. Paul Food Shelf volunteers will open the shelf one evening a week beginning March 5 — Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. — to accommodate people who work during the day.

The resilient reputation of postal workers crumbled in the freeze of January’s polar vortex, which, understandably, forced a momentary halt to postal service. 

Wed
13
Feb

Lake Elmo shipping 2040 plan to Met Council


courtesy of City of Lake Elmo Lake Elmo’s 2040 comprehensive plan final draft was approved by the city council Feb. 5. It includes areas for development — the Village Planning Area and South Planning Area — to anticipate projected population growth.

Lake Elmo city staffers and its city council had been working with consultants since 2017, holding a series of hearings and public meetings to complete and submit a 2040 Comprehensive Plan to the Metropolitan Council by the end of 2018. 

Tue
12
Feb

North St. Paul Food Shelf to offer choice, evening hours

The resilient reputation of postal workers crumbled in the freeze of January’s polar vortex, which, understandably, forced a momentary halt to postal service. 

Wed
06
Feb

Maplewood approves plans for Gold Line station


graphics courtesy City of Maplewood An artist’s rendering of the the Gold Line Bus Rapid Line stop in front of 3M on Hudson Road, which was included in preliminary development plans approved by the Maplewood City Council Jan. 28.

The Maplewood City Council approved preliminary development plans for a Gold Line bus rapid transit stop in front of the 3M campus on Hudson Road. 

Wed
30
Jan

Movie filmed in North St. Paul


Solomon Gustavo/Review A film crew used North St. Paul’s council chambers as a set for a city council scene in a short film. Starting left is Bruce Miller, who plays the fictional mayor, Dani Palmer plays the lead character, Samantha Schumacher wrote the movie and her husband Jason P. Schumacher directed.

North St. Paul’s city hall and council chambers were used as the set for a short film on Jan 18. The fictional city council is part of the short film “Last Straw.”

Wed
30
Jan

Maplewood org offers free fun for the disabled


submitted photo Brandon, who is developmentally delayed, and his mother Natalie Ratkins, the founder and president of Special Adventures, a Maplewood-based nonprofit that offers free events for adults with special needs.

Reaching adulthood with limited options, perhaps living in a group home or with a disability that precludes them from most work, young people with disabilities can’t really socialize. Many don’t have the money. 

Wed
30
Jan

Recount loser wants one of Maplewood’s empty council seats


Solomon Gustavo Nikki Villavicencio and her daughter, Alley, at a Maplewood coffee shop. Villavicencio lost last fall’s Maplewood City Council election but wants to fill one of the city’s two council vacancies.

There is falling, which hurts. Then there’s the thud of having a rug pulled from under you. 

Wed
23
Jan

Reading into ‘State of the City’ remarks by Maplewood’s surprise new leader


courtesy of City of Maplewood Then-council member Marylee Abrams speaking during the Jan 10 Maplewood State of the City. To fill a surprise vacancy, she was sworn in as mayor four days later.

Maplewood City Hall has provided some exciting political theater over the last few months.

One of the biggests twists is Marylee Abrams, who ran to retain her council seat in November and became mayor in January. 

Wed
23
Jan

Maplewood’s choice for new mayor came down to two council members

Abrams sworn in; council still has two vacancies 

 

Winner of a 2-1 council vote, council member Marylee Abrams was sworn in as mayor at the Jan. 14 Maplewood City Council meeting. 

Wed
23
Jan

Oakdale group spreads sex trafficking awareness

Following in the footsteps of Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, who has made the prosecution of sex traffickers a priority, an Oakdale group has risen up to help.

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