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Nov

Roseville Area Schools levy referendum passes

On Election Day, School District 623 was one of many school districts across Minnesota to receive voter approval of a levy referendum.
About 68 percent of those who cast ballots voted in favor of the levy request, according to unofficial results. The eight-year operating levy will generate $1,505 per student in the district and will increase annually with the rate of inflation. The current operating levy, which generates $1,575 per pupil, will expire in June of next year.

Tue
12
Nov

Organized trash collection to be discussed at Roseville City Hall

The Roseville City Council will hold a discussion on organized trash hauling at its Monday, Nov. 18 council meeting.
Roseville does not currently have organized trash collection and its residents are free to choose from any of eight haulers licensed to do residential pick up in the city.

Mon
11
Nov

City has 2 proposals for Arlington Hills Library


The Arlington Hills Library could have a new owner come springtime. Located at 1105 Greenbrier St., it was constructed in 1916. The Beaux Arts style library is one of three Carnegie libraries in St. Paul, and is thought to be one of the oldest public buildings in the city. (submitted photo)

After a long deliberation process, residents of the Payne-Phalen neighborhood could be seeing a new neighbor in the charming Arlington Hills Library building.
Following a request for proposals to find a new private owner for the place, the city received two completed pitches from interested parties.

Mon
11
Nov

Gold store robbed, owner beat up and zip-tied

In the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 3, the owner of St. Paul Gold and Silver at 1197 Payne Ave. was working late when he walked into what appeared to be an organized burglary.
According to St. Paul police, the owner was hit and then had his hands zip-tied, having been held at gunpoint, and attacked by three men in their 20s.

Mon
11
Nov

Old Hamm’s complex is getting fishy, green, boozey and hoppy


The new site of Flat Earth Brewing is shown on a blustery day on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Since John Warner, the owner of the company, started cleaning it with a crew, they’ve painted the trim black, added glass brick windows along the main floor, and cleaned the entire first floor. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

With the cold weather coming on in the Twin Cities, the business owners at the old Hamm’s Brewery are pushing forward.
Tilapia are swimming around in Urban Organics; Flat Earth Brewing is poised to put in brewing equipment, and 11 Wells Distillery is power-washing its way into operation.

Mon
11
Nov

First-timer and East Sider Chue Vue led school board race

When Chue Vue moved to the U.S. at the age of 10, he didn’t speak a word of English.
Now, with the help of public schools, he’s not only a fluent English speaker but also an attorney and the newest member of the St. Paul School Board. He will be the only Asian-American onboard.
The 45-year-old East Sider won one of three open school board slots, taking 30.8 percent of the votes, on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Mon
11
Nov

Phalen and Como golf courses will likely see a private partner next season


Golfers get in an early fall game out at Phalen Golf Course. The City of St. Paul will look for a private partner for the Phalen and Como Golf Courses. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

If all goes according to plan, St. Paul Parks and Recreation will find a private partner for Phalen and Como golf courses in time for the 2014 golf season.
The St. Paul City Council voted on Wednesday, Nov. 6, to let the parks department go forward with a drafting of a request for proposals.
The measure passed by one vote -- three of seven council members, including East Sider Dan Bostrom, voted against moving forward with an RFP, while the other four voted in favor.

Mon
11
Nov

Will street project make Mendota Heights ‘another Highland Park’?

You might think by November it would finally be safe to forget about road work for a few months, but in Mendota Heights, debates over timing, expense and how plans affect the city’s character are just heating up.
An open hearing on a proposed 2014 street repair project in the Victoria Road/Rolling Green neighborhoods at the Nov. 5 city council meeting packed council chambers, drawing comments from multiple residents and two petitions. In particular, several residents highlighted the addition of curbing along Victoria Road as laid out in the reconstruction plans as sign that Mendota Heights was losing the rural aesthetic that attracted many to the community in the first place.

Mon
11
Nov

Voters elect 3 first-time members to ISD 197 board

Come January, 15-year-old students at Henry Sibley High School won’t be the only freshmen in the district.
Voters in West St. Paul, Mendota Heights and Eagan elected three first-time members to the District 197 school board, while the sole incumbent candidate on the ballot collected the fewest votes.

Mon
11
Nov

IGH school referendum passes narrowly

It may not have been an overwhelming show of support, but the slim 127-vote margin by which Inver Grove Heights residents voted in favor of the school district’s bond referendum was enough to yield some big fixes for community schools.
The $24.8 million bond referendum received 1,761 yes votes in the Nov. 5 election, or 52 percent of the total vote, compared to 1,634 votes against.

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