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SSP council: pave paradise, but limit the cars

If you don’t understand how someone can get riled up over a parking lot, just ask the business that owns it. Or the city of South St. Paul. Or the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
All three entities have an opinion about the future of a used car sales lot on the 1400 block Concord Street. The dispute stems from a request by the property owner, Inver Grove Heights Storage and Rental, to double the capacity of the lot used by its tenant, Footh Automotive.

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23
Sep

City looks for new community-minded owner of Arlington Hills Library


Arlington Hills Library, a Carnegie building, was constructed in 1916. (submitted photo)

The St. Paul Public Library has put out an open-ended request for proposals to find a new owner for Arlington Hills Library, a historic Carnegie building located at 1105 Greenbrier St. The library’s been in the Payne-Phalen community for nearly a century.
The public library will be relocating next spring to the new Payne-Maryland Project, a one-stop shop community center, which also will include recreation facilities.
Brian Tourtelotte, project manager for the Payne-Maryland project, said “construction is moving along nicely.”

Mon
23
Sep

Two men sentenced in sex trafficking case


Fonati Diggs

Two men were sentenced to more than 21 years in prison for prostituting a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman in multiple locations in St. Paul.
The sentences may be the longest in Minnesota history, according to the Ramsey County attorney’s office.
Fonati McArthur Diggs, 24, of Northfield and Timothy Denzel Cross, 20, of St. Paul were found guilty of engaging in both first- and second-degree sex trafficking.

Mon
23
Sep

92-year-old motorcyclist dies in traffic crash


submitted photo Roy Kromschroeder, left, died after a motorcycle accident on Friday, Sept. 13.

A 92-year-old East Side man is dead after being struck by an SUV while he was driving his Honda motorcycle.
Autumn Brenae Mason, 26, of Vadnais Heights is charged with one count of criminal vehicular homicide in Kromschroeder’s death, according to the Ramsey County attorney’s office.
The man’s daughter Jan Braaten said her father, Roy W. Kromschroeder, was on a routine early morning motorcycle ride in his neighborhood on his way to walk inside Maplewood Mall with friends.

Mon
23
Sep

Ray Widstrand’s recovery is a story of hope and challenges


Ray Widstrand

Though beating victim Raymond Widstrand has a long ways to go, his family is seeing his condition improve every day, his sister Alice told the Review.
The family has been finding daily ways to stay positive, posting updates on the 27-year-old’s CaringBridge site.
A Sept. 16 post reads: “Ray had a good day in rehabilitation. He keeps on impressing the therapist with his progress. Keep up the hard work Ray!”

Mon
23
Sep

Erick’s Bar to close up shop


Erick’s Bar sits near the intersection of East Seventh and Forest streets, on a small triangular plot of land. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

Erick’s Bar sits in what is now a concrete island on East Seventh Street, surrounded by empty St. Paul Port Authority land.
But it wasn’t always that way. The place has a long history, from the times when blue-collar workers poured out from nearby factories. Workers at 3M, Whirlpool, Northern Malleable Iron, a shingle factory, and Hospital Linens all came out to the bar after work to drink and socialize.
For the past three and a half decades, Gary Erickson has owned the place, which is located at 949 E. Seventh St. He’s been at his bar, rain, shine or sleet, seven days a week.

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23
Sep

Trevino murder trial begins


Jeffery Trevino

The trial of East Side resident Jeffery Trevino, 39, in the February disappearance of his wife, Kira Steger, 30, began Monday, Sept. 16. Opening statements were made on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 19.
Trevino only spoke once to greet Judge Leonardo Castro and appeared pale and tired.
Family members from the Trevino and Steger family were also present at the Ramsey County Courthouse. Jay Steger, Kira’s father and organizer of a number of searches in the metro area, seemed anxious to begin listening to attorneys’ arguments.

Wed
18
Sep

Two army recruiters struck in Roseville parking lot hit and run


During a press conference at Roseville City Hall Sept. 19, Roseville Police Chief Rick Mathwig told media that Enrico Taylor has had multiple run-ins with police. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Charges against Enrico Taylor, 52, of Minneapolis, were filed Thursday in Ramsey County District Court. Two of the felony counts of criminal vehicular operation relate to great bodily harm as well as fleeing the scene of an accident, according to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office.
Taylor's first court appearance was scheduled for 1:20 p.m. Thursday.

Wed
18
Sep

Commissioners approve 2014 Washington County budget

Washington County residents could see some big improvements next year on the road, in the parks and at the government center, thanks to key budget allocations for 2014.
County commissioners voted Sept. 10 to approve the proposed $147.4 million 2014 operating budget and $23.1 million capital expenditures budget. The board now has until December to adjust the budget and levy, although the amount of the levy cannot be raised, only lowered.
The 2014 property-tax levy is set at $86.7 million, a .66 percent increase from last year. State law allows the levy to be raised by 1.1 percent each year. This will be Washington County’s first levy increase in four years, according to a release from the county.
 

Wed
18
Sep

Lake Elmo boy, 9, dies from motorcycle crash injuries

A Lake Elmo boy has died from injuries sustained during a motorcycle crash that took place on state Highway 5 Sept. 4.
About 5:40 p.m. that day, a 46-year-old motorcyclist pulled off the roadway to the shoulder near 31st Avenue North to “address a mechanical issue” with his machine when the boy, Pierre LeQue, reportedly came out from a driveway on his bicycle, colliding with the motorcycle, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.

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