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09
Jun

SSP grants temporary reprieve to auto dealer

A South St. Paul used-car dealer who ran afoul of city code for having too many cars and one critical license too few has been granted a chance to straighten things out with the state before the city shuts down the business.
In its June 3 meeting, the city council held a hearing to determine whether to revoke the special use permit for Randy’s Auto Sales on South Concord Street following the loss of the owner’s state-issued dealer’s license due to unpaid taxes. City staff said the business, located at 1505 S. Concord St., also violated other stipulations of its permit, most notably keeping more vehicles than the maximum of 14 allowed on the lot and parking vehicles on the street.

Sun
09
Jun

Butterfly garden installed in South St. Paul


A butterfly tries out its new surroundings after a Girl Scouts trooped installed a butterfly garden in South St. Paul’s Lawshe Park June 3.

If you notice more butterflies around South St. Paul, thank the Girl Scouts.
Last week, members of Junior Troop 52811released butterflies into the troop’s butterfly garden, located at Lawshe Park in South St. Paul. The girls--Riza Kremer, Piper Schmitz and Karli Darrow--completed the butterfly garden to earn their Bronze Award.

Sun
09
Jun

Body found near Wakota Bridge identified

A body found in the Mississippi River near the Wakota Bridge last week has been identified as a University of Minnesota student who went missing in April.
Nicholas Patrick Pacha, 19, was discovered by an angler about a half-mile south of the Wakota Bridge near the border of South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights June 2. Police from both cities responded to the scene, and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Department recovered the body shortly thereafter. The body was identified by the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office June 5.

Sun
09
Jun

Helping out a beat-up old home


A crew from Thompson Reuters brought in by the non-profit Hearts and Hammers worked for two solid days on the exterior of the house. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Kia Vang has been barely getting by month after month.
She hasn’t worked outside her home since she gave birth to twins in 2001. Ever since then she’s experienced weakened muscle strength in her legs and hands, and chronic back and foot aches, she says. Doctors told her she was unfit to work.

Sun
09
Jun

Clucks on the East Side


This dark speckled hen makes a darker, richer colored egg than her golden brown coop mates. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Raising chickens: the permits, the perils and the payoff

Sun
09
Jun

Making and doing


This musical duo uses doctored toys and instruments to make their songs. (submitted photos)

An event with some quirk, some tinkering and some creative technology will come to the Sun Ray Library on Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dubbed the Maker Fair, the event is a first for the St. Paul libraries, and will feature an array of hi-tech creative outlets such as three-dimensional printers, robots, circuit-bent toys and “The Choosatron,” an interactive fiction storytelling machine, to name a few.

Fri
07
Jun

Maplewood candidates file for office

Filing for Maplewood’s open mayoral seat and two city council positions closed Tuesday, June 4, with three candidates throwing their hats in the ring for mayor and seven candidates vying for two city council seats.
Mayor Will Rossbach announced earlier this spring that he would not be running for re-election. He served on the city council for six years before he was elected mayor in 2009. His decision step down created an opening that former mayor Diana Longrie, former DFL state representative Nora Slawik and resident Fran Grant hope to fill.

Fri
07
Jun

Washington County approves $618,000 Manning Avenue study


The Manning Avenue (County State Aid Highway 15) design study will focus on the stretch of roadway between Interstate-94 and State Highway 5. The thoroughfare extends through Lake Elmo, Baytown Township and West Lakeland Township. (submitted graphic)

At its May 28 meeting, the Washington County Board of Commissioners voted to approve a $618,000 contract for a preliminary design study of Manning Avenue (also known as County Highway 15) between Interstate 94 and state Highway 5.
The thoroughfare runs along the borders of Lake Elmo, West Lakeland Township and Baytown Township.

Wed
05
Jun

Shoreview shooting victims identified

Ramsey County authorities have released the names of the victims from a deadly shooting that occurred at a Shoreview home Tuesday morning, June 4.

Wed
05
Jun

Former North St. Paul Police Chief honored


North St. Paul Police Chief Tom Lauth places a memorial ribbon on the Minnesota LEMA flag for former Chief Walter Hause. (file photos)

Husband, father, police chief, philanthropist, neighbor: Walter Hause was known by all these titles in the North St. Paul community during his years spent serving the city.
For those less familiar with North St. Paul history, Hause was the village’s first uniformed police officer, taking up duty in 1940. He served as the chief of police until 1955, when he suffered a heart attack while on duty.
This year, for the first time, Chief Hause was included in several law enforcement memorials across the state, including the Law Enforcement Memorial Association’s ecumenical service honoring police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

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