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IGH men arrested with 6 pounds of cocaine

Dakota County prosecutors say they may have uncovered a direct supply line of illegal drugs from Mexico to Minnesota with the arrests of two Inver Grove Heights men.
Mike Sanchez, 27, and Josue Ivan Ledezma-Lopez, 22, have been charged with two felony counts each for sale and possession a controlled substance.
The pair were arrested July 23 as part of Dakota County Drug Task Force raid in which investigators seized nearly six pounds of cocaine, three pounds of methamphetamine and $23,000 in cash from Sanchez’ Inver Grove Heights home. If convicted, Sanchez and Ledezma-Lopez could face sentences of up to 40 years in prison as well as penalties up to $1 million.

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New mobile cameras are coming for East Side cops


East Side police are evaluating two styles of surveillance cameras. Shown above is one model the police department is considering -- the Minneapolis Police Department uses small trailer cameras for portable police surveillance. (submitted photo)

To add to the department’s stationary surveillance, St. Paul Police’s Eastern District will soon be deploying new portable cameras.
The cameras come with city STAR funding in the range of $35,000. The East Side will be the first of the city’s policing districts to use the portable cameras.
Senior Commander Joe Newberger says he’s hoping the district’s cameras will lead to a citywide policing change.

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05
Aug

‘Learning Jet’ lands for Farnsworth and Minnesota kids


The Farnsworth Aerospace Magnet band played the National Anthem to commemorate the arrival of the Learning Jet. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Farnsworth Aerospace Magnet students may be spending some time in a Boeing 727 in the coming school year.
A retired cargo plane was donated by FedEx to the non-profit group Minnesota Women in Aviation. It will be used as a “Learning Jet” in St. Paul Public Schools and throughout the state.
The jet will be renovated into classroom space, where kids in grades K-12 will learn science and math skills related to the plane’s flight and its many onboard systems.

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05
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“Pocket Parks” pop up


The nearly finished park at 752 Jessamine Ave. features annual and perrenial flowers, a bench for resting, and a gravel path lined with stones. (submitted photo)

Until recently, 752 Jessamine was an unsightly bare lot, one of many scattered around the East Side.
The lot once held a neglected duplex that was so moldy, the only thing to do was demolish it.
The bald land was one of several vacant properties on the block, which has been a focus area of the East Side Neighborhood Development Company’s Vacant Housing Watch group.

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01
Aug

North St. Paul approves city manager contract


North St. Paul isn’t the only city with a new city manager. Here, retiring Maplewood City Manager Jim Antonen, serving the city since March 2009, at right, is pictured with the new City Manager Chuck Ahl at Antonen’s sendoff. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

At a special meeting on Thursday, July 25, the North St. Paul City Council approved the contract for incoming city manager Jason Ziemer.
He is currently the city administrator of Maple Plain, a western Hennepin County community with a total area of about 1.1 square miles and a population of about 1,800, according to the 2010 census.
North St. Paul city attorney Joel Jamnik negotiated the contract with Ziemer and presented a tentatively approved version to the council. Jamnik explained that the contract was fairly standard, with a few instances where Ziemer had requested individual provisions.

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01
Aug

Man sentenced to prison time after whipping toddler

A 21-year-old St. Paul man has been sentenced to prison time for malicious punishment of a child.
A Washington County judge found President Pimping Austin Sr. guilty of malicious punishment of a child under 4 years old and felony domestic abuse.
Austin was sentenced to 72 months in prison for incidents that occurred last year, a press release from the Washington County attorney’s office stated.

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01
Aug

Ted Bearth steps down as Summerfest organizer after three decades


Ted Bearth (middle) is known to many as the face of Summerfest. The “Ted Bearth Grande Parade,” a popular Summerfest event, is named in his honor. (file photo)

All the popular rides, games, food, music and other entertainment are sure to return to Oakdale Summerfest in 2014, but one major thing will be different about next year’s festivities.
After 30 years of coordinating the event, Summerfest organizer Ted Bearth says it’s time for him to hand over the reins.
“It’ll go on just fine,” Bearth said of Summerfest, adding that he’s confident city staff will do a fine job putting on Oakdale’s most popular event.

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Growing food for those in need


Out at the Guardian Angels Community Garden, volunteers Kirsten Rios, Terri Watschke and Carol Gross wash, bag and weigh the day’s picked produce of beets, beans and cauliflower. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Summer’s scorching hot days do not keep Maggie Lindberg from putting on a long-sleeved shirt and garden gloves to tend to a community garden.
Despite high humidity and blazing sun, Lindberg never veers off her Post-it note list of tasks - adding mulch to the garden, weeding, watering and caring for the cauliflower.
“We’re still out here,” Lindberg said with a chuckle on a recent 94-degree day.

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31
Jul

Maplewood OK’s tax increment financing for 3M project


The project area for the research and development building is part of the 28-acre 3M corporate headquarters, located on the corner of McKnight and Conway avenues in Maplewood. (submitted graphic)

At the July 22 city council meeting, Maplewood officials held a public hearing and voted to establish a tax-increment financing district with 3M for the construction of a new research and development laboratory on its 28-acre campus on the corner of McKnight and Conway avenues.
The TIF agreement will help 3M move forward with the project, which is estimated to cost around $156 million and will house about 700 employees and support staff when it is completed in two years. These employees already work for 3M, but will be relocated into the new 400,000-square-foot building.

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Man shot by police charged in domestic violence case


Reginald C Sutherlin

The man who was shot by St. Paul police late Sunday night on the East Side faces an array of charges in connection with a months-long stalking case.
Reginald Craig Sutherlin, 53, was shot near Earl Street North and Geranium Avenue East as he reportedly attempted to flee police, who were acting on active warrants related to the case.
The Ramsey County attorney's office formally charged Sutherlin on Tuesday, July 30. He faces charges of assault, two counts of stalking, and two counts of making terroristic threats, according to a criminal complaint.

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