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Wed
08
Jan

Maplewood to roll out recycling carts


Maplewood will soon replace recycling bins with carts, costing the city $2.50 per month per household. The recycling rate for residents is already set at $2.94 per month.

Maplewood will soon roll out recycling carts, allowing residents to bring more recyclables to the curb -- and cover them with a lid.
The carts will replace all residents' topless bins by about March, tentatively, according to city staff.
The Maplewood City Council in December voted 4-1 to replace the basic bins, which have cost the city $1.75 per month per household. The new contract costs the city $2.50 per month per household the first two years, and $2.75 in 2016 and 2017.

Tue
07
Jan

A look back at the Dome’s glory days


After a 31-year run, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome awaits demolition to make room for a new facility to house its main tenant: the Minnesota Vikings. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Jerry Bell, Bill Lester reflect on the good, the bad & the ugly sides of the stadium

A couple of guys who knew it best

Fri
03
Jan

Maplewood man jumps into St. Croix River; search for body continues

A 38-year-old Maplewood man jumped from the Interstate 94 bridge into the St. Croix River on New Year's Eve, and cold weather inhibited the search for his body for days, authorities say.
Passersby reportedly saw a man park a car on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes and jump. The incident was reported at about 2:23 p.m. Dec. 31, according to Cmdr. Jerry Cusick of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Multiple agencies were dispatched to the stretch that connects Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Fri
03
Jan

Maplewood man jumps into St. Croix River; weather hampers search for body

A 38-year-old Maplewood man jumped from the Interstate 94 bridge into the St. Croix River on New Year’s Eve, and dangerously cold weather has inhibited the search for his body for nearly a week, authorities say.
Passersby reportedly saw a man park a car on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes of the freeway and jump. The incident was reported at about 2:23 p.m. Dec. 31, according to Cmdr. Jerry Cusick of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Multiple agencies were dispatched to the stretch that connects Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Thu
02
Jan

Bigger budget, taxes somewhat steady in North St. Paul

The North St. Paul City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 17, unanimously approved the city’s 2014 budget, keeping steady the total amount property owners pay for day-to-day city operations.
“We’ve spent probably about seven or eight workshops on the budget,” Mayor Mike Kuehn said at the meeting. “It was a great process.”
The expected local tax rate went down slightly, and the average household will pay less in taxes in the coming year. In general, owners whose property values went up are expected to pay more in property taxes.

Wed
01
Jan

Casey Lake project cuts the carp


Reid Swanson, a member of a University of Minnesota research team, in October measures one of the largest carp pulled from the Phalen chain of lakes. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bartodziej)

With ice still too thin to skate on, most of the action at Casey Lake in North St. Paul is bubbling beneath the surface.
City staff recently installed an aeration system at the lake, which is surrounded by sports courts, trails and a playground. Air is now being mechanically pumped into the water to keep up oxygen levels, helping native Minnesota fish stay alive over the winter to boost fishing and keep out the common carp.

Mon
30
Dec

Two Lillie staffers win statewide awards

It was all about vision for two Lillie Suburban Newspapers staffers in the 2013 Minnesota Newspaper Association’s “Better Newspapers” awards.
Photographer Linda Baumeister, who’s worked at the paper since 1991, and Nik VanDenMeerendonk, a graphic artist for six years.

Wed
25
Dec

For Bruentrups, historic farm still feels like home during holidays


In her Mrs. Claus attire and he in Santa hat for the Breakfast with Santa and later open house Dec. 7, Raydelle and Bill Bruentrup still spend time at the old homestead, volunteering countless hours on behalf of the Maplewood Area Historical Society. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Growing up on his family’s farm, Bill Bruentrup milked cows twice a day. Even on Christmas.
“On Christmas Eve, we’d milk a little bit earlier than we normally did so we could come in, clean up, eat dinner, and then we would open our presents,” the 72-year-old said. “I remember getting ready for Christmas, because we tried to get as many things done as we could.

Thu
19
Dec

Tartan students involved in stabbing incident

Tartan High School was locked down the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 13, after two male students, both sophomores, were involved in an altercation near the campus in which one student was stabbed in the leg and another was slashed in the hand.

Thu
19
Dec

Maplewood keeps property tax levy steady

Legislative changes helped Maplewood hold down its tax levy for 2014, meaning most property owners will pay slightly less in city taxes next year.
The Maplewood City Council on Dec. 9 unanimously approved the budget with no increase in the 2014 property tax levy, down from the 2 percent jump planned in the preliminary levy set in September.

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