West St Paul

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In discussion of City Hall murals, many ask for them to go


courtesy of Jane Prince The East Side Freedom Library held a community conversation about murals in St. Paul City Hall on Jan. 10. The murals have raised concerns for a number of years due to their depiction of African American and indigenous peoples in relation to white men. More recently, residents have wondered if the murals should continue to be on display in what is considered a democratic space.

Community members gathered at the East Side Freedom Library Jan. 10 to discuss murals inside St. Paul City Hall and whether the city council chambers is an appropriate place for them to be on display.

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East Side city council races shaping up to be busy


Courtesy of the City of St. Paul Both seats for East Side St. Paul City Council wards 6 and 7 are up for election this year. Ward 6 will have a guaranteed new face following former council member Dan Bostrom’s resignation and retirement. In Ward 7, incumbent council member Jane Prince and community organizer Mary Anne Quiroz have announced their intentions to run.

The turn of the New Year kicked off a number of city council campaigns on the East Side. This year the neighborhood will see elections for both of its St. Paul City Council seats, in wards 6 and 7.

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Marine vet awarded mortgage-free home in Inver Grove Heights


courtesy Justin Yunke, U.S. Bank Andrea Bruns and her 4-year-old daughter were selected for a mortgage-free home from Freedom Alliance and U.S. Bank. The pair officially moved into their Inver Grove Heights home Jan. 11.

With boxes left to unpack, Andrea Bruns is feeling the excitement that every new homeowner feels as they settle in. 

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Lower Phalen Creek Project hires interim executive director


Jacob Jurss

The Lower Phalen Creek Project announced via an email newsletter Jan. 9 that its board had hired an interim executive director for the organization. 

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Work on new Inver Grove Heights road moves forward


courtesy of City of Inver Grove Heights The Inver Grove Heights City Council approved Jan. 14 construction of 65th Street from Trunk Highway 3 to the future Argenta Trail. Construction will begin this summer.

On Jan. 14, the Inver Grove Heights City Council advanced a project that has been in the works since 2015. The council approved a series of items relating to the construction of 65th Street off Trunk Highway 3.

 

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WSP council appoints former candidate to open seat


Lisa Eng-Sarne

The West St. Paul City Council on Jan. 14 appointed Lisa Eng-Sarne to fill the Ward 3 council vacancy that was created when Dave Napier became mayor.

Napier, formerly a council member, was elected mayor last fall.

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Jan

Investigation continues into deadly Inver Grove Heights hit and run


courtesy Inver Grove Heights Police Department Haimanot Gebremedhin, 55 of Inver Grove Heights, was killed in a hit-and-run crash the evening of Jan. 5 on 80th Street East. Family described her as having been a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. The driver who allegedly hit Gebremedhin turned herself into police the next day and has not been charged with a crime.

While no charges have been filed, the investigation continues into a Jan. 5 hit-and-run that killed a 55-year-old Inver Grove Heights woman.

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Jan

SNAPSHOTS: A winter playground


photos courtesy Dodge Nature Center When snow was still on the ground, Cornelius the goat enjoyed his first winter at Dodge Nature Center. Besides hoofprints from him prancing around, other marks could be found in the snow, like the curious circles found by a naturalist. As it turns out, the circles were drawn by leaves, with a little help from the wind.
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Inver Grove Heights reopens search for police chief

Inver Grove Heights is back on the search for a chief of police after the city’s most recent top cop left. 

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Jan

New House session missing a familiar face


Sheldon Johnson

Sheldon Johnson reflects on time in public office

 

When the new legislative session started on Jan. 8, a familiar face was missing from the House chambers. 

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