Aundrea Kinney

Aundrea Kinney can be reached at akinney@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7822.

Wed
09
May

Rep. Leon Lillie recovering after fall from ladder


Courtesy of Minnesota House Public Information Services • Despite having numerous broken bones, State Rep. Leon Lillie made a surprise appearance at the House Capital Investment Committee the morning of May 4, according to a tweet posted by @MNHouseInfo that same day.

Leon Lillie

State Rep. Leon Lillie was hospitalized after he fell off a ladder at his home April 22, breaking multiple bones. 

Fri
27
Apr

North High School robotics team to compete in championship for the first time


submitted photo • The North High School robotics team was one of three teams on the winning alliance at the Northern Lights Regional event held in Duluth in March, which secured its spot at the FIRST Championship to be held April 28 in Detroit, Michigan. The team also competed in the Medtronic Foundation Regional event in Minneapolis last month. It is common for teams to attend more than one regional event if they can afford to do so.

The North High School robotics team, the Bionic Polars, have qualified for the FIRST Robotics Championship tournament for the first time, following a successful regional competition in Duluth held in early March. 

Fri
27
Apr

Short-term mental health facility opens in Maplewood


Aundrea Kinney/Review • During an April 12 open house event, community members were welcomed into Afton Place to see the renovations HealthPartners did to the building and to learn more about the short-term residential mental health transitional support program that began there April 18. After touring the building, most in attendance gathered to chat in the dining area where patients eat family-style meals and learn nutritional and budgeting skills.

Despite a bump in the road just over a year ago, Afton Place, a short-term residential mental health transitional support facility in Maplewood, began taking in patients April 18 after hosting a successful public open house event the week before.

Wed
18
Apr

SNAPSHOT: Sharing culture through dance


courtesy of School District 622

courtesy of School District 622 • The District 622 Latino student group will be performing folklore dances from Mexico and El Salvador at the Tartan High School Festival of Cultures on Friday, April 20.

Wed
18
Apr

Maplewood music teacher named a finalist for Teacher of the Year


Shaylee McComb

Weaver Elementary School music teacher Shaylee McComb is a finalist for the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award.

Wed
18
Apr

In pursuit of the past


Aundrea Kinney photos/Review • Local historian Janice Quick pours over one of the historic ledgers at Forest Lawn Cemetery, where she conducted much of her research on Mathilde Dike.

Local historian uncovers forgotten story of a St. Paul woman.

Thu
12
Apr

Deputy shoots and kills man in Lake Elmo

Deputy shoots and kills man in Lake Elmo

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy in Lake Elmo just after midnight the morning of April 12.

Wed
11
Apr

DNR forcing North St. Paul to submit surface water plan


Aundrea Kinney/Review • North St. Paul must submit to the DNR a plan to convert the city’s water supply system from relying on groundwater to utilizing surface water. City Manager Craig Waldron noted at the April 2 city council meeting that this does not necessarily mean the city will actually be implementing the plan.

The North St.

Wed
11
Apr

Governor seeks permanent pre-k funding


Aundrea Kinney photos/Review • Castle Elementary School in Oakdale is one of the District 622 schools offering free pre-k to 4-year-olds this school year. Without the Legislature supporting renewed or permanent funding, the school may no longer be able to offer any free slots in its pre-k classes.

Funding affects District 622 and St. Mark’s Preschool differently.

Wed
04
Apr

Lake Elmo shuts down contaminated well and water tower


submitted photo • Lake Elmo took a well and a water tower offline March 28 following a recommendation from the Minnesota Department of Health, which discovered a perflurochemical concentration above its health-based advisory level. The affected well primarily served the Old Village area, providing water to properties south of the railroad tracks, along Lake Elmo Avenue South to Fifth Street. Properties in this area now are receiving clean water from two of the city’s other wells.

Lake Elmo shut down a city well and water tower March 28 due to contamination from perflurochemicals, often referred to as PFCs, which are man-made chemicals developed by 3M Company.

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