Aundrea Kinney

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

Wed
23
May

Two local elementary schools to be remodeled

In an effort to reduce crowding and be proactive about the area’s growing population, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District 622 has begun planning for remodeling work to be done at two area elementary schools.

Mon
21
May

One-year-old boy hit and killed by car at Maplewood home

Was thought to have been inside house

 

A 1-year-old boy was accidentally struck and killed by a vehicle driven by a family member in a Maplewood neighborhood the night of May 20.

Wed
16
May

Tobacco 21 discussions begin slowly in Maplewood


file photo • Youth from John Glenn Middle School’s Support Our School group have talked with several elected officials about raising the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21. During Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation Day on March 22, the students met with Reps. Leon Lillie and Peter Fischer, as well as Sen. Chuck Wiger, at the Capitol, and in April, they met with Maplewood Mayor Nora Slawik.

Cities changing the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21 is a growing trend in the metro area. The week of May 7, Shoreview and Falcon Heights became the first east metro cities to join the trend, which includes five other cities in Minnesota.

Wed
16
May

Legislature may delay water-use changes tied to White Bear Lake ruling

The Minnesota House passed a bill May 8 that might provide relief to some east metro cities that have recently received groundwater restrictions from the Department of Natural Resources.

Wed
16
May

Candidate filing for some elected positions opens May 22

The first round of candidate filing for the Nov. 6 general election will open May 22 and run through June 5 for several elected offices.

Wed
09
May

North St. Paul installs new weather siren


courtesy of City of North St. Paul • North St. Paul had a new severe weather siren installed on the roof of City Hall May 3 next to the existing siren, which will continue to be sounded at noon every day. The new siren, which has a different tone, will only be used in the event of severe weather.

North St. Paul installed a new Federal Signal siren May 3 to be used for severe weather warnings. The siren that residents are used to hearing every day at noon has not been decommissioned and will continue to mark midday.

Wed
09
May

Oakdale cheerleading squad wins national championship


submitted photo • An Oakdale-based cheerleading squad made up of 14 metro area girls recently won its division at the All Star Cheer Competition National Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Lightning, a cheerleading squad out of Oakdale, won the Recreation Level Three Division All Star Cheer Competition National Championship, which was held recently in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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. 

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