Heather Edwards


SSP resident teaches ‘clean eating’ success

Carisa Rasmussen (submitted photo)

Since losing 80 pounds, South St. Paul resident Carisa Rasmussen has been spreading the word about “clean eating,” an eating philosophy that strives for eating food in its most natural, unprocessed state.
Her lifestyle is certainly healthy now, but this wasn’t always the case. Several years ago, she weighed 210 pounds.


‘Whistle Down the Wind’ premieres at St. Mark’s

In “Whistle Down the Wind,” three children (Mason Wold, Riley Ebner and Ellie Peterson) find a man (Andy Peterson) in their barn and mistake him for a Messiah. (photos by Heather Edwards/Review)

For most people, the name Andrew Lloyd Webber is associated with Broadway hits such as  “Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats“.  However, among Webber ‘s plays is a lesser -known, beautifully haunting musical called  “Whistle Down the Wind,” and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in North St. Paul is currently presenting it.


Simley High School students work to pass referendum, others voice concerns

Though many of them can’t vote Nov. 5 on the District 199 request for voters to approve bonding funds, district students are doing what they can to promote the cause.
“Students for Better Schools” members have set about their campaign like larger counterparts on the state and national scene. They have a mission statement, officers and an organized door-knocking project. They also launched a Facebook site (search “Students for Better Schools”) and a Twitter feed they’ll use for Election Day get-out-the-vote messages.


Teens indicted for WSP murder

Three teens have been indicted on first-and second-degree homicide charges in the shooting death of West St. Paul resident Luis David Reyes-Galvan, 31.
Each has been indicted on charges of murder in the first degree while committing aggravated robbery, murder in the second degree -- intentional, and murder in the second degree while committing a felony.


Pizza may build a house for Zack Mohs

If faith can move mountains, surely pizza can build a house.
South St. Paul resident Cheryl Young has one dream: to build a house that her son can call home. To help make this dream a reality, she’ll be selling Heggies Pizzas.


North High alumnus back in town with ‘Wicked’

North High School graduate Adam McDonald poses backstage with an intimidating “Wicked” prop. Adam is currently on tour with “Wicked,” serving as second key and as an associate conductor.

He may be a nice guy, but Adam McDonald has spent nearly two years being Wicked.
That’s how long the North High alum has been working with the national touring company of the Broadway hit “Wicked.” Adam has served as the tour’s orchestra as “key 1”; recently he was promoted to Associate Conductor and took over “key 2.”


Former IGH resident charged with stealing $95,000 from bank

A former Inver Grove Heights resident who took $95,000 from a Farmington bank has been sentenced to jail, probation and one hefty repayment plan.
Leah Marie Bremner, 32, was sentenced Oct. 1 to 30 days in jail, 90 days of electronic home monitoring, and probation for up to 20 years in connection with the loss of $95,000 from a bank in Lakeville where she worked. In addition, Bremner was ordered to pay restitution for the stolen money.


Officers honored for bravery, cool heads and compassion

Inver Grove Heights Police Chief Larry Stanger presented Awards of Honor to Inver Grove Heights Police Officer Joe Boche, former IGH Officer Chris Wegner and Mendota Heights Officer Bobby Lambert at the Sept. 13 Dakota County Chiefs of Police ceremony. West St. Paul Police Officer Thomas Braucks (not pictured) also received an Award of Honor. (Heather Edwards/Review)

Most people would say police officers rarely get the thanks they deserve for their service.
While that may be true, you can assuage your guilt slightly knowing the exemplary work of local police officers has not gone unnoticed: officers from South St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Inver Grove Heights and West St. Paul received awards from the Dakota County Chiefs of Police Association for putting their own lives in jeopardy, saving others and keeping their cool.


Simley weight room beefs up with equipment donation

Anytime Fitness employees, school staff and student athletes gathered at Simley High School Aug. 21 to celebrate the donation of $20,000 worth of training equipment to the school. (submitted photo)

Don’t be surprised if your Simley high-schooler is soon straining the sleeves of the back-to-school clothes you just bought.
Simley High School is offering an updated and expanded array of training equipment in its weight room this year thanks to a donation from Anytime Fitness. Anytime Fitness replaced the equipment in its Inver Grove Heights branch last month and in turn donated the old equipment to the school district in a brief ceremony Aug. 21. In total, Simley received an estimated $20,000 worth of strength training equipment.


New year, new computers for SSP students

When South St. Paul High students go back to school Sept. 3, they’ll be equipped with a new educational tool: a Google Samsung Chromebook.
Recently the district purchased 800 of the laptops in an effort to equip all juniors and seniors with a computer for use at home and school. Students in the upper elementary grades will also be able to use additional Chromebooks available in student areas.


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