Solomon Gustavo

Wed
22
May

Voters approve $275 million ISD 622 bond

Residents of the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District voted in support of the district’s request for money to improve schools. 

The $275 million bond request passed by a margin of 61% to 38% following the May 14 referendum. 

Wed
22
May

North St. Paul holds citywide garage sale


Merk Wessel participated in the North St. Paul citywide garage sale on May 16, happy to try and get rid of stuff his kids passed on when they moved out. (Solomon Gustavo photos/Review)

Sometimes, people just need a little push. As for clearing out some space in storage, or finally selling a certain item, North St. Paul gave its residents a little incentive by holding a citywide garage sale May 16 to 18. 

Wed
22
May

Spring crossings


Also back is construction season, which kicked off with its typical gusto as soon as winter winds stopped gusting, as evidenced by these workers on Highway 36. (Solomon Gustavo photos/Review)

Spring’s splendid return also brought with it a couple roadblocks. One is adorable, the other, not so much. Both occurred on the now snow-cleared streets. 

Wed
22
May

Motorist dresses skeleton model in carpool scheme


This is not model behavior.

The disguise of a hoodie was not enough to fool the Minnesota State Patrol.

On a sunny May 10, a trooper on Interstate 35E in Maplewood spotted a model skeleton riding in the passenger seat of a car driving in the MnPASS carpool lane. 

Wed
15
May

Store owner hangs on, offers space for readers and authors


Paperbacks Plus owner Kathryn Harris with her dog, Mario, also known as Biblio. The store is on North St. Paul’s East Seventh Avenue. (Solomon Gustavo/Review)

Store owner hangs on, offers space for readers and authors

 

Every brick and mortar business is in a fight for its life with online retailers. 

Wed
15
May

North St. Paul poet brings the raw


Poet Michael Sean Prenosil

As a young guy growing up in Shoreview, Michael Sean Prenosil, 33, felt he couldn’t shake the pressures of old-world, stereotypical masculinity. 

Wed
15
May

Maplewood author loves crows, racoons, writing fun stories


Author Tony Ducklow

Tony Ducklow likes to act out the spelling of his last name. 

“It’s duck, low,” he says as he squats and smiles. 

Ducklow also likes pets. Odd pets. As a kid, he kept crows and racoons. 

Wed
15
May

Lake Elmo Coffee returns


Lake Elmo Coffee on Lake Elmo Avenue was shuttered by its previous owners in March, then purchased by new owners Joan and Shane Manzara and reopened in April. (Solomon Gustavo/Review)

Lake Elmo’s small town mainstreet charm lies on a sliver of Lake Elmo Avenue. 

The rural downtown is home to a post office, fire station and library. Then, in November 2017, Lake Elmo Coffee opened. 

Wed
15
May

Bike and motorcycle awareness month off to fatal start

Bicyclist is killed in Oakdale, motorcyclist dies in Maplewood 

 

May is both bicycle and motorcycle awareness month, an effort to stop springtime crashes that occur as people head out to ride as the weather turns nicer.

Wed
08
May

$275 million ISD 622 bond goes to vote May 14


Construction at Richardson Elementary is already underway. District officials are now asking residents for money for further improvements throughout the District. (Solomon Gustavo/Review)

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale District 622 School Board agreed to ask residents for $275 million to build two new schools and renovate five, while closing three schools in the process.

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