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Oct

New outdoor classroom comes to Vento sanctuary


The new outdoor classroom is built with native limestone quarried in Minnesota. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Just downhill from the potential site for Tracy Sides’ million-dollar idea lies the site of another innovation at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary: an outdoor classroom.
Dan McGuiness of the Lower Phalen Creek Project has been working to build a “classroom” setting to enhance the park’s options, with the help of grant money from the McNeely Foundation, directed to the project by 3M.

Mon
14
Oct

Five charged in a series of Craigslist robberies in St. Paul

The Ramsey County attorney’s office wants you to be wary of sketchy Craigslist deals.
This could include avoiding meeting a potential seller in an alleyway, or after dark.
Five people out of a six-person ring of three brothers, a girlfriend, and two acquaintances are charged with crimes related to a series of robberies undertaken using Craigslist ads.

Mon
14
Oct

City launches Railroad Island sweep

As part of an effort called “Spotlight on Railroad Island,” the St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspections will do an “environmental sweep” of properties in the Railroad Island neighborhood.
DSI director Ricardo Cervantes said the sweep will involve city inspectors looking for exterior property maintenance issues, including weeds, tall grass, litter and graffiti -- “those particular code issues that diminish the livability of the neighborhood,” Cervantes said.

Mon
14
Oct

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.

Fri
11
Oct

Photo evidence in Trevino trial released


The bag of evidence found near Keller Lake in Maplewood March 17 in one of the many searches family, friends and strangers made for clues to Kira Steger's disappearance. She was last seen in public Feb. 21. A pillowcase soaked in blood was found in the bag. Other items in the bag were a sports bra, shirt and sponge.

Photo evidence from the Jeffery Trevino trial was released to the public Friday, Oct. 11. Trevino, 39, was convicted of second degree unintentional murder of his wife, Kira Steger, 30. Steger was last seen publicly the evening of Feb. 21. Her body was recovered from the Mississippi River May 8. The couple lived in a rental home on the East Side of St. Paul.

Thu
10
Oct

Oakdale hosts first-ever fine arts fair


“Iowa Barn” by St. Paul photographer Steve Wewerka was shot in 2012 in northern Iowa. His work has been described as “atmospheric.” (submitted photos)

Art aficionados in the area can get their fill of local, beautifully crafted creations at Oakdale’s first-ever fine arts fair on Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Discovery Center.
The city has had an art gallery at the Discovery Center for the past six years, and the high level of participation led staff to look for a way to meet the growing interests of the local artists who display their work in the gallery and participate in the indoor markets over the winter.

Wed
09
Oct

Lake Elmo approves 2014 street improvement feasibility report

At the Oct. 1 city council meeting, Lake Elmo city officials approved the preparation of a feasibility report for several proposed street improvement projects to be completed next year.
The city plans to complete four projects of varying sizes in the Packard Park neighborhood, 20th Street North, Manning Trail and at Deer Pond Trail and Deer Pond Court in 2014.

Wed
09
Oct

District 621 and 282 School Board elections to be held Nov. 5

School Board elections for Mounds View Public Schools and the St. Anthony-New Brighton School District will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Voters will elect three residents to serve four-year terms on the Mounds View School Board. Four candidates are competing for those three open seats.
There are three seats open on the St. Anthony-New Brighton School Board. That race is uncontested, as there are just three candidates.

Wed
09
Oct

Bids on Vadnais Sports Center made public

The final three bids to purchase the ailing Vadnais Sports Center were made public on Monday, Sept. 30 in a public notice to bondholders from US Bank, the Center’s trustee.
The sport center was built in 2010 through bonds issued by the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Authority for $26.5 million. After three years of continuous financial woes, Community Facilities Partners -- the nonprofit that owns the facility -- put the sports center on the market with an asking price of  $13 million in July.

Wed
09
Oct

North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale & Stillwater schools post top assessment scores

Last year, the state implemented a new assessment system, called the Multiple Measurements Rating, to evaluate how schools stack up in terms of students’ Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores and academic growth from year to year.
This year, several Stillwater Area District and North St. Paul-Maplewood Oakdale District Title 1 schools received recognition for their students’ achievements in the 2012-2013 school year.

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