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Nov

Voters elect 3 first-time members to ISD 197 board

Come January, 15-year-old students at Henry Sibley High School won’t be the only freshmen in the district.
Voters in West St. Paul, Mendota Heights and Eagan elected three first-time members to the District 197 school board, while the sole incumbent candidate on the ballot collected the fewest votes.

Mon
11
Nov

IGH school referendum passes narrowly

It may not have been an overwhelming show of support, but the slim 127-vote margin by which Inver Grove Heights residents voted in favor of the school district’s bond referendum was enough to yield some big fixes for community schools.
The $24.8 million bond referendum received 1,761 yes votes in the Nov. 5 election, or 52 percent of the total vote, compared to 1,634 votes against.

Sun
10
Nov

Chicago man found guilty of sex trafficking

A Chicago man was found guilty in Ramsey County District Court of sex trafficking a 15-year-old girl in St. Paul.
Arteco Marvell Rhodes, 38, was found guilty of sex trafficking and possessing child pornography.

Wed
06
Nov

New Maplewood mayor, elected councilors hope for positive future

Nora Slawik is Maplewood’s next mayor, beating former leader Diana Longrie by an overwhelming margin in Tuesday's election.
The mayoral and council races became three against three after the primary, which left two mayoral candidates and four council candidates decidedly on different sides of the fence.

Wed
06
Nov

Lake Elmo Park Reserve to close for deer hunts

Those who frequently use Lake Elmo Park Reserve, located at 1515 Keats Avenue, should be aware that the park will be closed on two different weekends in November: Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 16-17. The reason for the closures? An overabundance of hungry, antlered plant-eaters.
Two deer management harvests have been scheduled at the popular Washington County park, with just over 50 hunters having obtained special lottery permits from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources setting up camp within the reserve.
The participating hunters attended a mandatory safety orientation in October.

Wed
06
Nov

Construction starts on in-demand senior housing in North St. Paul


An excavator digs earth and moves it as construction begins on the Polar Ridge Senior Living complex in North St. Paul. The facility will house 114 units. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

A St. Cloud developer recently demolished a large portion of a Helen Street parking lot near downtown North St. Paul, one of the first steps to construct a 114-unit senior living facility that has already attracted dozens of prospective residents.
Before they handed off the waiting list to Trident Development, city staffers took down more than 50 names of people interested in the complex, according to Paul Ammerman, community development director.

Wed
06
Nov

Double vision: New horrors, honors of war come home to veteran


Ellsworth Erickson spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the North St. Paul Historical Society Museum last March about his bird’s-eye view of World War II. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

It’s been nearly 70 years since North St. Paul resident Ellsworth Erickson returned home from the European Theater of World War II.
But, in just the last six months, the long arm of the world’s deadliest conflict reached out to the 89-year-old and shook what he thought he knew and felt about his service to their foundations.

Wed
06
Nov

Beecroft hearing scheduled for Nov. 15

A status hearing for Nicole Beecroft, 24, has been set for Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 9 a.m. at the Washington County Courthouse. At the end of September Beecroft was found guilty of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her newborn.

Wed
06
Nov

Woodwork of “neighborhood grandfather” celebrated


Marty Gerr and his dog, Trinket, who was one of his first visitors after he got out of surgery to remove a mass from his lung. (Alex Holmquist / Review)

On some nights, all of Jerrold Avenue in Arden Hills is lit up thanks to Marty Gerr’s handiwork.
Marty recalls his daughter driving him home from one of his many hospital stays during the past year, and seeing every one of the solar light holders he’d carved for each of his neighbors shining brightly in the night.
Marty, an avid wood carver, has carved many clever little contraptions in his basement woodshed over the years. In addition to the 65 solar light holders he passed out to neighbors, friends and family members, he’s built broomholders, toys for neighborhood kids, whistles and most recently, a Little Free Library for his neighborhood.

Wed
06
Nov

Slawik beats former mayor in Maplewood election

Nora Slawik will be Maplewood’s next mayor, beating former leader Diana Longrie in Tuesday's election.
About 67 percent of votes went to Slawik. Longrie, 55, a local attorney who held the position from 2006-09,  took just shy of one third of votes, according to unofficial results.

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