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Tue
19
Nov

Railroad activities have whole communities steamed


Cardigan Junction in Shoreview lies right beside a well established neighborhood off Rice Street north of I-694. (Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)

Residents of the Cardigan Junction neighborhood in Shoreview finally had a chance to voice their discord with increased rail activity near their homes with senior officials of Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) at a private meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7.  
CPR, which owns the Cardigan Junction railway intersection and switching yard in the southeastern Shoreview neighborhood, has seen a boom in business lately, according to Ed Greenberg, a spokesman for the company.

Mon
18
Nov

Developers, city officials break ground on North St. Paul senior housing


The North St. Paul City Council and city staff ceremonially break ground on the 114-unit Polar Ridge Senior Living Community, construction of which started in late October. (photos by Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

City officials and developers ceremonially kicked off construction of a 114-unit senior living complex in North St. Paul Thursday morning.
Though excavating machines started the big digging a few weeks ago, Trident Development representatives, the North St. Paul mayor and City Council and local businessman Tracy Luther, who helped spearhead the project, donned hard hats and picked up gold-painted shovels to toss some dirt in the air.

Mon
18
Nov

Metro State comes up with new, neighbor-friendly parking ramp


Before and after drawings of Metro State’s parking ramp plans show two different approaches. The new design includes a lower-profile parking ramp that’s one less story high, and allows for “street appeal” buildings along East 7th Street. (submitted graphic)

At long last, Metro State University seems to have a plan for a new parking ramp that doesn’t visibly anger its neighbors.
The school held closed-door meetings with community members and politicians, and came up with a new plan for their new buildings.

Mon
18
Nov

Family of hit-and-run motorcyclist will sell family home


The modest story and a half bungalow at 1455 East 6th St. was home to several generations of the Kromschroeder family. Now, the Kromschroeders are hoping a new family will pick it up and start their own family home. (photo courtesy of Jaime Holst)

For one East Side home, it’s the end of an era.
For the first time in a century, there will not be a Kromschroeder living in the 3-bedroom bungalow that sits just north of Harding High School on East 6th Street.
The stucco bungalow, with a modest and classic feel, was built in 1916 by the same family that lived there up until September. The last Kromschroeder still on the East Side, 92-year-old Roy Kromschroeder was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident.

Mon
18
Nov

When does a city council get involved in Black Friday?

Black Friday bargain-hunters have one more thing to be thankful for this year: the City of Inver Grove Heights will allow Walmart to remain open continuously from Thanksgiving Day into the day after to maximize holiday shopping hours.
The Inver Grove Heights Walmart is normally restricted to 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. hours as part of an agreement struck with developers in 2003, when the store was built, to appease residents in the area.

Mon
18
Nov

Group focuses on fixing East Side feral cats


A feral cat comes out from hiding to feed last week. The cat is one of about a dozen living along the 800 block of East Third Street in the Mounds Park area. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

One feline-friendly group of volunteers is seeking to curb the feral cat population in the East Side.
They’re using an approach called “trap-neuter-return” to do it, a practice that’s only been legal in the city since 2007.
Deb Hernandez, who volunteers with Feline Rescue, a no-kill cat shelter based in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood, has identified two colonies near her home that the group is focusing on.

Mon
18
Nov

IGH keeps wind turbine ordinance moving


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An ordinance that would allow vertical axis wind turbines in certain areas of Inver Grove Heights is still churning, despite mixed opinions on the city council.
The council voted 4-1 to advance the draft ordinance to a third and final reading in its Nov. 12 meeting. While the move doesn’t guarantee the ordinance will make it into city code, it keeps the draft alive for discussion.
If the ordinance does pass a final reading at the council’s Nov. 25 meeting, it would allow vertical axis wind turbines at heights up to 52.5 feet in certain agricultural and residentially zoned districts of the city.

Mon
18
Nov

Group inspires East Siders to reach out to troubled youth


The graduates of the East Side’s Ambassadors for Youth program devoted eight Tuesday nights to learn how to connect with kids in their community. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Rather than focus on how policing can help reduce youth crime on the East Side, Dave Wilmes from St. Paul Youth Services suggests a more multi-faceted approach.
Neighbors, he asserts, are an untapped resource.
While many residents feel motivated to work with young people, they don’t always know how, he said. So he’s hoping St. Paul Youth Services’ Ambassadors for Youth program will give them the knowledge they need to reach out.

Fri
15
Nov

Former sheriff’s deputy convicted of misconduct, drug possession

A former Washington County sheriff’s deputy was convicted last week of misconduct by a public employee and illegal possession of prescription drugs after he was caught illicitly accessing and stealing from the county’s drug disposal bin earlier this year.
Oakdale resident Ricky Harry Gruber, 44, was originally charged with felony drug possession, felony theft, misconduct of a public officer and unlawful possession of pharmacy drugs. The theft charge was dismissed, and Gruber pleaded not guilty to four of the charges.

Thu
14
Nov

Bomb squad: North St. Paul downtown block evacuated due to 'hoax device'


North St. Paul police cleaned up the blown-up hoax device on Thursday, after the St. Paul Police Department Bomb Squad gave the all clear just after 2 p.m. (photos by Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

The St. Paul bomb squad blew up a “hoax device” Thursday in North St. Paul, after rescue personnel evacuated a block of downtown buildings and blocked off East Seventh Street.
North St. Paul police received a report of a suspicious package next to a trash can in front of Luther Auctions at 2556 E. Seventh Ave., just after noon.

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