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Mar

Oakdale Kmart garden center collapses

Even buildings are tired of the weather this winter.
Following a blizzard that dumped about 10 inches of snow on the Twin Cities Feb. 20, the roof of the outdoor garden shop on the east side of the Oakdale Kmart, located at 7191 Tenth St. N., caved in the morning of Feb. 21.

Wed
05
Mar

Oakdale council takes first step toward turning AmericInn into senior housing

Following discussions at two separate meetings, Oakdale City Council members recently approved a plan that would allow the AmericInn Hotel, located at 6630 Hudson Blvd., just north of Interstate 94 and east of Tanners Lake, to be remodeled into a senior living facility.
At its Feb. 25 meeting, city council members voted unanimously to rezone the property for “Limited Business” use. This will “maintain the site’s essentially commercial nature while still allowing for an assisted living site,” according to a staff report.

Wed
05
Mar

Lake Elmo allows chickens, bees in smaller yards


Chickens move about their Oakdale coop. Lake Elmo residents with at least half an acre can now raise chickens of their own. Bees are also permitted. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Natasha Fleischman took in a brood of chickens when a friend was forced to get rid of the fowl.  
“I really thought they were fun to have around,” the Lake Elmo resident said. “They come running when you call them. They’re fun to watch.
“There’s something so fulfilling about going out and getting your own eggs. For three years, I didn’t buy eggs at a grocery store, ever.”

Wed
05
Mar

Mounds View High School senior inspires others to be brave


Long-standing friends Sammie Hallgren, Kirsta Graf and Tessah Indlecoffer at the Winter Week pepfest on Jan. 31. (submitted photo)

Kirsta Graf is well known among her peers and the faculty at Mounds View High School (MVHS) for her exuberance, positive attitude and her unwavering commitment to her school. She is a Mustang mentor, a front desk greeter, a Young Life member and the girl’s basketball team manager.
Kirsta has Down syndrome, but she has never let that keep her from her passion for performing and inspiring others.  The 18-year-old senior has had a love for the stage since she was a little girl.  Her mother, Alicia Graf, says it all started in a first grade drama class when her daughter played a roll in the class’s performance of the Lion King.

Wed
05
Mar

Arden Hills City Council says no to Xcel franchise fees

Following a second public hearing on utility franchise fees on Monday, Feb. 24, the Arden Hills City Council made a unanimous decision to halt any further discussion of enacting the fees.  Had it been implemented, the franchise fee agreement with Xcel Energy would have added $4.75 per month to city residents’ gas and electric bills -- a $3 flat rate for electricity and $1.75 for natural gas.
“I think we have heard loud and clear from the residents and we have had some good speakers for [franchise fees], but the vast majority have been against. The community does not want franchise fees,” council member Fran Holmes said.

Wed
05
Mar

Girls basketball playoffs tip off this week

The road to the final high school winter sports state tournament begins this week for the Bulletin-area girls basketball teams. All three teams face tough tasks in their respective section tournaments.

Tue
04
Mar

The state of Roseville in 2014

Mayor Dan Roe delivered his fourth annual “State of the City” address at city hall last week, where he touted some of the city’s accomplishments from last year and spoke of some of the city’s plans for this year.
Roe gave credit to the city’s residents, businesses, volunteers, staff and local officials for helping to keep the city in a strong state. He said Roseville is well positioned to face future challenges and is poised for continued success moving forward.

Tue
04
Mar

Trudgeon named new Roseville city manager

Patrick Trudgeon Roseville City Manager
Patrick Trudgeon

Patrick Trudgeon has stepped into his official role as the new Roseville city manager.
At its Feb. 24 meeting, the Roseville City Council unanimously approved a contract for Trudgeon, effective immediately. Trudgeon took over as interim city manager in May of last year, and the council voted in January to enter into contract negotiations with him for the permanent position.

Tue
04
Mar

Raiders draw second seed in GBB playoffs

With only a few weeks left in the winter high school sports season, the girls basketball squad is the lone Roseville Area High School team still in action. The Raiders begin their quest for a state-tournament berth this week.
Roseville ended up as the No. 2 seed in Section 4AAAA and hosts seventh-seeded Mahtomedi on Wednesday at 7 p.m. It is a very top-heavy section as three teams have reached the 20-win plateau this season.

Mon
03
Mar

City looks to make Gateway station steering committee


A map of the Gateway Corridor shows how the route would come from the east suburbs into downtown St. Paul’s Union Depot. (submitted graphic)

As an added provision for St. Paul’s portion of the proposed Gateway Corridor transitway, the city is setting up a steering committee to involve residents in planning East Side stations along the route.
The Gateway corridor is a proposed commuter transit line that would connect residents of the eastern suburbs and the East Side of St. Paul with downtown St. Paul. Under consideration are a light-rail line or a new rapid-transit bus lane.

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