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Aug

Police file search warrant for phone records in Steger murder case

On July 26, police filed a search warrant affidavit for the cell phone records of a man who sold Kira Steger’s iPhone to a local electronics resale company following her disappearance last winter.
Investigators discovered through records obtained from Apple Inc. that Steger’s phone had been reactivated in Indonesia after having been sold to EZ Traderz in St. Paul.
The store owner gave police the name of the man who sold the iPhone, and law enforcement officials were able to contact and get statements from the individual. Now they hope to acquire the man’s phone records to verify that the statements he made are correct.

Fri
09
Aug

Young man sustains severe brain injury during attack


Raymond Widstrand

One young man's life is ruined following a senseless attack.
26-year-old Raymond Widstrand was assaulted nearly to death on Sunday, Aug. 4, around 11:30 p.m., according to a criminal complaint filed by the Ramsey County attorney's office.

Thu
08
Aug

‘Bigs’ make a difference in the lives of their ‘Littles’


Tom Grezek and his “Little,” Joseph, have been matched for almost three years. Grezek said he enjoys helping his mentees with their academics and watching them acquire the life skills they need to succeed. (submitted photos)

Adele Moran won’t forget the evening she met her “Little,” 8-year-old Brianna, nearly 10 years ago.
“I saw this little face staring at me through a frosted window,” Moran recalled of the first time she went to pick up her match through the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. And the pair has been spending time together ever since.
Moran, an IT manager at 3M, is just one example of a Washington County resident who has chosen to volunteer for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities. The organization is currently looking for other adults in Washington County who’d be willing to mentor a child, said vice president of programs Cindy Bahmer, adding that there are currently more than 40 children in the county who are waiting for a match.

Thu
08
Aug

Raising flags for American spirit


The Rotary Club initiated “The American Spirit” project on the Fourth of July, with 65 flags flying at area residents’ homes. (submitted photos)

The Rotary Club of North St. Paul, Maplewood and Oakdale is launching a project to decorate the communities in red, white and blue on patriotic holidays.
The club’s project, “The American Spirit,” is a service that installs American flags in residents’ yards on six holidays throughout the year.
“If you look around, you don’t see that many flags,” Rotary Club member Joseph Miller said. “(This project) helps grow this concept of patriotism.”

Thu
08
Aug

Lake Elmo landowners’ annexation petition upheld


image courtesy Google Maps

Lake Elmo received some disappointing news last month when it learned that its appeal of a January 2012 annexation decision had been denied.
Bernard and Loella Nass, Robert Buberl, and Patricia and Thomas Bidon own the land, situated in the northeast corner of the city at State Highway 36 and Manning Avenue. Thomas Bidon is a former Lake Elmo Planning Commission member.
The group had submitted the annexation petition to the Office of Administrative Hearings in 2011 as an attempt to gain the right to use their combined 57 acres of property for residential or commercial development. The properties are currently zoned for agricultural use, which not only means no businesses, but that there may only be one home per 2.2 acres.

Thu
08
Aug

Man assaulted with machete at Tanners Lake, charges say

A St. Paul man has been charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon after an incident at Tanners Lake Park July 20.
Just before 11 p.m., an Oakdale police officer on patrol near Tanners Lake boat launch was flagged down by a man who said he’d been assaulted by a man wielding a large knife, according to the criminal complaint. The man had cuts on his lip and left hand.
The complaint states the officer observed another man standing next to a minivan who said his friend, 28-year-old Raymond Guzard Aaron Jr., had gotten into an argument with the victim in the parking lot and that he’d tried to “diffuse the situation.”

Wed
07
Aug

Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park has grand reopening


Vadnais Heights Council member Jerry Auge releasing a rehabilitated hooded merganser from the Wildlife Rehabilitation center of Minnesota in Roseville. (submitted photo)

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the redeveloped Vadnais Lakes portion of Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park was held on Wednesday, July 24 from 5 to 6 p.m.
The ceremony included remarks from Vadnais Heights Mayor Marc Johannsen and the release of several rehabilitated hooded mergansers from the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville.
The mayor, city council members and state legislators, also attended the ceremony held by Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman and the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department.

Wed
07
Aug

St. Paul teen ejected from vehicle in Mounds View

A 17-year-old girl from St. Paul was ejected from the vehicle she was driving in a rollover while traveling north on I-35W in Mounds View around 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1.
According to a Minnesota State Patrol incident report, Olivia D. Schaab-Johnson, rolled her 2002 Hyundai Sante Fe while trying to exit from northbound I-35W to County Road 10 at the last minute.

Wed
07
Aug

Shoreview names 2013 Green Community Award Winners


A walking path through Dawn Pape’s native prairie garden. The Pape’s won a 2013 Green Community Award from the city for their eco-friendly gardening practices. (submitted photo)

Shoreview’s Environmental Quality Committee (EQC) announced the winners of this year’s Green Community Awards during the Slice of Shoreview Days.
The awards program, now in its seventh year, was originally started by local Sierra Club members to recognize residents who have taken steps on their property to improve water quality in local lakes, streams and wetlands.
Examples include the planting of shoreline buffers, gardens with native plants and the installation of rain gardens to reduce erosion and help filter out contaminants from storm water.

Wed
07
Aug

Meet the 2013 Maplewood primary election candidates

Only the Aug. 13 Maplewood primary stands between the candidates for mayor and city council and Election Day Nov. 5. There are currently three candidates for mayor and six candidates for two city council seats.
One mayoral candidate and two council candidates will be eliminated after the primary election. Several candidates responded to the Review’s candidate questionnaires.
Polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, for the primary election. Those who are not currently registered to vote may do so at the polls. Call the Maplewood Citizens Services Department at 651-249-2001 to learn more about which forms of identification will be accepted for same-day registration.

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