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Two Lillie staffers win statewide awards

It was all about vision for two Lillie Suburban Newspapers staffers in the 2013 Minnesota Newspaper Association’s “Better Newspapers” awards.
Photographer Linda Baumeister, who’s worked at the paper since 1991, and Nik VanDenMeerendonk, a graphic artist for six years.

Wed
25
Dec

For Bruentrups, historic farm still feels like home during holidays


In her Mrs. Claus attire and he in Santa hat for the Breakfast with Santa and later open house Dec. 7, Raydelle and Bill Bruentrup still spend time at the old homestead, volunteering countless hours on behalf of the Maplewood Area Historical Society. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Growing up on his family’s farm, Bill Bruentrup milked cows twice a day. Even on Christmas.
“On Christmas Eve, we’d milk a little bit earlier than we normally did so we could come in, clean up, eat dinner, and then we would open our presents,” the 72-year-old said. “I remember getting ready for Christmas, because we tried to get as many things done as we could.

Thu
19
Dec

Tartan students involved in stabbing incident

Tartan High School was locked down the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 13, after two male students, both sophomores, were involved in an altercation near the campus in which one student was stabbed in the leg and another was slashed in the hand.

Thu
19
Dec

Maplewood keeps property tax levy steady

Legislative changes helped Maplewood hold down its tax levy for 2014, meaning most property owners will pay slightly less in city taxes next year.
The Maplewood City Council on Dec. 9 unanimously approved the budget with no increase in the 2014 property tax levy, down from the 2 percent jump planned in the preliminary levy set in September.

Wed
18
Dec

North St. Paul fitness center to close

For North St. Paul, a place to exercise is too expensive to run.
The city’s fitness center will close on Dec. 31, about 21 years after the North St. Paul Community Center (now Community School) opened.

Wed
18
Dec

Beecroft hearing postponed, again

A hearing in the trial of Nicole Beecroft, 24, of Oakdale has been postponed for the second time in two months.
The hearing was originally set for Nov. 15 after Washington County Judge John Hoffman found her guilty of second-degree murder in September. Prosecutors requested an upward departure from sentencing guidelines based on aggravating factors, including the vulnerability of the infant and that Beecroft had treated the newborn with “particular cruelty.”

Thu
12
Dec

Maplewood man charged in rapes of two girls

A Maplewood man who police say called himself a preacher was recently charged with sexually abusing two girls repeatedly over nearly a decade, starting when they were about 6 and 7.
Jacoby Kindred, 61, is charged in the rapes of the two girls, now 14 and 16, at homes where he lived in Maplewood and St. Paul during overnight stays and in a St. Paul store's parking lot, according to the complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court on Dec. 11. He is facing two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Thu
12
Dec

Maplewood Police work with businesses on crime suppression

As a way of proactively working to reduce calls for service, assist in the reduction of theft-related loss to individuals and businesses, and to increase a sense of community safety, the Maplewood Police Department will launch its 2013 Holiday Crime Suppression Effort.

Mon
09
Dec

Carp-free Casey Lake in North St. Paul benefits east metro watershed


North St. Paul public works staff installed an aerator at Casey Lake on Monday, Dec. 2, to help provide oxygen over the winter to bluegill and bass, which were stocked in the wetland that used to be a breeding ground for thousands of carp. Casey is connected to the Phalen chain of lakes, where multiple groups have been working to get rid of the invasive common carp. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

With ice still too thin to skate on, most of the action at Casey Lake in North St. Paul is bubbling beneath the surface.
City staff recently installed an aeration system at the lake, which is surrounded by sports courts, trails and a playground. Air is now being mechanically pumped into the water to keep up oxygen levels, helping native Minnesota fish stay alive over the winter to boost fishing and keep out the common carp.

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