November 2013

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Police warn of phone scam targeting Spanish speakers - East Side

St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District noticed a string of reports of a phone scammer on the prowl.
Police said Spanish-speaking adults have reported someone claiming to be from “Xcel Energy” had called them. The scammer would tell the victims they are past due on utility bills, and that their power will be shut off.

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Swimming with sharks


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Johnson High School principal Micheal Thompson swam with sharks as part of a fundraising effort on Thursday, Nov. 14, Give to the Max Day.
Thompson, along with other principals and faculty, swam in the Sea Life Minnesota aquarium at the Mall of America as Johnson High students watched.

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Nov

City identifies East Seventh Street as a starter streetcar route


A map of the Seventh Street streetcar line’s rough outline was drafted by the city. The alignment through downtown is yet to be determined. (submitted graphic)

The East Side could be first in the cue for a streetcar line.
In the final phase of the city’s Streetcar Feasibility Study, the East Seventh Street corridor was identified as a top choice for routes.

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Mendota Heights to tackle Victoria Road project in phases

Faced with one of its most expensive projects in recent memory, the Mendota Heights City Council has decided it will soften the financial blow of its extensive street repairs in the Rolling Green/Victoria Road neighborhoods by  splitting the work into stages.
At its Nov. 19 meeting, the council unanimously voted in favor of an option that would rehabilitate streets in the Rolling Green neighborhood and reconstruct Victoria Road North in 2014, while leaving the reconstruction of Victoria Road South for a later date.

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Dakota County law enforcement warns against marijuana legislation


Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom warned attendees at a forum in West St. Paul Nov. 20 he believed pending legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota would lead to increased public safety hazards. (Luke Reiter/Review)

State legislators behind a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use in Minnesota need to mellow out, according to Dakota County law enforcement officials.
The assessment came as part of a forum on the subject of legalized marijuana hosted by the Dakota County Attorney’s Office at Thompson Park’s Dakota Lodge in West St. Paul Nov. 20. Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom told those in attendance he worried attitudes toward cannabis were growing more lax due to misinformation and apathy.

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With guilty verdicts in sex ring, case comes to a close

The sex ring case involving two brothers and their uncles is wrapping up, with four sets of guilty verdicts.
All four Washington family members that were charged in April, including two brothers and their uncles, have now been convicted for sex trafficking.
The last of four family members, Otis Deno Washington, 30, of St. Paul, was found guilty of sex trafficking crimes on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

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East Siders celebrate community booster’s retirement


Karin DuPaul (right), standing with “the spirit of Swede Hollow,” looks out at the crowd of people that attended her party on Monday, Nov. 18 at the Historic Mounds Theatre. DuPaul will retire from the Dayton’s Bluff district council after 30 years of involvement. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

St. Paul Police Cmmdr. Joe Neuberger pretends to arrest Karin DuPaul. A long-time community activist, DuPaul coordinated community meetings with the Eastern District Police Dept. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Karin DuPaul is shown at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. (submitted photo)

For some people’s retirement parties, they get a cake, a greeting card and maybe a little scrapbook.
But not Karin DuPaul, community organizer at the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council. That would be a small gesture in comparison to the theatrical commemoration of her 30 some years of service to the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood.
DuPaul will turn 70 next week and in December plans to retire from her post as the community engagement coordinator at the Dayton’s Bluff District Council. She served on the council’s board from 1982 to 1994, and started as the community coordinator there in 1996.

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Holiday Happenings 2013

The Lillie Newspapers Holiday Happenings guide for 2013.  Sponsored by The Spectacle Shoppe, PJW Automotive, St. Anthony Eye Clinic, and Sweet Chocolat.

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Charges filed in Roseville bank robbery

A 30-year-old Crystal man has been charged with one count of armed bank robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm after an Oct. 29 bank robbery in Roseville.

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Man pleads guilty to assault in Roseville hit-and-run incident

A 52-year-old Minneapolis man pleaded guilty Wednesday to striking two Army recruiters with his vehicle in a Roseville parking lot.

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