December 2013

Mon
23
Dec

WSP, Mendota Heights finalize 2014 levies

The snow is crisp and the calendar is winding down, signaling that special time has come once again: cities are finalizing budgets and levies for the upcoming year.
While this seasonal tradition doesn’t come with hot chocolate and candy canes, mild improvements in the economy and favorable changes in state law have perhaps imbued the budgeting process with a bit more cheer than in recent years.

Mon
23
Dec

A 2014 prescription

The Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) members are neither professional law enforcement officers, nor are they trained firefighters. They are first responders without credentials. They are citizens who are trained to respond in a limited capacity if bad things should happen. They are generally under the local law enforcement entity. Ours is under the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department. The training is similar throughout the nation. It is taught by professionals in areas of likely need if that need arises.

Mon
23
Dec

Robert Street project split into two phases


This concept design shows what Robert Street’s sidewalks may look like following direction from the city council to split the work in to a separate project from road reconstruction. (submitted photo)

Road reconstruction for West St. Paul’s Robert Street project remains on track, but aesthetic components such as paver-lined sidewalks, streetlights and trees intended to revitalize the corridor will likely be spun off into a follow-up project, according to the design team.
The move to sever the two components of the largest project in city history is intended to help the city take time to plan the streetscape (sidewalk) phase without delaying the street reconstruction plans — a delay that could jeopardize $7 million in federal funding.

Mon
23
Dec

East Siders turn up to help dole out gifts


Bill Nisbit jokes with another volunteer as they put out gifts on tables. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

Hot Wheels, Play-Doh, basketballs, baseball gloves, footballs, Target gift cards -- the gifts poured in for East Siders in need.
Merrick Community Services was able to help 1,000 families have presents to give to their kids this holiday season, via a toy drive culminating in a toy distribution event.
The annual toy drive has been going strong for decades.

Mon
23
Dec

East Sider goes all out with lights display


Doug Schultz, at right, got a lot of help from his neighbors in setting up his light show. Shown clockwise are neighbors Pam Voss and her son T.J. Voss, Carla Hoffman, Rick Buckley, and John Hansen. The lights display has brought the neighbors closer, Voss said. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

To say that the holiday lights display at 1526 York Ave. is exuberant is most certainly an understatement.
It’s got 40,000 lights, fills up the front yards of six homes, and is synced up to a rotating queue of 36 Christmas songs with the help of computer light sequencing software.

Mon
23
Dec

Inquiring minds: I’m trying to find the name of a man...

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.
Q. I’m trying to find the name of a man who was supposed to be the first American soldier to cross the Rhine into Germany during World War II. After the War, he became a manager at a steel plant. He settled a bitter strike and reformed the plant. Later he became a labor/management consultant, and I know there has been a book written about him.

Mon
23
Dec

Chicago man sees state’s longest sentence in state for sex trafficking

Arteco Marvel Rhodes, 38, of Chicago, Ill., was sentenced to 26 1/2 years for selling a 15-year-old girl for sex in St. Paul.
Ramsey County Judge Salvador Rosas sentenced him on Friday, Dec. 13.
The sentence is believed to be the longest penalty to date in Minnesota for sex trafficking, according to the Ramsey County attorney’s office.

Sun
22
Dec

East Side Review police reports Nov. 28 - Dec. 4, 2013

Thursday, Nov. 28 - Wednesday, Dec. 4 police reports for St. Paul Districts 1, 2, 4 & 5.

Fri
20
Dec

Make room for those in need on shopping lists

If Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday were not enough to remind you how quickly the holidays are approaching, the recent snowfalls and arctic chill that enveloped Minnesota this December have been a clear sign.  
This time of year, families across Minnesota are planning travel and get-togethers, shopping for that one special gift, decorating their homes, and preparing favorite holiday meals. We find ourselves thinking back to our childhood - perhaps even calling to mind that one special gift we treasured for the rest of the year. Unfortunately, for too many families, this holiday season brings few reasons to celebrate - which is particularly difficult for the youngest among us.

Thu
19
Dec

'Official Award' goes to Tim Heck of New Brighton

Tim Heck of New Brighton, was the winner of the United States Tennis Association Northern Section’s Rocky Rockwell Grassroots Official Award given to an official  who has done outstanding work at the grassroots level at a banquet Nov. 22 at the Minneapolis Club in Minneapolis.

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