The fallen streetlight involved in the crash remained on the ground the afternoon of Jan. 21. The surveillance footage posted on the South St. Paul Police Department's Facebook page garnered nearly 16,000 views, and led investigators to the driver, a city commissioner. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Police post video searching for man, turns out to be city commission member A South St. Paul Planning Commission member recently got more safety testing than he bargained for while test-driving a car, according to police. John Ross, 58, who a few weeks ago was considered as an applicant for an open City Council seat, is facing a misdemeanor charge of fleeing the scene of a crash, after a car he was driving felled a city streetlight in front of the South St. Paul Public Library Jan. 13.
'Straight shooter' William Flatley looks to 2015
William Flatley is set to be South St. Paul's newest council member. "I want to make a difference for, not only our citizens but for our businesses," the lifelong South St. Paul resident said. The South St. Paul City Council appointed Flatley Monday to replace Chris Lehmann, who resigned in October after about 11 years on the council in order to serve as a judge.
Dakota County Chief Deputy Tim Leslie was elected to replace his mentor, Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows, once his term expires Dec. 31. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Dave Bellows reflects on term as county’s top cop
Tim Leslie of Mendota Heights has shared an office wall with Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows in Hastings for more than four years.
As chief deputy, Leslie has been focusing on the internal operations of the Sheriff’s Office, from the $18-million budget to personnel issues among the 200-person staff.
Incumbents top challengers throughout northern Dakota County
Tuesday's election left the makeup of most municipal bodies very much the same in northern Dakota County, except for West St. Paul.
The St. Paul suburb will have a new mayor come January, unseating John Zanmiller who's served in the city's top spot since 2005. A Hennepin County Corrections career probation/parole officer, Zanmiller also served on the council for two years prior to his mayorship.
"More of the same" is the takeaway from the District 2 races of the Dakota County Board of Commissioners and the U.S. House of Representatives. Area residents helped incumbents keep their spots by more-than comfortable margins Nov. 4.