Inver Grove Heights


Summer meal program hits Inver Grove Heights

As summer break approaches, lower income families may struggle to put more meals on the table for children who aren’t at school.
A solution is in the works, as South St. Paul, West St Paul and Inver Grove Heights schools will all be participating in the Summer Food Service Program, where all attending children 18 and under will be provided with a free meal. It includes an event that will take place at Hilltop Elementary School in Inver Grove Heights, and will feature a three-meal program as part of the process.


66-unit senior building will soon break ground in Inver Grove Heights

A rendering of the senior housing project being constructed at Cahill Avenue South and Cheney Trail. (Courtesy of Stevens Construction)

Public housing project will have affordable rents
Construction crews are finally about to begin work on Hillcrest Pointe Senior Living, a public housing facility on Cahill Avenue South and Cheney Trail in Inver Grove Heights.
The 66-unit development initially encountered protests from nearby neighbors who were concerned about the height of the proposed three-story building and worried their home values would drop once it was built.


Inver Grove Heights teacher overcame tragedy to find her life’s passion

Salem Hills Elementary in Inver Grove Heights has a gem of teacher, Mrs. Kim Westra, who worked her fifth grade students, Lincoln Bacal, left, and Eliana Bly, right, on their art projects on April 2. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Kim Westra almost didn’t become a teacher.
When her father committed suicide a few years after his teenage son was murdered, Westra had just started graduate school.


Pothole predictions

Many of the potholes on Robert Street in West St. Paul have been filled in, but the question is how well those patches will hold until the pavement dries and crews can apply hot mix for a more permanent solution. (photos by Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Could the growing number of craters in northern Dakota County roadways be a sign of an early spring? City officials aren’t so sure.
A number of cities say they’re holding off on patching potholes in earnest, and their reason seems rather bleak.


IGH moves forward with trailhead project

Folks got closer to the river by crossing the bridge at its grand opening June 11, 2011. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Bridge becomes new transport hub, for walkers and bikers
The Inver Grove Heights City Council has approved a project that will make Swing Bridge Park even better.
During its Feb. 24 meeting, the council approved a second phase of the Mississippi River regional trailhead project near Swing Bridge Park. The project aims to provide offstreet parking, public restrooms, a historical information center and picnic facilities. A covered picnic shelter will hold 50-60 people and will be available for rent.


IGH reduces budget for troubled golf course

Inver Grove Heights is reducing next year’s budget for Inver Wood Golf Course in an effort to stem losses at the financially-troubled course. (Luke Reiter/Review)

December in Minnesota is never a good time for golf, but the latest challenge for Inver Grove Height’s municipal golf course has nothing to do with snow.
The city council voted in its Dec. 9 meeting to trim $60,000 from the 2014 budget for the Inver Wood Golf Course in an effort to slow losses at the financially-troubled course.


SSP, IGH finalize 2014 budget and levies

While it might seem like minor progress in light of the hardships of recent years, city staff for South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights are forecasting a few rays of hope for city finances in the upcoming year.
Despite mixed or declining home values, the tax capacities for both cities is expected to increase in 2014. That change, paired with decisions from the State Legislature this year that absolve cities from paying sales tax and restore financial aid for cities such as South St. Paul, provides more breathing room for municipalities which have trudged through consecutive years of declining revenues during the recession.


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