Bill Blesener and Shelly Boss say goodbye
In just a few short weeks, the city of Little Canada will swear in a new leader and two new city council members, as longtime mayor Bill Blesener and council member Shelly Boss bid City Hall "adieu."
Both city officials decided not to run for re-election this year. Current council member John Keis was elected to take over the mayorship, with newcomers Tom Fischer and Christian Torkelson joining the council. Keis, Fischer and Torkelson will be sworn in at the first council meeting of the new year Jan. 14.
Home values slowly rebounding; commercial property values stay low
With the soon-approaching beginning of the new year, local city councils have been busy approving their 2015 budgets and tax levies before a Dec. 30 deadline.
Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada and Roseville have each adopted a budget for next year, ranging from just over $1 million in Lauderdale to $52 million in Roseville.
The recovery of the housing market means the average homeowner will see an increase in property taxes whether a city increased its levy or not, due to increased home values.
The suspect in a Maple Grove homicide was shot and killed by police following an early-morning car chase on Interstate 694 that ended when the suspect crashed into a wire barrier near Rice Street and exited his vehicle with a weapon on Wednesday, Dec. 17, police said.
The cities in the Review's coverage area -- Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada and Roseville -- will soon vote to approve their final budgets for 2015. The public will have the opportunity to offer input on the budgets before they're approved by the various city councils.
Courtney Gibson and Westin, her service dog, have been together for four years. Westin is her part-time service companion at school. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Little Canada teen supported by service dog
The bond between a pet and its owner is usually strong. The bond between a service dog and the human it cares for, however, is even stronger.
Courtney Gibson, 17, of Little Canada knows this firsthand, thanks to the support from her service dog, a lab/retriever mix named Westin.
Two unknown males wearing Halloween masks are sought in the morning robbery of the U.S. Bank on Rice Street in Little Canada on Thursday, Oct. 30. Anyone with information about the robbery or the two suspects should call the Minneapolis FBI at 763-569-8000. (photo courtesy of U.S. Bank)
Two males wearing masks showed up for early trick-or-treating at a local bank the morning before Halloween, but they were there for cash, not candy.