The Holiday Tea at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm in Maplewood included a heartwarming surprise visit for 90-year-old tea attendee Christeen Stone, center, when Tina Irvin, left, hid out in the kitchen before coming out to serve her tea Jan. 9.
Maplewood’s newly elected council members Tou Xiong, left, and Bryan Smith were welcomed with a reception at city hall before being sworn in at the council meeting Jan. 11. (Linda Baumister/Review)
Tou Xiong is the city's first Hmong council member
Throughout its 59 years, the Maplewood City Council has seen many faces come and go.
There have been retirees, corporate leaders, lawyers, community activists, homemakers and business owners on the council. Some of their tenures have stretched past the decade mark, while others served only briefly.
Despite this varied history, Maplewood attained a new first Jan. 11 with the swearing in of Tou Xiong. He is the city council's first Hmong member and its first Millenial.
State Rep. Leon Lillie of North St. Paul and state Sen. Chuck Wiger of Maplewood, both DFLers, are hosting a town hall meeting to take questions and talk about priorities for the legislative session at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.
Maplewood police responded to a report of a robbery in the 1700 block of Gervais Avenue around 1 p.m. Jan. 2 where they found a 75-year-old woman who reported she was held at gunpoint, robbed and strangled.
Senator Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood — along with Representatives Leon Lillie, DFL-North St. Paul, and Peter Fischer, DFL- Maplewood — succeeded in ensuring the Gateway Trail would remain user-friendly throughout the winter.
On Feb. 26, 2017, the city of Maplewood will be 60 years old. In anticipation of Maplewood’s 60th anniversary, local history buffs have teamed up to write one story each week for the 60 weeks leading up to the anniversary.