Sheila, a black australorp hen, rests while her owners, the Blomquist family, tend to the garden and chicken coop. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
‘Therapy chickens’ create city-neighborhood divide
Nancy Blomquist, 57, and her husband, Joe, 52, started out raising chickens at their Maplewood residence to serve as therapy pets for their children with developmental disabilities.
"We decide to raise chickens for [our children] so they would have an avenue for building confidence, responsibility," Nancy says.
They adorned the inside of the coop, where the hens lay their eggs, with framed photos and trinkets. The run area is beautified with hanging flowers and garden statues.
But what began as a calming backyard project has turned into an emotionally-charged legal battle with the city.
Police need help identifying suspect
Maplewood police are trying to identify a male suspect who pulled out a gun at Bleecher's Bar on the evening of Friday, July 24, and pointed it at patrons as he exited the establishment.
A little before 11 p.m., Maplewood police officers were called to the bar at 2220 White Bear Ave. N., on the report of an armed assault.
A major construction project that Canadian Pacific Railway is doing at its St. Paul switching yard is well underway. Ninety percent of the work to fill in six acres of wetlands is done, a retaining wall is in place, and grading work has been completed. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Filling in wetlands 90 percent complete
According to Canadian Pacific Railway spokesperson Andy Cummings, the large expansion of the rail company's Dunn Yard is well underway.
Ninety percent of the work to fill in six acres of wetlands is done, a retaining wall is in place, and grading work has been completed.
After many hours of meeting deadlines, filing entrant applications, planning the marching order, and securing finances, Lisa Theis will do what she's done for many years: stand alongside White Bear Avenue on a summer’s evening in July with a sense
The St. Paul Grand Rounds are being planned this summer. The Grand Round is a 30-mile bike and pedestrian system that circles the city along scenic parkways and off-street paths. Parts of the Grand Round will go through the East Side, including along Wheelock and Johnson Parkways. (submitted graphic)
Kicking off planning for St. Paul’s Grand Round, consultants, city planning staff and residents will take part in a weeklong design workshop starting Monday, June 22.
North St. Paul’s business district is slated for improvements as part of the city’s Capital Improvement Plan. With construction projected to begin in 2018, planners have already begun initiating conversations with residents, business owners and city officials. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
More than a dozen North St. Paul business owners met Thursday evening in a conference room above Luther Auctions to weigh in on an initial round of talks about revitalizing the downtown strip.