North St. Paul


Circulation numbers fall at library; council restates support

Surrounded by windows and a fireplace, Loren Soice reads a magazine in the cozy North St. Paul Branch Library. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

In the first three months of 2014, the circulation numbers at the North St. Paul Branch Library, 2300 North St. Paul Drive, dropped by 10 percent.
The trend of fewer books and other materials being lent out this year has caught the attention of many, since it’s on top of an overall 11 percent decline in circulation during the 2012-13 calendar year.


North St. Paul asks for participation in survey

The City of North St. Paul is hoping to understand how it can better reach and engage residents, businesses and visitors in the community.
As part of the partnership with the University of Minnesota Resilient Communities Project, graduate students from the U will conduct a short survey at various locations in North St. Paul. Residents participating in the survey interview will receive a $5 gift card.


Rusty the snowman?

North St. Paul’s 44-foot tall snowman welcomes residents and visitors alike with a smile that stretches 16 feet across its cheerful face. (Kaylin Creason/Review)

Does the North St. Paul snowman need a check-up? Mayor Mike Kuehn thinks so. A few months ago, Kuehn asked the North St. Paul Parks and Recreation Commission to look into the “health” of the North St. Paul snowman, which he fears is in danger of toppling over.


Casey Lake Park fundraiser to start next week

Zahradkas continue their playground rebuild in memory of daughter
Sarah and Tony Zahradka are continuing their efforts toward building a preschool-age playground at Casey Lake Park in memory of their daughter, Janie, who died unexpectedly last September.
Their newest project: a fundraiser that would install name-plated bricks (paving stones) at the park, which is located off 17th Avenue and Mohawk Road in North St. Paul.


‘Living Streets,’ sustainability are plan goals

Southwood Nature Preserve is one of the focuses of the Resilient Communities project in North St. Paul. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Student energy powers Resilient Communities Project
Staying true to its name, the Resilient Communities Project is finally in North St. Paul.
After a pair of hiccups, students and staff from the University of Minnesota-driven organization are now working together with the city on a project that involves the Living Street Plan, a residential rebuilding concept that combines road reconstruction with environmental sustainability. It has included proposals for new sidewalks, bike paths and water-quality protection.


Senate passes bill honoring slain North St. Paul officer

Christine Crittenden, the widow of North St. Paul police officer Richard Crittenden, listens as city manager Jason Ziemer (not pictured) testifies to a Senate committee March 3 at the state Capitol for a bill presented by Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, right. The bill passed the Senate March 24 to rename Hwy. 36 for the slain officer. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

For nearly a minute March 24, members of the state Senate stood in silence.
Moments after they unanimously voted to pass a bill from Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, to rename Highway 36 to the “Officer Richard Crittenden Memorial Highway,” they paused to honor the North St. Paul cop who was killed while responding to a domestic dispute call on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009.


North St. Paul veterans vie for state funds

Dan Fisher of the VFW Post 1350, left, speaks in support of a request to set aside $100,000 of state funds to complete the North St. Paul Veterans Park Memorial. State Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, right, presented the bill to the State and Local Government Committee on March 11. (Submitted photo)

A Senate committee recently advanced a bonding request that would put $100,000 of state funds towards the North St. Paul Veterans Park Memorial.
The bill, which was introduced by Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, is being folded into an omnibus bill and sent to the Senate floor for consideration.


City hires finance director after 1 1/2-year gap

Jeanne Day

After more than a year and a half without one, North St. Paul recently welcomed a full-time finance director.
Jeanne Day, who has more than two decades of local-government accounting experience, had her first day in the position March 3.
The city’s previous finance director, Al Mahlum, retired in July 2012 after 24 years working with the finance department.


Legislation would rename Hwy. 36 in North St. Paul to honor slain officer

North St. Paul Police Chief Tom Lauth testified at the Capitol on March 3 on behalf of a bill by Sen. Chuck Wiger that would rename a stretch of Hwy. 36 in honor of slain North St. Paul Police Officer Richard Crittenden. Christine Crittenden, widow of the slain officer, also testified. (photo courtesy of Sen. Wiger's office)

Pain palpable nearly 5 years after Rick Crittenden’s death
Nearly five years after North St. Paul Officer Richard Crittenden was shot and killed responding to a domestic dispute call, those who revered and loved the husband, father and grandfather are still striving to honor him.
“He gave his life for two people he didn’t even know,” Police Chief Tom Lauth said. “He answered the call. We don’t all know that. We’re not all tested with that. He was and he did.”


Frozen water pipes cause problems for North St. Paul residents, staff

Sub-zero temperatures have frozen about 35 service pipes in neighborhoods around North St. Paul this winter, leaving some residents without water for less than a day to as long as five days.
Scott Duddeck said he hasn’t seen this many iced-up water lines in one year in the more than 20 years he’s worked with the North St. Paul Public Works Department.
“We’ve never had anything this extreme,” the public works director said. “We’ve had an occasional service freeze here or there. This year is very out of the norm.”


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