North St. Paul

Wed
26
Feb

North St. Paul couple donates $34K for toddler park in daughter’s memory


North St. Paul City Council member Terry Furlong, who also works with the Parks and Recreation Commission, left, stands with Tony and Sarah Zahradka. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

The story of Tony and Sarah Zahradka moved hundreds of people throughout the Twin Cities area to help build a park for younger children in North St. Paul.
With the help of many donors over about two months, the North St. Paul couple recently contributed $34,350 to a fund for a toddler-friendly play structure at Casey Lake Park. They presented the ceremonial check to the city at the Feb. 18 North St. Paul City Council meeting.

Mon
24
Feb

2 women unharmed after man threatened to shoot, rape them in Maplewood, North St. Paul


North St. Paul and Maplewood police are searching for a suspect who reportedly used a gun to force two women to drive their cars to another location, threatening to shoot and rape them in the adjacent suburbs. The man, who was described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, wearing dark clothing and latex gloves, has not been apprehended. (Courtesy of the Maplewood Police Department)

Police suspect the same man held two women at gunpoint in their cars Sunday night, one in Maplewood right after the other in North St. Paul, forcing them to drive around and threatening to rape them.
One woman fled, and the other was let go unharmed.

Wed
19
Feb

North St. Paul residents invited to air car-show concerns


The North St. Paul History Cruze Car Show usually draws more than a thousand vintage cars on Fridays in the summer. That extra traffic tends to benefit area businesses, but also makes parking a challenge for area residents. The History Cruzers and the city of North St. Paul are hosting a meeting on Feb. 22 to hear comments and address attendees’ concerns. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Before car collectors and admirers swarm along East Seventh Avenue this summer, members of the North St. Paul History Cruzers want to make sure those who live in the area year-round are heard and helped.
The nonprofit group and North St. Paul city staff are hosting a community meeting from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Victorian Room of K&J Catering, 2546 E. Seventh Ave.

Tue
11
Feb

Mother arrested, allegedly shot daughter in leg in North St. Paul


Police from multiple agencies fanned out across the neighborhood in search of a suspect involved in a shooting in an apartment at 2345 11th Ave. in North St. Paul. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The North St. Paul Police Department on Monday, Feb. 10, released the name of a suspect in a shooting that occurred early Sunday.
Monday afternoon, police were searching for Tonya Hale Raleigh, 35, of North St. Paul. She is suspected of shooting her 18-year-old daughter in the leg after they argued, according to North St. Paul police Capt. Dustin Nikituk. He said the victim was hospitalized in stable condition.

Mon
10
Feb

Police release name of mother who allegedly shot adult daughter in leg in North St. Paul


Police from multiple agencies fanned out across the neighborhood in search of a suspect involved in a shooting in an apartment at 2345 11th Ave. in North St. Paul. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The North St. Paul Police Department on Monday, Feb. 10, released the name of a suspect in a shooting that occurred early Sunday.
Monday afternoon, police were actively searching for Tonya Hale Raleigh, 35, of North St. Paul, for allegedly shooting her 18-year-old daughter in the leg after they argued, according to North St. Paul police Capt. Dustin Nikituk. He said the victim was hospitalized in stable condition.

Wed
29
Jan

Lipke-led North High Alumni Choir disbands


Accomplished vocal music director Carl H. Lipke and the North High Alumni Choir performed their final concerts in December. They recently had a farewell party, celebrating 20 years together. (photos courtesy of John Feikema Photography)

Carl Lipke tried to end the North High Alumni Choir quietly.
The choir had just finished its spring concert, and wasn’t yet gearing up for the holiday shows. The group’s leaders were discussing how it should disband, agreeing that costs were too high and some of the singers could no longer stand for an entire performance.
The revered director suggested a discreet exit, without bows or encores.

Wed
08
Jan

North St. Paul council nixes Shawnee Drive sidewalk in 2014 improvements

It came down to who showed up.
After hearing from residents who strongly opposed a sidewalk on Shawnee Drive, the North St. Paul City Council on Dec. 17 ordered a major street project in the northwest portion of the city -- without a walkway that was identified in a planning document as key to connecting two parks via the city’s trail system.

Thu
02
Jan

Bigger budget, taxes somewhat steady in North St. Paul

The North St. Paul City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 17, unanimously approved the city’s 2014 budget, keeping steady the total amount property owners pay for day-to-day city operations.
“We’ve spent probably about seven or eight workshops on the budget,” Mayor Mike Kuehn said at the meeting. “It was a great process.”
The expected local tax rate went down slightly, and the average household will pay less in taxes in the coming year. In general, owners whose property values went up are expected to pay more in property taxes.

Wed
01
Jan

Casey Lake project cuts the carp


Reid Swanson, a member of a University of Minnesota research team, in October measures one of the largest carp pulled from the Phalen chain of lakes. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bartodziej)

With ice still too thin to skate on, most of the action at Casey Lake in North St. Paul is bubbling beneath the surface.
City staff recently installed an aeration system at the lake, which is surrounded by sports courts, trails and a playground. Air is now being mechanically pumped into the water to keep up oxygen levels, helping native Minnesota fish stay alive over the winter to boost fishing and keep out the common carp.

Wed
18
Dec

North St. Paul fitness center to close

For North St. Paul, a place to exercise is too expensive to run.
The city’s fitness center will close on Dec. 31, about 21 years after the North St. Paul Community Center (now Community School) opened.

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