Police blocked off East Seventh Avenue from Margaret to Charles Street a little after noon Wednesday on a report of a suspicious package. Police went door-to-door evacuating shoppers, diners and business owners and called in the St. Paul Bomb Squad. (Holly Wenzel / Review photo)
North St. Paul fire/police blocked off 7th Ave at Margaret St. Reportedly a suspicious package being investigated (Kaitlyn Roby/Review @KRobyNews)
North St. Paul police and fire blocked off East Seventh Avenue from Margaret to Charles Street, after receiving a report that an abandoned bag in front of Luther Auctions might contain hazardous materials. They evacuated everyone working or shopping in the vicinity, including the students from the District 622 program housed at Keindel's Korner. (Holly Wenzel / Review photo)
North St. Paul firefighters gathered in front of La Garage and Gallery Wednesday around 12:30 p.m., waiting for the St. Paul Bomb Squad to look over a package in front of Luther Auctions next door. (Holly Wenzel / Review photo)
A little after noon Thursday, shoppers, diners and business proprieters were surprised as North St. Paul squad cars blocked "Main Street," East Seventh Avenue, for a full city block.
Squads with flashing lights parked across the intersections at Margaret and Charles streets and officers went from door to door telling patrons and owners alike they had to evacuate.
An excavator digs earth and moves it as construction begins on the Polar Ridge Senior Living complex in North St. Paul. The facility will house 114 units. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
A St. Cloud developer recently demolished a large portion of a Helen Street parking lot near downtown North St. Paul, one of the first steps to construct a 114-unit senior living facility that has already attracted dozens of prospective residents.
Before they handed off the waiting list to Trident Development, city staffers took down more than 50 names of people interested in the complex, according to Paul Ammerman, community development director.
New North St. Paul City Manager Jason Ziemer says the city of North St. Paul has plenty to offer prospective residents, developers and current businesses.
Its challenge right now: pinning down what those aspects are and presenting them.
The North High boys soccer team took another step last week toward earning a trip to the state Class AA tournament.
The Polars took on the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders in the semifinals of section play Oct. 10 and finished on top, 3-1.
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