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In Memory: Sara Ann Groetsch

Sara Ann Groetsch, North St. Paul resident, passed away peacefully on June 7 at St. Joseph Hospital, St Paul. Sara was born Jan. 13, 1939 in St. Peter, Minn., to Byron and Grace Briggs, both whom preceded her to heaven.


Oakdale-Maplewood Lions present scholarships to local students

Linda Baumeister/Review

The Oakdale-Maplewood Lions presented four $1,000 scholarships at a recognition  held at Oakdale City Hall June 12. The Lions are the largest service organization in the world.


National guard colonel retires

Col. Eric Ahlness has been all over the world during his 29-year stint with the United States Army National Guard. Ahlness recently retired after a decorated career and has transitioned to a postition at Cargill. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Col. Eric Ahlness was sent overseas many times in 29 years of service
Colonel Eric Ahlness has been all over the world. As part of his 29-year stint with the U.S. Army National Guard, he has seen short deployments in Greece, Norway, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and some longer deployments in Bosnia and Afghanistan.


In Memory: Alice Johnson Anderson Wilder

Alice Wilder

Alice Johnson Anderson Wilder, 95, of Whitley County, Ken., North St. Paul and Huntersville, NC., passed away June 8 at home, surrounded by her family.


Urban Cross campers have big hearts for the East Side

Urban Cross volunteers paint an East Sider’s house on a sunny afternoon. Urban Cross is a youth mission camp that was started by Mounds Park United Methodist Church five years ago. Volunteers through the camp have spend a week doing volunteer work to fix up East Siders’ homes. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Urban Cross volunteers painted the shed of a single homeowner named Jodi, who, due to chronic pain, can no longer keep up with yardwork. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Urban Cross volunteers did yardwork for a homeowner whose yard had gone into disrepair. They mowed, weeded, and trimmed bushes and trees. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Five years ago, Erick Buck, youth leader at Mounds Park United Methodist Church, came across a brilliantly simple idea: rather than spend loads sending the church’s youth on cross-country mission trips, why not put them to work in their own neighb


North team wins Robotics National Championship

North High was crowned first place and the Grand Champion in the National Robotics League Championship held in Cleveland Ohio. On a mission to destroy other robots, the up to 15 lb. robots are often seen flying in the air after hits. Pictured are parent advisor Craig Brannon, and some of the team members Kevin Brannon, Brad Mahr, and Avery Peterson. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

What began as somewhat of a whim for North junior Kevin Brannon has turned into what is near an obsession. 

“I saw something on the Internet when I was just a kid,” he said. “And I thought, ‘Boy is that cool.’”


Charity cuts

Patsy Randall gets her haircut from Stephanie Chase at Regency Beauty institute in Maplewood. $5 of each $9 haircut went to the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota during their May 29 and 30 event. (submitted photo)

Students at Regency Institute in Maplewood give back to Children’s Hospital
Students at Maplewood’s Regency Beauty institute used their education methods to give back to the community, donating $5 of each $9 haircut to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota during their May 29 and 30 event.


Maplewood detective wins statewide award

Maplewood Police Detective Alesia Metry was awarded the Minnesota Association of Women Police’s “Officer of the Year” recently. Metry emphasized that team work is a big part of her job. Sgt. Joe Bergeron had been Metry’s direct supervisor.

Alesia Metry named officer of the year
Detective Alesia Metry is a team player. She may have come away with the Officer of the Year Award from the Minnesota Association of Women Police last month, but she’s just as proud of her investigative team’s work as she is her own.