South St Paul

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19
May

‘A dying art’?


Jim Kueppers, 69, holds up a photo of a bunch of young woodcarvers, and the man who introduced him to woodcarving. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Carvers bring wood to life in South St. Paul
With his gloved left hand, Jim Kueppers grips a rodent-shaped chunk of wood, pulling the knife in his right toward him to scrape off thin chips, chiseling out the shape he sees in it: a life-like chipmunk. The shavings cling to his jeans or flutter to the ground to be swept up later.

Mon
21
Apr

South St. Paul to bid 1920s school gym farewell


The high school building as it stands today. (Submitted photo)

Sixth-grade center to replace storied structure
On those Friday nights when he got to stay out late, a 9- or 10-year-old Steve Doody watched the big kids play and a big crowd fill the South St. Paul Secondary School gym for varsity basketball games.

Mon
07
Apr

Spare Key opens doors for parents of sick kids


The striking Aria venue in downtown Minneapolis hosted the 2014 Groove Gala, Spare Key’s biggest fundraiser of the year. (Submitted photo)

South St. Paul couple’s nonprofit helps families keep their homes during crisis
If you were forced to make a decision between your job and your child, what would you do?

Mon
24
Mar

Pothole predictions


Many of the potholes on Robert Street in West St. Paul have been filled in, but the question is how well those patches will hold until the pavement dries and crews can apply hot mix for a more permanent solution. (photos by Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Could the growing number of craters in northern Dakota County roadways be a sign of an early spring? City officials aren’t so sure.
A number of cities say they’re holding off on patching potholes in earnest, and their reason seems rather bleak.

Mon
17
Feb

South St. Paul passes referendum to improve parks


Under plans for the February referendum, McMorrow Field would trade its softball fields for soccer and football fields, as well as additional parking. (submitted graphic)

Thanks to passage of a levy referendum, South St. Paul will be going forward with plans to significantly improve city parks and Wakota Arena.
During a special election Tuesday, Feb. 11, voters approved a property-tax referendum that will allow a 20-year bond with a total cost of $10,015,888.
For an average South St. Paul home valued at $150,000, the bond will increase city taxes about $8 a month. The referendum passed with 921 yes votes and 684 no votes.

Mon
13
Jan

Union Pacific donates $15,000 to SSP youth task force


Youth Task Force members Hunter Cameron, Oskar Nordlie, Wyatt Lewis, Oliver Nordlie, Mayor Beth Baumann and Kelly Flatley received a donation from Union Pacific representatives Matt Hall and John York at South St. Paulís Jan. 6 council meeting. (submitted photo)

Christmas may be over, but it seems all the work the South St. Paul Mayor’s Youth Task Force to get on the “nice” list last year is still paying off.
The group, which engages local kids in fifth through 12th grade in community-building activities, received a $15,000 donation from Union Pacific Railroad at the South St. Paul City Council’s Jan. 6 meeting.

Mon
13
Jan

SSP seeks ideas for Southview-Marie area revamp

For every South St. Paul resident who’s wished this business or that shop was just around the corner, here’s your chance.
The city will host an open house at Central Square Community Center Jan. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. to present concepts and receive input from residents on how best to move ahead with its goal of breathing new life into the Southview-Marie area of town.

Mon
16
Dec

SSP, IGH finalize 2014 budget and levies

While it might seem like minor progress in light of the hardships of recent years, city staff for South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights are forecasting a few rays of hope for city finances in the upcoming year.
Despite mixed or declining home values, the tax capacities for both cities is expected to increase in 2014. That change, paired with decisions from the State Legislature this year that absolve cities from paying sales tax and restore financial aid for cities such as South St. Paul, provides more breathing room for municipalities which have trudged through consecutive years of declining revenues during the recession.

Tue
10
Dec

SSP resident teaches ‘clean eating’ success


Carisa Rasmussen (submitted photo)

Since losing 80 pounds, South St. Paul resident Carisa Rasmussen has been spreading the word about “clean eating,” an eating philosophy that strives for eating food in its most natural, unprocessed state.
Her lifestyle is certainly healthy now, but this wasn’t always the case. Several years ago, she weighed 210 pounds.

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