West St Paul


West St. Paul police put down injured bear roaming in populated area

A black bear was spotted in Inver Grove Heights recently. There have been a flurry of sightings reported online via social media and to area police. (Submitted photo)

Bear's body given to resident for butchering
Surrounded by joggers, curious onlookers and visitors of Harmon Park across the street, a West St. Paul police officer shot and killed an injured black bear in the interest of public safety early June 7 in the parking lot of a small apartment complex, authorities say.


Driving donations - photos

Firefighter Rob Ehlert, left, and Lt. John Mohs, right, get ready to take a break after collecting donations and handing out stickers near the intersection of South Robert Street and Thompson Avenue on Wednesday in West St. Paul.

The South Metro Fire Department collected donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, filling boots with cash and coins in South St. Paul and West St. Paul on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
(photos by Kaitlyn Roby/Review)


DARTS celebrates 40 years

Laurel Venhuizen, a DARTS volunteer, answered phones and sorted through mail at the West St. Paul office. She’s been involved in the Learning Buddy program for 13 years, helping out a kindergarten class at Kaposia Elementary in South St. Paul, and has volunteered with DARTS even longer than that. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

West St. Paul nonprofit aims to “enrich aging”
Marlys Tiedman recently had her last day volunteering at Salem Hills Elementary in Inver Grove Heights for this school year. She helped two boys with presentations on Nicaragua, while most of the class was abuzz, anxious for summer break.


Celebrating West St. Paul

The carnival area drew crowds during West St. Paul Days on May 17. (photos by Linda E. Andersen/Review)

It’s history: City marks 125 years
West St. Paul celebrated its 125th anniversary with a celebration at City Hall on May 14, and a birthday party on May 17 at the Dodge Nature Center. It was all in conjunction with West St. Paul Days, an annual event that had some extra flair this year, centered around the city’s intriguing history.


West St. Paul, South St. Paul receive grants

Work on vacant sites set to begin
While plans are still in infant stages, a group of Dakota County cities is planning to freshen up some rundown properties.
The Dakota County Community Development Agency recently awarded more than $900,000 in redevelopment incentive grants to five cities, including West St. Paul and South St. Paul.


Man allegedly stole, scrapped cars around Twin Cities, West St. Paul

A Twin Cities man allegedly stole a pickup in West St. Paul, an incident that is possibly connected with dozens of vehicle thefts throughout the metro area, police say.


West St. Paul may scrap city logo

The current West St. Paul logo that the council is considering replacing.

Logo contest yields no ‘home runs’
West St. Paul’s logo may go back to the drawing board.
The West St. Paul City Council had to pick a winner of an online city-logo design contest at its work session Monday, but the top choice won’t actually replace the current logo, the blue star-like emblem that’s splashed throughout the city on signs, vehicles and police uniforms. The council instead directed staff to obtain proposals from design firms to possibly help the city freshen its branding.


WSP council member Wright retiring

West St. Paul City Council member Dave Wright, who represents Ward 3, announced at the April 14 council meeting he plans to retire from his post at the end of his current term, Dec. 31.  
Wright has been a member of the council since his 2003 election, working on a countless number of projects in the process. He replaced former council member David Meisinger, who had resigned from his post.


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