Sophia Keeley, 9, practiced her karate moves with instructor and uncle, Jake Erling, at The Art Martial Arts Studio in Falcon Heights on Sept. 19. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Shoreview’s Sophia Keeley is seeing her hard work and dedication to the martial arts pay off. The 9-year-old karate kid received her brown belt -- the seventh of eight belts -- from Master Jake Erling at The Art Martial Arts Academy in Falcon Heights on Saturday, Sept. 14.
The fourth grader at Turtle Lake Elementary School has been studying karate since she was four and is poised to become one of the youngest students at The Art to climb up the ranks.
Roy Kromschroeder, left, died after a motorcycle accident on Friday, Sept. 13.
A 92-year-old East Side man is dead after being struck by an SUV while he was driving his Honda motorcycle.
Autumn Brenae Mason, 26, of Vadnais Heights is charged with one count of criminal vehicular homicide in Kromschroeder’s death, according to the Ramsey County attorney’s office.
The man’s daughter Jan Braaten said her father, Roy W. Kromschroeder, was on a routine early morning motorcycle ride in his neighborhood on his way to walk inside Maplewood Mall with friends.
Five candidates are preparing for the Nov. 5 city council election in New Brighton.
Incumbents Char Samuelson and Gina Bauman and three other candidates are vying for two open council seats.
Longtime New Brighton resident and councilmember Char Samuelson was first elected to serve on the city council in 1994 and served two consecutive terms. She then served back-to-back terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives, a republican representing the communities of New Brighton, Arden Hills and Shoreview from 2003-2007.
In New Brighton, current City Council Member Mary Burg will challenge incumbent Mayor Dave Jacobsen in the Nov. 5 election.
Burg has served on the city council since January 2004, and is currently in the middle of her third term. She said she has considered running for mayor for years.
“I believe I’m really qualified and want to use my expertise and experience,” she said. “I would like to bring about more community engagement in city politics.”
Although cities in Ramsey County reported damages totaling a little over $1.47 million from the powerful summer solstice weekend storms, the county still fell about $280,000 short of the threshold set for state and federal disaster relief funding.
The St. Anthony Village Chamber of Commerce and the Silver Lake Village Shopping Center will be hosting a Touch-A-Truck event for kids on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Silver Lake Village.
Two blocks of 39th Avenue Northeast will be closed to traffic between Chipotle and Salo Park for the event. Kids will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with several types of trucks, emergency services vehicles and heavy equipment as well as the chance to see how they work.
Ramsey County wants to buy the ailing Vadnais Heights Sports Center. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Ramsey County Commissioners voted in favor of submitting a bid to purchase the Vadnais Heights Sports Center on Tuesday, Sept 3.
The board met for nearly two hours in a closed session before voting 6-1 to submit a bid for the 200,000-square-foot sports facility by the Friday, Sept. 6 deadline.
The Sports Center houses two NHL regulation hockey rinks with seating for 1,300 spectators, locker rooms, a 100,000-square-foot dome with 1.5 full soccer fields, three batting cages, a 100-meter track, two volleyball courts, concessions, a conference room and offices.
Folks gathered round the radio to hear first-hand accounts of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, -- the day everything changed. (photo courtesy of the Ramsey County Library system)
Ramsey County libraries are taking a new look at World War II
When Judy Woodward, history coordinator for the Ramsey County Library system, began to look for opportunities for post-summer programs, she says she again thought about World War II and how veterans’ experiences need to be shared.
U.S. veterans of the 1941-45 war are dying at the rate of more than 600 a day, according to the Veteran’s Administration.