Johanna Holub

Johanna Holub can be reached at jholub@lillienews.com or 651-748-7813. Follow her on Twitter @jholubnews

Wed
14
Jan

Little Canada man sentenced to year in workhouse for fatally pushing another into traffic

Michael J. Merten III
Michael J. Merten III
Merten found guilty of manslaughter in December
Michael John Merten III, 41, of Little Canada, was sentenced to serve one year in the Ramsey County Correctional Facility and seven years' probation in December after he was found guilty of manslaughter for pushing a man into oncoming traffic during a confrontation last summer.
Tue
13
Jan

ISD 623 selects superintendent search firm

Thein to retire at end of school year
The Roseville Area School Board has selected a search firm to locate potential superintendent candidates to take over this summer after current superintendent Dr. John Thein retires.
Fri
02
Jan

Roseville PD seeks information about violent assault in Autumn Grove Park

Ismail Jama, 28, of Roseville, was violently assaulted in Autumn Grove Park just before Christmas Eve. The Roseville Police Department is asking the public for information about the case.
Ismail Jama, 28, of Roseville, was violently assaulted in Autumn Grove Park just days before Christmas Eve. The Roseville Police Department is asking the public for information about the case. (photo courtesy of the Roseville Police Department)

Victim discovered in drainage ditch; currently in critical condition
The Roseville Police Department is asking the public for help regarding a violent assault that took place just before Christmas Eve in Autumn Grove Park.
Around 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24, a man walking in the park with his family discovered Ismail Jama, 28, semi-conscious in an empty drainage pond ditch at the park, which is currently under construction.

Tue
23
Dec

Little Canada mayor, council member finish out terms

Shelly Boss
Shelly Boss

Bill Blesener and Shelly Boss say goodbye
In just a few short weeks, the city of Little Canada will swear in a new leader and two new city council members, as longtime mayor Bill Blesener and council member Shelly Boss bid City Hall "adieu."
Both city officials decided not to run for re-election this year. Current council member John Keis was elected to take over the mayorship, with newcomers Tom Fischer and Christian Torkelson joining the council. Keis, Fischer and Torkelson will be sworn in at the first council meeting of the new year Jan. 14.

Tue
23
Dec

Area cities approve 2015 budgets, tax levies

Home values slowly rebounding; commercial property values stay low
With the soon-approaching beginning of the new year, local city councils have been busy approving their 2015 budgets and tax levies before a Dec. 30 deadline.
Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada and Roseville have each adopted a budget for next year, ranging from just over $1 million in Lauderdale to $52 million in Roseville.
The recovery of the housing market means the average homeowner will see an increase in property taxes whether a city increased its levy or not, due to increased home values.

Tue
16
Dec

Edgerton Elementary receives $10,000 for coding for kids

A $10,000 check from Hour of Code was received during a school assembly Dec. 8 at Edgerton Elementary School by Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Edgerton student council lead Marisa Knoss, Maplewood Mayor Nora Slawik and State Sen. Chuck Wiger.
A $10,000 check from Hour of Code was received during a school assembly Dec. 8 at Edgerton Elementary School by Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Edgerton student council lead Marisa Knoss, Maplewood Mayor Nora Slawik and State Sen. Chuck Wiger. (submitted photo)

The students at Edgerton Elementary School in Maplewood could soon be developing the next hit mobile application, cutting-edge smartphone or even a new kitchen appliance.

Wed
10
Dec

Charges against Falcon Heights Elementary principal dismissed

Beth Behnke
Beth Behnke
Judge says Behnke had 'no reason to believe' 2012 incident at St. Paul school was sexual
Charges alleging that two former administrators at a St. Paul school failed to report sexual abuse in 2012 were dismissed on Friday, Dec. 5.
Citing a lack of probable cause, Ramsey County Judge Leonardo Castro dismissed the case against the former principal of Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, Beth Behnke, and the former assistant principal, Craig Guidry.

 

Tue
09
Dec

Former ISD 623 superintendent remembered


Lloyd Nielsen

Lloyd Nielsen died Nov. 5
Although he left the Roseville school district in 1986, the legacy of Dr. Lloyd Nielsen’s 19-year stint as superintendent remains visible.
Nielsen, 88, passed away last month from complications of Alzheimer’s, and is survived by his three children, one of whom is a teacher in ISD 623 today.

Tue
09
Dec

ISD 623 property to become senior housing

The vacant site of the former Lake Owasso Elementary School at the intersection of Victoria Street and Woodhill Drive in Roseville could soon be called home by more than 100 seniors.

Tue
02
Dec

Little Canada man pleads guilty to crash that injured 5

Matthew Damman admitted to using drugs before driving into light pole in May
On Monday, Nov. 24, a Little Canada man pleaded guilty to two felony counts of criminal vehicular operation and one felony count of fleeing a police officer.
According to the charges, Matthew Damman, 32, drove into a light pole in St. Paul in May, sending it through the window of a nearby bar, injuring five people.

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