Johanna Holub

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

Wed
31
Jul

Maplewood OK’s tax increment financing for 3M project


The project area for the research and development building is part of the 28-acre 3M corporate headquarters, located on the corner of McKnight and Conway avenues in Maplewood. (submitted graphic)

At the July 22 city council meeting, Maplewood officials held a public hearing and voted to establish a tax-increment financing district with 3M for the construction of a new research and development laboratory on its 28-acre campus on the corner of McKnight and Conway avenues.
The TIF agreement will help 3M move forward with the project, which is estimated to cost around $156 million and will house about 700 employees and support staff when it is completed in two years. These employees already work for 3M, but will be relocated into the new 400,000-square-foot building.

Wed
24
Jul

North St. Paul offers Jason Ziemer city manager position

After a quick three-month hiring process and two interviews, North St. Paul has chosen its new city manager: Maple Plain city administrator Jason Ziemer.
At a special meeting held at City Hall on Wednesday, July 17, council members grilled Ziemer about his leadership and communication styles, experience with municipal utilities and opinion on performance evaluations.
Ziemer handled the questions adeptly, detailing his interactions with taxpayers, city staff and city council members in his current city of Maple Plain, a western Hennepin County community with a total area of about 1.1 square miles and a population of about 1,800, according to the 2010 census.

Wed
24
Jul

Lake Elmo appoints Mike Reeves to city council


Mike Reeves delivers a speech at the May 21 Speak Your Peace pledge signing at City Hall. Linda (Baumeister/Review)

Lake Elmo resident Mike Reeves has a lot of accomplishments under his belt — he’s been an executive for DeLuxe Corporation, facilitated the merger between the Minneapolis and St. Paul YMCAs and works with the Minnesota Wild hockey team.
Now, he can add a new achievement to his resume: Lake Elmo city council member.
In a workshop before the city council meeting on Tuesday, July 16, city officials interviewed four applicants for a vacant council seat. Seven-year council member Nicole Park officially resigned the position at the same meeting.

Wed
24
Jul

Open house held for Highway 36 study in Oakdale


A crash occurred July 17 at the intersection of Highway 36 and Highway 120 just hours before the scheduled open house where the intersection’s safety issues would be discussed. (Alex Holmquist/Review)

Representatives from several state and local government agencies gathered Wednesday, July 17, at an open house to answer questions about possible State Highway 36 construction project designs at two busy intersections.
And the questions flowed — more than 100 residents and business owners came to the event armed with their opinions about redesigning the intersections at Highway 120 and Hadley Avenue. They are the only remaining signalized intersections on Highway 36 west of Interstate 694.

Thu
18
Jul

Maplewood residents want their homes annexed to North St. Paul


map courtesy of Google Maps

In an unusual step, the owners of two Maplewood properties submitted a petition last week to the North St. Paul City Council asking for the council’s support for annexation.
Laurie Ehlers-Johnson and Dave Johnson, 2587 Lydia Ave. E, and Roxanne and Anthony Berwald, 2573 Lydia Ave. E, want to detach their residential properties from the city of Maplewood and become part of North St. Paul.
They say that although they reside in Maplewood, the majority of their utilities — water, sewer and electrical power — come from North St. Paul. Their main concern, however, is the amount of time it takes for emergency services to reach their homes, which are north of Silver Lake and west of Joy Park.

Wed
17
Jul

Silver Lake Splash fundraiser July 21


Ella McKee, Ben Olson, and David McKee splash around on an outing to Silver Lake Beach. Neighbors are in the final planning stages of the annual beach fundraiser Silver Lake Splash to be held July 21. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

If you’ve never attended the Silver Lake Splash fundraiser in North St. Paul, make this year your first! The annual event is back and better than ever, with activities all day for the whole family.
The fundraiser, now in its fourth year, was started after the city cut funding for lifeguards at Silver Lake beach. However, after a community outcry, the council re-opened the beach and the Silver Lake Splash fundraiser was born.
Residents Ingrid Koller, Mary Kvaal and Lynnette Olsen banded together with their neighbors in 2010 to organize the first fundraiser, which has been going strong ever since.

Wed
17
Jul

Lewis pleads guilty in Craigslist death

At a plea hearing July 10, Maplewood resident Steven E. Lewis, 27, told Ramsey Court District Judge Margaret Marrinan he only meant to rob a man, not kill him.
Lewis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery charges after fatally shooting a St. Paul man last year. Lewis told Marrinan that he “never intended to kill” Aung Thu Bo, 19; his goal was to rob Bo and his girlfriend.
In August 2012, Lewis placed an ad on Craigslist.com saying he wanted to sell an iPhone 4S for $250. Bo responded to the ad, and agreed to meet Aug. 10 with Lewis outside Leo’s Chow Mein on Hudson Road in St. Paul.

 

Wed
17
Jul

Hilton closed at 36

Heads up, motorists: both directions of Hilton Trail at Highway 36 in Pine Springs will be closed for the next two months.

Wed
17
Jul

LE council member steps down

At the June 18 Lake Elmo city council meeting, Mayor Mike Pearson made an unexpected announcement: seven-year council member Nicole Park would be resigning from her position. Although Park was not able to attend the meeting, Pearson read aloud a brief email explaining her reasoning.
“I need to share that my last meeting as a Council Member will be on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013,” Park wrote. “It was a difficult decision to end my term early, but with much thought, over this past year, I decided that it is the best decision for myself and for my family.”
In a later interview, Park said she wanted to spend more “quality time” with her two sons, who are 12 and 14.

Wed
17
Jul

Second Beecroft trial begins

“Lies, deceit, deception and ultimately, death, is what this trial is about.”
These strong words spoken by the prosecution marked the beginning of the second murder trial for Nicole Beecroft of Oakdale on July 15.
Beecroft is charged with first-degree premeditated murder after her newborn baby girl was discovered, stabbed more than 100 times, in a trash can in April 2007. Beecroft, now 24, was 17 at the time and a senior at Tartan High School. She worked part time after school at the Sun Ray Cub Foods and had never been arrested before the infant’s death.

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