Johanna Holub

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

Thu
03
Oct

DNR approves Lake Elmo’s lake use ordinances

After four months of “thorough” review, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has approved changes made to Lake Elmo’s lake surface use ordinances this spring.

Wed
02
Oct

Beecroft found guilty of second-degree murder


Nicole Beecroft

After a retrial that began in July, Nicole Beecroft, 24, of Oakdale was found guilty last week of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her newborn daughter.
Beecroft waived her right to a jury trial, instead opting for Washington County Chief Judge John Hoffman to hear the case. In criminal cases, a judge generally has seven days after closing arguments to issue a verdict, but Beecroft waived her right to that seven-day verdict and told the judge he could have as much time as he needed to make a decision.

Wed
02
Oct

Washington County explores recycling scorecard

Washington County officials recently looked at the draft of a newly developed recycling scorecard that would evaluate, set standards for and measure the progress of local cities and townships toward achieving recycling goals.
The scorecard would help the county review how to allocate grant funds to increase residential recycling.

Wed
25
Sep

Lake Elmo officials approve water main feasibility report

Lake Elmo continues to make strides in its quest to extend municipal water and sanitary sewer services to a greater number of households.
At the Sept. 17 city council meeting, council members unanimously approved the preparation of a feasibility report for the Lake Elmo Avenue water main improvement project, which was tentatively scheduled for implementation in the city’s 2014 capital improvement plan.

Wed
25
Sep

Met Council forecasts slow Lake Elmo growth

In the latest chapter of the Lake Elmo/Metropolitan Council development tale, a surprising plot twist could allow the city more time to boost its population numbers.
The Met Council recently released data that predicts Lake Elmo will add only 3,700 residents by 2040, a huge decrease from its 2004 memorandum of understanding that the city would add 17,000 by 2030.

Mon
23
Sep

Trevino murder trial begins


Jeffery Trevino

The trial of East Side resident Jeffery Trevino, 39, in the February disappearance of his wife, Kira Steger, 30, began Monday, Sept. 16. Opening statements were made on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 19.
Trevino only spoke once to greet Judge Leonardo Castro and appeared pale and tired.
Family members from the Trevino and Steger family were also present at the Ramsey County Courthouse. Jay Steger, Kira’s father and organizer of a number of searches in the metro area, seemed anxious to begin listening to attorneys’ arguments.

Wed
18
Sep

Commissioners approve 2014 Washington County budget

Washington County residents could see some big improvements next year on the road, in the parks and at the government center, thanks to key budget allocations for 2014.
County commissioners voted Sept. 10 to approve the proposed $147.4 million 2014 operating budget and $23.1 million capital expenditures budget. The board now has until December to adjust the budget and levy, although the amount of the levy cannot be raised, only lowered.
The 2014 property-tax levy is set at $86.7 million, a .66 percent increase from last year. State law allows the levy to be raised by 1.1 percent each year. This will be Washington County’s first levy increase in four years, according to a release from the county.
 

Wed
18
Sep

Hearing veterans’ voices


The Club Helena Road Runners of Oakdale pose for a group shot before one of their outings Sept. 15. Participants say it has been a wonderful opportunity to find babysitters and share equipment for yard work. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

Of the more than 381,000 veterans living in Minnesota, just 25 were honored by the Minnesota Center for Humanities at the first-ever Veterans’ Voices award ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
It was the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the U.S., and Sept. 11 has been designated as National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Wed
18
Sep

Meet Jason Ziemer, NSP’s new city manager


Jason Ziemer, formerly with Maple Plain and the DNR, is the new city manager for North St. Paul. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Jason Ziemer didn’t always have plans to manage entire cities. And yet, at age 39, he has already managed two Minnesota cities — Maple Plain, and, most recently, North St. Paul.
His first day with North St. Paul was Sept. 4, and since then, the newly minted city manager has been taking a crash course in the city’s affairs.

Wed
11
Sep

Resilient Communities Project kicks off in North St. Paul

North St. Paul is about to gain a wealth of information on various subjects from hundreds of college students, thanks to a partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project.
Over the course of the 2013-14 academic year, students in a variety of U of M courses will work on several projects the city has designated, including specific projects dealing with economic development, environmental education, branding, communications and sustainability, among others.

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