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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Metro Transit BRT A Line will start at Rosedale Center in Roseville and follow Snelling south to Ford Parkway in St. Paul, reaching its final stop at 46th Street in Minneapolis. (graphic courtesy of Metro Transit)
The cities in the Review's coverage area -- Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada and Roseville -- will soon vote to approve their final budgets for 2015. The public will have the opportunity to offer input on the budgets before they're approved by the various city councils.