Johanna Holub

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

Wed
30
Oct

Oakdale veteran picks up a new hobby: boxing


Jake Raymond, 24, of Oakdale picked up boxing after attending a boxing showcase at the city’s annual Summerfest celebration this year. He has been training since July, and competed in his first fight in mid-October. (submitted photo)

Raymond admits his first fight, held at the Uppercut Boxing Club in Minneapolis Oct. 12, was “not great,” but plans on continuing his training. He says he never intended to be a competitive boxer, but wanted to use the sport as a way to stay in shape. (submitted photos)

Jake Raymond, 24, has many titles. Father of two, husband, student, Oakdale resident, military veteran, runner. And now, he can add another to the list: amateur boxer.
Raymond, a former member of the North High School wrestling team, says individual sports have always drawn his interest.

Fri
18
Oct

Lake Elmo drafts reduced growth targets

Following an unexpected reduction in preliminary growth forecasts for 2040 from the Metropolitan Council, Lake Elmo officials have approved a set of revised population targets which will be presented to the regional planning agency in the form of a letter.
Last month, the Met Council, which sets guidelines for development in the metropolitan area, released preliminary data that predicted Lake Elmo would 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.

Wed
16
Oct

Washington County receives veterans services grant

Washington County will once again receive a grant through the state to maintain its services for residents who are military veterans.
During the 2013 legislative session, the County Veterans Service Officers grant program through the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs was restructured and the amount of state funding for the program was increased. Now, each of the 87 counties in Minnesota will receive a base grant of $7,500 to help bolster county-administered support for veterans.

Fri
11
Oct

Photo evidence in Trevino trial released


The bag of evidence found near Keller Lake in Maplewood March 17 in one of the many searches family, friends and strangers made for clues to Kira Steger's disappearance. She was last seen in public Feb. 21. A pillowcase soaked in blood was found in the bag. Other items in the bag were a sports bra, shirt and sponge.

Kira Steger's purse and its contents were found inside her vehicle at a little-traveled area in the Mall of America parking ramp.

Blood spatter, seen here circled by police, were found on the box-spring unit of a mattress set in Trevino and Steger's home.

Investigators found these texts to Steger's phone from Trevino, apparently sent after her disappearance.

A neighbor's security camera captured what's thought to be an image of Trevino walking to the East Side home after being dropped off nearby by a taxi that departed from the Mall of America.

Jeffery Trevino

Kira Steger

Photo evidence from the Jeffery Trevino trial was released to the public Friday, Oct. 11. Trevino, 39, was convicted of second degree unintentional murder of his wife, Kira Steger, 30. Steger was last seen publicly the evening of Feb. 21. Her body was recovered from the Mississippi River May 8. The couple lived in a rental home on the East Side of St. Paul.

Thu
10
Oct

Oakdale hosts first-ever fine arts fair


“Iowa Barn” by St. Paul photographer Steve Wewerka was shot in 2012 in northern Iowa. His work has been described as “atmospheric.” (submitted photos)

“Circling Back” by Roseville-based painter Christine Tulgren. She says people often comment on her color choices.

“Connection” by Cottage Grove artist Bob Buckner. “I wonder, sometimes, if our connectivity today has changed us for the better ... are thoughtfulness, patience and perhaps some other virtues now forgotten?” he reflected.

Art aficionados in the area can get their fill of local, beautifully crafted creations at Oakdale’s first-ever fine arts fair on Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Discovery Center.
The city has had an art gallery at the Discovery Center for the past six years, and the high level of participation led staff to look for a way to meet the growing interests of the local artists who display their work in the gallery and participate in the indoor markets over the winter.

Wed
09
Oct

Lake Elmo approves 2014 street improvement feasibility report

At the Oct. 1 city council meeting, Lake Elmo city officials approved the preparation of a feasibility report for several proposed street improvement projects to be completed next year.
The city plans to complete four projects of varying sizes in the Packard Park neighborhood, 20th Street North, Manning Trail and at Deer Pond Trail and Deer Pond Court in 2014.

Wed
09
Oct

North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale & Stillwater schools post top assessment scores

Last year, the state implemented a new assessment system, called the Multiple Measurements Rating, to evaluate how schools stack up in terms of students’ Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores and academic growth from year to year.
This year, several Stillwater Area District and North St. Paul-Maplewood Oakdale District Title 1 schools received recognition for their students’ achievements in the 2012-2013 school year.

Thu
03
Oct

Jury finds Trevino guilty of unintentional murder


Jeffery Trevino

Kira Steger

The family of Kira Steger says justice has been served after Ramsey County District Court jurors found Steger's husband, Jeffery Trevino, 39, guilty of unintentional second-degree murder. The jury was handed the case on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and deliberated for 17 hours before returning to the court with their findings the evening of Oct. 2.
Trevino had been charged with two counts of second-degree murder, one intentional and the other unintentional. Over the course of the eight-day trial, prosecutors called 42 witnesses to the stand to testify about the couple's relationship and the search for Steger's body and to explain autopsy reports. The defense did not call any witnesses.

Thu
03
Oct

MN Supreme Court blocks Lake Elmo’s second annexation appeal


submitted graphic

Last week, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that Lake Elmo could not present its argument that 57 acres in the northeast corner of the city should remain part of Lake Elmo.
In January 2012 the Office of Administrative Hearings allowed the land in question, which is located near the intersection of Manning Avenue and state Highway 36, to be annexed into Stillwater Township.

Thu
03
Oct

Stillwater district approves preliminary tax levy

Voters within School District 834 boundaries will be faced with a $16.2 million question on Election Day 2013.
The Stillwater Area School District board certified the maximum property-tax levy amount of $16.2 million at its meeting Sept. 26. The board may continue to adjust the levy until Dec. 5, when the school board is scheduled to hear public comments and certify the final levy. The amount of the levy, however, may not be increased.

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