Johanna Holub

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Hill-Murray to add 6th-grade program next fall

Competition for students among area private schools has just gotten a little tougher.
Hill-Murray School, located on Larpenteur Avenue in Maplewood, announced this November it will be adding sixth grade starting in the 2014-2015 school year. The Catholic-affiliated school has offered grades seventh-12th since the late 1980s.
In a letter sent to students’ families this fall, president Susan Paul explains the addition was something the Hill-Murray board of trustees “wrestled” with for a number of years.


Methamphetamine dealer sentenced to 8 years in prison

Washington County District Judge Ellen Maas sentenced Oakdale resident Danielle Brand, 26, to 84 months in prison after she was convicted of felony first-degree controlled substance possession after a traffic stop in which a substantial amount of methamphetamine was discovered in her vehicle.


Northeast Metro district moves forward with Lake Elmo land purchase

Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District plans to construct a school in Lake Elmo’s Eagle Point Business Park in 2015. The District 916 expects the building to look similar to its newest school, Karner Blue Education Center, in Blaine. The unique floor plan, pictured above, includes open quiet space areas where agitated students can go to calm down, Superintendent Connie Hayes said. (submitted graphic)

Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District has entered into a purchase agreement for a $2.4 million plot of land within Lake Elmo’s Eagle Point Business Park along Interstate 94 at Inwood Avenue on the southern end of the city.
The nearly 20-acre parcel is zoned for commercial business park use and is currently a cornfield.
However, within the next couple years, those stalks of corn will be replaced by a public school for up to 150 kindergarten through 8th-grade students with autism and emotional behavioral disorders.


The year in Review

I had no idea that 52 newspapers could change my life! Yet here I am, a different person from who I was a year ago.
I showed up at the Lillie News office in North St. Paul for the first day of my internship Jan. 2, 2013, with a newly minted English degree and the eager naivety of someone who has never read a gruesome criminal complaint.
Unfortunately, the receptionist was out of the office at that moment, and I was locked out.


Danielle Jelinek's ex indicted for murder

Chisago County prosecutors have filed a third-degree unintentional murder indictment charge against Aaron Schnagl, the ex-boyfriend of Danielle Jelinek, in her disappearance last year. The indictment alleges Schnagl supplied Jelinek with cocaine, which prosecutors say led to her death.


Making art from ashes—yes, those ashes

The first official piece of Eternal Ware was made with the ashes of Carole’s mother, Helen Gurnon, who passed away last year. Her name is inscribed on the bottom of the memorial. (Linda Baumiester/Review)

Carole and Ron Javner work with nationally-known artists through Eternal Ware, creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind memorials using loved ones’ cremains. (Linda Baumiester/Review)

When people make preparations for what happens after they die, the big questions are burial or cremation. From there, they’ll have to debate: monument or marker? Urn or scattered ashes?
Becoming a piece of art may not be the first thought to come to mind.
However, cremains art is a growing trend among those looking for a non-traditional burial method.



Archdiocese releases list of priests accused of sexually abusing minors

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released a list of 30 priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors on Thursday, Dec. 5.
The list also includes an additional four priests who have unsubstantiated claims against them.
Ramsey County District Court Judge John Van de North gave permission for the names to be released at a hearing Dec. 2, giving the Archdiocese 15 days to do so. The names had previously been sealed under a protective order in a 2009 lawsuit.


An angel in Oakdale

Oakdale resident Relindis Moffor and 10 staff members operate Angel of Mercy USA, a nonprofit she founded in 2005. Through three offices located in Cameroon, the organization serves about 750 people, many of whom have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Their clients live in about 10 villages in the west central African country. (submitted photos)

Some days, Relindis Oyebog Moffor, a registered nurse at Regency Hospital in Golden Valley, works a 16-hour shift in the dead of night caring for ailing patients. Then she comes home, makes a phone call to Cameroon and provides care for several hundred people living nearly 7,000 miles away.


Jeffery Trevino sentenced to 27.5 years in prison

Jeffery Trevino of St. Paul was sentenced to 330 months, or about 27 1/2 years, in prison at a hearing in Ramsey County Court Nov. 25.
A courtroom full of family members, volunteer searchers and journalists watched as Trevino entered the room, looking solemn and wearing an orange Ramsey County jail jumpsuit.


Weaver Elementary student hit by SUV in Oakdale

A 5-year-old Maplewood boy is currently in fair condition after being hit by a SUV in the parking lot at a party facility in Oakdale the evening of Nov. 15.
Oakdale Police say the boy, identified by family members as Weaver Elementary kindergartener Jakob Schafer, was chasing a bouncy ball in the parking lot of Pump it Up, located at 7045 6th St., when a "dark SUV" hit him around 7:30 p.m.