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Police brutality lawsuit filed against Roseville police officers

Victor Yair Hernandez-Rivera is suing four Roseville police officers for using excessive force during a traffic stop in the early morning hours of May 26, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Roseville Police Department)

Man alleges excessive force used during arrest; seeks $500,000
Last week, a Minneapolis man filed a lawsuit against several Roseville police officers following his arrest last spring.
Victor Yair Hernandez-Rivera alleges that four officers used excessive force against him during a traffic stop that led to his arrest in May 2013, and is seeking $500,000 in punitive damages.


Roseville considers former Perc site for park

2959 Hamline Avenue
The Mounds View Public School District owns a 3.32-acre parcel of land at 2959 Hamline Ave. in Roseville, the site of its former district service center. The district hopes to sell the property to the city of Roseville for use as a park. Over the past decade, ISD 621 has spent more than $760,000 in soil remediation and monitoring costs due to the discovery of Perc contamination on the property. (Johanna Holub/Review)

Mounds View school district removed building, contaminated soil
Mounds View Public Schools is letting go of a site that’s been with the district for more than 40 years.
A purchase agreement with the city of Roseville to sell a three-acre parcel of land at 2959 Hamline Ave. was approved at the school board’s April 8 meeting.


Oakdale woman takes a spin on the ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Jessica Kiefer of Oakdale, right, and her friend Kristin Wasil from Michigan were contestants on the March 26 episode of “Wheel of Fortune.” The show’s theme was “Girlfriend Getaways,” and the two took home just over $10,000 in winnings. (submitted photo)

Local teacher appeared during ‘Girlfriend Getaways’ week
An Oakdale woman recently appeared on “Wheel of Fortune,” the 31-year-old game show based on the popular game “Hangman,” in which contestants buy letters to solve word puzzles to win cash and fun prizes.


Stillwater District prepares to cut $4 million from budget

Despite the passing of a $16.2 million levy last fall, Stillwater Public Schools is expected to cut several million dollars from next year’s budget.
School board members met on Thursday, March 6, to direct staff to compile a list of possible budget adjustments and cuts for the 2014-15 school year, which will total a projected $4 million. The board is scheduled to vote on the reductions at its March 13 meeting.


One year after tragedy, Oakdale Elementary remembers Devin Aryal

Oakdale Elementary School students and staff wore green on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in remembrance of former student Devin Aryal, who died last year. Peter Mau, who was the principal at the time, came back to eat lunch with students that day. (submitted photos)

Oakdale Elementary School went green on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. But not in an environmental sense --nearly 600 students and staff were literally covered with the verdant shade.
Students, staff, teachers and administrators arrived at school that morning, clad in green as a way to celebrate the life of Devin Aryal, a fourth-grader who died after being killed in a drive-by shooting last year. Green was his favorite color.


Partners in crime target metro area Menards stores

Howard and St. John hit 12 separate locations; stole more than $8,000 worth of tools
In just a week and a half, two partners in crime stole more than $8,000 worth of goods from 12 Menards stores in the metro area last summer.
The thefts took place between June 4 and June 14, 2013.


Agencies look to monitor, reduce PFC levels this spring

If Punxsutawney Phil had come to the east metro on Groundhog Day Feb. 2, he may have predicted six weeks of studies related to perfluorochemical (PFC) groundwater contamination.
While that seems like a pretty specific prediction, this spring, several organizations on the federal, state and municipal level are investigating and hoping to reduce the effects of these chemicals on Washington County residents.


Oakdale reveals strategy for allowing AmericInn conversion to senior housing

AmericInn Lodge and Suites is located at 6630 Hudson Blvd. in Oakdale. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

After voicing some concerns at a previous meeting, Oakdale City Council members seem to be on board with a new strategy for allowing a St. Paul business owner to move forward with plans to convert an existing hotel to senior housing.


Archdiocese discloses sexual abuse claims against nine more priests

On Monday, Feb. 17, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released a list of nine more priests thought to have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct.
The archdiocese released the names following a comprehensive file review by Kinsale Management Consulting, an outside firm based in Los Angeles, Calif. The review began in December 2013, when a Ramsey County judge ordered the archdiocese to release the list of priests who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse. At that time, the archdiocese disclosed claims against 33 priests.


HELLO: more than just a greeting

Ebenezer Flomo, his wife Janelle Voxland and other HELLO volunteers hand-delivered over 40,000 books to more than 16 schools in Liberia over the holidays. (submitted photos)

It’s easy to just throw away an old book that’s been read a thousand times or a textbook that’s a year or two out of date. But some tens of thousands of those previously unwanted books are making their way to schools across the Atlantic Ocean, thanks to some help from an Oakdale-based organization.
Help Encourage Liberia’s Little Ones, or HELLO, was started in Liberia by Ebenezer Flomo in 2003. Its operations moved with him in 2005 when he came to the U.S. and married Oakdale resident Janelle Voxland.