Johanna Holub

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

Wed
11
Sep

Lewis sentenced to 24 years in Craigslist death

Steven LewisMaplewood resident Steven E. Lewis, 27, was sentenced to 24 years in prison at a hearing Sept. 4 for the August 2012 shooting of St. Paul resident Aung Thu Bo, 19.
At a plea hearing July 10, Lewis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery charges, telling Ramsey Court District Judge Margaret Marrinan that he “never intended to kill” Bo, 19; his goal was to rob Bo and his girlfriend.

Thu
05
Sep

Stillwater district unveils new technology services

Stillwater Area Public Schools District 834 will become more mobile-friendly this fall with the addition of two new services for parents and students. The district will introduce a new text alert service and lunch menu application for mobile devices that will keep families in the loop with what’s going on during the school day.
“Anything we can do to improve or increase our services for our students and parents is a good thing,” Superintendent Corey Lunn said. “When we’re downsizing ... it’s good to have a service that allows parents to not depend on staff as much.”

Thu
05
Sep

Lake Elmo hires lobby group for 2014 legislative session

At the Aug. 20 city council meeting, Lake Elmo officials voted unanimously to hire Messerli & Kramer, a St. Paul-based law firm, to represent the city during next year’s state legislative session.
The city plans to make a $2.6 million bonding request during the Legislature’s 2014 session, and hopes the lobby group can facilitate discussions to secure the money. The bonding is crucial for projects “relating to city-wide infrastructure” and helping the city address groundwater contamination, according to Mayor Mike Pearson.

Wed
04
Sep

School district will not operate NSP fitness center after Dec. 31


The North St. Paul Community School is in what was formerly known as the North St. Paul Community Center. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The 110 members of the North St. Paul Community Fitness Center will need to begin looking for a new place to exercise starting Jan. 1.
Although fitness center members were already aware that it was scheduled to close Dec. 31, many had hoped the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District would continue to operate it, perhaps as a work-based learning opportunity for alternative learning students.

Wed
04
Sep

Charges filed against St. Paul man in head-on crash

The Washington County Attorney’s Office has filed felony charges against a St. Paul man involved in a head-on collision on state Highway 5 in Lake Elmo last year.
Jon Wentz, 47, of St. Paul was driving his Buick Regal westbound on Highway 5 near Stillwater Lane Aug. 28, 2012, when he crossed the center line into the eastbound lane, striking a Honda Civic containing two sisters, ages 15 and 20, from Stillwater.

Wed
28
Aug

Make way for 2013 Lake Elmo Days!


Maureen Schmidt, sporting a colorful butterfly face painting, got back in line for the giant inflatables out at Lions Park during Lake Elmo Days. (file photos)

A motorcyle and trailer on display during Lake Elmo Days just happened to have the character Elmo on the custom paint job. Games, helping the youngsters with the fire hoses, and the fire safety house were manned by the fire fighters.

Ciara Kessel cuddles Niño, a 5-year-old chihuahua, during the Everybody Wins Pet Show hosted by Cedar Pet Clinic during the Lake Elmo Days.

The annual Lake Elmo Days celebration is back, and the city is pulling out all the stops to make this year’s event bigger than ever before.
Lake Elmo Days has grown from humble beginnings into the two-day festival it is today. In 2007, the event started as a way to celebrate the Lake Elmo Fire Department’s 50-year anniversary.
After its initial success, it became the city’s one-day “Fall Festival” until 2012, when organizers added more activities and renamed it “Lake Elmo Days.”

Wed
28
Aug

Maplewood Mall rainwater runoff retrofit featured in symposium


The Maplewood Mall’s giant rainwater cistern (a very big watering can) is one of four special features used to catch, reuse, and clean rainwater. photos by Linda Baumeister/Review

Ornamental grasses and flowers and other flowers and shrubbery make up 55 rain gardens all around Maplewood Mall.

Informative signs explain features of the raingarden concept.

An urban forest is growing in a surprising area of Maplewood. Where one might expect to find a desert of paint lines, concrete and vehicles, an oasis of trees, gardens and art is popping up.
Last week, the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District’s stormwater infiltration retrofit project at the Maplewood Mall parking lot was highlighted as part of the 2013 International Low Impact Development Symposium.
The symposium, which garners the attention of thousands of engineers, professors, environmentalists and other professionals each year, is hosted by the University of Minnesota at the St. Paul RiverCentre. The conference is a series of lectures and presentations about various programs across the Midwest that work to address urban water quality issues like stormwater runoff and sewer overflows.

Wed
28
Aug

MnDOT holds Hwy. 5 project open house

Officials from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Lake Elmo held an open house at Lake Elmo Elementary School Aug. 21 to discuss the plans for the state Highway 5 micro-surfacing project that begins in September.
Residents, business owners, commission members and teachers were present to ask questions and express concerns about the project, which will impact Lake Elmo’s Old Village area as a center left turn lane is installed.

Thu
22
Aug

Lake Elmo withdraws from state’s water pollution lawsuit against 3M

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, Lake Elmo announced that it has withdrawn from a groundwater pollution lawsuit against 3M filed by the Minnesota attorney general’s office.
Lake Elmo is instead opting to enter into a tolling agreement that would allow the city to “cease ongoing legal action” and “collaboratively review facts and scientific data relating to groundwater quality” with 3M, according to a statement released by the city.

Thu
15
Aug

Volunteer teams paint NSP, Maplewood homes


Former, current, retired, and family of 3M have been volunteering for the Paint-A-Thon for years and gather at the lunch break. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

The North St. Paul homeowner’s fence also gets a fresh coat of paint.

It took the 3M/Novation Credit Union Paint-A-Thon team a full day to prepare Milly and Norm’s home on Century Avenue in North St. Paul to be painted. (submitted photo)

The St. Pius X Parish team, nicknamed “The Pastels,” touch up and paint trim on their final day of work Aug. 3 in Maplewood. The group also worked the previous Monday and Tuesday.

Many of the St. Pius X Parish have been volunteering for years and look forward to the Paint-A-Thon.

If you live in a community in the Twin Cities, chances are good you’ve seen a house that has been painted by a Paint-A-Thon team. Over the last 29 years, Paint-A-Thon volunteers have painted 6,300 homes in the seven-county metro area.
Saturday, Aug. 3, was the official “paint day” for the 60 teams that participated in this year’s Paint-A-Thon, a program offered through the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. Now in its 29th year, the program caters to low-income seniors and the physically disabled, who may not be able to paint their homes on their own.

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