Johanna Holub

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

Mon
25
Nov

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.

Wed
20
Nov

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.

Wed
20
Nov

Local authors share the secrets of success


Local authors Meg Corrigan and Gloria VanDemmeltraadt are included in a recently released collection of stories entitled “Unlocking the Secrets of Success: Minnesota Women Share Tips and Strategies for Achieving Your Goals and Living Your Dreams.” (photo and video by Johanna Holub/Review staff)

One woman’s dream is another’s nightmare. But through it all, the Minnesota women featured in the recently released collection “Unlocking the Secrets of Success: Minnesota Women Share Tips and Strategies for Achieving Your Goals and Living Your Dreams” have persevered.
Joan Kennedy, 91, of New Brighton gathered the stories of 40 women working in a variety of professions to create a collection of success stories, ranging from tales of professional success to personal triumphs.

Fri
15
Nov

Former sheriff’s deputy convicted of misconduct, drug possession

A former Washington County sheriff’s deputy was convicted last week of misconduct by a public employee and illegal possession of prescription drugs after he was caught illicitly accessing and stealing from the county’s drug disposal bin earlier this year.
Oakdale resident Ricky Harry Gruber, 44, was originally charged with felony drug possession, felony theft, misconduct of a public officer and unlawful possession of pharmacy drugs. The theft charge was dismissed, and Gruber pleaded not guilty to four of the charges.

Wed
13
Nov

ISD 622 educator wins Teacher of the Year Award


Oakdale Elementary School teacher Kathy Lukin is recipient of The Arc Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year Award, honoring an outstanding teacher who has demonstrated excellence in educating and including students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Kathy Lukin, multiple needs teacher at Oakdale Elementary, is The Arc Minnesota’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Kathy Lukin holds her students to high standards. She does not pity or coddle the children who come into her classroom every day. She puts in extra hours before school and on the weekends to create new learning opportunities for her students. She advocates for more inclusiveness and support for her kids.
While these are strategies many teachers employ to help their students learn, Lukin is also faced with the challenge of teaching special education students, many of whom have severe disabilities.

Wed
06
Nov

Lake Elmo Park Reserve to close for deer hunts

Those who frequently use Lake Elmo Park Reserve, located at 1515 Keats Avenue, should be aware that the park will be closed on two different weekends in November: Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 16-17. The reason for the closures? An overabundance of hungry, antlered plant-eaters.
Two deer management harvests have been scheduled at the popular Washington County park, with just over 50 hunters having obtained special lottery permits from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources setting up camp within the reserve.
The participating hunters attended a mandatory safety orientation in October.

Wed
30
Oct

Lending a ‘hand’ to families in need this holiday season

What started as a small group of people helping struggling families during the holiday season has blossomed into a community outreach effort taken on by more than a hundred volunteers.
The Holiday Helping Hands program, which was started more than 20 years ago by the Oakdale Business and Professional Association (OBPA), now serves more than 80 North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District 622 families each year.

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.

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