Kaitlyn Roby

Kaitlyn Roby can be reached at kroby@lillienews.com or 651-748-7815.
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West St. Paul council agrees rental inspection rules are ‘broken’


Properties such as this one, on Annapolis Street, were discussed at a recent West St. Paul City Council workshop as illustrations of rental-property codes that need to be tightened. (Photo from city documents)

Shocked at rundown properties, council kick-starts revamp
With more and more tenants complaining about conditions at the homes they rent, the West St. Paul City Council at its July 14 workshop directed staff to address gaps in the city’s housing evaluator guidelines.

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Tiny Henry Sibley band towers above competitors


For a second consecutive year, the Henry Sibley Marching Band swept the awards in its class at the Vikingland Band Festival championship in Alexandria, although the band was smaller and younger than most of the bands it competed against. (submitted photo)

Performing a “wish”-themed set that included “When You Wish Upon a Star” and scat singing, the Henry Sibley Marching Band garnered special awards recognizing the color guard, winds and percussion, sweeping its class for the second year in a row at the state championship June 29. (submitted photo)

Young 35-member group measures up to legacy
The Henry Sibley Marching Band started its season knowing it would be tough enough to match its performance in the 2013 Class AA marching band state championships, where it took top honors.

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14
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Man ditching drugs tosses them to West St. Paul officer

Cop catches meth in the face
A St. Paul man trying to ditch his drugs apparently didn't keep track of the West St. Paul officers who stopped the car he and three companions were riding in.

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14
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West St. Paul church shares its ‘warm, welcoming’ culture through Middle Eastern Festival


Members of the St. George Middle Eastern dance troupe ride a camel at a past Middle Eastern Festival at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West St. Paul. The fundraiser and celebration is July 18-20 this year. (Submitted photo)

Event will include camel rides, cuisine
A West St. Paul church’s Middle Eastern Festival this weekend is about more than raising money for the Orthodox Christian parish. Organizers say they want to share their culture steeped in generosity, inviting in the community with an

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14
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Idled workers offered help after Dakota Premium Foods halts production


Dakota Premium Foods in South St. Paul recently halted production at the beef processing facility. The Minnesota Department of Employment will be holding a series of meetings Monday, July 14 to inform the 300 laid-off employees about unemployment benefits and the dislocated worker program. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Mayor Baumann: “This is a devastating loss”
Due to a national cattle shortage, Dakota Premium Foods recently halted production at its South St. Paul beef processing facility, leaving about 300 employees without work.

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Man ditching drugs throws bag of meth at West St. Paul cop

Complaint: Suspect didn't notice officer behind him
A St. Paul man trying to ditch his drugs apparently didn't keep track of the West St. Paul officers who had pulled him and three other adults over. He tossed a bag of meth, hitting the officer behind him, according to court document filed in Dakota County District Court July 11.

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07
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Local farmers markets underway


Mary Helen Sperl cuts a head of romaine lettuce from the small farm next to her West St. Paul home July 1. Along with produce, she was selling basil, flowers and tomato and pepper plants. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Here’s where to get fresh goods in northern Dakota County
Mary Helen Sperl sells plants, vegetables and pumpkins from her small sideyard farm in West St. Paul. When customers ask for a head of romaine lettuce, she grabs a knife and cuts it straight from the ground and hands it to them.

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Study names impaired lakes in northern Dakota County


Thompson Lake in West St. Paul is among four lakes deemed impaired in a study. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Thompson Lake in West St. Paul on June 24 was murky and full of algae, especially around the shorelines where grasses grow. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Public invited to comment on   findings, fixes
City officials in northern Dakota County had an idea a handful of their lakes were impaired — now it’s official.

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Man charged in assault of South St. Paul toddler

A South St. Paul man was charged Friday, June 27 in connection with the assault of his girlfriend's 15-month-old son, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dakota County District Court.

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Inver Grove Heights marina braces for river to rise


City crews added more sandbags to a pile at Twin City Marina in Inver Grove Heights on Wednesday, June 25, bracing for the Mississippi River to crest in the next day or so. Since heavy rains began flooding the area last week, marina manager Jeff Holleschau and a handful of employees have been pulling 10- to 12-hour days, removing logs from the dock area and pumping water out of flooded areas, including a building basement. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

The water in Randy French's basement was waist-deep at one point, settling down to about ankle-deep on Wednesday, June 25. He, his wife and his four children just came home to the riverfront house they rent from the Twin City Marina, after three days living in a hotel. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Randy French's house near a couple of ponds and an Inver Grove Heights marina flooded, starting about a week ago, reaching its worst point over the weekend. Algae, cottonwood seeds and mud dirtied the standing water June 25, as the area braced for the Mississippi River to rise even higher. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

City crews stacked sandbags at Twin City Marina in Inver Grove Heights on Wednesday, June 25, preparing for the Mississippi River to crest Thursday. Since heavy rains began flooding the area last week, marina manager Jeff Holleschau and a handful of employees have been pulling 10- to 12-hour days, removing logs from the dock area and pumping water out of flooded areas, including a building basement. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

A man canoed through a flooded area at Twin City Marina in Inver Grove Heights on Wednesday, June 25. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

House rented by family nearby still flooded
The loud hum of pumps sucking water from flooded ponds and dumping it closer to the Mississippi River polluted the area of Twin City Marina in Inver Grove Heights on Wednesday, June 25.

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