Kaitlyn Roby

Kaitlyn Roby can be reached at kroby@lillienews.com or 651-748-7815.
Follow her on Twitter @KRobyNews.

Mon
19
May

‘A dying art’?


Jim Kueppers, 69, holds up a photo of a bunch of young woodcarvers, and the man who introduced him to woodcarving. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Carvers bring wood to life in South St. Paul
With his gloved left hand, Jim Kueppers grips a rodent-shaped chunk of wood, pulling the knife in his right toward him to scrape off thin chips, chiseling out the shape he sees in it: a life-like chipmunk. The shavings cling to his jeans or flutter to the ground to be swept up later.

Mon
19
May

Inver Grove Heights snuffs out crematory proposal


David Jansen and his dog stroll on his driveway, where he can see land that currently has a small cemetery and a farm house. He and other residents opposed an expansion for the parcel that would’ve put a full-service mortuary with a crematorium at 8225 Argenta Trail. The Inver Grove Heights City Council denied the project May 12. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Residents raise concerns over influx parcel
David Jansen says his 30-mile commute is worth it, because he gets to live in Inver Grove Heights.
Besides airplanes flying above occasionally, and the sound of twittering birds, his neighborhood is fairly quiet.

Mon
12
May

Inver Grove Heights school board selects new leader

The Inver Grove Heights Community Schools Board of Education recently selected the district’s next superintendent.
David W. Bernhardson, an assistant superintendent at South Washington County Public Schools and past Inver Grove Heights principal, will start in the district’s top spot July 1.

Tue
06
May

River Heights Chamber of Commerce notes Simons Landscaping


Simons Landscaping in West St. Paul recently received the 2014 Small Business of the Year award. (submitted photo)

25th anniversary of award marked
The River Heights Chamber of Commerce has named Simons Landscaping its 2014 Small Business of the Year.
Owner Dave Simons and his mom, Patti Simons, company vice president, accepted the award at the chamber’s annual small business luncheon and trade show Thursday, April 17 at Southview Country Club in West St. Paul.

Tue
06
May

Here to tell your stories

Although my title is now news editor, I’m really a reporter at heart.
I started out at Lillie Suburban Newspapers as a staff writer last fall, covering North St. Paul, Maplewood and Lake Elmo. A couple of weeks ago, I was given a promotion, and started receiving a lot more emails and phone calls to sift through.
That’s because I’m the person South-West Review readers should contact about news items, story ideas or just something interesting they’ve seen or heard around town.

Mon
05
May

West St. Paul may scrap city logo


The current West St. Paul logo that the council is considering replacing.

Logo contest yields no ‘home runs’
West St. Paul’s logo may go back to the drawing board.
The West St. Paul City Council had to pick a winner of an online city-logo design contest at its work session Monday, but the top choice won’t actually replace the current logo, the blue star-like emblem that’s splashed throughout the city on signs, vehicles and police uniforms. The council instead directed staff to obtain proposals from design firms to possibly help the city freshen its branding.

Mon
05
May

West St. Paul woman with guide dog wants to be treated like any other customer


MaryJeanne Hemesath, of West St. Paul, says some local businesses have confronted her about her guide dog, or asked her to leave the trained animal outside. “I’m sick and tired of it,” she says. State and federal laws say guide dogs are allowed in any public establishment, with very few exceptions. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

MaryJeanne Hemesath has been feeling less and less welcome at West St. Paul businesses.
She’s been yelled at or shooed away by some employees and business owners when they see her guide dog. She says it’s happened both when she’s alone and with a friend while using the guide dog to navigate.
The confrontations make getting out even more of a burden.

Mon
28
Apr

District 197 special election is May 6


District 197 Superintendent Nancy Allen-Mastro presents information on why the schools are asking for a renewal and increase in its technology levy and a $11.4 million building levy to upgrade facilities. The school board voted unanimously in February to put the two questions on the ballot in a special election, which is May 6. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Levy, bond would increase student access to technology, upgrade facilities
Third-graders assembled Legos last week at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, building a robot they can then program on a computer to perform certain tasks.
“They live in a digital world,” said Shannon Lawson, a teacher at Somerset Elementary. “If we don’t meet that at school, they won’t want to be there.”

Mon
21
Apr

West St. Paul juggles Robert Street project funding


Robert Street in West St. Paul is slated for a $26.8 million reconstruction. The city initiated the project to revamp the busy state-owned roadway, and has been negotiating the finances with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

MnDOT says $12.2 million turnback offer stands
West St. Paul city staff plans to recommend that the city council turn down an offer to take control of South Robert Street from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, as well as the funding to reconstruct the road the state offered in exchange.

Mon
21
Apr

South St. Paul to bid 1920s school gym farewell


The high school building as it stands today. (Submitted photo)

Sixth-grade center to replace storied structure
On those Friday nights when he got to stay out late, a 9- or 10-year-old Steve Doody watched the big kids play and a big crowd fill the South St. Paul Secondary School gym for varsity basketball games.

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