Kaitlyn Roby

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Fri
03
Oct

More crude graffiti reported in Mendota Heights; reward offered


A mailbox was vandalized recently in a spree that included vulgar and sexually explicit images and words scratched and spray-painted into vehicles and houses in Mendota Heights. A $500 is being offered for information. (Submitted photo)

An effort to nab vandals who spray-painted racial slurs, sexual images and expletives on vehicles, homes and mailboxes in June has been reinvigorated, due to yet another crude image splashed on a Mendota Heights home.

Fri
03
Oct

Mendota Heights man accused of dragging bicyclist alongside car

A Mendota Heights man is facing charges after, while driving, he allegedly grabbed a bicyclist, dragging him and his bike on the pavement alongside his car.

Fri
03
Oct

State bolsters flood recovery in Dakota County


City crews added more sandbags to a pile at Twin City Marina in Inver Grove Heights on June 25, bracing for the Mississippi River to crest. The state now plans to reimburse Dakota County for money spent on flood mitigation and recovery.

FEMA denies appeal; Dayton orders use of new program
A new state program will provide significant relief for northern Dakota County taxpayers who may have otherwise seen a jump in 2015 city tax levies to cover the cost of flood damage.

Mon
29
Sep

South St. Paul gears up for fall festival


Rainbow Corral Critters brought the petting zoo to the On the Road Again festivities on Oct. 5, 2013. The cuddly critters will be back again this Saturday, Oct. 4, along with other family-friendly events, such as a new Union Pacific mini train, a flea market, face painting and duck races. (file photo)

'On the Road Again' hosts Boucha, new mini train
While kicking back with a couple of "Hammies" beers after a successful rodeo in South St. Paul, Walt Books and his buddy Bob Yanz started brewing up another attraction to keep the small town on the map: a booya contest.
And it wasn't just going to be a local shindig. Books wanted it to be big. So big, he dubbed it the "World Championship Booya" in 1982, a name that eventually attracted national news coverage and an intense rivalry with other booya organizers — in particular, a Wisconsin newspaper columnist — over Books's claim that South St. Paul is the booya capital of the U.S.

Mon
29
Sep

West St. Paul closer to ice arena revamp

Mendota Heights, District 197 on board; city applies for "Mighty Ducks" grant
West St. Paul recently chalked up another goal in saving the city's ice arena. Mendota Heights and School District 197 each pledged $555,333, a third of the cost to revamp John V. Hoene Ice Arena.

Mon
22
Sep

Inver Grove Heights 'On the Rise' veteran mentors others to be people of character


Sean Staum sits with his wife, Rebekah, son, Titus, and newborn daughter, Isabelle, at their Inver Grove Heights home. Staum recently garnered recognition as a veteran who is giving back to his community at the Minnesota Humanities Center's second annual Veterans' Voices Award Ceremony Sept. 11. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

As a 20-something, Sean Staum says he was bitter, and seldom thought beyond his own needs and wants. Some of his lowest points: he went through a divorce and spent a night in jail for a DWI. 

Sun
21
Sep

After decades apart, South St. Paul neighbors reunite at childhood stomping ground


Old friends reunited at Summit Park Sept. 13. Some have kept in touch since they grew up in the South St. Paul neighborhood, while others were seeing each other for the first time in 60 years or more. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

When Chuck Shom was around 8 years old, he and a group of kids from his neighborhood huddled on the cliff overlooking Concord Street in South St. Paul, lobbed snowballs at the cars below and ran like crazy.

Tue
16
Sep

District 199 appoints new school board member


Sherry Warrick
The District 199 School Board appointed Sherry Warrick to fill the board seat left vacant by Bridget Cronin, who resigned in August due to a change in her residency, at a special meeting Sept. 8.
Tue
16
Sep

Inver Grove Heights native wins 'Educator of the Year' Peabody


Surrounded by some of his family, Inver Grove Heights native and Indiana principal Tim McIntosh holds up a check he received after being named "Educator of the Year" at Peabody Energy's Leaders in Education Awards dinner. (Submitted photo)

Growing up in Inver Grove Heights, Tim McIntosh had great teachers.

Mon
15
Sep

Charges: West St. Paul man allegedly strangled, killed woman


Marc Bakambia

Woman told relative she 'feared for her life' days prior to death
A month after a West St. Paul woman was found dead in her apartment Aug. 10, police discovered a "selfie" on her boyfriend's cell phone of him lying next to her on a bed. In the photo, she appears to be deceased and he is crying, according to court documents recently filed in Dakota County District Court.

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