Kaitlyn Roby

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West St. Paul police put down injured bear roaming in populated area

A black bear was spotted in Inver Grove Heights recently. There have been a flurry of sightings reported online via social media and to area police. (Submitted photo)

Bear's body given to resident for butchering
Surrounded by joggers, curious onlookers and visitors of Harmon Park across the street, a West St. Paul police officer shot and killed an injured black bear in the interest of public safety early June 7 in the parking lot of a small apartment complex, authorities say.


At 100 and 105, two Lilydale sisters closer than ever

Esther Rahn, right, turned 105 on June 1, and Florence Polzin, left, photo, turns 100 on June 9. The sisters, who grew up in Eagan on a farm, are closer than ever, living in neighboring apartments at Lilydale Senior Living. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Siblings of first Eagan mayor celebrate birthdays jointly
Florence Polzin and Esther Rahn share a wall at Lilydale Senior Living in apartments that mirror one another. The sisters share meals together every day, and this week, they’ll share a title that none of their close relatives reached: centenarian.


Finding ‘Sweetie the Chow Chow’ unites area pet lovers

Catherine Condon Gudio, right, and her daughter Paloma, 7, left, pose for a photo with the beloved Sweetie, a Chow Chow, welcoming the dog home with a small get together at Kaposia Landing Dog Park in South St. Paul, after she had been missing for five days. (Submitted photo)

Catherine Condon Gudio on Tuesday stopped by the St. Paul Yacht Club, not far from Harriet Island, to put up posters and talk to some boat owners about Sweetie the Chow Chow, who went missing for five days and was found June 3. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Mendota Heights dog inspires online network for lost pets
When her family’s dog ran away, Catherine Condon Gudio turned to social media. She was soon overwhelmed by the community’s response to find Sweetie the Chow Chow.


DARTS celebrates 40 years

Laurel Venhuizen, a DARTS volunteer, answered phones and sorted through mail at the West St. Paul office. She’s been involved in the Learning Buddy program for 13 years, helping out a kindergarten class at Kaposia Elementary in South St. Paul, and has volunteered with DARTS even longer than that. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Starting in 1974, one old bus, two old airport limousines and a van transported seniors to classes at Inver Hills Community College — a service called DARTS. Now with about 60 vehicles, DARTS this spring expanded its Dial-A-Ride service to Farmington, Apple Valley and Lakeville. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

West St. Paul nonprofit aims to “enrich aging”
Marlys Tiedman recently had her last day volunteering at Salem Hills Elementary in Inver Grove Heights for this school year. She helped two boys with presentations on Nicaragua, while most of the class was abuzz, anxious for summer break.


District 197 school board discusses failed referendum

Still unclear if requests will be on Nov. 4 ballot
The District 197 School Board is still unsure if it will put another referendum on the ballot in November, after the majority of voters rejected levy and bond requests in a special election this month.
Although district leaders anticipated an easy win May 6, the two-part referendum aimed at increasing technology funding and upgrading facilities and security measures at West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools failed.


Man allegedly stole, scrapped cars around Twin Cities, West St. Paul

A Twin Cities man allegedly stole a pickup in West St. Paul, an incident that is possibly connected with dozens of vehicle thefts throughout the metro area, police say.


Year in jail for West St. Paul man who sped off with friend in truck window

Defense attorney says sentence a disappointment
A West St. Paul man was sentenced May 21 to one year in jail after seriously injuring a friend who tried to keep him from driving drunk.


Maplewood Moose Lodge looks to future

The Maplewood Moose Lodge has experienced a decline in membership in recent years, but many dedicated members are thinking about new ways to draw new members, and keep the fraternal and service organization relevant. (Photos by Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Membership down, but dedicated
Leaders of the Maplewood Moose Lodge recently have been thinking about ways to attract new members, in order to bolster its more than 100-year-old missions to serve the community and establish fellowship.


‘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)

Jim Kueppers works on a chipmunk during a woodcarvers group that meets Tuesdays at the South St. Paul Senior Center. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Kathy Beatty, 70, chats with Larry Krech, 88, while working on a toy soldier ornament during a woodcarving group that meets Tuesdays at the South St. Paul Senior Center. (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.


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.