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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.