Kaitlyn Roby

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Wed
01
Jan

Casey Lake project cuts the carp


Reid Swanson, a member of a University of Minnesota research team, in October measures one of the largest carp pulled from the Phalen chain of lakes. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bartodziej)

North St. Paul public works staff installed an aerator at Casey Lake on Monday, Dec. 2, to help provide oxygen over the winter to bluegill and bass, which were stocked in the wetland that used to be a breeding ground for thousands of carp. Casey is connected to the Phalen chain of lakes, where multiple groups have been working to get rid of the invasive common carp. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Jim Levitt, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries specialist, stocks bluegill into Casey Lake in North St. Paul this spring. Sunnies eat the eggs of carp, which the city and other groups have been working to eradicate from the wetland and the Phalen chain of lakes. City staff this month installed an aerator that will help keep the sunfish and bass alive over the winter. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bartodziej)

Largemouth bass were released in North St. Paul's Casey Lake this spring, as part of a carp population management project. City staff recently installed an aerator to help deliver oxygen to the bass and bluegills in the lake during the winter months. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bartodziej)

With ice still too thin to skate on, most of the action at Casey Lake in North St. Paul is bubbling beneath the surface.
City staff recently installed an aeration system at the lake, which is surrounded by sports courts, trails and a playground. Air is now being mechanically pumped into the water to keep up oxygen levels, helping native Minnesota fish stay alive over the winter to boost fishing and keep out the common carp.

Wed
25
Dec

For Bruentrups, historic farm still feels like home during holidays


In her Mrs. Claus attire and he in Santa hat for the Breakfast with Santa and later open house Dec. 7, Raydelle and Bill Bruentrup still spend time at the old homestead, volunteering countless hours on behalf of the Maplewood Area Historical Society. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Some of the decorations around the house.

Bill Bruentrup still works the farm, driving the tractor for hay wagon rides, as well as building and upkeep of the Bruentrup Heritage Farm in Maplewood. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The early years: Bill Bruentrup, left, now 72, friend Paul Johnson and Bill’s late sister Joan Bruentrup sit in front of the Christmas tree at the Bruentrup home in the early 1950s. Paul is holding what appears to be a gift: “Pagan: a Border Patrol Horse,” a 1951 book for youth about the exploits of a border patrol inspector and his heroic horse, as Bill tries to get a look at one of the more exciting passages.

Bill Bruentrup and his siblings used to skate on a pond in front of the home on Christmas Day, between dinner and supper. This picturesque scene is roughly where the Michael’s craft store is located now; there’s still a holding pond between the store and White Bear Avenue.

Santa, a reindeer and a snowman greeted visitors at a breakfast with Santa event on Dec. 7 at Bruentrup Heritage Farm in Maplewood. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review staff)

Growing up on his family’s farm, Bill Bruentrup milked cows twice a day. Even on Christmas.
“On Christmas Eve, we’d milk a little bit earlier than we normally did so we could come in, clean up, eat dinner, and then we would open our presents,” the 72-year-old said. “I remember getting ready for Christmas, because we tried to get as many things done as we could.

Wed
25
Dec

Contractor set for early design of Lake Elmo Avenue improvements


The Washington County Board of Commissioners recently awarded a contract for preliminary work on a street reconstruction project on Lake Elmo Avenue (County Road 17) from 30th Street North to Stillwater Boulevard North. The goal is to address safety, mobility and flooding issues on the roadway that cuts through Lake Elmo’s downtown. (Map of project area courtesy of Washington County)

The Washington County Board of Commissioners recently approved a consultant contract for preliminary work on a project to allay issues with safety, mobility and flooding by reconstructing a stretch of Lake Elmo Avenue North that cuts through the city’s main business district.

Thu
19
Dec

Maplewood keeps property tax levy steady

Legislative changes helped Maplewood hold down its tax levy for 2014, meaning most property owners will pay slightly less in city taxes next year.
The Maplewood City Council on Dec. 9 unanimously approved the budget with no increase in the 2014 property tax levy, down from the 2 percent jump planned in the preliminary levy set in September.

Thu
19
Dec

Tax base rebound helps Lake Elmo balance budget

More money coming in from property taxes helped Lake Elmo keep its tax levy flat in 2014.
With a 4-0 vote, the Lake Elmo City Council approved next year’s tax levy at its Dec. 3 meeting with no increase from 2013, while increasing debt service payments, which were covered by last year’s surplus, said city staff. Council member Anne Smith was absent.

Thu
12
Dec

Maplewood man charged in rapes of two girls

A Maplewood man who police say called himself a preacher was recently charged with sexually abusing two girls repeatedly over nearly a decade, starting when they were about 6 and 7.
Jacoby Kindred, 61, is charged in the rapes of the two girls, now 14 and 16, at homes where he lived in Maplewood and St. Paul during overnight stays and in a St. Paul store's parking lot, according to the complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court on Dec. 11. He is facing two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Mon
09
Dec

Carp-free Casey Lake in North St. Paul benefits east metro watershed


North St. Paul public works staff installed an aerator at Casey Lake on Monday, Dec. 2, to help provide oxygen over the winter to bluegill and bass, which were stocked in the wetland that used to be a breeding ground for thousands of carp. Casey is connected to the Phalen chain of lakes, where multiple groups have been working to get rid of the invasive common carp. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Reid Swanson, a member of a University of Minnesota research team, in October measures one of the largest carp pulled from the Phalen chain of lakes. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bartodziej)

Jim Levitt, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries specialist, stocks bluegill into Casey Lake in North St. Paul this spring. Sunnies eat the eggs of carp, which the city and other groups have been working to eradicate from the wetland and the Phalen chain of lakes. City staff this month installed an aerator that will help keep the sunfish and bass alive over the winter. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bartodziej)

Largemouth bass were released in North St. Paul's Casey Lake this spring, as part of a carp population management project. City staff recently installed an aerator to help deliver oxygen to the bass and bluegills in the lake during the winter months. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bartodziej)

With ice still too thin to skate on, most of the action at Casey Lake in North St. Paul is bubbling beneath the surface.
City staff recently installed an aeration system at the lake, which is surrounded by sports courts, trails and a playground. Air is now being mechanically pumped into the water to keep up oxygen levels, helping native Minnesota fish stay alive over the winter to boost fishing and keep out the common carp.

Mon
09
Dec

Reward offered in Lake Elmo Market Thanksgiving Day burglary


In surveillance video, three people with their faces covered steal cigarettes and cash from Lake Elmo Market early Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. The manager is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction. (Submitted photo)

The Lake Elmo Market is offering a $2,000 reward for information on three people who shattered a glass door and stole cigarettes worth  $5,000 and cash from the store just before 1 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.
“I want them caught, so people know we’re not just going to be quiet about it,” said manager Ramiz Saadeh.
There were three attempted break-ins in the last year at the convenience store and gas station at 11025 Tenth St. N., prior to the recent burglary, according to Saadeh.

Fri
06
Dec

Light Up Lake Elmo postponed due to weather

Community tree lighting, cocoa, Santa visit to take place Dec. 14 instead

Wed
04
Dec

County cuts Lake Elmo’s access to digital library

Even with $60 library cards, residents can’t check out e-books
The Lake Elmo Library Board is left with more questions than answers, after finding out through residents that cardholders who pay to access Washington County library resources are no longer able to check out anything but physical materials.

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