Tim Faklis

Tim Faklis can be reached at 651-748-7814, at tfaklis@lillienews.com, or on Twitter @tfaklisnews


Area cities fight flood, mudslide damage

As concerns over flooding have only worsened over the years statewide, city officials have ramped up their response. The key: figuring out how to block or divert the water before it rises.


Hobby Lobby store to open in Maplewood amidst national controversy

Supreme Court decision not slowing plans for October grand opening
Despite a deluge of news reports and street protests following Hobby Lobby’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision last month, the company is marching forward with its expansion plans.


South St. Paul cries foul on odors

South St. Paul’s smelliness is partially attributed to the meat packing industry that settled there. The city’s stockyards were established in the late 1800s, and by 1974 (and through 1981) it was the world’s largest livestock market. Meat processing has dwindled in recent years, although the smells continue to characterize the city. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

City council passes ordinance to curb stench from businesses
Two weeks ago, South St. Paul’s proposed odor ordinance vote was put on hold, mainly because of the absence of Mayor Beth Baumann.


NSP Veterans Park fundraising continues

The new Veterans Memorial Park will be located at the site of the former Cannon Park at the northeast corner of Highway 36 and Margaret Street. (Tim Faklis/Review)

Planners report paver sales making big impact
Although the start of construction work on the new Veterans Park in North St. Paul is still months away, the number of brick pavers sold to help finance the effort has gone up significantly this summer.


Local farmers markets underway

Mary Helen Sperl cuts a head of romaine lettuce from the small farm next to her West St. Paul home July 1. Along with produce, she was selling basil, flowers and tomato and pepper plants. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Here’s where to get fresh goods in northern Dakota County
Mary Helen Sperl sells plants, vegetables and pumpkins from her small sideyard farm in West St. Paul. When customers ask for a head of romaine lettuce, she grabs a knife and cuts it straight from the ground and hands it to them.


Board member Paul Mock voted parade grand marshal

White Bear Avenue Parade grand marshal Paul Mock is an advertising account executive at Lillie Suburban Newspapers. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Mock’s work with community earns him special distinction
The White Bear Avenue Parade has been around for a long time. The Ramsey County Fair has been around even longer; 2014 will be the 101st fair to be exact.


North St. Paul adds to its police force

First row from left to right: Officer AmberKatherine DeCory, Officer Raymond Rozales III. Second row, Capt. Dustin Nikituk, Community Service Officer Joe Odegard and Chief Tom Lauth

The city swears in three new officers at city council chambers
North St. Paul welcomed in a pair of new officers to its police force, as well as a community officer, at the city council meeting on Tuesday, June 17.


Flooding concerns draw Dayton to Mendota

Gov. Mark Dayton and Mendota Mayor Brian Mielke look over a map of the city as they discuss areas heavily affected by flooding. (Tim Faklis/Review staff)

Governor tours state to discuss record-setting rainfall aftermath
Issues with flooding have gotten bad in Minnesota. So bad, in fact, that Gov. Mark Dayton made his way all across the state last week touring rain-soaked communities, assessing damages and deciding which counties should be included in a State of Emergency declaration.


Keller Lake trail and boardwalk open to public

Ramsey County taking extra precautions to protect eagle nest
With the summer season in full swing, Ramsey County residents and visitors alike can take their fun outdoors, and make their way onto the new Keller Regional Park trail and boardwalk in Maplewood, both of which opened up Friday, June 13 to the public.


North St. Paul experiences sewage backups

Met Council sewer line hits full capacity, forces discharge into pond
During a week of frequent downpours, a few unfortunate North St. Paul homeowners experienced some lasting repercussions.


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