Johnson High School’s student government structure is changing in a big way — whereas before it was a small group of students leading, now over 300 are in leadership roles. Shown here, a Tuesday, Oct. 27 homeroom meetings saw a student-led small group meeting where students of mixed grades did a teambuilding exercise, scheming up their design for the school’s pumpkin carving contest. (Patrick Larkin/Reivew)
Dissolving student council, school takes more inclusive student government approach
If all goes according to plan, students could be running the show at Johnson High School within a few years.
Taking inspiration from a prep school in a low-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, Johnson High’s principal, Micheal Thompson, is hoping for a cultural shift at the school, where students have more say, and ultimately more responsibility.
Drop in the bucket of overall trafficking scene in Twin Cities
Though one group of sex traffickers will do prison time, little ground has been made on the overall scene of sex trafficking in the Twin Cities, notes Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.
Five individuals involved in a sex ring that was active on the East Side, victimizing young and underage women, have now recieved sentencing — in total, they face 50 years in prison.
The Sanctuary at West St. Paul, located at 1746 Oakdale Avenue, will be a housing option for residents who are eligible — seniors with an annual income of about $20,400, which is 60 percent below the Dakota County median income of approximately $34,000. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
West St. Paul will soon be home to a new assisted-living facility, uniquely funded and meant to be affordable for senior citizens.
Anthony Bartz charged in death of 36-year-old James Newman Frank
The man killed during an argument with another man in South St. Paul Oct. 28 has been identified as 36-year-old James Newman Frank.
When officers arrived to the 400 block of Fourth Avenue South around 2 a.m. — shortly after the incident took place — they found Frank on the ground in a residential yard with two puncture wounds to his upper body.
Anthony Bruce Bartz, 30, of West St. Paul, who was found nearby, is being charged with second-degree murder — without intent and while committing a felony.
New credit union branches to open up in Johnson, Highland Park
Before the end of November, students at Johnson High will be able to bank within the walls of the school.
Hiway Federal Credit Union has just recently announced construction of student branches within two St. Paul public high schools.
Student branches will be located at Johnson Senior High School and Highland Park Senior High School.
Small kiosks with an office will be installed. Construction has already begun with an anticipated grand opening in November.
Tou Xiong, Bryan Smith oust two former mayors — Cardinal and Longrie
As election officials tallied up votes for the two open Maplewood City Council seats, Tou Xiong, 25, and his supports tracked the results at Stargate Nightclub, off Rice Street near Larpenteur Avenue. Across town, Bryan Smith, 40, gathered with friends, family and his campaign team at Jake's City Grille.