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25
Dec

2014 tax levy, budget approved in Shoreview

The Shoreview City Council approved the city’s final 2014 budget and property tax levy at its Monday, Dec. 16 city council meeting.
Next year’s general fund operating budget of $9.1 million was set along with a levy of just over $10 million. The 2014 levy represents a 3.4 percent increase of $330,000 over 2013.

Wed
25
Dec

Proposed development for TCAAP unveiled

The Arden Hills City Council got its first look at the preliminary master plan for future development at the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) at its Monday, Dec. 16 work session.

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)

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.

Tue
24
Dec

Roseville School Board, Little Canada City Council approve 2014 property tax levies

The 2014 property tax levies for School District 623 and the city of Little Canada were approved last week.
The Roseville School Board approved the school district’s 2014 property tax levy at its Tuesday, Dec. 17 meeting.
District business manager Shari Thompson presented information on the levy and current budget year at the truth in taxation hearing prior to the regular board meeting.

Tue
24
Dec

Minnesota models bring book cover to life

The book cover of Julie Klassen’s latest novel “The Dancing Master” seemed to come alive in front of hundreds of fans earlier this month.
During her Dec. 12 book launch at Barnes & Noble in HarMar Mall, the Shoreview author introduced readers to Jen Halvorson and Brandon Kaschmitter, who appear as “Alec” and “Julia,” the main characters in Klassen’s 7th book.

Mon
23
Dec

WSP, Mendota Heights finalize 2014 levies

The snow is crisp and the calendar is winding down, signaling that special time has come once again: cities are finalizing budgets and levies for the upcoming year.
While this seasonal tradition doesn’t come with hot chocolate and candy canes, mild improvements in the economy and favorable changes in state law have perhaps imbued the budgeting process with a bit more cheer than in recent years.

Mon
23
Dec

Robert Street project split into two phases


This concept design shows what Robert Street’s sidewalks may look like following direction from the city council to split the work in to a separate project from road reconstruction. (submitted photo)

Road reconstruction for West St. Paul’s Robert Street project remains on track, but aesthetic components such as paver-lined sidewalks, streetlights and trees intended to revitalize the corridor will likely be spun off into a follow-up project, according to the design team.
The move to sever the two components of the largest project in city history is intended to help the city take time to plan the streetscape (sidewalk) phase without delaying the street reconstruction plans — a delay that could jeopardize $7 million in federal funding.

Mon
23
Dec

East Siders turn up to help dole out gifts


Bill Nisbit jokes with another volunteer as they put out gifts on tables. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

Hot Wheels, Play-Doh, basketballs, baseball gloves, footballs, Target gift cards -- the gifts poured in for East Siders in need.
Merrick Community Services was able to help 1,000 families have presents to give to their kids this holiday season, via a toy drive culminating in a toy distribution event.
The annual toy drive has been going strong for decades.

Mon
23
Dec

East Sider goes all out with lights display


Doug Schultz, at right, got a lot of help from his neighbors in setting up his light show. Shown clockwise are neighbors Pam Voss and her son T.J. Voss, Carla Hoffman, Rick Buckley, and John Hansen. The lights display has brought the neighbors closer, Voss said. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

To say that the holiday lights display at 1526 York Ave. is exuberant is most certainly an understatement.
It’s got 40,000 lights, fills up the front yards of six homes, and is synced up to a rotating queue of 36 Christmas songs with the help of computer light sequencing software.

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