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East Sider steps up for fire victims

The Hardy’s home on the 800 block of Margaret St. burned to the ground the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
The Hardy’s home on the 800 block of Margaret St. burned to the ground the Sunday before Thanksgiving. (submitted photo)

On what would have been a normal night for the Hardy family on Sunday, Nov. 25, Shannon Hardy was getting ready to cook dinner for his four daughters.

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East Side home values recovering

This house on the 1300 block of Hazelwood St. in the Greater East Side neighborhood has risen significantly in value, and could be looking at a 26 percent increase in property tax.
This house on the 1300 block of Hazelwood St. in the Greater East Side neighborhood has risen significantly in value, and could be looking at a 26 percent increase in property tax. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Means bigger 2015 tax bill for homeowners
In 2014, East Side homes values went up for the first time since the Great Recession.
According to Ramsey County, values in the four identified neighborhoods that make up the East Side — Sunray-Battle Creek, Greater East Side, Dayton’s Bluff, and Payne-Phalen — all saw average housing values drop beginning in 2008, and they kept dropping up until 2014.
But now those values are starting to recover, and for the first time since the recession, East Side property values are on the upswing.

Wed
10
Dec

Charges against Falcon Heights Elementary principal dismissed

Beth Behnke
Beth Behnke
Judge says Behnke had 'no reason to believe' 2012 incident at St. Paul school was sexual
Charges alleging that two former administrators at a St. Paul school failed to report sexual abuse in 2012 were dismissed on Friday, Dec. 5.
Citing a lack of probable cause, Ramsey County Judge Leonardo Castro dismissed the case against the former principal of Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, Beth Behnke, and the former assistant principal, Craig Guidry.

 

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Constitution Party candidate triggers recount for MN House District 41B

A recount of election results for Minnesota House Congressional District 41B began at 9 a.m. at the Anoka County Courthouse on Thursday, Dec. 4, at the request of Constitution Party candidate Tim Utz.

Wed
10
Dec

DNR settles with White Bear Lake groups over lake levels

Settlement will ask state to pay for Shoreview, North St. Paul, Vadnais Heights to change water source
A settlement agreement reached between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and groups concerned about water levels in White Bear Lake could have implications for nearby cities, including Shoreview, Vadnais Heights and North St. Paul.
Announced Dec. 1, the settlement between the DNR and two plaintiff groups—the White Bear Lake Restoration Association and White Bear Lake Homeowners’ Association—states that all three groups will, per the DNR website, “support efforts to develop a surface water supply to serve area communities.”

Wed
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Dec

2015 tax levy, budget approved in Lake Elmo

City’s levy down slightly, county’s goes up
The Lake Elmo City Council approved the city’s final 2015 budget and property-tax levy at its Tuesday, Dec. 2, meeting.
Next year’s general fund operating budget of $3,798,334 was set along with a total levy of $3,137,663.
The resolution to adopt the proposed budget and levy passed unanimously. No one spoke during the public hearing prior to the vote.

Wed
10
Dec

Lohmer elected as assistant majority leader

Rep. Kathy Lohmer
Rep. Kathy Lohmer

House Republicans announce new leadership team
Minnesota’s Republican caucus announced its leaders for the 2015 legislative session last week. Among them is state Rep. Kathy Lohmer, R-Lake Elmo, who was elected as an assistant House majority leader.
“It’s a real honor and privilege to be elected from your own caucus,” Lohmer said Friday, Dec. 5. “I look back at my time in public service and have learned so much since my freshman term that will help in this leadership role.”

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Dec

Lake Elmo council approves preliminary plans for Inwood

The Lake Elmo City Council unanimously approved preliminary plans for a proposed mixed-use development on 157 acres of land located south of Tenth Street N. and east of Inwood Avenue. (Submitted graphic)
The Lake Elmo City Council unanimously approved preliminary plans for a proposed mixed-use development on 157 acres of land located south of Tenth Street N. and east of Inwood Avenue. (Submitted graphic)

There has been a lot of buzz about the proposed residential and commercial development in Lake Elmo to be known as Inwood.

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Huberty declared not guilty of criminal sexual conduct

Jurors in Ramsey County District Court returned a verdict of “not guilty” on Monday, Dec. 8, for the Rev. Mark Huberty on a fourth-degree and a fifth-degree count of criminal sexual conduct.

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Student-built housing adds value in North St. Paul

Former students John Corazzo (Roseville), Dalton Suedkamp (Stillwater), and Nick Swanson (Irondale) toured the 916 House that they had worked on.
Former students John Corazzo (Roseville), Dalton Suedkamp (Stillwater), and Nick Swanson (Irondale) toured the 916 House that they had worked on. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Longtime North St. Paul residents Nate and Liatra Tepe are busy settling into their new home at 2370 15th Ave. with their three children.

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