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Sun
24
Jan

The great tree migration


(submitted photo)

Dodge Nature Center moves pines to help with prairie restoration
Roughly four weeks ago, the process of transplanting trees from the Rachel C. Lilly Preserve in Mendota Heights to Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul began. 
On a frigid Saturday, Jan. 9, the last of four large, native red pines were trucked to their new home at the nature center.

Sun
24
Jan

Read a good book lately?

The Big Read community-wide reading project to kick off at Metro State
Most book lovers have at least one book that left them thinking about it long after it was finished. 
A book that takes them so far into the pages it seems impossible to find a way out again. 

Sun
24
Jan

South St. Paul man sentenced for threatening tweets

Harrison William Rund
Harrison William Rund

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced Jan. 20 that Harrison William Rund, 21, of South St. Paul, was sentenced to 120 days in jail by Judge Timothy McManus. 

Sun
24
Jan

Women can learn outdoor skills at DNR winter workshop

Becoming an Outdoor Woman program offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will take place Feb. 19-21 in Hackensack. (submitted photo)
Becoming an Outdoor Woman program offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will take place Feb. 19-21 in Hackensack. (submitted photo)

Women can discover the enjoyment of snowshoeing, cross country skiing, birding, wild ricing, dark-house fishing and hiking at a winter workshop offered by the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Wed
20
Jan

Deputy pleads guilty to assaulting K9 partner

Brett Berry
Brett Berry

Six months after a Ramsey County sheriff's deputy was caught assaulting his K9 law enforcement partner outside a casino in Carlton County, he pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, a charge he'd received in June. 

Wed
20
Jan

A fresh voice for Maplewood

Maplewood’s newly elected council members Tou Xiong, left, and Bryan Smith were welcomed with a reception at city hall before being sworn in at the council meeting Jan. 11. (Linda Baumister/Review)
Maplewood’s newly elected council members Tou Xiong, left, and Bryan Smith were welcomed with a reception at city hall before being sworn in at the council meeting Jan. 11. (Linda Baumister/Review)

Bryan Smith is ready to tackle the big issues 
In high school, Bryan Smith was one of the theater kids. He spent his extra time rehearsing lines and putting on shows. Smith entered the University of Minnesota with a love for music, harboring hopes of becoming a musician as he enrolled as a voice major. 
Now, Smith will be taking on a new role as a city council member and use his voice on the part of Maplewood. Last November he was elected to the Maplewood City Council, along with Tou Xiong. The official swearing-in ceremony for them was Jan. 11.

Wed
20
Jan

A Millennial for Maplewood

Maplewood’s newly elected council members Tou Xiong, left, and Bryan Smith were welcomed with a reception at city hall before being sworn in at the council meeting Jan. 11. (Linda Baumister/Review)
Maplewood’s newly elected council members Tou Xiong, left, and Bryan Smith were welcomed with a reception at city hall before being sworn in at the council meeting Jan. 11. (Linda Baumister/Review)

Tou Xiong is the city's first Hmong council member 
Throughout its 59 years, the Maplewood City Council has seen many faces come and go. 
There have been retirees, corporate leaders, lawyers, community activists, homemakers and business owners on the council. Some of their tenures have stretched past the decade mark, while others served only briefly.
Despite this varied history, Maplewood attained a new first Jan. 11 with the swearing in of Tou Xiong. He is the city council's first Hmong member and its first Millenial. 

Wed
20
Jan

Is bus rapid transit the future of Oakdale?

One of the routes the Gateway Corridor Commission has proposed for the Gold Line. With the project rejection from Lake Elmo and rising concerns from Oakdale, the route is likely to change. (submitted graphic)
One of the routes the Gateway Corridor Commission has proposed for the Gold Line. With the project rejection from Lake Elmo and rising concerns from Oakdale, the route is likely to change. (submitted graphic)

Residents question the need for additional bus lanes 
"Lake Elmo said no; why can't we?" was the question repeated by many Oakdale residents during a heated town hall meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
The Lake Elmo City Council recently rejected a proposal for a bus rapid transit line to run along the town's southern border. It was an unexpected turn-around, as the council had previously voted unanimously in support of the proposed public transit line near Interstate 94.

Wed
20
Jan

Johnson sworn in as New Brighton mayor

Mayor Val Johnson
Mayor Val Johnson

Mayor honors the creators of giant octopus
It's been six years since New Brighton has seen a new face in the mayoral seat, but at its first city council meeting of the year, a new mayor was sworn in.
First-time candidate Val Johnson won the mayoral seat with 39.36 percent of the vote, for a total of 1,143 votes, winning the race over incumbent mayor Dave Jacobsen and current council member Gina Bauman back in November. 

Tue
19
Jan

Roseville-Little Canada area people - published 1/19/16

Retiring Roseville building codes coordinator Don Munson (submitted photo)
Retiring Roseville building codes coordinator Don Munson (submitted photo)

Roseville's longtime building codes coordinator, Don Munson, is retiring after nearly 20 years of working for the city on Jan. 20.

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