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Wed
17
Dec

Mounds View School Board approves levy increase

Spurred on by greater student enrollment and an increased need for space, Mounds View Public School District 621 approved a 3.9 percent levy increase for 2015 at its Dec. 9 school board meeting.

Wed
17
Dec

2015 tax levy, budget approved in Oakdale

Rebounding home values cause tax increase
County’s levy up nearly 3.5 percent
Most homeowners in Oakdale and across Washington County will receive a higher tax bill in the mail soon thanks to climbing property values.  
The county’s $90.7 million levy for 2015 will have a typical homeowner paying about $43 more in the county’s portion of property taxes next year. That amount is based on a countywide median home value of $232,600.

Wed
17
Dec

Oakdale council OK’s twinhome development

The Cardinal Place development in Oakdale will feature nine twinhomes on 6.3 acres east of the Stillwater Boulevard North and Century Avenue intersection. Pictured is a twinhome in the Cardinal Gardens neighborhood in North St. Paul. The developer of both projects, Tom Weiner, said homes at Cardinal Place would be of the same quality and would look similar.
The Cardinal Place development in Oakdale will feature nine twinhomes on 6.3 acres east of the Stillwater Boulevard North and Century Avenue intersection. Pictured is a twinhome in the Cardinal Gardens neighborhood in North St. Paul. The developer of both projects, Tom Weiner, said homes at Cardinal Place would be of the same quality and would look similar. (Submitted photo)

It’s a project that has some excited about a new high-quality and low-maintenance housing option and others dismayed over the prospect of living next to two-family dwellings in a neighborhood of single-family homes.

Wed
17
Dec

Maple Grove homicide suspect shot by police after car chase on I-694

The suspect in a Maple Grove homicide was shot and killed by police following an early-morning car chase on Interstate 694 that ended when the suspect crashed into a wire barrier near Rice Street and exited his vehicle with a weapon on Wednesday, Dec. 17, police said.

Tue
16
Dec

Way cleared for Islamic center and mosque in St. Anthony

St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust US Attorney Andrew Luger Sheik Abdirahman Omar Abu-Huraira
On Dec. 16, United States Attorney for District of Minnesota Andrew Luger announced a settlement to the federal civil rights lawsuit filed against St. Anthony that will make way for the Abu-Huraira Islamic Center and mosque. Front, center, from left to right: St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust, Luger and Abu-Huraira’s Sheik Abdirahman Omar. (Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)
City settles federal civil rights lawsuit over denial of conditional use permit
The settlement of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of St. Anthony Village will make way for a mosque and Islamic center within the city.
U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger announced the settlement Tuesday at a press conference outside the St. Anthony Business Center that will house the Abu-Huraira Islamic Center. He was flanked by St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust and the center's Sheik Abdirahman Omar.
 
 
Tue
16
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.

 

Tue
16
Dec

Edgerton Elementary receives $10,000 for coding for kids

A $10,000 check from Hour of Code was received during a school assembly Dec. 8 at Edgerton Elementary School by Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Edgerton student council lead Marisa Knoss, Maplewood Mayor Nora Slawik and State Sen. Chuck Wiger.
A $10,000 check from Hour of Code was received during a school assembly Dec. 8 at Edgerton Elementary School by Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Edgerton student council lead Marisa Knoss, Maplewood Mayor Nora Slawik and State Sen. Chuck Wiger. (submitted photo)

The students at Edgerton Elementary School in Maplewood could soon be developing the next hit mobile application, cutting-edge smartphone or even a new kitchen appliance.

Tue
16
Dec

New cable television provider courts North Suburban Communications Commission

NSCC sees CenturyLink as able suitor
Nearly a month after the final member city of the North Suburban Communications Commission accepted a franchise extension and transfer deal with Comcast, ending a four-year impasse between NSCC and the cable provider essentially in a draw, a new cable company came knocking.

Mon
15
Dec

Cop from Inver Grove Heights will be county’s chief deputy

Joe Leko
Joe Leko

Joe Leko hasn’t always wanted to be a cop.

With a bachelor’s degree in natural resources and environmental studies, he initially envisioned working for a state agency in that field.

Mon
15
Dec

A Wild surprise

Minnesota Wild player Stu Bickel surprises an Inver Grove Heights hockey team Monday night, thanks to a new program. He played alongside the 10- and 11-year-old girls, posed for photos and signed autographs.
Minnesota Wild player Stu Bickel surprises an Inver Grove Heights hockey team Monday night, thanks to a new program. He played alongside the 10- and 11-year-old girls, posed for photos and signed autographs. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Stu Bickel pays surprise visit to Inver Grove Heights hockey team
Makenzie Gibson faced an unexpected adversary in the net Monday night.
Minnesota Wild player Stu Bickel surprised the 11-year-old goalie and the rest of the Inver Grove Heights Spartans U10A girls hockey team by practicing alongside them for more than an hour, posing for photos and signing autographs at the Veterans Memorial Community Center ice rink.

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