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Mon
22
Jul

SSP unsure Sanimax’ green-energy plan passes smell test

Green energy may be the future, but South St. Paul officials don’t want it to come at the cost of a pungent present.
The city is in negotiations with Sanimax to allow the company to build a new bio-digestion facility at its South St. Paul location. The facility would be used to break down food and other organic waste into methane gas, which would then be used to produce electricity.

Mon
22
Jul

A booster on the way for East Side business


The facade of the building at 798 Margaret St. will be getting a restoration before the building becomes the East Side Enterprise Center. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Plans have turned into funds for a new community resource hub on the East Side.  
The Dayton’s Bluff Community Council and the Latino Economic Development Center have teamed up to put together what they’re calling “the East Side Enterprise Center.” They plan to move into a classic old building known as the Pabst building at 798 Margaret St. They’ve acquired funds from the city to move forward with buying and rehabbing it.

Mon
22
Jul

‘Wheelage’ tax passed to keep up Ramsey County roads


A pothole butts up against a recently repaired patch of road on White Bear Avenue, a county road that may be repaired in short order thanks in part to a new Ramsey County wheelage tax. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to introduce a $10 “wheelage” tax to improve the county’s ailing roads.
The $10 per-vehicle charge, added onto license plate tab fees, will bring in an estimated $3.8 million dollars to fund major construction projects, according to a statement from the county.
Jim Tolaas, director of the county Public Works department, called the new funds “a major infusion that will actually make a meaningful difference that people will be able to see.”

Fri
19
Jul

Testimony continues in Beecroft murder trial

Prosecutors are for the second time laying out their case against Nicole Beecroft, accused of stabbing her newborn daughter to death in 2007.
On Thursday, a Ramsey County medical examiner testified the infant was born alive. Beecroft's defense team has argued that prosecutors can't prove beyond reasonable doubt that the baby was alive at the time she was stabbed.
Beecroft's defense team hasn't denied that Beecroft gave birth to the baby girl in the basement laundry room of her mother's Oakdale Home in April 2007. The baby's body was found in a trash can outside.

Thu
18
Jul

Maplewood residents want their homes annexed to North St. Paul


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In an unusual step, the owners of two Maplewood properties submitted a petition last week to the North St. Paul City Council asking for the council’s support for annexation.
Laurie Ehlers-Johnson and Dave Johnson, 2587 Lydia Ave. E, and Roxanne and Anthony Berwald, 2573 Lydia Ave. E, want to detach their residential properties from the city of Maplewood and become part of North St. Paul.
They say that although they reside in Maplewood, the majority of their utilities — water, sewer and electrical power — come from North St. Paul. Their main concern, however, is the amount of time it takes for emergency services to reach their homes, which are north of Silver Lake and west of Joy Park.

Thu
18
Jul

Man sentenced in Smokedale robbery

A 19-year-old man was sentenced to prison time last month for his role in a January attempted robbery of the Smokedale Tobacco Shop in Oakdale.
In a robbery attempt where plenty went wrong — the getaway driver ditched the robbers and the would-be victims refused to cooperate — police findings that the man had a handgun with a live round ready to fire indicate the situation could have turned deadly.

Thu
18
Jul

Into the principal’s office…

Meet Kevin Wolff, principal at Maplewood Middle School, Meet Angela LaBounty, assistant principal at Maplewood Middle SchoolMeet Pangjua Xiong, principal at Weaver Elementary School, Meet Jaysen Anderson, assistant principal at North High School

Wed
17
Jul

Teenager dead from gunfire at Payne and Case - update


A memorial for the teenage homicide victim has been set up near the intersection of Payne Avenue and Lawson Street. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

St. Paul police said 17-year-old Vincent Arron Allison of St. Paul died in a shooting near the intersection of Payne and Case avenues last week.
A memorial near the site of his death had handwritten messages saying: "Gone but never forgotten;" "Love you bro;" and "May god bless the family." The messages, along with flowers were tied to a streetlight, with candles and other objects laid at the base of the pole.
According to the criminal complaint, police responded to a call at 9:26 p.m. Thursday, July 11, where they found the young man bloodied and without a pulse in the Salvation Army parking lot near Payne and Lawson avenues.

Wed
17
Jul

Silver Lake Splash fundraiser July 21


Ella McKee, Ben Olson, and David McKee splash around on an outing to Silver Lake Beach. Neighbors are in the final planning stages of the annual beach fundraiser Silver Lake Splash to be held July 21. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

If you’ve never attended the Silver Lake Splash fundraiser in North St. Paul, make this year your first! The annual event is back and better than ever, with activities all day for the whole family.
The fundraiser, now in its fourth year, was started after the city cut funding for lifeguards at Silver Lake beach. However, after a community outcry, the council re-opened the beach and the Silver Lake Splash fundraiser was born.
Residents Ingrid Koller, Mary Kvaal and Lynnette Olsen banded together with their neighbors in 2010 to organize the first fundraiser, which has been going strong ever since.

Wed
17
Jul

Lewis pleads guilty in Craigslist death

At a plea hearing July 10, Maplewood resident Steven E. Lewis, 27, told Ramsey Court District Judge Margaret Marrinan he only meant to rob a man, not kill him.
Lewis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery charges after fatally shooting a St. Paul man last year. Lewis told Marrinan that he “never intended to kill” Aung Thu Bo, 19; his goal was to rob Bo and his girlfriend.
In August 2012, Lewis placed an ad on Craigslist.com saying he wanted to sell an iPhone 4S for $250. Bo responded to the ad, and agreed to meet Aug. 10 with Lewis outside Leo’s Chow Mein on Hudson Road in St. Paul.

 

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