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50-year-old dead after argument over driving behavior

Vang AloengA St. Paul man is dead after an early morning argument on Sunday, Sept. 1, according to the St. Paul Police Department.
Jeffery Thomas Elling, 50, was shot after reportedly confronting a teenager about his driving habits.
The argument and shooting both took place near the 1400 block of York Avenue, according to the complaint.

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Suspicious death in Shoreview ruled a homicide

The cause of death of a man found outside a building on the 5700 block of Hamline Avenue North in Shoreview on Thursday morning, Aug. 29 has been classified as homicide.
On Friday, Aug. 30, a Ramsey County Medical Examiner confirmed that the man died from a gunshot wound that was not self-inflicted.

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Roseville gardener wins two State Fair blue ribbons for tomatoes, despite challenges


Some of John Swenson’s tomato plants have grown to his size or taller. He and his dog Sunny enjoy working in the garden. (photos by Alex Holmquist/Review)

John Swenson’s dreams of taking home another Minnesota State Fair blue ribbon for his prized tomatoes were almost crushed, literally.
The tomato-growing season was off to a rocky start this year thanks to a late spring and cool start to the summer. But little did Swenson know those weren’t the only challenges that Mother Nature had in store for him.
This spring, Swenson planted ten tomato plants, which when he purchased them from Linder’s Garden Center, near his Roseville home, were just a few inches tall. His plants grew slowly because of the cooler spring and early summer temperatures, but Swenson persevered, believing if he took special care of his plants they’d surely thrive.

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Sep

Roseville authorizes contract negotiation with Eureka Recycling

The Roseville City Council authorized city staff to negotiate a three-year recycling services contract with Eureka Recycling at its Monday, Aug. 26 council meeting.
Eureka has been providing curbside recycling services for Roseville for eight years and its current contract with the city expires on Jan. 1, 2014.
The council approved for city staff to request proposals for comprehensive recycling services to all residential, single-family households and multi-unit households in the city at its Monday, July 1 council meeting.

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IGH offers hunters a better shot at geese

They hiss at you when you try to reclaim your lawn, they make a mess of your driveway and they have a bad reputation for terrorizing kids and pets.
But hunters in Inver Grove Heights say the seemingly omnipresent Canada geese have a way of making themselves scarce come hunting season, and the city’s restrictive hunting schedule during peak goose migration doesn’t help matters.
Testimony from several hunters at the city council’s Aug. 26 meeting led the council to expand the city’s Canada goose hunting schedule to include all weekends during Minnesota’s waterfowl season, which runs Sept. 21 through Dec. 21.

Tue
03
Sep

WSP police have all the answers — online

The police department can be an intimidating place to visit, even for a law-abiding resident with a legitimate errand.
That’s why the West St. Paul Police Department has worked out a way for you to familiarize yourself and ask your questions before you even leave your home. The department plans to offer a new Q-and-A service online this month that will provide how-to’s and instructional videos to help you figure out what you need from the department and how to get it. Need a copy of the report from your car accident to send to your insurance? Does your new job require you to get fingerprinted? Having trouble reading the online crime map for your neighborhood?

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03
Sep

South St. Paul police remember 80th anniversary of fallen officer


The South St. Paul Police force in full uniform in 1933, the year Pavlak was killed in the line of duty.

The Thompson submachine gun that hangs in South St. Paul Police Chief William Messerich’s office isn’t an interesting curio from Gatsby days or a movie prop.
It’s a reminder that a police officer could be cut down at any time, even on a routine assignment in a bustling business district.
Friday, Aug. 30 marks the 80th anniversary of Officer Leo Pavlak’s death in a gang robbery outside the South St. Paul post office.

Tue
03
Sep

Drug bust in Dayton’s Bluff

A Chicago man is charged with selling heroin in St. Paul’s Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, according to a criminal complaint from the Ramsey County attorney’s office.
Angelo Michael Smith, 30, was arrested near Fourth Street East and Maria Avenue on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 6:45 p.m.
Smith was caught with the help of a confidential informant, the complaint states.

Tue
03
Sep

Indian Mounds Park to land in National Registrar


The burial mounds at Indian Mounds Park sit 200 feet up a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. They’ve been around for over 2,000 years and have special significance with the Dakota Indians who once called the area home. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The earthen mounds at Indian Mounds Park could look like little more than landscaping curiosities at a quick glance.
But it doesn’t take much to recognize the bold shapes are much more than that. They hold over 2,000 years of human history, and date back to the time of early Egyptian civilizations and the great Chinese dynasties.
And the East Side slice of history will likely be on the National Register of Historic Places in short order.

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03
Sep

Sun Ray Library to see $5.5 million renovation


The Sun Ray Library was built in 1970. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

A $5,545,000 remodeling project will give the Sun Ray Library an updated presence on the East Side.
“We’re looking at transforming the library to be up to speed for what 21st century libraries need to be,” said Jill Boldenow, community and digital services director at St. Paul Public Library.
Although the details are not finalized, the project will include renovating both the interior and exterior of the library and reconfiguring the current space as well as constructing additional space.

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