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Tue
17
Sep

Ramsey County misses out on disaster relief funding

Although cities in Ramsey County reported damages totaling a little over $1.47 million from the powerful summer solstice weekend storms, the county still fell about $280,000 short of the threshold set for state and federal disaster relief funding.

Mon
16
Sep

WSP eyes 3.9 percent levy increase

Last year, West St. Paul city staff presented budget and levy increases as a turnaround marker after several years in the economic doldrums.
The year, the council approved measures that will move the city toward smaller increases in 2014, perhaps signaling the city is settling into business as usual.
Mayor John Zanmiller suggested the 3.9 percent levy increase the council approved in its Sept. 9 meeting would be trimmed further before it comes up for final approval in December.

Mon
16
Sep

IGH man gets 8 years for 6 pounds of cocaine

Mike SanchezThe street value of the six pounds of cocaine recovered from an Inver Grove Heights man arrested in July was estimated at $120,000.
The prison value is more than eight years.
Mike Sanchez, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of first degree drug possession Sept. 10 and was sentenced to 98 months in prison by Dakota County Judge Thomas Pugh.

Mon
16
Sep

Growing tax capacity to bolster IGH budget in 2014

Rising property values and increased construction will allow Inver Grove Heights to increase its budget for next year without increasing the total tax levy, according to city staff.
The city council approved a preliminary 2014 budget in its Sept. 9 meeting that calls for an increase of more than 3 percent in city spending without raising the city’s property tax levy.
The higher budget would be covered by recent growth in the city’s overall tax capacity, which is projected to add around $600,000 to the city’s tax revenue without altering the levy — essentially taking the same slice proportionately as this year, but from a bigger pie.

Mon
16
Sep

Art Park builder may get extra time to save home


Ronald “Arjo” Adams stands by some metal scrap he uses to build sculptures in his backyard. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

At a District Five Community and Economic Planning meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10, the planning committee made a motion to recommend buying Ronald Adams some more time to address issues with his property.
Adams’ home is condemned and boarded up following a long-standing list of code compliance issues dating back to last June.
Public hearings regarding his house at 676 Wells were pushed back from Sept. 10 to Tuesday, Sept. 24, following a request from the district council to delay in order for the matter to be discussed more thoroughly.

Mon
16
Sep

East Sider wins $1 million for the community


The potential site of the $1 million idea, the old Standard Oil building at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, sits in the river valley, just south of Kellogg Boulevard at the point where the road approaches the East Side. (submitted artwork)

The votes are in, and East Sider Tracy Sides is in luck.
Her “urban oasis food hub” idea has won a cool million dollars in the Forever St. Paul Challenge, a contest put on by Minnesota Idea Open.
Sides touts the award as “a huge win for the community.”

Mon
16
Sep

Metro State hires outside group to reach out to neighbors


The block-sized surface parking lot at Metro State University will be the site of new development for the school. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

As Metro State University grows its student body, the school must also grow its physical campus. The school is planning to add several new buildings to its East Side campus, including a student center, a nursing building and a science center.
One of the first steps towards that is to put in a new parking ramp to accommodate the growth.

Mon
16
Sep

New learning center lands at Harding


Yelor Yongvue, 31, and Doh Htoo, 27, paired off to work on their conversational English skills at the new learning hub at Harding High School on Tuesday, Sept. 10. (Patrick Larkin/Review staff)

Sitting on the northwest corner of Harding High School is a potential new booster for the East Side.
Once the site of Merrick Community Services, the facility sat under-used for over a decade. It provided occasional school meetings and other community events, but was not used to its full potential, said Scott Hall, the new adult basic education coordinator for St. Paul Public Schools.

Thu
12
Sep

Lake Elmo’s Kevin Clemens sets national speed record


submitted photo

Electric motorcyclist and Lake Elmo resident Kevin Clemens, 56, has broken yet another national speed record. He set the record in the 300-kilogram sidecar class during the 10th annual BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials Aug. 24-29 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
The previous record in this category was 50.4 miles per hour; Clemens raced through that speed at 54.7 miles per hour on the solar-powered bike he designed and built himself at The Velocity Workshop in Lake Elmo.

Thu
12
Sep

14-year-old girl shot in chest

A group of young people were dancing in a parking lot near the intersection of Minnehaha and White Bear avenues late Saturday night, Nov. 28, when a car pulled up and shot a girl in the chest, according to Paul Paulos, spokesperson for the St. Paul Police Department.
Paulos confirmed that the girl had survived the shooting, but he could not provide further information about her condition.

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