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Wed
11
Sep

Ramsey County bids on Vadnais Sports Center


Ramsey County wants to buy the ailing Vadnais Heights Sports Center. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Ramsey County Commissioners voted in favor of submitting a bid to purchase the Vadnais Heights Sports Center on Tuesday, Sept 3.
The board met for nearly two hours in a closed session before voting 6-1 to submit a bid for the 200,000-square-foot sports facility by the Friday, Sept. 6 deadline.
The Sports Center houses two NHL regulation hockey rinks with seating for 1,300 spectators, locker rooms, a 100,000-square-foot dome with 1.5 full soccer fields, three batting cages, a 100-meter track, two volleyball courts, concessions, a conference room and offices.

Tue
10
Sep

Candidates prepare for upcoming local elections

Though summer may be on its way out, the upcoming election season is just beginning to heat up.
The Roseville Area Schools District 623 and the city of Falcon Heights will hold elections Nov. 5 for school board seats and city council seats, respectively.  
Contact information for all candidates is available on the Ramsey County website at www.co.ramsey.mn.us/elections/index.htm.

Tue
10
Sep

ISD 623 welcomes Harambee to the family


Harambee students head in for one of their first days of school.

Classes resumed Sept. 3 at Harambee Elementary Community Cultures and Environmental Science School along with all other schools in District 623.
Initially, it appeared as though the school would sit dormant this year until a deal was struck in June between the East Metro Integration District (EMID) and ISD 623.
EMID had announced it was no longer able to operate Harambee, located on County Road B in Maplewood, or its other school, Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School in Woodbury, due to funding issues, and bills to transfer oversight of the schools to other school districts failed during the 2013 state legislative session.

Mon
09
Sep

Simley weight room beefs up with equipment donation


Anytime Fitness employees, school staff and student athletes gathered at Simley High School Aug. 21 to celebrate the donation of $20,000 worth of training equipment to the school. (submitted photo)

Don’t be surprised if your Simley high-schooler is soon straining the sleeves of the back-to-school clothes you just bought.
Simley High School is offering an updated and expanded array of training equipment in its weight room this year thanks to a donation from Anytime Fitness. Anytime Fitness replaced the equipment in its Inver Grove Heights branch last month and in turn donated the old equipment to the school district in a brief ceremony Aug. 21. In total, Simley received an estimated $20,000 worth of strength training equipment.

Mon
09
Sep

Mendota Heights eyes 3 percent levy increase

Homeowners in Mendota Heights should see a long overdue increase in property values next year and with it an increase in taxes, according to city staff.
The city council approved a preliminary 2014 budget and levy in its Sept. 3 meeting that includes a 2.92 percent property-tax levy increase for the upcoming year. The levy must be approved by Dakota County by Sept. 16, after which point the council cannot raise the rate further. However, the council has the option to lower the rate before it finalizes the budget in December.

Mon
09
Sep

SSP to keep taxes flat for 2014

For South St. Paul residents, the outlook for 2014 is mixed: home values are projected to decrease yet again, but the tax rate will remain unchanged.
For city officials, the outlook is marginally better. Despite lackluster residential values, the total tax capacity of the city ticked up by 1 percent, and overall revenues are expected to increase by more than 5 percent.

Mon
09
Sep

Detour routes announced


I-35E detour route The detour route for the northbound Interstate 35E exit to Maryland includes getting off at Wheelock Parkway/Larpenteur Avenue and then following that to southbound I-35E, and following that to the southbound Maryland exit. (submitted graphic)

If it’s not one thing, it’s the other, and sometimes it’s both.
That’s the case here, where two construction projects will be taking place along Maryland Avenue: freeway work at Interstate 35E and Maryland; and a reworking of the Maryland-Arkwright intersection.
Starting Monday, Sept. 9, Maryland Avenue will be closed between Westminster Street and Arkwright Street. Traffic will be diverted a block to the north onto East Hawthorne Avenue. The block will be closed for an estimated three weeks.

Mon
09
Sep

New Johnson High School wrestling captain: a success story

Coming into Johnson High School, Dwayne Williams looked to be a kid full of distractions.
His grades weren’t great. He was hanging around with the wrong kids -- kids who drank and smoked. He even got into some trouble at school.
Living on the lower East Side without a father around, in a full household with five siblings and his mother, he was a bit directionless.

Fri
06
Sep

Update - Shooting in Roseville leaves two dead

Two men are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Roseville on Thursday.
According to Roseville police, a shooting was reported at 4:15 p.m. Sept. 5 behind a multi-tenant commercial building at 1975 County Road B2 West.
Police arrived and found two men shot near the loading dock area of CPI Card Group, a business located in the building.

Fri
06
Sep

Shoreview homicide victim IDed as South St. Paul man


Police are asking for the public's help in identifying this woman, who was seen using Melake's bank card at an ATM in Minneapolis hours after Melake was last seen alive.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified a man who was found shot dead in a parking lot in Shoreview Aug. 29 as 26-year-old Hagos Tsegay Melake.
Ramsey County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a business in the 5700 block of Hamline Avenue North in Shoreview at approximately 6:40 a.m. Aug. 29 after receiving a report of a man, later identified as Melake, who appeared to be sleeping in the parking lot. According to a Sept. 5 press release from the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, investigators believe Melake, of South St. Paul, was last seen alive leaving the Hunan Garden Restaurant on Cedar Street in downtown St. Paul around 1:30 a.m., just hours before his body was found.

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