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Feb

WSP approves preliminary plat for new housing development


This image shows the location of a proposed housing development at the corner of Wentworth Avenue and Smith Avenue. The land, currently vacant, belongs to St. Stephen’s Church but would be sold to a developer as part of plan to subdivide the 6.6 acres into 11 lots. (submitted photo)

One of the downsides of living in a well-established community is lack of room for new growth, but West St. Paul officials say they have a rare opportunity for fresh development.
That opportunity comes in the form of a deal between a developer and St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, located at 1575 Chartlton St., to purchase 6.6 acres of open land on the western portion of the church lot. That land would then be subdivided into 11 lots for the construction of mid to high-end homes.

Mon
03
Feb

WSP man charged in fatal drunk driving crash

A West St. Paul man has been charged with more than 20 counts of criminal vehicular operation for a drunken rollover crash last November that injured several people and left the defendant’s friend lying dead in the street.
Jon David Devereaux, 22, was charged Jan. 28 with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide and 18 counts of criminal vehicular operation for the Nov. 14 crash. Prosecutors say Devereaux insisted on driving his friend’s SUV that night despite knowing he was drunk and performed several reckless maneuvers before he ultimately lost control and rolled the vehicle on the 300 block of E Bernard St.

Sun
02
Feb

ISD 199 superintendent announces resignation

Inver Grove Heights Schools Superintendent Dierdre Wells has announced she plans to step down from her position following a hard-won $24.8 million bond referendum last November.
Wells announced her resignation in a memorandum to ISD 199 staff dated Jan. 10. Wells was hired by the district in 2005; she will remain in the position until the three-year contract she signed in 2011 expires June 30.

Sat
01
Feb

Larkin Dance Studio continues 64-year legacy at new Maplewood location


The Senior Line class strikes a pose in the larger dance space at their new location. Larkin Dance moved to 1400 E. Hwy 36 in Maplewood. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

A fixture in Maplewood, Larkin Dance Studio now has more room to stretch out.
The family-run business, which for decades has pumped out award-winning dancers who’ve made it to national television, Broadway and films, this month relocated to the building that formerly housed Minnesota Granite and Marble at 1400 E. Highway 36.

Wed
29
Jan

Lipke-led North High Alumni Choir disbands


Accomplished vocal music director Carl H. Lipke and the North High Alumni Choir performed their final concerts in December. They recently had a farewell party, celebrating 20 years together. (photos courtesy of John Feikema Photography)

Carl Lipke tried to end the North High Alumni Choir quietly.
The choir had just finished its spring concert, and wasn’t yet gearing up for the holiday shows. The group’s leaders were discussing how it should disband, agreeing that costs were too high and some of the singers could no longer stand for an entire performance.
The revered director suggested a discreet exit, without bows or encores.

Wed
29
Jan

Meet Maplewood’s newest K-9 team

Brix never really looks ferocious.
Even when he’s apprehending suspects or sniffing out illicit drugs, the dog half of Maplewood’s newest K-9 team treats his job like a game.
According to his partner, Officer Joseph Demulling, the 19-month-old from Slovakia does it all for a Kong, a rubber chew toy on a rope.

Wed
29
Jan

HELLO: more than just a greeting


Ebenezer Flomo, his wife Janelle Voxland and other HELLO volunteers hand-delivered over 40,000 books to more than 16 schools in Liberia over the holidays. (submitted photos)

It’s easy to just throw away an old book that’s been read a thousand times or a textbook that’s a year or two out of date. But some tens of thousands of those previously unwanted books are making their way to schools across the Atlantic Ocean, thanks to some help from an Oakdale-based organization.
Help Encourage Liberia’s Little Ones, or HELLO, was started in Liberia by Ebenezer Flomo in 2003. Its operations moved with him in 2005 when he came to the U.S. and married Oakdale resident Janelle Voxland.

Wed
29
Jan

Another way to tailgate

Not long after the sun comes up on Super Bowl Sunday, about a dozen volunteers wielding propane-powered ice augers will drill 2,000 holes into 20 inches of ice on Lake Jane in Lake Elmo.
That is, if the weather cooperates and the ice stays thick.
“Pray for good weather,” urged Craig Knoll, a co-chair of the 57th annual Lake Elmo Lions Club fishing contest. But his idea of “good weather” probably differs from the rest of us. He’s hoping for no letup in this week’s below-freezing temperatures to keep the ice in good shape, and also a slight warmup the day of to keep contestants from hunkering down at home.

Wed
29
Jan

Arden Hills to discuss utility franchise fees

Should Arden Hills add an Xcel Energy  “franchise fee” -- which would be tacked onto residents’ gas and electric bills -- to boost funding for street, park and trail improvements?
The Arden Hills City Council has been studying the pros and cons of that idea and has scheduled public hearings next month to further discuss the issue with residents.

Wed
29
Jan

District 621 begins moving programs for all-day K

The Mounds View School District has begun relocating education programs to make way for the transition to free all-day kindergarten next school year.
The relocation of programs at the Snail Lake and Pike Lake education centers are necessary to make room for two kindergarten centers. The district’s six elementary schools will house first through fifth grades starting this fall, and all the district’s kindergarteners will attend classes at the two new centers.

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