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Fri
03
May

Judge orders Oakdale shooting suspect be committed to state hospital in St. Peter

An Oakdale man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 9-year-old Devin Joseph Aryal has been deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial.
After a psychologist's report in March concluded 34-year-old Nhan Lap Tran was mentally incompetent, prosecutors requested a second mental health evaluation be completed. The second report was filed in Washington County District Court Friday, May 3, and came to the same conclusion about Tran's mental state.

Thu
02
May

MH police respond to burning death in Lilydale Park

Mendota Heights police say a Minneapolis man they found engulfed in flames inside Lilydale Regional Park last Monday night was beyond saving by the time they put him out.
The victim has been identified as Ahmed Mohamed Ali, age 25. Police were called to the scene shortly before 6 p.m. April 29 by a pair of hikers who saw flames and heard whimpering noises. Mendota Heights officers arrived on scene first, but by the time the hikers could direct officers to the scene to administer care Ali was already dead, according to Police Chief Mike Aschenbrener.

Wed
01
May

Mark Mauer gets probation in prostitution solicitation case

Charge will be dismissed if former Hill-Murray coach meets conditions

Wed
01
May

St. Anthony’s Scott Swanson awarded Villager of the Year


Scott Swanson

The St. Anthony Chamber of Commerce honored Scott Swanson by presenting him with the Villager of the Year Award at the annual chamber meeting on Thursday, April 18 at Jax Café in Minneapolis.

Wed
01
May

Two longtime Mounds View orchestra directors to retire


John Madura is retiring after 44 years as Orchestra Director at Mounds View High School.

John Madura and Deb Sittko have over 65 years of combined experience leading orchestra programs in the Mounds View Public School District.

Wed
01
May

Maplewood couple in ‘putrid’ house gets probation


In early February, a dumpster stood outside a garbage-filled structure on County Rd. B which neighbors say was apparently turned into a rental unit. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

No-contact order with young son cancelled

Wed
01
May

Appeal denied for Oakdale man convicted of 2010 murder

The Minnesota Supreme Court has denied the appeal of Dao Xiong, of Oakdale, who was convicted of murdering a man during a carjacking in September of 2010.

Wed
01
May

North students up to ‘Below Sea Level’ creative challenge

Your assignment: to come up with a plot for a musical revue.
Sound easy? Well, consider you have to work in songs as diverse as “Matchmaker” from “Fiddler on the Roof;” “SOS,” the 1970s ABBA hit; the ‘80s rocker “Holdin’ Out for a Hero” and even a Beyoncé medley, just to name a few.
Fortunately for audiences, North High Show Choir performers Jack Bonko and Brandon Cayetano were up to the challenge.

Wed
01
May

Fond ‘Memories’


Gloria VanDemmeltraadt will release her new book, “Memories of Lake Elmo,” on May 1. (submitted photo)

Most people would not consider two years’ worth of arduous research a fun task, but an Oakdale author has taken on the challenge in order to satisfy her fascination with Lake Elmo’s colorful history.
Gloria VanDemmeltraadt began looking into the city’s past in September 2011. Little did she know the research she was doing would amount to several hundreds of hours poring over old newspaper clippings and vintage photos, as well as conducting personal interviews with longtime residents.

Wed
01
May

Tartan Crossing courts major developer


Tartan Crossing is ready for new development. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

City officials listened intently at an April 23 Oakdale City Council workshop as developers outlined plans for a proposed assisted living facility at Tartan Crossing.
The Waters Senior Living, a company that develops, owns and operates senior housing complexes in Minnesota, has proposed the $16 million facility, “The Waters of Oakdale,” to be located on a 3.2-acre piece of now-vacant land.

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