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Mon
06
Jan

Developer may put 7 new homes on Wells Street


Seven vacant lots on the 700 block of Wells St. could be the site of new single-family homes come spring. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

For Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, putting up new homes on the 700 block of Wells St. has been a decade in the making.
The organization first started working with the city well before the recession to put in properties on the short street, just off of the intersection of Payne Ave. and Phalen Blvd.

Mon
06
Jan

8-year-old housing project will finally see hammer and nails


The Village on Rivoli site sits just south of Phalen Boulevard and just east of I-35E, with a view of downtown. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Long in the works, the “Village on Rivoli” development will break ground this spring, says Jim Ercuhl, director of Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing.
The project’s origins date back to 2006, but plans got waylaid by the Great Recession.

Fri
03
Jan

Maplewood man jumps into St. Croix River; search for body continues

A 38-year-old Maplewood man jumped from the Interstate 94 bridge into the St. Croix River on New Year's Eve, and cold weather inhibited the search for his body for days, authorities say.
Passersby reportedly saw a man park a car on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes and jump. The incident was reported at about 2:23 p.m. Dec. 31, according to Cmdr. Jerry Cusick of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Multiple agencies were dispatched to the stretch that connects Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Fri
03
Jan

Maplewood man jumps into St. Croix River; weather hampers search for body

A 38-year-old Maplewood man jumped from the Interstate 94 bridge into the St. Croix River on New Year’s Eve, and dangerously cold weather has inhibited the search for his body for nearly a week, authorities say.
Passersby reportedly saw a man park a car on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes of the freeway and jump. The incident was reported at about 2:23 p.m. Dec. 31, according to Cmdr. Jerry Cusick of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Multiple agencies were dispatched to the stretch that connects Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Thu
02
Jan

Bigger budget, taxes somewhat steady in North St. Paul

The North St. Paul City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 17, unanimously approved the city’s 2014 budget, keeping steady the total amount property owners pay for day-to-day city operations.
“We’ve spent probably about seven or eight workshops on the budget,” Mayor Mike Kuehn said at the meeting. “It was a great process.”
The expected local tax rate went down slightly, and the average household will pay less in taxes in the coming year. In general, owners whose property values went up are expected to pay more in property taxes.

Wed
01
Jan

Casey Lake project cuts the carp


Reid Swanson, a member of a University of Minnesota research team, in October measures one of the largest carp pulled from the Phalen chain of lakes. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bartodziej)

With ice still too thin to skate on, most of the action at Casey Lake in North St. Paul is bubbling beneath the surface.
City staff recently installed an aeration system at the lake, which is surrounded by sports courts, trails and a playground. Air is now being mechanically pumped into the water to keep up oxygen levels, helping native Minnesota fish stay alive over the winter to boost fishing and keep out the common carp.

Mon
30
Dec

Two Lillie staffers win statewide awards

It was all about vision for two Lillie Suburban Newspapers staffers in the 2013 Minnesota Newspaper Association’s “Better Newspapers” awards.
Photographer Linda Baumeister, who’s worked at the paper since 1991, and Nik VanDenMeerendonk, a graphic artist for six years.

Wed
25
Dec

Mark Sitarz takes over as St. Anthony’s new fire chief


St. Anthony Village Fire Chief John Malenick (left) posed for a photo with the new fire chief for St. Anthony Village, Mark Sitarz, on Dec. 12 during the open house for the retiring chief. (Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)

St. Anthony Village has named 15-year department veteran Mark Sitarz as its new fire chief to replace outgoing chief John Malenick, who retired earlier this month.
Sitarz, 44, grew up in the Village and is a graduate of St. John’s University, where he majored in political science and Spanish studies.

Wed
25
Dec

District 621 makes 2013 AP Honor Roll

Students at both Irondale and Mounds View high schools have been excelling in AP (Advanced Placement) courses and outperforming their peers in most school districts across the state -- garnering the attention of the College Board and earning the Mounds View Public School District a spot on the AP Honor Roll once again this year.

Wed
25
Dec

2014 tax levy, budget approved in Shoreview

The Shoreview City Council approved the city’s final 2014 budget and property tax levy at its Monday, Dec. 16 city council meeting.
Next year’s general fund operating budget of $9.1 million was set along with a levy of just over $10 million. The 2014 levy represents a 3.4 percent increase of $330,000 over 2013.

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