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Fake money on the rise locally

While cases of counterfeit currency are declining statewide, Dakota County is seeing increasing incidents involving people trying to purchase goods with phony money.
Both South St. Paul and West St. Paul police departments have reported mounting problems this year. “It’s happening all over the place,” South St. Paul Detective Colleen Wahl said. “People are printing the money - sometimes it’s good (quality); sometimes it’s bad.”

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19
Aug

Change is in order for Boys Totem Town


The 100-year-old Boys Totem Town facility sits among a serene acreage just east of Highway 61 and just south of Lower Afton Road. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A century after Boys Totem Town became a juvenile correctional facility, officials are beginning to study its main building, which is in need of repairs.
The assessment could go in many directions, from a makeover to a new facility to a demolition -- it’s all up in the air.
Sitting among acres of untouched nature, the facility lies just east of Highway 61, just south of Lower Afton Road. It’s currently housing about 25 boys, who are there after sentencing for crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.

Mon
19
Aug

St. Paul Parks to tear down ‘the People’s Park’


A small group of concerned residents gathered on Wednesday, August 7, to protest the potential destruction of the squatting art park at 680 Wells St. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Things are not looking good for proponents of the squatting art park at 680 Wells St.
Despite protests from some residents, St. Paul Parks and Recreation plans to tear it down, citing safety concerns.
The department has offered to help preserve certain pieces of art within the makeshift park, but has plans to remove the artwork and the retaining walls and regrade the land.

Mon
19
Aug

East Side building brought back to life


Cleo Kelly stands proudly outside the building he’s owned for 20 years. He’s finishing the facade, which he intends to be his ìmonument to the East Side. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Cleo Kelly’s a bit of a dreamer.
The 72-year-old man is also a lover of well-crafted buildings.
For 20 years he’s owned a classic old building at 798 Margaret St. on the East Side. The 1885 building is visible from busy East Seventh Street, and is full of detail and history, which he’s eager to show off.

Fri
16
Aug

Community, upset over recent violence, erupts with emotions and concern


Officials look on as the crowd gets organized before the start of the meeting on violence in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood on Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Arlington Hills Lutheran Church. Moderating the meeting were Al Oertwig, president of the District 5 Community Council, standing in the center, and Leslie McMurray, executive director of council. In the background, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman talks to St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith.

Hundreds poured into the community meeting in the basement of Arlington Hills Lutheran Church yesterday.
Residents upset with the recent violence on the East Side filled the room to the brim, and it quickly became hot and stuffy. There was a long line out the door at 6:30 p.m. when the meeting was supposed to start.

Fri
16
Aug

All-night search in SSP finally locates snoozing boy

It was, in the words of Tommy Lee Jones' character in "The Fugitive," a search of every "residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse" and garage and shed in the area.
And thankfully for all concerned, it turned up its young target unharmed.

Fri
16
Aug

SSP police investigating Friday morning shooting

At 9 a.m. Friday morning, South St. Paul police were called to a scene near Roosevelt Field, in the 500 block of Fifth Avenue South, on a report of a shooting.
According to a statement by Police Chief William Messerich, they met a male there who said three other males had shot at him and then fled on foot.
The person shot at was not injured.

Thu
15
Aug

ISD 834 School Board approves putting levy request on November ballot

The Stillwater Area School District board of education has voted to put a levy referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot.
The vote, taken at the board’s Aug. 8 meeting, was unanimous.
According to a news release from the district, the decision to place the request to increase the district’s operating levy on the ballot came after two years of planning and community input, then months of discussion regarding recent changes in state legislation.

Thu
15
Aug

Volunteer teams paint NSP, Maplewood homes

If you live in a community in the Twin Cities, chances are good you’ve seen a house that has been painted by a Paint-A-Thon team. Over the last 29 years, Paint-A-Thon volunteers have painted 6,300 homes in the seven-county metro area.
Saturday, Aug. 3, was the official “paint day” for the 60 teams that participated in this year’s Paint-A-Thon, a program offered through the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. Now in its 29th year, the program caters to low-income seniors and the physically disabled, who may not be able to paint their homes on their own.

Thu
15
Aug

Department of Health cites neglect in Maplewood nursing home death

The Minnesota Department of Health published a report of findings last week that says the death of a Ramsey County Care Center resident in April was the result of staff error.
The resident, who was supposed to be on a diet of puree-texture food, choked and died April 1 after being served an Easter holiday lunch. The resident did not have any teeth, and her care plan called for attendants to only serve her food the consistency of pudding. Additionally, the report says, the woman had a history of choking on solid foods.

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