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Thu
18
Jul

Into the principal’s office…

Meet Kevin Wolff, principal at Maplewood Middle School, Meet Angela LaBounty, assistant principal at Maplewood Middle SchoolMeet Pangjua Xiong, principal at Weaver Elementary School, Meet Jaysen Anderson, assistant principal at North High School

Wed
17
Jul

Teenager dead from gunfire at Payne and Case - update


A memorial for the teenage homicide victim has been set up near the intersection of Payne Avenue and Lawson Street. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

St. Paul police said 17-year-old Vincent Arron Allison of St. Paul died in a shooting near the intersection of Payne and Case avenues last week.
A memorial near the site of his death had handwritten messages saying: "Gone but never forgotten;" "Love you bro;" and "May god bless the family." The messages, along with flowers were tied to a streetlight, with candles and other objects laid at the base of the pole.
According to the criminal complaint, police responded to a call at 9:26 p.m. Thursday, July 11, where they found the young man bloodied and without a pulse in the Salvation Army parking lot near Payne and Lawson avenues.

Wed
17
Jul

Silver Lake Splash fundraiser July 21


Ella McKee, Ben Olson, and David McKee splash around on an outing to Silver Lake Beach. Neighbors are in the final planning stages of the annual beach fundraiser Silver Lake Splash to be held July 21. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

If you’ve never attended the Silver Lake Splash fundraiser in North St. Paul, make this year your first! The annual event is back and better than ever, with activities all day for the whole family.
The fundraiser, now in its fourth year, was started after the city cut funding for lifeguards at Silver Lake beach. However, after a community outcry, the council re-opened the beach and the Silver Lake Splash fundraiser was born.
Residents Ingrid Koller, Mary Kvaal and Lynnette Olsen banded together with their neighbors in 2010 to organize the first fundraiser, which has been going strong ever since.

Wed
17
Jul

Lewis pleads guilty in Craigslist death

At a plea hearing July 10, Maplewood resident Steven E. Lewis, 27, told Ramsey Court District Judge Margaret Marrinan he only meant to rob a man, not kill him.
Lewis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery charges after fatally shooting a St. Paul man last year. Lewis told Marrinan that he “never intended to kill” Aung Thu Bo, 19; his goal was to rob Bo and his girlfriend.
In August 2012, Lewis placed an ad on Craigslist.com saying he wanted to sell an iPhone 4S for $250. Bo responded to the ad, and agreed to meet Aug. 10 with Lewis outside Leo’s Chow Mein on Hudson Road in St. Paul.

 

Wed
17
Jul

Hilton closed at 36

Heads up, motorists: both directions of Hilton Trail at Highway 36 in Pine Springs will be closed for the next two months.

Wed
17
Jul

LE council member steps down

At the June 18 Lake Elmo city council meeting, Mayor Mike Pearson made an unexpected announcement: seven-year council member Nicole Park would be resigning from her position. Although Park was not able to attend the meeting, Pearson read aloud a brief email explaining her reasoning.
“I need to share that my last meeting as a Council Member will be on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013,” Park wrote. “It was a difficult decision to end my term early, but with much thought, over this past year, I decided that it is the best decision for myself and for my family.”
In a later interview, Park said she wanted to spend more “quality time” with her two sons, who are 12 and 14.

Wed
17
Jul

St. Anthony Village receives City of Excellence Award for second time

The city of St. Anthony was presented with a City of Excellence Award from the League of Minnesota Cities at the LMC’s annual conference on Wednesday, June 20.
This year marked the 100-year anniversary of the conference, which met for three days at St. Paul’s River Centre from June 19-21.
St. Anthony received the award for its collaboration with other municipalities, and for innovation and improved city services.

Wed
17
Jul

Mounds View Theatre offers first local “Les Mis”


The revolutionaries prepare to fight to the death in the Mounds View Community Theatre production of “Les Miserables.” (photos by Heather Edwards/Bulletin)

“Les Mis” fans, rejoice; for the first time, a non-professional Minnesota theatre is presenting “Les Misérables.”

Until recently, the production rights for the wildly popular musical were exclusive to professional theatre companies. When the rights were released  to non-professional theatre groups this year,  the Mounds View Community Theatre (MVCT) was the first to obtain those rights.

“I was just really impressed that Mounds View took that leap of faith,” said New Brighton resident Tina Brauer, who plays Mme. Thenardier.

Wed
17
Jul

Second Beecroft trial begins

“Lies, deceit, deception and ultimately, death, is what this trial is about.”
These strong words spoken by the prosecution marked the beginning of the second murder trial for Nicole Beecroft of Oakdale on July 15.
Beecroft is charged with first-degree premeditated murder after her newborn baby girl was discovered, stabbed more than 100 times, in a trash can in April 2007. Beecroft, now 24, was 17 at the time and a senior at Tartan High School. She worked part time after school at the Sun Ray Cub Foods and had never been arrested before the infant’s death.

Wed
17
Jul

Shoreview’s Jeanne Haapala receives LMC’s Leadership Award


Shoreview’s Finance Director Jeanne Haapala (second from right) receiving the League of Minnesota Cities’ 2013 Leadership Award. The award ceremony was held at the LMC’s annual conference in St. Paul’s River Centre on Thursday, June 20. Pictured from left: 2013-14 LMC First Vice President Dave Osberg, 2013-14 LMC President Shaunna Johnson, Jeanne Haapala, and 2012-13 LMC President Betsy Hodges. (submitted photo)

Shoreview’s Finance Director Jeanne Haapala has received the prestigious League of Minnesota Cities’ (LMC) Leadership Award. Haapala accepted the award at the LMC annual conference at the St. Paul River Centre on Thursday, June 20.
“It’s a pretty amazing honor,” Haapala said. “I think recognition by your peers and professional associates is about as good as it gets.”
The LMC recognizes just one individual each year to receive the Leadership Award.

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