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Wed
05
Jun

District 622 to welcome new principals

Several new principals will be joining the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District administrative team next fall.
The District 622 school board approved the hiring of five new principals at its recent meetings. Some of them are already familiar faces in District 622, and others will be coming from schools outside the district.

Wed
05
Jun

Maplewood felon receives 15 years for gun possession

A Maplewood man was sentenced in U.S. District Court on May 28 to 15 years in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm. Derek Lee Preston, a 35-year-old career criminal and convicted felon, pleaded guilty to the charges Feb. 3

Wed
05
Jun

The art of chicken keeping


Les Larson stands outside his chicken coop with one of his pigeons. Water, food, and climate control are all carefully monitored. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

Ever wondered what it might be like to keep chickens in your backyard?
Oakdale resident Les Larson will be sharing his knowledge of raising poultry at the Oakdale Discovery Center June 8. Interested residents can head to the center to find out more about chicken keeping -- an activity that’s allowed in Oakdale with a permit.

Wed
29
May

Maplewood narrows Police Chief candidates to top three


Left to right: Dave Kvam. Scott Gerlicher. Paul Schnell.

On Monday, May 13, the Maplewood Police Civil Service Commission certified the top three finalists for the city’s vacant chief of police position.
The three candidates are Maplewood Acting Police Chief Dave Kvam, Minneapolis Commander of Strategic Information and Crime Analysis Division Scott Gerlicher and Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell.
Per Minnesota state statutes, the identities of the candidates remained anonymous until the top three finalists were certified.

Wed
29
May

North St. Paul names community development director Nate Ehalt interim city manager

When longtime city manager Wally Wysopal tendered his letter of resignation at the North St. Paul City Council meeting May 7, he endorsed appointing community development director Nate Ehalt to serve as the interim manager.
Wysopal has been with North St. Paul for 15 years and will be taking on the city manager position in Fridley, where he resides, on June 7.

Wed
29
May

Cultivating a “culture of reading” at Harmony ALC


Shannon Bluhm, a student at Harmony, has immersed herself in books. She read a total of 100 novels this school year. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

How many books have you read in the last nine months?
Probably not as many as Harmony Alternative Learning Center student Shannon Bluhm.
Bluhm, a senior at Harmony ALC, recently completed her goal of reading 100 books over the course of this school year. And though Harmony reading specialist Dennis Fendt notes her accomplishment is a school record by far, he added that Bluhm isn’t the only student with reading fever.

Tue
28
May

Talking about the Glock with Paul Barrett

Monday, June 3.
Circle this date on your calendar, then head on over to the Roseville branch of the Ramsey County Library for what should be a fascinating presentation entitled: “Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun.”
That’s also the title of the best seller by New York City author Paul Barrett who will be in town for his only visit to Minnesota this year.

Thu
23
May

Oakdale man charged in connection with Woodbury burglaries

A 30-year-old Oakdale man has been charged in connection with two burglaries in Woodbury after a GPS monitoring device tracked the movements of a vehicle he was allegedly driving.

Wed
22
May

Buyers beware: some deals are ‘too good to be true’


Piotr Wasienski

To those who regularly scroll through craigslist.com listings for deals on gift cards: be careful.
The website’s free and anonymous postings may provide an excellent forum for buying and selling discounted items, but it can also become a hotbed for scams.

Wed
22
May

Maplewood’s Jim Antonen leaving; Chuck Ahl made manager


Jim Antonen, newly-arrived to Maplewood in 2009, enjoys the fact he had already made the front page of the Review. (file photo)

After 47 years in public service, Maplewood City Manager Jim Antonen is ready for a break. Earlier this year, a notable birthday prompted him to make the decision to retire.
“I turned 65 earlier this year, which is retirement age. That’s really the reason -- it’s time,” Antonen said. “I’ll be wintering in California, where I have a home, and summering in Minnesota. I have a townhome here and a home there in California.”

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