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Interstate 694 ramp to eastbound Highway 36 closed through May 11

The $13.8 million Highway 36/Hilton Trail reconstruction project will replace the former signalized intersection with a grade-separated diamond interchange. MnDOT plans to finish the project by the end of summer. (submitted graphic)

Now that the snow has melted, construction crews are continuing work on the Minnesota Highway 36/Hilton Trail project in Pine Springs.
The ramp to eastbound Highway 36 from northbound Interstate 694 closed Monday morning and will not reopen until Monday, May 12, weather permitting.


Maplewood Wells Fargo robbed Monday afternoon

Suspect may have committed multiple robberies in metro area
Maplewood police report that the Burnsville Police Department has a man in custody that may be responsible for bank robberies in Burnsville, Maple Grove and Maplewood.
According to a police statement, the Wells Fargo Bank at 2945 White Bear Ave., near Maplewood Mall, was robbed at 2:25 p.m. Monday, April 21.


Controlled burns planned for Ramsey County Parks in April and May

Controlled burns are a regular part of Ramsey County Parks activity. Shown is a 2006 burn at Tamarack Nature Center. (submitted photo)

Ramsey County Parks and Recreation will again be conducting prescribed burns in numerous parks and open spaces this spring. Burns begin in early April and continue through May.


Dispatchers get earful of Maplewood burglars’ plans

There’s a new rule for would-be burglars: don’t dial 911 while you’re casing the joint.
With today’s smartphones able to dial 911 with a touch of the screen, emergency dispatchers spend a lot of time picking up calls from toddlers and “pocket dialers.” They generally try to call the number back to check on the caller’s safety.


It was lights out last week at Champps

City leaders express surprise that sports restaurant closed
Maplewood Champps Americana, a popular sports bar and restaurant for over two decades, closed last week.


‘Living Streets,’ sustainability are plan goals

Southwood Nature Preserve is one of the focuses of the Resilient Communities project in North St. Paul. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Student energy powers Resilient Communities Project
Staying true to its name, the Resilient Communities Project is finally in North St. Paul.
After a pair of hiccups, students and staff from the University of Minnesota-driven organization are now working together with the city on a project that involves the Living Street Plan, a residential rebuilding concept that combines road reconstruction with environmental sustainability. It has included proposals for new sidewalks, bike paths and water-quality protection.


‘Together we can’

Maplewood Police Department proposes replacement for D.A.R.E.
For the first time in more than twenty years, there will be no D.A.R.E. graduates from Maplewood this spring.
The Maplewood Police Department cut D.A.R.E. this year, citing the program’s ineffectiveness.


Woman's body found at Kohlman Creek

Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell announced at 6:30 p.m. Saturday that a woman's body had been found in a wooded area near Kohlman Creek earlier in the day.
At approximately 3:20 p.m. that day, Maplewood police officers were called to a wooded area near Hazelwood and Beam by a man who found a dead body in the creek. Schnell said.


City golf course opens, with private management

Pat McCurdy gets in some practice on the driving range out at Phalen Golf Course April 9. The 18-hole par 70 golf course opened Thursday, April 10. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

So far, so good, city and Prom Catering report
After a drawn out public process, the city-owned Phalen Golf Course is now open for the season, under private management for the first time.
The 18-hole, 6,100-yard recreational course is located in Phalen Regional Park.


‘Cakes From Grace’ makes sick kids smile one cake at a time

Becky Hunt, founder of Cakes From Grace, an organization dedicated to raising the awareness of congenital heart defects, loves whipping up cakes for such families. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

In October 2012, Becky Hunt made a difficult decision: to quit her corporate job to care for her 2-month-old daughter, Gracia, who was born with a severe congenital heart defect.
Gracia, affectionately known as Gracie, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome -- a condition where the left ventricle of the heart does not develop properly, so the left side of the heart can’t pump blood to the rest of the body.


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