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Meet the new man(ager)

North St. Paul residents and neighbors are invited to meet new City Manager Jason Ziemer from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at City Hall, 2400 Margaret St., in the second-floor council chambers.


Linder’s says goodbye

Linder’s Garden Center will likely be closed by mid-November.

After more than 100 years in business, Linder’s Greenhouses will be saying its final farewell to the Twin Cities Area.
“The Linder family has made the decision to close Linder’s Greenhouses Inc.,” the company announced last week. “We will be having an orderly wind down of the business in the coming weeks. We would like to thank all of our customers, our staff and the Twin Cities community for their support in our 100+ years of business.”


Photo evidence in Trevino trial released

The bag of evidence found near Keller Lake in Maplewood March 17 in one of the many searches family, friends and strangers made for clues to Kira Steger's disappearance. She was last seen in public Feb. 21. A pillowcase soaked in blood was found in the bag. Other items in the bag were a sports bra, shirt and sponge.

Photo evidence from the Jeffery Trevino trial was released to the public Friday, Oct. 11. Trevino, 39, was convicted of second degree unintentional murder of his wife, Kira Steger, 30. Steger was last seen publicly the evening of Feb. 21. Her body was recovered from the Mississippi River May 8. The couple lived in a rental home on the East Side of St. Paul.


Zoom zoom zoom!

Linda Baumeister/Review

The North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting will have the new 40-foot Pinewood Derby Racetrack, a gift from the Masons of Minnesota, on display at their upcoming open house Saturday, Oct. 12.


Hill-Murray presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Hill-Murray Theatre, including cast members William Arnold and the larger Audrey 2 played by Nick Schroepfer, will present “Little Shop of Horrors” on Oct. 10-12 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.

Hill-Murray Theatre will present “Little Shop of Horrors” on Oct. 10-12 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.


Oakdale hosts first-ever fine arts fair

“Iowa Barn” by St. Paul photographer Steve Wewerka was shot in 2012 in northern Iowa. His work has been described as “atmospheric.” (submitted photos)

Art aficionados in the area can get their fill of local, beautifully crafted creations at Oakdale’s first-ever fine arts fair on Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Discovery Center.
The city has had an art gallery at the Discovery Center for the past six years, and the high level of participation led staff to look for a way to meet the growing interests of the local artists who display their work in the gallery and participate in the indoor markets over the winter.


North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale & Stillwater schools post top assessment scores

Last year, the state implemented a new assessment system, called the Multiple Measurements Rating, to evaluate how schools stack up in terms of students’ Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores and academic growth from year to year.
This year, several Stillwater Area District and North St. Paul-Maplewood Oakdale District Title 1 schools received recognition for their students’ achievements in the 2012-2013 school year.


East Side resident in critical condition after hit-and-run

Wade Souster, 31, is shown in critical condition, lying in a hospital bed in the surgical intensive care unit at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. (Photo courtesy of Wade Souster's family)

Wade Souster, 31, was nearly home when a vehicle struck him in the early hours of Thursday, Oct. 3. The driver did not stop.
At 4 a.m., another driver spotted Souster lying in the median of Phalen Boulevard, near the intersection of Atlantic Street. Emergency personnel were called to the scene, and he was brought to Regions Hospital.
Now, he lies in a hospital bed, fighting for his life.


Plaza Maplewood Theatre to change management

On Nov. 1, Woodland Hills Church will take over management of the Plaza Maplewood Theatre. The church has owned the building since 2001 and will continue to run it as a theater, while also adding church programming. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Will go from the hands of a movie nerd to the hands of a church

When 25-year-old movie nerd Nathan Block was offered the chance to buy the Plaza Maplewood Theatre 15 years ago, he tried to play it cool.
He says he told the owners that he’d have to think about it, and that he’d need to see the numbers.
“But inside, I was like ‘Where do I sign?’” he said. “It was all I had ever dreamed of doing since my college days.”


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