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Thu
14
Nov

Bomb squad: North St. Paul downtown block evacuated due to 'hoax device'


North St. Paul police cleaned up the blown-up hoax device on Thursday, after the St. Paul Police Department Bomb Squad gave the all clear just after 2 p.m. (photos by Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

The St. Paul bomb squad blew up a “hoax device” Thursday in North St. Paul, after rescue personnel evacuated a block of downtown buildings and blocked off East Seventh Street.
North St. Paul police received a report of a suspicious package next to a trash can in front of Luther Auctions at 2556 E. Seventh Ave., just after noon.

Thu
14
Nov

Brown’s Creek State Trail and Gateway State Trail to be connected

By next fall, Brown’s Creek State Trail will be bustling with hikers and bikers, smiling and waving as they take in the beauty of their surroundings, pausing to catch their breath at interpretive displays about the history of the trail and maybe glimpsing bald eagles in the air or deer in the woods.

Thu
14
Nov

Please excuse the involuntary blushing

I am a storyteller.
Whether it’s a hard-hitting investigative piece or a feature article on a local, I aim to tell a story accurately, fairly and well.
The story that is my least favorite to tell is my own. So, when my boss told me I had to write an article on myself, my cheeks got hot and I felt a familiar urge to hide under my desk or run away.

Thu
14
Nov

Breaking: North St. Paul city block cleared out by report of suspicious package; bomb squad called


(Kaitlyn Roby/Review ‏@KRobyNews)

A little after noon Thursday, shoppers, diners and business proprieters were surprised as North St. Paul squad cars blocked "Main Street," East Seventh Avenue, for a full city block.
Squads with flashing lights parked across the intersections at Margaret and Charles streets and officers went from door to door telling patrons and owners alike they had to evacuate.

Thu
14
Nov

Janie's legacy of laughter and love: After toddler’s death, parents pursue memorial playground


A 17 months old, Janie Zahradka heads toward the playground at Edgerton Park in Maplewood. (submitted photo)

When Janie Zahradka was 7 months old, she sat on her dad’s lap at Casey Lake Park in North St. Paul to swing, because the playground wasn’t built for someone her size.
“She was always the happiest when she was outside playing,” said her father, Tony Zahradka, an assistant baseball coach at Johnson High School and teacher at Guadalupe Alternative Programs on St. Paul’s West Side.

Wed
06
Nov

New Maplewood mayor, elected councilors hope for positive future

Nora Slawik is Maplewood’s next mayor, beating former leader Diana Longrie by an overwhelming margin in Tuesday's election.
The mayoral and council races became three against three after the primary, which left two mayoral candidates and four council candidates decidedly on different sides of the fence.

Wed
06
Nov

Construction starts on in-demand senior housing in North St. Paul


An excavator digs earth and moves it as construction begins on the Polar Ridge Senior Living complex in North St. Paul. The facility will house 114 units. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

A St. Cloud developer recently demolished a large portion of a Helen Street parking lot near downtown North St. Paul, one of the first steps to construct a 114-unit senior living facility that has already attracted dozens of prospective residents.
Before they handed off the waiting list to Trident Development, city staffers took down more than 50 names of people interested in the complex, according to Paul Ammerman, community development director.

Wed
06
Nov

Double vision: New horrors, honors of war come home to veteran


Ellsworth Erickson spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the North St. Paul Historical Society Museum last March about his bird’s-eye view of World War II. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

It’s been nearly 70 years since North St. Paul resident Ellsworth Erickson returned home from the European Theater of World War II.
But, in just the last six months, the long arm of the world’s deadliest conflict reached out to the 89-year-old and shook what he thought he knew and felt about his service to their foundations.

Wed
06
Nov

Slawik beats former mayor in Maplewood election

Nora Slawik will be Maplewood’s next mayor, beating former leader Diana Longrie in Tuesday's election.
About 67 percent of votes went to Slawik. Longrie, 55, a local attorney who held the position from 2006-09,  took just shy of one third of votes, according to unofficial results.

Tue
05
Nov

North St. Paul city manager: Next challenge is defining vision for the future

New North St. Paul City Manager Jason Ziemer says the city of North St. Paul has plenty to offer prospective residents, developers and current businesses.
Its challenge right now: pinning down what those aspects are and presenting them.

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