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Wed
29
Jul

Maplewood primary election polls open Aug. 11

Five candidate vie for two council seats
With summer still in full swing, the upcoming Maplewood primary election will narrow down the council member candidate pool from five candidates to four for the Nov. 3 general election.
Council members Bob Cardinal and Marvin Koppen will both finish their four-year terms on Dec. 31, with only Cardinal running to stay in office.

Wed
29
Jul

Feathers fly as chicken owner heads to court

Sheila, a black australorp hen, rests while her owners, the Blomquist family, tend to the garden and chicken coop. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Sheila, a black australorp hen, rests while her owners, the Blomquist family, tend to the garden and chicken coop. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)

‘Therapy chickens’ create city-neighborhood divide
Nancy Blomquist, 57, and her husband, Joe, 52, started out raising chickens at their Maplewood residence to serve as therapy pets for their children with developmental disabilities.
"We decide to raise chickens for [our children] so they would have an avenue for building confidence, responsibility," Nancy says.
They adorned the inside of the coop, where the hens lay their eggs, with framed photos and trinkets. The run area is beautified with hanging flowers and garden statues.
But what began as a calming backyard project has turned into an emotionally-charged legal battle with the city.

Tue
28
Jul

Gun pulled in Maplewood bar

Police need help identifying suspect
Maplewood police are trying to identify a male suspect who pulled out a gun at Bleecher's Bar on the evening of Friday, July 24, and pointed it at patrons as he exited the establishment.
A little before 11 p.m., Maplewood police officers were called to the bar at 2220 White Bear Ave. N., on the report of an armed assault.

Sun
26
Jul

CP Rail construction on track

A major construction project that Canadian Pacific Railway is doing at its St. Paul switching yard is well underway. Ninety percent of the work to fill in six acres of wetlands is done, a retaining wall is in place, and grading work has been completed. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
A major construction project that Canadian Pacific Railway is doing at its St. Paul switching yard is well underway. Ninety percent of the work to fill in six acres of wetlands is done, a retaining wall is in place, and grading work has been completed. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Filling in wetlands 90 percent complete
According to Canadian Pacific Railway spokesperson Andy Cummings, the large expansion of the rail company's Dunn Yard is well underway.
Ninety percent of the work to fill in six acres of wetlands is done, a retaining wall is in place, and grading work has been completed.

Fri
24
Jul

Bringing on the green

Members of North St. Paul Green spent another Tuesday evening, July 7, tending the garden beds along East Seventh Avenue. The group gathers at 5 p.m. the first three Tuesdays of the month -- unless they’re rained out -- and at 10 a.m.

Thu
23
Jul

A cool, sweet time at Splash

The Early Bird Strings performed at the Silver Lake Splash.
The Early Bird Strings performed at the Silver Lake Splash.

Numerous vendors offered refreshments at the Silver Lake Splash July 19. There were also carnival games, crafts, silent auctions and an inflatable.

Wed
22
Jul

How cycling changed an Oakdale man’s life

A group of friends and family greeted Pete Mogren (wearing the helmet) in downtown Stillwater July 2 to celebrate him reaching the halfway point of a planned 4,250-mile fundraiser. Mogren, of Oakdale, took a few days to rest before continuing his journey. (Submitted photo)
A group of friends and family greeted Pete Mogren (wearing the helmet) in downtown Stillwater July 2 to celebrate him reaching the halfway point of a planned 4,250-mile fundraiser. Mogren, of Oakdale, took a few days to rest before continuing his journey. (Submitted photo)

Pete Mogren rides 3,000 miles to raise funds for MS
It’s been over a month since Oakdale cyclist Pete Mogren dipped the back tire of his bicycle in the chilly Pacific waters off Washington State and embarked on a cross-country adventure he hoped would take him to the opposite coast in northern New England.
As of July 16, Pete, an Oakdale resident, had completed over 70 percent of his 4,250-mile ride from the town of Anacortes, Washington, to Bar Harbor, Maine, to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Wed
22
Jul

Scammers target victims through online classifieds, phone calls

Maplewood detectives urge caution
Scam artists have long preyed on the elderly — threatening legal action for tax evasion, promising lotteries worth millions of dollars, and posing as grandchildren in need of bail.
But those apt to keep a landline home phone aren't the only ones being targeted these days.
Young adults who use online classified sites like Craigslist and Care.com are also falling victim to theft by swindle.

Wed
22
Jul

Error in NSP water quality report raises eyebrows

North St. Paul residents recently received a pamphlet in the mail summarizing the 2014 Drinking Water Quality Report, which is annually published and distributed by the city's public works department.

Tue
21
Jul

Fireworks over the Ramsey County Fair

Fireworks over the midway.
Fireworks over the midway.

They had a BLAST at the Ramsey County Fair and White Bear Avenue Days. Fireworks lit up the night sky over the Ramsey County Fairgrounds midway July 17. It was the 102nd annual Ramsey County Fair July 15-19. (photos Linda Baumeister/Review)

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