North St. Paul’s 44-foot tall snowman welcomes residents and visitors alike with a smile that stretches 16 feet across its cheerful face. (Kaylin Creason/Review)
The tradition continues. The stucco snowman celebrates the annual Snow Frolics in 2004 with the people of North St. Paul, continuing the tradition of giant snowmen at the festival that began with snow-made structures in the 1950s. (file photo)
It’s hard to find a jersey in that size! The snowman “wears” Bret Hedican’s Carolina Hurricane’s jersey to celebrate “Bret Hedican Day” in 2006 after the North St. Paul native’s Stanley Cup victory. (file photo)
North St. Paul native, two-time Olympian and Stanley Cup victor Bret Hedican and his wife, Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, drive past the snowman during a parade celebrating Hedican’s 2006 Stanley Cup win with the Carolina Hurricanes. (file photo)
Mayor Mike Kuehn is leading the charge to check up on the health of the 40-year-old snowman, which he fears is in danger of toppling over due to rust on its cement base. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Does the North St. Paul snowman need a check-up? Mayor Mike Kuehn thinks so. A few months ago, Kuehn asked the North St. Paul Parks and Recreation Commission to look into the “health” of the North St. Paul snowman, which he fears is in danger of toppling over.
Maplewood Fire Department personnel lend a hand at the April 14 groundbreaking ceremony for a fire department and police substation to be located at 600 McKnight Road. The new station will replace the one currently at 1177 Century Ave. N., and will include a police substation. (submitted photo)
After some early objections from nearby homeowners, the city of Maplewood finally broke ground on a construction project for a new fire and police substation on Monday, April 14.
Stephanie Lasch was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport the morning of April 10, while trying to flee the country to China. She was charged with felony identity theft the folowing day. (submitted photo)
The owner of BARE The Spa and Soap Bar Company located at 1077 Helmo Ave. No. Suite 100 in Oakdale has been detained by authorities for alleged fraudulent activity. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The space formerly occupied by BARE remains vacant nearly three months after Lasch cleared out her belongings. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Stephanie Rae Lasch, 35, of East Bethel was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at approximately 7:15 a.m. Thursday, April 10, just minutes before a plane she and her husband were on departed for China.
She was transported by police to the Anoka County Jail and charged with felony identity theft the following day.
Zahradkas continue their playground rebuild in memory of daughter
Sarah and Tony Zahradka are continuing their efforts toward building a preschool-age playground at Casey Lake Park in memory of their daughter, Janie, who died unexpectedly last September.
Their newest project: a fundraiser that would install name-plated bricks (paving stones) at the park, which is located off 17th Avenue and Mohawk Road in North St. Paul.
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.
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.
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.
Southwood Nature Preserve is one of the focuses of the Resilient Communities project in North St. Paul. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
One of the emphases of the “sustainable” portion of the Resilient Communities Project is keeping North St. Paul residents aware of the gem they have in a local preserve. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Southwood Nature Preserve is a haven to birds including migrating robins, mallard ducks and nesting wood ducks. (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.