Faced with what was billed as possibly the coldest day of winter on Jan. 7, Review and Bulletin area schools kept their doors open for the day while some nearby districts canceled school because of the cold.
The University of Minnesota Raptor Center celebrated 40 years of operation Sept. 27 at the Carpenter-St. Croix Valley Nature Center in Hastings with several bird releases and other fun activities. The first bird released was a broad wing hawk that came to the Raptor Center in August after hitting a window. Two more birds, including a red shoulder hawk and bald eagle were also released under the awe-filled gaze of many observers. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
The Review area had its fair share of ups and downs in 2014. Here are some of the top stories that made headlines this past year.
Ismail Jama, 28, of Roseville, was violently assaulted in Autumn Grove Park just days before Christmas Eve. The Roseville Police Department is asking the public for information about the case. (photo courtesy of the Roseville Police Department)
Victim discovered in drainage ditch; currently in critical condition
The Roseville Police Department is asking the public for help regarding a violent assault that took place just before Christmas Eve in Autumn Grove Park.
Around 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24, a man walking in the park with his family discovered Ismail Jama, 28, semi-conscious in an empty drainage pond ditch at the park, which is currently under construction.
Local law enforcement agencies warn residents about mail theft
Actually, don’t use your curbside box at all for outgoing U.S. mail, says just about everyone involved in law enforcement. And that red flag? It’s a signal to the mail thieves that there may be something of interest just inside.
Around a dozen Edgerton Elementary 4-5-6th-grade choir members made a surpise caroling visit with Cecilia Gresback, a 97-year old Maplewood resident Dec. 16. Next, the singers were off to the Maplewood Mall for a singing engagement. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Carolers sent from across the country
The scene: following a fresh sprinkling of snow, 14 young carolers from Edgerton Elementary School file into Cecilia Gresback’s living room, filling her Maplewood home with song and good tidings. The 97-year-old rocks her chair back and forth and claps her hands, keeping tempo with the carolers as they sing “Holly Jolly Christmas” with a keyboard accompaniment.
Her daughter, Rita Shor, sitting by her side, can hardly keep her eyes dry.
Bill Blesener and Shelly Boss say goodbye
In just a few short weeks, the city of Little Canada will swear in a new leader and two new city council members, as longtime mayor Bill Blesener and council member Shelly Boss bid City Hall "adieu."
Both city officials decided not to run for re-election this year. Current council member John Keis was elected to take over the mayorship, with newcomers Tom Fischer and Christian Torkelson joining the council. Keis, Fischer and Torkelson will be sworn in at the first council meeting of the new year Jan. 14.
At the Dec. 16 school board meeting, the Roseville Area School District certified a total tax levy of $25,830,305.01, which represents an 8.623 percent increase, or about $2 million, from last year, according to director of business services Shari Thompson.
Home values slowly rebounding; commercial property values stay low
With the soon-approaching beginning of the new year, local city councils have been busy approving their 2015 budgets and tax levies before a Dec. 30 deadline.
Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada and Roseville have each adopted a budget for next year, ranging from just over $1 million in Lauderdale to $52 million in Roseville.
The recovery of the housing market means the average homeowner will see an increase in property taxes whether a city increased its levy or not, due to increased home values.