First-grade students become acquainted with the tools in their "explorer backpacks" used in lessons led by Moreland Elementary principal Eric Bradley and other InSciEd Out program partners who visited Ghana this summer. (Submitted photo)
Moreland Elementary principal Eric Bradley prepares a team of first-grade students at the Light Academy in Ghana for a cheer. (Submitted photo)
During his trip to Ghana, Moreland Elementary principal Eric Bradley explored the fishing village of Elmina. As Bradley put it in his blog, "We arrived just in time to see the daily arrival of the fishing boats bringing in their catches, and the intense level of commercialism and exchange that occurs the moment the boats pull in." (Submitted photo)
Common ties found through health concerns
Last year, students at Moreland Elementary School in West St. Paul chose to explore the effect ingredients in Takis have on the mobility of zebra fish, exploring the health implications of the spicy corn munchies favored by youngsters.
Keith Joyce, an Inver Grove Heights man who has dominated the "Best Dill Pickle" category in Gedney's competition at the Minnesota State Fair the two year's he's entered his recipe, 2007 and 2014, holds his blue ribbon while talking to Kevin Huebscher, the owner of Kev's Korner, where Joyce buys cucumbers for his prized pickles. Huebscher holds a jar of Joyce's dill pickles. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Keith Joyce nibbles on one of the prized pickles that helped him bring home a blue ribbon and a hundred bucks at Gedney's competition for "Best Dill Pickle" at the Minnesota State Fair. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Keith Joyce looks over the cucumber selection at Kev's Korner in Inver Grove Heights, where he gets the ingredients to make his winning dill pickles. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Gedney's "Best Dill" for second time
Growing up, Keith Joyce's fondest memories were going to his grandma's house in Cylon, the unincorporated Wisconsin community half a mile west of New Richmond, while she pickled cucumbers and watermelon or made strawberry jam.
The West St. Paul Checker's restaurant, built in 2007, had a closing that followed closely on its opening. The property, which has been unused since 2011, is being auctioned off.
The empty West St. Paul building occupied by fast food chain Checker's beginning in late 2007 was auctioned off Aug. 23. But the new owner of the property, located at 1011 South Robert St., is still a mystery.
West St. Paul hopes to partner with School District 197 and Mendota Heights to renovate John V. Hoene Arena, the home ice for the Henry Sibley High School Warriors. (Photo courtesy of the city of West St. Paul)
City hopes 197, Mendota Heights join the rush
Since 1971, the West St. Paul Arena, also known as the John V. Hoene Arena, has been the place to go for indoor ice skating in the southwest St. Paul area. But age — and new regulations — have propelled Hoene into a cooling crunch.
Cosette Jaeger, 9, left, and Montana Jaeger, 7, both of Inver Grove Heights, hold up their second and first place trophies, respectively, after sweeping the Dakota County Fair pre-teen talent competition this year. As the first-place finisher, Montana went on to perform "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen" at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 23, representing Dakota County.
Local sisters won first, second at Dakota County singing competition
Seven-year-old Montana Jaeger of Inver Grove Heights says she doesn't really get scared or nervous, just nervous-excited performing in front of large crowds.
Charges: Victim shot in hip over rental car
A 51-year-old man was shot in the hip in South St. Paul while trying to take back a rental car he loaned to two women weeks ago. A man pulled up in a SUV and sprayed the victim and his truck with bullets ...
Charges: Victim shot in hip
A 51-year-old Rochester man was shot in the hip in South St. Paul while trying to take back a rental car he loaned to two women weeks ago. A man pulled up in a SUV and sprayed the victim and his truck with bullets ...
Asher was the first dog No Place Like Home Pet Rescue, a new area non-profit that finds foster and forever homes for animals, brought into its program. His foster person, Michelle Saelin of Minneapolis, adopted him. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
No Place Like Home Pet Rescue is now up and running. In front are foster/adopter Michelle Saelin of Minneapolis, director/foster coordinator Lindsay Krieger of St. Paul's East Side and director/vetting manager Steffani Patrick of South St. Paul with Taco, a rescued chihuahua. Behind them are director/adoption coordinator Melissa Marchio of South St. Paul and director/account manager Kevin Ward of Inver Grove Heights. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Michelle Saelin of Minneapolis fostered and adopted No Place Like Home Pet Rescue's first dog from a shelter: Asher, who Saelin said may be a Rottweiler-shepherd mix.
Pet rescue founded by area residents quickly lures pack of supporters
In the more than two years Michelle Saelin has fostered animals, she's taken some risks in order give dogs and cats a second chance.