South-West Review -News

News for South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights and surrounding communities in the South-West Review www.southwestreviewnews.com

Fri
25
Apr

Dakota Electric warns residents of bill scams

Dakota Electric Association wants to remind members to beware of any suspicious phone calls from people asking for personal financial information. Utilities across the country are seeing increased incidences of scams targeting residential and business customers. Individuals claiming to be utility employees or collection agency personnel are using a variety of techniques to try and gain access to members’ funds, usually by indicating a member has an outstanding debt and is about to lose service.

Fri
25
Apr

West St. Paul man allegedly slashed girlfriend during argument


Raymond Hill

'Short manhunt' preceded arrest
A West St. Paul man allegedly slashed his girlfriend with steak knives during an argument at their apartment, and was arrested nearby hours later with blood on his face and arms, according to court documents filed April 24.
Raymond Everett Hill, 35, is facing a felony charge for second-degree assault in the attack.

Tue
22
Apr

WSP council member Wright retiring

West St. Paul City Council member Dave Wright, who represents Ward 3, announced at the April 14 council meeting he plans to retire from his post at the end of his current term, Dec. 31.  
Wright has been a member of the council since his 2003 election, working on a countless number of projects in the process. He replaced former council member David Meisinger, who had resigned from his post.

Mon
21
Apr

West St. Paul juggles Robert Street project funding


Robert Street in West St. Paul is slated for a $26.8 million reconstruction. The city initiated the project to revamp the busy state-owned roadway, and has been negotiating the finances with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

MnDOT says $12.2 million turnback offer stands
West St. Paul city staff plans to recommend that the city council turn down an offer to take control of South Robert Street from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, as well as the funding to reconstruct the road the state offered in exchange.

Mon
21
Apr

South St. Paul to bid 1920s school gym farewell


The high school building as it stands today. (Submitted photo)

The 1923 Kaposia yearbook pictures the gym and the high school built in 1922. (Photo courtesy of the Dakota County Historical Society)

After decades of commencement ceremonies and basketball games, South St. Paul will say goodbye to its old gym, which was built in 1922 and added onto in 1928. A brief ceremony will be 5:15 p.m. on May 14. (Photos courtesy of South St. Paul Schools)

Sixth-grade center to replace storied structure
On those Friday nights when he got to stay out late, a 9- or 10-year-old Steve Doody watched the big kids play and a big crowd fill the South St. Paul Secondary School gym for varsity basketball games.

Mon
21
Apr

West St. Paul to rebuild historic Harmon Park

Since 1925, Harmon Park has been a staple of West St. Paul. The City Council on March 24 approved a plan to reconstruct historic Harmon Park.
The new plan involves six new baseball and softball diamonds, one outdoor hockey rink, a football/soccer field hybrid, and a new playground with a splash pad.

Sun
20
Apr

Spring cleaning in WSP: time to throw out the Christmas trees and unwelcome guests

South-West Review police reports Apr. 20, 2014

Mon
14
Apr

Inver Grove Heights schools announces superintendent finalists

The Inver Grove Heights school board recently announced its six first-round finalists for superintendent.
The board is hoping to replace Superintendent Deirdre Wells, who announced in January that she would resign when her contract ends June 30, after nearly a decade in the district’s top spot.

Mon
14
Apr

Inver Grove Heights teacher overcame tragedy to find her life’s passion


Salem Hills Elementary in Inver Grove Heights has a gem of teacher, Mrs. Kim Westra, who worked her fifth grade students, Lincoln Bacal, left, and Eliana Bly, right, on their art projects on April 2. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Kim Westra, nearly 2, and her mother, Patricia, 20, sit in front of an apartment in April of 1970. Westra says her mom, who finished college while raising a toddler on her own, was a huge influence in her career path. Westra is one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. (Submitted photo)

Kim Westra leads her class of fourth- and fifth-graders on April 2 at Salem Hills Elementary School in Inver Grove Heights. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Kim Westra’s grandma, Ruth Kraemer, left, and her mom, Patricia Gale Cretilli, in May 1970. (Submitted photo)

Kim Westra’s first grade school photo. She says she got into fights, and wasn’t a great student around that time, but found out education was her true passion later in life. (Submitted photo)

Kim Westra’s dad, Peter Kraemer, the day of his high school graduation. He immigrated when he was 9 from Germany. He became the first in his family to graduate from college. (Submitted photo)

Kim Westra almost didn’t become a teacher.
When her father committed suicide a few years after his teenage son was murdered, Westra had just started graduate school.

Mon
14
Apr

DNR adds 2 miles for trout fishing along Vermillion River

Metro anglers who want to stick close to home for the April 12 stream trout opener will have nearly two additional miles of shoreline to explore, thanks to acquisitions made by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Dakota County.

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