Dakota County


Deans' List

The names of South-West Dean’s List and graduating students will continue to be published in upcoming issues. Congratulations to all.

Emory University
• Maggie Blaisdell of Inver Grove Heights


South-West Review Area Students Graduate

Southwest students make their schools' Grad's List

St. Mary's University
• Abby Lough of South St. Paul, bachelor of arts degree
• Anna Sonday of West St. Paul, bachelor of arts degree


Bill Wolston, treasured Dakota County historian, dies

Bill Wolston

For years, William “Bill” Wolston paid tribute to the people, places and artifacts that characterized Dakota County — through videos, articles and conversation. 


Brian Fitch Sr. sentenced in murder of Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick

Since Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick was killed near the intersection of Dodd Road and Smith Avenue in West St. Paul July 30, a memorial of flowers, signs and candles has been maintained near where he was fatally shot. A recent addition — a sign marking Patrick's birthday Jan. 26 — is pictured somewhat covered in snow Feb. 4.

Fitch gets life in prison without chance for release


River to River Greenway plan nears completion

Corridor will connect trails in four south-west suburbs
Trail users in northern Dakota County who are used to skidding their bikes over patches of deteriorating pavement and improvising routes along county roads between trailheads can anticipate smoother travels ahead.


New LeMay Lake development raises water-quality concerns in Mendota Heights

Developers are clearing trees and debris from the LeMay Shores townhouse site, in preparation for construction this spring and summer. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

In the dead of winter, when the trees are bare and the ground is blanketed with snow, Scott Norling says it’s easy to track tree-clearing activity along the elevated eastern shore of LeMay Lake in Mendota Heights.


West St. Paul opens low Robert St. bids; council ‘excited’

On Tuesday, West St. Paul opened a second round of bids for the first phase of the Robert Street reconstruction. The lowest bid was $1.14 million under the estimated cost of $24.2 million, spurring some excitement among city staff and the West St. Paul City Council. The council will meet Feb. 5 to discuss the project. (File photo)

Public invited to Feb. 5 meeting
After delaying phase one of the Robert Street revamp due to higher-than-anticipated costs, West St. Paul on Tuesday received construction proposals as much as $5.5 million less than the lowest bid from the first time around, leaving city officials hopeful about the project’s future.


Ex-Mendota Heights tennis coach pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct

Daniel Erik Hubbard Wilson

Wilson to serve year in county jail, 15 years' probation
The former tennis coach at the Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights accused of having sex with a female student he coached pleaded guilty Jan. 28 in Ramsey County District Court.


South St. Paul driver topples streetlight at library, leaves scene

The fallen streetlight involved in the crash remained on the ground the afternoon of Jan. 21. The surveillance footage posted on the South St. Paul Police Department's Facebook page garnered nearly 16,000 views, and led investigators to the driver, a city commissioner. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Police post video searching for man, turns out to be city commission member
A South St. Paul Planning Commission member recently got more safety testing than he bargained for while test-driving a car, according to police. John Ross, 58, who a few weeks ago was considered as an applicant for an open City Council seat, is facing a misdemeanor charge of fleeing the scene of a crash, after a car he was driving felled a city streetlight in front of the South St. Paul Public Library Jan. 13.


Masked robbers threaten Mendota VFW employee

Two male suspects wearing masks recently threatened an employee while robbing the Mendota VFW, brandishing a bat and claiming to have a gun, according to police.