Maplewood resident Sandy Dicke joined Nextdoor, an online neighborhood platform, just a few weeks ago and she doesn't quite know what to make of the barrage of information she's receiving from other users in the Gladstone neighborhood.
Human Rights Commission to review, community input welcomed
For folks like 37-year-old Daniel Deltoro, a Maplewood resident and an undocumented immigrant, a call to local police to report a crime can feel like a bit of a gamble.
"I have called the police. But in the back of mind there's always [the question]: 'Is the cop they send to my house a person who likes immigrants or not?'" he says.
Community building, operating efficiency drive discussion
Roughly four months into the new Maplewood Community Center-YMCA partnership, city staff are pleased to report it's helping keep both children and the community center afloat.
At the Oct. 26 City Council workshop, parks and recreation director DuWayne Konewko said swim lesson enrollment numbers have already started to increase, additional operational changes at the Maplewood Community Center are in the works, and the two entities are collaborating on ways to better engage diverse youth in wellness activities.
Senator Chuck Wiger presents his bill, S.F. 1071, on workplace violence prevention to the Health and Human Services Budget Division on April 15. Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell and Nurse Simone (Nora) Jordan, testified in support of the bill. (submitted photo)
Senator Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, has recently been awarded the 2015 Public Official Award by the Minnesota Nurses Association in recognition of his work on S.F. 1071, the Violence against Health Care Workers Bill.
Joint prosecution project is holding more offenders accountable
Committing acts of domestic violence and skirting jail time had become somewhat of a routine for Anthony Lester, 33. By early January, he had five domestic assault charges on his record that had all been dismissed.
With only one domestic assault conviction from 2005, the odds appeared to be in his favor.
All that changed when assistant Ramsey County attorney Anna Christie took an interest in Lester, tracking his actions in White Bear Lake and then Maplewood.