Last year, a group of reenactors marches in the Mendota Day parade behind a History Fort Snelling banner. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
The city of Mendota is celebrating a few birthdays this year: the town’s Historic City Jail turns 100, and the Church of St. Peter off of Highway 13 turns 175, making it Minnesota’s oldest Catholic church.
Beth Asmussen of Mendota Heights received an Outstanding Alumni Award from Inver Hills Community College. Asmussen currently serves as Hennepin County Deputy Examiner of Titles and has been an IHCC Foundation member since 2010.
Mendota Heights drug deal-shooting investigation comes to a close
Three young men are facing felony charges in connection with the robbery of two of their acquaintances at gunpoint at a Mendota Heights residence Thursday, May 21.
According to the criminal complaint, two victims, referred to in a police statement as B.J.P. and B.J.S., were called to deliver illegal drugs to the townhouse of 21-year-old Hamel Forbes Hartinger on Ivy Hill Drive. The suspects were reportedly waiting at the house with the intention of robbing B.J.P. and B.J.S. of any drugs and money the two might have had on hand.
As of now the only thing the Marie Park hockey rink holds is radiant heat from the sun, with no major useage until cold weather returns. The city has confirmed plans to change that. (Jesse Poole/Review)
Hockey rink will be used for growing summer sport
Residents of Mendota Heights who are interested in the growing sport of pickleball will no longer have to take a hike out of town to play what is sometimes described as the racket sport combination of badminton, tennis and ping-pong.
At its June 2 meeting, the Mendota Heights City Council approved a plan to seasonally transform the Marie Park hockey rink into four adjacent pickleball courts and one basketball court.
Landscape restoration along Warrior Drive and Marie Avenue in Mendota Heights is almost complete. One of the pedestrian access points along Warrior Drive has been determined as non-compliant with ADA standards.
Mendota Heights rehabilitates sections of sanitary sewer each year to prevent inflow and infiltration from ground water and storm water into the city’s sanitary sewer. Contract was awarded to Insituform, Inc. at the May 19 City Council meeting.
Calvin Kellerman visits with a Vietnamese farmer as she manually harvests rice. Kellerman helped introduce a new heartier variety of rice seed that allowed locals to harvest higher yields. (submitted photo)
Calvin Kellerman advised civilians on agriculture
Calvin Kellerman, 89, keeps a small brass statue of an aged Vietnamese man hauling a load of firewood for cooking on display at his residence in Mendota Heights. He's not sure who made it, but he speculates it's made of artillery shells that had been fired by U.S. soldiers — collected, melted down, and turned into a gift given to him by the local farmers he advised.
A World War II veteran, Kellerman signed up in 1966 to serve during the Vietnam War as a civilian agricultural advisor.