Mendota Heights

Fri
12
Sep

Grand jury combines charges against Fitch in murder of Mendota Heights cop, shootout


Brian Fitch

Scott Patrick was shot and killed July 30 during what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop.

The man initially charged in two counties in connection with the July 30 murder of Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick and the shootout with police after a massive manhunt has been indicted by a multi-county grand jury.

Sat
30
Aug

West St. Paul crosses funding blue line for Hoene Arena


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.

Sun
24
Aug

Small for its breed — for now


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.

Sat
23
Aug

District 197 school board ties success of stadium to technology, security votes

Some stadium supporters feel "betrayed" by decision
Because the District 197 referendum failed in May's special election, school leaders hope enthusiam for a new stadium at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights will help pass the vote this fall. 

Fri
22
Aug

Bergeron memorial restored


The "Bergeron Pass" memorial stone near Lake Phalen underwent renovations recently. The stone is located near where Maplewood police Sgt. Joseph Bergeron was ambushed and killed while he was investigating a carjacking in 2010.

Boulder repainted after death of officer Patrick
A couple weeks ago, the memorial commemorating slain Maplewood police Sgt. Joseph Bergeron was not in peak condition. The lettering was faded, there was some sign of wear, and memorial had been defaced with spray paint in November 2013. 

Fri
15
Aug

Fitch appears in court for charges in murder of Mendota Heights officer


Brian George Fitch Sr.
Fri
15
Aug

Incumbents top primaries in Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul

Ballots set for general election
Many of the "usual suspects" will face off in Nov. 4's general election, as most political veterans topped Tuesday's primary election in South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights. 

Mon
11
Aug

Thousands attend funeral, procession for slain Mendota Heights officer


Hundreds of law enforcement and other public safety agency vehicles wind along Dodd Road, the curb lined with supportive citizens Aug. 6. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

A resident of St. Paul’s West Side holds a flag and her daughter, Anelli, 1, as the first wave of a procession for Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick passes. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Members of the South Metro Fire Department, which covers South St. Paul and West St. Paul, salute, as the hearse carrying officer Scott Patrick’s flag-covered casket drives by, making its way to the Acacia Park Cemetery in Mendota Heights. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Scott Patrick

People of all ages turned out to line the procession route, as police and fire personnel from all over the state and beyond drove the route. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

A woman and two girls walk by St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church during the funeral for officer Scott Patrick. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

James Bauch holds a pole flying the American and POW flags along Dodd Road near Hwy 110 as the funeral procession for officer Scott Patrick passes by. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Anoka police bow their heads in prayer at the funeral of Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick, who was killed in the line of duty July 30. An estimated 4,000 members of law enforcement attended the services Aug. 6. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

People of all ages turned out to line the procession route, as police and fire personnel from all over the state and beyond drove the route. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

From the twinkle in his eye as he kidded co-workers to the way he glowed as he talked about his family, Scott Patrick was known to light up a room.

Fri
01
Aug

Man with history of violence charged in shooting death of Mendota Heights officer


Mendota Heights Police Chief Mike Aschenbrener speaks fondly of the last time he spoke to Officer Scott Patrick, who was killed in the line of duty July 30. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Mendota Heights Police Chief Mike Aschenbrener address members of the media Friday, Aug. 1, at a press conference related to murder charges against Brian George Fitch Sr. in the shooting death of Mendota Heights Officer Scott Patrick. His funeral will be Wednesday. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi hosted a joint press conference Friday, Aug. 1, related to murder charges against Brian George Fitch Sr., following the fatal shooting of Mendota Heights Officer Scott Patrick, 47. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Officer Scott Patrick

Brian George Fitch, Sr.

West St. Paul police investigate Scott Patrick's murder
The West St. Paul Police Department has spent uncounted hours of overtime investigating the murder of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick, who was killed July 30 during a routine traffic stop on Dodd Road near Smith Avenue in West St. Paul.

Thu
31
Jul

Community mourns slain Mendota Heights officer


Officer Scott Patrick

Brian George Fitch, Sr.

Hundreds of people gathered on Dodd Road near Smith Avenue in West St. Paul on Wednesday night, near where Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick was gunned down. Candles, flowers and signs piled up in his honor. (Submitted photo)

Candles, flowers, flags, and more are left at Dodd and Smith, where officer Patrick was killed July 30 after a routine traffic stop. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Hundreds of people gathered on Dodd Road near Smith Avenue in West St. Paul on Wednesday night, near where Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick was gunned down. Candles, flowers and signs piled up in his honor. (Submitted photo)

The flag at the Holiday station store on Dodd Road was at half-staff, shortly after Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick was fatally shot nearby July 30. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

The flag at the Holiday station store on Dodd Road was at half-staff, shortly after Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick was fatally shot nearby July 30. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Investigators inspected the area around Scott Patrick's vehicle, which was left with the driver's side door open. The Mendota Heights officer was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

The driver's side door was left open on the squad car of Scott Patrick, a Mendota Heights officer who was shot and killed July 30 during a routine traffic stop. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Suspect arrested, injured in police shootout
The flag at the Holiday station in West St. Paul was at half-staff Wednesday, hours after a Mendota Heights police officer was fatally shot during a traffic stop in front of the Dodd Road gas station where cops from both cities departments routinely grab coffee.

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