Newsbriefs - South-West Review

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15
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West St. Paul police officer Shannon Mitchell steps into new role with D.A.R.E.

Officer Shannon Mitchell is the West St. Paul police department’s new D.A.R.E. officer.
Officer Shannon Mitchell is the West St. Paul police department’s new D.A.R.E. officer.

When West St. Paul Police Chief Bud Shaver served as the department’s first D.A.R.E. officer roughly 25 years ago, he helped his fifth-grade participants plant trees, as a symbol of growth, outside Garlough Elementary School.

Mon
15
Jun

Mendota Heights to add pickleball as city amenity

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)
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.

Mon
15
Jun

Long-time local business Pro Pharmacy to close

Greg Schouweiler works behind the pharmacy counter at Pro Pharmacy in South St. Paul with a few of his staff technicians behind him. From left, Ed Collins of Cottage Grove has worked at Pro Pharmacy for five years, and Valerie Wirtjes of St. Paul has worked at the pharmacy for six years.  (Jesse Poole/Review)
Greg Schouweiler works behind the pharmacy counter at Pro Pharmacy in South St. Paul with a few of his staff technicians behind him. From left, Ed Collins of Cottage Grove has worked at Pro Pharmacy for five years, and Valerie Wirtjes of St. Paul has worked at the pharmacy for six years. (Jesse Poole/Review)

When Greg Schouweiler happened upon the opportunity to buy a pharmacy in South St. Paul in 1975, he jumped on it.

Sun
14
Jun

Archdiocese charged with failing to protect children in Wehmeyer case

Curtis Wehmeyer
Curtis Wehmeyer

Ramsey County attorney files criminal charges against local Catholic hierarchy
On Friday, June 5, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced his office would file criminal charges, as well as a civil petition, against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis over its handling of former Roman Catholic priest Curtis Wehmeyer.
“The facts that we have gathered cannot be ignored, they cannot be dismissed, and are frankly appalling, especially when viewed in their totality,” Choi said during a media briefing on Friday, June 5. “The story of Curtis Wehmeyer and how he came to sexually abuse three young boys cannot be told without including the organization and its hierarchy that ordained him and at all relevant times had the power to remove him.”

Sun
07
Jun

City officials continue to crack down on massage applicants

A Brooklyn Park woman was denied a personal massage license and thus the right to practice massage in West St. Paul upon recommendation from the police department at the city council meeting Tuesday, May 26.

Sun
07
Jun

West St. Paul looks to extend liquor sale hours, revise tobacco licensing

In Maplewood, Yousef Shaheen, general manager of Maplewood Tobacco, demonstrates e-cigarette product sampling. His establishment has been grandfathered into Maplewood’s revised tobacco ordinance that now bans in-store sampling. As West St. Paul looks to ban in-store sampling as well, Alex Kolyszko, manager of Vape Pros on South Robert Street, hopes to convince the city council to limit the ban to establishments that allow minors to enter. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
In Maplewood, Yousef Shaheen, general manager of Maplewood Tobacco, demonstrates e-cigarette product sampling. His establishment has been grandfathered into Maplewood’s revised tobacco ordinance that now bans in-store sampling. As West St. Paul looks to ban in-store sampling as well, Alex Kolyszko, manager of Vape Pros on South Robert Street, hopes to convince the city council to limit the ban to establishments that allow minors to enter. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

In 2013, the West St. Paul City Council joined a handful of Minnesota cities in passing a ban on in-store sampling of tobacco-related products, including e-cigarettes.

Sun
07
Jun

St. Croix Lutheran High School opens new 152-bed dormitory

St. Croix Lutheran High School and Middle School opened its new 152-bed dormitory on Friday, May 29.

Sun
07
Jun

Henry Sibley teacher recipient of award for Teacher Achievement

Eric Friberg, a biology teacher at Henry Sibley High in School District 197, has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 WEM Outstanding Educator Award for Teacher Achievement, an honor that is accompanied by a $15,000 award.

Sun
07
Jun

Feasibility report for Mendota Road neighborhood improvements

Mendota Heights City Council ordered the production of a feasibility report for a neighborhood improvement project at its May 19 meeting.

Sun
07
Jun

Northern Dakota County Cable Communications Commission seeks community feedback

Northern Dakota County Cable Communications Commission seeks community feedback Northern Dakota County Cable Communications Commission (NDC4) has received a Cable Television Franchise Application from CenturyLink, the local incumbent telephone exc

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