North St. Paul

Wed
08
Jan

North St. Paul council nixes Shawnee Drive sidewalk in 2014 improvements

It came down to who showed up.
After hearing from residents who strongly opposed a sidewalk on Shawnee Drive, the North St. Paul City Council on Dec. 17 ordered a major street project in the northwest portion of the city -- without a walkway that was identified in a planning document as key to connecting two parks via the city’s trail system.

Thu
02
Jan

Bigger budget, taxes somewhat steady in North St. Paul

The North St. Paul City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 17, unanimously approved the city’s 2014 budget, keeping steady the total amount property owners pay for day-to-day city operations.
“We’ve spent probably about seven or eight workshops on the budget,” Mayor Mike Kuehn said at the meeting. “It was a great process.”
The expected local tax rate went down slightly, and the average household will pay less in taxes in the coming year. In general, owners whose property values went up are expected to pay more in property taxes.

Wed
01
Jan

Casey Lake project cuts the carp


Reid Swanson, a member of a University of Minnesota research team, in October measures one of the largest carp pulled from the Phalen chain of lakes. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bartodziej)

North St. Paul public works staff installed an aerator at Casey Lake on Monday, Dec. 2, to help provide oxygen over the winter to bluegill and bass, which were stocked in the wetland that used to be a breeding ground for thousands of carp. Casey is connected to the Phalen chain of lakes, where multiple groups have been working to get rid of the invasive common carp. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Jim Levitt, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries specialist, stocks bluegill into Casey Lake in North St. Paul this spring. Sunnies eat the eggs of carp, which the city and other groups have been working to eradicate from the wetland and the Phalen chain of lakes. City staff this month installed an aerator that will help keep the sunfish and bass alive over the winter. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bartodziej)

Largemouth bass were released in North St. Paul's Casey Lake this spring, as part of a carp population management project. City staff recently installed an aerator to help deliver oxygen to the bass and bluegills in the lake during the winter months. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bartodziej)

With ice still too thin to skate on, most of the action at Casey Lake in North St. Paul is bubbling beneath the surface.
City staff recently installed an aeration system at the lake, which is surrounded by sports courts, trails and a playground. Air is now being mechanically pumped into the water to keep up oxygen levels, helping native Minnesota fish stay alive over the winter to boost fishing and keep out the common carp.

Wed
18
Dec

North St. Paul fitness center to close

For North St. Paul, a place to exercise is too expensive to run.
The city’s fitness center will close on Dec. 31, about 21 years after the North St. Paul Community Center (now Community School) opened.

Mon
09
Dec

Carp-free Casey Lake in North St. Paul benefits east metro watershed


North St. Paul public works staff installed an aerator at Casey Lake on Monday, Dec. 2, to help provide oxygen over the winter to bluegill and bass, which were stocked in the wetland that used to be a breeding ground for thousands of carp. Casey is connected to the Phalen chain of lakes, where multiple groups have been working to get rid of the invasive common carp. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Reid Swanson, a member of a University of Minnesota research team, in October measures one of the largest carp pulled from the Phalen chain of lakes. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bartodziej)

Jim Levitt, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries specialist, stocks bluegill into Casey Lake in North St. Paul this spring. Sunnies eat the eggs of carp, which the city and other groups have been working to eradicate from the wetland and the Phalen chain of lakes. City staff this month installed an aerator that will help keep the sunfish and bass alive over the winter. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bartodziej)

Largemouth bass were released in North St. Paul's Casey Lake this spring, as part of a carp population management project. City staff recently installed an aerator to help deliver oxygen to the bass and bluegills in the lake during the winter months. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bartodziej)

With ice still too thin to skate on, most of the action at Casey Lake in North St. Paul is bubbling beneath the surface.
City staff recently installed an aeration system at the lake, which is surrounded by sports courts, trails and a playground. Air is now being mechanically pumped into the water to keep up oxygen levels, helping native Minnesota fish stay alive over the winter to boost fishing and keep out the common carp.

Wed
04
Dec

Bradley leaving downtown North St. Paul; three storefronts will be open

A fixture on North St. Paul’s main street for 12 years, Greg Bradley is finally moving out.
Bradley, who owns the building at 2533-2535 East Seventh Ave., has hosted businesses in its three suites ranging from a plumbing fixtures showroom to retail motorcycle accessories and clothing, a succession of cafés and snack shops, a knitting shop, a collectibles store and a portrait studio.

Tue
03
Dec

North St. Paul police wait for fingerprint analysis from hoax bomb

Nearly three weeks after a report of a suspicious package evacuated a block of commercial buildings in downtown North St. Paul, triggering a visit from the St. Paul Bomb Squad to investigate and dismantle the "hoax device," police officers are waiting for fingerprints to be analyzed in their search for who may have

Wed
27
Nov

North St. Paul council considers data-driven development

North St. Paul’s leaders are considering a $50,000 proposal to help them track what area residents eat, drink and buy and how they can use that information to attract and support retailers.
The North St. Paul City Council had its first glance at what a national data-gathering company can offer at a workshop Nov. 19. With better information on where residents and people from neighboring cities shop and find services, the city hopes to drive retailers and restaurants to pick the city as a development site. The Economic Development Authority will review the proposal in January.

Mon
18
Nov

Developers, city officials break ground on North St. Paul senior housing


The North St. Paul City Council and city staff ceremonially break ground on the 114-unit Polar Ridge Senior Living Community, construction of which started in late October. (photos by Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Roger Fink, senior vice president at Trident Development, which is building the Polar Ridge Senior Living Community along with Helen Street Senior Housing, LLC, helps ceremonially break ground on a 114-unit senior housing project on Thursday in North St. Paul.

Roger Fink, senior vice president at Trident Development, which is building the Polar Ridge Senior Living Community along with Helen Street Senior Housing, LLC, emceed a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday morning, which included the facility owners and the North St. Paul City Council.

North St. Paul Mayor Mike Kuehn, right, and Sylvia and Sam Kaplan, the principal owners of the Polar Ridge Senior Living Community, ceremonially break ground on the 114-unit complex, construction of which started in late October.

Rev. Basil Owen, a chaplain at a Woodbury senior living campus, recites a blessing at a groundbreaking on Thursday in North St. Paul for the developers, those construction the two buildings and those who will live and work in Polar Ridge Senior Living Community when it's built.

City officials and developers ceremonially kicked off construction of a 114-unit senior living complex in North St. Paul Thursday morning.
Though excavating machines started the big digging a few weeks ago, Trident Development representatives, the North St. Paul mayor and City Council and local businessman Tracy Luther, who helped spearhead the project, donned hard hats and picked up gold-painted shovels to toss some dirt in the air.

Thu
14
Nov

Bomb squad: North St. Paul downtown block evacuated due to 'hoax device'


North St. Paul police cleaned up the blown-up hoax device on Thursday, after the St. Paul Police Department Bomb Squad gave the all clear just after 2 p.m. (photos by Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Due to a report of a suspicious package in front of Luther Auctions, North St. Paul firefighters block off East Seventh Avenue at Margaret Street, in preparation for the St. Paul bomb squad. The bomb squad determined it was a hoax device.

A member of the St. Paul bomb squad examines a possible improvised explosive device, later deemed a hoax, on Thursday in front of Luther Auctions in North St. Paul.

Buildings were evacuated and streets were blocked.

An evidence bag, containing wires, a container and other items that made up something the St. Paul bomb squad deemed a hoax device, which was made to resemble a bomb and left on the sidewalk in front of Luther Auctions in North St. Paul.

The St. Paul bomb squad blew up a “hoax device” Thursday in North St. Paul, after rescue personnel evacuated a block of downtown buildings and blocked off East Seventh Street.
North St. Paul police received a report of a suspicious package next to a trash can in front of Luther Auctions at 2556 E. Seventh Ave., just after noon.

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