Vernon E. Jordan, a renowned civil rights leader, calls for renewed hope and meaningful action at the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center Jan. 19. The Faith United Methodist Church in West St. Paul hosted an official simultaneous breakfast and live broadcast of the celebration. (submitted photo)
Mayor John Zanmiller breaks down at his last meeting Dec. 15, as his wife Laura gives an emotional speech at the podium in the council chambers. She reflected on his time as mayor. Zanmiller's successor, David Meisinger, was sworn in Jan. 2. (submitted photo)
'Long game' was the goal As a new mayor takes over leading West St. Paul, John Zanmiller says he feels somewhat relieved.
The winning team, Team Hessler, includes many of the 1993 Sibley state tournament players. (submitted photo)
Sibley boys hockey alumni — including recent graduates, along with players dating back to the class of ‘78 — burned off their holiday feasts Dec. 26 by competing in an alumni tournament at the St. Paul Ice Arena.
During the start of the renovation of Harmon Park in West St. Paul this fall, the remains of the original Sibley School were unearthed. Pictured in 1927, Sibley Elementary, which was built in 1885. (submitted photo)
Part of Harmon Park revamp, debris removed from site
When a contractor dug into the ground for the Harmon Park renovation project in West St. Paul to prepare the ground for a parking lot, the crew hit history.
Vera Wilson, 50, who has cerebral palsy, swings at a West St. Paul park with her longtime caregiver Deb Peterson, who sees her once a week. Vera's parents have taken care of her at home her entire life, and will soon move her into a group home. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Since her daughter Vera Wilson was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 15 months old, Jeanne Keenan has had to fight to keep her only child at home. Vera, 50, can't speak, though she communicates in ways those close to her understand. She can crawl, but is usually dependent on a wheelchair and other people to get around.
A former West St. Paul Wal-Mart employee is facing a felony theft charge for allegedly stealing $1,377 from the South Robert Street store through a combination of cash from her register and gift cards she activated without permission.
Carts from Wal-Mart make up the bulk of the stash collected by city volunteers at the West St. Paul public works facility. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Wal-Mart adding new containment system
“Aha! Now that’s your oddball!” yelled Richard Bakke, a longtime West St. Paul resident and city volunteer who has been wrangling wayward shopping carts since 2011.
On Dec. 12 near the intersection of Marthaler Lane and Lothenbach Avenue, Bakke and his fellow “Cart Cop” Terry Roche spotted a small, red basket from Family Dollar, a rare find among the bus stops, dumpsters and apartment garages on their route along the South Robert Street corridor. It’s often riddled with abandoned carts from area big-box retailers — K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Target, Menards, Lowe’s and Cub Foods. The nearest Family Dollar is two miles away in South St. Paul.
Jerry Brown cuts Deuane Roberts’ hair for the last time. Roberts, who just had a birthday, says, “I’m celebrating my 85th birthday in the barber shop!” (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
After 50 years, Jerry Brown retires, earns city honor
West St. Paul barber Jerry Brown learned his lesson early: don’t mess around with cutting women’s hair.
What’s more, he learned it from his wife.
The hairy tale: she asked him to take a quarter of an inch off the ends, then another quarter inch because she decided it wasn’t short enough.
The West St. Paul City Council decided to seek bids — for the second time — for what it estimates as $24.2 million in construction on Robert Street. The project would be the first phase of the whole Robert Street improvement plan. (File photo)
Council votes 6-0 to rebid Phase One
Bryan and Kristen Gerber moved to West St. Paul about three years ago, excited to take advantage of the many businesses along South Robert Street.
Now they say they avoid the busy, deteriorating thoroughfare at all costs.