Erin Hinrichs

Erin Hinrichs can be reached at 651-748-7814 and ehinrichs@lillienews.com. Follow her at twitter.com/EHinrichsNews.

Wed
18
Nov

Police draft immigration law enforcement policy

Human Rights Commission to review, community input welcomed

For folks like 37-year-old Daniel Deltoro, a Maplewood resident and an undocumented immigrant, a call to local police to report a crime can feel like a bit of a gamble.
"I have called the police. But in the back of mind there's always [the question]: 'Is the cop they send to my house a person who likes immigrants or not?'" he says.

Wed
11
Nov

District 622 operating levy fails, along with technology levy

This homemade lawn sign seems to reflect the feelings of a majority of residents who cast ballots in the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District levy vote. The referendum questions were voted down in the Nov. 3 election. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
This homemade lawn sign seems to reflect the feelings of a majority of residents who cast ballots in the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District levy vote. The referendum questions were voted down in the Nov. 3 election. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Across the state, voters approved at least one operating levy request in 47 districts on Election Day, for a passage rate of 90 percent.

Wed
04
Nov

Maplewood voters elect two new faces for city council

Tou Xiong
Tou Xiong

Tou Xiong, Bryan Smith oust two former mayors — Cardinal and Longrie

As election officials tallied up votes for the two open Maplewood City Council seats, Tou Xiong, 25, and his supports tracked the results at Stargate Nightclub, off Rice Street near Larpenteur Avenue. Across town, Bryan Smith, 40, gathered with friends, family and his campaign team at Jake's City Grille.

Wed
04
Nov

Pollinator forum elevates plight of native bees, monarchs

Minnesota is home to more than 350 native bee species. According to the Great Sunflower Project, pollinators are responsible for every third bite of food we consume. (Stephanie Michel/Review)
Minnesota is home to more than 350 native bee species. According to the Great Sunflower Project, pollinators are responsible for every third bite of food we consume. (Stephanie Michel/Review)

There's no shortage of bee puns buzzing amongst elected officials, conservationists and naturalists.

Wed
04
Nov

No more tolerance for domestic violence in Maplewood

Joint prosecution project is holding more offenders accountable

Committing acts of domestic violence and skirting jail time had become somewhat of a routine for Anthony Lester, 33. By early January, he had five domestic assault charges on his record that had all been dismissed.
With only one domestic assault conviction from 2005, the odds appeared to be in his favor.
All that changed when assistant Ramsey County attorney Anna Christie took an interest in Lester, tracking his actions in White Bear Lake and then Maplewood.

Wed
28
Oct

New shoreland zoning code causes wake in North St. Paul

North St. Paul is working with the DNR and lakefront homeowners to reduce the updated shoreland setback rule. Currently, those on Silver Lake have a 75-foot setback. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
North St. Paul is working with the DNR and lakefront homeowners to reduce the updated shoreland setback rule. Currently, those on Silver Lake have a 75-foot setback. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

City, DNR negotiate to appease residents

Some homeowners on Casey Lake would like to invest in some property improvements.
But they may have to put their visions on hold until the city smooths out a few kinks in its newly revised shoreline zoning code.
Lakefront property owners raised issue with the ordinance regulating shoreland setback requirements of up to 150 feet at the Sept. 1 North St. Paul City Council meeting.

Sun
25
Oct

New preschool facility in West St. Paul off to a good start

The ECFE, Early Learning and Family Resource Center, Grand Opening located in West St. Paul at 1970 Christensen Avenue held an open house for the community on Oct. 1.  (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
The ECFE, Early Learning and Family Resource Center, Grand Opening located in West St. Paul at 1970 Christensen Avenue held an open house for the community on Oct. 1. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Wed
21
Oct

Learning to walk again, then skateboard

Once his prosthetic leg is ready, Sam Sellie, 21, hopes to be back at the skate park in Oakdale, navigating the obstacles with a prosthetic leg and wider skateboard for better balance. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Once his prosthetic leg is ready, Sam Sellie, 21, hopes to be back at the skate park in Oakdale, navigating the obstacles with a prosthetic leg and wider skateboard for better balance. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)

Sam Sellie won't let prosthetic leg slow him down
This past April, Sam Sellie, 21, went in for a routine heart surgery to have a leaky aortic valve replaced. The next day, he went into cardiac arrest and ended up back on the operating table. He spent the next two weeks in a medically-induced coma with a machine supporting his heart and lungs.
When he woke up in a hospital bed, he was completely unaware of what his close friends and family already knew: his heart had been saved, but his left leg had been amputated below the knee.

Wed
21
Oct

Maplewood cuts ties with RWSCC

CenturyLink may soon tap into local market
After more than two decades with the Ramsey Washington Suburban Cable Commission, the city of Maplewood has decided to strike out on its own.
A founding member of the cable commission, the city chose to withdraw from the Joint Powers Agreement governing the commission in favor of franchising with CenturyLink on its own. The motion passed 4-1, with council member Bob Cardinal dissenting.

Sun
18
Oct

Chick-fil-A coming to Robert Street

Chick-fil-A is looking to open a new branch in Target’s outlot, next to Robert Street. (submitted graphic)
Chick-fil-A is looking to open a new branch in Target’s outlot, next to Robert Street. (submitted graphic)

City planners look to welcome more businesses
After a detour-filled summer, commuters along Robert Street can once again have the luxury of traveling both north and south along West St. Paul's main commercial corridor. Construction crews are now working on the center of the road and the median.
But what happens when all of this road redevelopment activity dies down?

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