Erin Hinrichs

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

Wed
24
Dec

No wrapping: 97-year-old’s gift is in song

Around a dozen Edgerton Elementary 4-5-6th-grade choir members made a surpise caroling visit with Cecilia Gresback, a 97-year old Maplewood resident Dec. 16. Next, the singers were off to the Maplewood Mall for a singing engagement.
Around a dozen Edgerton Elementary 4-5-6th-grade choir members made a surpise caroling visit with Cecilia Gresback, a 97-year old Maplewood resident Dec. 16. Next, the singers were off to the Maplewood Mall for a singing engagement. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Carolers sent from across the country
The scene: following a fresh sprinkling of snow, 14 young carolers from Edgerton Elementary School file into Cecilia Gresback’s living room, filling her Maplewood home with song and good tidings. The 97-year-old rocks her chair back and forth and claps her hands, keeping tempo with the carolers as they sing “Holly Jolly Christmas” with a keyboard accompaniment.
Her daughter, Rita Shor, sitting by her side, can hardly keep her eyes dry.

Tue
23
Dec

West St. Paul stems tide of wayward shopping carts

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)
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.

Tue
23
Dec

Beloved West St. Paul barber hangs up his shears

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)
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.

Wed
17
Dec

Strohmeier’s legacy can be measured in miles

Elmer and Janice Strohmeier participate in the MS 150 Ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities, in 2002. During the three-day event, the couple slept in a tent.
Elmer and Janice Strohmeier participate in the MS 150 Ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities, in 2002. During the three-day event, the couple slept in a tent. (submitted photo)

Elmer Strohmeier, 76, and his wife, Janice, also 76, have put in more miles than they can recall running and biking on the trails that run through the city of North St. Paul.

Mon
15
Dec

South St. Paul council interviews candidates for open seat

Krystle Christensen
Krystle Christensen

Candidate interviews for the South St. Paul City Council member vacancy were rather brief Wednesday evening.

Mon
15
Dec

Mendota Heights city administrator leaves for Lakeville

Justin Miller
Justin Miller

Justin Miller lauded for financial, planning skills
After three years of service to the city of Mendota Heights, Justin Miller has decided to make his next career move. The 38-year-old city administrator has accepted an offer to fill the same role for the city of Lakeville.
“The city of Lakeville just provided an opportunity that I thought I couldn’t pass up,” Miller said. “There’s a lot of economic development down there that really excites me.”

Wed
10
Dec

Student-built housing adds value in North St. Paul

Former students John Corazzo (Roseville), Dalton Suedkamp (Stillwater), and Nick Swanson (Irondale) toured the 916 House that they had worked on.
Former students John Corazzo (Roseville), Dalton Suedkamp (Stillwater), and Nick Swanson (Irondale) toured the 916 House that they had worked on. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Longtime North St. Paul residents Nate and Liatra Tepe are busy settling into their new home at 2370 15th Ave. with their three children.

Wed
10
Dec

Rising market values mean increased city taxes for North St. Paul residents

The change in the average home price county-wide over the past several years. (Ramsey County Assessor’s Office)
The change in the average home price county-wide over the past several years. (Ramsey County Assessor’s Office)

Though the city’s portion of the property-tax levy is expected to remain flat in 2015, North St. Paul residents will still be seeing their taxes go up, due to a significant uptick in the market value of their homes.

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