Johanna Holub

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Roseville creates staff position to expand municipal volunteering

Kelly O’Brien

Kelly O’Brien envisions broad city support for volunteerism
Roseville has begun ramping up its efforts to tap into a new resource: volunteers. New hire Kelly O’Brien is spearheading the cause in the city’s newly created volunteer coordinator position.


Suspect turns himself in following extensive RVPD, SWAT search

Several Roseville police vehicles, an ambulance and the East Metro SWAT team were on the scene near the Residence Inn as officers searched the area for an at-large suspect June 27. The suspect, 20-year-old Khari Adams of St. Paul, turned himself in later that evening.

Khari Samuel Adams

Around 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 27, the Roseville Police Department responded to reports of an armed at-large domestic assault suspect who had possibly entered a nearby business. After half a day’s worth of searching for the “armed and dangerous” man, the suspect turned himself in at the St. Paul Police Department.


Bill Blesener chooses not to pursue re-election

Longtime Little Canada mayor’s term expires in December
When Bill Blesener ran for mayor in 2004, he thought he’d have a short-lived run as the city’s leader.


Roseville fire station brings faster response time, new programs

Camille Huntley, 7, got a chance to use the fire hose with Roseville firefighter Adam Sabotta at her side during “Fridays with Firefighters” June 20. The Roseville Fire Department will hold the kid-friendly open house event at the new Lexington Avenue station every Friday through Labor Day. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Firefighters responding to a house fire on Sherren Street June 17 arrived within two minutes of receiving a call alerting them to the fire. (submitted photos)

Joe Huntley got the feel of real fire truck while at the Roseville Fire Station during “Fridays with Firefighters” June 20. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

For homeowners like Deb Mosby and Ted Tessier, Roseville’s new fire station at 2701 Lexington Ave. N.


Little Canada breaks ground on Veterans Memorial

From left, council members John Keis and Shelly Boss, Greg Schloer, Dan Ryan, Frank Costa and Rocky Waite of the Veterans Memorial Committee, Mayor Bill Blesener, council member Mike McGraw and Veterans Memorial Committee members Judy Berggren and Kathy Hanson broke ground at the site of the future Little Canada Veterans Memorial at a June 9 ceremony. (submitted photo)

Rocky Waite has grand plans for Veterans Memorial Park, including a bench in honor of war dogs, a water feature and dedicated brick pavers in the plaza. (Johanna Holub/Review)

Rocky Waite, a Vietnam War veteran and chair of the Veterans Memorial Committee, discovered that Spc.5 Alan Gilbertson’s name had been misspelled as “Allen” on the plaque dedicating a city baseball field in his honor since 1972. (submitted photo)

Little Canada resident Rocky Waite has researched the stories of a number of local veterans who died during the Vietnam War. He plans to honor them at Veterans Memorial Park in Little Canada. (Johanna Holub/Review)

As of June 24, a sign at Veterans Memorial Park on Little Canada Road said about 80 percent of the $75,000 for the memorial had been raised. However, the project, which is being funded almost entirely by donations, is now expected to cost around $150,000 to complete. (Johanna Holub/Review)

Alan Gilbertson, shown here on his way to prom in the late 1960s, was wounded in action in Vietnam on March 27, 1971. He died just a few days later on April 3. Gilbertson Field in Little Canada is named in his honor. (submitted photo)

Spc.5 Alan Gilbertson began his service in Vietnam in September 1970. He was wounded and died just months later in April 1971. (submitted photo)

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Committee chair Rocky Waite reflects on local vets’ stories
Oakdale already has one at City Hall, North St. Paul is working on one, and there’s one at the fairgrounds in Falcon Heights. Not wanting to be outdone by neighboring cities, Little Canada has also undertaken the challenge of erecting a monument to honor local war veterans.


It’s that time of year again - Rosefest 2014

This year’s Rosefest celebration takes place June 26 to 30 and July 4. Above, last year’s Rose Parade included appearances by VFW Post 7555 as well as some amazing superheros and whimsical clowns. Be sure to get there early - the parade starts at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, June 30. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

There won’t be any shortage of live entertainment during Rosefest this year – a host of concerts and performances will be held at the Frank Rog Ampitheatre. Enjoy live music from Minnesota Sinfonia, performances of “Fiddler on the Roof” presented by Calvary Church and featuring many local Roseville residents, children’s music, and a great line-up before fireworks in Central Park for the Fourth of July. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Variety of events promises a memorable experience
Rosefest is back in a six-day format and ends with a bang, quite literally.
Roseville’s annual summer festival, this year held June 26 to 30 and July 4, features many traditional favorites with some new additions.


Roseville police officer denies brutality allegations

(dashcam photo courtesy of Roseville Police Department)

Council met in closed session June 18 to discuss case
One of the Roseville police officers named as a defendant in a police brutality lawsuit has filed a response to the case, denying the alleged abuse.


History buffs express concern over fate of historic Roseville home

The home at 311 County Road B West, pictured here in 1997, is one of the homes listed on the Roseville Historical Society’s Heritage Trail. The house is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, houses in Roseville. (photo courtesy of the Roseville Historical Society)

Today, the home and its outbuildings are in much worse shape than they once were. Shown here in April before the owner cleaned up the property, a trailer sat in the front yard and piles of junk were littered across the site. (photo courtesy of the Roseville Historical Society)

A fallen tree crushed one of the outbuildings and has not yet been removed, as shown here in April 2014. (photo courtesy of the Roseville Historical Society)

Many people recognize the iconic windmill that’s visible from the road. At one time, it brought water to the home. A well still exists on the property. (photo courtesy of the Roseville Historical Society)

The 3 1/3-acre property at 311 County Road B West could soon become the site of a new housing development, pending approval from city council. (submitted graphic)

Developer looks to purchase property for housing units
Those who frequently pass the corner property at 311 County Road B West in Roseville have likely watched the vintage red brick house crumble, the iconic metal windmill rust and the well-hidden outbuildings succumb to overgrowth over the years.


Two guys, one dream and a lot of spirit(s)

Jesse Griffin, left, and Jon Bohlinger, right, who have been friends for 15 years, hope to open Gentleman Scholar Distillery in Lauderdale by the end of the summer. The distillery is home to two 26-gallon stills, pictured above. (Johanna Holub/Review)

Consider this the “before” picture. From the outside, Gentleman Scholar Distillery doesn’t look like much, but give it a few months - and a federal operating permit - and its true potential will become crystal clear. (Johanna Holub/Review)

The bottle that will hold Gentleman Scholar’s craft vodka and gin is square and will be hand-stamped with a batch number. The label was designed by Savage-based StepStoneGroup, Inc., which is owned by Kevin Burkart, a third-part investor in Gentleman Scholar. (Johanna Holub/Review)

Gentleman Scholar founders hope to launch distillery in Lauderdale
In the next few months, the city of Lauderdale could have a new business in operation within its boundaries - and simply put, its products will be intoxicating.


Falcon Heights takes a look at parks improvement study results

Council members express concerns about ADA non-compliance
At a work session June 4, Falcon Heights council members and city staff dove into a report regarding the state of its municipal parks. The improvement study, which was compiled by consulting firm WSB & Associates, looked at a number of different aspects involving the city’s three parks, Community Park, Curtiss Field Park and University Grove Park.