Johanna Holub

Johanna Holub can be reached at jholub@lillienews.com or 651-748-7813. Follow her on Twitter @jholubnews

Tue
29
Jul

Roseville Fire Department honors life-saving good samaritan


Roseville Fire Chief Tim O’Neill honored Woodbury resident Robert Renning with a life-saving award after his heroic rescue of a man trapped inside a burning vehicle in June. (Johanna Holub/Review)

The SUV driven by Mike Johannes caught fire while he was driving on Interstate 35W in June. He was trapped inside, holding his breath, for about a minute before Robert Renning pried the passenger-side door in half with his bare hands. (Photo courtesy of Minnesota State Patrol)

Mike Johannes, Roseville Fire Chief Tim O’Neill and Robert Renning shared a laugh after Johannes made a joke at an award ceremony July 23. (Johanna Holub/Review)

Robert Renning bent door in half to rescue motorist from burning SUV
Last month, a Woodbury man rescued a motorist from a burning vehicle in a heroic act of bravery.

Tue
29
Jul

Falcon Heights council member resigns; city looks to fill vacancy

Citing “personal circumstances beyond [his] control,” Falcon Heights council member Keith Gosline submitted a letter of resignation to the city council June 12. The council voted to accept the resignation, effective Aug.

Mon
28
Jul

Father and son charged in Pawn America robbery, shooting


Right to Left: Marvin Spencer; Marvin Lee Clinton Spencer, Jr.

At-large suspects identified in Georgia after bragging, wearing jewelry
A 51-year-old man and his son have been charged with robbing the Pawn America store located at 1715 N. Rice Street in Roseville and shooting an employee in the leg July 21.

Tue
22
Jul

Little Canada man charged in mortgage fraud case

Rod Aslesen and three others accused of conducting over $2 million in illegal wire transfers
A federal grand jury has indicted a Little Canada man and three others in a mortgage fraud case.
 

Tue
29
Jul

‘City girl’ goes camping


This is how camping made my younger brother Karl and me feel circa 1996. Our exposure to nature must have scrambled our brains. (photo by Johanna Holub/Review)

Jake, an accomplished cook, proudly made eggs and sausages in his beloved cast iron pan both mornings we camped at Lake Maria State Park. (photo by Johanna Holub/Review)

As part of our “We graduated high school!” road trip, six of us “city girls” camped out at a KOA to save money on lodging. Here we are with the fire we built ourselves, getting eaten not by bears, but mosquitos. (Photo courtesy of Caryn Thor)

By all definitions, I am a suburbanite. I’ve lived in New Brighton my whole life, all my friends live in surrounding municipalities, and the majority of my activities take place in very suburban areas.

Tue
22
Jul

Robbers enter Roseville Pawn America with 'guns a-blazing,' shoot employee


Two men are suspected of robbing a Roseville Pawn America store and shooting an employee in the leg the evening of Monday, July 21. Police are currently searching for information regarding the suspects' identies and getaway vehicle, a dark-colored 2005-2010 Chevy Cobalt without license plates, shown above in images taken from video surveillance. (Photos courtesy of Roseville Police Department)

Police searching for 2 suspects, getaway car
Lt. Lorne Rosand is confident the Roseville Police Department will catch a pair of suspects who robbed a pawn shop and shot an employee on Monday, July 21.

Tue
15
Jul

Roseville meets again to discuss alleged police brutality lawsuit

City officials met for the second time with an attorney on Wednesday, July 9, to discuss litigation strategy in an alleged police excessive force lawsuit filed this spring.

Tue
08
Jul

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.

Tue
08
Jul

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.

Tue
08
Jul

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.

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