Kaitlyn Roby

Kaitlyn Roby can be reached at kroby@lillienews.com or 651-748-7815.
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Fri
30
Jan

Mendota Heights picks new top staffer


Mark McNeill

After interviewing two finalists Jan.

Fri
30
Jan

West St. Paul opens low Robert St. bids; council ‘excited’


On Tuesday, West St. Paul opened a second round of bids for the first phase of the Robert Street reconstruction. The lowest bid was $1.14 million under the estimated cost of $24.2 million, spurring some excitement among city staff and the West St. Paul City Council. The council will meet Feb. 5 to discuss the project. (File photo)

Public invited to Feb. 5 meeting
After delaying phase one of the Robert Street revamp due to higher-than-anticipated costs, West St. Paul on Tuesday received construction proposals as much as $5.5 million less than the lowest bid from the first time around, leaving city officials hopeful about the project’s future.

Thu
29
Jan

Ex-Mendota Heights tennis coach pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct


Daniel Erik Hubbard Wilson

Wilson to serve year in county jail, 15 years' probation
The former tennis coach at the Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights accused of having sex with a female student he coached pleaded guilty Jan. 28 in Ramsey County District Court.

Mon
26
Jan

Mendota Heights council seeks longevity in new city administrator

Larry Kruse
Larry Kruse

Finalists to be interviewed Jan. 29

After two city administrators in just five years left for larger organizations, the Mendota Heights City Council is hoping its next hire has staying power.

Mon
26
Jan

South St. Paul driver topples streetlight at library, leaves scene


The fallen streetlight involved in the crash remained on the ground the afternoon of Jan. 21. The surveillance footage posted on the South St. Paul Police Department's Facebook page garnered nearly 16,000 views, and led investigators to the driver, a city commissioner. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Police post video searching for man, turns out to be city commission member
A South St. Paul Planning Commission member recently got more safety testing than he bargained for while test-driving a car, according to police. John Ross, 58, who a few weeks ago was considered as an applicant for an open City Council seat, is facing a misdemeanor charge of fleeing the scene of a crash, after a car he was driving felled a city streetlight in front of the South St. Paul Public Library Jan. 13.

Fri
23
Jan

Zanmiller reflects on decade leading West St. Paul


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. 

Fri
23
Jan

Masked robbers threaten Mendota VFW employee

Two male suspects wearing masks recently threatened an employee while robbing the Mendota VFW, brandishing a bat and claiming to have a gun, according to police.

Mon
19
Jan

West St. Paul unearths remains of 1885 Sibley school

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)
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.

Mon
19
Jan

Inver Grove Heights gardener moonlights as gregarious Klondike Kate

Her fourth year competing, Shelley Brown, pictured at her Inver Grove Heights home, was recently chosen as Klondike Kate 2015, the mistress of fun and frivolity for St. Paul’s Winter Carnival and beyond. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Her fourth year competing, Shelley Brown, pictured at her Inver Grove Heights home, was recently chosen as Klondike Kate 2015, the mistress of fun and frivolity for St. Paul’s Winter Carnival and beyond. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Inver Grove Heights native Shelley Brown often leaves a trail of black and red feathers behind her.

Mon
12
Jan

After 50 years, West St. Paul couple prepares for daughter with cerebral palsy to leave home

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.
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.

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