Kaitlyn Roby

Kaitlyn Roby can be reached at kroby@lillienews.com or 651-748-7815.
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Sun
21
Sep

After decades apart, South St. Paul neighbors reunite at childhood stomping ground


Old friends reunited at Summit Park Sept. 13. Some have kept in touch since they grew up in the South St. Paul neighborhood, while others were seeing each other for the first time in 60 years or more. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

From left to right, Joey Jerhoff, Ronnie Gower, Denny Robertson and Tommy Metzen play at "The Clay Place," a muddy lot where neighborhood kids would build forts. (Submitted photo)

Brothers Duncan and Denny Robertson, left and middle, talked about growing up on Summit Avenue in South St. Paul, while touring their childhood home, now owned by Marty Haugen, right, and her husband. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Around 50 current and past neighbors from the area of Summit Avenue, which is three blocks long in South St. Paul, and their families gathered for a photo during a reunion Sept. 13 at the park where many of them played as kids. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

When Chuck Shom was around 8 years old, he and a group of kids from his neighborhood huddled on the cliff overlooking Concord Street in South St. Paul, lobbed snowballs at the cars below and ran like crazy.

Tue
16
Sep

District 199 appoints new school board member


Sherry Warrick
The District 199 School Board appointed Sherry Warrick to fill the board seat left vacant by Bridget Cronin, who resigned in August due to a change in her residency, at a special meeting Sept. 8.
Tue
16
Sep

Inver Grove Heights native wins 'Educator of the Year' Peabody


Surrounded by some of his family, Inver Grove Heights native and Indiana principal Tim McIntosh holds up a check he received after being named "Educator of the Year" at Peabody Energy's Leaders in Education Awards dinner. (Submitted photo)

Growing up in Inver Grove Heights, Tim McIntosh had great teachers.

Mon
15
Sep

Charges: West St. Paul man allegedly strangled, killed woman


Marc Bakambia

Woman told relative she 'feared for her life' days prior to death
A month after a West St. Paul woman was found dead in her apartment Aug. 10, police discovered a "selfie" on her boyfriend's cell phone of him lying next to her on a bed. In the photo, she appears to be deceased and he is crying, according to court documents recently filed in Dakota County District Court.

Mon
15
Sep

Rash of thefts, break-ins hits West St. Paul

The West St. Paul Police Department has increased patrols in areas recently hit with a rash of thefts and burglaries, and the city issued an alert online Sept. 12 advising residents of the spike in crime.

Mon
15
Sep

Lilydaze brings food, fun and education


Lilydale's Lilydaze Festival went on Sept. 15, 2013 and had local businesses, such as The Perfect Ash and others on hand during the event. This year's will be Sept. 20 with the usual "food, fun and friendship," as well as an educational video on a bluff restoration project.

Attend 4th annual festival, learn about bluff restoration
After record-setting rain doused the city in the 1960s for the umpteenth time, Lilydale uprooted itself from the floodplain and latched on to the bluffs above, making the tree-covered cliffs and riverfront vista integral to the city's identity. 

Fri
12
Sep

Grand jury combines charges against Fitch in murder of Mendota Heights cop, shootout


Brian Fitch

Scott Patrick was shot and killed July 30 during what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop.

The man initially charged in two counties in connection with the July 30 murder of Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick and the shootout with police after a massive manhunt has been indicted by a multi-county grand jury.

Wed
10
Sep

Company plans to close Rainbow in West St. Paul


It was business as usual at the Rainbow Foods in West St. Paul Wednesday afternoon. The company that bought the site this spring plans to close the grocery store and start "employment separations" in November. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Possibility of redevelopment a 'unique opportunity' for city
The company that bought Rainbow Foods in West St. Paul this spring plans to close the grocery store this fall, due to decisions "based on business considerations."

Wed
10
Sep

West St. Paul school to learn from Ghana group — and vice versa


First-grade students become acquainted with the tools in their "explorer backpacks" used in lessons led by Moreland Elementary principal Eric Bradley and other InSciEd Out program partners who visited Ghana this summer. (Submitted photo)

Moreland Elementary principal Eric Bradley prepares a team of first-grade students at the Light Academy in Ghana for a cheer. (Submitted photo)

During his trip to Ghana, Moreland Elementary principal Eric Bradley explored the fishing village of Elmina. As Bradley put it in his blog, "We arrived just in time to see the daily arrival of the fishing boats bringing in their catches, and the intense level of commercialism and exchange that occurs the moment the boats pull in." (Submitted photo)

Common ties found through health concerns
Last year, students at Moreland Elementary School in West St. Paul chose to explore the effect ingredients in Takis have on the mobility of zebra fish, exploring the health implications of the spicy corn munchies favored by youngsters.

Tue
09
Sep

Inver Grove Heights man preserves prized-pickle title at state fair


Keith Joyce, an Inver Grove Heights man who has dominated the "Best Dill Pickle" category in Gedney's competition at the Minnesota State Fair the two year's he's entered his recipe, 2007 and 2014, holds his blue ribbon while talking to Kevin Huebscher, the owner of Kev's Korner, where Joyce buys cucumbers for his prized pickles. Huebscher holds a jar of Joyce's dill pickles. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Keith Joyce nibbles on one of the prized pickles that helped him bring home a blue ribbon and a hundred bucks at Gedney's competition for "Best Dill Pickle" at the Minnesota State Fair. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Keith Joyce looks over the cucumber selection at Kev's Korner in Inver Grove Heights, where he gets the ingredients to make his winning dill pickles. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Gedney's "Best Dill" for second time
Growing up, Keith Joyce's fondest memories were going to his grandma's house in Cylon, the unincorporated Wisconsin community half a mile west of New Richmond, while she pickled cucumbers and watermelon or made strawberry jam.

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