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.
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.
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.
Property owners see major uptick in home values
Residential property owners will bear the brunt of tax levy increases countywide in 2015.
The budget process for northern Dakota County cities culminated in December, solidifying a jump in taxes for some homeowners, largely due to another year of climbing property values.
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.
'Straight shooter' William Flatley looks to 2015
William Flatley is set to be South St. Paul's newest council member. "I want to make a difference for, not only our citizens but for our businesses," the lifelong South St. Paul resident said. The South St. Paul City Council appointed Flatley Monday to replace Chris Lehmann, who resigned in October after about 11 years on the council in order to serve as a judge.
Minnesota Wild player Stu Bickel surprises an Inver Grove Heights hockey team Monday night, thanks to a new program. He played alongside the 10- and 11-year-old girls, posed for photos and signed autographs. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Stu Bickel pays surprise visit to Inver Grove Heights hockey team
Makenzie Gibson faced an unexpected adversary in the net Monday night.
Minnesota Wild player Stu Bickel surprised the 11-year-old goalie and the rest of the Inver Grove Heights Spartans U10A girls hockey team by practicing alongside them for more than an hour, posing for photos and signing autographs at the Veterans Memorial Community Center ice rink.