Kaitlyn Roby

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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."


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.


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.


Inver Grove Heights 7-year-old sings 'Let It Go' beyond her years at state fair

Cosette Jaeger, 9, left, and Montana Jaeger, 7, both of Inver Grove Heights, hold up their second and first place trophies, respectively, after sweeping the Dakota County Fair pre-teen talent competition this year. As the first-place finisher, Montana went on to perform "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen" at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 23, representing Dakota County.

Local sisters won first, second at Dakota County singing competition
Seven-year-old Montana Jaeger of Inver Grove Heights says she doesn't really get scared or nervous, just nervous-excited performing in front of large crowds. 


Trio charged in South St. Paul drive-by shooting

Desean Thomas

Breanna Harris

Charges: Victim shot in hip over rental car
A 51-year-old man was shot in the hip in South St. Paul while trying to take back a rental car he loaned to two women weeks ago. A man pulled up in a SUV and sprayed the victim and his truck with bullets ...


South St. Paul couple charged in drive-by shooting over rental car

Desean Thomas

Breanna Harris

Charges: Victim shot in hip
A 51-year-old Rochester man was shot in the hip in South St. Paul while trying to take back a rental car he loaned to two women weeks ago. A man pulled up in a SUV and sprayed the victim and his truck with bullets ... 


Small for its breed — for now

Asher was the first dog No Place Like Home Pet Rescue, a new area non-profit that finds foster and forever homes for animals, brought into its program. His foster person, Michelle Saelin of Minneapolis, adopted him. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

No Place Like Home Pet Rescue is now up and running. In front are foster/adopter Michelle Saelin of Minneapolis, director/foster coordinator Lindsay Krieger of St. Paul's East Side and director/vetting manager Steffani Patrick of South St. Paul with Taco, a rescued chihuahua. Behind them are director/adoption coordinator Melissa Marchio of South St. Paul and director/account manager Kevin Ward of Inver Grove Heights. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Michelle Saelin of Minneapolis fostered and adopted No Place Like Home Pet Rescue's first dog from a shelter: Asher, who Saelin said may be a Rottweiler-shepherd mix.

Pet rescue founded by area residents quickly lures pack of supporters
In the more than two years Michelle Saelin has fostered animals, she's taken some risks in order give dogs and cats a second chance.


District 197 school board ties success of stadium to technology, security votes

Some stadium supporters feel "betrayed" by decision
Because the District 197 referendum failed in May's special election, school leaders hope enthusiam for a new stadium at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights will help pass the vote this fall. 


Man faces attempted-murder charges in West St. Paul drive-by shooting

Jorge Roman Vasquez

Complaint: Victim had affair with suspect's girlfriend
A St. Paul man is facing four felony charges in a West St. Paul drive-by shooting for "intentionally" firing at a man who reportedly had an affair with the shooter's girlfriend, according to court documents filed in Dakota County District Court this week.


Love, leukemia and loss: Inver Grove Heights family's story becomes faith-based movie

Inver Grove Heights couple Bonnie and Dan Boyum's son, Michael Boyum, died Oct. 17, 1999 after a yearlong battle with leukemia. A movie is now being made about his life, especially his relationship with his childhood sweetheart, Michelle, whom he married just six weeks before he died. The film will also address Michael's brother Matthew's struggle with depression. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Matthew Boyum, left, and brother Michael at Michael's wedding, just weeks before he died from leukemia. Matthew donated bone marrow to Michael during his yearlong struggle with leukemia. (Submitted photo)

Michael Boyum and longtime girlfriend Michelle Larson, all dressed up for their high school prom. (Submitted photo)

Extras being sought for wedding scene
It was like something out of a movie. Michael was dying of leukemia. His childhood sweetheart Michelle asked him to marry her, and he said yes.