Kaitlyn Roby

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Finding ‘Sweetie the Chow Chow’ unites area pet lovers

Catherine Condon Gudio, right, and her daughter Paloma, 7, left, pose for a photo with the beloved Sweetie, a Chow Chow, welcoming the dog home with a small get together at Kaposia Landing Dog Park in South St. Paul, after she had been missing for five days. (Submitted photo)

Mendota Heights dog inspires online network for lost pets
When her family’s dog ran away, Catherine Condon Gudio turned to social media. She was soon overwhelmed by the community’s response to find Sweetie the Chow Chow.


DARTS celebrates 40 years

Laurel Venhuizen, a DARTS volunteer, answered phones and sorted through mail at the West St. Paul office. She’s been involved in the Learning Buddy program for 13 years, helping out a kindergarten class at Kaposia Elementary in South St. Paul, and has volunteered with DARTS even longer than that. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

West St. Paul nonprofit aims to “enrich aging”
Marlys Tiedman recently had her last day volunteering at Salem Hills Elementary in Inver Grove Heights for this school year. She helped two boys with presentations on Nicaragua, while most of the class was abuzz, anxious for summer break.


District 197 school board discusses failed referendum

Still unclear if requests will be on Nov. 4 ballot
The District 197 School Board is still unsure if it will put another referendum on the ballot in November, after the majority of voters rejected levy and bond requests in a special election this month.
Although district leaders anticipated an easy win May 6, the two-part referendum aimed at increasing technology funding and upgrading facilities and security measures at West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools failed.


Man allegedly stole, scrapped cars around Twin Cities, West St. Paul

A Twin Cities man allegedly stole a pickup in West St. Paul, an incident that is possibly connected with dozens of vehicle thefts throughout the metro area, police say.


Year in jail for West St. Paul man who sped off with friend in truck window

Defense attorney says sentence a disappointment
A West St. Paul man was sentenced May 21 to one year in jail after seriously injuring a friend who tried to keep him from driving drunk.


Maplewood Moose Lodge looks to future

The Maplewood Moose Lodge has experienced a decline in membership in recent years, but many dedicated members are thinking about new ways to draw new members, and keep the fraternal and service organization relevant. (Photos by Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Membership down, but dedicated
Leaders of the Maplewood Moose Lodge recently have been thinking about ways to attract new members, in order to bolster its more than 100-year-old missions to serve the community and establish fellowship.


‘A dying art’?

Jim Kueppers, 69, holds up a photo of a bunch of young woodcarvers, and the man who introduced him to woodcarving. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Carvers bring wood to life in South St. Paul
With his gloved left hand, Jim Kueppers grips a rodent-shaped chunk of wood, pulling the knife in his right toward him to scrape off thin chips, chiseling out the shape he sees in it: a life-like chipmunk. The shavings cling to his jeans or flutter to the ground to be swept up later.


Inver Grove Heights snuffs out crematory proposal

David Jansen and his dog stroll on his driveway, where he can see land that currently has a small cemetery and a farm house. He and other residents opposed an expansion for the parcel that would’ve put a full-service mortuary with a crematorium at 8225 Argenta Trail. The Inver Grove Heights City Council denied the project May 12. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Residents raise concerns over influx parcel
David Jansen says his 30-mile commute is worth it, because he gets to live in Inver Grove Heights.
Besides airplanes flying above occasionally, and the sound of twittering birds, his neighborhood is fairly quiet.


Inver Grove Heights school board selects new leader

The Inver Grove Heights Community Schools Board of Education recently selected the district’s next superintendent.
David W. Bernhardson, an assistant superintendent at South Washington County Public Schools and past Inver Grove Heights principal, will start in the district’s top spot July 1.


River Heights Chamber of Commerce notes Simons Landscaping

Simons Landscaping in West St. Paul recently received the 2014 Small Business of the Year award. (submitted photo)

25th anniversary of award marked
The River Heights Chamber of Commerce has named Simons Landscaping its 2014 Small Business of the Year.
Owner Dave Simons and his mom, Patti Simons, company vice president, accepted the award at the chamber’s annual small business luncheon and trade show Thursday, April 17 at Southview Country Club in West St. Paul.


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