Luke Reiter

Sun
09
Feb

SSP readies for parks bonding referendum

After nine years of waiting, including two years of studies, surveys, open houses and informational videos, South St. Paul is putting its case for $10 million in bonding for parks and recreation improvements to the final test.
South St. Paul will hold a public referendum Tuesday, Feb. 11, to let residents vote whether the city should issue $10.3 million in bonding to complete the long-delayed plans for Kaposia Landing and McMorrow Field as well as facility improvements at Wakota Arena. A passing vote Feb. 11 would give the city its first successful parks referendum since 1990; a referendum to raise funds for South St. Paul’s outdoor pools was voted down in 2001, leading to the closure of McLaine Pool at Lorraine Park.

Sun
09
Feb

Angry tweets lead to felony charge for SSP man

Turns out even when you’re limited to 140 characters, you could still say enough to earn prison time.
Dakota County prosecutors have charged Harrison William Rund of South St. Paul with a felony count of terroristic threats for a series of hot-blooded tweets he posted on his Twitter account after receiving a speeding ticket.

Mon
03
Feb

WSP approves preliminary plat for new housing development


This image shows the location of a proposed housing development at the corner of Wentworth Avenue and Smith Avenue. The land, currently vacant, belongs to St. Stephen’s Church but would be sold to a developer as part of plan to subdivide the 6.6 acres into 11 lots. (submitted photo)

One of the downsides of living in a well-established community is lack of room for new growth, but West St. Paul officials say they have a rare opportunity for fresh development.
That opportunity comes in the form of a deal between a developer and St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, located at 1575 Chartlton St., to purchase 6.6 acres of open land on the western portion of the church lot. That land would then be subdivided into 11 lots for the construction of mid to high-end homes.

Mon
03
Feb

WSP man charged in fatal drunk driving crash

A West St. Paul man has been charged with more than 20 counts of criminal vehicular operation for a drunken rollover crash last November that injured several people and left the defendant’s friend lying dead in the street.
Jon David Devereaux, 22, was charged Jan. 28 with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide and 18 counts of criminal vehicular operation for the Nov. 14 crash. Prosecutors say Devereaux insisted on driving his friend’s SUV that night despite knowing he was drunk and performed several reckless maneuvers before he ultimately lost control and rolled the vehicle on the 300 block of E Bernard St.

Mon
27
Jan

 Lawshe Museum decoding Minnesota’s computer history  


This photograph shows engineers performing final tests on a Univac II computer in October 1957 before shipping it to Boston, Mass. for the John Hancock Insurance Company. (photos courtesy Lawshe Museum)

These aerial shots show Univac headquarters in 1978. “Univac Park” was just off then-two-lane Yankee Doodle Drive and was surrounded by farm homes and cornfields. (photos courtesy Lawshe Museum)

Before Silicon Valley boomed or Bill Gates was even born, some of the first breakthroughs in the field of computer science were already taking place in Minnesota.
At its peak, the local computer industry produced technology that handled air traffic control at airports nationwide, processed data aboard U.S. Navy ships, assisted in NASA launches and revolutionized banking and commerce.
Over time, however, as the market shifted and tech hubs sprang up elsewhere in the country, Minnesota’s contributions to the field were largely forgotten by the public. The door effectively shut on those pioneering days with the closure of Lockheed Martin’s historic Eagan site in 2013.

Mon
27
Jan

Mendota Heights signs off on pedestrian tunnel at Hwy. 110

In the future, pedestrians in Mendota Heights may need to adjust to life underground — at least for a brief stretch.
The Mendota Heights City Council approved a resolution at its Jan. 21 meeting to support Dakota County’s plan to add a pedestrian underpass at Highway 110 near Dodd Road. The underpass would be part of the county’s Mendota/Lebanon Hills Greenway Master Plan, which is intended to connect parks and communities with a series of trails.

Mon
20
Jan

At the 11th hour, Robert Street costs rise

The largest public works project in West St. Paul’s history is growing larger still as requests for changes filter in from other agencies and new details emerge as designs near completion.
In December, city staff learned the total estimated cost for the Robert Street renovation project was increasing from the $16.4 million mark established in July 2012 to $20.8 million.

Mon
20
Jan

WSP police arrest suspect in pharmacy robberies


West St. Paul Police used a snow bank like this one near Walgreens at 1133 Robert St. to pin a fleeing robbery suspect’s vehicle, avoiding a high-speed chase on icy roads. (Luke Reiter/Review)

A Minneapolis man suspected of robbing three West St. Paul pharmacies in the past week is under arrest thanks to a quick-thinking officer and a nearby snow bank.
Jason Lee Arden, 38, was arrested Jan. 14 after allegedly robbing a Walgreens pharmacy at gunpoint on the 1100 block of Robert St. Arden made it to his car, but his getaway was foiled when an officer arriving on the scene veered his squad car into Arden’s vehicle, pinning it against a pile of recently-plowed snow. The officer then drew his firearm and instructed Arden to remain in his vehicle. When backup arrived, Arden was taken into custody.

Mon
13
Jan

Union Pacific donates $15,000 to SSP youth task force


Youth Task Force members Hunter Cameron, Oskar Nordlie, Wyatt Lewis, Oliver Nordlie, Mayor Beth Baumann and Kelly Flatley received a donation from Union Pacific representatives Matt Hall and John York at South St. Paulís Jan. 6 council meeting. (submitted photo)

Christmas may be over, but it seems all the work the South St. Paul Mayor’s Youth Task Force to get on the “nice” list last year is still paying off.
The group, which engages local kids in fifth through 12th grade in community-building activities, received a $15,000 donation from Union Pacific Railroad at the South St. Paul City Council’s Jan. 6 meeting.

Mon
13
Jan

SSP seeks ideas for Southview-Marie area revamp

For every South St. Paul resident who’s wished this business or that shop was just around the corner, here’s your chance.
The city will host an open house at Central Square Community Center Jan. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. to present concepts and receive input from residents on how best to move ahead with its goal of breathing new life into the Southview-Marie area of town.

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