Mike Munzenrider

Staff writer for Review and Bulletin newspapers.
Mike Munzenrider can be reached at mmunzenrider@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824.
Follow him on Twitter @mmunzenrider.

 

 


 

Tue
02
Jun

New sandwich shop, Firehouse Subs, looks to links with Roseville Fire Department

A mural inside Firehouse Subs in Roseville depicts the “Har Mar Tornado” that swept through Roseville June 14, 1981. Sub shop owner Buck Humphrey points out the responding fire engine, depicted to be from the Roseville Fire Department, which has a Roseville Raiders Silver Fox riding along. (Mike Munzenrider/Review)
A mural inside Firehouse Subs in Roseville depicts the “Har Mar Tornado” that swept through Roseville June 14, 1981. Sub shop owner Buck Humphrey points out the responding fire engine, depicted to be from the Roseville Fire Department, which has a Roseville Raiders Silver Fox riding along. (Mike Munzenrider/Review)

There wasn’t quite a hook and ladder truck parked outside the Roseville location of Firehouse Subs during its training and tasting session the afternoon of May 27, one day before its grand opening, though the marked SUVs indicated firefighters wer

Thu
28
May

New Brighton passes ordinance regulating backyard chickens Council pivots once more, this time away from ban

From left, Ellis Norman, 7, Delaney Norman, 10, Archer Norman, 8, Colleen Norman, Sarah Steiniger, and Ethan Gylling, 8, protest New Brighton's proposed backyard poultry ban in the lead up to the city council's May 26 meeting. Steiniger said she has four chickens; Colleen Norman said she and her family have six. "We don't even do it for eggs," Norman said. "They are pets."(Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)
From left, Ellis Norman, 7, Delaney Norman, 10, Archer Norman, 8, Colleen Norman, Sarah Steiniger, and Ethan Gylling, 8, protest New Brighton's proposed backyard poultry ban in the lead up to the city council's May 26 meeting. Steiniger said she has four chickens; Colleen Norman said she and her family have six. "We don't even do it for eggs," Norman said. "They are pets."(Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)

Fans of fowl in New Brighton are clucking sighs of relief following a surprise reversal on Tuesday.

Wed
27
May

Man charged with first-degree assault for New Brighton shooting

Stephen Jeroy Mister
Stephen Jeroy Mister

A 42-year-old man was charged with first-degree assault in Ramsey County District Court for allegedly shooting another man in the chest at a New Brighton apartment complex, following what police said was an argument over a bottle of vodka on May 1

Wed
27
May

Shoreview OK’s Highway 96 Regional Trail Expansion

A trailhead rest area, a loop of 10-foot-wide bituminous trail, overlooks, natural surface trails and habitat restoration are planned for the Snail Lake Marsh area off the Highway 96 Regional Trail in Shoreview. A previous version of the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation plan for the area featured more paved trails. This addition to the nearly 9-mile-long Highway 96 trail is yet a ways off — funding and planning for it will have to wait until both the Ramsey County Board and Metropolitan Council sign off o
A trailhead rest area, a loop of 10-foot-wide bituminous trail, overlooks, natural surface trails and habitat restoration are planned for the Snail Lake Marsh area off the Highway 96 Regional Trail in Shoreview. A previous version of the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation plan for the area featured more paved trails. This addition to the nearly 9-mile-long Highway 96 trail is yet a ways off — funding and planning for it will have to wait until both the Ramsey County Board and Metropolitan Council sign off on it. (courtesy of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation)

County seeking to expand trail into Snail Lake Marsh area

Shoreview recently gave some input and the go-ahead to Ramsey County Parks and Recreation to move forward with an amendment to its Highway 96 Regional Trail Plan that concerns expanding trails into the Snail Lake Marsh area.

The Shoreview City Council discussed what they'd like to see happen on the 47 acres of land around the marsh that is owned by Ramsey County at its May 18 meeting.

Wed
27
May

Highway 96 bridge replacement draws nearer

Come the end of the year, the new Highway 96 bridge over Interstate 35W will be wider than before, more pedestrian friendly and have links to trails. Stop lights will replace stop signs and the interchange will become a diverging diamond interchange, which MnDOT says shifts traffic to cut down on potential accident points. (submitted graphic)
Come the end of the year, the new Highway 96 bridge over Interstate 35W will be wider than before, more pedestrian friendly and have links to trails. Stop lights will replace stop signs and the interchange will become a diverging diamond interchange, which MnDOT says shifts traffic to cut down on potential accident points. (submitted graphic)

Another large bridge project in the Interstate 35W corridor cutting through New Brighton and Arden Hills is set to kick off this week, this time at the I-35W and Highway 96 interchange.

Tue
26
May

Fishing For Fun lures seniors and others out onto Lake Johanna this summer

Just more than a week after Minnesota’s Fishing Opener, Fishing For Fun, an organization that bills itself as “a nonprofit offering free boating and fishing trips on Lake Johanna in Arden Hills,” held its own opener, of sorts.

Wed
20
May

New Brighton man shot and killed after dragging police officer during stop

A New Brighton man attempting to flee a traffic stop on westbound Interstate 694 in Fridley late on May 8 was shot and killed by a police officer who was being dragged alongside the vehicle.

Wed
20
May

Planned retail road salt operation in New Brighton skids into opposition

Belair Sitework Services is located at 2200 Old Highway 8 in the far northwest of New Brighton, with the border between the city and Mounds View being the company’s northern property line. The company is looking to expand its existing operations and is planning to enter into the road salt storage and distribution business as well.  Rush Lake is just south of Belair and Long Lake is to the southwest. (Courtesy of New Brighton)
Belair Sitework Services is located at 2200 Old Highway 8 in the far northwest of New Brighton, with the border between the city and Mounds View being the company’s northern property line. The company is looking to expand its existing operations and is planning to enter into the road salt storage and distribution business as well. Rush Lake is just south of Belair and Long Lake is to the southwest. (Courtesy of New Brighton)

Council to vote on reworked plan May 26

A proposed road salt storage and distribution facility in northern New Brighton has residential neighbors worried about noise, traffic, and above all, water quality in nearby lakes.
Murlowski Properties Inc., which does business as Belair Sitework Services, is discussing expanding its aggregate crushing business with the city, as well as moving into road salt distribution, with a targeted maximum capacity of 13,500 tons of salt each winter.

Tue
19
May

Quiet zone agreements signed in Little Canada and Shoreview

Quiet zones will be created at crossings along a stretch of railroad tracks just over 2.5 miles long, going from southern Shoreview down the west side of Little Canada at a cost of nearly $2 million, funded by the state. Safety improvements like crossing arms will be installed at the crossings, making it no longer a requirement for crossing trains to use their horns. From the top marked by dots, crossings will be improved at North Owasso Boulevard, Jerrold Avenue, Woodlyn Avenue, South Owasso Boulevard, Lit
Quiet zones will be created at crossings along a stretch of railroad tracks just over 2.5 miles long, going from southern Shoreview down the west side of Little Canada at a cost of nearly $2 million, funded by the state. Safety improvements like crossing arms will be installed at the crossings, making it no longer a requirement for crossing trains to use their horns. From the top marked by dots, crossings will be improved at North Owasso Boulevard, Jerrold Avenue, Woodlyn Avenue, South Owasso Boulevard, Little Canada Road, Demont Avenue, County Road B2 and County Road B. (courtesy of Google Maps)

Railroad should complete work by early 2016
Almost a year after the Minnesota Legislature set aside nearly $2 million intended to lessen the noise at railroad crossings in Little Canada and Shoreview, deals are in place to move forward with railroad quiet zone plans.
Little Canada approved deals with the state and the railroad at its May 11 rescheduled meeting, following the lead of the Shoreview City Council at its May 4 meeting.

Wed
13
May

New Brighton orders ban on fowl

In the minutes before New Brighton's May 12 city council meeting, residents packed City Hall hoping to have a chance to speak at a public hearing for or against a proposed ordinance that would regulate raising chickens in the city. The meeting turned on its heel when Mayor Dave Jacobsen proposed staff draft a ban on all fowl in the city, which was approved with a 3-2 vote. The council will vote on the ban May 26.
In the minutes before New Brighton's May 12 city council meeting, residents packed City Hall hoping to have a chance to speak at a public hearing for or against a proposed ordinance that would regulate raising chickens in the city. The meeting turned on its heel when Mayor Dave Jacobsen proposed staff draft a ban on all fowl in the city, which was approved with a 3-2 vote. The council will vote on the ban May 26. (Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)
Council changes course at public hearing on ordinance regulating chickens
The dam broke nearly three hours into New Brighton's May 12 public hearing on an ordinance to allow and regulate fowl in the city, with a change of course that left some shocked and even more silent as the standing-room-only crowd filed out of the council chambers.

 

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