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Thu
22
Aug

Lake Elmo withdraws from state’s water pollution lawsuit against 3M

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, Lake Elmo announced that it has withdrawn from a groundwater pollution lawsuit against 3M filed by the Minnesota attorney general’s office.
Lake Elmo is instead opting to enter into a tolling agreement that would allow the city to “cease ongoing legal action” and “collaboratively review facts and scientific data relating to groundwater quality” with 3M, according to a statement released by the city.

Wed
21
Aug

North St. Paul alarmed by string of daytime home burglaries

Residents of North St. Paul have seen a dramatic rise in daytime burglaries this summer.
Police Capt. Dustin Nikituk reports that since June 1, police have been called to the scenes of "numerous residential burglaries."

Wed
21
Aug

Oakdale doles out 2013 “Acorn Awards”


AJ Moses and Ann Ribbens, proactive to protect the environment, won the Oakdale Acorn Award for Green Innovation. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

the Kieffer family won the Oakdale Acorn Award in the residential category. Their blue water fountain is surrounded by perrenials, flowers and stone wall.

Oakcrest Village Townhomes’ landscaping — shrubs, trees, and a gazebo — won the Oakdale Acorn Award in the multi-housing category.

The Oakdale Veteran’s Memorial with personalized paver walkway is an Acorn Award recipient.

Pinz took home the Acorn Award for commercial properties.

Certain properties in Oakdale are extra easy on the eyes, and each year city officials seek to recognize them with a well-deserved “Acorn Award.”
The Acorn Awards are a long-standing tradition in the city and given to properties that go above and beyond general maintenance standards.

Wed
21
Aug

Mounds View continues to collect Xcel franchise fees

The Mounds View City Council approved a continuation of a franchise fee on Xcel Energy electric and natural gas services in the city at its Monday, Aug. 12 meeting.
The city first adopted a franchise free agreement on electric and natural gas services in 1993.

Mon
19
Aug

City manager looks to bring new ideas to WSP


Matt Fulton, who started as city manager of West St. Paul Aug. 5, says he’s eager to work with residents to discover new ways to keep the city healthy in the long term. (Luke Reiter/Review)

Matt Fulton, West St. Paul’s new city manager, can trace the start of his public service career back to a city for which he’s never actually worked.
As a high school student, Fulton served as class president and participated in mock-government activities such as Boys State, but he recalls a precise moment on a trip to Duluth -- cresting the hill just southwest of the city at night, looking down on the streetscapes and buildings glimmering against a darkened Lake Superior -- that he realized he wanted to be part of the engine that powers such cities.

Mon
19
Aug

Fake money on the rise locally

While cases of counterfeit currency are declining statewide, Dakota County is seeing increasing incidents involving people trying to purchase goods with phony money.
Both South St. Paul and West St. Paul police departments have reported mounting problems this year. “It’s happening all over the place,” South St. Paul Detective Colleen Wahl said. “People are printing the money - sometimes it’s good (quality); sometimes it’s bad.”

Mon
19
Aug

Change is in order for Boys Totem Town


The 100-year-old Boys Totem Town facility sits among a serene acreage just east of Highway 61 and just south of Lower Afton Road. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The facilities at Boys Totem Town are not up to date and need significant change, said Chris Crutchfield, spokesperson for Ramsey County Juvenile Corrections. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A century after Boys Totem Town became a juvenile correctional facility, officials are beginning to study its main building, which is in need of repairs.
The assessment could go in many directions, from a makeover to a new facility to a demolition -- it’s all up in the air.
Sitting among acres of untouched nature, the facility lies just east of Highway 61, just south of Lower Afton Road. It’s currently housing about 25 boys, who are there after sentencing for crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.

Mon
19
Aug

St. Paul Parks to tear down ‘the People’s Park’


A small group of concerned residents gathered on Wednesday, August 7, to protest the potential destruction of the squatting art park at 680 Wells St. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Ronald “Arjo” Adams talks about the park he created, dubbed “the People’s Park,” during a small demonstration at the property on Wednesday, August 7. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

St. Paul Parks and Recreation installed a small fence to deter visitors from entering the property at 680 Wells St. The area has been deemed unsafe by the city’s Department of Safety and Inspections. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A piece of art dangles from a tree at “the People’s Park.” (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Things are not looking good for proponents of the squatting art park at 680 Wells St.
Despite protests from some residents, St. Paul Parks and Recreation plans to tear it down, citing safety concerns.
The department has offered to help preserve certain pieces of art within the makeshift park, but has plans to remove the artwork and the retaining walls and regrade the land.

Mon
19
Aug

East Side building brought back to life


Cleo Kelly stands proudly outside the building he’s owned for 20 years. He’s finishing the facade, which he intends to be his ìmonument to the East Side. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A 1925 photo of the building shows its original charm. (photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society)

The upstairs of the building at 798 Margaret St. still has the original brickwork and hints at the character and history of the building. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A conveyor belt to bring paint up from the basement was put into the building when a paint business was there in the 1980’s. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Cleo Kelly’s a bit of a dreamer.
The 72-year-old man is also a lover of well-crafted buildings.
For 20 years he’s owned a classic old building at 798 Margaret St. on the East Side. The 1885 building is visible from busy East Seventh Street, and is full of detail and history, which he’s eager to show off.

Fri
16
Aug

Community, upset over recent violence, erupts with emotions and concern


Officials look on as the crowd gets organized before the start of the meeting on violence in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood on Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Arlington Hills Lutheran Church. Moderating the meeting were Al Oertwig, president of the District 5 Community Council, standing in the center, and Leslie McMurray, executive director of council. In the background, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman talks to St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith.

People at the meeting moved the dozen or so tables to make room for the long line waiting outside to get in.

Hundreds turned out to talk about recent bouts of violence in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood of the East Side.

Hundreds poured into the community meeting in the basement of Arlington Hills Lutheran Church yesterday.
Residents upset with the recent violence on the East Side filled the room to the brim, and it quickly became hot and stuffy. There was a long line out the door at 6:30 p.m. when the meeting was supposed to start.

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