Camille Huntley, 7, got a chance to use the fire hose with Roseville firefighter Adam Sabotta at her side during “Fridays with Firefighters” June 20. The Roseville Fire Department will hold the kid-friendly open house event at the new Lexington Avenue station every Friday through Labor Day. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Firefighters responding to a house fire on Sherren Street June 17 arrived within two minutes of receiving a call alerting them to the fire. (submitted photos)
Joe Huntley got the feel of real fire truck while at the Roseville Fire Station during “Fridays with Firefighters” June 20. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
For homeowners like Deb Mosby and Ted Tessier, Roseville’s new fire station at 2701 Lexington Ave. N. means the difference between complete destruction of their home and having to do some minor remodeling.
From left, council members John Keis and Shelly Boss, Greg Schloer, Dan Ryan, Frank Costa and Rocky Waite of the Veterans Memorial Committee, Mayor Bill Blesener, council member Mike McGraw and Veterans Memorial Committee members Judy Berggren and Kathy Hanson broke ground at the site of the future Little Canada Veterans Memorial at a June 9 ceremony. (submitted photo)
Rocky Waite has grand plans for Veterans Memorial Park, including a bench in honor of war dogs, a water feature and dedicated brick pavers in the plaza. (Johanna Holub/Review)
Rocky Waite, a Vietnam War veteran and chair of the Veterans Memorial Committee, discovered that Spc.5 Alan Gilbertson’s name had been misspelled as “Allen” on the plaque dedicating a city baseball field in his honor since 1972. (submitted photo)
Little Canada resident Rocky Waite has researched the stories of a number of local veterans who died during the Vietnam War. He plans to honor them at Veterans Memorial Park in Little Canada. (Johanna Holub/Review)
As of June 24, a sign at Veterans Memorial Park on Little Canada Road said about 80 percent of the $75,000 for the memorial had been raised. However, the project, which is being funded almost entirely by donations, is now expected to cost around $150,000 to complete. (Johanna Holub/Review)
Alan Gilbertson, shown here on his way to prom in the late 1960s, was wounded in action in Vietnam on March 27, 1971. He died just a few days later on April 3. Gilbertson Field in Little Canada is named in his honor. (submitted photo)
Spc.5 Alan Gilbertson began his service in Vietnam in September 1970. He was wounded and died just months later in April 1971. (submitted photo)
Committee chair Rocky Waite reflects on local vets’ stories
Oakdale already has one at City Hall, North St. Paul is working on one, and there’s one at the fairgrounds in Falcon Heights. Not wanting to be outdone by neighboring cities, Little Canada has also undertaken the challenge of erecting a monument to honor local war veterans.
The St. John’s Church building at 977 E. Fifth St. has been sold to a community-oriented Islamic faith group. The cross atop the building was removed as part of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ decommissioning process. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Will be an Islamic faith center
The altars are gone, and the cross has been pulled off the top of the building.
It’s official -- St. John’s Catholic Church has been decommissioned by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and sold off by St. Pascal Baylon Catholic Church, which owned the buildings.
The Sibley Propane Facility, located off of Highway 13 and Riverside Lane, is being used as a temporary staging area by Q3 Contracting while it works on a natural gas pipeline replacement project in St. Paul. (Kaylin Creason/Review staff)
Mendota Heights propane facility a project staging area
The Sibley Propane Facility located near Highway 13 and Riverside Lane in Mendota Heights looked as if it was undergoing maintenance this week, with construction trailers and a fence set up at the site.