Fuming residents pack council chambers
Armed with white-board signs and testimonies, more than 30 North St. Paul residents attended Tuesday night's city council meeting to make sure their requests were fulfilled to have the newly-established fee for backyard campfires revoked.
Virgil Crowder, photographed back in 2007, has recently retired after decades of being a familiar sight around downtown North St. Paul. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Mail carriers face some peculiar hazards, from territorial pets to winter conditions extreme enough to shut down schools. For veteran mail carrier Virgil Crowder, this meant facing the elements even when the wind chill once dropped below 50.
Potholes and crumbling pavement along Snowshoe Lane are not scheduled for repairs until 2017, unless the city finds an alternative source of revenue. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Mayor hopes for help from legislature
The potholes along Snowshoe Lane in Maplewood are a bit less obvious with snow packed like cement inside them, but gravel-like remnants of the crumbling pavement reveal its poor condition.
"Snowshoe is in pretty rough shape. It's just deteriorating," says Mayor Nora Slawik, looking out the car window on a tour of the city's local transportation needs with the city engineer and a representative of Move MN, a state-wide coalition advocating for more transportation funding.
Looking for a sign of the past? The City of North St. Paul is in the process of replacing city street signs as the current ones did not meet federal standards. On Monday, Feb. 2, the old smaller blue signs will go up for auction at Luther Auctions starting at 6 p.m.; to see if “your” street is there, check the preview Sunday from 4-8 p.m. or Monday before the auction. In other news, the 44-foot concrete snowman recently made the “Explore the ‘World’s Largest’ across Minnesota” MPR list.
For as long as anyone at City Hall in North St. Paul can remember, the city logo has featured a three-tiered, cattywampus snowman with a top hat and outstretched arms.
The North St. Paul Lions’ Ice Fishing Contest was an annual highlight at Silver Lake before extremes in weather took hold. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Back in November, area parks got an early start on flooding ice rinks and grooming cross-country ski trails. Early signs of a cold Midwestern winter also fueled hopes of bringing the North St. Paul ice fishing contest back to Silver Lake.
Longtime Hill-Murray educator Frank Asenbrenner poses with his daughter Peg Sutherland. (file photo)
The flash of the brass instruments, the pounding of the drums, the trim green-and-white uniforms and precision stepping have made the Hill-Murray band a source of pride for alumni and neighbors for years at games and along parade routes.