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Wed
24
Dec

District 622 approves tax levy

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board approved District 622’s final 2015 property-tax levy at its December 16 meeting. 

Wed
24
Dec

No wrapping: 97-year-old’s gift is in song

Around a dozen Edgerton Elementary 4-5-6th-grade choir members made a surpise caroling visit with Cecilia Gresback, a 97-year old Maplewood resident Dec. 16. Next, the singers were off to the Maplewood Mall for a singing engagement.
Around a dozen Edgerton Elementary 4-5-6th-grade choir members made a surpise caroling visit with Cecilia Gresback, a 97-year old Maplewood resident Dec. 16. Next, the singers were off to the Maplewood Mall for a singing engagement. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Carolers sent from across the country
The scene: following a fresh sprinkling of snow, 14 young carolers from Edgerton Elementary School file into Cecilia Gresback’s living room, filling her Maplewood home with song and good tidings. The 97-year-old rocks her chair back and forth and claps her hands, keeping tempo with the carolers as they sing “Holly Jolly Christmas” with a keyboard accompaniment.
Her daughter, Rita Shor, sitting by her side, can hardly keep her eyes dry.

Mon
22
Dec

No snowmaking for Battle Creek this year

A photo from last year shows the one-machine snowmaking operation at Battle Creek Regional Park, which was a trial run for a more comprehensive and permanent snowmaking setup at the park. Though the trial was deemed successful, staff will not be using the equipment to make snow this winter, despite minimal snow on the ground.
A photo from last year shows the one-machine snowmaking operation at Battle Creek Regional Park, which was a trial run for a more comprehensive and permanent snowmaking setup at the park. Though the trial was deemed successful, staff will not be using the equipment to make snow this winter, despite minimal snow on the ground. (file photo)

Despite the mid-December warm up, Ramsey County Parks and Recreation staff will not be making snow at Battle Creek Regional Park. Not this year, at least.

Fri
19
Dec

Drunken mom charged with child endangerment

Baby found in stroller on driveway
An alert neighbor in the 1300 block of Skillman Avenue in Maplewood called police at 2:40 p.m. Nov. 9 to check on a baby left unattended in a stroller.
According to police reports, the 7-month-old wasn't the only child in danger at the house.

Wed
17
Dec

Strohmeier’s legacy can be measured in miles

Elmer and Janice Strohmeier participate in the MS 150 Ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities, in 2002. During the three-day event, the couple slept in a tent.
Elmer and Janice Strohmeier participate in the MS 150 Ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities, in 2002. During the three-day event, the couple slept in a tent. (submitted photo)

Elmer Strohmeier, 76, and his wife, Janice, also 76, have put in more miles than they can recall running and biking on the trails that run through the city of North St. Paul.

Wed
10
Dec

DNR settles with White Bear Lake groups over lake levels

Settlement will ask state to pay for Shoreview, North St. Paul, Vadnais Heights to change water source
A settlement agreement reached between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and groups concerned about water levels in White Bear Lake could have implications for nearby cities, including Shoreview, Vadnais Heights and North St. Paul.
Announced Dec. 1, the settlement between the DNR and two plaintiff groups—the White Bear Lake Restoration Association and White Bear Lake Homeowners’ Association—states that all three groups will, per the DNR website, “support efforts to develop a surface water supply to serve area communities.”

Wed
10
Dec

Huberty declared not guilty of criminal sexual conduct

Jurors in Ramsey County District Court returned a verdict of “not guilty” on Monday, Dec. 8, for the Rev. Mark Huberty on a fourth-degree and a fifth-degree count of criminal sexual conduct.

Wed
10
Dec

Student-built housing adds value in North St. Paul

Former students John Corazzo (Roseville), Dalton Suedkamp (Stillwater), and Nick Swanson (Irondale) toured the 916 House that they had worked on.
Former students John Corazzo (Roseville), Dalton Suedkamp (Stillwater), and Nick Swanson (Irondale) toured the 916 House that they had worked on. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Longtime North St. Paul residents Nate and Liatra Tepe are busy settling into their new home at 2370 15th Ave. with their three children.

Wed
10
Dec

Rising market values mean increased city taxes for North St. Paul residents

The change in the average home price county-wide over the past several years. (Ramsey County Assessor’s Office)
The change in the average home price county-wide over the past several years. (Ramsey County Assessor’s Office)

Though the city’s portion of the property-tax levy is expected to remain flat in 2015, North St. Paul residents will still be seeing their taxes go up, due to a significant uptick in the market value of their homes.

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