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New Keller opens new vistas but reflects its past

The new Keller Golf Clubhouse, at 18,800 square feet and already open for special events, is located at 2166 Maplewood Drive and again a familar sight along Highway 61. The renovated golf course is planned to open at the end of June. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The new, spacious kitchen will allow Lancer Catering to be a full banquet facility for weddings and other special events. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The Keller Clubhouse, closed in October 2012 and rebuilt, has a large bar and grill lounge. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Pictures of winners will be added above the bar and on the walls. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

A wood staircase leads to the upper level, as does an elevator. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Looking up at the new Keller Lake Golf Course clubhouse as you drive along U.S. Highway 61 in Maplewood, you will hardly notice any differences. It was meant to be that way.
Even the brand new pro shop is located in the same place, and its exterior also appears unchanged.  
I stopped by Keller recently and met with Allison Winters, communications associate with the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department.


Circulation numbers fall at library; council restates support

Surrounded by windows and a fireplace, Loren Soice reads a magazine in the cozy North St. Paul Branch Library. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The Ramsey County Library North St. Paul Branch was built in the North St. Paul Community Center. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

In the first three months of 2014, the circulation numbers at the North St. Paul Branch Library, 2300 North St. Paul Drive, dropped by 10 percent.
The trend of fewer books and other materials being lent out this year has caught the attention of many, since it’s on top of an overall 11 percent decline in circulation during the 2012-13 calendar year.


Stillwater Prison: a time capsule

The Minnesota State Correctional Facility at Stillwater has stood the test of time -- though 100 years old, it’s still in full operation. The facility, which stands in Bayport, Minn. holds 1,638 inmates. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

To enter the Stillwater Prison, a visitor passes through the security scanning area, called “the bubble,” followed by four sets of gates, before arriving in the core of the prison. From there, a security desk sits between the four cell blocks, which look to be straight out of a movie set, and haven’t changed much since they were built. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Stillwater Prison Warden Michelle Smith spoke in commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the prison. Smith toted the facility’s successes with education programs for inmates, and spoke of the challenges of maintaining a century-old building. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

As of Friday, May 2, the Stillwater Prison has been running non-stop, 24 hours a day, for the past 100 years.
Though by no means a cheerful place, the Victorian-era building does hold a certain charm. Even inside the main hallway where prisoners are transported, touches like lavender trim, worn tile floors, yellow brick walls and oak rails make it easily identifiable as a piece of history.


Chuck Ahl to retire

After 30 years in city government, Chuck Ahl is retiring from his latest position as Maplewood City Manager. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Maplewood city manager heading to Florida after 29 years of government service
City Manager Chuck Ahl started his career in Maplewood, and three decades later he’s finishing his career in Maplewood. Despite a 14-year gap away from the city, he says confidently that his “baseball cap will have a Maplewood logo on it.”
After 29 years working in city government, mainly in the east metro, Ahl decided to hang up that hat, announcing his retirement at the Monday, April 28 city council meeting.


Oakdale woman, daughter survive cancer during pregnancy

Amy Hejny enjoys a happy moment with her “miracle baby”, Tilia. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Amy Hejny, diagnosed with cancer while pregnant, has battled through chemo treatments. Amy and Justin’s daughter was born six weeks early, also with a fighting spirit. A benefit to help ease financial strain is planned for May 17 at the American Legion Post 39. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Benefit planned to allay medical costs
They call them warriors, the people with cancer. They are men and women who battle their own bodies and often undergo terrifying surgeries and difficult treatments in the fight to stay alive.
Amy Hejny, 33, is a breast cancer warrior, but she didn’t fight her battle alone.


Youth Service Bureau continues to succeed in Maplewood

Capping off a successful fifth year of crime prevention education for juvenile offenders, it was announced that the Youth Service Bureau is now set to return for a sixth.
The Maplewood City Council unanimously renewed funding for the Bureau at its Monday, April 14, meeting, thereby giving kids who have had contact with police a chance to start over. It will cover the 2014 calendar year and will cost $27,295.50 to continue their services.


League of Women Voters notes 60 years of ‘meddlers’

The League of Women Voters of Roseville, Maplewood and Falcon Heights is celebrating its history by issuing a booklet with interviews with several of its pioneers and vintage photos and news clippings about the group. It’s available to look over at the Roseville and Maplewood libraries and Roseville, Maplewood and Falcon Heights city halls; people can also access the booklet and hear interviews at www.romafh.org. The local League’s motto was “Don’t Squawk if You Don’t Vote,” urging women to get out and have a voice on who represents them rather than complaining. (submitted artwork)

In the mid-1960s, the League offered a firm voice for progress, educating voters about a $650,000 bond issue to establish and preserve parks.

Fittingly, the last photo in the book is of “League trainees.” Young Sarah Cushing, daughter of Carolyn Cushing, the longest-serving active member of the current league, is wearing the sign, and Sara Moen is getting a kick out of it. The picture was taken as the girls were accompanying their mothers to a League demonstration at the State Capitol in support of party designation in Minnesota, probably in the late ‘60s or early ‘70s. At the time, legislators ran as “conservatives” or “liberals,” but did not have to designate the party endorsing them.

What could a group of young women in the 1950s, most married with young children, do to shape the future for themselves and the generations to come?
A better question: what couldn’t they do, given some compelling goals, a bit of free time and a little moxie?
That’s all it took for the pioneers of today’s Roseville, Maplewood and Falcon Heights chapter of the League of Women Voters to put on their hats, gloves and walking shoes and get to work.


Rory Mitchell charged in Maplewood Wells Fargo robbery

Rory Alan Mitchell

Kimberly Anne Hillage

Investigators looking into partner's involvement
Police charged Rory Alan Mitchell on Friday, April 25 in connection with the robbery of a Maplewood Wells Fargo that took place April 21, marking the third bank robbery he's been attached to this week.
Mitchell, 50, and Kimberly Anne Hillage, 43, were charged by Burnsville police Wednesday, April 23, with the robbery of banks in both Burnsville and Maple Grove, and authorities quickly suspected Mitchell played a role in the robbery of the Wells Fargo near Maplewood Mall.


‘Safe at Home’ keeps crime victims’ locations private

Nearly 3,200 people have enrolled in “Safe at Home,” Minnesota’s address confidentiality program — hundreds of households, most with children, which have been able to use a substitute address to prevent previous abusers, stalkers or others they fear knowing where they reside.


North St. Paul asks for participation in survey

The City of North St. Paul is hoping to understand how it can better reach and engage residents, businesses and visitors in the community.
As part of the partnership with the University of Minnesota Resilient Communities Project, graduate students from the U will conduct a short survey at various locations in North St. Paul. Residents participating in the survey interview will receive a $5 gift card.