Firefighters from the Inver Grove Heights and South Metro fire departments work to control a fire in a semitrailer full of used tires early July 28. The petroleum-dense tires intensified the flames and heat that melted and warped the paint on the South St. Paul tire shop building nearby. A second empty semi-trailer was destroyed in the blaze. (Courtesy of the South Metro Fire Department)
Officials suspect fire was set intentionally
It took about an hour and half for firefighters to control the flames engulfing a semi-trailer stuffed more than three-quarters full with tires, floor to ceiling, before the sun came up July 28 in South St. Paul.
This ash at Oakwood Park in Inver Grove Heights and other ash trees in parks and other city-owned areas will be removed before they are infested with emerald ash borers. (Submitted photo)
City plans to issue notices to residents with ash trees
At one point, the fear of a nationwide die-off of ash trees had the staff at Inver Grove Heights City Hall planning to remove all ashes growing on city property.
More recently, that plan has changed.
A committee presented a proposal for a Mendota Heights-based stadium at the District 197 School Board work session July 21, adding to the requests being considered for a referendum. The project would replace Charles Matson Field in West St. Paul, pictured above. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
New stadium added to list of considerations
Time is running out for the School District 197 board members to decide whether or not to bring a referendum to the voters this fall, after taking a hard loss in May’s special election.
A mailbox was vandalized recently in a spree that included vulgar and sexually explicit images and words scratched and spray-painted into vehicles and houses in Mendota Heights. A $500 is being offered for information. (Submitted photo)
A local group recently increased the reward offered for information leading to the arrest and charging of the vandals who recently spray-painted racial slurs, sexual images and expletives on vehicles, homes and mailboxes around Mendota Heights.
Inver Grove Heights restaurant to appear on Travel Channel's "Food Paradise"
Brandon Bramscher is not one for cameras.
But the B-52 Burgers and Brew co-owner was thrust in front of multiple lenses on St. Patrick's Day, as the crew for the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise" show took over the Inver Grove Heights restaurant, capturing his burgers deemed worthy of national attention.
Properties such as this one, on Annapolis Street, were discussed at a recent West St. Paul City Council workshop as illustrations of rental-property codes that need to be tightened. (Photo from city documents)
Shocked at rundown properties, council kick-starts revamp
With more and more tenants complaining about conditions at the homes they rent, the West St. Paul City Council at its July 14 workshop directed staff to address gaps in the city’s housing evaluator guidelines.
For a second consecutive year, the Henry Sibley Marching Band swept the awards in its class at the Vikingland Band Festival championship in Alexandria, although the band was smaller and younger than most of the bands it competed against. (submitted photo)
Performing a “wish”-themed set that included “When You Wish Upon a Star” and scat singing, the Henry Sibley Marching Band garnered special awards recognizing the color guard, winds and percussion, sweeping its class for the second year in a row at the state championship June 29. (submitted photo)
Young 35-member group measures up to legacy
The Henry Sibley Marching Band started its season knowing it would be tough enough to match its performance in the 2013 Class AA marching band state championships, where it took top honors.