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02
Feb

Sen. Franken visits Central Park Elementary

U.S. Sen. Al Franken read the “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, a popular children’s picture book, to kindergartners at Central Park Elementary. He discussed his two-year-old grandson with the kids, as well as snowballs, a theme in the book. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
U.S. Sen. Al Franken read the “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, a popular children’s picture book, to kindergartners at Central Park Elementary. He discussed his two-year-old grandson with the kids, as well as snowballs, a theme in the book. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

When U.S. Sen. Al Franken visited Roseville’s Central Park Elementary Jan. 22, the children were cheery and curious while he engaged them in discussions about school, books, science projects and snowballs.

Sun
31
Jan

Police track down stolen puppy

A three-pound Shih Tzu puppy, stolen from Roseville’s Har Mar Pet Shop on Jan. 19, was safely picked up by the Roseville Police Department, along with two suspects in the theft, on Jan. 25. (courtesy of the Roseville Police Department)
A three-pound Shih Tzu puppy, stolen from Roseville’s Har Mar Pet Shop on Jan. 19, was safely picked up by the Roseville Police Department, along with two suspects in the theft, on Jan. 25. (courtesy of the Roseville Police Department)

Thieves allegedly wanted to sell dog on Craigslist
A three-pound Shih Tzu puppy that was boosted from the Har Mar Pet Shop Jan. 19 was returned to the store's owner Jan. 25 after Roseville police tracked the stolen pup to Minneapolis and arrested two suspected thieves.
The unnamed female Shih Tzu, valued at $1,195, was not harmed in the heist, according to Roseville Police Lt. Lorne Rosand.

Sun
31
Jan

Giving back in more than one way

To thunderous applause and cheers from the students and staff of Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet, Great Lakes employees Nick Anderson, second from left, Carrie Hansen, middle, and Ann Scott presented Principal Mark Quinn with a check at an assembly on Jan. 27. (Hannah Burlingame/Review)
To thunderous applause and cheers from the students and staff of Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet, Great Lakes employees Nick Anderson, second from left, Carrie Hansen, middle, and Ann Scott presented Principal Mark Quinn with a check at an assembly on Jan. 27. (Hannah Burlingame/Review)

Great Lakes Higher Education, a national non-profit student loan servicer, is giving back to local communities in more than one way.

Sun
31
Jan

Senator Metzen will step down after more than 50 years in politics

DFL state Sen. Jim Metzen of South St. Paul has had a seat in the Minnesota Senate Chamber for the past nine terms. (file photo)
DFL state Sen. Jim Metzen of South St. Paul has had a seat in the Minnesota Senate Chamber for the past nine terms. (file photo)

State Sen. Jim Metzen, DFL-South St. Paul, announced last weekend that he will not be running for a tenth term in District 52.

Sun
31
Jan

Rep. Joe Atkins not seeking re-election

Shortly after he was first elected to the state House of Representatives, Joe Atkins, left, along with Mayor George Tourville, walked in the Inver Grove Heights Days Parade Food Drive.  (submitted photo)
Shortly after he was first elected to the state House of Representatives, Joe Atkins, left, along with Mayor George Tourville, walked in the Inver Grove Heights Days Parade Food Drive. (submitted photo)

Will instead run for open county commissioner seat
State Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, announced on Tuesday, Jan. 26 that he will not run for re-election in House District 52B this fall. That same day, he revealed he would instead run for the District 4 Dakota County commissioner seat being vacated by the retiring Nancy Schouweiler.

Sun
31
Jan

St. Paul Hiking Club-February Hikes

The St. Paul Hiking Club announces these February hikes:

• Tuesday, Feb. 2 - 11:30 a.m. Meet in the parking lot of the Sherwood Lounge, 1418 White Bear Ave. N, at Arlington, St. Paul. We’ll hike the scenic Furness Parkway.

Sun
24
Jan

The great tree migration


(submitted photo)

Dodge Nature Center moves pines to help with prairie restoration
Roughly four weeks ago, the process of transplanting trees from the Rachel C. Lilly Preserve in Mendota Heights to Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul began. 
On a frigid Saturday, Jan. 9, the last of four large, native red pines were trucked to their new home at the nature center.

Sun
24
Jan

Read a good book lately?

The Big Read community-wide reading project to kick off at Metro State
Most book lovers have at least one book that left them thinking about it long after it was finished. 
A book that takes them so far into the pages it seems impossible to find a way out again. 

Sun
24
Jan

MacKenzie to chair River Heights Chamber board

Brian MacKenzie
Brian MacKenzie

Brian MacKenzie, owner of the local sign and visual graphics provider FASTSIGNS of Inver Grove Heights, was selected to be the 2016 chair of the River Heights Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Sun
24
Jan

South St. Paul man sentenced for threatening tweets

Harrison William Rund
Harrison William Rund

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced Jan. 20 that Harrison William Rund, 21, of South St. Paul, was sentenced to 120 days in jail by Judge Timothy McManus. 

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