Incumbents top challengers throughout northern Dakota County
Tuesday's election left the makeup of most municipal bodies very much the same in northern Dakota County, except for West St. Paul.
The St. Paul suburb will have a new mayor come January, unseating John Zanmiller who's served in the city's top spot since 2005. A Hennepin County Corrections career probation/parole officer, Zanmiller also served on the council for two years prior to his mayorship.
"More of the same" is the takeaway from the District 2 races of the Dakota County Board of Commissioners and the U.S. House of Representatives. Area residents helped incumbents keep their spots by more-than comfortable margins Nov. 4.
City crews added more sandbags to a pile at Twin City Marina in Inver Grove Heights on June 25, bracing for the Mississippi River to crest. The state now plans to reimburse Dakota County for money spent on flood mitigation and recovery.
FEMA denies appeal; Dayton orders use of new program
A new state program will provide significant relief for northern Dakota County taxpayers who may have otherwise seen a jump in 2015 city tax levies to cover the cost of flood damage.
Mendota Heights, District 197 on board; city applies for "Mighty Ducks" grant
West St. Paul recently chalked up another goal in saving the city's ice arena. Mendota Heights and School District 197 each pledged $555,333, a third of the cost to revamp John V. Hoene Ice Arena.
Construction of the new Inver Grove Heights Early Learning Center was completed Aug. 1. The school celebrated its grand opening Sept. 11. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Center added onto Hilltop Elementary Thanks to extra funding from the Minnesota Department of Education, the Inver Grove Heights School District's new Early Learning Center, attached to Hilltop Elementary School, is now open for business.
Woman told relative she 'feared for her life' days prior to death A month after a West St. Paul woman was found dead in her apartment Aug. 10, police discovered a "selfie" on her boyfriend's cell phone of him lying next to her on a bed. In the photo, she appears to be deceased and he is crying, according to court documents recently filed in Dakota County District Court.