Christine Crittenden, the widow of North St. Paul police officer Richard Crittenden, listens as city manager Jason Ziemer (not pictured) testifies to a Senate committee March 3 at the state Capitol for a bill presented by Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, right. The bill passed the Senate March 24 to rename Hwy. 36 for the slain officer. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
For nearly a minute March 24, members of the state Senate stood in silence.
Moments after they unanimously voted to pass a bill from Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, to rename Highway 36 to the “Officer Richard Crittenden Memorial Highway,” they paused to honor the North St. Paul cop who was killed while responding to a domestic dispute call on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009.
Lake Elmo is urging its residents, especially those living in the Old Village area, to let the water run from their faucets until further notice.
Due to dozens of extremely cold days this winter, frost has crept 8 to 10 feet down in paved areas that aren’t covered by snow, which acts as insulation. According to the city, that’s the depth at which the city’s main water pipes rest, likely leading to disruptive freeze-ups.
A pair of foxes has reportedly taken up residence in an Oakdale neighborhood for the past couple weeks. They spend their days sunning themselves outside their den and (apparently) posing for photos, residents say. The pair’s den is near the shore of a pond, where geese usually come to nest in spring, according to neighbors. These photos were taken on Feb.
The Metropolitan Council is seeking applicants for four vacancies on the Transportation Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC), which advises the Council on management policies for special transportation services in the region, including Metro Mobility.
Even buildings are tired of the weather this winter.
Following a blizzard that dumped about 10 inches of snow on the Twin Cities Feb. 20, the roof of the outdoor garden shop on the east side of the Oakdale Kmart, located at 7191 Tenth St. N., caved in the morning of Feb. 21.
Following discussions at two separate meetings, Oakdale City Council members recently approved a plan that would allow the AmericInn Hotel, located at 6630 Hudson Blvd., just north of Interstate 94 and east of Tanners Lake, to be remodeled into a senior living facility.
At its Feb. 25 meeting, city council members voted unanimously to rezone the property for “Limited Business” use. This will “maintain the site’s essentially commercial nature while still allowing for an assisted living site,” according to a staff report.
The Oakdale Fire Department has received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from the MN Resuscitation Consortium (MRC). The MRC aims to increase survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by connecting bystander, pre-hospital, and hospital initiatives to establish and implement a set of protocols that incorporate the latest technologies and proven treatment methods.