Five candidate vie for two council seats
With summer still in full swing, the upcoming Maplewood primary election will narrow down the council member candidate pool from five candidates to four for the Nov. 3 general election.
Council members Bob Cardinal and Marvin Koppen will both finish their four-year terms on Dec. 31, with only Cardinal running to stay in office.
Sheila, a black australorp hen, rests while her owners, the Blomquist family, tend to the garden and chicken coop. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
‘Therapy chickens’ create city-neighborhood divide
Nancy Blomquist, 57, and her husband, Joe, 52, started out raising chickens at their Maplewood residence to serve as therapy pets for their children with developmental disabilities.
"We decide to raise chickens for [our children] so they would have an avenue for building confidence, responsibility," Nancy says.
They adorned the inside of the coop, where the hens lay their eggs, with framed photos and trinkets. The run area is beautified with hanging flowers and garden statues.
But what began as a calming backyard project has turned into an emotionally-charged legal battle with the city.
Police need help identifying suspect
Maplewood police are trying to identify a male suspect who pulled out a gun at Bleecher's Bar on the evening of Friday, July 24, and pointed it at patrons as he exited the establishment.
A little before 11 p.m., Maplewood police officers were called to the bar at 2220 White Bear Ave. N., on the report of an armed assault.
A major construction project that Canadian Pacific Railway is doing at its St. Paul switching yard is well underway. Ninety percent of the work to fill in six acres of wetlands is done, a retaining wall is in place, and grading work has been completed. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Filling in wetlands 90 percent complete
According to Canadian Pacific Railway spokesperson Andy Cummings, the large expansion of the rail company's Dunn Yard is well underway.
Ninety percent of the work to fill in six acres of wetlands is done, a retaining wall is in place, and grading work has been completed.
After many hours of meeting deadlines, filing entrant applications, planning the marching order, and securing finances, Lisa Theis will do what she's done for many years: stand alongside White Bear Avenue on a summer’s evening in July with a sense