Newsbriefs - Ramsey Co. Maplewood


Kath Auto Supply in North St. Paul closes

Much to the dismay of many local car-tinkerers, Kath Auto Supply, a small vehicle parts supplier in downtown North St. Paul, recently closed its doors.
A representative from Kath says the closure was “a corporate decision” by Uni-Select Auto Plus, which bought out the company some time ago.


Police file search warrant for phone records in Steger murder case

On July 26, police filed a search warrant affidavit for the cell phone records of a man who sold Kira Steger’s iPhone to a local electronics resale company following her disappearance last winter.
Investigators discovered through records obtained from Apple Inc. that Steger’s phone had been reactivated in Indonesia after having been sold to EZ Traderz in St. Paul.
The store owner gave police the name of the man who sold the iPhone, and law enforcement officials were able to contact and get statements from the individual. Now they hope to acquire the man’s phone records to verify that the statements he made are correct.


Pretty posh parking

photos by Linda Baumeister/Review

The MTC Maplewood Mall Transit Center $13.9 million parking ramp construction project opened in July. Featuring a lobby area, geothermal heating and cooling system, LED lighting, and outdoor bike racks, the hours of operation are 5 a.m.


New trail section opens in Battle Creek

The new trail segment is shown as a dotted red line and runs along Lower Afton Road from McKnight Road to Battle Creek Park Entrance Road (Point Douglas Road), where it becomes an on-road strip that follows Battle Creek Entrance Road up to the parking lot. Solid red lines show existing trails in Battle Creek Regional Park. (submitted graphic)

Bikers and pedestrians in Ramsey County now have 1.5 new miles of trail to enjoy in Battle Creek Regional Park. Construction is complete on an addition to the Lower Afton Trail that extends the trail from McKnight Road to and along Battle Creek Park Entrance Road, formerly known as Point Douglas Road.


Microbrewers show interest in North St. Paul

A set of local beer aficionados have expressed interest in expanding their enterprise to include a tap room and microbrewery, and North St. Paul is one of the lucky cities that have piqued their interest.
The individuals, whose names could not be disclosed, toured two downtown locations in Stillwater in addition to two facilities in North St. Paul—space subleased from Aetrium on Helen Street and a building near the Gateway State Trail on 2nd Street.


North St. Paul to interview city manager finalists

North St. Paul is in the process of hiring a new city manager after long-time city manager Wally Wysopal resigned to take the city manager position in Fridley last month. Director of community development Nate Ehalt was appointed as the interim city manager after Wysopal’s departure June 8.
Five candidates were interviewed on June 29 and 30 in special city council work sessions that also functioned as informal “meet-and-greets” with department heads


Jeffery Trevino trial moved to Sept. 16

Jeffery Trevino

On Monday, July 1, Ramsey County District Judge Leonardo Castro moved the murder trial of Jeffery Trevino, 39, to Sept. 16.
The trial was originally scheduled to begin July 22.
At an omnibus probable cause hearing in March, Trevino pleaded not guilty to killing his wife, Kira Steger, 30, in February. Steger reportedly had been planning on ending the marriage, and according to friends, Trevino was increasingly “suspicious” of what Steger was doing when they were apart. Her body was found in the Mississippi River May 8.


The 622 Education Foundation has scheduled annual “Fun Run”

The District 622 Education Foundation is seeking participants to register for its annual Fun Run, which will be held July 27.
“It pays to register early,” stated Fun Run chairman and event organizer Doug Ronsberg. He emphasized that early registration for the event will cost $20 per person - $15 for kids younger than 16 - if your registration is postmarked before July 13. There are also special rates for a family, up to four members, of $50 if the entry form is postmarked before July 13, or $65 is postmarked after that date.


Wow the crowd at the Ramsey County Fair Talent Contest

The White Bear Avenue Parade is definitely a must-go event, with the most floats, bands and marching units for miles around.

Before the surrounding area developed into the suburb of Maplewood, the Ramsey County Fair was in the middle of farm country, as seen in this 1953 aerial view.

Rides are the perennial favorite at the Ramsey County Fair, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Today’s fair lets youngsters see farm animals up close, some for the first time.

The Ramsey County Fair Amateur Talent Contest is open to anyone who is a resident of Ramsey County and is an amateur entertainer. The 2013 talent contest will be Sunday, July 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the fairgrounds. There are no auditions necessary for performers to take the stage.
Participants must register on or before Saturday, July 13, at 1 p.m. Entry categories are determined by age groups as follows: age 12 and under, age 13-18 and open class for everyone else. Prizes awarded in each category are $65 for first place, $45 for second place and $25 for third place.


Keller Lake Bridge construction begins

Construction on the Keller Lake Bridge over Highway 36 in Maplewood began Monday, June 17. The renovated bridge will have new guardrails, upgraded storm water ponds and easier pedestrian access.