Newsbriefs - Ramsey Co. Maplewood


Interstate 694 ramp to eastbound Highway 36 closed through May 11

The $13.8 million Highway 36/Hilton Trail reconstruction project will replace the former signalized intersection with a grade-separated diamond interchange. MnDOT plans to finish the project by the end of summer. (submitted graphic)

Now that the snow has melted, construction crews are continuing work on the Minnesota Highway 36/Hilton Trail project in Pine Springs.
The ramp to eastbound Highway 36 from northbound Interstate 694 closed Monday morning and will not reopen until Monday, May 12, weather permitting.


Controlled burns planned for Ramsey County Parks in April and May

Controlled burns are a regular part of Ramsey County Parks activity. Shown is a 2006 burn at Tamarack Nature Center. (submitted photo)

Ramsey County Parks and Recreation will again be conducting prescribed burns in numerous parks and open spaces this spring. Burns begin in early April and continue through May.


Dispatchers get earful of Maplewood burglars’ plans

There’s a new rule for would-be burglars: don’t dial 911 while you’re casing the joint.
With today’s smartphones able to dial 911 with a touch of the screen, emergency dispatchers spend a lot of time picking up calls from toddlers and “pocket dialers.” They generally try to call the number back to check on the caller’s safety.


Woman's body found at Kohlman Creek

Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell announced at 6:30 p.m. Saturday that a woman's body had been found in a wooded area near Kohlman Creek earlier in the day.
At approximately 3:20 p.m. that day, Maplewood police officers were called to a wooded area near Hazelwood and Beam by a man who found a dead body in the creek. Schnell said.


Dispatchers get earful of Maplewood burglars' plans

There's a new rule for would-be burglars: don't dial 911 while you're casing the joint.
With today's smartphones able to dial 911 with a touch of the screen, emergency dispatchers spend a lot of time picking up calls from toddlers and "pocket dialers." They generally try to call the number back to check on the caller's safety.


Senate passes bill honoring slain North St. Paul officer

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.


Ramsey County moves forward with Vadnais Heights Sports Center purchase

County deposits quarter million in cash for building
Despite having its bid passed up in October for being too low, Ramsey County recently signed a letter of intent to purchase the Vadnais Heights Sports Center and made a $250,000 deposit on the building.


Maplewood rolls out recycling carts

This month, Maplewood is switching from recycling bins to larger carts with lids.
Through March, Tennis Sanitation, the city’s recycling contractor, will deliver standard carts, which are brown with an orange lid.


Maplewood police seek theft suspects

This woman and a male companion are suspected of theft at a SuperAmerica in Maplewood. Maplewood police are looking for help from the public to identify them. (submitted photo)

Maplewood police are looking for a woman and a man involved in a theft at a gas station on White Bear Avenue.
The woman, reportedly in her 30s who was pictured in surveillance footage, and a man, described as white and in his late 30s or early 40s, apparently stole some items from the SuperAmerica in Maplewood. According to employees and witnesses, the two people frequent the gas station.


Ownership changes at 9 Dragons

A father-and-son team recently sold 9 Dragons Liquor in North St. Paul to a newcomer from Robbinsdale.
Tommy Thao has purchased the business at the Polar Plaza shopping center, 2231 11th Ave. E., from the sellers, Ryan and Suterra Yann, according to city documents.


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