Newsbriefs - South-West Review

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07
Jun

County Road 8 in South St. Paul to face two-week construction

Work on County Road 8 from Highway 52 to County Road 14 in South St. Paul began late last week with minor utility adjustments and concrete work. This work will take approximately two weeks to complete.

Sun
07
Jun

County landscapes sections of River to River Greenway

Landscape restoration along Warrior Drive and Marie Avenue in Mendota Heights is almost complete. One of the pedestrian access points along Warrior Drive has been determined as non-compliant with ADA standards.

Sun
07
Jun

Mendota Heights plans annual sewer rehabilitation

Mendota Heights rehabilitates sections of sanitary sewer each year to prevent inflow and infiltration from ground water and storm water into the city’s sanitary sewer. Contract was awarded to Insituform, Inc. at the May 19 City Council meeting.

Sun
07
Jun

Dakota County Sheriff announces Citizen Advisory Board

Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie announced May 26 the creation of the Sheriff’s first-ever Citizen Advisory Board. This board will meet regularly to discuss issues facing the office and suggestions expressed by Dakota County’s citizenry.

Sun
07
Jun

Environmental consultant firm selected for Robert Street project

A Eureka Construction crew digs into the dirt beneath the pavement of South Robert Street and Butler Avenue June 4. (Jesse Poole/Review)
A Eureka Construction crew digs into the dirt beneath the pavement of South Robert Street and Butler Avenue June 4. (Jesse Poole/Review)

Soil from 24 locations identified as contaminated
Turning up pavement can be a little like turning over a rock: there may be unwelcome discoveries underneath.
In the case of the Robert Street makeover, an environmental site assessment found soils to be contaminated at 24 locations along a two-and-a-half mile span of South Robert Street in West St. Paul.

Sun
31
May

On the ground in Vietnam, with rice, not bullets

Calvin Kellerman visits with a Vietnamese farmer as she manually harvests rice. Kellerman helped introduce a new heartier variety of rice seed that allowed locals to harvest higher yields. (submitted photo)
Calvin Kellerman visits with a Vietnamese farmer as she manually harvests rice. Kellerman helped introduce a new heartier variety of rice seed that allowed locals to harvest higher yields. (submitted photo)

Calvin Kellerman advised civilians on agriculture

Calvin Kellerman, 89, keeps a small brass statue of an aged Vietnamese man hauling a load of firewood for cooking on display at his residence in Mendota Heights. He's not sure who made it, but he speculates it's made of artillery shells that had been fired by U.S. soldiers — collected, melted down, and turned into a gift given to him by the local farmers he advised. 
A World War II veteran, Kellerman signed up in 1966 to serve during the Vietnam War as a civilian agricultural advisor.

Sun
31
May

State approves hard liquor license at Inver Wood Golf Course

Currently, the golf course only sells cans of soda and light beer, as well as those beers offered on tap. (Jesse Poole/Review)
Currently, the golf course only sells cans of soda and light beer, as well as those beers offered on tap. (Jesse Poole/Review)

Sales await City Council's go-ahead
Though it might not help improve swing technique per se, golfers in Inver Grove Heights may soon have the option to partake in adult beverages with an alcohol content a bit higher than the 3.2 beer Inver Wood Golf Course has been selling.
A new bill that was passed by the Minnesota Legislature at the beginning of May will allow the city-run golf course in Inver Grove Heights to sell hard liquor drinks to its patrons.
According to Mayor George Tourville, this is an old idea, but because it's only now coming to life, the city "has yet to figure out most of the logistics," he said.
"We've never sold any alcohol other than light beer there; never liquor," Tourville said.

Sun
31
May

Marie Avenue work goes to rebid

Road reconstruction along Marie Ave. in West St. Paul is slated to happen this summer, despite a delay in the bidding process for the project. (Jesse Poole/Review)
Road reconstruction along Marie Ave. in West St. Paul is slated to happen this summer, despite a delay in the bidding process for the project. (Jesse Poole/Review)

Mayor vetoes council's approval

West St. Paul Mayor David Meisinger recently exercised his veto powers by shooting down a bid award for the Marie Avenue improvements project that was approved by a 4-2 vote at the special city council meeting May 19.

Ultimately, he got what he was after — a rebid on the project to try to attract more than one qualified bid. With added competition, he predicts the city will be able to save money on a lower bid.

Sun
24
May

Bill passed for slain police officer Scott Patrick

Candles, flowers, flags, and more were left at the corner of Dodd and Smith in the days after officer Scott Patrick was killed following a traffic stop. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Candles, flowers, flags, and more were left at the corner of Dodd and Smith in the days after officer Scott Patrick was killed following a traffic stop. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Last week, a bill to designate a section of Dodd Road in Mendota Heights as “Officer Scott Patrick Memorial Highway” was unanimously passed by the state House and Senate.

The law was then signed by Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday, May 19.

Sun
24
May

Todd Russ accepts top position at Saint Croix Lutheran

Todd Russ, 45, current academic dean of St. Croix Lutheran, has accepted the position of president at St. Croix Lutheran. Russ will begin his service as the fifth president of the school July 1, 2015.

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