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.
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.
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.
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.
During an awards assembly held at the Convent of the Visitation School May 11, four academic achievement awards were presented to Mendota Heights girls for their achievements in various academic disciplines.
Last week members of Mendota Heights Police Department accompanied the family of slain Officer Scott Patrick to Washington D.C. to partcipate in the memorial activites at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
The Highway 149 (Dodd Road) rehabilitation project, set for 2017, is still being discussed by Mendota Heights staff and Minnesota Department of Transportation representatives concerning design aspects of the project.
The Highway 13 reconstruction project, from I-35E to 2nd Street, has been awarded to New Look Contracting. Construction is expected to begin in early June with substantial completion expected by the end of September.