Newsbriefs - South-West Review

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17
May

West St. Paul couple noted for Basenji therapy dogs

Gary Langula’s 4-year-old Basenji Zorro has gold-colored eyes and eyeliner markings that remind the Langulas of his African origins. Zorro’s grandparents are still alive in Congo, where the breed originated as a hunting dog. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Gary Langula’s 4-year-old Basenji Zorro has gold-colored eyes and eyeliner markings that remind the Langulas of his African origins. Zorro’s grandparents are still alive in Congo, where the breed originated as a hunting dog. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)

When Gary and Mary Langula take their two Basenji dogs out to visit residents at area nursing homes and assisted living units, the first thing they do is go their separate ways.

Sun
10
May

Sinking teeth into the invasive-plant fight

Even with a clear view of Minneapolis, sheep keep their eyes on their work, diligently grazing on invasive grass at Pilot Knob Preservation Site in Mendota Heights. (Jesse Poole/Review)
Even with a clear view of Minneapolis, sheep keep their eyes on their work, diligently grazing on invasive grass at Pilot Knob Preservation Site in Mendota Heights. (Jesse Poole/Review)

Sheep should help shear weeds, restore Pilot Knob prairie
Armed with botany guides, education and a keen eye for leaf shapes and petal numbers, conservationists can discern native from invasive plants and identify them by species, genus and family. But what then, faced with fields full of bluegrass or groves clogged with saplings?
That’s when the conservationists call in the sheep.

Sun
10
May

Inver Hills Community College receives $25,000 grant to support veterans

Inver Hills Community College Foundation recently received a $25,000 grant from UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corporation, to fund scholarships for veterans and their family members pursuing STEM (science, technology, engine

Sun
10
May

District bids farewell to school board member Allen Gerber

Inver Grove Heights Community Schools announced that Allen Gerber will be stepping down from the ISD 199 Board of Education, where he served for the past three and a half years.

Sun
10
May

Pond or frying pan?

From left, Highland Park High School students Steven Crenshaw, 17, of St. Paul, and Domenico Cerbone, 17, an exchange student from Italy, handle fish. (Jesse Poole/Review)
From left, Highland Park High School students Steven Crenshaw, 17, of St. Paul, and Domenico Cerbone, 17, an exchange student from Italy, handle fish. (Jesse Poole/Review)

On Wednesday, May 6, Highland Park High School students took part in a class field trip to Thompson County Park in West St. Paul.

Sun
10
May

Local 5K translated to scholarships for students

A 5 kilometer run is only 16,404 feet 2 inches.
Folks participated in the 17th annual Inver Grove Heights B.E.S.T. Foundation’s May Day 5K in Inver Grove Heights on May 2.

Sun
10
May

Minnesotans urged to be ‘financially capable’

Minnesotans are urged to become “financially capable” by learning how to focus on their financial goals, manage their money responsibly and protect themselves against fraud and scams.

Sun
10
May

Governor Dayton signs four bills into law

Governor Mark Dayton signed four bills into law May 7.

Chapter 17, SF 1816: This is the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act. It updates and modernizes the Fraudulent Transfers Act. The bill passed unanimously in both chambers.

Sun
10
May

On the ice again at Wakota Arena

Attendees gather on the second floor for the Taste of South St. Paul, while a local radio reporter interviews Dakota County Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord in the stands. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Attendees gather on the second floor for the Taste of South St. Paul, while a local radio reporter interviews Dakota County Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord in the stands. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)

The only thing that seems to be missing from the new boys and girls hockey locker rooms at South St. Paul’s Wakota Arena is the smell of sweaty gear. And coach Paul Moen intends to keep it that way.

Sun
03
May

Dakota County adds final stamp of approval to alternative Argenta Trail realignment

This map shows the future realignment of Argenta Trail in Inver Grove Heights. (Courtesy Inver Grove Heights Public Works)
This map shows the future realignment of Argenta Trail in Inver Grove Heights. (Courtesy Inver Grove Heights Public Works)

Homeowners ‘enjoying the afterglow of success’ For Inver Grove Heights homeowners who have been working to defend their homes from becoming casualties of an upcoming county road project, the fight is over.
On Tuesday, April 21, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a northern realignment and expansion of Argenta Trail (County Road 63) that will spare at least 10 homes. This decision echoed support of the Inver Grove Heights City Council, which had spent months working out a compromise that would best satisfy homeowners and a developer who both started out vying to keep the new road off their properties.

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