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Mon
26
Jan

Henry Sibley senior recognized for leadership in substance abuse prevention

Natalie Bennett with Henry Sibley High School  principal Ron Monson (submitted photo)
Natalie Bennett with Henry Sibley High School principal Ron Monson (submitted photo)

Natalie Bennett campaigns against unsafe habits

Those who want to get in touch with Natalie Bennett won’t have any luck texting her when she’s behind the wheel.

Mon
12
Jan

After 50 years, West St. Paul couple prepares for daughter with cerebral palsy to leave home

Vera Wilson, 50, who has cerebral palsy, swings at a West St. Paul park with her longtime caregiver Deb Peterson, who sees her once a week. Vera's parents have taken care of her at home her entire life, and will soon move her into a group home.
Vera Wilson, 50, who has cerebral palsy, swings at a West St. Paul park with her longtime caregiver Deb Peterson, who sees her once a week. Vera's parents have taken care of her at home her entire life, and will soon move her into a group home. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Since her daughter Vera Wilson was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 15 months old, Jeanne Keenan has had to fight to keep her only child at home. Vera, 50, can't speak, though she communicates in ways those close to her understand. She can crawl, but is usually dependent on a wheelchair and other people to get around.

Tue
06
Jan

40 years and counting

Sen. Jim Metzen stands inside the Minnesota Senate chamber, where he’ll be representing District 52 in the next legislative session, which begins this month.  (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Sen. Jim Metzen stands inside the Minnesota Senate chamber, where he’ll be representing District 52 in the next legislative session, which begins this month. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)

Sen. Jim Metzen honored for decades of service at state Capitol
State Sen. James Metzen is notorious for assigning nicknames to his colleagues at the Minnesota Capitol, according to State Rep. Joe Atkins.
Atkins jokes it may simply be Metzen’s way of getting out of memorizing the names of all those who have rotated through the Capitol doors while he stayed put for the last 40 years. More likely, it’s indicative of his desire to connect with his colleagues — on both sides of the aisle — on a more personal level, using humor as his catalyst for facilitating healthy, productive conversation.

Tue
23
Dec

Beloved West St. Paul barber hangs up his shears

Jerry Brown cuts Deuane Roberts’ hair for the last time. Roberts, who just had a birthday, says, “I’m celebrating my 85th birthday in the barber shop!” (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Jerry Brown cuts Deuane Roberts’ hair for the last time. Roberts, who just had a birthday, says, “I’m celebrating my 85th birthday in the barber shop!” (Erin Hinrichs/Review)

After 50 years, Jerry Brown retires, earns city honor
West St. Paul barber Jerry Brown learned his lesson early: don’t mess around with cutting women’s hair.
What’s more, he learned it from his wife.
The hairy tale: she asked him to take a quarter of an inch off the ends, then another quarter inch because she decided it wasn’t short enough.

Mon
22
Dec

Secret shop

Laura Vaughan, West St. Paul Crime Prevention Specialist, helps third-grade student, Cadence Strobach, with her holiday wrapping while at Garlough Elementary on Dec. 13
Laura Vaughan, West St. Paul Crime Prevention Specialist, helps third-grade student, Cadence Strobach, with her holiday wrapping while at Garlough Elementary on Dec. 13 (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Garlough Elementary in West St. Paul hosted its first Secret Holiday Shop Event for kids at the school on Dec. 13. West St. Paul Parks and Recreation, the West St.

Tue
16
Dec

South St. Paul Public Schools names learning director

South St. Paul Public Schools has announced the hiring of Chad Schmidt as the district’s new director of learning. He will begin his new role Jan. 1.

Mon
15
Dec

Cop from Inver Grove Heights will be county’s chief deputy

Joe Leko
Joe Leko

Joe Leko hasn’t always wanted to be a cop.

With a bachelor’s degree in natural resources and environmental studies, he initially envisioned working for a state agency in that field.

Mon
08
Dec

Making spirits bright


Submitted photo

South St. Paul kicked off the holiday season with the lighting of a live tree on Marie Avenue between Sixth and Seventh streets, photos with Santa, crafts with Mrs. Clause and a holiday concert. The South St. Paul Male Chorus, South St.

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