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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.

Mon
01
Dec

Local educators honored as 2014 TIES Exceptional Teachers

Gina  Smethers  and Micah  Klotz  of Inver Grove Heights Community Schools  will be recognized as TIES Exceptional Teachers at the TIES 2014 Education Technology Conference at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency on Dec. 9.

Mon
01
Dec

Tim Leslie preps to lead Dakota County Sheriff’s Office

Dakota County Chief Deputy Tim Leslie was elected to replace his mentor, Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows, once his term expires Dec. 31.
Dakota County Chief Deputy Tim Leslie was elected to replace his mentor, Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows, once his term expires Dec. 31. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Dave Bellows reflects on term as county’s top cop
Tim Leslie of Mendota Heights has shared an office wall with Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows in Hastings for more than four years.
As chief deputy, Leslie has been focusing on the internal operations of the Sheriff’s Office, from the $18-million budget to personnel issues among the 200-person staff.

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