South St Paul


Spare Key opens doors for parents of sick kids

The striking Aria venue in downtown Minneapolis hosted the 2014 Groove Gala, Spare Key’s biggest fundraiser of the year. (Submitted photo)

The small, but passionate staff of Spare Key are committed to helping families “bounce and not break.” From left to right: Nikki Lignell (program director) Erich Mische (executive director) and Jen Holubar (director of communications, partnerships and development). Not pictured: Roerick Sweeney, director of cryptocurrency development, markets and social engagement.

Spare Key’s dedicated board of directors includes a diverse range of doctors, real estate agents, bankers, politicians and more. “There’s a commitment and passion that they each bring to the table,” Executive Director Erich Mische said. All of the board members attended the 2014 Groove Gala.

Patsy and Robb Keech with their young son, Derian. Derian was born in 1993 with a severe genetic disorder. He passed away when he was two and a half years old

Supporters of Spare Key dance the night away at the organization’s annual Groove Gala. Over 600 people attended the event, which raised over $400,000.

“Get down tonight!” Disco dance band Boogie Wonderland “groove” with Spare Key’s supporters at the non-profit’s annual Groove Gala.

South St. Paul couple’s nonprofit helps families keep their homes during crisis
If you were forced to make a decision between your job and your child, what would you do?


Pothole predictions

Many of the potholes on Robert Street in West St. Paul have been filled in, but the question is how well those patches will hold until the pavement dries and crews can apply hot mix for a more permanent solution. (photos by Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Here’s the culprit: water. When the sun shines and weather warms, snowmelt finds its way into every nook and cranny, then, at night, the water freezes and expands, breaking the pavement around it. The next day, there’s more water coursing in. Enough cycles and heavy traffic can yield gallon-size potholes.

Could the growing number of craters in northern Dakota County roadways be a sign of an early spring? City officials aren’t so sure.
A number of cities say they’re holding off on patching potholes in earnest, and their reason seems rather bleak.


April South St. Paul Library Programs

South St. Paul Public Library, 106 Third Ave. N., will have the following programs in April:


South St. Paul passes referendum to improve parks

Under plans for the February referendum, McMorrow Field would trade its softball fields for soccer and football fields, as well as additional parking. (submitted graphic)

This image shows what Kaposia Landing might look like if voters approve additional parks and recreation spending in a referendum next February. (submitted graphic)

Thanks to passage of a levy referendum, South St. Paul will be going forward with plans to significantly improve city parks and Wakota Arena.
During a special election Tuesday, Feb. 11, voters approved a property-tax referendum that will allow a 20-year bond with a total cost of $10,015,888.
For an average South St. Paul home valued at $150,000, the bond will increase city taxes about $8 a month. The referendum passed with 921 yes votes and 684 no votes.


Union Pacific donates $15,000 to SSP youth task force

Youth Task Force members Hunter Cameron, Oskar Nordlie, Wyatt Lewis, Oliver Nordlie, Mayor Beth Baumann and Kelly Flatley received a donation from Union Pacific representatives Matt Hall and John York at South St. Paulís Jan. 6 council meeting. (submitted photo)

Christmas may be over, but it seems all the work the South St. Paul Mayor’s Youth Task Force to get on the “nice” list last year is still paying off.
The group, which engages local kids in fifth through 12th grade in community-building activities, received a $15,000 donation from Union Pacific Railroad at the South St. Paul City Council’s Jan. 6 meeting.


SSP seeks ideas for Southview-Marie area revamp

For every South St. Paul resident who’s wished this business or that shop was just around the corner, here’s your chance.
The city will host an open house at Central Square Community Center Jan. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. to present concepts and receive input from residents on how best to move ahead with its goal of breathing new life into the Southview-Marie area of town.


SSP, IGH finalize 2014 budget and levies

While it might seem like minor progress in light of the hardships of recent years, city staff for South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights are forecasting a few rays of hope for city finances in the upcoming year.
Despite mixed or declining home values, the tax capacities for both cities is expected to increase in 2014. That change, paired with decisions from the State Legislature this year that absolve cities from paying sales tax and restore financial aid for cities such as South St. Paul, provides more breathing room for municipalities which have trudged through consecutive years of declining revenues during the recession.


SSP resident teaches ‘clean eating’ success

Carisa Rasmussen (submitted photo)

Since losing 80 pounds, South St. Paul resident Carisa Rasmussen has been spreading the word about “clean eating,” an eating philosophy that strives for eating food in its most natural, unprocessed state.
Her lifestyle is certainly healthy now, but this wasn’t always the case. Several years ago, she weighed 210 pounds.


Smell no evil: SSP introduces odor ordinance

When reckless drivers upset a neighborhood, most cities respond by adding new speed limits and increasing enforcement.
So it seems logical that when foul odors plague a community, a city would be able to curb the problem by placing new limits on that as well.


Yes, you have to pay even if you’re not hungry

South-West Review police reports Nov. 10, 2013