South St. Paul council member Chris Lehmann says a few words at his last council meeting Oct. 6. He has been selected as a district court judge, and had to resign from the elected position that he's held since 2003. Right, council member Tom Seaberg. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Chris Lehmann wasn't always set on being a judge.
But he eventually realized his skills lined up with the job requirements.
"I felt I would be a good fit," he said in a recent interview. "Public service is an important thing for me."
City crews added more sandbags to a pile at Twin City Marina in Inver Grove Heights on June 25, bracing for the Mississippi River to crest. The state now plans to reimburse Dakota County for money spent on flood mitigation and recovery.
Gov. Mark Dayton and Mendota Mayor Brian Mielke look over a map of the city as they discuss areas heavily effected by flooding June 24. It was Dayton's last stop while touring rain-soaked communities, assessing damages, and deciding which counties would be included in a State of Emergency declaration earlier this year.
FEMA denies appeal; Dayton orders use of new program
A new state program will provide significant relief for northern Dakota County taxpayers who may have otherwise seen a jump in 2015 city tax levies to cover the cost of flood damage.
Rainbow Corral Critters brought the petting zoo to the On the Road Again festivities on Oct. 5, 2013. The cuddly critters will be back again this Saturday, Oct. 4, along with other family-friendly events, such as a new Union Pacific mini train, a flea market, face painting and duck races. (file photo)
South St. Paul Jaycees team member Jessica Trisko stirred the group's booya entry during the annual World Championship Booya contest in 2013. The World Championship Booya is back again this year, as booya cooks battle for the best Midwestern stew Saturday, Oct. 4. (file photo)
'On the Road Again' hosts Boucha, new mini train
While kicking back with a couple of "Hammies" beers after a successful rodeo in South St. Paul, Walt Books and his buddy Bob Yanz started brewing up another attraction to keep the small town on the map: a booya contest.
And it wasn't just going to be a local shindig. Books wanted it to be big. So big, he dubbed it the "World Championship Booya" in 1982, a name that eventually attracted national news coverage and an intense rivalry with other booya organizers — in particular, a Wisconsin newspaper columnist — over Books's claim that South St. Paul is the booya capital of the U.S.
After decades apart, dozens of South St. Paul neighbors recently reunited at the park where they used to play as kids.
Check out some more photos from the reunion. Photos by Kaitlyn Roby/Review, unless otherwise indicated.
Old friends reunited at Summit Park Sept. 13. Some have kept in touch since they grew up in the South St. Paul neighborhood, while others were seeing each other for the first time in 60 years or more. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
From left to right, Joey Jerhoff, Ronnie Gower, Denny Robertson and Tommy Metzen play at "The Clay Place," a muddy lot where neighborhood kids would build forts. (Submitted photo)
Brothers Duncan and Denny Robertson, left and middle, talked about growing up on Summit Avenue in South St. Paul, while touring their childhood home, now owned by Marty Haugen, right, and her husband. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Around 50 current and past neighbors from the area of Summit Avenue, which is three blocks long in South St. Paul, and their families gathered for a photo during a reunion Sept. 13 at the park where many of them played as kids. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
When Chuck Shom was around 8 years old, he and a group of kids from his neighborhood huddled on the cliff overlooking Concord Street in South St. Paul, lobbed snowballs at the cars below and ran like crazy.
Construction of the new Inver Grove Heights Early Learning Center was completed Aug. 1. The school celebrated its grand opening Sept. 11. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Early Childhood Director Karen Sperl reads to students in the Community Preschool classroom on Sept. 11 during the grand opening of the Inver Grove Heights Early Learning Center. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Inver Grove Heights royalty worked on arts and crafts during the grand opening Sept. 11 of the Inver Grove Heights Early Learning Center. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Center added onto Hilltop Elementary Thanks to extra funding from the Minnesota Department of Education, the Inver Grove Heights School District's new Early Learning Center, attached to Hilltop Elementary School, is now open for business.
Charges: Victim shot in hip over rental car
A 51-year-old man was shot in the hip in South St. Paul while trying to take back a rental car he loaned to two women weeks ago. A man pulled up in a SUV and sprayed the victim and his truck with bullets ...