Kaitlyn Roby

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Tue
29
Jul

Mendota Heights man shot, killed after breaking into northern Minnesota homes


Benjamin Beaudoin

Family: 'He was not himself when this occurred'
When Benjamin Cornell Beaudoin forced himself into two northern Minnesota homes July 26, he faced two men with guns. The first broke the stock of a shotgun on his head; the second shot the Mendota Heights man who later died at a hospital, police say.

Mon
28
Jul

Authorities investigate fire that consumed semi-trailer full of tires at South St. Paul tire shop


Firefighters from the Inver Grove Heights and South Metro fire departments work to control a fire in a semitrailer full of used tires early July 28. The petroleum-dense tires intensified the flames and heat that melted and warped the paint on the South St. Paul tire shop building nearby. A second empty semi-trailer was destroyed in the blaze. (Courtesy of the South Metro Fire Department)

Officials suspect fire was set intentionally
It took about an hour and half for firefighters to control the flames engulfing a semi-trailer stuffed more than three-quarters full with tires, floor to ceiling, before the sun came up July 28 in South St. Paul.

Mon
28
Jul

District 197 school board feels time squeeze in ballot decision


A committee presented a proposal for a Mendota Heights-based stadium at the District 197 School Board work session July 21, adding to the requests being considered for a referendum. The project would replace Charles Matson Field in West St. Paul, pictured above. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

New stadium added to list of considerations

Time is running out for the School District 197 board members to decide whether or not to bring a referendum to the voters this fall, after taking a hard loss in May’s special election.

Mon
21
Jul

West St. Paul council agrees rental inspection rules are ‘broken’


Properties such as this one, on Annapolis Street, were discussed at a recent West St. Paul City Council workshop as illustrations of rental-property codes that need to be tightened. (Photo from city documents)

Shocked at rundown properties, council kick-starts revamp
With more and more tenants complaining about conditions at the homes they rent, the West St. Paul City Council at its July 14 workshop directed staff to address gaps in the city’s housing evaluator guidelines.

Mon
21
Jul

Tiny Henry Sibley band towers above competitors


For a second consecutive year, the Henry Sibley Marching Band swept the awards in its class at the Vikingland Band Festival championship in Alexandria, although the band was smaller and younger than most of the bands it competed against. (submitted photo)

Performing a “wish”-themed set that included “When You Wish Upon a Star” and scat singing, the Henry Sibley Marching Band garnered special awards recognizing the color guard, winds and percussion, sweeping its class for the second year in a row at the state championship June 29. (submitted photo)

Young 35-member group measures up to legacy
The Henry Sibley Marching Band started its season knowing it would be tough enough to match its performance in the 2013 Class AA marching band state championships, where it took top honors.

Mon
14
Jul

Man ditching drugs tosses them to West St. Paul officer

Cop catches meth in the face
A St. Paul man trying to ditch his drugs apparently didn't keep track of the West St. Paul officers who stopped the car he and three companions were riding in.

Mon
14
Jul

West St. Paul church shares its ‘warm, welcoming’ culture through Middle Eastern Festival


Members of the St. George Middle Eastern dance troupe ride a camel at a past Middle Eastern Festival at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West St. Paul. The fundraiser and celebration is July 18-20 this year. (Submitted photo)

Event will include camel rides, cuisine
A West St. Paul church’s Middle Eastern Festival this weekend is about more than raising money for the Orthodox Christian parish. Organizers say they want to share their culture steeped in generosity, inviting in the community with an

Mon
14
Jul

Idled workers offered help after Dakota Premium Foods halts production


Dakota Premium Foods in South St. Paul recently halted production at the beef processing facility. The Minnesota Department of Employment will be holding a series of meetings Monday, July 14 to inform the 300 laid-off employees about unemployment benefits and the dislocated worker program. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Mayor Baumann: “This is a devastating loss”
Due to a national cattle shortage, Dakota Premium Foods recently halted production at its South St. Paul beef processing facility, leaving about 300 employees without work.

Fri
11
Jul

Man ditching drugs throws bag of meth at West St. Paul cop

Complaint: Suspect didn't notice officer behind him
A St. Paul man trying to ditch his drugs apparently didn't keep track of the West St. Paul officers who had pulled him and three other adults over. He tossed a bag of meth, hitting the officer behind him, according to court document filed in Dakota County District Court July 11.

Mon
07
Jul

Local farmers markets underway


Mary Helen Sperl cuts a head of romaine lettuce from the small farm next to her West St. Paul home July 1. Along with produce, she was selling basil, flowers and tomato and pepper plants. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Here’s where to get fresh goods in northern Dakota County
Mary Helen Sperl sells plants, vegetables and pumpkins from her small sideyard farm in West St. Paul. When customers ask for a head of romaine lettuce, she grabs a knife and cuts it straight from the ground and hands it to them.

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