Tim Faklis

Tim Faklis can be reached at 651-748-7814, at tfaklis@lillienews.com, or on Twitter @tfaklisnews

Fri
22
Aug

Bergeron memorial restored


The "Bergeron Pass" memorial stone near Lake Phalen underwent renovations recently. The stone is located near where Maplewood police Sgt. Joseph Bergeron was ambushed and killed while he was investigating a carjacking in 2010.

Boulder repainted after death of officer Patrick
A couple weeks ago, the memorial commemorating slain Maplewood police Sgt. Joseph Bergeron was not in peak condition. The lettering was faded, there was some sign of wear, and memorial had been defaced with spray paint in November 2013. 

Mon
11
Aug

Community Foundations ‘at-fault’ for resident’s frostbite injuries

Health Department issues report on security issues
The Minnesota Department of Health has found a Maplewood residential care facility at fault for an incident involving a mentally ill client who wandered away from the building on a frigid March night.

Mon
11
Aug

Survey: Low voter turnout behind failed levy

Back in May, school leaders anticipated an easy win in a two-part levy referendum aimed at increasing technology funding, and upgrading facilities and security measures in the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area School District.

Wed
06
Aug

A peace pole amidst a profusion of plants


Playschool Child Care, Inc. in Maplewood held a dedication of its peace pole during the family fun night Aug. 1. Now one of over 200,000 peace poles in the world, peace is the focus at the entrance to the school property. The Muhammad Ali Peace Center provided the initial funds to begin peace-centered activities and gardening programs for the youth. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Annie and Carson, 5 1/2, talk about the new peace pole and garden plantings at Playschool Child Care, Inc. in Maplewood following the dedication ceremony. The Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District helped to incorporate five rain gardens into the center’s landscaping to better control excessive water runoff. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Watershed district helps Playschool create five rain gardens
A peace pole ceremony was held the evening of Friday, Aug. 1 at Playschool Child Care, Inc. to culminate a long series of events that have led to improved environmental conditions surrounding the daycare building on White Bear Avenue, just north of Larpenteur Avenue in Maplewood.

Thu
31
Jul

Community mourns slain Mendota Heights officer


Officer Scott Patrick

Brian George Fitch, Sr.

Hundreds of people gathered on Dodd Road near Smith Avenue in West St. Paul on Wednesday night, near where Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick was gunned down. Candles, flowers and signs piled up in his honor. (Submitted photo)

Candles, flowers, flags, and more are left at Dodd and Smith, where officer Patrick was killed July 30 after a routine traffic stop. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Hundreds of people gathered on Dodd Road near Smith Avenue in West St. Paul on Wednesday night, near where Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick was gunned down. Candles, flowers and signs piled up in his honor. (Submitted photo)

The flag at the Holiday station store on Dodd Road was at half-staff, shortly after Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick was fatally shot nearby July 30. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

The flag at the Holiday station store on Dodd Road was at half-staff, shortly after Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick was fatally shot nearby July 30. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Investigators inspected the area around Scott Patrick's vehicle, which was left with the driver's side door open. The Mendota Heights officer was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

The driver's side door was left open on the squad car of Scott Patrick, a Mendota Heights officer who was shot and killed July 30 during a routine traffic stop. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Suspect arrested, injured in police shootout
The flag at the Holiday station in West St. Paul was at half-staff Wednesday, hours after a Mendota Heights police officer was fatally shot during a traffic stop in front of the Dodd Road gas station where cops from both cities departments routinely grab coffee.

Thu
31
Jul

Linn Companies is redeveloping former Hostess store


What was once a vacant building at the corner of County Road B and White Bear Avenue will soon become the new home of Baby Zone Child Care Center. Linn Companies is remodeling the former bread store, and Baby Zone’s current building at Highway 36 and English Street will be razed and replaced with a Holiday gas station. (Photo by Tim Faklis/Review)

Daycare to occupy ‘prime location’
The abandoned Hostess bread store on White Bear Avenue, which hasn’t seen any action in at least two years, is finally the focus of a redevelopment project.

Wed
30
Jul

Longtime Mendota Heights officer fatally shot in West St. Paul


Brian George Fitch, Sr.

photos from the scene by Kaitlyn Roby/Review

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Search for suspect continues
The flag at the Holiday Stationstore in West St. Paul was at half-mast Wednesday, hours after a Mendota Heights police officer was fatally shot during a traffic stop in front of the Dodd Road gas station where cops from both cities departments routinely grab coffee.

Mon
28
Jul

Inver Grove Heights tackles potential tree troubles


This ash at Oakwood Park in Inver Grove Heights and other ash trees in parks and other city-owned areas will be removed before they are infested with emerald ash borers. (Submitted photo)

City plans to issue notices to residents with ash trees
At one point, the fear of a nationwide die-off of ash trees had the staff at Inver Grove Heights City Hall planning to remove all ashes growing on city property.
More recently, that plan has changed.

Wed
23
Jul

Brides and grooms think Bruentrup Farm is perfect place to say “I do”


It was a beautiful day when Arthur Graf and Kelly Lynn Michlitsch exchanged their wedding vows at Bruentrup Historic Farm in Maplewood. (Courtesy of Kirstin Lukes)

Newlyweds Arthur and Kelly Lynn Graff pose in front of the Bruentrup Historic Farm’s sign. Their ceremony was the first in what has become a wedding staple in Maplewood. (Courtesy of Kirstin Lukes.)

Wagon and trailer rides are common before and after the ceremony. They take this trail to make their way around the site. (Tim Faklis/Review)

Kelly and Arthur Graf wanted to make their wedding as perfect as perfect can get.

There’s a lot that goes into planning a wedding -- the dress, the theme colors, the dinner choices, the DJ/band dilemma, or if an open bar is a good idea.

Mon
21
Jul

Area cities fight flood, mudslide damage

As concerns over flooding have only worsened over the years statewide, city officials have ramped up their response. The key: figuring out how to block or divert the water before it rises.

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