Tim Faklis

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

Fri
19
Sep

Early Learning Center opens in Inver Grove Heights


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.

Wed
17
Sep

Maplewood Home Depot may switch from Xcel to North St. Paul power


Home Depot is located on White Beat Avenue in Maplewood. North St. Paul and Xcel Energy representatives are in talks over electric utility control. (Tim Faklis/Review staff)

A discovery by North St. Paul city staff has led to some interesting negotiations over who has the right to provide electricity to - and receive payments from -- the Home Depot store in Maplewood.

Fri
12
Sep

Dakota County aid request denied by FEMA

Mendota, county appeal decision
Mudslides tore through the bluffs of the small city of Mendota in June, when a group of thunderstorms and resulting flash floods soaked communities through Minnesota.

Mon
08
Sep

Buyer of Checker's site in West St. Paul remains a mystery


The West St. Paul Checker's restaurant, built in 2007, had a closing that followed closely on its opening. The property, which has been unused since 2011, is being auctioned off.

The empty West St. Paul building occupied by fast food chain Checker's beginning in late 2007 was auctioned off Aug. 23. But the new owner of the property, located at 1011 South Robert St., is still a mystery. 

Sat
30
Aug

West St. Paul crosses funding blue line for Hoene Arena


West St. Paul hopes to partner with School District 197 and Mendota Heights to renovate John V. Hoene Arena, the home ice for the Henry Sibley High School Warriors. (Photo courtesy of the city of West St. Paul)

City hopes 197, Mendota Heights join the rush
Since 1971, the West St. Paul Arena, also known as the John V. Hoene Arena, has been the place to go for indoor ice skating in the southwest St. Paul area. But age — and new regulations — have propelled Hoene into a cooling crunch.

Wed
27
Aug

Where are the pavers?


The new Veterans Memorial Park will be located at the site of the former Cannon Park, northeast of Highway 36 and Margaret Street. (Tim Faklis/Review)

Veteran's committee member provides explanation

Tom Trost has received some inquiries from people who have purchased engraved pavers for the new Veteran's Memorial Park, which will be built at the site of North St. Paul's former Cannon Park. 

Wed
27
Aug

District 622's Alternative Learning Center leaves community center

School gone after just one year in North St. Paul

The recent move of Bauer-Emerson Preparatory Academy into the former North St. Paul Community Center comes with some obvious changes. One includes the departure of the city-owned fitness equipment, which is being temporarily housed in Ramsey County's Vadnais Sports Center. But perhaps the most notable is the departure of School District 622's Alternative Learning Center after just one year. 

Sun
24
Aug

Private hockey school makes public headlines

Bauer-Emerson Prep located in former North St. Paul Community Center
Bauer-Emerson Prep in North St. Paul has made its way into the headlines for a slew of reasons lately. Most recently, the start-up private school has been sued by Bauer Hockey, Inc. for copyright infringement on its name.

Sun
24
Aug

West St. Paul to boost baseball digs

5 new fields coming to Harmon Park
Come next summer, Harmon Park is going to look and feel completely different — set up with five new baseball parks, a trio of new buildings, and a few new other additions.

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. 

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