Tim Faklis

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

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 photos)

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 photos)

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.

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
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.

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.

Wed
16
Jul

Hobby Lobby store to open in Maplewood amidst national controversy

Supreme Court decision not slowing plans for October grand opening
Despite a deluge of news reports and street protests following Hobby Lobby’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision last month, the company is marching forward with its expansion plans.

Mon
14
Jul

South St. Paul cries foul on odors


South St. Paul’s smelliness is partially attributed to the meat packing industry that settled there. The city’s stockyards were established in the late 1800s, and by 1974 (and through 1981) it was the world’s largest livestock market. Meat processing has dwindled in recent years, although the smells continue to characterize the city. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

City council passes ordinance to curb stench from businesses
Two weeks ago, South St. Paul’s proposed odor ordinance vote was put on hold, mainly because of the absence of Mayor Beth Baumann.
 

Wed
09
Jul

NSP Veterans Park fundraising continues


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

Planners report paver sales making big impact
Although the start of construction work on the new Veterans Park in North St. Paul is still months away, the number of brick pavers sold to help finance the effort has gone up significantly this summer.

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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