News

Wed
23
Apr

Fire destroys Oakdale home

Boy and dog escape burning structure
The Oakdale Fire Department responded to a report of flames along the outside of a house at the corner of Upper 20th Street North and Helmo Avenue North at 7:49 p.m. Tuesday, April 22.

Wed
23
Apr

Couple charged in multiple bank robberies


Left to right: Rory Alan Mitchell; Kimberly Anne Hillage

Police investigating possible connection to Maplewood Wells Fargo holdup
Burnsville police charged two people Wednesday, April 23, in connection with the robbery of banks in Burnsville and Maple Grove, with one of them suspected to have played a role in Monday's robbery at the Maplewood Wells Fargo.

Wed
23
Apr

Injured Iraq veteran awarded mortgage-free home in Shoreview


Muffie Gabler, a community development manager at Wells Fargo, about to present the keys to the house to Jacobson and Hunt. (photo by Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)

Jacobson and his girlfriend, Cassie Hunt, look out a backdoor of his house at his backyard and the parkland behind it. “There's no more highway in back,” Jacobson said, who will be moving into his new house from an apartment in the Prospect Park neighborhood in Minneapolis. (photo by Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)

The Humvee in which Jacobson road after it was pulled from a canal, following the IED attack. (photo submitted by Tom Jacobson)

Jacobson during recovery at Naval Medical Center San Diego. (photo submitted by Tom Jacobson)

Retired Lance Corporal Tom Jacobson, a Marine Corps veteran, who was injured while serving in Iraq in 2007, received a mortgage-free home in Shoreview from Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) on Wednesday, April 23.

Wed
23
Apr

Rusty the snowman?


North St. Paul’s 44-foot tall snowman welcomes residents and visitors alike with a smile that stretches 16 feet across its cheerful face. (Kaylin Creason/Review)

Does the North St. Paul snowman need a check-up?
Mayor Mike Kuehn thinks so.
A few months ago, Kuehn asked the North St. Paul Parks and Recreation Commission to look into the “health” of the North St. Paul snowman, which he fears is in danger of toppling over.

Wed
23
Apr

Maplewood breaks ground on fire-police structure


Maplewood Fire Department personnel lend a hand at the April 14 groundbreaking ceremony for a fire department and police substation to be located at 600 McKnight Road. The new station will replace the one currently at 1177 Century Ave. N., and will include a police substation. (submitted photo)

After some early objections from nearby homeowners, the city of Maplewood finally broke ground on a construction project for a new fire and police substation on Monday, April 14.

Wed
23
Apr

Oakdale business owner arrested while trying to flee to China


Stephanie Lasch was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport the morning of April 10, while trying to flee the country to China. She was charged with felony identity theft the folowing day. (submitted photo)

The owner of BARE The Spa and Soap Bar Company located at 1077 Helmo Ave. No. Suite 100 in Oakdale has been detained by authorities for alleged fraudulent activity. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The space formerly occupied by BARE remains vacant nearly three months after Lasch cleared out her belongings. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Stephanie Rae Lasch, 35, of East Bethel was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at approximately 7:15 a.m. Thursday, April 10, just minutes before a plane she and her husband were on departed for China.
She was transported by police to the Anoka County Jail and charged with felony identity theft the following day.

Wed
23
Apr

Casey Lake Park fundraiser to start next week

Zahradkas continue their playground rebuild in memory of daughter
Sarah and Tony Zahradka are continuing their efforts toward building a preschool-age playground at Casey Lake Park in memory of their daughter, Janie, who died unexpectedly last September.
Their newest project: a fundraiser that would install name-plated bricks (paving stones) at the park, which is located off 17th Avenue and Mohawk Road in North St. Paul.

Wed
23
Apr

Lake Elmo mulls commercial wedding venues

If the Lake Elmo City Council approves a new ordinance next month, residents with 10-acre lots will be able to rent out their properties for marriage ceremonies.
The Lake Elmo Planning Commission voted last week to recommend passage of an ordinance that would allow commercial venues for the exchanging of wedding vows, but not for hosting receptions.

Wed
23
Apr

Interstate 694 ramp to eastbound Highway 36 closed through May 11


The $13.8 million Highway 36/Hilton Trail reconstruction project will replace the former signalized intersection with a grade-separated diamond interchange. MnDOT plans to finish the project by the end of summer. (submitted graphic)

Now that the snow has melted, construction crews are continuing work on the Minnesota Highway 36/Hilton Trail project in Pine Springs.
The ramp to eastbound Highway 36 from northbound Interstate 694 closed Monday morning and will not reopen until Monday, May 12, weather permitting.

Tue
22
Apr

Maplewood Wells Fargo robbed Monday afternoon

Suspect may have committed multiple robberies in metro area
Maplewood police report that the Burnsville Police Department has a man in custody that may be responsible for bank robberies in Burnsville, Maple Grove and Maplewood.
According to a police statement, the Wells Fargo Bank at 2945 White Bear Ave., near Maplewood Mall, was robbed at 2:25 p.m. Monday, April 21.

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