Case raises questions about Hmong funeral practices
Last month, the Minnesota Department of Health shut down Maple Oaks-Phalen Park Funeral Home in Maplewood, alleging the facility had decomposing bodies in the embalming room.
The owners, E. Peter Vasey and David Thorsell, maintain the bodies were in a state of severe dehydration — a condition that should not have put their business in jeopardy.
Superintendent Phillips says farewell
A final budget to fund a new school year was adopted by the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board last week. The board unanimously approved the district’s 2015-2016 revenue and expenditures budget at its Tuesday, June 23, meeting.
The $180,484,235 budget is about $3.7 million more than expected expenditures for next school year, bringing the district’s fund balance up to over $4 million.
New Brighton approved seven of eight proposed polling places at its June 23 City Council meeting. City clerk Terri Haarstad said polling places need to be located within one mile of the border of the precinct they serve. The proposed polls at Sunny Square Park Neighborhood Center were not approved and could be moved to nearby Sunnyside Elementary School or Irondale High School. The council will revisit the location of the Precinct 8 polling place at its July 14 meeting. (courtesy of New Brighton)
If New Brighton residents show up this year at the same polling place they voted at last year, they may be in for a surprise.
Architect Marc Sloot said he aimed for sustainability and beauty — a “perfect blend.” (design and rendering by SALA Architects)
Owners aim to make more electricity than they take
A cloudy day greeted the groundbreaking of Mark and Kathryn Hansons' new Roseville home on Tuesday, June 16, and it's no stretch of the imagination that the two are hoping for sunnier days ahead.
The Hansons' house will be powered and heated by sunshine, so much so that Mark said the home should be "net-zero," generating more electricity via solar panels than it uses.
The Hansons are putting a twist on the typical net-zero story as well, with plans to charge their electric cars exclusively using the home's electricity.
Nita Ortiz, center, with Pam Madlind and Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom after she received a Sheriff’s Award for Excellence for performing the Heimlich maneuver on Madlind after she choked on an omelet at Ortiz’ restaurant. (Danielle Korby/Review)
Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom says not everyone jumps into action to try to save a life in emergency situations. But for three area residents and two deputies, this is exactly what they did.
Two more city staffers resign
Employee turnover continues to plague the city of Lake Elmo.
Six city staffers have now resigned in the past three months; the most recent being city planner Nick Johnson and deputy clerk Beckie Gumatz, who both announced resignations last Friday.
The Omnibus Education bill passed by the Minnesota legislature on June 13 will affect the way ISD 197 schools operate over the next two years.†The school board met regularly with state legislators this session to defend the interests of students i