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Tue
15
Apr

Roseville considers former Perc site for park


The Mounds View Public School District owns a 3.32-acre parcel of land at 2959 Hamline Ave. in Roseville, the site of its former district service center. The district hopes to sell the property to the city of Roseville for use as a park. Over the past decade, ISD 621 has spent more than $760,000 in soil remediation and monitoring costs due to the discovery of Perc contamination on the property. (Johanna Holub/Review)

In 2010, the city of Roseville Parks and Recreation Department completed a parks system master plan, which includes acquiring the district’s parcel of land just south of Autumn Grove Park on Hamline Avenue. The space could be used for “court sports,” including baseball, volleyball, pickleball or soccer, according to Parks and Recreation Director Lonnie Brokke. (submitted graphics)

Roseville Historical Society

Mounds View school district removed building, contaminated soil
Mounds View Public Schools is letting go of a site that’s been with the district for more than 40 years.
A purchase agreement with the city of Roseville to sell a three-acre parcel of land at 2959 Hamline Ave. was approved at the school board’s April 8 meeting.

Tue
15
Apr

It’s a family tradition


Siblings Jane and Tex Metzger are the third generation of Metzgers running the family drywall business. The company was started by their grandfather in 1939. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Jane Metzger carries supplies from the company’s stock yard into the office. Jane Metzger officially took over as president of the company in 2011, taking the reins from her father, Gus. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Dave Bleeke, “yard man” at Metzger Building Materials, has been with the company for 25 years. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Long-time family business awarded
If you walked into Metzger Building Materials Company in the mid-1980s, you might see as many as five Metzgers, not to mention the family dog, hanging out at the business.
Tucked away along Phalen Boulevard at 768 Bradley St., the building supply business has been quietly chugging along for over 75 years and three generations.

Mon
14
Apr

With CP Rail expansion, neighbors hope concerns will be heard


Canadian Pacific Railroad operates a switching yard near Pig’s Eye Lake, located just west of the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and Lower Afton Road. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

With Canadian Pacific Railroad applying to expand operations at its Pig’s Eye switching yard, neighbors are approaching it as an opportunity to voice their concerns.
Canadian Pacific Railroad hopes to fill in six acres of wetlands to enlarge the facility, located just west of the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and Lower Afton Road.

Mon
14
Apr

Inver Grove Heights teacher overcame tragedy to find her life’s passion


Salem Hills Elementary in Inver Grove Heights has a gem of teacher, Mrs. Kim Westra, who worked her fifth grade students, Lincoln Bacal, left, and Eliana Bly, right, on their art projects on April 2. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Kim Westra, nearly 2, and her mother, Patricia, 20, sit in front of an apartment in April of 1970. Westra says her mom, who finished college while raising a toddler on her own, was a huge influence in her career path. Westra is one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. (Submitted photo)

Kim Westra leads her class of fourth- and fifth-graders on April 2 at Salem Hills Elementary School in Inver Grove Heights. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Kim Westra’s grandma, Ruth Kraemer, left, and her mom, Patricia Gale Cretilli, in May 1970. (Submitted photo)

Kim Westra’s first grade school photo. She says she got into fights, and wasn’t a great student around that time, but found out education was her true passion later in life. (Submitted photo)

Kim Westra’s dad, Peter Kraemer, the day of his high school graduation. He immigrated when he was 9 from Germany. He became the first in his family to graduate from college. (Submitted photo)

Kim Westra almost didn’t become a teacher.
When her father committed suicide a few years after his teenage son was murdered, Westra had just started graduate school.

Mon
14
Apr

Woman's body found at Kohlman Creek

Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell announced at 6:30 p.m. Saturday that a woman's body had been found in a wooded area near Kohlman Creek earlier in the day.
At approximately 3:20 p.m. that day, Maplewood police officers were called to a wooded area near Hazelwood and Beam by a man who found a dead body in the creek. Schnell said.

Mon
14
Apr

19-year-old sentenced in fatal shooting of West St. Paul man


Donovan Diego

A St. Paul man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Wednesday, April 9, in connection with the fatal shooting of a West St. Paul man last January.
Donovan Michael Diego, 19, was sentenced to more than 23 years in prison, and ordered to pay restitution.

Fri
11
Apr

Lake Elmo, school district consider partnership to build new park

Lake Elmo and Stillwater Area Schools have been working on a possible partnership to add more amenities to the southeast corner of the city, including a new park.

Wed
09
Apr

Hopkins man charged after attempted burglary in New Brighton

In the early morning hours of Sunday, March 30, police arrested a man who allegedly attempted to force entry into a home in New Brighton.
34-year-old Christopher Charles Patterson of Hopkins allegedly rang the doorbell of a home on the 600 block of Riviera Drive four times around 3:30 a.m.

Wed
09
Apr

More adjustments made to Stillwater area schools budget

In an effort to balance next year’s budget, the Stillwater Area School Board approved nearly $1.5 million in budget adjustments at its March 27 meeting.
Some of the largest adjustments include:

Wed
09
Apr

Oakdale woman takes a spin on the ‘Wheel of Fortune’


Jessica Kiefer of Oakdale, right and her friend Kristin Wasil from Michigan were contestants on the March 26 episode of “Wheel of Fortune.” The show’s theme was “Girlfriend Getaways,” and the two took home just over $10,000 in winnings. (submitted photos)

The Wheel of Fortune set was decorated in a Southwest theme during “Girlfriend Getaways” week.

Local teacher appeared during ‘Girlfriend Getaways’ week
An Oakdale woman recently appeared on “Wheel of Fortune,” the 31-year-old game show based on the popular game “Hangman,” in which contestants buy letters to solve word puzzles to win cash and fun prizes.

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