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Wed
01
Jul

County will continue Sentence to Service program

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a continuing joint powers agreement with the state that oversees the Sentence to Service program June 23.

The agreement is for July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017.

Wed
01
Jul

Work will begin on Phase I of CSAH 17 project in downtown Lake Elmo

The Washington County Board of Commissioners accepted a bid June 23 from North Pine Aggregate, Inc., for Phase I of the County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 17 project in the Old Village of Lake Elmo.

Wed
01
Jul

Department of Health shuts down Maplewood mortuary

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.

Wed
01
Jul

Casey Lake Park gets new fishing pier

City staff and volunteers transport the first segment of the new Casey Lake fishing pier to the shoreline on June 23. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
City staff and volunteers transport the first segment of the new Casey Lake fishing pier to the shoreline on June 23. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)

Those looking to fish on Casey Lake, or simply get a closer look at the wildlife, are encouraged to check out the new fishing pier at Casey Lake Park.

Wed
01
Jul

District 622 School Board adopts 2015-2016 budget

Superintendent Patty Phillips
Superintendent Patty Phillips

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.

Wed
01
Jul

New Brighton adds new polling places

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)
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.

Tue
30
Jun

Net-zero solar home plans to shine in Roseville

Architect Marc Sloot said he aimed for sustainability and beauty — a “perfect blend.” (design and rendering by SALA Architects)
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.

Tue
30
Jun

Sheriff’s Office recognizes life saving actions in Little Canada and Vadnais Heights

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)
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.

Mon
29
Jun

Lake Elmo seeking interim city administrator

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.

Mon
29
Jun

How legislation affects ISD 197 students

School Board Member  Matthew Klein ISD 197
School Board Member Matthew Klein ISD 197

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

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