Construction of the new Inver Grove Heights Early Learning Center was completed Aug. 1. The school celebrated its grand opening Sept. 11. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Early Childhood Director Karen Sperl reads to students in the Community Preschool classroom on Sept. 11 during the grand opening of the Inver Grove Heights Early Learning Center. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Inver Grove Heights royalty worked on arts and crafts during the grand opening Sept. 11 of the Inver Grove Heights Early Learning Center. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Center added onto Hilltop Elementary Thanks to extra funding from the Minnesota Department of Education, the Inver Grove Heights School District's new Early Learning Center, attached to Hilltop Elementary School, is now open for business.
The Maplewood Police Department expansion was the highlight of its second annual open house Sept. 13. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Maplewood Police Department has an expanded garage, allowing vehicles to be parked inside. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Maplewood Police Reserve Tom Tousignant stands ready to assist Beverly Parkinson who tries walking the straight blue line with "fatal vision" goggles replicating an impaired .07 - 1.0, .08 being the legal limit. Visitors were encouraged to give it a try in the police conference room, now doubled in size, gaining space from the old locker room. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Maplewood Police report writing room is in space once occupied by the former 911 dispatch center. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The investigator's new conference room is card access, a section strictly for the investigative team. The Sept. 13 open house was the first opportunity to see the expansion project. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The expanded Maplewood police department threw its doors open to the public Saturday, Sept. 13.
The Rush Line transit corridor is still in its infancy, but Ramsey County is bearing down and focusing on the corridor. A study concluding next summer will decide whether to put the transit line through the East Side up to White Bear Lake, or along I-35E up to Forest Lake. (submitted graphic)
Residents' awareness of project unclear
With the Rush Line Corridor project moving forward, the amount of familiarity Maplewood residents have with the proposal is unclear.
A recent show of hands at a St. Paul neighborhood meeting showed that many East Side residents are not familiar with the proposed Rush Line corridor, a northeast transit line which as been on the backburner since a preliminary study concluded back in 2009.
Haley Jostes, winged for the occasion, displayed the monarch butterfly progression at the Juran home during the "Evening in the Big Backyard." Visitors could tap the resources of the Washington Conservation District, Washington Watershed, and Master Gardeners. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Monarch butterfly-friendly gardens were showcased at Bonnie Juran’s yard in August. Information was made available on pollinators, monarch butterflies, native plants, and trees and shrubs. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Haley Jostes prepares an adult monarch butterfly she raised for release into the wild in a butterfly house her father built for her in the family’s Lake Elmo backyard. The tracking tag visible on the butterfly’s wing will allow researchers to learn about monarch migrating patterns after a recapture. (Joshua Nielsen/Review)
Haley Jostes carefully places a tracking tag on a recently hatched monarch butterfly. (Joshua Nielsen/Review)
On an August afternoon, 13-year-old Haley Jostes carefully places a recently hatched monarch butterfly on a nectar flower in her parents Lake Elmo backyard.
Bullets, packed suitcase recovered during investigation
Hoffman is charged with one count of intentional second-degree murder. He appeared in Ramsey County District Court Sept. 12 in a bulletproof vest, and his bail was set at $2 million. His next court appearance is Oct. 3. The maximum sentence for second-degree murder is 40 years.
A MnPASS express toll lane is currently being constructed on Interstate 35E in Little Canada. The project is slated to continue through next year.
Little Canada braces for noise
Two major highways in the area will soon have an additional lane, thanks to major construction projects in the works. When the projects are completed, they will improve traffic flow and safety, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.