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.
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.
A West St. Paul man has been charged for allegedly pointing a BB gun at another driver in an incident of road rage April 1.
Joshua T. Tipcke, 27, is facing felony charges, according to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday, April 8, in Dakota County District Court.
The striking Aria venue in downtown Minneapolis hosted the 2014 Groove Gala, Spare Key’s biggest fundraiser of the year. (Submitted photo)
The small, but passionate staff of Spare Key are committed to helping families “bounce and not break.” From left to right: Nikki Lignell (program director) Erich Mische (executive director) and Jen Holubar (director of communications, partnerships and development). Not pictured: Roerick Sweeney, director of cryptocurrency development, markets and social engagement.
Spare Key’s dedicated board of directors includes a diverse range of doctors, real estate agents, bankers, politicians and more. “There’s a commitment and passion that they each bring to the table,” Executive Director Erich Mische said. All of the board members attended the 2014 Groove Gala.
Patsy and Robb Keech with their young son, Derian. Derian was born in 1993 with a severe genetic disorder. He passed away when he was two and a half years old
Supporters of Spare Key dance the night away at the organization’s annual Groove Gala. Over 600 people attended the event, which raised over $400,000.
“Get down tonight!” Disco dance band Boogie Wonderland “groove” with Spare Key’s supporters at the non-profit’s annual Groove Gala.
South St. Paul couple’s nonprofit helps families keep their homes during crisis
If you were forced to make a decision between your job and your child, what would you do?
An Inver Grove Heights man is facing a misdemeanor charge after he fell asleep while driving near Rosemount and struck and killed another driver.
Michael W. Steinhoff, 20, was charged Tuesday with careless driving in the death of Angela N. Wear, 32, of Inver Grove Heights, according to the criminal complaint.
Peter Reyes, Jr. will start his judgeship on the Minnesota Court of Appeals next week. Reyes will be the first Latino to serve on any appellate court in Minnesota. (submitted photo)
Peter Reyes will be the first Latino to serve on the court
Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Peter Reyes, Jr. as a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals last month. Reyes, along with District Court Judge Denise Reilly of Long Lake, Minn., were appointed to fill two at-large seats on the court following the retirement of the Honorable Thomas Kalitowski and the Honorable Terri Stoneburner on April 1.
The Inver Grove Heights school board recently announced its six first-round finalists for superintendent.
The board is hoping to replace Superintendent Deirdre Wells, who announced in January that she would resign when her contract ends June 30, after nearly a decade in the district’s top spot.
Metro anglers who want to stick close to home for the April 12 stream trout opener will have nearly two additional miles of shoreline to explore, thanks to acquisitions made by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Dakota County.