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Cars leave the roadway after pavement buckles on Highway 36

The rear end of an SUV is pitched into the air on Highway 36 June 11 as seen in footage from a Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic camera. Pavement buckled on the roadway due to the heat -- the roadway was fixed shortly after the buckle was reported. (courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation)

Soaring temperatures the evening of June 11 caused pavement on Highway 36 to buckle on the border of Maplewood and Little Canada at Edgerton Street.


Ramsey County agrees to believe

At a launching event for the Ramsey County: A Start by Believing Community initiative Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell said, “As friends we can believe and support these victims. As criminal justice system providers and others we can believe and ensure that good solid investigation occurs.” (Aundrea Kinney/Review)

Communities unite against sexual violence

One in six women and one in 33 men are victims of sexual assault, and only a fraction of sexual assault cases are ever reported, according to John Choi Ramsey County Attorney.

“Just in Ramsey County alone, two-thirds of all the cases that are investigated by police agencies never even come to the county judge’s office or prosecution to deal with,” Choi said.


North St. Paul says goodbye to a local icon

In 1995 Ellsworth Erickson revisited photographs taken in Europe during World War II. While serving his country, Erickson developed film to be viewed in 3D. This early version of 3D required photos to be taken from slightly different vantage points. Once developed, the photos were viewed through plastic glasses. (file photo)
Ellsworth Erickson, 92, was World War II vet, popular teacher, civic leader 

North St. Paul lost one of its few remaining World War II veterans on March 3, 2016, when Ellsworth Erickson succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

He will be remembered by the public as a family man, a veteran, a teacher, an artist and a friend. His family members said they will remember him for his loyalty, honesty and optimism that permeated all aspects of his life.

“It was hard because even though he was 92, he acted young; he thought young,” said his daughter Sheryl Erickson in an interview last week.


Cowern teacher Julie Swanson makes Teacher of the Year semifinals

Julie Swanson
Julie Swanson

Julie Swanson was recently named one of the 34 semifinalists for the 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. 


16-year-old stabbed after North-Tartan basketball game

A 16-year-old boy received multiple stab wounds when a fight broke out after a North versus Tartan high school boys basketball playoff game at East Ridge High School March 3.  


Elderly residents relying on North St. Paul food shelf spikes

More and more elderly residents are turning to the North St. Paul Area Food Shelf every month to meet their nutritional needs, according to Linda Zick, food shelf director.


Cowern teacher nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Julie Swanson is among 113 other candidates nominated to be the 52nd Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

 Candidates for the award include pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and adult basic education teachers from public and private schools.

To be eligible, a teacher must have at least a bachelor’s degree, a Minnesota teaching license, completed at least three years of teaching and the intention to continue teaching. 


High school students revamp a foreclosed duplex

Students from Northeast Metro 916 Career and Technical Center transformed the duplex on Sixth Avenue in North St. Paul into a single-family home during the 2014-15 school year. Above is after, below is before. (file photo/Linda Baumeister)

North St. Paul now marketing ‘new’ single-family home near Webster School 

The transformation of a duplex into a single-family home located across the street from Webster Elementary School in North, St. Paul, is nothing short of amazing, and it is even more amazing that all the renovation work was done by high school students. 

After a prior resident had to be evacuated using teargas and arrested for criminal acts in 2013, the duplex at 2001 Sixth Street, North St. Paul, was boarded up and fell into foreclosure. The dwelling soon became a blight that the neighborhood was eager to change.


Byerly’s East Side store closing next month

The East Side Lunds & Byerlys will be closing at the end of the day on March 6. The store appeared to be operating as normal last week but that will change when the going-out-of-business discounts begin Feb. 27. (Mary Lee Hagert/Review)
The property at 1959 Suburban Avenue, which had been the location of Lunds & Byerly’s since 1972, has been purchased by Ha Tien Market, an Asian grocery store and Vietnamese deli.

Store opened in 1971 with chandeliers, carpeted floors

After 45 years of serving the East Side community, the Lunds & Byerlys store will close its doors at the end of the business day on March 6.

Aaron Sorenson, communications manager for Lunds Food Holdings Inc, stated last week that a decline in sales was causing the shuttering of the store at 1965 Suburban Ave.


Ramsey County Board adopts countywide bike plan

Fat Tire bikers traverse a bridge in Maplewood’s Keller Lake Park — the Ramsey Countywide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan, in coming years, should make it easier for bikers and walkers to traverse the whole county. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Fat Tire bikers traverse a bridge in Maplewood’s Keller Lake Park — the Ramsey Countywide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan, in coming years, should make it easier for bikers and walkers to traverse the whole county. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Feb. 2 to adopt a bike and pedestrian improvement plan.


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