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Tue
03
Sep

WSP police have all the answers — online

The police department can be an intimidating place to visit, even for a law-abiding resident with a legitimate errand.
That’s why the West St. Paul Police Department has worked out a way for you to familiarize yourself and ask your questions before you even leave your home. The department plans to offer a new Q-and-A service online this month that will provide how-to’s and instructional videos to help you figure out what you need from the department and how to get it. Need a copy of the report from your car accident to send to your insurance? Does your new job require you to get fingerprinted? Having trouble reading the online crime map for your neighborhood?

Tue
03
Sep

South St. Paul police remember 80th anniversary of fallen officer


The South St. Paul Police force in full uniform in 1933, the year Pavlak was killed in the line of duty.

The Thompson submachine gun that hangs in South St. Paul Police Chief William Messerich’s office isn’t an interesting curio from Gatsby days or a movie prop.
It’s a reminder that a police officer could be cut down at any time, even on a routine assignment in a bustling business district.
Friday, Aug. 30 marks the 80th anniversary of Officer Leo Pavlak’s death in a gang robbery outside the South St. Paul post office.

Tue
03
Sep

Drug bust in Dayton’s Bluff

A Chicago man is charged with selling heroin in St. Paul’s Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, according to a criminal complaint from the Ramsey County attorney’s office.
Angelo Michael Smith, 30, was arrested near Fourth Street East and Maria Avenue on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 6:45 p.m.
Smith was caught with the help of a confidential informant, the complaint states.

Tue
03
Sep

Indian Mounds Park to land in National Registrar


The burial mounds at Indian Mounds Park sit 200 feet up a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. They’ve been around for over 2,000 years and have special significance with the Dakota Indians who once called the area home. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The earthen mounds at Indian Mounds Park could look like little more than landscaping curiosities at a quick glance.
But it doesn’t take much to recognize the bold shapes are much more than that. They hold over 2,000 years of human history, and date back to the time of early Egyptian civilizations and the great Chinese dynasties.
And the East Side slice of history will likely be on the National Register of Historic Places in short order.

Tue
03
Sep

Sun Ray Library to see $5.5 million renovation


The Sun Ray Library was built in 1970. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

A $5,545,000 remodeling project will give the Sun Ray Library an updated presence on the East Side.
“We’re looking at transforming the library to be up to speed for what 21st century libraries need to be,” said Jill Boldenow, community and digital services director at St. Paul Public Library.
Although the details are not finalized, the project will include renovating both the interior and exterior of the library and reconfiguring the current space as well as constructing additional space.

Tue
03
Sep

New Johnson High principal has a history with the place


Micheal Thompson, incoming principal at Johnson High School, stands in front of a display case which holds pictures of students posing with books — simple endeavors like this can help students recognize that they’re a part of the school, he said. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Micheal Thompson is a witty, candid kind of guy whose passion for education is as easy to notice as the black eye he got when he tripped during a triathlon just days before sat down for a newspapear interview.
He’s 52, but it’s hard to tell by looking at him.He could easily be in his late 30s. He seems energized and revved up for the new school year.
In a way, Thompson’s new job as the Johnson High School principal is a homecoming.

Tue
03
Sep

Early Childhood center moves out of John A Johnson

The Early Childhood Family Education center at John A. Johnson will be moved to Battle Creek Elementary.
Donald Sysyn, director of the early childhood program, said the move comes after the Strong Schools, Strong Communities initiative at St. Paul Public Schools drew more kids to John A. Johnson last year.

Mon
02
Sep

New year, new computers for SSP students

When South St. Paul High students go back to school Sept. 3, they’ll be equipped with a new educational tool: a Google Samsung Chromebook.
Recently the district purchased 800 of the laptops in an effort to equip all juniors and seniors with a computer for use at home and school. Students in the upper elementary grades will also be able to use additional Chromebooks available in student areas.

Thu
29
Aug

Man shot when search warrant served in New Brighton ID’d

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the man shot when law enforcement served a search warrant at a New Brighton home Tuesday as 45-year-old Matthew Lloyd Vanhofwegen.
According to a press release from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, a multi-jurisdictional task force -- the Ramsey County Violent Crime Enforcement Team (VCET) -- served a narcotics search warrant at Vanhofwegen's residence on the 1500 block of 20th Avenue northwest at about 2 p.m.

Wed
28
Aug

Demo of two Mounds View buildings approved

Mounds View’s Economic Development Authority unanimously approved a resolution allowing for the demolition of two EDA-owned buildings at its Aug. 12 meeting.
The two parcels – the former Robert’s Sports Bar site at 2400 County Road H2 and the former location of Taiko Sushi at 2394 County Road 10 – were purchased by the EDA earlier this summer using unobligated tax increment financing (TIF) funds.

 

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