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04
Nov

With hit-and-run of Wade Souster, tips flood in


Wade Souster is shown the day after being hit by a car in the early hours of Oct. 3. (submitted photo)

For St. Paul Police Cmdr. Steve Carlson, the lead investigator in the East Side hit-and-run case of Wade Souster, the average day means wading through hordes of voicemails.
Many of the voicemails are from concerned citizens hoping to turn the corner in Souster’s case. A vehicle hit Souster while he walking near his home by Lake Phalen in the early hours of Oct. 3.
He was left in the road; the driver took off.

Mon
04
Nov

WSP invites residents to weigh in with November survey

There are plenty of things to love about life in West St. Paul, and perhaps a few things that aren’t so lovable.
That’s an easy assessment to make, but determining which aspects fit into which category is a much more challenging task, according to city officials -- and one that will require help from residents.

Fri
01
Nov

19 men arrested during prostitution sting in Mounds View

A total of 19 men were arrested over a two-day period for responding to online advertisements to engage in prostitution at a Mounds View motel.
To catch the perpetrators, police placed phony ads on Backpage.com advertising sex at a motel in Mounds View. The men who responded were arrested after they gave money to an undercover female officer posing as a prostitute.
"We are happy with the results of this investigation," said Mounds View Police Chief Tom Kinney. "I would like to acknowledge the St. Paul Police Department for their expertise in this."

Wed
30
Oct

Suspect arrested after Roseville bank robbery


courtesy of the Roseville Police department

A Crystal man suspected of robbing a Roseville bank was arrested just minutes after the robbery occurred.
According to police, a masked man entered North American Bank Company, 2230 Albert St., at 11:12 a.m. Tuesday and robbed the bank of an undisclosed amount of cash from the bank's vault. A surveillance photo shows the suspect pointing a semi-automatic pistol at one of the bank employees.

Wed
30
Oct

One dead, two injured at Moonshine Saloon shooting


Three people were shot in the early hours of Saturday, Oct. 26 outside of the Moonshine Saloon. One man died from his wounds a short time later at Regions Hospital. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Adlai Xiong, 27, of Minneapolis is dead following a shooting in front of Moonshine Saloon in the early hours of Saturday, Oct. 26, according to St. Paul police.
Two others - a man and a woman, ages 23 and 24 - also were injured in the incident and are expected to recover, said Howie Padilla, spokesperson for the police department.

Wed
30
Oct

New traffic signals to be installed on Trunk Highway 5 in Lake Elmo


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Thanks to a sizeable grant received by Washington County, two new signalized intersections will be coming to the Village area in downtown Lake Elmo.
The county was awarded a $462,000 grant from the Metro Municipal Agreement Program to “aid in the cost of safety improvements” along Trunk Highway 5. The funds will be used to install signals on Highway 5 at both spots where Lake Elmo Avenue (County Road 17) intersects the highway. Dedicated right-turn lanes will also be constructed as part of the project, which is slated to begin in September 2014.

Wed
30
Oct

Lending a ‘hand’ to families in need this holiday season

What started as a small group of people helping struggling families during the holiday season has blossomed into a community outreach effort taken on by more than a hundred volunteers.
The Holiday Helping Hands program, which was started more than 20 years ago by the Oakdale Business and Professional Association (OBPA), now serves more than 80 North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District 622 families each year.

Wed
30
Oct

Ramsey County’s bid to buy Vadnais Sports Center not enough

Vadnais Heights Sports Center’s bondholders notified Ramsey County Commissioners Oct. 24 that they were passing on the county’s $10.5 million bid to purchase the 200,000-square-foot sports facility.
The facility houses two regulation hockey rinks with seating for 1,300 spectators, a 100,000-square-foot dome with 1.5 full soccer fields, three batting cages, a 100-meter track, two volleyball courts, concessions, a conference room, offices and an attached sports bar. It was built in 2010 through bonds issued by the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Authority for $26.5 million. After three years of the center underperforming financially, Community Facilities Partners -- the nonprofit that owns the complex -- put the sports center on the market in July for half of its original cost.

Wed
30
Oct

Oakdale veteran picks up a new hobby: boxing


Jake Raymond, 24, of Oakdale picked up boxing after attending a boxing showcase at the city’s annual Summerfest celebration this year. He has been training since July, and competed in his first fight in mid-October. (submitted photo)

Jake Raymond, 24, has many titles. Father of two, husband, student, Oakdale resident, military veteran, runner. And now, he can add another to the list: amateur boxer.
Raymond, a former member of the North High School wrestling team, says individual sports have always drawn his interest.

Wed
30
Oct

Mounds View School Board rallies in support of levy renewal

ISD 621 School Board Members have been meeting with city council members in cities within the school district’s boundaries recently to garner support from the public for a proposed tax levy renewal referendum that will appear on the ballot on Nov. 5.  
On Monday, Oct. 14 District 621 School Board Member Bob Helgeson and District 621 Superintendent Dan Hoverman met with the Arden Hills City Council to address the matter of levy renewal. In his presentation to the council, Helgeson noted that levy funding is vital to the district’s Equity Promise, which he said is a commitment to make sure all students attending Mounds View Schools are prepared for post-secondary success, regardless of race, class or disability.

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