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I-35E construction plans face skeptical eye from East Siders


Eastern District patrol commander Kevin Casper hugs a resident at his last community policing meeting on Wednesday, July 17. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

With the Cayuga and MNPASS projects moving along on the Interstate 35E corridor, East Side community leaders are keeping an eye on the proposed plans.
The roughly $260 million set of projects will mean major changes to interchanges along the freeway on the stretch that runs along the East Side from downtown St. Paul to Larpenteur Avenue.

Mon
29
Jul

Community-minded cop moves on up and out


Eastern District patrol commander Kevin Casper hugs a resident at his last community policing meeting on Wednesday, July 17. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

After seven years on the East Side, the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District commander Kevin Casper will be moving on up.
St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith promoted him to senior commander in the Internal Affairs Department. Starting in August, Casper will be working out of the headquarters at 367 Grove St., on the edge of downtown.

Thu
25
Jul

Into the principal’s office… (part 2)

Meet Tracy Buhl, principal at Oakdale Elementary School, Meet Travis Barringer, principal at Skyview Elementary School, Meet Joe Slavin, principal at Skyview Middle School

Thu
25
Jul

Valentine Park in Arden Hills re-opens after a makeover


Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin Valentine Park in Arden Hills has re-opened and features many new and updated pieces of equipment, such as a new basketball court, new swing sets and the playground area too.

Around 150 residents, the mayor, city council and city staff members braved the blazing heat on Tuesday, July 16 for the grand re-opening of Valentine Park in Arden Hills.
The re-opening included a free ice cream social, children’s events, a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the brand new Don Messerly Picnic Shelter.
The park had been under construction since the spring of 2012 and had been closed to the public since last fall.

Wed
24
Jul

Prosecution, defense rest in Beecroft trial

Testimony wrapped up July 23 in the trial of Nicole Beecroft, an Oakdale woman charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the death of her newborn baby.
The case centered on whether or not the baby, delivered in the basement laundry room of Beecroft's mother's Oakdale home in 2007, died before she was stabbed more than 100 times.
After a week of testimony, attorneys did not present oral closing arguments. The prosecution and defense are expected to receive transcripts of the trial by Aug. 6, and will then have another two weeks to submit their written closing statements to Chief Judge John Hoffman, who heard the trial after Beecroft waived her right to a jury trial.

Wed
24
Jul

New trail section opens in Battle Creek


The new trail segment is shown as a dotted red line and runs along Lower Afton Road from McKnight Road to Battle Creek Park Entrance Road (Point Douglas Road), where it becomes an on-road strip that follows Battle Creek Entrance Road up to the parking lot. Solid red lines show existing trails in Battle Creek Regional Park. (submitted graphic)

Bikers and pedestrians in Ramsey County now have 1.5 new miles of trail to enjoy in Battle Creek Regional Park. Construction is complete on an addition to the Lower Afton Trail that extends the trail from McKnight Road to and along Battle Creek Park Entrance Road, formerly known as Point Douglas Road.

Wed
24
Jul

Microbrewers show interest in North St. Paul

A set of local beer aficionados have expressed interest in expanding their enterprise to include a tap room and microbrewery, and North St. Paul is one of the lucky cities that have piqued their interest.
The individuals, whose names could not be disclosed, toured two downtown locations in Stillwater in addition to two facilities in North St. Paul—space subleased from Aetrium on Helen Street and a building near the Gateway State Trail on 2nd Street.

Wed
24
Jul

North St. Paul offers Jason Ziemer city manager position

After a quick three-month hiring process and two interviews, North St. Paul has chosen its new city manager: Maple Plain city administrator Jason Ziemer.
At a special meeting held at City Hall on Wednesday, July 17, council members grilled Ziemer about his leadership and communication styles, experience with municipal utilities and opinion on performance evaluations.
Ziemer handled the questions adeptly, detailing his interactions with taxpayers, city staff and city council members in his current city of Maple Plain, a western Hennepin County community with a total area of about 1.1 square miles and a population of about 1,800, according to the 2010 census.

Wed
24
Jul

Lake Elmo appoints Mike Reeves to city council


Mike Reeves delivers a speech at the May 21 Speak Your Peace pledge signing at City Hall. Linda (Baumeister/Review)

Lake Elmo resident Mike Reeves has a lot of accomplishments under his belt — he’s been an executive for DeLuxe Corporation, facilitated the merger between the Minneapolis and St. Paul YMCAs and works with the Minnesota Wild hockey team.
Now, he can add a new achievement to his resume: Lake Elmo city council member.
In a workshop before the city council meeting on Tuesday, July 16, city officials interviewed four applicants for a vacant council seat. Seven-year council member Nicole Park officially resigned the position at the same meeting.

Wed
24
Jul

Open house held for Highway 36 study in Oakdale


A crash occurred July 17 at the intersection of Highway 36 and Highway 120 just hours before the scheduled open house where the intersection’s safety issues would be discussed. (Alex Holmquist/Review)

Representatives from several state and local government agencies gathered Wednesday, July 17, at an open house to answer questions about possible State Highway 36 construction project designs at two busy intersections.
And the questions flowed — more than 100 residents and business owners came to the event armed with their opinions about redesigning the intersections at Highway 120 and Hadley Avenue. They are the only remaining signalized intersections on Highway 36 west of Interstate 694.

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