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14
Apr

Woman's body found at Kohlman Creek

Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell announced at 6:30 p.m. Saturday that a woman's body had been found in a wooded area near Kohlman Creek earlier in the day.
At approximately 3:20 p.m. that day, Maplewood police officers were called to a wooded area near Hazelwood and Beam by a man who found a dead body in the creek. Schnell said.

Mon
14
Apr

City golf course opens, with private management


Pat McCurdy gets in some practice on the driving range out at Phalen Golf Course April 9. The 18-hole par 70 golf course opened Thursday, April 10. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

So far, so good, city and Prom Catering report
After a drawn out public process, the city-owned Phalen Golf Course is now open for the season, under private management for the first time.
The 18-hole, 6,100-yard recreational course is located in Phalen Regional Park.

Wed
09
Apr

‘Cakes From Grace’ makes sick kids smile one cake at a time


Becky Hunt, founder of Cakes From Grace, an organization dedicated to raising the awareness of congenital heart defects, loves whipping up cakes for such families. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

In October 2012, Becky Hunt made a difficult decision: to quit her corporate job to care for her 2-month-old daughter, Gracia, who was born with a severe congenital heart defect.
Gracia, affectionately known as Gracie, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome -- a condition where the left ventricle of the heart does not develop properly, so the left side of the heart can’t pump blood to the rest of the body.

Wed
09
Apr

Dispatchers get earful of Maplewood burglars' plans

There's a new rule for would-be burglars: don't dial 911 while you're casing the joint.
With today's smartphones able to dial 911 with a touch of the screen, emergency dispatchers spend a lot of time picking up calls from toddlers and "pocket dialers." They generally try to call the number back to check on the caller's safety.

Mon
07
Apr

Maplewood police pull burning victim from ablaze vehicle

Officers to receive 'Lifesaving Award'
The scene; a vehicle on its side and aflame on a snowy street just before midnight -- with desperate cries coming from inside.
A Maplewood police officer on patrol spotted the crashed vehicle just southwest of Larpenteur and White Bear avenues at 11:50 p.m. April 4, with feet-high flames pouring from it. He called dispatchers to send backup and fire crews.

Mon
07
Apr

Police ask for public's help IDing pipe bomb maker

Police hope someone can help them identify the person or people responsible for four pipe bombs found recently in parks and on roads in Maplewood.

Mon
07
Apr

Ramsey County Parks director to retire


Greg Mack has been the director of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation since 1988. He’ll retire at the end of the month. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Greg Mack looks back at decades of parks progress
It’s been a long run for Greg Mack, parting director of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation.
Mack was hired back in February 1988, at a time when the county parks department was much more fledgling.

Mon
07
Apr

Governor signs bill for Hwy. 36 Crittenden memorial


In a ceremonial signing April 9, Gov. Mark Dayton signs into law a bill designating North St. Paul's portion of Trunk Highway 36 as the "Officer Richard Crittenden Sr. Memorial Highway. Standing behind Dayton's right and left shoulders are State Sen. Chuck Wiger and State Rep. Leon Lillie, who carried the bill in their respective branches. North St. Paul Mayor Mike Kuehn is behind the legislators; Police Chief Tom Lauth and City Manager Jason Ziemer are to Lillie's left. To Wiger's right are Crittenden's widow Christine and his son Rick Jr. and family. (submitted photo)

On April 3, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill establishing a portion of Highway 36 as a the “Officer Richard Crittenden Sr. Memorial Highway.

Wed
02
Apr

North High presents 'The Proposal'

North High Drama rehearses the Neil Simon touching comedy about relationships and precious family gatherings.

Wed
02
Apr

Senate passes bill honoring slain North St. Paul officer


Christine Crittenden, the widow of North St. Paul police officer Richard Crittenden, listens as city manager Jason Ziemer (not pictured) testifies to a Senate committee March 3 at the state Capitol for a bill presented by Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, right. The bill passed the Senate March 24 to rename Hwy. 36 for the slain officer. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

For nearly a minute March 24, members of the state Senate stood in silence.
Moments after they unanimously voted to pass a bill from Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, to rename Highway 36 to the “Officer Richard Crittenden Memorial Highway,” they paused to honor the North St. Paul cop who was killed while responding to a domestic dispute call on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009.

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