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Thu
18
Jul

Into the principal’s office…

Meet Kevin Wolff, principal at Maplewood Middle School, Meet Angela LaBounty, assistant principal at Maplewood Middle SchoolMeet Pangjua Xiong, principal at Weaver Elementary School, Meet Jaysen Anderson, assistant principal at North High School

Wed
17
Jul

Silver Lake Splash fundraiser July 21


Ella McKee, Ben Olson, and David McKee splash around on an outing to Silver Lake Beach. Neighbors are in the final planning stages of the annual beach fundraiser Silver Lake Splash to be held July 21. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

If you’ve never attended the Silver Lake Splash fundraiser in North St. Paul, make this year your first! The annual event is back and better than ever, with activities all day for the whole family.
The fundraiser, now in its fourth year, was started after the city cut funding for lifeguards at Silver Lake beach. However, after a community outcry, the council re-opened the beach and the Silver Lake Splash fundraiser was born.
Residents Ingrid Koller, Mary Kvaal and Lynnette Olsen banded together with their neighbors in 2010 to organize the first fundraiser, which has been going strong ever since.

Wed
17
Jul

Lewis pleads guilty in Craigslist death

At a plea hearing July 10, Maplewood resident Steven E. Lewis, 27, told Ramsey Court District Judge Margaret Marrinan he only meant to rob a man, not kill him.
Lewis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery charges after fatally shooting a St. Paul man last year. Lewis told Marrinan that he “never intended to kill” Aung Thu Bo, 19; his goal was to rob Bo and his girlfriend.
In August 2012, Lewis placed an ad on Craigslist.com saying he wanted to sell an iPhone 4S for $250. Bo responded to the ad, and agreed to meet Aug. 10 with Lewis outside Leo’s Chow Mein on Hudson Road in St. Paul.

 

Fri
12
Jul

Maplewood suspect in East Side Craigslist shooting pleads guilty

At a plea hearing July 10, Maplewood resident Steven E. Lewis, 27, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery charges after fatally shooting a St. Paul man last year. Lewis told Ramsey County District Judge Margaret Marrinan that he “never intended to kill” Aung Thu Bo, 19; he meant to rob him and Bo’s girlfriend, who was present at the time.
In August 2012, Lewis placed an ad on Craigslist.com saying he wanted to sell an iPhone 4S for $250. Bo responded to the ad, and agreed to meet up on Aug. 10 with Lewis outside of Leo’s Chow Mein on Hudson Road in St. Paul.

Fri
12
Jul

North St. Paul re-interviews one finalist for city manager

After just a few special city council work sessions with department heads, North St. Paul appears to have chosen its prime city manager candidate from a field of five finalists.
Only one finalist is scheduled for a last interview with the council Wednesday. As of 3 p.m. Friday, city staff had not responded to the Review's request for the candidate's name.

Wed
10
Jul

North St. Paul to interview city manager finalists

North St. Paul is in the process of hiring a new city manager after long-time city manager Wally Wysopal resigned to take the city manager position in Fridley last month. Director of community development Nate Ehalt was appointed as the interim city manager after Wysopal’s departure June 8.
Five candidates were interviewed on June 29 and 30 in special city council work sessions that also functioned as informal “meet-and-greets” with department heads

Wed
10
Jul

Clear results for North St. Paul’s drinking water

This week, North St. Paul released its annual drinking water quality report, and the results were crystal clear: all tested contaminants were below state standards.
Public Works Director Scott Duddeck says that the good report is the results of regular water testing — every two weeks, in fact.
“We do water sampling every two weeks, at random throughout the city,” Duddeck explained. “We have five wells at five different locations and two water towers that store 800,000 gallons of water. And all we add to the water is fluoride, which is based on Department of Health laws.”

Wed
10
Jul

State’s lawyers disqualified in water pollution lawsuit against 3M

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a district court’s decision to disqualify the state’s attorneys in its lawsuit against 3M Co.
The state sued 3M in 2010, alleging the company’s disposal of perfluorochemicals (PFCs) for more than 50 years caused contamination of groundwater and natural resources. The suit, which did not specify amounts in damages, was filed after the two parties failed to reach a settlement.

Wed
10
Jul

622 School Board approves $160.5 million budget for 2013-14

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board approved a  budget for the 2013-14 school year at its regular meeting last month.
Minnesota statute requires the school board to approve the district’s revenue and expenditure budgets for the next school year before July 1.
The budget outlines expenditures at about $160.5 million, and revenues projected at about $154.1 million.

Mon
08
Jul

Jeffery Trevino trial moved to Sept. 16


Jeffery Trevino

On Monday, July 1, Ramsey County District Judge Leonardo Castro moved the murder trial of Jeffery Trevino, 39, to Sept. 16.
The trial was originally scheduled to begin July 22.
At an omnibus probable cause hearing in March, Trevino pleaded not guilty to killing his wife, Kira Steger, 30, in February. Steger reportedly had been planning on ending the marriage, and according to friends, Trevino was increasingly “suspicious” of what Steger was doing when they were apart. Her body was found in the Mississippi River May 8.

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