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Thu
08
May

Tim Faklis joins Review staff

My interest in writing happened by accident. I’m like the Post-it note of journalists.
When I was a 14-year-old freshman in the Edina School District, I had a sudden urge to write about the Minnesota Twins and pro-basketball legend George Mikan, and subsequently created a free blog to accomplish this goal.

Thu
08
May

Maplewood historian wins Heritage Award

Love of city’s history began by researching a road
You don’t have to be a native of a city to become an expert of its history.
Bob Jensen has only lived in Maplewood since 2007, but that hasn’t stopped him from immersing himself in the suburb’s history. Within two years of arriving, he was a part of the Maplewood Historical Society. Two years after that, he was the society’s vice president. One year later, he was promoted again, this time to president, a title he still holds.

Thu
08
May

New Keller opens new vistas but reflects its past


The new Keller Golf Clubhouse, at 18,800 square feet and already open for special events, is located at 2166 Maplewood Drive and again a familar sight along Highway 61. The renovated golf course is planned to open at the end of June. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Looking up at the new Keller Lake Golf Course clubhouse as you drive along U.S. Highway 61 in Maplewood, you will hardly notice any differences. It was meant to be that way.
Even the brand new pro shop is located in the same place, and its exterior also appears unchanged.  
I stopped by Keller recently and met with Allison Winters, communications associate with the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department.

Wed
07
May

Circulation numbers fall at library; council restates support


Surrounded by windows and a fireplace, Loren Soice reads a magazine in the cozy North St. Paul Branch Library. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

In the first three months of 2014, the circulation numbers at the North St. Paul Branch Library, 2300 North St. Paul Drive, dropped by 10 percent.
The trend of fewer books and other materials being lent out this year has caught the attention of many, since it’s on top of an overall 11 percent decline in circulation during the 2012-13 calendar year.

Wed
07
May

Stillwater Prison: a time capsule


The Minnesota State Correctional Facility at Stillwater has stood the test of time -- though 100 years old, it’s still in full operation. The facility, which stands in Bayport, Minn. holds 1,638 inmates. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

As of Friday, May 2, the Stillwater Prison has been running non-stop, 24 hours a day, for the past 100 years.
Though by no means a cheerful place, the Victorian-era building does hold a certain charm. Even inside the main hallway where prisoners are transported, touches like lavender trim, worn tile floors, yellow brick walls and oak rails make it easily identifiable as a piece of history.

Wed
07
May

Chuck Ahl to retire


After 30 years in city government, Chuck Ahl is retiring from his latest position as Maplewood City Manager. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Maplewood city manager heading to Florida after 29 years of government service
City Manager Chuck Ahl started his career in Maplewood, and three decades later he’s finishing his career in Maplewood. Despite a 14-year gap away from the city, he says confidently that his “baseball cap will have a Maplewood logo on it.”
After 29 years working in city government, mainly in the east metro, Ahl decided to hang up that hat, announcing his retirement at the Monday, April 28 city council meeting.

Wed
07
May

Oakdale woman, daughter survive cancer during pregnancy


Amy Hejny enjoys a happy moment with her “miracle baby”, Tilia. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Benefit planned to allay medical costs
They call them warriors, the people with cancer. They are men and women who battle their own bodies and often undergo terrifying surgeries and difficult treatments in the fight to stay alive.
Amy Hejny, 33, is a breast cancer warrior, but she didn’t fight her battle alone.

Wed
30
Apr

Youth Service Bureau continues to succeed in Maplewood

Capping off a successful fifth year of crime prevention education for juvenile offenders, it was announced that the Youth Service Bureau is now set to return for a sixth.
The Maplewood City Council unanimously renewed funding for the Bureau at its Monday, April 14, meeting, thereby giving kids who have had contact with police a chance to start over. It will cover the 2014 calendar year and will cost $27,295.50 to continue their services.

Tue
29
Apr

League of Women Voters notes 60 years of ‘meddlers’


The League of Women Voters of Roseville, Maplewood and Falcon Heights is celebrating its history by issuing a booklet with interviews with several of its pioneers and vintage photos and news clippings about the group. It’s available to look over at the Roseville and Maplewood libraries and Roseville, Maplewood and Falcon Heights city halls; people can also access the booklet and hear interviews at www.romafh.org. The local League’s motto was “Don’t Squawk if You Don’t Vote,” urging women to get out and have a voice on who represents them rather than complaining. (submitted artwork)

What could a group of young women in the 1950s, most married with young children, do to shape the future for themselves and the generations to come?
A better question: what couldn’t they do, given some compelling goals, a bit of free time and a little moxie?
That’s all it took for the pioneers of today’s Roseville, Maplewood and Falcon Heights chapter of the League of Women Voters to put on their hats, gloves and walking shoes and get to work.

Fri
25
Apr

Rory Mitchell charged in Maplewood Wells Fargo robbery


Rory Alan Mitchell

Investigators looking into partner's involvement
Police charged Rory Alan Mitchell on Friday, April 25 in connection with the robbery of a Maplewood Wells Fargo that took place April 21, marking the third bank robbery he's been attached to this week.
Mitchell, 50, and Kimberly Anne Hillage, 43, were charged by Burnsville police Wednesday, April 23, with the robbery of banks in both Burnsville and Maple Grove, and authorities quickly suspected Mitchell played a role in the robbery of the Wells Fargo near Maplewood Mall.

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