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18
Nov

When does a city council get involved in Black Friday?

Black Friday bargain-hunters have one more thing to be thankful for this year: the City of Inver Grove Heights will allow Walmart to remain open continuously from Thanksgiving Day into the day after to maximize holiday shopping hours.
The Inver Grove Heights Walmart is normally restricted to 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. hours as part of an agreement struck with developers in 2003, when the store was built, to appease residents in the area.

Mon
18
Nov

Group focuses on fixing East Side feral cats


A feral cat comes out from hiding to feed last week. The cat is one of about a dozen living along the 800 block of East Third Street in the Mounds Park area. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

One feline-friendly group of volunteers is seeking to curb the feral cat population in the East Side.
They’re using an approach called “trap-neuter-return” to do it, a practice that’s only been legal in the city since 2007.
Deb Hernandez, who volunteers with Feline Rescue, a no-kill cat shelter based in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood, has identified two colonies near her home that the group is focusing on.

Mon
18
Nov

IGH keeps wind turbine ordinance moving


(submitted photo)

An ordinance that would allow vertical axis wind turbines in certain areas of Inver Grove Heights is still churning, despite mixed opinions on the city council.
The council voted 4-1 to advance the draft ordinance to a third and final reading in its Nov. 12 meeting. While the move doesn’t guarantee the ordinance will make it into city code, it keeps the draft alive for discussion.
If the ordinance does pass a final reading at the council’s Nov. 25 meeting, it would allow vertical axis wind turbines at heights up to 52.5 feet in certain agricultural and residentially zoned districts of the city.

Mon
18
Nov

Group inspires East Siders to reach out to troubled youth


The graduates of the East Side’s Ambassadors for Youth program devoted eight Tuesday nights to learn how to connect with kids in their community. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Rather than focus on how policing can help reduce youth crime on the East Side, Dave Wilmes from St. Paul Youth Services suggests a more multi-faceted approach.
Neighbors, he asserts, are an untapped resource.
While many residents feel motivated to work with young people, they don’t always know how, he said. So he’s hoping St. Paul Youth Services’ Ambassadors for Youth program will give them the knowledge they need to reach out.

Fri
15
Nov

Former sheriff’s deputy convicted of misconduct, drug possession

A former Washington County sheriff’s deputy was convicted last week of misconduct by a public employee and illegal possession of prescription drugs after he was caught illicitly accessing and stealing from the county’s drug disposal bin earlier this year.
Oakdale resident Ricky Harry Gruber, 44, was originally charged with felony drug possession, felony theft, misconduct of a public officer and unlawful possession of pharmacy drugs. The theft charge was dismissed, and Gruber pleaded not guilty to four of the charges.

Thu
14
Nov

Bomb squad: North St. Paul downtown block evacuated due to 'hoax device'


North St. Paul police cleaned up the blown-up hoax device on Thursday, after the St. Paul Police Department Bomb Squad gave the all clear just after 2 p.m. (photos by Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

The St. Paul bomb squad blew up a “hoax device” Thursday in North St. Paul, after rescue personnel evacuated a block of downtown buildings and blocked off East Seventh Street.
North St. Paul police received a report of a suspicious package next to a trash can in front of Luther Auctions at 2556 E. Seventh Ave., just after noon.

Thu
14
Nov

Breaking: North St. Paul city block cleared out by report of suspicious package; bomb squad called


(Kaitlyn Roby/Review ‏@KRobyNews)

A little after noon Thursday, shoppers, diners and business proprieters were surprised as North St. Paul squad cars blocked "Main Street," East Seventh Avenue, for a full city block.
Squads with flashing lights parked across the intersections at Margaret and Charles streets and officers went from door to door telling patrons and owners alike they had to evacuate.

Thu
14
Nov

Janie's legacy of laughter and love: After toddler’s death, parents pursue memorial playground


A 17 months old, Janie Zahradka heads toward the playground at Edgerton Park in Maplewood. (submitted photo)

When Janie Zahradka was 7 months old, she sat on her dad’s lap at Casey Lake Park in North St. Paul to swing, because the playground wasn’t built for someone her size.
“She was always the happiest when she was outside playing,” said her father, Tony Zahradka, an assistant baseball coach at Johnson High School and teacher at Guadalupe Alternative Programs on St. Paul’s West Side.

Wed
13
Nov

Lake Elmo Market cultivates local fresh food movement


Lake Elmo Market manager Ramiz Saadeh ties off a bag of oranges in the store’s new section with fresh fruits and vegetables, such as green onions, acorn squash and potatoes. The convenience store adjacent to the Cimarron manufactured-home community is the only place within a few miles where nearby residents can buy groceries. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Alongside chips, candy and soda, Lake Elmo Market now offers acorn squash, sweet potatoes and tomatoes.
The gas station and convenience store recently expanded its offerings, making it one of the first branches of the local fresh food movement in a city with practically no grocery store options.
Manager Ramiz Saadeh partnered with Our Community Food Projects in collaboration with Washington County’s Living Healthy initiative to make Lake Elmo Market, located at 11025 Tenth St. N., one of the only places to buy groceries within city limits.

Wed
13
Nov

ISD 622 educator wins Teacher of the Year Award


Oakdale Elementary School teacher Kathy Lukin is recipient of The Arc Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year Award, honoring an outstanding teacher who has demonstrated excellence in educating and including students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Kathy Lukin holds her students to high standards. She does not pity or coddle the children who come into her classroom every day. She puts in extra hours before school and on the weekends to create new learning opportunities for her students. She advocates for more inclusiveness and support for her kids.
While these are strategies many teachers employ to help their students learn, Lukin is also faced with the challenge of teaching special education students, many of whom have severe disabilities.

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