Jesse Poole

Jesse Poole can be reached at jpoole@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7815. Follow him at twitter.com/JPooleNews.

Tue
14
Jul

South St. Paul grant ushers in `‘Fun, Fresh Food and Fitness’

A group of residents from the Nan McKay and John Carroll high-rises visits the South St. Paul Farmer’s Market Wednesday, July 8, as part of a city-run program called ‘Fun, Fresh Food and Fitness,’ paid for by a grant from Allina Health. (Submitted photo)
A group of residents from the Nan McKay and John Carroll high-rises visits the South St. Paul Farmer’s Market Wednesday, July 8, as part of a city-run program called ‘Fun, Fresh Food and Fitness,’ paid for by a grant from Allina Health. (Submitted photo)

The primary idea behind farmer’s markets is that they’re local — locally produced foods, grown and sold by local farmers, purchased and eaten by local residents.

Sun
05
Jul

WSP sanctions shops, shops cite ‘human element’

Five liquor-selling establishments failed alcohol compliance checks

Sun
05
Jul

Recycling bits and pieces, bitten or otherwise

After sorting, hundreds of crayons were found in good working condition. (Submitted photo)
After sorting, hundreds of crayons were found in good working condition. (Submitted photo)

South St. Paul kids repurpose school supplies
An unofficial but rather organized group of young South St. Paul volunteers has proven that slightly shorter pencils (sometimes riddled with bite marks) still have a place in this world.
So do graphite-stained plastic pencil cases and their familiar companions: misshapen erasers, crayon-smudged scissors, and half-used glue sticks.
According to South St. Paul school board member Lauri Flatley, these used items and many other school supplies deserve a second look.

Mon
29
Jun

WSP amends alcohol and tobacco ordinances

West St. Paul’s only electronic cigarette shop, Vape Pros, at 1332 S. Robert Street, will have to do any sampling of products outside its doors. (Jesse Poole/Review)
West St. Paul’s only electronic cigarette shop, Vape Pros, at 1332 S. Robert Street, will have to do any sampling of products outside its doors. (Jesse Poole/Review)

Tobacco-related sampling continues to be prohibited
The ban on sampling of tobacco-related products like electronic cigarettes will continue in West St. Paul. However, to the gratitude of many, the city council has expanded the hours liquor can be sold at both on- and off-sale establishments in the community.
The council members reviewed West St. Paul’s alcohol and tobacco bylaws at their meeting Monday, June 8, and considered three proposed ordinance changes.

Sun
21
Jun

Three sought ‘revenge’ on Ivy Hill Drive

Kyle Julius  Grupp
Kyle Julius Grupp

Mendota Heights drug deal-shooting investigation comes to a close
Three young men are facing felony charges in connection with the robbery of two of their acquaintances at gunpoint at a Mendota Heights residence Thursday, May 21.
According to the criminal complaint, two victims, referred to in a police statement as B.J.P. and B.J.S., were called to deliver illegal drugs to the townhouse of 21-year-old Hamel Forbes Hartinger on Ivy Hill Drive. The suspects were reportedly waiting at the house with the intention of robbing B.J.P. and B.J.S. of any drugs and money the two might have had on hand.

Thu
18
Jun

Infant dies in South St. Paul home

Police responded to a report of an infant who was not breathing at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 17.

Mon
15
Jun

Long-time local business Pro Pharmacy to close

Greg Schouweiler works behind the pharmacy counter at Pro Pharmacy in South St. Paul with a few of his staff technicians behind him. From left, Ed Collins of Cottage Grove has worked at Pro Pharmacy for five years, and Valerie Wirtjes of St. Paul has worked at the pharmacy for six years.  (Jesse Poole/Review)
Greg Schouweiler works behind the pharmacy counter at Pro Pharmacy in South St. Paul with a few of his staff technicians behind him. From left, Ed Collins of Cottage Grove has worked at Pro Pharmacy for five years, and Valerie Wirtjes of St. Paul has worked at the pharmacy for six years. (Jesse Poole/Review)

When Greg Schouweiler happened upon the opportunity to buy a pharmacy in South St. Paul in 1975, he jumped on it.

Sun
07
Jun

City officials continue to crack down on massage applicants

A Brooklyn Park woman was denied a personal massage license and thus the right to practice massage in West St. Paul upon recommendation from the police department at the city council meeting Tuesday, May 26.

Sun
07
Jun

Environmental consultant firm selected for Robert Street project

A Eureka Construction crew digs into the dirt beneath the pavement of South Robert Street and Butler Avenue June 4. (Jesse Poole/Review)
A Eureka Construction crew digs into the dirt beneath the pavement of South Robert Street and Butler Avenue June 4. (Jesse Poole/Review)

Soil from 24 locations identified as contaminated
Turning up pavement can be a little like turning over a rock: there may be unwelcome discoveries underneath.
In the case of the Robert Street makeover, an environmental site assessment found soils to be contaminated at 24 locations along a two-and-a-half mile span of South Robert Street in West St. Paul.

Sun
31
May

State approves hard liquor license at Inver Wood Golf Course

Currently, the golf course only sells cans of soda and light beer, as well as those beers offered on tap. (Jesse Poole/Review)
Currently, the golf course only sells cans of soda and light beer, as well as those beers offered on tap. (Jesse Poole/Review)

Sales await City Council's go-ahead
Though it might not help improve swing technique per se, golfers in Inver Grove Heights may soon have the option to partake in adult beverages with an alcohol content a bit higher than the 3.2 beer Inver Wood Golf Course has been selling.
A new bill that was passed by the Minnesota Legislature at the beginning of May will allow the city-run golf course in Inver Grove Heights to sell hard liquor drinks to its patrons.
According to Mayor George Tourville, this is an old idea, but because it's only now coming to life, the city "has yet to figure out most of the logistics," he said.
"We've never sold any alcohol other than light beer there; never liquor," Tourville said.

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