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Mon
21
May

East Yard tiny home project put on hold


file photo • The East Yard, a tiny home community that would have been located on an odd strip of land just south of the Payne-Phalen neighborhood at 627 Bush Ave., has been put on hold due to a variety of issues, including pollution remediation and site configuration, among other things.

Costs and configuration make it a challenge

 

After more than a year of studying and collecting feedback, work on a planned tiny home community, the East Yard, has stalled.

Mon
21
May

Little farm in the big city


Marjorie Otto photo/Review • The Rivoli Bluff Farm, located in the Railroad Island neighborhood at the western end of Minnehaha Avenue, consists of a large garden, an orchard, beehives and a gravel garden for starting trees. New this year, a high tunnel greenhouse is being constructed, which will extend the time for produce to grow. The farm is run by Urban Roots, an East Side youth organization that employs area high school students and teaches them agriculture, cooking and conservation skills.

Walking down to the Rivoli Bluff Farm, some may forget they are still in the heart of the city as they breath the smell of fresh-turned soil and watch bees whiz by. 

Mon
21
May

Teen pleads guilty to charges related to Inver Grove Heights party bus killing

A second teenage boy has pleaded guilty to charges related to the March shooting death of a 19-year-old man outside an Inver Grove Heights movie theater that happened as people fought after departing a party bus.

Fri
18
May

River Heights Park to stay a park


courtesy of Google Maps • Residents turned out May 14 to tell the Inver Grove Heights City Council not to sell River Heights Park. Instead of being sold, the park, inconspicuous and located at 8780 Inver Grove Trail, will be improved and marked with a city park ID sign.

IGH residents turn out against sale of their neighborhood green space

 

Wed
16
May

Tobacco 21 discussions begin slowly in Maplewood


file photo • Youth from John Glenn Middle School’s Support Our School group have talked with several elected officials about raising the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21. During Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation Day on March 22, the students met with Reps. Leon Lillie and Peter Fischer, as well as Sen. Chuck Wiger, at the Capitol, and in April, they met with Maplewood Mayor Nora Slawik.

Cities changing the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21 is a growing trend in the metro area. The week of May 7, Shoreview and Falcon Heights became the first east metro cities to join the trend, which includes five other cities in Minnesota.

Wed
16
May

Legislature may delay water-use changes tied to White Bear Lake ruling

The Minnesota House passed a bill May 8 that might provide relief to some east metro cities that have recently received groundwater restrictions from the Department of Natural Resources.

Wed
16
May

Candidate filing for some elected positions opens May 22

The first round of candidate filing for the Nov. 6 general election will open May 22 and run through June 5 for several elected offices.

Tue
15
May

Traces of lead found in New Brighton water


Solomon Gustavo • A resident talked about water softening services at the end of New Brighton City Manager Dean Lotter’s water update presentation during the New Brighton Community Open House at the New Brighton Community Center May 5. During Lotter’s presentation, he said the city found very low concentrations of lead in some of the city’s tap water.

City says likely a result of old residential pipes.

 

Tue
15
May

Roseville firefighters learn empathy with dementia simulations


Mike Munzenrider photo • Roseville firefighter Chris Rice readied himself for a dementia simulation May 9 at Cherrywood Pointe of Roseville at Lexington with help from Roseville communications specialist Carolyn Curti. Rice and 16 others from the Roseville Fire Department went through the simulation the first week of May at the senior community across the street from the city’s fire station to better understand what it’s like for people who have dementia.

The dementia simulation at Cherrywood Pointe of Roseville at Lexington is decidedly low tech, but it’s effective virtual reality, nonetheless.

Tue
15
May

Rosedale management says its options are wide open with Herberger’s closure


Mike Munzenrider • Rosedale Center now owns the soon-to-be vacant Herberger’s, and is keeping its options open for the 150,000-square-foot of space. Mall management said it could be used for retail, medical, office space, a hotel or even housing.

Despite the large “going out of business” signs on the Rosedale Center Herberger’s that catch motorists’ eyes as they pass on Highway 36, Rosedale general manager Scott Michaelis said the state of the mall is “fantastic.”

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