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Mendota Heights’ bond rating upgraded to AAA

A stable local economy, relatively low debt load and reliable budgetary track record have added up to Mendota Heights receiving the highest possible endorsement from its rating agency.
City officials say the AAA bond rating received from Standard & Poor’s is especially noteworthy for a city as small as Mendota Heights and will help save taxpayers money in the long term in the form of reduced interest rates for city projects.

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Mendota Heights approves Hunter Lane assessments

Mendota Heights’ street repair project in the Hunter Lane neighborhood started with spirited debates about layout, speed limits and curbing that eventually led to rounds of redesigns and a dusty summer of torn-up roads and clamorous road work - and for residents, those were the easy parts.

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07
Oct

Remodel plans out for Sun Ray Library


An artists rendering of the new Sun Ray Library plans show a whole wall of added windows along the front of the building. (submitted graphic)

St. Paul Public Libraries released preliminary plans for the upcoming $5.5 million renovation of the Sun Ray Library, and displayed them for the public last week.
The plans depict several new features for the library, including a new facade with more windows, a reading garden, a 24-hour book drop, a new “teen zone,” and an expanded children’s section, to name a few items.

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07
Oct

Plaza Maplewood Theatre to change management


On Nov. 1, Woodland Hills Church will take over management of the Plaza Maplewood Theatre. The church has owned the building since 2001 and will continue to run it as a theater, while also adding church programming. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Will go from the hands of a movie nerd to the hands of a church

When 25-year-old movie nerd Nathan Block was offered the chance to buy the Plaza Maplewood Theatre 15 years ago, he tried to play it cool.
He says he told the owners that he’d have to think about it, and that he’d need to see the numbers.
“But inside, I was like ‘Where do I sign?’” he said. “It was all I had ever dreamed of doing since my college days.”

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With Boys Totem Town’s 100-year anniversary, staff talk changes


The sleeping areas at Boys Totem Town are communal rooms with cots and very little privacy. In an updated facility, boys would have their own private rooms, said Steve Poynter, superintendent of Boys Totem Town. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

With its 100-year anniversary celebration coming up this Wednesday, Boys Totem Town is a facility in transition.
The Ramsey County correctional facility houses juveniles, including some East Side kids, who are there after sentencing for crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. The offenses can include everything from thefts to assaults.

Thu
03
Oct

Jury finds Trevino guilty of unintentional murder


Jeffery Trevino

The family of Kira Steger says justice has been served after Ramsey County District Court jurors found Steger's husband, Jeffery Trevino, 39, guilty of unintentional second-degree murder. The jury was handed the case on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and deliberated for 17 hours before returning to the court with their findings the evening of Oct. 2.
Trevino had been charged with two counts of second-degree murder, one intentional and the other unintentional. Over the course of the eight-day trial, prosecutors called 42 witnesses to the stand to testify about the couple's relationship and the search for Steger's body and to explain autopsy reports. The defense did not call any witnesses.

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03
Oct

Fatal crash in North St. Paul claims life of Jack Meyer

The North St. Paul Police Department, Fire Department and an ambulance responded to the area of East Seventh Avenue and Oak Hill Place on reports that a pedestrian had been struck by a motor vehicle around 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30.
The pedestrian, later identified as John (“Jack”) F. Meyer, 70, of North St. Paul, was found lying in the street and was transported to the hospital, where he later died due to his injuries.

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03
Oct

MN Supreme Court blocks Lake Elmo’s second annexation appeal


submitted graphic

Last week, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that Lake Elmo could not present its argument that 57 acres in the northeast corner of the city should remain part of Lake Elmo.
In January 2012 the Office of Administrative Hearings allowed the land in question, which is located near the intersection of Manning Avenue and state Highway 36, to be annexed into Stillwater Township.

Thu
03
Oct

Stillwater district approves preliminary tax levy

Voters within School District 834 boundaries will be faced with a $16.2 million question on Election Day 2013.
The Stillwater Area School District board certified the maximum property-tax levy amount of $16.2 million at its meeting Sept. 26. The board may continue to adjust the levy until Dec. 5, when the school board is scheduled to hear public comments and certify the final levy. The amount of the levy, however, may not be increased.

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03
Oct

DNR approves Lake Elmo’s lake use ordinances

After four months of “thorough” review, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has approved changes made to Lake Elmo’s lake surface use ordinances this spring.

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