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East Sider picks up historic bar’s reigns


Schwietz Saloon got picked up by a new owner, East Sider Ed Bertges, who’s hoping to open the place as soon as August. (submitted photo)

Schwietz Saloon, the well-known, well-trodden bar near Payne and Case avenues, could be open again as soon as August. It’s been closed since December 2011, but was purchased last October by small-business owner Ed Bertges.
The East Side resident is hoping to open the place up as soon as Aug. 1 with a full kitchen and bar. He plans to change the name slightly by adding Eatery to the end of it. He has yet to acquire licenses from the city council but expects to see it show up on a council agenda imminently.
Adding food to the picture was a necessity under current city code, he said, adding that he’s got a menu he’s excited about. He’s hoping to eventually run the place like a brewpub, which would include brewing beer on the premises.

Fri
12
Jul

Teenager dead from gunfire at Payne and Case

An 18-year-old male is dead after a shooting near the intersection of Payne and Case avenues in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood on St. Paul's East Side, according to the St. Paul Police Department.
Police responded to a call at 9:26 p.m. Thursday, July 11, where they found a young man with a gunshot wound lying in a parking lot near Payne and Lawson avenues.

Fri
12
Jul

Maplewood suspect in East Side Craigslist shooting pleads guilty

At a plea hearing July 10, Maplewood resident Steven E. Lewis, 27, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery charges after fatally shooting a St. Paul man last year. Lewis told Ramsey County District Judge Margaret Marrinan that he “never intended to kill” Aung Thu Bo, 19; he meant to rob him and Bo’s girlfriend, who was present at the time.
In August 2012, Lewis placed an ad on Craigslist.com saying he wanted to sell an iPhone 4S for $250. Bo responded to the ad, and agreed to meet up on Aug. 10 with Lewis outside of Leo’s Chow Mein on Hudson Road in St. Paul.

Fri
12
Jul

North St. Paul re-interviews one finalist for city manager

After just a few special city council work sessions with department heads, North St. Paul appears to have chosen its prime city manager candidate from a field of five finalists.
Only one finalist is scheduled for a last interview with the council Wednesday. As of 3 p.m. Friday, city staff had not responded to the Review's request for the candidate's name.

Wed
10
Jul

North St. Paul to interview city manager finalists

North St. Paul is in the process of hiring a new city manager after long-time city manager Wally Wysopal resigned to take the city manager position in Fridley last month. Director of community development Nate Ehalt was appointed as the interim city manager after Wysopal’s departure June 8.
Five candidates were interviewed on June 29 and 30 in special city council work sessions that also functioned as informal “meet-and-greets” with department heads

Wed
10
Jul

Clear results for North St. Paul’s drinking water

This week, North St. Paul released its annual drinking water quality report, and the results were crystal clear: all tested contaminants were below state standards.
Public Works Director Scott Duddeck says that the good report is the results of regular water testing — every two weeks, in fact.
“We do water sampling every two weeks, at random throughout the city,” Duddeck explained. “We have five wells at five different locations and two water towers that store 800,000 gallons of water. And all we add to the water is fluoride, which is based on Department of Health laws.”

Wed
10
Jul

State’s lawyers disqualified in water pollution lawsuit against 3M

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a district court’s decision to disqualify the state’s attorneys in its lawsuit against 3M Co.
The state sued 3M in 2010, alleging the company’s disposal of perfluorochemicals (PFCs) for more than 50 years caused contamination of groundwater and natural resources. The suit, which did not specify amounts in damages, was filed after the two parties failed to reach a settlement.

Wed
10
Jul

Second trial for Nicole Beecroft scheduled to begin next week

The second trial for an Oakdale woman accused of killing her newborn baby is scheduled to begin next week.
Nicole Beecroft, 24, was a 17-year-old senior at Tartan High School when she was accused of secretly giving birth to a baby girl at her mother’s Oakdale home in April 2007, then stabbing the baby to death, more than 100 times, before placing the infant’s body in a trash can outside.

Wed
10
Jul

District 834 updates school security

When District 834 students arrive for the first day of school in September, their familiar building may look a little different. Over the summer, ISD 834, which has schools located in Stillwater, Oak Park Heights and Lake Elmo, to name a few, will be installing several new measures to help amp up security.
Superintendent Corey Lunn says although schools are statistically the safest place for students, the district had identified a couple areas that could be improved upon.

Wed
10
Jul

622 School Board approves $160.5 million budget for 2013-14

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board approved a  budget for the 2013-14 school year at its regular meeting last month.
Minnesota statute requires the school board to approve the district’s revenue and expenditure budgets for the next school year before July 1.
The budget outlines expenditures at about $160.5 million, and revenues projected at about $154.1 million.

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