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17
Jul

Mounds View Theatre offers first local “Les Mis”


The revolutionaries prepare to fight to the death in the Mounds View Community Theatre production of “Les Miserables.” (photos by Heather Edwards/Bulletin)

“Les Mis” fans, rejoice; for the first time, a non-professional Minnesota theatre is presenting “Les Misérables.”

Until recently, the production rights for the wildly popular musical were exclusive to professional theatre companies. When the rights were released  to non-professional theatre groups this year,  the Mounds View Community Theatre (MVCT) was the first to obtain those rights.

“I was just really impressed that Mounds View took that leap of faith,” said New Brighton resident Tina Brauer, who plays Mme. Thenardier.

Wed
17
Jul

Second Beecroft trial begins

“Lies, deceit, deception and ultimately, death, is what this trial is about.”
These strong words spoken by the prosecution marked the beginning of the second murder trial for Nicole Beecroft of Oakdale on July 15.
Beecroft is charged with first-degree premeditated murder after her newborn baby girl was discovered, stabbed more than 100 times, in a trash can in April 2007. Beecroft, now 24, was 17 at the time and a senior at Tartan High School. She worked part time after school at the Sun Ray Cub Foods and had never been arrested before the infant’s death.

Wed
17
Jul

Shoreview’s Jeanne Haapala receives LMC’s Leadership Award


Shoreview’s Finance Director Jeanne Haapala (second from right) receiving the League of Minnesota Cities’ 2013 Leadership Award. The award ceremony was held at the LMC’s annual conference in St. Paul’s River Centre on Thursday, June 20. Pictured from left: 2013-14 LMC First Vice President Dave Osberg, 2013-14 LMC President Shaunna Johnson, Jeanne Haapala, and 2012-13 LMC President Betsy Hodges. (submitted photo)

Shoreview’s Finance Director Jeanne Haapala has received the prestigious League of Minnesota Cities’ (LMC) Leadership Award. Haapala accepted the award at the LMC annual conference at the St. Paul River Centre on Thursday, June 20.
“It’s a pretty amazing honor,” Haapala said. “I think recognition by your peers and professional associates is about as good as it gets.”
The LMC recognizes just one individual each year to receive the Leadership Award.

Tue
16
Jul

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center has record-breaking week after Solstice storms


Baby robins were fed by a volunteer at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville on July 11. (photos by Linda E. Andersen/Review)

The powerful storms that swept through the Twin Cities metro over the Summer Solstice weekend uprooted thousands of trees and cut power to thousands more. The storms were also detrimental to local wildlife.
The soaking rains and violent winds swept countless baby songbirds from their nests, leaving them defenseless on the soggy ground below.
Luckily, compassionate Minnesotans responded to their rescue, delivering hundreds of them to the capable, hard working staff and volunteers at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in Roseville (WRC).

Tue
16
Jul

Service club celebrates 50 years

The classic TV show Cheers has a twin-like version right in Roseville “where everybody knows your name,” and this bar and restaurant is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The B-Dale Club and community members commended the club’s 50 years of service to the Roseville area on July 13.
“It’s a friendly place to stop by and say ‘hi’ and have a meal,” Kathy Neumen, a 15-year member, said.

Mon
15
Jul

TCF Bank in WSP Cub Foods robbed

If the pen is mightier than the sword, then paper is at least as mighty as the pistol.
A lone woman made off an undisclosed amount of cash from the TCF Bank branch inside the West St. Paul Cub Foods July 7 after slipping a teller a piece of paper demanding cash. She then fled the store on foot.
In a release from the Minneapolis office of the FBI, the robber is described as a white female, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall with pale skin and reddish brown hair. At the time of the robbery, she wore a dark sweatshirt and dark pants.

Mon
15
Jul

Parking plans meet neighborhood complaints


The current parking lot at Metropolitan State University’s St. Paul campus covers an entire city block and can accommodate 550 cars. As part of an expansion plan, the university intends to construct an 815-stall parking ramp on the lot, along with a student center and another building. (submitted graphic)

Metropolitan State University, with a growing student body, has been honing a master plan to expand in order to meet its projected growth rates. The construction plan includes a parking ramp, a student center and a new building for nursing programs.
Administrators are also awaiting approval of bonding funds from the state Legislature to put in a new science facility, something that’s been in the works for years.
The first bit of construction scheduled is an 815-car parking ramp on what’s currently a surface lot, located on the southeast side of East Seventh Street between Maria and Bates avenues. The proposal has stirred up a fair bit of dialogue.

Mon
15
Jul

IGH residents move building but can’t stop CDA housing

There’s strength in numbers, but only so much.
That was the lesson for Inver Grove Heights residents on Cheney Trail July 8.
The residents’ protests forced the Dakota County Community Development Authority to adjust site plans for its upcoming senior housing facility. However, the residents’ request that the building be totally redesigned ultimately fell flat.

Mon
15
Jul

IGH firefighter marks 40 years of riding the rigs


The Inver Grove Heights City Council has proclaimed July 14, 2013 “Jeff Davis Day” in honor of the 40-year-veteran of the fire department. (submitted photo)

Dropping what you’re doing to rush out to meet an unknown danger is something few people volunteer for. As early as the late 1980s, national firefighting associations were lamenting the dwindling number of volunteer firefighters and brainstorming ways to keep them on call.
Of course, at that point, Inver Grove Heights firefighter Jeff Davis was happily heading toward his 20th year of paid-on-call firefighting, with no thought of quitting.

Mon
15
Jul

City grants help move Hamm’s complex along


John Warner, majority owner of Flat Earth Brewing, stands inside the room where the beer will be brewed. The building is a long way from being cleared out, and is still full of cracked paint and graffiti. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Things are cruising along at the city-owned half of the Hamm’s complex.
So much so that the East Side could see businesses up and running on the site by this fall.
Urban Organics, which will be growing hydroponic lettuce and raising tilapia, has water in its fish tanks and hopes to do a test run of fish before the summer ends; Flat Earth Brewing is scrubbing its building, yanking out rusty machinery and sandblasting walls; and a future distillery owner is working with an architect to draw up plans for another one of the buildings.

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