Inver Grove Heights


Inver Grove Heights snuffs out crematory proposal

David Jansen and his dog stroll on his driveway, where he can see land that currently has a small cemetery and a farm house. He and other residents opposed an expansion for the parcel that would’ve put a full-service mortuary with a crematorium at 8225 Argenta Trail. The Inver Grove Heights City Council denied the project May 12. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Residents raise concerns over influx parcel
David Jansen says his 30-mile commute is worth it, because he gets to live in Inver Grove Heights.
Besides airplanes flying above occasionally, and the sound of twittering birds, his neighborhood is fairly quiet.


Black bear bops around Inver Grove Heights

Gertens on Tuesday shared this photo of a black bear roaming near the company’s Upper 55th Street East gate that morning in Inver Grove Heights.

Residents reported seeing a black bear bundling around Inver Grove Heights last week — and the burly beast seems to have an affinity for alliteration.
By Tuesday, April 6, the Inver Grove Heights Police Department had heard of multiple sightings of a black bear at the 6200 block of Blaine Avenue, the 6000 block of Bowman Avenue and the 5800 block of Blackberry Bridge Path (No kidding on that last one).


Future of Inver Grove Heights Rainbow Foods in jeopardy

The Rainbow Foods Location in Inver Grove Heights remains unsold by Roundy’s, Inc. It’s future is uncertain, while 10 other locations have been bought by SuperValu, and will become Cub Foods stores. (Tim Faklis/Review)

Some stores’ll be Cub Foods, others unclaimed
Rainbow Foods is leaving Minnesota, for the most part.
SuperValu, Inc., will purchase 10 Rainbow Foods locations, and turn them into Cub Foods stores. Six locations, including one in West St. Paul, will still be Rainbow Foods, but under new ownership.


Inver Grove Heights school board selects new leader

The Inver Grove Heights Community Schools Board of Education recently selected the district’s next superintendent.
David W. Bernhardson, an assistant superintendent at South Washington County Public Schools and past Inver Grove Heights principal, will start in the district’s top spot July 1.


Summer meal program hits Inver Grove Heights

As summer break approaches, lower income families may struggle to put more meals on the table for children who aren’t at school.
A solution is in the works, as South St. Paul, West St Paul and Inver Grove Heights schools will all be participating in the Summer Food Service Program, where all attending children 18 and under will be provided with a free meal. It includes an event that will take place at Hilltop Elementary School in Inver Grove Heights, and will feature a three-meal program as part of the process.


66-unit senior building will soon break ground in Inver Grove Heights

A rendering of the senior housing project being constructed at Cahill Avenue South and Cheney Trail. (Courtesy of Stevens Construction)

Public housing project will have affordable rents
Construction crews are finally about to begin work on Hillcrest Pointe Senior Living, a public housing facility on Cahill Avenue South and Cheney Trail in Inver Grove Heights.
The 66-unit development initially encountered protests from nearby neighbors who were concerned about the height of the proposed three-story building and worried their home values would drop once it was built.


Inver Grove Heights teacher overcame tragedy to find her life’s passion

Salem Hills Elementary in Inver Grove Heights has a gem of teacher, Mrs. Kim Westra, who worked her fifth grade students, Lincoln Bacal, left, and Eliana Bly, right, on their art projects on April 2. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Kim Westra almost didn’t become a teacher.
When her father committed suicide a few years after his teenage son was murdered, Westra had just started graduate school.


Pothole predictions

Many of the potholes on Robert Street in West St. Paul have been filled in, but the question is how well those patches will hold until the pavement dries and crews can apply hot mix for a more permanent solution. (photos by Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Could the growing number of craters in northern Dakota County roadways be a sign of an early spring? City officials aren’t so sure.
A number of cities say they’re holding off on patching potholes in earnest, and their reason seems rather bleak.


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