West St Paul

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Neighbors awarded for their water and wildlife-friendly gardens


Bill Zajicek and Romi Slowiak, seen in the center with presenters Dana Larsen and Mark Gernes, live on the eastern shore of Lake Phalen and have set aside some of their property as restored prairie.

While the return of gardening season is many months away, the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District recently celebrated local homeowners whose landscaping and gardens benefit water quality and local ecology, during the district’s annual recog

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Temporary housing in churches to offer relief from the cold in West St. Paul


courtesy Google Maps graphic courtesy Skyler Gabel Three churches in West St. Paul, St. Stephens, Augustana Lutheran and Salem Lutheran, will open their doors in December and January as temporary housing for people experiencing homelessness, after the city council approved interim use permits for the places of worship.

The West St. Paul City Council approved a number of interim use permits Nov. 26 that will allow three area churches to be temporary shelters in the upcoming months.

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Railroad Island home explodes


courtesy of Twin Cities Fire Wire A home in the 600 block of Payne Avenue in the Railroad Island neighborhood exploded Nov. 23, seriously injuring an occupant and damaging nearby homes and businesses. East metro social media users said they could feel and hear the explosion as far away as Woodbury, White Bear Lake and Roseville.

Fundraisers established to help those affected

 

East Side neighbors were shocked on the sleepy, post-holiday morning of Nov. 23, when a house in the 600 block of Payne Avenue exploded.

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Mendota Heights increases tobacco-buying age to 21


courtesy City of Mendota Heights Mendota Heights joins a growing number of Minnesota cities that have increased the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Last year, Mendota Heights banned the sale of many flavored tobacco products within city limits.

After banning the sale of many flavored tobacco products earlier this year, the Mendota Heights City Council approved another smoking-related ordinance Nov.

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Planning continues for new apartments on Payne Avenue lot


courtesy of Schafer Richardson Real estate developer Schafer Richardson plans to build a 99-unit affordable housing apartment building, with retail space on the ground-level, on the vacant lot between Kendall’s Ace Hardware and the former Ward 6 restaurant, off Payne Avenue.

The project manager working to create a 99-unit apartment building on the vacant lot at 848 Payne Ave. stopped by a Payne-Phalen Community Council meeting to share a few updates on the project.

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Dayton’s Bluff Community Council reflects on year following upheaval

Challenges remain ahead

 

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Arden Hills seeks input on TCAAP civic site

Reveal comes as development work stalls

 

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It was a good time to be in D.C.


Pamela O’Meara photos/Review The Senate confirmation hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court gripped the country in late September. Built in the neoclassical style, the Supreme Court building is sometimes called the Temple of Justice.

My sister Sue and I had been thinking about taking a trip together — maybe to New England for fall colors — but the day after Sen. John McCain’s funeral in Washington, D.C., she suggested we go there instead.

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Inver Grove Heights PD launches new text tip tool


screenshot A new program in Inver Grove Heights allows residents text tips into the police department in a couple easy step.

In a day when technology reigns, the Inver Grove Heights Police Department decided to turn to the devices that are almost always attached to people’s hands to help fight crime.

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Inver Grove Heights explores option of barrier free playground


file photo Inver Grove Heights has begun to explore the option of creating a barrier-free playground in Heritage Park. A similarly inclusive, barrier-free playground was recently built by the Madison Claire Foundation in Woodbury.

It could be a busy time for the Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation Commission as it explores the idea of a barrier-free playground. 

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