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Oct

$30,000 loss: Thieves take New Brighton church’s solar panels


More than a dozen solar panels were stolen from the roof of United Church of Christ in New Brighton sometime in early September. The church said the total loss was around $30,000. Congregants first noticed something was wrong when they continued to find metal and wires around the church. photo Solomon Gustavo

After a few days of congregants and staff at United Church of Christ in New Brighton finding metal and wiring laying around the church, they discovered Sept. 6 that more than a dozen solar panels had been taken from the church’s roof.

Mon
01
Oct

Cities begin approving preliminary budgets


The Inver Grove Heights City Council opted to go with a higher preliminary tax rate of 6.25 percent to give itself wiggle room while reworking the city budget before it gives final approval to it in December. graphic courtesy City of Inver Grove Heights

South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights both set increase cap

 

Budget season has hit the South-West coverage area, and two cities have set their preliminary budgets and levies.

Mon
01
Oct

Construction is next for new Inver Grove Heights fire station


The Inver Grove Heights City Council approved the final designs of a new $8.7 million fire station Aug. 6. On Sept. 10, a contractor was selected to build the station, which will be located at Highway 52/55 and Concord Boulevard. submitted graphic

Planning is complete for a new fire station in Inver Grove Heights. 

Mon
01
Oct

North St. Paul gets ready to welcome the fall


Many familiar favorites marched, pedaled and drove down Seventh Avenue for the 2017 Fall Round-Up Parade in North St. Paul, including the United Marching Band, made up of students from School District 622. file photo

With Labor Day, the Minnesota State Fair and the first day of school all behind us, Minnesota has turned the corner toward autumn and its brightly colored leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and North St. Paul’s Fall Round-Up Parade. 

Mon
01
Oct

School spirit abounds as cheerleading returns to North


For the first time in 18 years, North High School has a cheerleading team for football season. The cheerleaders first performed at the season’s opening game Aug. 30, and thanks to their early success, they were offered opportunities to perform at the Minnesota State Fair and North St. Paul’s Fall Round-Up Parade. submitted photo

The beginning of another school year brings new school supplies, new classes and new schedules, and sometimes, a new cheerleading team.

Mon
01
Oct

Hansen Park set to reopen in October after long reconstruction


Richard Pisa and Perry Martin, along with other Hansen Park neighbors, feel the the city has ignored their concerns during the years-long construction at Hansen Park. Along with their law signs, Pisa and Martin and other neighbors started a petition and say it has hundreds of signatures. photo Solomon Gustavo

Years of construction work at Hansen Park are set to finish up in October, said New Brighton City Manager Dean Lotter, and the conclusion can’t come soon enough for some park neighbors.

Mon
01
Oct

Fair brings more than 2 million to Falcon Heights


The 2018 Minnesota State Fair broke numerous attendance records, including for a single day and the fair’s overall run. file photo

The Minnesota State Fair, in recent years, has had a habit of breaking its own attendance records, and 2018 was no exception.

Mon
01
Oct

Photographer and filmmaker tells ‘A Roseville Story’


Bob Murphy in his Roseville home studio. photo courtesy of Bob Murphy

How does a place influence the person?

For mixed media artist Bob Murphy, a lifelong Roseville resident save for a stint in the U.S. Army, the question of location affects an individual’s entire outlook.

Mon
01
Oct

New Brighton petitioners force vote on election year change

Just as she promised after the election loss that ended her 12-year tenure on the New Brighton City Council, Gina Bauman is working to stop the council’s latest attempt to move city elections from odd to even years. 

Mon
01
Oct

Arden Hills mayor running unchallenged


Arden Hills Mayor David Grant stands next to a crane being used by a construction crew on Lexington Avenue. He is running unopposed for a third term this fall. photo: Solomon Gustavo

David Grant has been on the Arden Hills City Council since 2000 and has been mayor since 2010. 

Two terms in, Grant filed to run for a third, and in August, the filing deadline passed without anyone else joining the race. 

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