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03
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East Side residents raise concerns about proposed homeless shelter


A map of downtown St. Paul shows the proposed site for a new Dorothy Day Center on the eastern edge of downtown, along with the current location on the western edge of downtown. (submitted graphic)

Depending on whom you ask, the potential site for Catholic Charities’ new homeless shelter is on the edge of the East Side, the edge of downtown St. Paul, or both.
Seeking to better service St. Paul’s homeless population, the organization is looking to add 50 beds for emergency shelter, transitional housing space, and 135 permanent supportive housing units.
The group has identified a state-owned plot near the intersection of University Avenue and Lafayette Road as a possible site. The spot is currently in use by the state as storage for items removed from the Capitol building during its renovation.

Mon
03
Feb

4-3 vote means Prom will manage Phalen Golf Course


The Phalen Golf Course will be under private management this spring. Prom Catering of Oakdale has been approved by St. Paul City Council to manage the course, as well as the Como Golf Course. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

With a vote barely squeezing by, Prom Catering of Oakdale will be taking over management of the East Side’s publicly owned Phalen Golf Course, as well as Como Golf Course.
The St. Paul City Council voted 4-3 to approve a contract between St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department and the private company.
The vote signals the end of a months-long process to figure out what to do with the four city-owned courses which were losing money at a rate of about $400,000 a year.

Mon
03
Feb

County attorney: no charge for Archdiocese in Wehmeyer case

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is off the hook with Ramsey County, for the time being, in investigations related to the timeliness of its leaders reporting the clergy sexual abuse committed by former East Side priest Curtis Wehmeyer, 47, as well as the Rev. Jonathan Shelley.
Wehmeyer was a pastor at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, located at the intersection of White Bear and Lacrosse avenues, starting in 2009 up until he was arrested in June 2012.

Mon
03
Feb

WSP approves preliminary plat for new housing development


This image shows the location of a proposed housing development at the corner of Wentworth Avenue and Smith Avenue. The land, currently vacant, belongs to St. Stephen’s Church but would be sold to a developer as part of plan to subdivide the 6.6 acres into 11 lots. (submitted photo)

One of the downsides of living in a well-established community is lack of room for new growth, but West St. Paul officials say they have a rare opportunity for fresh development.
That opportunity comes in the form of a deal between a developer and St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, located at 1575 Chartlton St., to purchase 6.6 acres of open land on the western portion of the church lot. That land would then be subdivided into 11 lots for the construction of mid to high-end homes.

Mon
03
Feb

WSP man charged in fatal drunk driving crash

A West St. Paul man has been charged with more than 20 counts of criminal vehicular operation for a drunken rollover crash last November that injured several people and left the defendant’s friend lying dead in the street.
Jon David Devereaux, 22, was charged Jan. 28 with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide and 18 counts of criminal vehicular operation for the Nov. 14 crash. Prosecutors say Devereaux insisted on driving his friend’s SUV that night despite knowing he was drunk and performed several reckless maneuvers before he ultimately lost control and rolled the vehicle on the 300 block of E Bernard St.

Sun
02
Feb

ISD 199 superintendent announces resignation

Inver Grove Heights Schools Superintendent Dierdre Wells has announced she plans to step down from her position following a hard-won $24.8 million bond referendum last November.
Wells announced her resignation in a memorandum to ISD 199 staff dated Jan. 10. Wells was hired by the district in 2005; she will remain in the position until the three-year contract she signed in 2011 expires June 30.

Sat
01
Feb

Larkin Dance Studio continues 64-year legacy at new Maplewood location


The Senior Line class strikes a pose in the larger dance space at their new location. Larkin Dance moved to 1400 E. Hwy 36 in Maplewood. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

A fixture in Maplewood, Larkin Dance Studio now has more room to stretch out.
The family-run business, which for decades has pumped out award-winning dancers who’ve made it to national television, Broadway and films, this month relocated to the building that formerly housed Minnesota Granite and Marble at 1400 E. Highway 36.

Wed
29
Jan

Lipke-led North High Alumni Choir disbands


Accomplished vocal music director Carl H. Lipke and the North High Alumni Choir performed their final concerts in December. They recently had a farewell party, celebrating 20 years together. (photos courtesy of John Feikema Photography)

Carl Lipke tried to end the North High Alumni Choir quietly.
The choir had just finished its spring concert, and wasn’t yet gearing up for the holiday shows. The group’s leaders were discussing how it should disband, agreeing that costs were too high and some of the singers could no longer stand for an entire performance.
The revered director suggested a discreet exit, without bows or encores.

Wed
29
Jan

Meet Maplewood’s newest K-9 team

Brix never really looks ferocious.
Even when he’s apprehending suspects or sniffing out illicit drugs, the dog half of Maplewood’s newest K-9 team treats his job like a game.
According to his partner, Officer Joseph Demulling, the 19-month-old from Slovakia does it all for a Kong, a rubber chew toy on a rope.

Wed
29
Jan

HELLO: more than just a greeting


Ebenezer Flomo, his wife Janelle Voxland and other HELLO volunteers hand-delivered over 40,000 books to more than 16 schools in Liberia over the holidays. (submitted photos)

It’s easy to just throw away an old book that’s been read a thousand times or a textbook that’s a year or two out of date. But some tens of thousands of those previously unwanted books are making their way to schools across the Atlantic Ocean, thanks to some help from an Oakdale-based organization.
Help Encourage Liberia’s Little Ones, or HELLO, was started in Liberia by Ebenezer Flomo in 2003. Its operations moved with him in 2005 when he came to the U.S. and married Oakdale resident Janelle Voxland.

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