Dakota County


West St. Paul closer to ice arena revamp

Mendota Heights, District 197 on board; city applies for "Mighty Ducks" grant
West St. Paul recently chalked up another goal in saving the city's ice arena. Mendota Heights and School District 197 each pledged $555,333, a third of the cost to revamp John V. Hoene Ice Arena.


Early Learning Center opens in Inver Grove Heights

Construction of the new Inver Grove Heights Early Learning Center was completed Aug. 1. The school celebrated its grand opening Sept. 11. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Center added onto Hilltop Elementary
Thanks to extra funding from the Minnesota Department of Education, the Inver Grove Heights School District's new Early Learning Center, attached to Hilltop Elementary School, is now open for business.


Charges: West St. Paul man allegedly strangled, killed woman

Marc Bakambia

Woman told relative she 'feared for her life' days prior to death
A month after a West St. Paul woman was found dead in her apartment Aug. 10, police discovered a "selfie" on her boyfriend's cell phone of him lying next to her on a bed. In the photo, she appears to be deceased and he is crying, according to court documents recently filed in Dakota County District Court.


Grand jury combines charges against Fitch in murder of Mendota Heights cop, shootout

Brian Fitch

The man initially charged in two counties in connection with the July 30 murder of Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick and the shootout with police after a massive manhunt has been indicted by a multi-county grand jury.


Dakota County aid request denied by FEMA

Mendota, county appeal decision
Mudslides tore through the bluffs of the small city of Mendota in June, when a group of thunderstorms and resulting flash floods soaked communities through Minnesota.


Company plans to close Rainbow in West St. Paul

It was business as usual at the Rainbow Foods in West St. Paul Wednesday afternoon. The company that bought the site this spring plans to close the grocery store and start "employment separations" in November. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Possibility of redevelopment a 'unique opportunity' for city
The company that bought Rainbow Foods in West St. Paul this spring plans to close the grocery store this fall, due to decisions "based on business considerations."


Inver Grove Heights man preserves prized-pickle title at state fair

Keith Joyce, an Inver Grove Heights man who has dominated the "Best Dill Pickle" category in Gedney's competition at the Minnesota State Fair the two year's he's entered his recipe, 2007 and 2014, holds his blue ribbon while talking to Kevin Huebscher, the owner of Kev's Korner, where Joyce buys cucumbers for his prized pickles. Huebscher holds a jar of Joyce's dill pickles. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Gedney's "Best Dill" for second time
Growing up, Keith Joyce's fondest memories were going to his grandma's house in Cylon, the unincorporated Wisconsin community half a mile west of New Richmond, while she pickled cucumbers and watermelon or made strawberry jam.


Inver Grove Heights 7-year-old sings 'Let It Go' beyond her years at state fair

Cosette Jaeger, 9, left, and Montana Jaeger, 7, both of Inver Grove Heights, hold up their second and first place trophies, respectively, after sweeping the Dakota County Fair pre-teen talent competition this year. As the first-place finisher, Montana went on to perform "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen" at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 23, representing Dakota County.

Local sisters won first, second at Dakota County singing competition
Seven-year-old Montana Jaeger of Inver Grove Heights says she doesn't really get scared or nervous, just nervous-excited performing in front of large crowds. 


Trio charged in South St. Paul drive-by shooting

Desean Thomas

Charges: Victim shot in hip over rental car
A 51-year-old man was shot in the hip in South St. Paul while trying to take back a rental car he loaned to two women weeks ago. A man pulled up in a SUV and sprayed the victim and his truck with bullets ...


Small for its breed — for now

Asher was the first dog No Place Like Home Pet Rescue, a new area non-profit that finds foster and forever homes for animals, brought into its program. His foster person, Michelle Saelin of Minneapolis, adopted him. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Pet rescue founded by area residents quickly lures pack of supporters
In the more than two years Michelle Saelin has fostered animals, she's taken some risks in order give dogs and cats a second chance.


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