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WHITE BEAR LAKE — The City Council vote was close, 3-2, but MnDOT got its municipal consent to improve the Whitaker Street/Hwy. 61 intersection. 

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ST. PAUL — The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has cleared the environmental assessment for the Metro Purple Line, formerly known as the Rush Line bus rapid transit project. 

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The effects of COVID-19 on young learners are not yet fully understood, but reading scores and achievement gap measurements from the 2020-2021 school year show that the White Bear Lake School District has some catching up to do. 

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RAMSEY COUNTY — When South Shore Boulevard and its parallel trail are constructed, flooded yards should be a thing of the past. 

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No, the band isn’t back together, but members of The Grasshoppers did gather for a reunion last month in White Bear Lake. Some are retired, one has moved out of state, and some are still rocking. 

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Folks along Otter Ridge Circle and Peterson Road can breathe a little easier now that road construction is done. The White Bear Township Board lowered the assessments on properties along those streets after receiving final costs from Larry Poppler, town engineer.

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ST. PAUL — The Purple Line bus-rapid transit (BRT) project, formerly known as the Rush Line, received a nearly $40 million shot in the arm last week from the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners. 

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WHITE BEAR LAKE — Plans to close Hwy. 61 access into a strip mall and redesign a nearby intersection attracted a council chambers full of Rush Line opponents to a public hearing last week. 

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ST. PAUL — October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, and a grassroots group largely responsible for pushing significant legislation through the Capitol reflects on its progress over the last nine years. 

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Nestled in the southwest corner of White Bear Lake is a tiny village that one historian describes as "creative and social, with more clubs per capita than any place I've ever seen." 

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WHITE BEAR LAKE — Most people probably wouldn't guess the No. 1 complaint received by the Police Department is traffic. 

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WHITE BEAR LAKE — September is preliminary tax levy time. The amount approved by cities this month can be lowered but not increased when the levy is finalized in December. 

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GERMANY — Two White Bear Lake City Council members spent a week in the sister city of Ludenscheid recently as part of the Climate-Smart Municipalities program. The German city was one of the country's first to define carbon dioxide targets and commit to climate protection.