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Greg Stanley

Reporter | Ramsey County
Phone: 612-673-4882
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Greg Stanley is an environmental reporter for the Star Tribune. He has previously covered water issues, development and politics in Florida’s Everglades and in northern Illinois.

Stanley is a native of Milwaukee and loves the outdoors. He graduated from St. Norbert College with a degree in English.
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Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman’s housing nonprofit is behind again on property taxes and also owes three contractors more than $160,000, a

Nonprofit run by Ramsey County commissioner owes more than $160K, contractors say

Blake Huffman says he's winding down Journey Home Minnesota.
Colder Products Co., shown in 2002. The company wants to consolidate nearly 400 employees from three facilities around the St. Anthony Park neighborho

Roseville to offer $3 million in tax breaks to lure St. Paul manufacturer

St. Paul manufacturer wants to consolidate 388 workers at a new HQ.
For the first time, vehicles are producing more of the heat-trapping pollutants than power plants, according to a new report by the Minnesota Pollutio

Progress on greenhouse gas emissions, but not quite what Minnesota hoped

Report shows power plants made biggest cuts.
All but one Ramsey County golf course — the nine-hole Ponds at Battle Creek — has been returning an operating profit, a just-completed study showe

Study: Two of Ramsey County's golf courses need millions in upgrades

Irrigation and drainage systems need to be replaced at the Manitou Ridge and Goodrich golf courses, in White Bear Lake and Maplewood.
Trumpeter swans, like these pictured in a file photo from Alaska, were among the birds counted near Afton on New Year’s Day.

Annual bird count in Afton shows avian success stories over last 50 years

Volunteers counted every bird they could see, a tradition since the 1950s.
Minnesota Millionaire Raffle logo

Minnesota Lottery announces $1 million New Year's raffle winners

The winning numbers were sold at stores in Crookston and Ely.
Dozens of children and their parents played in the water in the expansion area of the Shoreview Community Center's indoor water park Friday afternoon.

Shoreview reopens indoor water park after $16M expansion

$16 million renovation at city's community center includes new pool and other amenities.

Maplewood needs a new mayor, City Council member after losing them to higher office

Mayor, council member have moved on to state and regional positions.
Neosha Thompson pushed her son Ivan, 4, around the Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval on Wednesday as other skaters cruised behind.

Roseville Oval, 'a regional draw for the state,' seeks millions in aid for repairs

Giant outdoor rink needs $4 million in repairs, and city seeks help.
Cynthia Kuntz on Friday visited the memorial in Richfield near where her son Jonathan O’Shaughnessy was killed in July 2017.

Richfield, family compromise on memorial to shooting victim

Mother of shooting victim fought with Richfield to keep memorial items on site.
Janice Rettman

Ramsey County Board member Janice Rettman finishes her final term

After more than three decades in elected office, Janice Rettman took the microphone near the end of her final Ramsey County Board meeting last week.She…
Motor vehicle supervisor Tereza Bazac helps a customer at the Roseville License Center.

Local DMV offices bear brunt of costs from MNLARS system

More than 18 months after the state rolled out its glitch-ridden driver's licensing and registration system, local branches and offices that have navigated customers through the delays are wondering if they will ever get reimbursed for their extra hours and overtime costs.
The new building at Cedarholm Golf Course in Roseville.

Roseville to seek special exception to get liquor license at Cedarholm Golf Course

City hoped to sell alcohol from recently renovated municipal clubhouse.

Scammers may have gained access to personal information of Ramsey County clients

The scam targeted the e-mails of county employees in an apparent attempt to divert their paychecks.

Ramsey County approves $738 million budget, tax levy hike

Much of the increased levy will be used to keep up with the rising cost of salaries, benefits and programs.
Colin Miller, a manager at Bent Brewstillery poured a beer. Both the owner of the business and the city of Roseville are aiming to change a state law.

Hybrid "brewstillery" in Roseville fights to add cocktail license

State law doesn't allow a maker of both beer and spirits to serve its products on the same site.
Loren Gafner

20-year-old driver in fatal drug deal in Andover sentenced to 13 years

Loren J. Gafner had pleaded guilty to second degree unintentional murder in the death of 17-year-old Tristan Robinson.
Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel looked over the charred remains following an early morning fire at the Hiawatha homeless encampment Friday, Nov. 3

Fire breaks out again overnight at homeless camp in south Mpls.

No one was injured, but officials are concerned that the fire risk remains.
Marylee Abrams

Maplewood recount breaks tie in favor of City Council incumbent

The tied race, which was set to be decided by a coin flip, was broken after election judges found Marylee Abrams five votes ahead.

Ramsey County to stop using contractors to manage health care for inmates

New division, permanent staff will replace contractors managing health care at four detention facilities.
St. Paul firefighters work the scene of a house explosion that left an 80-year-old man in critical condition.

House explosion rocks St. Paul neighborhood; 1 hospitalized

Gas leak is suspected in house explosion; man who was inside is in critical condition.
Skiiers readied to hit the trails in Battle Creek Regional Park in 2008. Ramsey County is looking to move forward with a $4.5 million park expansion,

Ramsey County looks to augment ski season in St. Paul

Wish list includes snow-making machines for Battle Creek Regional Park to improve cross-country trails.
The Minneapolis Park Board has reopened the bridge between Nicollet Island and Boom Island after renovations.

Minneapolis Park Board reopens bridge between Boom Island and Nicollet Island

The historic rail crossing needed nearly $2 million in structural repairs.

Maplewood election tie broken by coin flip, heads to recount

City Council incumbent Marylee Abrams and challenger Nikki Villavicencio found themselves each with 5,755 votes.
Pedestrians would be able to walk from Kellogg Boulevard over Shepard Road to the Mississippi River 80 feet below.

Ramsey County picks developer for skyscrapers along St. Paul's riverfront

The County Board has been trying to develop the empty site near Wabasha Bridge, the former site of West Publishing and the county jail, for years.
The emerald ash borer is eating its way across the Twin Cities.

As ash borer comes, Maplewood looks to tree sales for residents

Maplewood may try to emulate Minnetonka's popular annual tree sale.

St. Paul-based food processer looks to relocate to Little Canada

Bix Produce Co., long a North End institution, is planning a move to the Slumberland site.
Ramsey County will unveil the government's first solar panel park at Ponds at Battle Creek Golf Course in Maplewood. The county has installed 64 panel

Ramsey County's Ponds at Battle Creek Golf Course to run on sun

More than 60 solar panels are up and running at Ramsey County's The Ponds at Battle Creek Golf Course, the latest step by the county to power its entire park system with renewable energy.
A homeless man who did not want his named used made coffee near his tent at the homeless encampment beneath the cathedral's hill Oct. 15 in St. Paul.

'Incredibly difficult environment' prompts changes to Ramsey County, St. Paul homeless shelter

An emergency winter shelter for the homeless in downtown St. Paul will open earlier this year and stay open later than it did last year, as health officials and nonprofits race to handle a rising tide of homelessness.
Jack Serier, Ramsey County sheriff

Two Ramsey County sheriffs — one current, one ex — square off for the job

Incumbent Jack Serier faces Bob Fletcher, who held post for 16 years.

Anoka driver killed in head-on collision with SUV

A car crossed into the wrong lane of traffic on County Road 10 and hit an SUV head-on, police said.
Hockey gear flew at the conclusion of Hill-Murray's 3-1 win over White Bear Lake during Boys' hockey, Class 2A, Section 4 final Friday, March 2, 2018,

Ramsey County's Aldrich Arena to get $3.6M in upgrades

Ramsey County switching ice arenas from Freon-based cooling systems.
Ernie McGuire, 58, sat in his tent at a homeless encampment near I-35E this week. A caseworker has helped him find a room starting in November.

St. Paul homeless encampment to remain as winter approaches

With winter approaching, St. Paul and Ramsey County officials say they have no plans to relocate a homeless encampment of roughly 30 men and women near downtown. Instead, health officials are focusing on keeping the area clean and safe.
Maplewood city officials are considering a licensing process for landlords.

Maplewood to consider landlord license, fees to combat problem properties

Process would include inspections and penalties for problem properties.
The docks were full of boats in White Bear Lake, Minn., on August 10, 2018, when water levels at White Bear Lake were at a five-year high.

White Bear Lake groundwater pumping sustainable, Minnesota DNR says

The DNR has completed a court-ordered study, which shows that irrigation bans would have little effect on water levels.
Hundreds of people attended the Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony at the monument near the State Capitol Sunday afternoon, September 29,

After lawsuit, Maplewood completes smooth transition to full-time fire department

Early signs indicate the Maplewood Fire Department’s transition from a part-time to a full-time department in the past three months has been smoother than the…
Alex Kempe said the Ramsey County veterans court has helped him reconnect with family, including his oldest son Aiden, 9, and his daughter Sabriella,

Twin Cities prosecutors, defenders push to expand Minnesota veteran courts

Prosecutors say expanding vet courts is the right thing to do
Janice Rettman, left, and Trista MatasCastillo are both residents of St. Paul. They are vying to represent on the Ramsey County Board an area that inc

Janice Rettman faces stiff challenge from Trista MatasCastillo for Ramsey County Board seat

In November, the veteran Third District commissioner faces what promises to be her stiffest electoral challenge.
Ramsey County believes that good weather, the state of the economy and well-kept courses have attracted more golfers, like Scott Crossman, out to play

Play at Ramsey County's golf courses still strong, but for how long?

Play at five courses across the county is up 20 percent from six years ago.
Jessica Kearns has been given 60 days to leave her Roseville apartment after a dispute with her landlord over putting up a Black Lives Matter sign in

Black Lives Matter sign at heart of Roseville eviction dispute

Woman is asked to vacate after refusing to take down the poster.
Behind these fences and razor wire is Oak Park's Administrative Control Unit or ACU it houses the most violent offenders keeping them segregated from

Corrections officer at Oak Park Heights dies after helping colleague attacked by inmate

Back at his post after helping colleague, officer had "medical emergency."
The defunct monorail track passes above the Hanifl Family Wild Woods Play Area at the Minnesota Zoo.

Audit: Minnesota Zoo needs tighter controls over how donor money is kept

The zoo has not been properly accounting for how donations are spent, state auditors found.
Schafer Richardson is building its first apartment complex in St. Paul, a 175-unit building with a courtyard just next to Xcel Energy Center.

Ramsey County property values hit new high; home prices still lagging

But single-family home values in county still trail pre-recession numbers.
This photo provided by the Cannon River Drug and Violent Task Force shows a box containing methamphetamine. Authorities said Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 th

Minneapolis meth seizure is largest in state history

About 170 pounds of the deadly drug was confiscated this week.

Plan for Twin Cities ammo plant snags over nearly $6M in sewage fees

Developers of the former Army site are hit with Arden Hills' request for nearly $6M.
Members of the Coon Rapids boys' hockey team from last season.

Coon Rapids hockey club says treasurer took $36K

Coon Rapids booster president said the team's season is not in jeopardy.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi will hire an immigration lawyer to serve on his staff and help the office navigate deportation and other issues.

John Choi to hire immigration lawyer for Ramsey County

He will hire lawyer to help with U visas, potential deportation cases.
Former Chaska police officer Joshua Lawrenz.

Traffic citations issued by former Chaska officer expunged for likely bias

The officer was fired in 2015 after an investigation found that he profiled Hispanic residents.
Alatus released this rendering of what the Rice Creek Commons business area may look like as it begins to redevelop the former Twin Cities Army Ammuni

Fight over $6M in sewer fees could derail ammo plant redevelopment

Arden Hills wants to be paid $5.8 million in connection fees.
A renovated Holiday Inn is shown Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 in New York. IHG's Holiday Inn chain, established in 1952, is one of the most recognizable hote

Avid hotel, a Holiday Inn brand, planned for Roseville

The Avid, a recent Holiday Inn brand, may open by the spring of 2020.
Courtesy RSP Architects Alatus released this rendering of what the Rice Creek Commons business area may look like as it begins to redevelop the former

Proposal lays out some details in developing ammo plant site

The deal begins to fill in some of the blanks in the development of the 427-acre site of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills.
Marv Reynolds played an electronic pulltab game at CR's Sports Bar in Coon Rapids in 2014. Electronic pulltabs, after a slow start when introduced in

Minnesota charitable gambling sales hit new high

But only $300 million of that will go to nonprofit groups' bottom line.
FILE -- In White Bear Lake on the other side of the metro area, a cluster of zebra mussels covered a native mussel.

Zebra mussels found in 3 more Twin Cities lakes

The lakes are Bald Eagle Lake north of White Bear Lake, Lake Johanna in Arden Hills and Lake Isabelle near Hastings, the DNR said.
Jennifer Berg, her son Miles, 18 months, and her mother, Catherine Ellefson, walked hand-in-hand Friday into White Bear Lake from Memorial Beach. With

White Bear Lake water levels back to normal, but locals brace for next drop

With water levels back to normal, locals are smiling more often.
Maplewood police are looking for two suspects caught on camera spray-painting the back of the Alsalam Mosque early on July 29.

Maplewood mosque leaders offer clemency to vandals

Amin Kader, president of the Islamic Institute of Minnesota's Alsalam Mosque, said worshipers would work with police to drop any charges if vandals come forward.

Roseville turns to volunteers to build two new parks

Roseville will carve out two small community parks this fall, tucked between homes and apartment buildings in the southwest and southeast corners of the city.And…

Ramsey County pushes forward plan to overhaul Rice Street, I-694 interchange

Less congestion could spur development on corridor.
When Maplewood rewrote its rules concerning backyard chickens, Tim Richmond and his family got started on the 10-chicken coop they’ve been eager to

Maplewood eases backyard chicken rules, allows goats

The City Council loosened regulations not only to make it easier to keep animals but also leave behind the manicured suburban lawns.

Family ID's St. Paul woman found slain in her home

Police are holding a man suspected of kidnapping and assault and considered a person of interest in the homicide.
Ramsey County’s Julie Kleinschmidt guided the county through the Great Recession and then helped it rebuild.

Julie Kleinschmidt talks about her tenure as Ramsey County manager

After 18 years, she is set to retire.
Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman

2018: Ramsey County Board member's nonprofit owes nearly $40,000 in back taxes

Blake Huffman, a former Wells Fargo Home Mortgage executive who ran briefly last year for governor, formed Journey Home Minnesota in 2008.
Ryan O'Connor

Ramsey County Board signs new manager to two-year contract

Ryan O'Connor will begin July 30. He is replacing Julie Kleinschmidt, who is retiring.
Joseph Paul Czeck

Hastings man charged with vehicular homicide after boulder kills 2 in Rosemount

Police say the driver pulled over shortly after a boulder fell out of his truck and into the windshield of an oncoming car, but then drove away.
Brandon Stevenson walks into the Minnesota Lottery state office in Roseville to validate his ticket and claim his $1 million in winnings.

St. Paul college student claims $1M Powerball prize on ticket bought by app

Brandon Stevenson, 20, is the first big winner in Minnesota to buy a state lottery ticket online.
Debris covers Wabasha Street in St. Paul in May after breaking off from the bluff at the end of April.

State disaster dollars to help Ramsey County clean up St. Paul landslide

The money will help Ramsey County pay for $1.1 million of damages caused by an April landslide that knocked out parts of Wabasha Street.
Philando Castile

Philando Castile's family, friends to hold candlelight vigil on anniversary of his death

Friday will mark two years since the shooting death of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights.
Maplewood firefighters doused a school bus engulfed in flames at the Century Ave. exit ramp on East bound 94, in May 2014.

Maplewood, departing firefighters agree to pension surplus deal

Maplewood's departing staff will be fully vested, get $1,000 more per year of service.
Ryan O'Connor

Ramsey County picks in-house candidate over Met Council chairwoman for top job

Deputy Manager Ryan O'Connor gets the top job.
The Lake Links Trail will be a hodgepodge of connections to existing bike paths in the small communities around the lake.

State gives $4M to complete White Bear Lake bike trail

Advocates for the 10-mile bicycle and walking trail believe the path can now be finished by 2021.
Alene Tchourumoff.

Ramsey County Board to interview two finalists for top county job

Alene Tchourumoff and Ryan O'Connor are invited by board for second round.
Alene Tchourumoff, chairwoman of the Metropolitan Council, appears to be the front-runner to become the next Ramsey County manager.

Met Council's Alene Tchourumoff is front-runner for top Ramsey County job

Ramsey County commissioners will meet Friday to decide whether to begin negotiating with Tchourumoff or another candidate.
Ramsey County has spent $17 million preparing the site of the former the former West Publishing in downtown St. Paul. The property has views along the

Ramsey County to pick new developer for St. Paul riverfront property

Officials hope any new project includes housing, restaurants, office space.
Aaron Camacho, left, and Pastor Dan Stone of Duluth discussed Trump policies Wednesday.

Trump protesters focus on unity as they march through Duluth

Duluth – Shelly Barton drove from Longville to protest President Donald Trump, saying that she was "running out of poster paint" with the amount…
From second to the left, Russ Galvan, Randy Kohl and Beasley Baker laughed as Jesse Harrison smiled. Ben Brooks, also honored, was unable to attend.

River rescuers honored for saving a life in St. Paul

Barge cleaners, mechanics rescued a man they spotted floating down river.
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