Staff Directory 6370659

Jim Anderson

Multiplatform editor | Newsroom
Phone: 612-673-7199
Jim is from Sunrise, Minn., but has lived most of his life in St. Paul. He's been a reporter, columnist and copy editor at several dailies, including the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press, Red Wing Republican Eagle, Mankato Free Press, Eau Claire (Wis.) Leader-Telegram and the St. Petersburg Times. He worked two years as a reporter in the Star Tribune's East Metro Bureau. Follow @StribJAnderson
Recent content from Jim Anderson
Fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in the roof of Grove United Methodist Church in Woodbury.

Fire damages Woodbury church roof

The cause of the fire is unknown, but the blaze appeared to have started near some solar panels installed several years ago, Grove United Methodist's pastor said.
Conservation Commissioner Chester Wilson bought State Parks permit sticker No. 1 from Doreen Anderson of the Division of State Parks on May 14, 1953.

Stillwater attorney made his mark on state parks

A longtime Stillwater lawyer was instrumental in creating today's Department of Natural Resources, and his influence carries through today.
Aaron Schnagl

Danielle Jelinek murder trial delayed indefinitely

The key issue in the trial of Aaron Schnagl stems from the revelation of new statements from a witness questioned early in the investigation of Jelinek's five-month disappearance and death.
Aaron Schnagl has been incarcerated on drug charges leading up to the trial.

Trial opens this week in 2013 death of Oakdale's Danielle Jelinek

After months of delay, jury selection begins Monday in the death of Danielle Jelinek of Oakdale.
Gene DeMontreville played 11 seasons with eight National or American League teams. From 1894 to 1904 he batted .303 with 497 RBI.

Old-time major league siblings called Washington County home

Long before the Twins came to Minnesota, this pair of Washington County siblings made it to the majors.

St. Paul attorney guilty of laundering drug money through law firm

St. Paul-based lawyer was convicted of conspiring with his brother-in-law to launder proceeds from drug sales.

The County Line: How Washington County came to be in Minnesota

Put it this way: If not for the fickle finger of historical fate, Minnesota Vikings fans in Washington County could well have ended up rooting…
Allan Sickmeier of Woodbury looked over a few of the many items auctioned off last week at the farm of Betty and Wayne Schilling in south Woodbury. Th

Oct. 12: Woodbury farm's sale makes way for development

It's a familiar story in Woodbury and the county's other growing communities: Vestiges of rural life making way for the suburbs.
Snowshoe classes are being offered at William O’Brien State Park.

Arts briefs: Masquers Theatre sets stage for 'Forbidden Broadway'

Tickets are now on sale for “Forbidden Broadway,” a cabaret revue sharply spoofing show tunes, characters and plots of contemporary and current Broadway musicals presented…
Monroe Crossing is, from left, David Robinson on banjo, Lisa Fuglie on fiddle, Derek Johnson on guitar, Matt Thompson on mandolin and Mark Anderson on

Arts briefs: Entries sought from young aspiring writers

The deadline is approaching for high school students to enter original works in WriteNow!, the annual high school writing contest sponsored by White Bear Center…
The April 24, 1912, front page of the Svenska Amerikanska Posten displayed a prominent headline about the sinking of the Titanic in the north Atlantic

Swedish-language newspapers archived online

Archival project, begun in 2008, is to be completed by late 2015.
About thirty people strapped on snowshoes to follow Richardson Nature Center naturalist Kimi Aisawa Romportl on a hike through the park's woods and ov

Arts briefs: Valee de Croix Chorus names interim director

Scott Perau has accepted a contract as interim director of the Vallee de Croix Chorus, the award-winning group of singers that draws women from around…

East metro beat: New biography captures Ignatius O'Shaughnessy's life of giving back

On a chilly day in 1902, Ignatius Aloysius O’Shaughnessy was, quite literally, at a crossroads. It had been a rough couple of days, first getting…

Former Bayport developer convicted of fraud, tax evasion

Bayport businessman guilty on all 3 counts.
Aug. 29, 2013: Receding lake levels on White Bear Lake have left behind a giant sand beach at West Park Memorial Beach.

Deal reached in suit over White Bear Lake's disappearing water

The dramatically receding water level has alarmed homeowners and affected property values. The agreement will seek to limit use of well water that drew down lake levels.

Arts and leisure briefs: Afton prepares for 'Village Holiday'

Afton will be transformed into a winter wonderland for its annual “Village Holiday” event on Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6. Both days will…
Justin Atkinson, a producer for South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, edits a video.

Cottage Grove planning community film festival

The "Films in 5 Festival" is the first big project of the city's new Arts Commission.
Publicity handout art for the 1995 move "Grumpier Old Men," featuring Walter Matthau (at left), Jack Lemmon (at right), and Sophia Loren (above).

'Fargo' film offshoot highlights local spots

"Fargo," spinoff "Kumiko" are among films set here.
A 2003 view of the St. Paul riverfront, seen from the south side of the Mississippi River and under the Wabasha Street Bridge, shows the Ramsey County

Ramsey County to raze riverfront buildings

The $11.5 million project will demolish buildings and make site shovel-ready for investors.
Butch Thompson will perform his annual “Home for Christmas” concert in Marine on St. Croix on Dec. 7. It will be the final performance of the long

Arts briefs: Stillwater to paint town red — and green

Dozens of “Hometown for the Holidays” events in downtown Stillwater begin at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28 on Main Street with the arrival of Santa…

Briefs: Grant to fund health study in transit corridor

A $100,000 grant will fund a yearlong study of potential health effects resulting from the development of the Gateway Corridor, the transit link being developed…
Rinko Kikuchi stars in “Kumiko, Treasure Hunter,” the most recent Hollywood movie to be filmed in Washington County.

The County Line: All right, Hollywood, we're ready for our close-up

Washington County's rural landscapes, unspoiled small-town charms and the beauty of the St. Croix River have been drawing filmmakers to the area for years.

Washington County following trend of shifting tax burden

Residential property values jumped nearly 14 percent, leading to homeowners picking up a greater share of the tab.
Winter has come early to the Mississippi River in St. Paul and elsewhere.

Ice brings early closure to river shipping

The icy conditions have put an end to the 2014 shipping season, the earliest closing in the past 45 years.
The Point Douglas-St. Louis River Road Bridge near Stillwater was built in 1863 from locally quarried limestone rock. The bridge once carried part of

The County Line: Minnesota's first road project

It's just an inconspicuous gouge in a hillside along U.S. Hwy 10, easily overlooked by drivers whizzing to or from Prescott, Wis., across the nearby…
Atkinson Cemetery was forgotten for decades until a restoration effort in the 1970s that was aided by Forrest Mars Sr., then head of the candy company

Cottage Grove cemetery links county to a candy dynasty

A small Cottage Grove cemetery bears witness to the Mars company's roots in the Washington County city.

Legal battle over election signs in Grant reignited

Stephen Bohnen's City Council term is almost over, but he's now suing a rival for legal costs.
Aaron Harper

Police investigating former East Ridge principal

Aaron Harper, who resigned last week, is accused of public misconduct over alleged misuse of funds, police say.
Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki sat during a city council meeting in April.

Stillwater mayor, citing "personal issues," quits abruptly

The resignation of Ken Harycki comes after an IRS raid at his accounting business last spring.
From left to right, performers in the St. Croix Ballet’s presentation of “The Nutcracker: Sugar Plums Catherine Wessel and Ava Wichser and Cavalie

Arts briefs: Art, theater part of 2015 Big Read activities

As part of The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley, ArtReach St. Croix is seeking artists to be part of the exhibition “Spirit, Heart,…
In 1967, Orville Bielenberg, center, presented a petition to incorporate Woodbury Township into a village to then-Gov. Harold LeVander. Bielenberg bec

The County Line: Who was Orville Bielenberg?

Bielenberg Drive is one of Woodbury’s busiest thoroughfares. Bielenberg Sports Center is one of the largest athletic complexes in Minnesota. Soon, Bielenberg Gardens will become…

New clinics in Woodbury healthy sign for growth

HealthEast and Children's Hospitals, along with other firms, are making the city a medical care destination.
Kathy Cunnien and Dave Dalton inspected absentee ballots on Tuesday at the government center in Stillwater. The county got about 10,400 requests for b

New Washington County Board member: 'We connected with voters'

Karla Bigham, who defeated County Board member Autumn Lehrke, said she knocked on doors since May. Her to-do list includes roads, libraries, jobs and Red Rock transit ridership..
Zdenko Jakisa

Time gap, lost evidence weigh in Bosnian immigration case

A federal judge heard arguments on whether to dismiss charges against Zdenko Jakisa of Forest Lake, accused of lying in order to emigrate to the United States 16 years ago.

Briefs: Popularity grows for absentee ballots in Washington County

Voters have requested more than 8,000 absentee ballots in Washington County this fall, about a 20 percent increase over the 2010 election. The uptick can…
Catherine Thimmesh

Arts briefs: Victorian Christmas celebrated at courthouse

The annual Victorian holiday celebration at the Washington County Historic Courthouse will take place Nov. 21-23 at the courthouse, 101 W. Pine St., Stillwater. Built…
Members of the Woodbury High marching band in a parade at Disney World, one of their events during a trip to Florida.

School briefs: Woodbury High band marches at Disney World

Ninety students in Woodbury High School’s Marching Royals band traveled to Florida last month for unique marching band events, a workshop and a performance at…
Though these St. Paul scenes look tranquil, this fall has been a particularly difficult season for barges up and down the Mississippi.

Shipping infrastructure problems roiling the river

A rough season on the Upper Mississippi has disrupted barge traffic and the flow of commodities.
Three dredges have been employed to remove sediment in the Upper Mississippi in an effort to restore service to the navigation channel.

July 31: Big river, big trouble: Dredges work OT to open Mississippi River

Over the past several weeks, a 52-member crew from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been feverishly battling the clock and Mother Nature to clear the river of silt deposited by this year's relentless floodwaters.

Two candidates vying for judgeship in Washington County

Susan Miles, who is seeking a fourth term, faces a challenge from attorney Julie LaFleur.

Bosnian native living in Forest Lake may be tied to 3 slayings

Zdenko Jakisa, facing deportation, is accused of immigration fraud and of hiding war crimes in 1990s.

Key Washington County cities could see turnover at mayor

With incumbents stepping down, at least a half-dozen communities will have new mayors. Elsewhere, several officeholders face challengers.

Elections focus on local issues, economy

Candidates across the county are focused on finding ways to attract development and jobs and expand tax bases in the postrecession marketplace.

Solar farm in the works in Denmark Township

The 40-acre site in Denmark Township is part of a proposed network of sites.
Locomotives traveled on tracks next to Hwy. 61 near the Canadian Pacific rail yard by Pig’s Eye Lake in St. Paul.

Railroad steams ahead with St. Paul rail yard expansion

City concerns on noise, wetlands and more get bypassed as Canadian Pacific Railway takes its case to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.
Canadian Pacific Railway would make room for 2-mile-long trains.

June 7: St. Paul rail yard expansion plan met with opposition

Congestion, noise, impact on the wetlands being filled in among concerns of St. Paul residents.
Canadian Pacific Railroad wants to expand its rail yard southeast of St. Paul to accommodate 2-mile-long trains by filling in about 7 acres of wetland

June 15: St. Paul: How will Dunn Yard expansion affect environment?

Dunn Yard expansion project is on hold as St. Paul asks Canadian Pacific to provide more details on the environmental impact.
Washington County made the top 10 list because of great high school graduation rates, followed by a high percent of residents obtaining higher degrees

Upon review, Washington County stacks up well

Outsiders rank Washington County among the best places to live, on several scores.

Suit over White Bear Lake depletion heads to trial

Judge has stern words for DNR over its lake management plan.
Jim Anderson for BEAT1123

St. Paul Saints have tradition of fun and history

With laughs, a few tears, some fireworks and one last slightly daft promotion (the Monster Food Truck Rally), the curtain fell last week on baseball…
Bill Murray hugged Mike Veeck on Thursday night before the St. Paul Saints final game at Midway Stadium.

St. Paul Saints, fans say farewell to Midway Stadium

Though Thursday was the closing of one chapter, it was also the last step toward a new era with the opening next spring of the team's new stadium in Lowertown.

New Brighton, Army trying to resolve clash over water treatment

New Brighton says the military is reneging on paying for groundwater treatment from a former ammunition plant.
Tara Fitzgerald

Woodbury teen pleads guilty in designer-drug death of 17-year-old girl

The Woodbury 19-year-old helped sell a designer drug that killed a 17-year-old girl.

State Patrol seeks help with clues in Oak Park Heights hit-and-run death

The Minnesota State Patrol is asking the public for help in finding the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash late Saturday in…
Radio Dr.
Hudson Rd.
Grocery and retail
Restaurant or retail

Plans for State Farm campus shift to fast track

Woodbury has waited for eight years to see a rebirth at the abandoned site at a busy intersection. With City Council approval, work could start in September.
The St. Paul Union Depot.

Route set for Gateway Corridor transit line

The bus rapid-transit line would start at Woodbury's eastern edge and run west along Interstate 94 and end at St. Paul's Union Depot.
A mayfly clings to the bark of a tree.

Mayfly's adult life is fleeting but very eventful

On the five-point Johnson Scale, Sunday night's spectacularly freakish mayfly emergence and hatch along much of the Upper Mississippi was a doozy, rating a 4.5.
Receding levels on White Bear Lake have created this large green space.

$600 million solutions on table for thirsty White Bear Lake

Two of three solutions proposed for dwindling lake top $600 million and would shift how many cities get their water.
This this October 2012 file photo, White Bear Lake families needed to walk a long dock over dry shore land to get to their boats and water's edge

June 24, 2013: As White Bear Lake shrinks, property values sink

While home values are recovering elsewhere, the loss of once-prime lakeshore on White Bear Lake is having devastating financial effects.
A swarm of mayflies attacked a gas station pump in Trempealeau, Wis.

Massive mayfly swarm blamed in 3-car accident near Red Wing

The phenomenon could be detected on radar across the Mississippi River Valley Sunday night. The onslaught left behind a huge, slimy mess and got the blame for a three-vehicle accident on the Hwy. 63 bridge linking Red Wing and Hager City, Wis., that left one person hospitalized.
An ongoing dispute between neighbors over feeding deer erupted in gunfire Monday night in New Brighton. One man is dead, another victim is hospitalize

May 24: Years of records show neighbors' discord

Before New Brighton feud erupted in fatal shooting, cops were called to neighboring homes dozens of times on a variety of complaints.
Keller Golf Course’s new clubhouse, as seen from the 18th hole, opened in February. Now the rest of the Maplewood course will officially reopen Satu

New era is teeing off at Maplewood's Keller Golf Course

After 2 years of improvements, the historic Maplewood course will officially reopen Saturday.
A sculpture by Javier del Cueto overlooks downtown from Indian Mounds Park.

St. Paul mounds find their ground on National Register of Historic Places

The ancients who began building them at least 2,000 years ago knew the spot at the crest of Dayton’s Bluff overlooking the majestic bend in…
Valley School in Denmark Township sits on the same hillside near the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers as it has since 1852.

Denmark Township school placed on historic register

The listing means the work of fundraising and restoration will be made a little easier for members of the local historical society.
Authorities continued investigating the scene Oct. 27, 2013, where human remains were found near Sartell, Minn.

Oct. 27, 2013: Mandy Matula's family says body found near Sartell is hers

The remains were found in a shallow grave by a hiker north of Sartell, Minn. With them was a sweatshirt with the University of Minnesota Duluth logo and No. 14 — Matula's softball number.
St. Paul riverfront.

DNR land-use rules draw concerns along the Mississippi riverfront

Cities, developers, environmentalists at odds over land use in metro area.

Convicted murderer sentenced in rampage at Stillwater prison

Convicted murderer gets eight years on top of the life term he is serving.
Floodwaters appear to have eroded the foundation of this limestone kiln, an important remnant of early Minnesota industry.

Cottage Grove's historic 1840s limestone kiln collapses after flooding

The 1840s landmark came tumbling down along a channel of the Mississippi.
Mark Mahaney of St. Paul

June 1: 6 feared dead on Mount Rainier

Mark Mahaney, 26, was passionate about climbing.
The swollen Mississippi River overwhelmed the levee in Newport, inundating several buildings and homes. The city declared a state of emergency last we

In Washington County, all eyes are on the rivers

The swollen Mississippi and Lower St. Croix rivers continue to rise. County is stockpiling sandbags.
Renderings depicted the proposed bar/restaurant on the second floor of the now revamped Bielenberg Sports Center in Woodbury.

Woodbury, restaurateur sue each other over sports center plans

The city of Woodbury and a Stillwater restaurateur, who agreed to work together to build a full-service restaurant in the newly revamped Bielenberg Sports Center,…
A logger used a feller buncher to remove dead wood from damaged forestland at St. Croix State Park. About 5,300 of the park's 13,000 damaged acres hav

St. Croix State Park: Recovering 3 years after devastating windstorm

On the third anniversary of a massive blowdown that affected 13,000 acres of St. Croix State Park, signs of recovery are emerging.
The Harriet Island pavilion and playground are surrounded by the flood waters of the Mississippi River, Tuesday, in St. Paul.

St. Paul flooding sends Taste of Minnesota to Waconia

With St. Paul's Harriet Island nearly covered by the swollen Mississippi River, organizers decided the July 3-6 festival will be held at the Carver County Fairgrounds.

Suspect in Woodbury robbery who shot himself identified

Thomas E. Jones of Minneapolis was one of two men who attempted to rob a Woodbury jewelry store last weekend, police say.

St. Paul approves $124,000 settlement in woman's fall

No liability was admitted in 2011 trip-and-fall case.