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GALLERY: It was a smash

Marjorie Otto photos/Review


Hazel Park Recreation Center staff said about 550 people came out to the Halloween party held there Oct. 24. It included games, crafts and candy. Some visitors included Gabrielle, 3, who dressed as Cruella de Vil. Her brother, 8-month-old Owen, was a dalmation. Oliver, 5, was all fun and games dressed as Peter Pan with his mom Stephanie, who dressed as Tinker Bell. Braylon, 3, patiently waited as he had his face painted during the party. 

10/30/2017 - 3:05pm
GALLERY: North St. Paul Fire Department booya

It’s a tradition for the North St. Paul Fire Department to host a booya fundraiser every fall — this year’s event was held Oct. 8 at Casey Lake Park.

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review


It’s a tradition for the North St. Paul Fire Department to host a booya fundraiser every fall — this year’s event was held Oct. 8 at Casey Lake Park.

Even before firefighters began distributing booya Oct. 8, long lines had formed. This year the booya “sold out in record time,” according to the fire department’s Facebook page. Some 510 gallons of booya were sold out in about half an hour.

It was sold both by the individual bowls and by the pot.

James Nippoldt of Oakdale was excited get a taste of the booya before it sold out. He’s been to all but two of the booya events held over the past 72 years. His parents, who lived in North St. Paul, started taking him to the event when he was a boy.

10/17/2017 - 9:50am
GALLERY: St. Jerome students spread kindness

St. Jerome Elementary School in Maplewood celebrated Kindness in Chalk Day Oct. 2. This national campaign was started in 2015 by a Minnesota blogger as an anti-bullying movement. Kind messages written in chalk are intended to be an inexpensive way to make someone’s day. Students of St. Jerome Elementary School celebrated by drawing pictures and writing messages in front of their school building before classes started. Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review


St. Jerome Elementary School in Maplewood celebrated Kindness in Chalk Day Oct. 2. This national campaign was started in 2015 by a Minnesota blogger as an anti-bullying movement. Kind messages written in chalk are intended to be an inexpensive way to make someone’s day. Students of St. Jerome Elementary School celebrated by drawing pictures and writing messages in front of their school building before classes started.

Above left, Anya, a fifth grader at St. Jerome Elementary School said she chose “Rock on!” as her message because “fighting bullying is doing a good job.”

Ella, right, and her sister Mary, left, worked together on a drawing. Ella made a heart, and Mary wrote “Jesus loves you.” Ella said that this was a fun way to start the morning and that she thinks people will feel happy when they see the drawings as they enter the school.

It didn’t take long for the sidewalk in front of the school to fill up with little messages and drawings. Julia, who is in third grade, drew baby Jesus as Superman to lift the spirits of her fellow students.

The morning of Kindness in Chalk Day, the pavement at St. Jerome Elementary School had not yet completely dried from rain the night before, but students didn’t let that dampen their messages. Tristan, a fourth grader, wrote “Kindness” in blue.

10/10/2017 - 9:36am
GALLERY: Touch-a-Truck comes to West St. Paul

There were trucks and cars of all shapes and sizes for kids to touch and sit in at Harmon Park Sept. 30 ... even if they couldn’t see over the steering wheel. Besides trucks, there was a bouncy house, face painting, games and entertainment provided by The Teddy Bear Band as part of Family Fun Day. Hannah Burlingame photos / Review

Hannah Burlingame photos / Review


There were trucks and cars of all shapes and sizes for kids to touch and sit in at Harmon Park Sept. 30 ... even if they couldn’t see over the steering wheel. Besides trucks, there was a bouncy house, face painting, games and entertainment provided by The Teddy Bear Band as part of Family Fun Day.

Families filled Harmon Park in West St. Paul Sept. 30 for the annual Touch-a-Truck event. It wasn’t just trucks there for the touching — St. Paul police had their horses on hand for people to pet and feed.

10/06/2017 - 9:46am
GALLERY: Payne-Arcade Harvest Festival -2017

While the Payne-Arcade Harvest Festival is usually a kick-off to fall, this year’s festival was much more summery, with the Sept. 23 parade taking place in 90-degree heat. This year’s festival had a cultural performance stage that included a lion dance, pictured above. Marjorie Otto/Review

Marjorie Otto photos / Review


While the Payne-Arcade Harvest Festival is usually a kick-off to fall, this year’s festival was much more summery, with the Sept. 23 parade taking place in 90-degree heat. This year’s festival had a cultural performance stage that included a lion dance.

The festival’s activities kicked off on Sept. 20 with a dinner at the Arcade-Phalen American Legion.

The dinner included a bundt cake contest and celebrated this year’s botton designer Julie Xiong, as well as the finders of the new Harvest Festival medallion, Matt Koskie and Steven Sanfter. 

The evening of Sept. 22 included a hot dog eating contest at Brunson’s Bar and the parade the next day kicked off at noon.

After the parade, cultural performances took place in the parking lot on the corner of Payne and York avenues.

Performances included Thai and Hmong dances, a performance by Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, and the water sleeve dance, among others.

09/29/2017 - 8:27am
GALLERY: Breaking bread in North St. Paul

The 35th annual North St. Paul Community Prayer Breakfast was held the morning of Sept. 15 at K & J Catering. Guest speaker Rebekah Hagstrom shared her journey of committing to God and integrating Christianity into her whole life. She advocated for faith over fear, prayer over worry and surrender over control. Hagstrom was selected to speak because of her experience helping to found Liberty Classical Academy and hosting “Education Nation,” a Saturday morning radio show on AM KLBB 1220. Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review


The 35th annual North St. Paul Community Prayer Breakfast was held the morning of Sept. 15 at K & J Catering. Guest speaker Rebekah Hagstrom shared her journey of committing to God and integrating Christianity into her whole life. She advocated for faith over fear, prayer over worry and surrender over control. Hagstrom was selected to speak because of her experience helping to found Liberty Classical Academy and hosting “Education Nation,” a Saturday morning radio show on AM KLBB 1220.

Luke Olson welcomed community members to the prayer breakfast and introduced the musician and guest speaker to the crowd. He also spoke about the origins of the prayer breakfast and its founders Bill Sandberg, a former North St. Paul mayor; Dr. Harold Broman, a retired community doctor; and Ray Enright, a former co-owner of Lillie Suburban Newspapers.

Linsey Peterson captivated the audience when she played and sang songs such as “I surrender” and “By our love.”

At the breakfast, North St. Paul Mayor Mike Kuehn recognized the numerous community leaders in attendance and spoke on the importance of loving your neighbor.

American Legion Post 39 Honor Guard joined raised hands while singing “God Bless America” at the end of the prayer breakfast.

09/26/2017 - 11:35am
GALLERY: Fall Round Up parade rolls through North St. Paul

North St. Paul hosted the annual Fall Round Up parade Sept. 14. Grand marshal Paul Anderson rode through Seventh Avenue in the passenger seat of a 1926 Ford Model T.

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review


North St. Paul hosted the annual Fall Round Up parade Sept. 14. Grand marshal Paul Anderson rode through Seventh Avenue in the passenger seat of a 1926 Ford Model T.

This year’s Fall Round Up parade was warm and sunny, even though the past two years have been rainy on the days of the parade. Many familiar favorites marched, pedaled and drove down Seventh Avenue the evening of Sept. 14., including the American Legion Post 39 and North St. Paul VFW Post 1350 Honor Guards and the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department with a specialized boat and the spooky Fright Farm hearse. Clowns from various clown clubs delighted children and adults alike as they made their way through the downtown area, and the United Marching Band, made up of students from School District 622, provided musical entertainment.

09/19/2017 - 10:04am
GALLERY: Ground broken for new Lake Elmo nature center

Ian Dorney from the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota showed a peregrine falcon, a great horned owl, a red-tailed hawk and a bald eagle during the celebration. submitted photo

submitted photos/rendering


Ian Dorney from the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota showed a peregrine falcon, a great horned owl, a red-tailed hawk and a bald eagle during the celebration.

Jessie Eckroad from Carpenter Nature Center showed a Blanding’s turtle, and the kids got a chance to touch the turtle and have their pictures taken with it. The Blanding’s turtle is the mascot of the Friends of Sunfish Lake Park, the non-profit organization founded to create the nature center.

Visitors enjoyed a nature trail, visits with local nature experts, geocaching and and other activities during the groundbreaking celebration.

The groundbreaking celebration for a new nature center in Lake Elmo was held Sept. 10 in Sunfish Lake Park. The Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center is being built in memory of a longtime Lake Elmo resident who enjoyed visiting Sunfish Lake Park, nature centers and gift shops. Construction is expected to be completed later this year, with a grand opening planned for late winter or early spring.

09/19/2017 - 9:35am
GALLERY: Inver Grove Heights Days 2017

There was no shortage of activities during Inver Grove Heights Days including the ever-popular inflatable slides. Hannah Burlingame photo/Review

Hannah Burlingame photos/Review


There was no shortage of activities during Inver Grove Heights Days including the ever-popular inflatable slides.

Simley Soccer players helped collect food during the food drive that happens during the parade.

Eva Igo, who was a finalist on “World of Dance” and a is resident of Inver Grove Heights.

Santa and Mrs. Claus, a.k.a Rodney and Nancy Brown, who were this year’s grand marshals.

09/18/2017 - 12:21pm
GALLERY: Back in class

For many students in the area, Sept. 5 marked the first day of the school year. Over at Edgerton Elementary School, Principal Melissa Sonnek escorted a busload of students into school. courtesy of Roseville Area Schools

courtesy of Roseville Area Schools


For many students in the area, Sept. 5 marked the first day of the school year. Over at Edgerton Elementary School, Principal Melissa Sonnek escorted a busload of students into school.
courtesy of Roseville Area Schools

At Mounds View High School, mentors greeted freshmen.

Central Park Principal Becky Berkas welcomed two students.

Central Park staff member Karla Rhodes greeted a student.

RAMS Principal Dr. Tyrone Brookins assisted a student with his folder.

Kindergarten parents signed in their students for the first day at Little Canada Elementary.

At Roseville Area High School, only ninth-grade students attended on the first day. The first event they attended was a pep fest/welcome in the lower gymnasium.

09/11/2017 - 12:31pm

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