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GALLERY: Communities gather in the fight against cancer

On Aug. 5, residents gathered for the 13th annual Relay for Life at Fleming Field. Sandi Powers, co-chair of the event, said team captains passed “the light of hope” to each other. They then lit the Ribbon of Hope, representing the hope that one day a cure for cancer will be found.

courtesy of  Richard Graner

On Aug. 5, residents gathered for the 13th annual Relay for Life at Fleming Field. Sandi Powers, co-chair of the event, said team captains passed “the light of hope” to each other. They then lit the Ribbon of Hope, representing the hope that one day a cure for cancer will be found.

Residents from South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights and West St. Paul gathered at Fleming Field Aug. 5 for the 13th annual Relay for Life, a fundraising and cancer awareness event. Luminaries surrounded the track. Each represented a name, face and memory of someone affected by cancer.

More than 60 cancer survivors participated in this year’s event. Their signs showed the number of years they’d survived cancer during the Survivor Lap.

During the Luminaria Ceremony, participants completed a silent lap lead by bagpiper Dennis Skrade, to honor those who lost their battle to cancer.

08/11/2017 - 10:11am
GALLERY: National Night Out celebrations - National Night Out 2017

Oakdale, Lake Elmo, North St. Paul and Maplewood all had neighborhoods host National Night Out Events Aug. 1. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

Oakdale, Lake Elmo, North St. Paul and Maplewood all had neighborhoods host National Night Out Events Aug. 1. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.


Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

The Savonna Neighborhood in Lake Elmo also had plenty of good food bringing people together. From left to right, the Vandusens Jim, McKenzie, Cameron and Madison enjoyed their meals with their neighbors Chloe Simone and Reese Olivia.

Neighbors of the 2300 block of Indian Way gathered in the shade on the hot Aug. 1 evening. Many neighbors brought lawn chairs and a dish to share with the neighborhood, and there was plenty of food to go around.

Two North St. Paul officers stopped by the 2300 block of Indian Way, North St. Paul to spend an evening with neighbors.

The Briar Pond Apartments in Oakdale hosted one of the area National Night Out events. Firefighters from the nearby Oakdale Fire Department stopped by to say hello. Children from the area gathered around asking questions about the tools, gear and equipment. They even had a chance to climb into the firetruck.

The Harriet Tubman Center in Maplewood offered food, lawn games and face painting at its event.

08/08/2017 - 10:12am
GALLERY: An East Side Night Out - National Night Out 2017

The Railroad Island neighborhood had a community barbeque outside of Lynette Pineda-Tamayo’s Queen Bee Urban Bee Farm garden, along Minnehaha Avenue near the corner of Burr Street. Food was donated by Bymore Supermercado, La Palma, Swanson Meals, New French Bakery, the Phalen Shopping Center and Oakdale Cub Foods, neighbors brought desserts and New Hope Baptist brought a grill.

National Night Out, which took place Aug. 1, is an annual community gathering for neighbors to get out, get to know each other and strengthen community relations.

Marjorie Otto photos/Review

The Railroad Island neighborhood had a community barbeque outside of Lynette Pineda-Tamayo’s Queen Bee Urban Bee Farm garden, along Minnehaha Avenue near the corner of Burr Street. Food was donated by Bymore Supermercado, La Palma, Swanson Meals, New French Bakery, the Phalen Shopping Center and Oakdale Cub Foods, neighbors brought desserts and New Hope Baptist brought a grill. 

Gage, 11 and Tyetan, 6, said they were enjoying hanging out at Eastview Recreation Center for National Night Out. 

Bryce Byers, who was hanging out at Eastview Recreation Center had some impressive ladderball skills, landing all but two sets of bolas on the ladder.

Avid readers and sisters Miriam, 11, and Lilian, 9, were “really excited” about the St. Paul Public Library’s Bookmobile at the Eastview Recreation Center. Their favorite books they’ve been reading include the “Survivors,” “Warriors,” and “Wings of Fire” book series.

Neighbors still gathered at the Indian Mounds Regional Park’s pavillion for food and live music, despite a suicide that occurred at the same park earlier that day. Sharone LeMieux, a resident who has lived in the neighborhood for 24 years, sang and was accompanied by John Hyvärinen on guitar and Bob Byers on saxophone.

Members from Harding High School’s ROTC program stopped by the Eastview Recreation Center and played a game of Red Light Green Light with younger kids. 

08/07/2017 - 11:45am
GALLERY: Neighbors gather together - National Night Out 2017

Neighbors gather together

Hannah Burlingame photos/Review

National Night Out, also known as Night to Unite, took place Aug. 1. Neighborhoods throughout Northern Dakota County threw block parties, like this one on Bixby Way in Inver Grove Heights.
 

Entire blocks were shut down due to the festivities like this one on Felix Street in West St. Paul.

Local fire and police departments made the rounds, visiting parties throughout their cities. Ten-month-old Brynn got her first police sticker from a South St. Paul officer at a Northview Park party.

There were plenty of games to keep the kids entertained. Graham, 5, worked on his aim by squirting plastic cups off a table at a Mendota Heights party.

08/07/2017 - 11:38am
GALLERY: Shoreview, sliced

Shoreview, sliced

Mike Munzenrider / Photos

The carnival rolled into Island Lake County Park where folks enjoyed the Slice of Shoreview Days July 21-23.

Food, friends, classic cars and more took over Island Lake County Park July 23 for the Slice of Shoreview Days 2017 finale.

07/31/2017 - 10:03am
GALLERY: A little bit of freshness

A little bit of freshness

Hannah Burlingame photos/Review

The South St. Paul Farmers Market, which takes place on Wednesdays at 1151 Southview Blvd., has plenty of fresh produce for shoppers to pick from.

Xai Lor Vang was one of the vendors at the market selling vegetables.

The Gertens Brothers booth was a sea of color from the tomatoes and peppers for sale.

Every Wednesday the back lot of Wakota Federal Credit Union becomes filled with booths selling a range of produce.

On July 26, the South St. Paul Farmers Market held a mini chef’s school. Kids learned what goes into French dressing and got a bag of fresh ingredients to make their own walking salad with French dressing.

Gabby and Willy were two of the mini chefs who attended the mini chef school at July 26’s farmers market.

07/28/2017 - 11:26am
GALLERY: A day at the beach

A day at the beach

photos courtesy of Laurie Koehnle

Families enjoyed a day at Silver Lake beach July 16 during the annual Silver Lake Splash fundraiser. The event raised money to help North St. Paul fund summer lifeguards.

North St. Paul Mayor Mike Kuehn, left, and state Sen. Chuck Wiger, center, joined the fun and mingled with area families.

The North St. Paul Fire Department was in attendance again this year. Running through water sprinkled from a fire hose is always an event highlight for the kids.

A new feature at this year’s Splash was the fishing pond, which allowed people to learn to fish for trout

07/25/2017 - 10:37am
GALLERY: Summertime scenes

Summertime scenes

Jesse Poole photos

More geese than humans were braving the heat at Lake McCarrons County Park in Roseville the afternoon of July 20, despite a lifeguard at the ready for those wanting to swim. After the geese moved away from the beach area, several folks settled on the sand and splashed in the water. A few miles west, a man crossed Lexington Avenue on his bicycle after taking a spin on the paths in Roseville’s Central Park. That same day in Long Lake Regional Park, folks were jogging, biking and enjoying lunch among the thousands of flowers scattered throughout the New Brighton park.

07/24/2017 - 3:43pm
South Dakota Vacation without an agenda

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Photographs by Mary Lee Hagert

Towering bluffs rim the breathtaking Spearfish Canyon, which was carved out by Spearfish Creek and the small mountain streams that flow into it in the northwestern side of the Black Hills.

With no agenda to adhere to, there was plenty of time to check out fast-moving streams in Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills. Here, Mary Lee Hagert's son Kevin reflects on the beauty of Iron Creek.

Devils Tower, a geological oddity, can be seen from miles away. The unearthly-looking monolith rises 1,267 feet above the Belle Fouche River valley and was the country's first national monument.

Christopher pauses before ascending the piles of rubble and stones beneath Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming.

At Vore Buffalo Jump archeological site in northeastern Wyoming, visitors walk down into the natural, steep-sided sinkhole that Plains Indians used to trap bison from about 1550 to 1800.

Mary Lee Hagert's son Kevin, who is an interpreter at Vore Buffalo Jump this summer, explains the well-preserved bison bones and artifacts that have been found by archeologists at the site.

On the National Register of Historic Places, Vore Buffalo Jump gives visitors a unique look at the Plains Indian culture. Open from June through Labor Day, the site is located adjacent to Interstate 90 near the South Dakota-Wyoming border.

Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota, remains a popular tourist attraction, thanks in part to its corny billboards that draw people off of Interstate 90 with the promise of "free ice water, 5 cent coffee and authentic jackalopes."

Wall Drug's huge tyrannosaurus rex comes to life every 12 minutes, delighting tourists of all ages with its thunderous roars.

For generations kids and adults have been climbing on the giant jackalope and saying, "Cheese!" as their loved ones snap photos. Here Christopher poses atop the Fiberglass statue, just as he did when he was a little boy.    

07/24/2017 - 2:44pm
GALLERY: Little fair, big fun

Little fair, big fun

Marjorie Otto/Review

Olena Brown, 3, gave Silly Miss Tilly, a ballon artist, a big high five and thank you after receiving a balloon twisted into a flower. Her 7-year-old brother, Wyatt, had a turtle made made for him. The Ramsey County Fair, located at 2020 White Bear Ave., in Maplewood, took place July 12-16. A popular exhibit for fairgoers was petting and feeding animals at the petting zoo. The exhibit included llamas, donkeys, yaks, zebus, fainting goats, pygmy goats and many other types of unique farm animals. A recurring act each year, the Mitchell Showboat Marionettes, put on a show called the “Haybale Hullabaloo,” which included singing cows and dancing chickens.  William Turnball, 10, was wowed when he looked up and saw Silly Miss Tilly had created an alien hat. While she created the hat, William wowed Miss Tilly by balancing a balloon on his nose. In the midway, parents watched their kids as they went down slides, ran around in giant bubbles and rode the merry-go-round.

07/24/2017 - 12:41pm

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