Because of some deadline changes because of the holidays, the sports stories in this edition were written the week before Christmas. Since the timeliness of that kind of turnaround isn’t great, I thought I’d do an end-of-the-year list.
Instead of a rundown of the sports stories of 2013, I decided to go a little different route. With the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome set to meet its demise in the coming weeks, I compiled some lists of the events I was fortunate and not so fortunate to see in person.
Hayden Heights Library, at 1456 White Bear Ave, in St. Paul, will be open extended hours beginning Monday, Jan. 6. The new hours will be Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
The design for this piece, which focuses on Alaska’s diversity of nature as seen via various transportation methods, displays a delicate touch that showcased lush foliage and natural vistas and had readers’ hands itching for suitcase handles.
Graphic designers wince when they hear these directions: “We don’t have any art for this story. Oh, and it’s about city finances.” However, Nik VanDenMeerendonk rose to -- and beyond -- the occasion, making plain all the programs that were being crunched in the “Budget Squeeze,” also his headline. The layout won second place in the “Use of Information Graphics” category, and judges noted it was “Very original.”
In “Ghosts among the Stacks,” VanDenMeerendonk took a reporter’s snapshot of the South St. Paul Library -- one taken on a sunny summer day -- and transformed it to match its reputation as a spooky spot that’s been said to be haunted for decades.
As Ken Burns did with his iconic “The Civil War” series, VanDenMeerendonk used the kinds of materials and media that veterans themselves would have used during World War II to set the scene for their story.
It was all about vision for two Lillie Suburban Newspapers staffers in the 2013 Minnesota Newspaper Association’s “Better Newspapers” awards.
Photographer Linda Baumeister, who’s worked at the paper since 1991, and Nik VanDenMeerendonk, a graphic artist for six years.
Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately. Q. On the radio, they interviewed the Minnesota author of a book the President is reading, but I didn’t catch the name. Can you help me? It sounds like a book I would like to read.
St. Anthony Village Fire Chief John Malenick (left) posed for a photo with the new fire chief for St. Anthony Village, Mark Sitarz, on Dec. 12 during the open house for the retiring chief. (Linda E. Andersen/Bulletin)
St. Anthony Village has named 15-year department veteran Mark Sitarz as its new fire chief to replace outgoing chief John Malenick, who retired earlier this month.
Sitarz, 44, grew up in the Village and is a graduate of St. John’s University, where he majored in political science and Spanish studies.
Students at both Irondale and Mounds View high schools have been excelling in AP (Advanced Placement) courses and outperforming their peers in most school districts across the state -- garnering the attention of the College Board and earning the Mounds View Public School District a spot on the AP Honor Roll once again this year.