Feature Stories

Mon
27
Oct

Residential haunted house is a real scare


Mike Etoll has been a haunted house lover his whole life. The East Side haunt he’s created packs an impressive punch, especially for being in a detached garage. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

Garage comes to life for Halloween spectacle
Mike Etoll, proprietor of the East Side's own residential butcher-shop-themed haunted house, might be considered by some to be an eccentric, an oddball, or a quirk.
That's probably just fine with the man, who confidently wears a goatee that's dyed green.

 

Mon
13
Oct

Breaking Free adds new East Side location for teen victims of sex trafficking


Vednita Carter, founder of Breaking Free, introduced a new East Side house dubbed Jerry’s Place that will be the home for four girls ages 16 and 17 who are recovering victims of sex trafficking. The home is named after fallen East Side cop Gerald Vick. The home comes thanks to new Safe Harbor laws and funding that came with them. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

State funding means a safe home for girls to recover
Standing on the porch of an East Side home, Vednita Carter, executive director of Breaking Free, recalled back in 2002 when the late East Side cop Gerald Vick had just taken a badly beaten teenage girl to the hospital. She'd been beaten up by a pimp.

Wed
24
Sep

Car show draws huge crowds


Car show volunteer Bruce Fabio said bigger crowds than ever before strolled down East Seventh Avenue to check out the vintage cars, enjoy the food and listen to the music in 2014. (Submitted photo)

A look back at a North St. Paul summer tradition
The summer-long History Cruze Car Show rolled to a conclusion on Friday, Sept. 19. Classic car owners from around the region began cruising into downtown North St. Paul all the way back on June 6, and kept coming every Friday after that.

Wed
10
Sep

It’s time to go wild for rice


Kaitlyn Roby/Review staff

There’s a crisp feel of autumn in the air.
Migratory birds are beginning to take flight, and gardens are in late-season bloom, with pumpkins, squash and gourds turning rich shades of orange, red and green.

Tue
09
Sep

Oakdale non-profit rallies to help with Ebola outbreak in Liberia


HELLO Executive Director Ebenezer Flomo and his wife Janelle Voxland photographed on a 2013 trip to Liberia. The couple hope to return to the country to visit with family and friends as soon as the Ebola crisis has been eradicated. (submitted photo)

Donations needed as crisis continues to worsen  It's hard to ignore the headlines coming out of West Africa announcing the latest death toll from what has become the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. Most Americans first heard about it in July, when a U.S. doctor and another aid worker contracted the virus and later recovered on American soil with the help of an experimental drug known as ZMapp. 

Mon
25
Aug

Blue skies and blue bonnets

Tiny Fredericksburg’s take on history, outdoor activities and food is as big as all Texas
Fredericksburg, Texas, in the Texas hill country, is one of the best-kept secrets in travel. This small town offers visitors a menu of options. Take the kids or grandkids in the summer to see the National Museum of the Pacific War, which has earned rave reviews from ages 9 to 90 for its engaging look at the experience of World War II. Go with friends to browse the boutiques, relax in the spas, visit picturesque homes and historic buildings and tour the wineries. Or, even better, plan a winter getaway to this temperate region for hiking and biking, rock climbing, year-round golfing and seasonal birding tours. Shoppers and diners will find it’s a haven for artists, a treasure trove of antiques and a spot for gourmet dining and specialty foods.
 

Mon
28
Jul

Painted ponies go up and down


Catch up on the remarkable story of how Nancy Peterson and Peter Boehm kept the carousel in one piece and in St. Paul at ourcarousel.org, then come and meet them at the carousel’s 100th birthday party Aug. 9 at Como Park. Below, Carousel horses are either “standers” or “jumpers. At Cafesjian’s Carousel in Como Park, all 68 horses are “jumpers” meaning they move up and down. (photos by Linda E. Andersen/Review)

It’s 100 years for Como Park’s Cafesjian’s Carousel
When Nancy Peterson heard the news that cold November day in 1988 that the long-time Minnesota classic carousel had been dismantled and 20 of the horses and a chariot were now on their way to the auction block in New York City, she remembers saying to her husband, “Somebody ought to do something!” 
 

Mon
21
Jul

Raspberries: ripe for the picking


What better dessert in the summer than a fresh-fruit pie? Take it along on a picnic or serve it at a neighborhood get-together. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

‘Tis the season... to harvest the delicious, nutritious, pretty red raspberry.

Wed
16
Jul

Maplewood illustrator recreates classic fables


Mike Wilke, writer and illustrator for Cornerstone Stories, says his favorite fable he’s done is “The Bearded Fool,” a story about a man who decides to burn part of his beard off after reading that all men with long beards are fools. “I did relate to it,” Wilke laughs. (Kaylin Creason/Review)

Political cartoonist Mike Wilke, 58, has been drawing for most of his life, but he’s never done anything like this. For the past year, Wilke has been illustrating fables for children’s books.

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