The North St. Paul Veterans Park is pictured at night following the August 15 dedication of the new park in recognition of those who served. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Veterans organizations look to recruit younger members
As one of North St. Paul's few remaining World War II veterans, Ellsworth Erickson, 92, considers the completion of the new North St. Paul Veterans Park one of his greatest life achievements.
He may not have attended every committee meeting during the design and constructions phases, but he's credited with igniting the idea with some initial sketches, years back.
Senator Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood — along with Representatives Leon Lillie, DFL-North St. Paul, and Peter Fischer, DFL- Maplewood — succeeded in ensuring the Gateway Trail would remain user-friendly throughout the winter.
Having served as a North St. Paul City Council member and president of the North St. Paul Historical Society, Harry A. Lyon Jr., 89, will forever be remembered for his love and commitment to the city he called home as a child, a father and a grandfather.
Lyon died Nov. 25, preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Betty, in 2012.
Richardson Elementary fifth-grade leadership group students collected toys from all the classrooms Monday afternoon. The first year of the toy drive was very successful. Pictured from left are Gift Naador, Jayden Stein, teacher Marissa Jagger, and Tammy Liu. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Heading into holiday season, some might envision Santa's elves in the North Pole making shiny new toys for all the good little girls and boys.
Isaiah Maring and Larry Yatch of the Patriot Parachute Team land a 10-foot Old Glory across from the North St. Paul Veterans Park Nov. 11. They formerly served as active duty Navy SEALs. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Spectators gather at memorial to pay tribute
By 11 a.m., a large crowd gathered at the North St. Paul Veterans Park is fixated on a plane flying over the North High soccer field. Out jump two veteran Navy SEALS parachutists, holding an outstretched American flag.
It doesn’t take long for them to land safely on the ground. But the display leaves a lasting impression on many of those who showed up to pay their respects to veterans — including students from Christ Lutheran.
Venturing into the unknown, Hailey, costumed as a “spider fairy,” and Donovan Schoonover both reached past the Caution-Danger tape at the NCIS trunk set up by Erin Richards. House of Prayer Church in Oakdale sponsored their 6th annual Trunk-or-Treat Oct. 31.
Area residents participated in all sorts of Halloween revelry. (Photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)