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)
North St. Paul is working with the DNR and lakefront homeowners to reduce the updated shoreland setback rule. Currently, those on Silver Lake have a 75-foot setback. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
City, DNR negotiate to appease residents
Some homeowners on Casey Lake would like to invest in some property improvements.
But they may have to put their visions on hold until the city smooths out a few kinks in its newly revised shoreline zoning code.
Lakefront property owners raised issue with the ordinance regulating shoreland setback requirements of up to 150 feet at the Sept. 1 North St. Paul City Council meeting.
Once his prosthetic leg is ready, Sam Sellie, 21, hopes to be back at the skate park in Oakdale, navigating the obstacles with a prosthetic leg and wider skateboard for better balance. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Sam Sellie won't let prosthetic leg slow him down
This past April, Sam Sellie, 21, went in for a routine heart surgery to have a leaky aortic valve replaced. The next day, he went into cardiac arrest and ended up back on the operating table. He spent the next two weeks in a medically-induced coma with a machine supporting his heart and lungs.
When he woke up in a hospital bed, he was completely unaware of what his close friends and family already knew: his heart had been saved, but his left leg had been amputated below the knee.
While total enrollment is nearly the same this school year as last, District 622 has seen a small spike in the number of students enrolled in special-education programs, and needs to hire additional staff to meet state requirements for student-tea
Members of North Presbyterian Church in North St. Paul stand inside a well-manicured labyrinth. (submitted photo)
Pastor James York to recharge in Hawaii, Niger and California
Pastor James York’s decade at North St. Paul's North Presbyterian Church has been a labor of love, filled with sermons, bedside visits, service work and Bible studies.
Even so, York, 46, is well aware of his human limits. He needs to take a step back every now and then to recharge and recalibrate, he explains.