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In Memory: Earl "Tom" Freiberg

Earl "Tom" Freiberg, age 80, of St. Paul, loving Grandpa, passed away on May 25. He worked for 32 years with the post office including some years as a letter carrier in North St. Paul.


Polars choose Peasley as new boys hockey coach

Peasley replaces longtime head coach Diebel
North High alum, former All-Conference standout and current assistant hockey coach Nate Peasley has been chosen as the Polars’ new head hockey coach.


Just like summer - photo

Linda Baumeister/Review

Brody, Roy, Mira, and Gavin sail down the Giant Slide out at Presentation Church Spring Festival May 3.  It was a kiddie land of rides for youngsters all weekend.


Tim Faklis joins Review staff

My interest in writing happened by accident. I’m like the Post-it note of journalists.
When I was a 14-year-old freshman in the Edina School District, I had a sudden urge to write about the Minnesota Twins and pro-basketball legend George Mikan, and subsequently created a free blog to accomplish this goal.


Maplewood historian wins Heritage Award

Love of city’s history began by researching a road
You don’t have to be a native of a city to become an expert of its history.
Bob Jensen has only lived in Maplewood since 2007, but that hasn’t stopped him from immersing himself in the suburb’s history. Within two years of arriving, he was a part of the Maplewood Historical Society. Two years after that, he was the society’s vice president. One year later, he was promoted again, this time to president, a title he still holds.


North St. Paul couple donates $34K for toddler park in daughter’s memory

North St. Paul City Council member Terry Furlong, who also works with the Parks and Recreation Commission, left, stands with Tony and Sarah Zahradka. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

The story of Tony and Sarah Zahradka moved hundreds of people throughout the Twin Cities area to help build a park for younger children in North St. Paul.
With the help of many donors over about two months, the North St. Paul couple recently contributed $34,350 to a fund for a toddler-friendly play structure at Casey Lake Park. They presented the ceremonial check to the city at the Feb. 18 North St. Paul City Council meeting.


Hill-Murray senior has jazz hands

John Blanda is shown at the baby grand piano in Hill-Murray High School’s choir room. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

John Blanda was enthusiastic to practice piano even at the young age of 6. By the age of 7, he had his first paying gig in downtown Minneapolis at Trocadero’s (submitted photo)

John Blanda performed at numerous fundraisers for his elementary and middle school, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He would play piano for donations to the school. (submitted photo)

John Blanda, in a sense, has the world at his fingertips.
Blanda, a 17-year-old kid from Maplewood, is quiet, laid back and comes off a bit spacey, but still sharp.
And sharp quickly comes to the fore when he sits at the piano.