The Oakdale 7th grade football team finished the 2013 regular season undefeated with a total of 10 wins. During the 10-win streak, the Titans, led by head coach Jerry Schwalbach, had a total score of 307 to their opponents’ 56.
I am a storyteller.
Whether it’s a hard-hitting investigative piece or a feature article on a local, I aim to tell a story accurately, fairly and well.
The story that is my least favorite to tell is my own. So, when my boss told me I had to write an article on myself, my cheeks got hot and I felt a familiar urge to hide under my desk or run away.
Ellsworth Erickson spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the North St. Paul Historical Society Museum last March about his bird’s-eye view of World War II. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Erickson received the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal in September for his service as the Allies liberated Europe; the medal “is the highest honor that France can bestow.” (submitted photo)
Other medals Erickson has earned. Several are missing: those he left for North High School classmates Richard Neumann, Eldon Kuehn and Richard Notebaart at the Washington D.C. World War II memorial. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
One of many hundreds of stereoscopic images Erickson developed during the war. By taking the photos from slightly different vantage points and using the plastic glasses to isolate a view for each eye, photo interpreters could “see” in three dimensions. As the human brain processes stereoscopic images, tall buildings and spires “rise up” in the resolved image. (Nik VanDenMeerendonk/Review)
Erickson received the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal in September for his service as the Allies liberated Europe; the medal “is the highest honor that France can bestow.” (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Erickson looked forward eagerly to reading “Sky Spies,” only to realize one of the photos he may have developed documented a Nazi concentration camp. (submitted photo).
It’s been nearly 70 years since North St. Paul resident Ellsworth Erickson returned home from the European Theater of World War II.
But, in just the last six months, the long arm of the world’s deadliest conflict reached out to the 89-year-old and shook what he thought he knew and felt about his service to their foundations.
New North St. Paul City Manager Jason Ziemer says the city of North St. Paul has plenty to offer prospective residents, developers and current businesses.
Its challenge right now: pinning down what those aspects are and presenting them.
North High School graduate Adam McDonald poses backstage with an intimidating “Wicked” prop. Adam is currently on tour with “Wicked,” serving as second key and as an associate conductor.
“Wicked”’s associate conductor-second key Adam McDonald (right) chats with appropriately dressed fans before the Oct. 8 show.
He may be a nice guy, but Adam McDonald has spent nearly two years being Wicked.
That’s how long the North High alum has been working with the national touring company of the Broadway hit “Wicked.” Adam has served as the tour’s orchestra as “key 1”; recently he was promoted to Associate Conductor and took over “key 2.”