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Please excuse the involuntary blushing

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.


Double vision: New horrors, honors of war come home to veteran

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)

Nik VanDenMeerendonk/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.

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 Erickson looked forward eagerly to reading “Sky Spies,” only to realize one of the photos he may have developed documented a Nazi concentration camp.

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.


North St. Paul city manager: Next challenge is defining vision for the future

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 alumnus back in town with ‘Wicked’

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.”


Class of ‘43

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Members of the North St. Paul High School Class of  1943 took advantage of the Homecoming/Fall Round-Up hoopla to schedule their 70th class reunion, demonstrating the close ties that bind so many to their hometown even decades later.


Budget award

Linda Baumeister/Review

Gayle Bauman, center, along with the whole finance department at the city of Maplewood gathered with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award given them from the Government Finance Officers Association at the Sept. 9 city council meeting.