South-West Review People


South-West Review area people - published June 5, 2016

The Inver Grove Heights Girl Scout Service Unit hosted a bridging ceremony on Thursday, May 26, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Inver Grove Heights, recognizing the girls transitioning from one level of Scouts to another.


2016 Athena Award winners announced

Several local high school girls are among the recipients of 2016 St. Paul Area Athena Award. 


Visitation student achieves award trifecta

Catherine Link, a student at Visitation School, is only a junior but is already the recipient of multiple awards. 


A journey to recovery

Martha speaks at different churches about her book “Dear David,” and David is there to answer questions people may have about his journey. (submitted photos)

Mother and son tell their story of overcoming addiction

It was never something Martha Wegner thought would happen to her family. 

Her teenage son, David, became addicted to drugs, and she was forced to give him a “tough love” ultimatum: get treatment or get out.

“Most people say they could never do that, but we didn’t have any choice. There was nothing left for us to do,” Martha says. “He wasn’t getting the help he needed, and it was really causing havoc in our family.”

This moment was just one stop in David’s three-year battle with addiction. Now, Martha and David travel to area churches talking about their family’s struggle and how they overcame it. 


Gov. Mark Dayton takes a break to sing songs and do crafts at Kaposia

Gov. Mark Dayton joins in on one of the activities during class at Kaposia called “choices,” where students choose a toy to play with and share with others. (Marjorie Otto photos/Review)

Gov. Mark Dayton, along with Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, visited South St. Paul Schools’ Kaposia Education Center, a half-day preschool, on March 31. 


IGH student named Aspiration Award runner-up

Sumayo Saed

Sumayo Saed, a senior at STEP Academy Charter School in Inver Grove Heights, was named a 2016 state runner-up in the fourth annual Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing awards.


An award 20 years in the making

For the past 18 years, Barb and Ed Gorski have been volunteering around the community, including Gramcery Co-Op, where they live. They are the 2016 recipients of the Service to Others Humanitarian Recognition.

Like clockwork, Barb, 78, and Ed, 83, Gorski pull up to Neighbors, Inc., in South St. Paul to unload their minivan full of bread donations. 


T’Kach receives DFL endorsement for 52B seat

Mary T’Kach

On Saturday, March 12, Mary T’Kach received the DFL Party endorsement in the Minnesota House race for district 52B.


A tale not so old as time

Andre Shoals, the chair, brought numerous characters to life in Chanhassen’s production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” such as an enchanted chair. (submitted photos)

Local actor Andre Shoals returns to the Chanhassen stage in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

As the stage lights turn on at the main stage of Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, a lone figure sits on the side, getting ready to set the scene for “Beauty and the Beast.” 

All attention is on Andre Shoals, 45, who is the narrator and an ensemble member in Chanhassen’s new musical production of the fairy tale that was brought to life in a popular Disney animated movie. 

The talented Shoals is dressed in a cloth coat and scarf, a simple outfit that gives no hint of the inventive, colorful costuming that theater-goers are about to see in this visual feast for the eyes. 

In his other “Beauty” role, Shoals plays a chair. Attached to the chest of his shimmering silver costume is a chair, which at one point Belle sits in, as Shoals kneels and looks at her with admiration.


Mission Kosovo

Creagan, right, met soldiers from many of the NATO countries, including a soldier from Hungary. (submitted photos)

Local chaplain returns from serving overseas 

Getting to where he is today meant the Rev. Michael Creagan’s life changed course more than once. First off, he says he never thought he would be in the Catholic priesthood -- let alone that it would lead him to serving as an Army chaplain in Kosovo.

Creagan, 45, majored in international studies at the University of St. Thomas with the hope of someday working for the U.S. Foreign Service.

“It was probably half way through college, that God really called me to priesthood. In fact, at first I thought ‘oh no’ because I don’t like public speaking and I tried to come up with all the excuses,” Creagan says.

He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1997 after attending St. Paul Seminary. Then he never thought he would join the Army National Guard. 


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