Rainbow Corral Critters brought the petting zoo to the On the Road Again festivities on Oct. 5, 2013. The cuddly critters will be back again this Saturday, Oct. 4, along with other family-friendly events, such as a new Union Pacific mini train, a flea market, face painting and duck races. (file photo)
South St. Paul Jaycees team member Jessica Trisko stirred the group's booya entry during the annual World Championship Booya contest in 2013. The World Championship Booya is back again this year, as booya cooks battle for the best Midwestern stew Saturday, Oct. 4. (file photo)
'On the Road Again' hosts Boucha, new mini train
While kicking back with a couple of "Hammies" beers after a successful rodeo in South St. Paul, Walt Books and his buddy Bob Yanz started brewing up another attraction to keep the small town on the map: a booya contest.
And it wasn't just going to be a local shindig. Books wanted it to be big. So big, he dubbed it the "World Championship Booya" in 1982, a name that eventually attracted national news coverage and an intense rivalry with other booya organizers — in particular, a Wisconsin newspaper columnist — over Books's claim that South St. Paul is the booya capital of the U.S.
Mendota Heights, District 197 on board; city applies for "Mighty Ducks" grant
West St. Paul recently chalked up another goal in saving the city's ice arena. Mendota Heights and School District 197 each pledged $555,333, a third of the cost to revamp John V. Hoene Ice Arena.
Sean Staum sits with his wife, Rebekah, son, Titus, and newborn daughter, Isabelle, at their Inver Grove Heights home. Staum recently garnered recognition as a veteran who is giving back to his community at the Minnesota Humanities Center's second annual Veterans' Voices Award Ceremony Sept. 11. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Veteran and police officer Sean Staum holds a rifle as part of a training exercise with the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Police Department. (Submitted photo)
As a 20-something, Sean Staum says he was bitter, and seldom thought beyond his own needs and wants. Some of his lowest points: he went through a divorce and spent a night in jail for a DWI.
Old friends reunited at Summit Park Sept. 13. Some have kept in touch since they grew up in the South St. Paul neighborhood, while others were seeing each other for the first time in 60 years or more. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
From left to right, Joey Jerhoff, Ronnie Gower, Denny Robertson and Tommy Metzen play at "The Clay Place," a muddy lot where neighborhood kids would build forts. (Submitted photo)
Brothers Duncan and Denny Robertson, left and middle, talked about growing up on Summit Avenue in South St. Paul, while touring their childhood home, now owned by Marty Haugen, right, and her husband. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Around 50 current and past neighbors from the area of Summit Avenue, which is three blocks long in South St. Paul, and their families gathered for a photo during a reunion Sept. 13 at the park where many of them played as kids. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
When Chuck Shom was around 8 years old, he and a group of kids from his neighborhood huddled on the cliff overlooking Concord Street in South St. Paul, lobbed snowballs at the cars below and ran like crazy.
Surrounded by some of his family, Inver Grove Heights native and Indiana principal Tim McIntosh holds up a check he received after being named "Educator of the Year" at Peabody Energy's Leaders in Education Awards dinner. (Submitted photo)
Growing up in Inver Grove Heights, Tim McIntosh had great teachers.
Woman told relative she 'feared for her life' days prior to death A month after a West St. Paul woman was found dead in her apartment Aug. 10, police discovered a "selfie" on her boyfriend's cell phone of him lying next to her on a bed. In the photo, she appears to be deceased and he is crying, according to court documents recently filed in Dakota County District Court.
The West St. Paul Police Department has increased patrols in areas recently hit with a rash of thefts and burglaries, and the city issued an alert online Sept. 12 advising residents of the spike in crime.
Lilydale's Lilydaze Festival went on Sept. 15, 2013 and had local businesses, such as The Perfect Ash and others on hand during the event. This year's will be Sept. 20 with the usual "food, fun and friendship," as well as an educational video on a bluff restoration project.
Attend 4th annual festival, learn about bluff restoration After record-setting rain doused the city in the 1960s for the umpteenth time, Lilydale uprooted itself from the floodplain and latched on to the bluffs above, making the tree-covered cliffs and riverfront vista integral to the city's identity.
Scott Patrick was shot and killed July 30 during what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop.
The man initially charged in two counties in connection with the July 30 murder of Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick and the shootout with police after a massive manhunt has been indicted by a multi-county grand jury.