Mary Lee Hagert

Tue
07
Feb

Review writers win 2 awards in Better Newspaper Contest


Aundrea Kinney and Mike Munzenrider were presented with Better Newspaper Contest awards Jan. 26 for stories, respectively, about senior alcoholism and the police shooting of Philando Castile.

The Review staff collected two writing awards Jan. 26 in the Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Minnesota Newspaper Association.

Tue
13
Dec

What, bologna sandwiches for Christmas dinner?

Baton Rouge, Dallas, North Miami, Falcon Heights.

I’ll admit that gas appliances have always made me nervous. There’s something about open flames and volatile natural gas that seem like the perfect ingredients for fiery mishaps.

Sun
23
Oct

Battle intensifying for open seat in swing district


Angie Craig

2nd Congressional District

Sun
28
Aug

Wild experience in nation’s most popular national park — Great Smoky Mountains


Great Smoky Mountains, which straddles North Carolina and Tennessee, attracts people from around the country and is the most visited national park.

A reminder that the journey is as important as the destination

Sun
07
Aug

Pokémon — catching the fever once again


The early morning sun casts a shadow on Mary Lee Hagert’s son Christopher as he pauses at a “Pokéstop,” where he collects the tools for the new Pokémon Go smartphone game.

When my sons were young, they looked forward to Saturday morning cartoons with the same eagerness and sense of excitement that my sister, brother and I had when we were little.

Sun
31
Jul

Police shootings resurrect memory of nearly forgotten night

Baton Rouge, Dallas, North Miami, Falcon Heights.

Tragic shootings of black men by police and the ambush killings of police officers by lone gunmen happened in these cities during July, and cast a feeling of sadness over a month that we so associate with carefree summer fun.

Sun
05
Jun

Rediscovering the joy of spontaneity


The resort cabin on idyllic 11th Crow Wing Lake was the perfect place to unwind and enjoy conversations with longtime friends. (Mary Lee Hagert photos/Review)

If you had told me last Thursday afternoon that I would spend the weekend up north, I would have looked at you in disbelief. 

Sun
15
May

Graduation day: Remembering the journey


Mary Lee Hagert’s son Christopher stopped by his Grandma Jean’s house one last time as a college undergrad.

The evening it was announced Gov. Bill Clinton had defeated President George H.W. Bush will forever be one of the biggest nights of my life, but not for reasons related to the election. 

Tue
15
Dec

A cup of memories

Mug drawing by Jean Hagert Dow
Mug drawing by Jean Hagert Dow

On a gray, drizzly Saturday afternoon one December long ago, I was cramming for college finals when a jangling phone interrupted the quiet of my dorm room.
The caller, my 10-year-old brother, Jim, breathlessly said he had just finished the difficult task of going door-to-door collecting money from the subscribers on his newspaper route.
After setting aside the amount he owed our hometown paper, he announced with pride that his earnings were just over a dollar in coins. He intended to spend "the whole wad" on a surprise Christmas gift for Mom.

Mon
31
Aug

New Orleans: crawfish, alligators and hospitality

A never-ending sea of tourists descends on French Quarter every year to see its iconic Spanish architecture, sample the local foods and listen to the amazing music. (Mary Lee Hagert/Review)
A never-ending sea of tourists descends on French Quarter every year to see its iconic Spanish architecture, sample the local foods and listen to the amazing music. (Mary Lee Hagert/Review)

Surprisingly, the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and catastrophic levee breaks simply was not on my family's radar as we packed our bags in anticipation of an August road trip to New Orleans.

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