Don Zibell of Roseville sits at his desk surrounded by working papers, some for his accounting practice at Boulay, Heutmaker and Zibell, and some for the North Suburban Community Foundation, which he started and shepherded through the last 34 years. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
When local community and school groups need a little extra money for their programs, the North Suburban Community Foundation is eager help them apply for a grant.
Andy, Jim and Matthew Richards love making barbershop harmony. (submitted photo)
What could be better news to a father and longtime barbershop singer than to have his son and grandson announce they were joining him in singing?
That's what happened a few months ago to Jim Richards, 89, of Roseville, who found out his son Andy, 57, of New Brighton, and grandson Matthew, 29, of Blaine, were joining his barbershop chorus, the Minneapolis chapter of the Commodores.
The wind blows the cranberries to one side of the marsh at Glacial Lake Cranberries in Wisconsin Rapids. (Photos by Pamela O’Meara)
Wisconsin’s state fruit is a must-have holiday ingredient
Ever since I met up with my former college roommate in Cape Cod several years ago and we went to a cranberry festival, I’ve wondered how the tart red berries are grown, harvested and processed both in Cape Cod and Wisconsin, which grows even more cranberries.
Last month, I learned the answers when I visited part of the 50-mile Cranberry Highway in central Wisconsin. The state grows about 60 percent of the nation’s and the world’s cranberries.
Two young women pose for a photo in front of the soccer field of Cuttington College in Bong County, Liberia in 1965. (Pam O’Meara/Review)
Remembering earlier times in West African country
“I wish I could describe to you the way it is between 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. when the sun goes down. There’s always at least one big cloud that is glowing hot pink. At the same time, you can hear one or two Liberian boys playing a flute-like instrument. This part of the day is indescribably beautiful,” I wrote to my parents from Liberia many years ago.
The St. Clair ore freighter passes through the Soo Locks on the St. Mary's River in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The ore freighter is similar to the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank Nov. 10, 1975, and is the subject of local programs and a special beacon lighting at Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors this month. (Photos by Pamela O’Meara/Review staff)
When the gales of November took down the ore freighter
For years I’ve heard the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior in a storm but I didn’t know the details until my recent trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where I went through the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, visited two maritime museums along Lake Superior and heard lots of stories.
Tiny Fredericksburg’s take on history, outdoor activities and food is as big as all Texas
Fredericksburg, Texas, in the Texas hill country, is one of the best-kept secrets in travel. This small town offers visitors a menu of options. Take the kids or grandkids in the summer to see the National Museum of the Pacific War, which has earned rave reviews from ages 9 to 90 for its engaging look at the experience of World War II. Go with friends to browse the boutiques, relax in the spas, visit picturesque homes and historic buildings and tour the wineries. Or, even better, plan a winter getaway to this temperate region for hiking and biking, rock climbing, year-round golfing and seasonal birding tours. Shoppers and diners will find it’s a haven for artists, a treasure trove of antiques and a spot for gourmet dining and specialty foods.
Merrill Morse, chair of Friends of Island Lake, tends the rain garden/filtration bed where the trail south of the Shoreview YMCA meets Milton Street. Island Lake is in the background. (Pamela O’Meara/Bulletin)
If you are walking along the trail that goes from Lexington Avenue just south of the Shoreview YMCA through Island Lake County Park, keep your eyes open for the colorful rain garden/filtration beds with lots of black-eyed Susans swaying in the bre