Members from the St. Paul Police and Fire Departments volunteered to help students from Highwood Hills Elementary and Hazel Park Prep Academy to shop for free holiday meals for their families at the Heroes and Helpers Event on December 12.
Ronald “Arjo” Adams’ house at 676 Wells St. was demolished in March on orders from the city of St. Paul. Adams appealed the decision, but the Minnesota Court of Appeals determined the city was not in the wrong. (file photo)
His house is demolished, his art park is demolished, and now, in a final conclusion, his appeal is...demolished.
Kay Sandeen, the owner of Sandeen’s Scandinavian Gifts, is proudly carrying on a tradition that her parents started. The small gift shop, in the basement of the Sandeen family home, is celebrating 60 years in business. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Sandeen’s still selling Scandinavian specialties
At Sandeen's Scandinavian Gifts, Kay Sandeen gracefully explains a myriad of candle choices to a customer while simultaneously battling with her half-century-old cash register, which won't add up the total.
"You've just got to talk to it nicely," she says of the cash register while repeatedly tapping a button and smiling.
Finally, it dings triumphantly, and the customer, in no hurry at all, gets her change.
Larson-Allen using social media to spearhead gift giving campaign
While some families may already have bought a myriad of gifts for the largest retail season of the year, LeeAnn Larson-Allen's mind is on those who might not be exchanging any gifts at all.
To that end, she's been running a small-time, East Side-based effort to get holiday gifts in the hands of East Siders who can't afford them for the past four years. Starting small, her first year she helped out three fellow East Side families, and it grew from there. This year, she's helped connect 40 families with sponsors, who help out strangers with Christmas gifts, and she's not through yet — she's hoping to surpass that by Dec. 25.