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City of Oakdale presents Acorn Awards

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Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

(PHOTOS 1-4) Karen Carlson was recognized by the Oakdale City Council with the Residential Acorn Award for her pollinator and wildlife friendly gardens. From left to right, Mark Landis, Paul Reinke, Karen Carlson, Lori Pulkrabek, Bill Rassmussen and Kevin Zabel pose for a photo in Carlson’s yard. One of her gardens near the road, even includes a Free Little Library gifted to her by one of her neighbors.


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(PHOTOS 5-7) Before accepting the Commercial Acorn Award on behalf of the business park, Jeff McComas, a Beacon Shores Office Park business owner, posed for a photo with the Oakdale City Council. The gardens are maintained by Brian and Son’s Lawn and Snow Removal out of Hastings.


Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

(PHOTOS 8-10) The Public Acorn Award was given to a group of polyculture gardens located in the Oakdale Nature Preserve on either side of the Mud Lake boardwalk. These gardens were designed to be regenerative and supportive of local fauna, and were planted with the help of many volunteers. Until the plants become established, Oakdale Public Works employees can be seen watering these gardens on weeks without rain.


07/19/2017 - 1:44pm
GALLERY: Mendota comes out to celebrate

Clowns, candy & cheer - Ramsey County Fair Parade 2017

Photos courtesy of Nikita Robinette 

On Saturday, July 8, Mendota held its annual celebration, which included the popular parade. Groups participating in the parade included Boogie for Jesus, left, and Rhythm and Shoes, above. The city’s mayor Brian Mielke, right, was on hand for the festivities.

07/18/2017 - 11:09am
GALLERY: Clowns, candy & cheer - Ramsey County Fair Parade 2017

Clowns, candy & cheer - Ramsey County Fair Parade 2017

The St. Paul Vulcan Krewe came out in full force, drawing their signiture Vs on parade-viewer’s cheeks.
A student from the Academy for Sciences and Agriculture dressed as a bee, made unicycle-riding look easy during the July 12 parade.
Members of the Iny Asian Dance Theater, a St. Paul-based Asian dance school, were all smiles during the White Bear Avenue Parade.
The Osman Shriners Mighty Mites buzzed around the parade route, showing off their skills and wowing parade spectators.
Some clowns walk, other clowns ride around on penny-farthings, a type of bicycle popular in the late-1800s.
As the parade went by, kids were eager to have some sweet treats tossed their way.  

07/14/2017 - 3:57pm
GALLERY: Light it Up - Maplewood, 2017

Light it Up goes off with a bang!

Many families had fun playing with sparklers before the fireworks show began at Maplewood’s Light It Up event held in Hazelwood Park July 4.

The Good For Gary band performed a mix of popular songs to get people fired up for the fireworks.

Several food trucks were available at Light It Up. Many of the food trucks had long lines as families came to the event for dinner in the park and spent the afternoon participating in the Light it Up activities.

People cheered and waved glow-in-the-dark toys underneeth the gleaming pyrotechnics show. The crowd seemed pleased with the unique fireworks that were displayed at this year’s event.

The grand finale lit up Hazelwood Park and impressed spectators as multiple fireworks were shot off in quick succession.

- Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

07/10/2017 - 4:19pm
GALLERY: Oakdale Summerfest 2017

Oakdale Summerfest - a screaming success.

Oakdale Summerfest - a screaming success.

The weekend of Summerfest, Oakdale’s Richard Walton Park was full of families sampling fair foods and taking a spin on some of the carnival rides. 

One of the contestants in 3rd Lair’s Skateboard contest performed a feeble grind as a storm moved in.

Summerfest visitors saw some rain over the weekend, but nothing that dampened the spirit of celebration.

The Zipper was a popular carnival ride at Summerfest, and had a particularly long line June 23 as visitors tried to make the most of their time before the rain arrived.

- Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

07/05/2017 - 10:44am
GALLERY: The Rose Parade - Rosefest 2017

The Rose Parade, complete with the Powder Puff Clown Club, rolled through Roseville June 26.

- Mike Munzenrider photos

07/03/2017 - 12:28pm
GALLERY: Run for the Roses - Rosefest 2017

The Run for the Roses and the Roll for the Roses drew hundreds of people to take part in the Rosefest tradition June 24. Set to be a junior at Roseville Area High School next year, Acer Iverson, posted the fastest time in the 5K run — he said he ran about a 17:20.

- Mike Munzenrider photos

07/03/2017 - 12:19pm
GALLERY: South St. Paul comes out to celebrate with Kaposia Days 2017

South St. Paul celebrated its annual Kaposia Days from June 23 to 25. The weekend was full of activities from the Grand Parade Friday night to fireworks closing out the celebration on Sunday night. The 2017 Kid Parade was full of “Breakfast Champions” decked out in their best cereal costumes on Saturday, June 24.

South St. Paul Secondary school parking lot was filled with classic cars on Saturday, June 24.

The 2017 Kaposia Days celebration kicked off on Friday, June 23 with the ever-popular Grande Parade and featured a variety of groups like the commemorative Air Force.

Emma enjoyed the inflatables at Kaposia Kids Stuff on June 24.

Kristen Oster, 2017 Klondike Kate and a West St. Paul resident, blew kisses to parade spectators and entertained the crowd on the Vulcan fire truck.

The annual softball tournament had a new home - with the completion of Kaposia Landing on Bryant Avenue, teams played at the new fields as well as Veterans Fields located on Third Street North.

Photos: Hannah Burlingame / Review

06/30/2017 - 3:58pm
GALLERY: Philando Castile Memorial, June 22, 2017

The morning of June 22, about 20 students from Fairview Alternative High School in Roseville walked down to the area of Larpenteur Avenue and Fry Street in Falcon Heights, where Philando Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop last July 6. The students visited a memorial site commemorating Castile, and brought along painted kindness rocks to contribute to the memorial’s many flowers and signs. Laura Freer, the school’s principal, was there with the students and said they were there “to process the verdict.” She said other Roseville schools were also working on ways for students to process the June 16 news that police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges related to killing Castile.  Photos by Jesse Poole

The morning of June 22, about 20 students from Fairview Alternative High School in Roseville walked down to the area of Larpenteur Avenue and Fry Street in Falcon Heights, where Philando Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop last July 6. The students visited a memorial site commemorating Castile, and brought along painted kindness rocks to contribute to the memorial’s many flowers and signs. Laura Freer, the school’s principal, was there with the students and said they were there “to process the verdict.” She said other Roseville schools were also working on ways for students to process the June 16 news that police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges related to killing Castile.  Photos by Jesse Poole

06/28/2017 - 10:45am
GALLERY: The Ted Bearth Grand Parade marches through Oakdale

The parade is one of the most well-attended events of Oakdale’s Summerfest celebration. Photos by Aundrea Kinney

06/27/2017 - 8:52am

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