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GALLERY: Neighbors gather together - National Night Out 2017

Neighbors gather together

Hannah Burlingame photos/Review

National Night Out, also known as Night to Unite, took place Aug. 1. Neighborhoods throughout Northern Dakota County threw block parties, like this one on Bixby Way in Inver Grove Heights.
 

Entire blocks were shut down due to the festivities like this one on Felix Street in West St. Paul.

Local fire and police departments made the rounds, visiting parties throughout their cities. Ten-month-old Brynn got her first police sticker from a South St. Paul officer at a Northview Park party.

There were plenty of games to keep the kids entertained. Graham, 5, worked on his aim by squirting plastic cups off a table at a Mendota Heights party.

08/07/2017 - 11:38am
GALLERY: Shoreview, sliced

Shoreview, sliced

Mike Munzenrider / Photos

The carnival rolled into Island Lake County Park where folks enjoyed the Slice of Shoreview Days July 21-23.

Food, friends, classic cars and more took over Island Lake County Park July 23 for the Slice of Shoreview Days 2017 finale.

07/31/2017 - 10:03am
GALLERY: A little bit of freshness

A little bit of freshness

Hannah Burlingame photos/Review

The South St. Paul Farmers Market, which takes place on Wednesdays at 1151 Southview Blvd., has plenty of fresh produce for shoppers to pick from.

Xai Lor Vang was one of the vendors at the market selling vegetables.

The Gertens Brothers booth was a sea of color from the tomatoes and peppers for sale.

Every Wednesday the back lot of Wakota Federal Credit Union becomes filled with booths selling a range of produce.

On July 26, the South St. Paul Farmers Market held a mini chef’s school. Kids learned what goes into French dressing and got a bag of fresh ingredients to make their own walking salad with French dressing.

Gabby and Willy were two of the mini chefs who attended the mini chef school at July 26’s farmers market.

07/28/2017 - 11:26am
GALLERY: A day at the beach

A day at the beach

photos courtesy of Laurie Koehnle

Families enjoyed a day at Silver Lake beach July 16 during the annual Silver Lake Splash fundraiser. The event raised money to help North St. Paul fund summer lifeguards.

North St. Paul Mayor Mike Kuehn, left, and state Sen. Chuck Wiger, center, joined the fun and mingled with area families.

The North St. Paul Fire Department was in attendance again this year. Running through water sprinkled from a fire hose is always an event highlight for the kids.

A new feature at this year’s Splash was the fishing pond, which allowed people to learn to fish for trout

07/25/2017 - 10:37am
GALLERY: Summertime scenes

Summertime scenes

Jesse Poole photos

More geese than humans were braving the heat at Lake McCarrons County Park in Roseville the afternoon of July 20, despite a lifeguard at the ready for those wanting to swim. After the geese moved away from the beach area, several folks settled on the sand and splashed in the water. A few miles west, a man crossed Lexington Avenue on his bicycle after taking a spin on the paths in Roseville’s Central Park. That same day in Long Lake Regional Park, folks were jogging, biking and enjoying lunch among the thousands of flowers scattered throughout the New Brighton park.

07/24/2017 - 3:43pm
South Dakota Vacation without an agenda

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Photographs by Mary Lee Hagert

Towering bluffs rim the breathtaking Spearfish Canyon, which was carved out by Spearfish Creek and the small mountain streams that flow into it in the northwestern side of the Black Hills.

With no agenda to adhere to, there was plenty of time to check out fast-moving streams in Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills. Here, Mary Lee Hagert's son Kevin reflects on the beauty of Iron Creek.

Devils Tower, a geological oddity, can be seen from miles away. The unearthly-looking monolith rises 1,267 feet above the Belle Fouche River valley and was the country's first national monument.

Christopher pauses before ascending the piles of rubble and stones beneath Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming.

At Vore Buffalo Jump archeological site in northeastern Wyoming, visitors walk down into the natural, steep-sided sinkhole that Plains Indians used to trap bison from about 1550 to 1800.

Mary Lee Hagert's son Kevin, who is an interpreter at Vore Buffalo Jump this summer, explains the well-preserved bison bones and artifacts that have been found by archeologists at the site.

On the National Register of Historic Places, Vore Buffalo Jump gives visitors a unique look at the Plains Indian culture. Open from June through Labor Day, the site is located adjacent to Interstate 90 near the South Dakota-Wyoming border.

Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota, remains a popular tourist attraction, thanks in part to its corny billboards that draw people off of Interstate 90 with the promise of "free ice water, 5 cent coffee and authentic jackalopes."

Wall Drug's huge tyrannosaurus rex comes to life every 12 minutes, delighting tourists of all ages with its thunderous roars.

For generations kids and adults have been climbing on the giant jackalope and saying, "Cheese!" as their loved ones snap photos. Here Christopher poses atop the Fiberglass statue, just as he did when he was a little boy.    

07/24/2017 - 2:44pm
GALLERY: Little fair, big fun

Little fair, big fun

Marjorie Otto/Review

Olena Brown, 3, gave Silly Miss Tilly, a ballon artist, a big high five and thank you after receiving a balloon twisted into a flower. Her 7-year-old brother, Wyatt, had a turtle made made for him. The Ramsey County Fair, located at 2020 White Bear Ave., in Maplewood, took place July 12-16. A popular exhibit for fairgoers was petting and feeding animals at the petting zoo. The exhibit included llamas, donkeys, yaks, zebus, fainting goats, pygmy goats and many other types of unique farm animals. A recurring act each year, the Mitchell Showboat Marionettes, put on a show called the “Haybale Hullabaloo,” which included singing cows and dancing chickens.  William Turnball, 10, was wowed when he looked up and saw Silly Miss Tilly had created an alien hat. While she created the hat, William wowed Miss Tilly by balancing a balloon on his nose. In the midway, parents watched their kids as they went down slides, ran around in giant bubbles and rode the merry-go-round.

07/24/2017 - 12:41pm
GALLERY: The buzz about pollinators

A trip around the world

Steve Yasgur/ Lower Phalen Creek Project

Visitors buzzed around the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary learning about urban pollinators on Saturday, July 15 during the Urban Pollinator Festival. The event, which included educational activities and the chance to see real pollinators, was organized by the Lower Phalen Creek Project, along with the help of the National Park Service, Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul Parks and Recreation, Bee Real Bee Everywhere, Frenatae Graduate Club, and Backyard Phenology. The festival also featured music by artists Dee Brust and Tamara Maluda.

07/24/2017 - 12:23pm
GALLERY: A trip around the world

A trip around the world

photos courtesy of Tom Rudquist

Attendees of the 10th annual St. George Middle Eastern Festival, which ran July 14-16 at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, were able to experience the sites, sounds and smells of another culture without having to buy a plane ticket or leave West St. Paul. From traditional food to a market place, there was plenty to check out during the three-day festival, including camel rides. Fun for the kids included face painting and colorful masks. Visitors to the festival were treated to performances by Middle Eastern dance groups.

07/24/2017 - 10:42am
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.


Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

(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

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