They had a BLAST at the Ramsey County Fair and White Bear Avenue Days. Fireworks lit up the night sky over the Ramsey County Fairgrounds midway July 17. It was the 102nd annual Ramsey County Fair July 15-19. (photos Linda Baumeister/Review)
Bikers congregate outside Neumann’s for Rick’s Ride in 2013. This year’s memorial run will take place on Saturday, July 18. (submitted photo)
Ride to start and end at Neumann’s
From his post at Neumann’s, longtime bartender Frank Kohler has forged camaraderie with a number of locals and city employees -- including the late North St. Paul Police Officer Richard Crittenden.
Kohler says Crittenden was very strict, but also knew how to joke around and have fun.
“I used to have spiky hair,” Kohler says, setting up a story about the time Crittenden ran up to him, asking if he was scared.
“He had a laugh like a tickled bear -- this belly laugh,” Kohler recalls.
After many hours of meeting deadlines, filing entrant applications, planning the marching order, and securing finances, Lisa Theis will do what she's done for many years: stand alongside White Bear Avenue on a summer’s evening in July with a sense