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03
Apr

Finding the home within


Marisella Veiga (courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society Press)

A ‘Cuban from Minnesota’ tells her story

Marisella Veiga, her siblings and mother fled Cuba on Dec. 30, 1960, leaving their home to escape the new revolutionary government led by Fidel Castro. 

Her father, Miguel, followed them to Miami, Florida, early the next year. 

Five years after the Veigas’ arrival in the United States, they moved to Roseville, where they purchased a house on West Belmont Lane.

Sun
27
Mar

DFL endorses Mendota Heights resident for open District 52 Senate seat


Dr. Matt Klein

Dr. Matt Klein received the DFL Party endorsement on Saturday, March 12, in his race for the state Senate District 52 seat.

Sun
27
Mar

Sunfish Lake public meeting will focus on storm water

City officials in Sunfish Lake are planning a public meeting Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church.  

The purpose of the meeting will be to review the city’s storm water pollution prevention program.

Sun
27
Mar

St. Joseph’s School receives 2016 stem innovation grant

St. Joseph’s Catholic School, 1138 Seminole Ave., West St. Paul, has received a 2016 STEM Innovation Grant by the Minnesota Independent School Forum. 

Sun
27
Mar

An award 20 years in the making


For the past 18 years, Barb and Ed Gorski have been volunteering around the community, including Gramcery Co-Op, where they live. They are the 2016 recipients of the Service to Others Humanitarian Recognition.

Like clockwork, Barb, 78, and Ed, 83, Gorski pull up to Neighbors, Inc., in South St. Paul to unload their minivan full of bread donations. 

Sun
20
Mar

T’Kach receives DFL endorsement for 52B seat


Mary T’Kach

On Saturday, March 12, Mary T’Kach received the DFL Party endorsement in the Minnesota House race for district 52B.

Sun
20
Mar

Sieben unveils paid family and medical leave proposal

Bill aims to create statewide insurance program to offer leave to all Minnesotans

Sun
20
Mar

A tale not so old as time


Andre Shoals, the chair, brought numerous characters to life in Chanhassen’s production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” such as an enchanted chair. (submitted photos)

Local actor Andre Shoals returns to the Chanhassen stage in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

As the stage lights turn on at the main stage of Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, a lone figure sits on the side, getting ready to set the scene for “Beauty and the Beast.” 

All attention is on Andre Shoals, 45, who is the narrator and an ensemble member in Chanhassen’s new musical production of the fairy tale that was brought to life in a popular Disney animated movie. 

The talented Shoals is dressed in a cloth coat and scarf, a simple outfit that gives no hint of the inventive, colorful costuming that theater-goers are about to see in this visual feast for the eyes. 

In his other “Beauty” role, Shoals plays a chair. Attached to the chest of his shimmering silver costume is a chair, which at one point Belle sits in, as Shoals kneels and looks at her with admiration.

Sun
13
Mar

Mission Kosovo


Creagan, right, met soldiers from many of the NATO countries, including a soldier from Hungary. (submitted photos)

Local chaplain returns from serving overseas 

Getting to where he is today meant the Rev. Michael Creagan’s life changed course more than once. First off, he says he never thought he would be in the Catholic priesthood -- let alone that it would lead him to serving as an Army chaplain in Kosovo.

Creagan, 45, majored in international studies at the University of St. Thomas with the hope of someday working for the U.S. Foreign Service.

“It was probably half way through college, that God really called me to priesthood. In fact, at first I thought ‘oh no’ because I don’t like public speaking and I tried to come up with all the excuses,” Creagan says.

He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1997 after attending St. Paul Seminary. Then he never thought he would join the Army National Guard. 

Sun
13
Mar

Longtime Eagan resident announces 2nd bid for House 52B seat


Don Lee

Don Lee of Eagan announced Monday, March 7, that he is running for the Minnesota House District 52B seat and pursuing the Republican Party endorsement.

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