When my dad moved to Palm Springs in 1987, the residential landscape there was eerily Midwestern. There were rows of tidy lawns in front of every house, petunias in the gardens and pots of pansies on front porches.
Photos starting from top: Vonny Rohloff (left) and Mary Frykman were named Barrett High School’s 1964 outstanding home economics students. They were presented trophies at the annual Barrett fashion show by Bill Wittenberg (center), assistant director of the Livestock Market Institute, St. Paul. Vonny Rohloff models a dress and jacket she sewed in her ninth grade home economics class. Pictured from left to right are Barrett High School classmates Vonny Rohloff, Marilyn Anderson and Mary Frykman.
Like many Minnesotans, I felt sad when I heard the news that the Macy’s store in downtown Minneapolis was closing. It marked the end of an era on Nicollet Mall.
We all have “pet peeves,” things we observe or have happen to us which are very irritating. It may be the person redeeming lottery tickets at the gas station when you are last in line to pay for your gas. It may be the person on their cell phone during your child’s holiday program at school or dance recital.
Bob Jensen - President of the Maplewood Area Historical Society
The written history of Maplewood begins about 165 years ago when European and French-Canadian settlers began farming in this area. Prior to this time, the land was inhabited by the Dakota Indians with occasional visits by French and English fur traders and explorers. The landscape was a mix of scrub oak and prairie with many wetlands and lakes.