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Supplement to the South-West Review • Week of June 18th, 2012 • Published by Lillie Suburban Newspapers, Inc.


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Kaposia Days marks historic milestone In its 36 years as South St. Paul’s most-celebrated summer festival, Kaposia Days has become a beloved tradition for residents and visitors from around the area. The history behind the festival’s name, however, stretches back years before the first celebration, the founding of the city, Minnesota’s statehood, and even the establishment of the United States. The name comes from a band of Mdewakanton Dakota who lived along the Mississippi River in the warm months. Kaposia translates to “swift,” or “light of foot,” possibly a reference to the prowess of the band’s lacrosse players. The first village, established around 1750 on the east side of the river, was led by a succession of chiefs with the name Little Crow. The tribe relocated to the west side of the river to the site of present-day South St. Paul in the 1830s in response to the rapid influx of white settlers constructing what would later become St. Paul.

Kaposia Native Village made its debut at South St. Paul’s Kaposia Days last year.

Life among the Kaposia band was tied heavily to the Mississippi, which they called the “River of the Falls.” Members of the band relied on the river for fishing, hunting, transporta-

tion and a supply of drinking water. They also used the fertile soil of the banks for growing crops. In 1976, the original Kaposia Days planners decided to use the band’s

names to pay tribute to the earliest inhabitants of the area. The planners hoped the festival would draw the community together in the same way the Kaposia band welcomed and worked with the first settlers in the area. While Kaposia Days may come around every year, the 2012 festival carries special importance because of a significant milestone this year: South St. Paul is celebrating its quasquicentennial, or 125th, anniversary as a city. “A lot of the various events and activities are going to take that on as a theme,” says Carol Swenson, secretary of the 2012 Kaposia Days Volunteer Board. The momentous marker is just one more great reason for people to celebrate at Kaposia Days this year Swenson says. Those in attendance can expect all the appropriate birthday fixings, from pointy hats to mounds of cake. see Milestone on page 11

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South St. Paul birthday bash South St. Paul has shared its quasquicentennial anniversary with residents in a number of ways these past few months, but the biggest party of the yearlong celebration is yet to come.

Longer festival To recognize the unique milestone, the City of South St. Paul is resurrecting the Kaposia Days tradition of a four-day festival with a special kickoff event June 21. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Central Square, Mayor Beth Baumann and the City Council invite the public to come out and join in as they grill free hot dogs and enjoy a variety of live music. Families with young children will be happy to know the Teddy Bear Band will lead off the tunes for the evening from 5 to 5:45 p.m. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., everyone can shake a leg to the rhythm of steel drums as Cyril Paul and the Calypso Monarchs take the stage. Cyril Paul, the lead singer of the band, began his musical career as a singer and bongo player decades ago in his native Trinidad. Now he and his band strive to get toes tapping and hips swaying to an array of Caribbean music, including calypso, bolero, cha-cha and reggae. Besides the music, the Minnesota National Guard is bringing in a climbing wall for the young and young at heart. There will also be train rides, a photo booth and community information booths.

The wall in particular is a great way to burn calories -- a useful fact, considering the South St. Paul Senior Center will be supplying birthday cake for all in attendance. At 8 p.m., after the hot dogs and cake have been cleared away, the night will take a funky twist with a heated disco bingo tournament in the bingo tent at Fifth Avenue and Marie Avenue. For those not familiar with disco bingo, South St. Paul Community Affairs Liaison Deb Griffith says the only way to truly understand is to try it. She did, however, lay out the basics: players choose their own numbers for their game boards and use candy for markers (contenders who eat all their markers also eat their way out of the competition), and as you might guess, they wear disco clothes and dance to disco music. “It’s not your mom and dad’s bingo,” Griffith says. “In fact, we’ve had some grandmas who have left because they just didn’t quite get it.” But for those who are up to challenge, Griffith says the game provides fast-moving, mind-bending, foot-sliding fun. “You haven’t lived unless you’ve played disco bingo,” Griffith says.

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6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Barbeque Presented by the Commemorative Air Force Fleming Field 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Softball Tournament Veterans, McMorrow & Harmon Fields 6:30 p.m. Grande Parade Beginning at 12th Ave North & 3rd Street Live cable cast coverage on Channel 14 8:00 p.m.-Midnight Lions Street Dance Mattie’s Lanes, 365 North Concord St. Music by The Brute Squad Presented by the South St. Paul Lions Club

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Softball tourney catching greater attention The Kaposia Days softball tournament began more than 20 years ago as a small event designed to keep people from leaving town during the annual South St. Paul summer festival. It’s become something that not only keeps local people in town, but also draws visitors from outside the state. In its first year, the tournament featured 12 teams. This summer it will feature 104 teams playing on three fields from June 22 to 24. Rich Rakness, who runs the tournament, said all that growth has been entirely dependent on its participants spreading the word. “It’s grown that much without any advertising,” he said. “There’s no flyers or posters. It’s all word of mouth.” That word of mouth has brought in teams from all over the metro area, and even one as far as Grand Forks, North Dakota. The tournament starts on the evening of Friday, June 22. It runs all day on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m. And the huge number of competing

teams means the tournament will fill three fields for the weekend: Veterans Field, McMorrow Field, and Harmon Field. “It’s a busy weekend,” Rakness said. “But it’s a fun tournament.” Baseball Tournament The softball tournament isn’t the only Kaposia Days showcase of the national pastime. Local team Stockmen’s Irish will host the Stockmen’s Invitational Tournament during the weekend, featuring six teams from around the metro area. The team plays in the Skyline League of the Minnesota Baseball Academy, an adult amateur baseball organization. Team owner Bill McGuire said the team has drawn 200 to 300 fans for some Stockmen’s Invitational games. And those fans are treated to a very high level of play, McGuire said. “Most of these players are guys who are out of college, who played ball in college, and some have even played at professional levels.”

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Kaposia Days: a royal affair While Kaposia Days may last only four days, one of the festival’s most notable events will carry on throughout the year. The young woman who takes the title of Miss South St. Paul at this year’s coronation, which will take place at the South St. Paul High School auditorium at 7 p.m. June 23, will represent the community throughout the state through community service, public events and parades. see Royalty on page 10

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Bethany Bobzin Bethany just completed her junior year at South St. Paul High School, where she has been named to the Honor Roll three years running. She keeps active by participating in school sports and student groups like the school’s SADD chapter. Outside of school she is active in Girl Scouts and playing musical instruments. She plans to pursue a degree in elementary education in college.

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A member of the National Honor Society at South St. Paul High School, Abigail is very active in the school’s music and theater programs. She sings in three choirs and is a cantor at her church. Her future goals include becoming a forensic anthropologist or a Broadway performer. When she finds free time she likes to spend time with her family and friends.

Katy Grover Katy takes pride in her volunteer efforts for the local animal shelter and at nearby elementary schools. She like to play tennis, dance and give of her time to various causes. Katy looks forward to serving the community if selected as Miss South St. Paul or one of the princesses. Her future goals include becoming a pediatric nurse or a physical therapist specializing in the needs of children.

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Anna is a 2012 graduate of South St. Paul High School. She will be attending the University of Kansas where she intends on majoring in journalism. In high school she was a member of the gold honor roll, National Honor Society and a Voice of Democracy essay contest winner. She likes to volunteer her time at her church and as a youth soccer coach.

Allison Lomax Allison likes to give of her time as a volunteer at Lincoln Center Elementary and Holy Trinity Church. At school she is a member of the honor roll and a member of the golf team and Junior Council. Her future plans include becoming a radiologist or physician specializing in bone health.

Celeste Nitti Celeste is active in athletics and activities at South St. Paul High School. She is member of the honor roll and National Honor Society. In addition, she has served in the Key Club, Junior Council and Student Council. Celeste is interested in pursuing a science-related degree in college. Upon graduation she would like to become a professional in the health and human services field.

Katie Ray A 2012 graduate of South St. Paul High School, Katie managed the school store, participated in dance team, golf and Junior Council. In addition, she recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. She will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Stout next fall, where she plans to major in engineering.

Nikki Schultz Nikki is a 2012 graduate of South St. Paul High School. In addition to being elected by her peers as Homecoming Queen, she was active in theater, choir and diversity leadership programs at the school. In her spare time she like to volunteer at her church and as a tutor. She will be attending Franciscan University in the fall.

Amanda Trudeau Amanda keeps busy at school by being a member of the dance team, track team and student council. In her spare time she likes to camp, volunteer, read and bake. After graduation from South St. Paul High School she intends on attending a fouryear college to become a physical therapist or fitness trainer.


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Happy Birthday, South St. Paul! The festival will kick off June 21 with a 125th Birthday Party at Central Square Community Center at 100 Seventh Ave. N. The mayor and city council will cook free hot dogs from 4:30 p.m. until supplies are gone, and attendees can expect plenty of kids’ activities and live music to keep the night moving. At 8 p.m., the party shifts to Fifth and Marie avenues for disco bingo, sponsored by the Mayor’s Youth Task Force, Angelo’s Italian Restaurant and Experience Shows, Inc.

Events heat up On Friday, June 22, the festival gets in the swing of things, beginning with a pool party from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Northview Pool at Thompson Avenue and 19th Avenue N. Kaposia Days fans might have to make tough choices later in the day, with the annual softball tournament kicking off at 6 p.m. at Veterans Park’s McMorrow and Harmon Fields. The tournament, touted as the state’s

second largest, draws players from all over the area. The choices get even tougher at 6:30 p.m., when the Grande Parade launches from 12th Avenue and Third Street. The parade will travel south on 12th to Southview Boulevard, where it turns east towards Fifth Avenue, then back south on Fifth to Eighth Street. Tim Simplot, parade organizer, says this year’s parade will feature approximately 100 floats, cars and marching and walking groups. The grand marshal role will be a group effort this year, with all living former South St. Paul mayors and council members invited to lead the procession in honor of the city’s quasquicentennial. Simplot has more than a decade’s worth of experience coordinating parades, including last year’s Winter Carnival Parade and the Grand Old Days Parade. But just ask Simplot and he’ll tell you without hesitation: Kaposia Days’ Grande Parade throws the most candy of any parade in the state. The party keeps on going after the parade with the Lions’ Street Dance, put on the South St. Paul Lions at Mattie’s Lanes at 365 N. Concord St. from 8 p.m. to midnight. see Milestone on page 12

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The sky’s the limit Kaposia Days will soar to new heights this year thanks to a collaboration with the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force and Fleming Field. On June 22, CAF will host a barbecue from 6 to 8 p.m. in the parking area in front of the hangar for participants in the baseball tournament. The big draw will come the next morning during the field-wide open house at Fleming Field. Visitors are invited to come the South St. Paul Airport from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to tour hangars and businesses, get an up-close look at the aircraft, talk to flying professionals and munch on an array of

goodies from the various vendors on hand. Artists will be present to add to the kids’ experience with face painting and temporary tattoos. For Amy Lauria, Wing leader for CAF, Fleming Field’s involvement in this year’s Kaposia Days is an exciting new development that brings back fond memories of a bygone tradition. Lauria said the events at the field this year will incorporate many of the most popular elements of Fleming Field Days, another annual festival that tapered off in the mid-1990s. “I’m extremely excited,” Lauria says. “It’s going to be a great event.” Lauria adds she’s particularly enthused about working with the Kaposia Days board this year because of the historical significance for the city. “I think everyone’s just really excited about being a part of the 125th anniversary,” she says. Swenson says getting groups like CAF involved this year was a deliberate move by the board to encourage more initiative and involvement from businesses and organizations who might have stood on the sidelines or been directed what to do in past festivals. “We’re trying to get more groups and organizations to take more ownership,” Swenson says. “We don’t tell them how to do it.” During the field-wide open house, CAF will have World War II re-enactors on hand as well as a fleet of historic warplanes that people can tour and learn more about. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase rides in the aircraft, weather permitting. On June 24, CAF will continue its open house with another 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this time using the event as a food drive. Visitors who come June 24 are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for Neighbors Inc. In exchange, they’ll get full access to the hangar and can tour the museum section as well. Flights in CAF’s historic planes -- an opportunity which Lauria says is always popular -- will also be available on the second day. One of the meticulously-restored planes is “Miss Mitchell,” a B-25 bomber that actually saw service in North Africa and Italy during World see Milestone on page 13


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The South St. Paul 2010-11 Royalty tended to one of their last duties of voting for the best Kids Parade outfits on June 25.

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War II. She completed more than 130 missions with no crew fatalities -- a rare accomplishment. The CAF keeps her as well-maintained as she was for her 1940s missions -- though she’s probably a lot shinier these days. And yes, she still flies. “A lot of people don’t know our planes still fly,” Lauria says. Not only do they fly, Lauria says the planes also provides passengers with a vivid connection with the era and purpose for which they were built. “It puts in perspective what the veterans went through in World War II,” Lauria says.

So much fun, so little time June 23 will be another jampacked day that will require strategic planning to capitalize on all the offerings. Vintage auto fans will want

to check out the Classic Car Show in the parking lot of South St. Paul High School parking lot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Classic Car Cruise on Hardman Avenue from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sports fans can check out day two of the softball tournament, which lasts from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on all three fields. A baseball tournament put on by Stockmen’s Truck Stop will also hit McGuire Field at Fourth Avenue and Eighth Street with games at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Families can register at 10:30 a.m. for their youngsters to walk in the Children’s Parade, which will march from Fifth Avenue and Southview to Central Square under the theme “Happy Birthday South St. Paul!” Once at Central Square, they’ll find games like a fish pond, dip the duck, slop shot and many other kid-oriented carnival activities. Families can also check out the Kaposia Native Village and a craft and flea market for Mom and Dad to browse. Pony rides will be see Milestone on page 15

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available from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They can spend the day on Marie Avenue, where a variety of kids’ games and activities will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., head to the South St. Paul High School Auditorium for the Royalty Coronation and find out who will take home the tiara and the title “Miss South St. Paul 2012.” Admission is $5 per person or $2 with a Kaposia Days button. Stick around afterward for a royal reception in the cafeteria at 8:30 p.m. Celebrate the long summer days and warm nights with a VFW Street dance that goes from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at VFW Post 295 on 11 South Concord Exchange.

Last but not least June 24 may be the last day of the festival, but make no mistake -- this

party will still have plenty of life in it right up the final minutes. Tank up for the day’s events with a pancake breakfast at Fury Motors from 9 a.m. to noon, then head over to Central Square for Family Funday from noon to 4 p.m. Funday will offer a petting zoo, pony rides, miniature golf, Dazzling Dave the Yo-Yo Man and much more. Rest your feet while still having fun at the bingo tent at Fifth and Marie avenues from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or sit in the bleachers to watch the last day of play for the softball and baseball tournaments. The festival will end with a bang -- make that bangs -- with a firework show at the high school football field starting at 10:01 p.m. The haze from the fireworks will linger after the show and onlookers may too, but have no fear: South St. Paul residents can look ahead to Kaposia Days for the next 125 years and beyond.

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South St Paul's Kaposia Days. June 21-24, 2012. Supplement to the South West Review. Published by Lillie Suburban Newspapers

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