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The St. Paul June 2013 Volume 47 Number 6

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The end of an era

Bowlers bid farewell to West Side Lanes Mary Diedrick Hansen Staff Writer


n 1956, a new bowling alley opened its doors at 1625 S. Robert St., West St. Paul. In those days, the location was on the outskirts of the metro area. A motel was located next door and farmland stretched to the south as far as the eye could see. Its “suburban” location didn’t prevent the 12-lane bowling alley from becoming a home away from home to many bowling fans, including now 94-year-old Irene Bloomquist, who began bowling strikes and collecting a houseful of trophies at the bowling alley, known in recent years as West Side Lanes. When Bloomquist learned that West Side Lanes would be closing its doors, the news hit her harder than a beginner’s 20th consecutive gutterball. The bowling aficionado was at one time on three different bowling leagues, playing three times a week. She was determined to bowl there until the bitter end, when the landmark closes at the end of May. “When they announced it was closing, I wanted to stand there and cry,” said Bloomquist. “This is my home, my place.”

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A bowling pin, name tags, and Irish artifacts are among the details adorning a casket at a May 18 “funeral” service for West Side Lanes. Joe Drkula built the original “suburban” bowling alley and it attracted everyone from tykes to professional athletes. In the early1960s, a fire destroyed the building and it was replaced with an expanded 20 lanes. Although the name changed over the years – North Star Lanes, Diamond Lake West, Pro Bowl West, Sports Lanes and finally West Side Lanes – it was always a family-run business and the regulars remained. Juette Holseth, an ac-

complished bowler heavily involved in writing and distributing the weekly Metro Bowler, bought the center in 1996 from the Drkula family, who now own Drkula’s 32 in Inver Grove Heights. The business fell into foreclosure, and last December the city of West St. Paul purchased the 2-acre site and bowling alley for $1.2 million at a sheriff’s auction with the intent of demolishing the building and bringing in a restaurant and retail store

that will cater to athletes and visitors who patronize the city’s new Regional Athletic Center (RAC), located across the bowling alley’s back parking lot on Livingston Avenue. West Side Lanes has been home for St. Croix Lutheran High School’s bowling team for the past six years, and coach Dan Swiderski has nothing but praise for Juette and her ex-husband,

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nesota, a zip code often determines the quality of education a child receives,” reads the school’s vision statement. How will they do it? Among other things, by supplying the laptops, offering free busing, free breakfast and lunch each day, full-day kindergarten, a longer school day – roughly 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., a longer school year, school uniforms and excellent teachers. Students in second and third grade will start on Monday, Aug. 26. First grade and kindergarten will start the following day. The school year will run through June 27, giving students 20 extra days in the classroom. One grade will be added each year, which will eventually transform West Side Summit to a K-8 campus by 2018. The long-range plan is to have two sets of classes per grade.

for every student beginning in kindergarten. It might not be such a farfetched idea for an upper-crust private school, but for a school on St. Paul’s West Side? Well dreams do come true, and West Side Summit, a new K-3, free public charter school opening in the old St. Matthew Catholic School, intends to do just that starting this fall. The school is planning a “college track” culture and academic climate that is joyful, fun and conducive to student learning. West Side Summit envisions proving that it is possible for children living in poverty to achieve high academic success when all students are held to high expectations and honored for their potential for greatness. West Side Summit / “We strive to change Page 6 the reality that, in Min-

Summer Event Guide: All Local. All Outdoors. Mostly Free. Mary Diedrick Hansen Staff Writer


ummertime and the livin’ is easy, especially in the greater St. Paul area where, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, we put on our shades and sunscreen and soak up a countless variety of outdoor activities. Our annual Summer Event

Guide gives you the information you need to find everything from outdoor concerts to recreational activities and community festivals.

Concerts and Movies Northern Spark 2013 The third annual Northern

Spark will be held on Saturday (into Sunday morning), June 8, from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., in St. Paul’s Lowertown. Northern Spark is the only all-night arts festival in the Midwest. It’s free and open to the public. Last year 40,000 people attended. Festival co-founder Steve Dietz said, “Northern Spark’s mission is to

be a roving, experimental, interactive, media arts catalyst. Northern Spark unites audiences and artists in an unexpected, unscripted adventure under the cover of darkness.” The event brings together a multitude of artists who create projects in partnership with arts organizations at numerous

venues. This year, activities will be focused in and around the newly renovated Union Depot and other key Lowertown sites, including the Bedlam Theater, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, and the Mississippi River. Festival guidebooks will be available

at Info Hubs. The guidebook describes each project and has a list and time of events, as well as information on where to find such amenities as restrooms, first aid and food. For more information visit www. Summer Fun / Page 4

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Pat, and how they helped the team. “They helped us grow the team,” said Swiderski. “We went from 11 on the team to 30 in six years. We have one varsity and two junior varsity teams now.” West Side Lanes sponsored the team and allowed team players to bowl for free. Employees, many of them accomplished bowlers in their own right, took a keen interest in the budding bowlers and took time to help them hone their skills. “We will miss Pat and Juette very much,” added Swiderski. “They are like family. They gave their heart and were super kind to St. Croix.” Swiderski talked about how high school bowling is taking off. Just six years ago only seven high schools had teams in St. Croix’s conference. The team was traveling as far as Apple Valley and Burnsville for games. When seven more high schools in the area established bowling teams, the conference split in half and the driving distance dimin-

ished. Swiderski started a junior program for 5- to 20-yearolds at West Side Lanes last fall and had 20 participants. He believes interest in the sport is growing with the younger generation, pointing out that Drkula’s 32 in Inver Grove Heights has over 100 kids in its junior program. Bowling is still considered the No. 1 participation sport in the nation, with 71 million people bowling at least once in 2010, according to the United States Bowling Congress. Swiderski’s son Kyle, a member of the St. Croix bowling team and ranked as one of the top 50 high school bowlers in the state, was hired last August at West Side Lanes as a “pin chaser.” That job entails sitting at the end of the lane to unclog any pin pile-ups. He is one of about a dozen employees who lost their job with the closure of West Side Lanes. “It’s been really fun working here,” said Kyle. “The management is very en-

Kyle Swiderski, a member of the St. Croix bowling team and ranked as one of the top 50 high school bowlers in the state, worked at West Side Lanes as a “pin chaser.” couraging.” lebrity Bowling League that It’s also been fun, he said, boasts Minnesota Twins to work alongside people manager Ron Gardenhire with the same passion for and former Twins star Kent the sport that he has. Kyle Hrbek as league members. has worked many Saturday At one time, Gordy Dahl, birthday parties and has a member of the Minneseen a good mix of people sota Bowling Hall of Fame of all ages on leagues. worked the front desk. In West Side Lanes is home his younger years Dahl was to the Marty O’Neill Ce- a bowling All Star. Among his accomplishments was

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It has a family feel and it’s so comfortable. I’ve bowled at Midway, Saxon, Owatonna, lots of places and lots of tournaments, but the old West Side Lanes is like home.” Her highest tournament score was 643, and her highest single game score was 266 when she came ohso-close to a perfect game. “I had all strikes ’til the tenth frame when I got a split,” she recalled. St. Croix will take its bowling team to Mattie’s in South St. Paul but will always appreciate the bowling tips and fine folks at West Side Lanes. Juette Holseth will remain involved in the local bowling scene through the Metro Bowler newspaper, started by her ex-husband in 1975 as a way to promote local, city, state and national bowling tournaments and activities. She threw an “Irish wake” May 18 so the regulars and oldtimers could gather one last time to remember all the good times at their beloved hangout.

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being part of the five-man Hamm’s Beer traveling team that won three national American Bowling Champion (ABC) titles. In 1965, they won the Classic Team All Events title at the St. Paul Armory. In 1970 they won in Knoxville and in 1972, in Los Angeles. He was inducted in the Superior Performance category of the Minneapolis Hall of Fame in 1979, and the Minnesota Hall of Fame in 2005. He has since retired. Irene Bloomquist, on the other hand, is still going strong, although she said the arthritis in her fingers forced her to go from a 15-pound ball to a 12-pounder. This required her to make adjustments because, as all bowlers know, a heavier ball has advantages. Every April since she was 83, she has been invited to bowl in a tournament in Glenwood, Wisc. Now she is being “summoned,” as she says, to join a league at Drkula’s on Fridays, and another on Wednesday afternoons at Mattie’s Lanes in South St. Paul. “I’d rather bowl than eat,” she said. “I love bowling here (West Side Lanes).

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New business at WSP Sports Dome aims to keep kids active, healthy Mary Diedrick Hansen Staff Writer


ctive Kids Association of Sport (AKA Sport) is coming to the Regional Athletic Center (RAC) in West St. Paul and bringing with it a summer calendar bursting with summer sports camp activities for kids ages 6-12. AKA Sport offers traditional as well as non-traditional sports opportunities for campers. Each week kids get a chance to explore a new sport. Along with the predictable soccer and softball, other sports kids will

learn to play include dodge ball, archery, disc golf and more. Chris Schulz, AKA Sport founder and executive director, is singing the praises of the RAC and is thankful for holding his sports camps there. “It’s a good place for kids to run and exercise,” said Schulz. “Guess what? It’s air conditioned in the summer, so on those hot July days when kids are going stir crazy and want to be outside, they can safely burn off energy in the RAC.” Schulz also noted that Garlough and Martha-

ler parks are just one block away from the RAC and he wants the kids to spend time there, as well. Included in the cost is a field trip – approximately one each week – to ball games, water parks, rock climbing, canoe trips and amusement parks. Friends and family are welcome to come along. In fact, Schulz said they would be greatly appreciated to ensure high adult-to-kid ratios. “The AKA All Sports Camp was designed to provide kids with a variety of sports and activities,” said Schulz. “Today’s youth

sports culture has become so incredibly serious about developing our kids into one sport or having them focus solely on one sport or one activity through year-round training and intense competition. We’ve lost out on what it means to have fun, to be diverse, and lost track of trying out new sports and extracurricular activities. The AKA All Sports Camp is intended not only to keep kids active and off the couch but also to bring back that ‘old school fun’ of sports and what it truly means to be a kid. I even have adults wanting to par-

ticipate in some of the programs.” AKA Sport was incorporated in 2004. Schulz started his sports camp business that year and then opened a summer camp program in Blaine in 2006, which attracts 100 kids daily for 12 weeks. Now Schulz is bringing the fun to kids in the West St. Paul area. Schulz offers a variety of after-school sport programs for beginners all the way to focused high school athletes. Spots are still available for AKA All Sports Camp at the RAC for kids from West St. Paul, Mendota Heights,

Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul, Eagan and St. Paul. Parents may register their kids for the entire summer at a discount or for specific weeks. Everything is included in the cost except snacks and lunches. Kids can be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. and picked up at 5 p.m. Visit www.akasport. org for summer camp information and costs, which average around $200 per week. For more information, contact 651-447-2454 or

Southview Garden Center celebrates 50 years of service Mary Diedrick Hansen Staff Writer

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to have fallen on West St. Paul’s Southview Garden Center over the years, because it has grown and blossomed into a third generation Mortensen familyowned business. This June, the family will celebrate 50 years in business. No doubt they will marvel that all their family members seem to have been born with green thumbs, because they have been helping customers perk up their lawns and savor the bounty produced from their backyard gardens for years. Father, Warren, and son, Lynn, started Southview Garden Center as a sodlaying business in 1963. Coincidentally their store was located at 1963 S. Rob-

ert St., the current location of Southview Liquor. As the story goes, rising property costs chased them off the Robert Street corridor. “We couldn’t afford front property,” said Lynn Mortensen, “so we purchased the back property, at 50 East Crusader Avenue behind what used to be Poppin’ Fresh Pies, and the new store was built in 1968. “It was pretty desolate when we started,” added Mortensen, who retired last year at the age of 72. “We were a long ways away from everything. The homestead was at Emerson and Bidwell, where the Fireside Lounge now stands. We used to walk across the fields where Signal Hills is, to go to Henry Sibley High School.” It didn’t take long for the little “bud” of a business to blossom, as demand for

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housing marched its way down South Robert Street and into Mendota Heights and Sunfish Lake. Requests for trees and shrubs increased, followed by a growing demand for landscaping. Calls started coming in for fertilizer of all sorts, flowers of all shapes and sizes, as well as fencing for decorative purposes and to keep herbivores out. Lately, tiny “fairy gardens” have expanded the business line even further. Southview Garden Center specializes in handmade cedar wood trellises, planters, birdhouses, bird feeders and benches. Mortensen said landscaping has become a big part of the business. “Service is the secret to success and longevity,” said Mortensen. “It’s important for me to know that you know what it will cost. When you tell your cus-

tomer you will be there at a certain time, you better be there.” In the mid-70s, Frank’s Nursery & Crafts was Southview Garden Center’s only competition. It was located right across Robert Street at the current Petco site. Now Menards, Lowes, and Walmart have lawn care departments, but Mortensen doesn’t mind. He says Southview beats them on the service end by offering expert advice and installation on landscape and gardening. Gerten’s, the mega garden center off Highway 55 and I-494, could also be considered competition. “They are too big,” insists Mortensen. “Don’t get too big. You need too many people.” Although Southview Garden Center is open yearround, carrying a selection

of Christmas trees, wreaths and greens during the holidays, along with birdseed for bird lovers and firewood for chilly winter nights, it is primarily a seasonal business, and the whims of Mother Nature can make or break each year. “Last year we were six weeks ahead of schedule, and it was ridiculously to the good,” said Mortensen. “This year it is a month late. When September comes along, summertime sales are spent on seed, fertilizer, fuel and we live on it. Your skin gets pretty thick, and you know the banker very well.” Although Mortensen has been in the business all his life, when he retired there was no gold watch. What he got was even better: his son Dan and his wife Noelle took over the business. “It’s fun to have the kids coming up,” he said.

His grandkids seem to have the Mortensen family green thumb as well and are showing interest in the business already, which leads Mortensen to say he wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes a fourth generation business. Despite technology threatening to spell the end to some retail businesses, it probably won’t affect his. “I don’t know if gardening will ever go away,” said Mortensen, “A computer does not plant trees.” The Mortensens are having a 50th anniversary celebration June 15 and 16 at Southview Garden Center, 50 Crusader Ave., West St. Paul. For more information, call 651-455-6669 or visit

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Iain Dove Lempke and Ingrid Jans from the Celtic band The Herringbone Badgers perform as customers line up in the background at the food trucks near Kellogg and Robert in St. Paul. Music and food trucks are featured 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each Thursday during the summer.

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Minnesota Opera Company, 7 p.m., Fri., June 14. Harriet Island Pavillion, St. Paul. In appreciation of five decades of generous community support, Minnesota Opera will present a free outdoor concert performance of Puccini’s La Bohème as an encore to its 50th anniversary season. For a summer evening to remember, bring a picnic, the family and friends and enjoy the sights and sounds of the concert. The opera will be sung in Italian but program information will allow visitors to keep pace with the love-struck Mimi and Rodolpho and their roller coaster love affair. Twin Cities Jazz Festival, June 27-29, downtown St. Paul. Now in its 15th year, the festival attracts nearly 30,000 people with its free performances of top-notch musicians. Once again it will be centered near Mears Park in St. Paul’s historic Lowertown district. The area will come alive with music that appeals to a wide range of tastes, with performances on four stages, as well as in downtown restaurants and clubs, including the Black Dog Café, Bull Dog, Hat Trick Lounge, Señor Wong’s, Artists’ Quarter, Mancini’s and the St. Paul Hotel Lobby Bar. A lineup of more than 70 performers includes Mariano Flores Latin Jazz Group, Arne Fogel with Maud Hixson, Kenny Warner Trio, Salsa del Soul, the St. Peter Street Stompers Jazz Band, and many more. For the full schedule of per-

formers and venues, visit www.twincitiesjazzfestival. com. Ride free to Jazz Fest on Metro Transit buses and light rail on Friday and Saturday. Download a free pass at TwinCitiesJazzFestival. com. Jazz at the Libraries • St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. Fourth St., 2 p.m., Sunday, June 16. Hear the sounds of gypsy jazz by Sidewalk Cafe featuring guitarist Reynold Philipsek, violinist Gary Schulte, and Jeff Brueske on bass. • Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Ave., 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 19. The George Maurer Trio will perform a wide variety of American jazz. • Riverview Library, 1 E. George St., 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 26. Salsabrosa wraps up the libraries’ jazz series. This is a Latin music event with an Afro-Cuban beat and includes the instruments and rhythms of salsa, merengue, cha cha and more. For more information on the library concerts, visit Lowertown Roots Fetsival, Sat., July 27 Mears Park, Lowertown, St. Paul. The park will come alive with the sounds of blues, country, bluegrass, gospel, zydeco, Tejano, Native American and other music forms that have influenced, inspired and ultimately defined American music and culture. Admission is free. Nine Nights of Music, Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. Now in its 15th year, the Minnesota History Center is hosting its free Nine Nights

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of Music program every Tuesday in July and August at the Minnesota History Center Plaza. Listen to the rich and vibrant rhythms and sounds of some of Minnesota’s best musicians from a variety of cultures and get out your dancing shoes for salsa, soulful Motown, and big band swing. Dance instruction from Tapestry Folk Dance Center or Uptown Swing is offered 6:30-7 p.m. Live music and dancing takes place 7-8:30 p.m. Pack a picnic or purchase food from the Café Minnesota terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to museum galleries, 5-8 p.m. There is a nominal fee for parking. In case of rain, performances will be held indoors in the 3M Auditorium. For a complete schedule, visit www. minnesotahistorycenter. org/events-programs/ninenights-of-music or call 651259-3000. The Century Brass Band will honor soldiers who died 150 years ago at the Battle of Gettysburg on Tuesday, July 2, joining a candlelight processional across Kellogg Boulevard to the Josias King Civil War Monument for a brief memorial. King was the first man to volunteer in the First Minnesota Infantry, which makes him the first person to join the Union Army in the Civil War.

• Raspberry Island in Harriet Island Regional Park in St. Paul is the site of live concerts through July 31. All concerts begin at 12:30 p.m. The lineup includes: Woodshop, June 12 and July 10; Voodoo Butter, July 17; Sweet Rhubarb, July 24; Bomba de Luz with Northern, July 31. • Rice Park, 140 Washington St., is hosting the following noontime concerts: Adam Meckler Orchestra, June 3; Nancy Olson, June 10; The Fairlanes, June 17; Parisota Hot Club, June 24; Charlie and the Good Times, July 18; Zachary Scot Johnson, July 23. • Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., is hosting the following noontime concerts: Parisota Hot Club, June 4; The Night Light Chasers, June 11; The Rick Lewis Band, June 18; Charlie and the Good Times, June 25; Ageless, June 25; Joe Meyer Finesse Band, July 2; Ken Lelm, July 9; The Silver City Millers, July 16; the Fairlanes, July 16; White Elephant, July 23. • Phalen Amphitheatre, 1600 Phalen Dr., is hosting the following noontime concerts. All begin at 1:30 p.m., unless noted otherwise. Mark Lamoine and Friends, June 2; Charlie and the Good Times, June 2; Big Stratum, June 9; Minnesota Sinfonia, 7 p.m., June 20; Eastside Arts Council, 7 p.m., July 11 and 18. • Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 N. Lexington Pkwy. All performances (and there is one nearly every night throughout the summer) are held on the Promenade Deck, a covered, open-air band shell that seats up to 800 on park benches. Food service is operated by Black Bear Crossings on the Lake.

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Outdoor Baseball The professional Minor League St. Paul Saints play open air baseball at Midway Stadium, 1771 Energy Park Dr., St. Paul, and are known for their over-the-top promotions and antics during the games. Tickets are $5$20. For game dates, visit For ticket information, call 651-644-6659.

Showboat and Riverboat Rides “Sweet Revenge or No Mother to Guide Her” will be presented June 13-August 24 at the Minnesota Centennial Showboat, which is moored at Harriet Island. Performances are held at 8 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Romance, comedy and high drama drive this classic American melodrama of a repentant criminal who steals the heart of a farmer’s daughter only to have his former corrupt partner claim her for his own. Add to the mix a whiskey-swilling grandmother who serves as the partner’s hit woman, a well-meaning constable and an escaped convict who has seen the light, and you get an action-packed adventure appropriate for audiences of all ages. Showboat audiences are encouraged to boo and hiss the bad guys and cheer on the heroes. A visit to the Showboat is an experience in itself, as guests are carried back in time through the Victorian-era décor and grand staircase. The Showboat’s richest feature is its intimate 225-seat

jewelbox theater. Tickets are $23-$25, with discounts for students and seniors. For more information, call 651227-1100, or visit www. Padelford Riverboats, moored at Harriet Island, feature narrated 90-minute public sightseeing cruises at noon and 2:30 p.m. daily through August. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $8 for kids ages 3-12. Also offered are themed cruises, including a Father’s Day brunch cruise, a lunch-and-lock cruise, Sunday lunch cruise and sunset dinner cruise. For more information, call 651227-1100 or visit

Fairs & Festivals • Ramsey County Fair The 100th Annual Ramsey County Fair will be held July 10-14 at the fairgrounds, 2020 White Bear Ave., Maplewood. The free admission offers opportunities for youth and adults to win ribbons and prize money for exhibitions in horticulture, arts and crafts, clothing, food, photography, home furnishings and more. Popular events include the talent contest, parade, farmer-for-the-day program, pig races, children’s petting zoo, youth pet show, carnival rides, bands, bingo, fireworks and many food choices. Discounted carnival ride tickets are available in advance. For more information, call 651770-2626, or visit www. In honor of the fair’s 100th year, the Gibbs Farm Museum staff will settle in at the fairgrounds noon-6 p.m., Saturday, bringing their mid-1800s work and lifestyle alive and taking

Music in the Parks St. Paul Parks and Recreation hosts music and movies throughout the summer in several St. Paul parks and recreation centers.

The Great Minnesota Get-Together will be held August 22-September 2.

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Many area restaurants offer food and beverage specials on their patios. fairgoers back to the days when the fair first began. Joe Fox, fair manager for the last 26 years and a board member since 1966, said that the fair was moved to its current Maplewood site in 1954, and has been held there every year since, except for 1998 when the mayor of St. Paul asked to have it held on Harriet Island in honor of the opening of the Wabasha Bridge. From 1913 to 1954, it was located in White Bear Lake. Fox also pointed out the close relationship between county fairs and the State Fair. The State Fair amateur talent contest contestants get their start at the county fair level and then advance to the State Fair. The same is true for the outstanding Senior Citizen award and 4-H exhibition winners. Author Jim Lindner is putting a book together on the history of the fair that should be available for purchase by fair time. • Dakota County Fair The fair will be held August 5-11 at the fairgrounds, 4008 W. 220th St., Farmington. Highlights include musical entertainment, demolition derby, midway rides, lumberjack shows, grandstand events, livestock shows, historical village and food. Get discounts on admission, parking and grandstand shows by purchasing advance ticket packages before 4 p.m. on opening day. For more information, visit, or call 651-463-8818. • Minnesota State Fair The Great Minnesota GetTogether will be held August 22-September 2 at the State Fairgrounds, 1265 N.

Snelling Ave., St. Paul. The fair draws more than 1.8 million visitors annually, making it the second largest state fair in the country. It showcases Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art, industry and people-watching. Everything edible on a stick can be found at the fair, which offers 450 foods at 300 concession stands, along with a giant Midway with more than 30 carnival rides and 50 games of skill, a “kidway” filled with over 30 pint-sized rides, free music, education, Grandstand concerts, giveaways, product demonstrations, butter sculptures, animals, parades and much more. Free parkand-ride shuttles run from a variety of locations within a short distance of the fairgrounds. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors age 65 and older and youth ages 5-12, free for kids age 5 and under. For more information, visit • Grand Old Day - The largest one-day festival in the Midwest takes place Sunday, June 2 on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. The festival includes a parade, athletic events, cultural arts performances, an art fair, street performances, a family fun zone, pony rides, teen battle of the bands, more than 150 food and merchandise vendors and more. • Highland Fest and Art Fair - Now in its 30th year the annual festival will be held July 19-21 at Cleveland Avenue and Ford Parkway, St. Paul. Join 65,000 people in Highland Village for live entertainment on two stages, food, carnival

rides, a 5K run, juried art show, strongman competition and craft-brew tasting. • Kaposia Days - Clear the calendar for the weekend of June 28-30 for Kaposia Days. South St. Paul’s summertime celebration features more than 40 funfilled activities, including parades, a Queen coronation, musical entertainment, sporting events, classic car show, airplane rides, bingo, dancing, fireworks and more. For more details visit

Harriet Island • Time to Fly Run/Walk, 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, June 22. Join in the race against childhood cancer by registering for a 10K, 5K run, 5K walk or Kids’ Fun Run benefiting children’s cancer research. For more information and to register, visit www.childrenscancer. org/timetofly. • The Irish Fair of Minnesota, August 9-11. This free event features live music, entertainment, dancing, food and drink, Irish culture workshops, Gaelic language classes and genealogy booths. Sporting events include Tug O’ War, Gaelic football, rugby, hurling, boxing and the annual Run with the Celts 5K race. Kids may participate in mini golf, crafts, contests, learn about Celtic myth and magic, and watch sheep herding demonstrations with authentic border collies. Visit for more information. • Festa Italiana Minnesota - Celebrate Minnesota’s rich Italian heritage September 20-21. Festa Italiana will showcase the unique

Como Park in St. Paul offers numerous summertime activities. Visit the free zoo (donations requested), see exotic plants in the Conservatory, enjoy amusement rides and relax with a picnic lakeside. Also featured during the summer are band concerts, dance and choral performances, plays and musicals at the Como Lakeside Pavilion. See the Music in the Park section of this article. Be sure to check out the Gorilla Forest Grand Opening 10 a.m.-6 p.m., June 6-9. Bring your dancing shoes for the Groovin’ in the Garden Wednesday Night Concert series held 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday, August 7-September 11. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy live music, lawn games, a bounce house and and a climbing wall in front of the visitor center. Food, beer, wine and ice cream treats will be available for purchase. • Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival - Sunday, Aug. 18 at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Grounds open at 3 p.m., with live entertainment at 3:30 p.m. on the main stage in the Como Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden. Entertainment includes taiko drumming groups, martial arts, Ikebana, sushi and other aspects of Japanese culture. The festival encompasses Japanese tradition through music, dance, crafts, martial arts and lanterns. The day will culminate at dusk with the lantern lighting ceremony. Admission is $3-$5.

(users can connect to the Big Rivers Trail by following Lilydale Road for 3/4 -mile). The northern side of the trail can be reached by crossing the Wabasha Bridge. Here the trail is separated for bike and pedestrian traffic. • Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary - Located within walking distance of downtown St. Paul, along the Mississippi, the sanctuary features interpretive signage and a walking path that takes hikers past sandstone bluffs, caves and natural springs. A trail extension connects the Nature Sanctuary, Swede Hollow Park and Mounds Park. Lowertown is connected to the nature sanctuary via East Fourth Street. • Thompson County Park - This 57-acre park located near Butler Avenue and Highway 52 in West St. Paul has over two miles of wooded trails that connect to the North Urban Regional Trail, a trail system that links Thompson County Park to Kaposia Park in South St. Paul and to the Mississippi River Regional Trail. • South St. Paul Riverfront Trail - This scenic trail offers more than four miles of paved pathway along the Mississippi River. Access it at Concord Street near Grand Avenue or near Bryant and Butler Avenue. • Kaposia Park, 1028 Wilde Ave., South St. Paul - Hiking trails meander through the forested and hilly 85-acre park. The park also features an enclosed pavilion, picnic shelter, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball, a playground area and tennis courts.

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groups or individuals from May through September. Among the tours is Heart of the City, the newest summer tour that includes such popular spots as Mickey’s Diner, Candyland, the Hamm Building and more. A Rice Park tour is also offered and features an exclusive look inside each of the buildings surrounding the park: the Landmark Center, The St. Paul Hotel, the St. Paul Central Public Library and the Ordway Center for Performing Arts. The Great River Tour is a new addition this year. Guests will observe beautiful views of the river and gain insight into the early days of St. Paul and its connection to the river. Be sure to check the departure location for this tour. Otherwise, tours begin at 10 a.m., and are free, but space is limited. The Landmark Center is located at 75 W. Fifth St. Reserve your space by calling 651-292-3276. For more information, visit www.

Circus Juventas Circus Juventas presents the Wonderful World of Oz under the “Big Top” at 1270 Montreal Ave. in St. Paul. The St. Paul performing arts youth circus school has created a Cirque du Soleil-inspired fantasy, which includes an Emerald City guarded by zany gatekeepers, gravity-defying castle guards, a spectacle of aerial monkeys, and the most wondrous of all: a Wizard to remind us that there is no place like home. Performances take place August 1-18. Tickets range from $13 for seniors and children to $30 for VIP seating. Call the Circus Juventas Box Office at 651-699-8229 for more information.

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Hiking & Biking • Big Rivers Regional Trail - The trailhead is located at Mendota Heights Road, near Highway 13 and I-35E. The Big Rivers Regional Trail offers nearly four miles of hiking and biking trails on the railroad bed of the former Minnesota Central Railroad line. • Harriet Island Regional Park - Bike and hike along eight miles of trail on both sides of the river

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The targeted service area is the West Side and West 7th Street areas of St. Paul and West St. Paul. However, any child entering grades K-3 in 2013 is welcome to apply. Busing will be provided to any child living in St. Paul. Limited bus routes will also go into West St. Paul. The West Side was chosen for the new school because it reminded founder and director, Matthew Bannon, of his first teaching job in Houston, Tex. Bannon was recruited for the Teach for America (TFA) program, which looks for leaders with a record of achievement who have a passion for kids and want to expand educational opportunity for all children. The program began 20 years ago and participants commit to spending two years in a low-income community. TFA corps members and alumni from across the country seek to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education. Bannon started his TFA

career as a 4th grade teacher in Houston. In his second year he served as the 4th grade team leader and led the team and his homeroom to high levels of success on the Texas standardized assessments, with 100 percent of his homeroom passing the reading, writing and math tests. He moved to Minnesota as part of the New Teacher Project, for which he oversaw the work of those in other careers making a transition to teaching. He organized summer training, provided ongoing in-classroom coaching, and designed and facilitated ongoing professional development for more than 60 first- and second-year science, math, special education, and bilingual elementary teachers, many working in West Side schools. From his desk in the human resources department of the St. Paul Public School District offices, he was able to observe how decisions were being made regarding principals, and how

those decisions ultimately affected teachers and trickled down to students. Ultimately, he believed that West Side children were being left behind. According to Bannon: • Only one-third of lowincome students attending West Side elementary schools are proficient in math. Barely half are proficient in reading. • A staggering 28 percent of West Side middle and high school students are proficient in reading and 14 percent proficient in math. • Among West Side residents 25 years and older, only 16 percent have a bachelor’s degree compared with 23 percent of all St. Paul residents. Also among that same group, 49 percent have a high school degree or less, compared to 36 percent of all St. Paul residents. • According to, just 8 percent of kids growing up in lowincome communities graduate from college by age 24. Bannon knew that if he started his own charter school he would have more flexibility in achieving the results he considers neces-

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Cerenity Senior Care-Humboldt is hosting free concerts throughout the summer. Please join us – all you need to bring is your own chair! If it is raining, the concert will be held in the recreation room of the Residence, 514 Humboldt. If you have questions or would like to assist with the concerts, contact 651-220-1789 or email If you’d like a tour of our Care Center or Residence, call 651-220-1700 in advance to schedule it. Tues., June 11, 6:30 p.m. David Allen, performing music from the 1960s Tues., June 18, 6:30 p.m. Big Band and Classics Sat., June 22, 2 p.m. Dixieland Music featuring the Maple Street Ramblers Wed., July 4, 1:30 p.m. The Banjo Boys

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sary for students to succeed in furthering their education. Focusing on just one school, he believes, will allow him to be more flexible and quick to respond if changes need to be made. Charter schools are independently operated and overseen by a board of directors, and funded through the state. As with traditional public schools, money for busing, laptops, breakfast and lunch comes from the state. Each student is alloted an average of $5,000 from the state to cover those costs. “Every kid, in my mind, needs to be on track for college,” said Bannon. “The West Side could use this type of school with high expectations for all kids.” From the start, kindergarteners will know they are in the college graduating class of 2030. Each classroom will be named after a college, such as the Golden Gopher classroom and the Wisconsin Badger classroom. To attract top-notch teachers, it wouldn’t be surprising if Bannon looked for candidates from TFA.

He, Sarah Stodola, the school’s operations director, and three of the seven board members are alumni from that program. Charter schools must meet Minnesota Department of Education requirements for academic rigor and student achievement. They are under a five-year contract to get their students to reach grade level academic milestones. The computers at West Side Summit will allow teachers to compile individual information from each student quickly, and build charts showing which students are on pace for their grade level, which ones are excelling and which ones are struggling. Data will reveal how well lessons are being understood and allow teachers to adjust lesson plans in response. The school will use adaptive web-based reading and math programming to individualize teaching to the needs of each student. “Data-based information separates the good schools from the great schools,” said Brannon.

In preparation for starting the school Bannon took classes with the Charter School Partners Fellowship program. He researched school operations, finances and academics, then wrote specific goals under each of those umbrellas. He also worked as an assistant director four days a week at Higher Ground Academy and Concordia Creative Learning Academy. The fifth day and weekends were spent visiting nationally recognized charter schools and designing the school’s programming. “There is an urgency about what we are doing,” said Operations Manager Stodola. “We are getting good traction and interest. We love seeing kids and families.” Open houses are scheduled for 5-6 p.m., June 6, 10 and 19. West Side Summit K-3 charter school is located at 497 Humboldt Ave., St. Paul. For more information, call 651-2004543 or visit

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West Side’s Tony Lee carves out a distinguished boxing career John E. Ahlstrom Staff Writer


ony Lee was born on December 23, 1985, the youngest of six children born to Mary and Charles Lee. As the “baby” of the family, he readily admits that he was a bit pampered, even spoiled as a youngster. “I was a Mama’s boy,” he said. “The last thing on the minds of my parents was that I would some day grow up to be a prize fighter. They wanted the best for me and, more than anything, that definitely meant keeping me out of harm’s way.” When he was four years old the family moved to a house on the corner of Cherokee Avenue and Winona Street on St. Paul’s West Side. That was 23 years ago. He still lives in the same house – his roots to the community were he resides are etched in his soul and run deep. Like so many youth who have grown up in his neighborhood, his first taste of competitive athletics came under the auspices of the West Side Booster Club. He played football, basketball and baseball. “I loved to compete and football became my first love,” he said. “When I was in seventh grade I was the starting running back for the Wolfpack.” His season came to an abrupt end, however, when he was sandwiched by two tacklers flying at him from opposite directions. The violent collision shattered his right femur, the large bone in his upper leg. It was a multiple fracture that required major surgery. Lee’s recovery was compounded when surgeons

discovered tumors on the bone. They were delicately removed and, fortunately, turned out to be benign. Nevertheless, Lee remained in a cast for nearly six months. It was at that point that he first asked his mother if he could switch his athletic allegiance to boxing. He had developed an interest in the sport as early as fourth grade because, he noted, as the youngest of six you start figuring out ways to defend yourself at a very early age. Mary was adamant in her opposition to him taking on something so “barbaric.” Lee’s leg eventually healed and he was back on the gridiron as an eighth grader. His season was again cut short when he reinjured the same leg. Lee’s participation in team sports ended the following spring when, playing baseball for the Humboldt Junior High School team, he slid into third base and injured the leg for a third time. Mary finally relented and even helped her son find a gym where he could pursue his boxing dream. Tony Lee was 14 years old when he was welcomed into the Brunette gym off of Arcade Street on St. Paul’s East Side. His new boxing home was operated by the Brunette brothers: Tommy, Brian and Al. He fell in love with the sport immediately. His first trainer was Tommy, the eldest brother. “He took to me right away,” said Lee. “He told me that I was the first amateur he had ever trained.” Tommy was in his corner when Lee, three months shy of his fifteenth birth-

day, made his boxing debut in September of 2000. It resulted in the first of 75 victories he would accumulate in a long and dazzling amateur career. It was not long before Lee’s path crossed with a gentleman who would become the most important person in his boxing career. Otis Gage, a native of South Minneapolis and a graduate of Hopkins High School, had forged a fine amateur and professional boxing career in the 1990s. He captured the Upper Midwest Golden Gloves middleweight championship three times and retired with an unblemished 12-0 record as a professional. Unfortunately, injuries to his hands brought a premature ending to his boxing career. Gage was lured back into the ring in 1999 by Tommy Brunette, who was searching for a sparring partner for another promising St. Paul fighter, Matt Vanda. “A few years later, Tommy approached me and said he had the perfect young fighter for me to work with,” said Gage. “I had no intentions of ever becoming a trainer, but I thought I owed it to Tommy to at least get to know the kid.” He immediately liked what he saw in Tony Lee. “What I learned right away was that the kid was not a ‘knucklehead’ like so many kids who walk into a boxing gym,” said Gage. “He had fast hands, lightning quick feet, and, best of all, he was serious about learning.” Gage’s first match in Lee’s corner was on February 18, 2005 at the St. Paul River Centre. The night evolved into one of the saddest

nights in Minnesota boxing history when Tommy Brunette, Lee’s first trainer, collapsed and died of a heart attack as he was walking into the arena to oversee the “Ballroom Blitz” card that he was promoting. The fights went on as scheduled because, as Gage said, “Tommy would have wanted it that way.” Clearly shaken and laden with a heavy heart, 19-year-old Tony Lee fought his way to another victory. Lee gushes when he talks about Gage. “He’s the best,” he said. “He’s a father figure, a mentor, a brother, a friend. He has done wonders with me in the ring, but he has meant even more to me in helping me grow as a person.” Gage guided Lee through an amateur career that ranks in the upper echelon of those carved by Minnesota fighters. He was the Golden Gloves Minnesota Region 2 lightweight champion for five consecutive years, 2005-09. In each of those five years, he represented Region 2 in the Upper Midwest Golden Glove Championships. He finished runner-up in 2005 and 2006, and won the title in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2007, Lee participated in a World Golden Glove event at the Grand Casino in Hinckley that featured competitors from Europe and Asia. Lee defeated boxers from Great Britain, Ireland and Puerto Rico to

‘I was a Mama’s boy,’ said Lee, shown here getting a kiss from his mother, Mary. ‘The last thing on the minds of my parents was that I would some day grow up to be a prize fighter.’ win that title. His highest finish in the National Golden Gloves was fourth place in 2007, and his highest national ranking as a lightweight during his amateur career was third. Lee fought his 86th and final amateur bout on October 15, 2009. The time had clearly arrived for the young man to turn professional.

Editor’s Note: this is the first of a three-part series on the boxing career of West Side native, Tony Lee. Part II will focus on his professional career and preparation for his Minnesota Lightweight title fight vs. Jeremy McClauren. The bout will take place on Friday, June 21, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. For ticket information, call 651-983-8003.

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N ews Briefs WSP chiropractor awarded Dr. Scott A. Mooring of Back in Balance Chiropractic Clinic in West St. Paul was recently named vice president of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association (MCA). He will serve in that role for one year and then become board president. In addition, he is chair of the MCA Sports Council and vice chair of the Legislative Committee. Mooring also received the Presidential Award at the MCA Convention in mid April. For more information, call 651-455-5264.

Food trucks return The “Lunch By The River” food truck court has resumed at Kellogg and Robert streets in Downtown St. Paul. Food and live music are offered 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Thursday through August. Vendors include A Cupcake Social, Café Racer, Home Street Home and Neato’s Burgers. Music is provided by The Herringbone Badgers, a folk group from the Twin Cities who

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DCR Chamber names new exec The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce (DCR) has named Vicki Stute as its new president. She will assume her duties on June 1. She succeeds Ruthe Batulis, who resigned in January after nine years with the chamber. “Vicki is seen as an industry pro, with an extensive chamber of commerce and association management background in Minnesota,

most recently as president of the Angel Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps adults with cancer and their families,” said DCR Chamber Board Chair Michele Engdahl. “Vicki is well-known in the Minnesota chamber community and is often looked to for her strong leadership.” Stute served as executive vice president/chief financial officer and interim president for the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce from 1997 to 2007. Under her leadership, the organization to become the largest regional chamber in Minnesota. From 1991 to 1997, she held leadership positions at the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce, including executive vice president and interim president, and from 1994 to 1996 she was president/CEO at the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce. She began her career as a staff member at the South St. Paul/Inver Grove Heights Chamber of Commerce, now called the River Heights Chamber of Commerce. Stute, a lifelong resident of Dakota County, has been

Henry Sibley Winter Guard crowned state champion On April 6, the 12-member Henry Sibley Winter Guard won the Regional A State Championship. The group performed their show “Take Flight” at the North Star Circuit Color Guard State Championships held at Osseo High School. The team includes members from Henry Sibley High School, South St. Paul High School, Friendly Hills Middle School and Heritage Middle School. It competed at seven events this year. a member of the Rotary Club International and has sat on numerous statewide boards, including the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives.

HHW collection Ramsey County’s household hazardous waste collection site at Bay West, located near the State Capitol at 5 Empire Dr., St. Paul, is open year-round. Dropoff is free for residents of

Ramsey and Dakota counties with a photo I.D. For hours of operation and more information, call the Ramsey County Recycling & Disposal Hotline at 651633-EASY (3279) or visit

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la boheme Fri., June 14, 7pm Harriet Island Target Stage, St. Paul Sat., June 15, 7:30pm Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis In appreciation for five decades of generous community support, Minnesota Opera presents free outdoor concert performances of Puccini’s La bohème as encores to its 50th anniversary season. Bring a picnic, family and friends and enjoy a relaxed summer night to remember.

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Mendakota Park include a petting zoo, pony rides, fire truck rides, inflatable jumpers, climbing wall, obstacle course, live music, magician, prizes and more. For more information, visit www.mendota-heights. com.

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by Lisa Elias, a metal artist from Minneapolis. For more information, call Ella Thayer at 651-291-7451 or Kathryn Malody at 651228-1621.

1-3 p.m., Saturday, June 22. The free event includes children’s games, bingo, face painting, a magic show at 1 p.m. and Dixieland music at 2 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call 651-220-1789 or email

Summer Fun Fest Cerenity Senior Care – Humboldt, 512 and 514 Humboldt, St. Paul, is hosting a Summer Fun Fest

The city of Mendota Club is hosting a garden Heights is holding a parks party 3-5 p.m., Saturday, celebration May 31-June 1. June 29 at the Garden of Friday events include live Good Hearts at Congress music by Fu-Ga-We Tribe and South Wabasha. The Tiny Tots and Little Tykes at Market Square Park at event commemorates the 6:30 p.m., and the start of 20th anniversary of the celebrates 40 years Happy Father’s Sun. $10 BBQ Rib Dinner Wed. $20 2 lbs. of Crab the Mendota Heights Ath- garden and will include a Tiny Tots and Little Tykes Preschool and Child Day! performance by acoustic s and Care LittleCenter Tykes celebrate 40 years with Founder, Sylvia Nelson and husband Chet Witz! letic Association in-houseWitz Mon. $9 Steak Dinner Thur. FREE Birthday Steak Night FREE Steak for Dad celebrated its 40th anniversary guitarist Paul Storms from on Father’s Day baseball tournament at with an open house on April 30. Founder Sylvia Tues. $6 Burger Night Fri. $20 Steak & Lobster with purchase of equal the West Side, free refreshMendakota Park (tournaor greater value NelsonTykes Witz and husband Chet joined theCenter celebrated their 40ments, and Little Preschool andWitz Child Care with anactivities Open House Sat. $1 an once Prime Rib ment continues through yearschildren’s celebration. Tiny Tots and Little Tykes, which has St. Paul City Councilth Sunday). On Saturday, a andParent West St. Paul earned highest Parent Aware rating from the day, April 30the ! They are NECPA accredited and have earned the highest Aware man David Thune and rating for5K run/walk begins at 9 National Early Childhood Program Accreditation, So. Smith Ave. & Hwy. 13 mer St. Paul Mayor George a.m. at Market Square Park. located ensuring the highest qualityAve. in early childcare The center at 1200 Oakdale is located at 1200 Oakdale in West St. Paul. education. 651-457-2729 Latimer. The garden feaPre-registration is $20; $25 tures new sidewalk bench Make Your Reservations Today n West St. Paul is committed to serving this community many years toa come. on race day.for Other events and a bike rack designed able at www.facebook. held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at

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Redetzke named new principal at Henry Sibley High School


yan Redetzke has been named new head principal at Henry Sibley High School, effective July 1. He most recently served as the assistant principal at Faribault High School in Faribault, Minn. “We are delighted to welcome Mr. Redetzke to our district,” said ISD 197 Superintendent Nancy AllenMastro in a prepared statement. “The principal search committee felt his interpersonal skills, commitment to equity and excellence, and

strong working knowledge of effective schools made him the ideal fit for Henry Sibley. I am confident he will be a highly effective administrator who will lead Sibley well into the future.” From 2005 to 2011 Redetzke served as an assistant principal at the middle and high school levels in Elkhorn Public Schools in Wisconsin. Throughout his career he has chaired and led school- and districtwide collaborative planning teams to work on topics


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Ryan Redetzke development and has completed coursework toward a doctorate of philosophy. He started his educational career as a teacher and taught Spanish, social studies and Spanish immersion for eight years in St. Paul public schools. Redetzke succeeds Dr. Robin Percival, who re-

signed abruptly as principal, effective January 28. Neither she nor Independent School District 197 officials offered details on her sudden departure. According to ISD 197 spokesperson Carrie Hilger, the district received and investigated a complaint against Percival but no disciplinary

action was taken. Percival, who was principal for five years, received $64,590 under a separation agreement, an amount equal to her salary and benefits for the remainder of the school year. Associate Principal Tom Orth served as interim head principal for the remainder of the school year.




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congratulates its 2013 graduates. HIGH ACADEMIC HONORS GRADUATES (3.75 GPA or higher) Travis Cochise Ahlgren Zachary Lew Anderson Haley Marie Anger Carrie M. Arcand Ryan Scott Bendel Chelsey Monique Bergman Jon T. Bjork Tina Blunt Matthew A. Borucki David J. Brekke Kim Marie Brinkoetter Andrew Vernon Bronson Kinsey K. Brown Katie Lynn Burdash Brenda L. Campbell Laura Capuana Erin Marie Carlson Kristen Carter Carra Amy Chambers Krista Ann Cole Linda Elvebak Collins Stephanie Ann Dahl Kelly Lyn DeCosse Amy Lynn DeMaio Nicholas John Eckstrom Jeffrey Keith Eilbert Dylan M. Fellows

Keith Lee Johnson Tegan Sheree Johnson Paula Nunes Dias Kanne Amy S. Koch Kirstin Emily Krovchuk Craig William Kuhn David C. Kujala Megan Lang Gabrielle Lashay Larson Pakou Lee Sarah Miley Lee Luke Richard Leipzig Liza Marie Litke Deborah Ann Lyon Susan M. Macri Rochelle L. Malecek Emily Mashuga Danielle Joy Matykiewicz Nathan James Miller Zachery W. Moe Monique Suzanne Moison Brian David Nagel Jon J. Nelson John M. Noonan Dylan Charles O’Brien Leeann E. Oney Julie Oostra

Wendy Mary Flanigan Mark Gerald Frascone Kristen Marie Fraser Darin Michael Fuchs Jody L. Gabbert Nicole J. Gahnz Sarah A. Garrison Emily Gilboe Nathan Mark Golenzer Teresa Baldo Ground Sharon Rose Hall Leon J. Hammer Madena D. Hanson Paul James Hanzlik Heather K. Harrell Zachary Allen Hart Kelly Rae Hazard David Curtis Hill Leah Kae Hill Jennie May Hodgeman Angela Joan Hoernemann Jenna Rose Holtorf Lena A. Idris Rukia Abdinur Isaq Paul M. Jarosch Angelique Kristine Jespersen Cassandra Leigh Johnson

Stephanie Pesta Laurie Lynn Pikala Dawn Jeanette Raymond Megan Z. Richardson Molly Margaret Robertson Kristina Marie Salmon Megan M. Schlichting Kathryn Dorothy Shanahan Janelle Germain Shugart Steven Simones Kristine Stevens Andre L. Stockling Colleen Marie Thomas Kristine Marie Thorson Kei Noel Tilander Jennifer Lynn Trempe Beth Dianne Underwood Alicia Ann Vincent Georgia R. Ward Stephanie Dawn Ward Susan Mary Wied Carla Jean Wiegmann Maria Adeline Wiltscheck Angela Marie Zaun

PHI THETA KAPPA NATIONAL HONORS SOCIETY MEMBERS (3.5 GPA or higher) Hiedi L. Allen Brian Matthew Aller Yewande B. Aluko Zachary Lew Anderson Michelle S. Andrew Haley Marie Anger Mercy Ifeoma Aririsukwu Amanda Armenteros Kassandra A. Baker Lisa L. Bauer Chelsey Monique Bergman Jon T. Bjork David J. Brekke David Robert Brooks Laura Elizabeth Burgard Bryan A. Carlson Erin Marie Carlson Katy Anne Carpenter Kristen Carter Carra Darrell Paul Caturia Amy Chambers Pannchna Z. Chao Jacob Thomas Cison John A. Cocchiarella Carolina Contreras Jeanine M. Cormican Clayton Lee Cox Albert Joseph Crowther Stephanie Ann Dahl Dennis Lamott Danforth Kelly Lyn DeCosse Amy Lynn DeMaio Nancy J. De Roy Lindsey L. Didion Karen Elizabeth Dray Elizabeth Helen D’Valle Nicholas John Eckstrom

Jamie Rae Fischbach Wendy Mary Flanigan Craig Joseph Folven Mark Gerald Frascone Mark Stephen Fredell Kathleen Jean Freese Gabrielle Olivia Frenstad Michelle Elisabeth Frenstad-Reid Darin Michael Fuchs Jody L. Gabbert Nicole J. Gahnz Sarah A. Garrison Emily Gilboe Joseph D. Gjendahl Nathan Mark Golenzer Gina M. Graham Nicholas Antonio Graziano Teresa Baldo Ground Benjamin Leander Guindon Jocelyn Jean Hanson Andrew J. Hayes Kelly Rae Hazard Jennie May Hodgeman Megan Marie Ince Rukia Abdinur Isaq Angelique Kristine Jespersen Michelle Suzanne Johnsen Alaina Maria Johnson Barrett Arthur Johnson Cassandra Leigh Johnson Tegan Sheree Johnson Paula Nunes Dias Kanne Brett Anthony Kaufhold Amy S. Koch Matthew Raymond Koenders Garret Gordon Kornovich Kirstin Emily Krovchuk

Lisa Anne Kruse Megan Lang Chad David Larsen Pakou Lee Panhia Lee Sarah Miley Lee Robert Ryan Lien Deborah Ann Lyon Keri Jean Marsh Emily Mashuga Stenee Antionette Matta Lisa Marie McBride Starr C. McMillen Ryan Merriman Monique Suzanne Moison Xue Moua Michelle McOmie Munger Timothy Charles Murry Brian David Nagel Stacey Anne Nazarian Debbie Heather Nelson John M. Noonan Julie Normandeau Dylan Charles O’Brien Brittney Marie Olson Nicole L. Paggen Wah Lwae Paw Emmaculate Akuchu Payne Jodi L. Peltier Kimberly J. Perron Marissa N. Peterson Tashina Corynne Picard Laurie Lynn Pikala Christopher Alex Plount Brandon Scott Poor Tiffany Nikkole Puderbaugh Megan Z. Richardson

Molly Margaret Robertson Matthew Mark Rognerud Deanna Lynn Rothbauer Lindsy M. Rugg Kristine Mellisa Sands Derrik A. Savig Megan M. Schlichting Caitlin C. Schlussler Stephanie Joanne Schumacher Kathryn Dorothy Shanahan Janelle Germain Shugart Steven Simones Ryan M. Skeens Daniel T. Steihl Andre L. Stockling Riley J. Swanson Gina K. Taack Colleen Marie Thomas Erin Lee Thompson Maximilian John Thooft Kristine Marie Thorson Kei Noel Tilander Beth Dianne Underwood Charity Rose Unruh Katrina Van Bogart Alicia Ann Vincent Chase Alexander Wackerfuss Georgia R. Ward Susan Mary Wied Rochelle Leslie Williams Maria Adeline Wiltscheck Habtamu Fikru Woldea Donald Edward Wozniak Fancy Aishwarya Xiong Jacob Linne Youngmark Angela Marie Zaun

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cong Fathi Hashim Abdi Fatumo Adan Abdi Maggie Elise Aboukhalil Hasan Abdulaziz Abshir Angela L. Adams Diana Elizabeth Ahnemann Victoria Christine Ahrenholz Amin Mohamed Ali Sarah Jane Allison Lori L. Althaus Jessica Lynn Andersen Cheyenne Joan Anderson Christopher Earl Anderson Daniel L. Anderson Janice V. Anderson Joshua Jerald Anderson Michelle Lee Anderson Sandra G. Anderson Tiffany M. Anderson Jeffrey John Andrews Kristina Michele Garcia Andrews Zeru Tekleab Andu Meghan J. Anfinson Kristin Michelle Armstrong Lisa Armstrong Ayisha A. Arnold Alexandra J. Arp Nicholas Louis Arrigoni Allison M. Arthur Frank Robert Ashton Morgan Marie Auge Brandon Paul Avenson Kareem M. Azzazi David A. Backer Jason Ernest Backley Natalie Marie Baker Chris Joseph Bakke Kimberly A. Barber Jason Christopher Barnes Jeffrey Scott Barraclough Emily Ashley Barron Serguei A. Barylo Matthew David Bearth Kathryn Ann Becker Luis Fernando Beltran Courtney Benbo Sean Michael Bencker Katarzyna A. Benedict Cari Christine Benham Arturo Ernesto Benites Delrae A. Benson Raquel Marie Berc Diane R. Berdan Erik Carroll-Kenneth Berger Daniel David Bernardy II Paul Harold Bernardy Rene Catherine Berube Sarah Beth Berwald John R. Bessermin Chris Shawn Bezdicek Javlant Kumar A. Bhakta Lauren Hope Bielke Angela K. Biermeier Aaron J. Binman James Willis Black Donald James Bliss Jr. Joshua T. Boe Erin Kathleen Bollig Nicholas James Boon Marcia Borchardt Kelsey Ann Bosman Audrey Louise Bottolfson Matthew Carlos Botz Derek Louis Boykin Michele Jean Brain Abby Reagan Brang Alexandra Rose Brelje Erin Joyce Broton

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Justin John Brown Joshua Michael Brunsgaard Lordina S. Buabeng Daniel Paul Buckentin Maxwell Thomas Buechele Quyen Do Bui Bambi Anne Bungert Emily Jean Byrne Rebecca Capra Samantha J. Carlberg Stefan Henry Carlson Diane Carpenter Stephanie Noreen Carroll Heidi J. Carstensen Carrie L. Casland Saul Castillo Sarah Anne Castrejon Aeria Celeste Castro Alyson Marie Brown Adam Anthony Chapeau Alyssa Renee Charpentier Betzabel Edith Chavez Carly Mae Chell Amanda Kay Chose Jake Sheridan Christenson Mary Christianson Suet Yee Chu Jamie N. Cleven Briana Marie Clifford Ian Graham Constable Debra Sue Courneya Norman Gregory Cox Laura C. Cruz Leah Rose Dachel Qarash Abdirahman Dahir Justin Ryan Dahl Maryellen Danaher Charles Chung Daoheuang Andrew Francis Davis Shi Katrena Davis Alex Dean Joseph Peter DeBoer Amber Marie DeMars Justin W. DeNet Sean Michael Derwin Lisa M. Detomaso William Joseph Devorak Tracie A. Dewall Daniel Louis Dewey Sandra D. Diestler Zachary Matthew Dinzeo-Schluessler Alyssa Anne Dittmer Anne Marie Divinski Tace Mychael Doffing Abigail Dominguez Amanda Domm Jonathan Gabriel Dorn Allison Lynn Dorothy April Elizabeth Drakes Bethany Lynn Duffey Melissa Lynn Dundon Sara Elizabeth Durst Robin Dusterhoft Jeffrey Dyer Kevin M. Dyer Neal Brandon Eckman Cassandra Leigh Ehly Brian Bartholomew Emerson Adam L. Enberg Sara Marie Engelstad Luke Anders Erickson Jaclyn A. Erie Jamie Ruth Eschbach Alicia Grace Estabrook Karena Evans Bridget Jean Evenson Matthew D. Fahrendorf Jake Fasching

Amanda M. Felion Ashley Taylor Fenton Cameron Carl Fenton Cheryl Ann Feriancek Charles Francis Finn Karly Grace Fischer Paul D. Fischer Lisa A. Fleck Maxwell M. Fletcher Natasha Lynn Flicek-Asher Cindy Katherine Flodeen Rachel Ann Fogle Ferdinand Fondo Christopher L. Fox Elaine D. Frandrup Emily L. Frederickson Shawna Marie Freese Jeffrey Edward Frenette Lisa Mae Frydenlund Jennifer Lynn Garrett Dale Charles Garsteig Lehleih Yonlynian Garyu Eskindir M. Gebremichael Patrice Marie Gellerman Habtamu Dale Gemeda Louise Mary Gerbig Donna Marie H. Gergen Melinda Marie Gerold Morgan B.Gerrety Mathew Raymond Getter Aram Ghomi William Rogers Gilbertson Lawanda Jean Gildon Francine L. Goetsch Christian Gonzalez Mona Lisa Gonzalez Dillon Nicholas Goolsby John William Gordon Christine Elizabeth Gore Meghan Elizabeth Gowan Huss Derick C. Granberry Deborah L. Grant Tyler W. Gray Brandy Marie Green Sara J. Greenwalt Stephanie M. Grill Jonathan Matthew Grimes Tyler Remington Groenjes Vanessa Cheryl Groninger Jessica L. Grosslein Jennifer Lee Guerrero Kyla L. Gunderson Gary Michael Gutzman Jay Mathew Hahn Levi T. Halbert Benjamin Russel Hallgren Shane M. Hallow Christine Marie Halverson Val R. Hamlin Mary WanjiruMwaura Hampton David John Hanft Stacia M. Hansen Blake D. Hanson Heather Anne Hanson Lila May Hanzel David William Hanzlik Matthew Thomas Harrity Shaye Dashell Haselhorst Kasey Mae Hauck Matthew Andrew Hedrick Rachel Marie Heeren Brent James Heitzinger Stephanie J. Hendricks Angela Robbin Hennum Fuam Vaam Her Zachery Michael Herber Curtis Duane Hermanson Ivonne Hernandez

Michael T. Herndon George A. Hess Katie Lynn Hestness Scott T. Heule Jacob Jeffry Lee Heutmaker Briana Marie Hicke Matthew E Hill Margo Marie Hollen Nina Marie Hollman Brittnee Raquel Holman Paul Andrew Holmes Robert Shane Holmes Daniel J. Holter Sean Richard Hoole Susan Kay Hoppe Nancy Ann Horan Ryan Patrick Horton Alison Lynn Hosterman Richard John Hreha Shwe Ehein Si Than Htut April Rose Huber Brittany Ann Huderle Derek Thomas Hullett Alex Telangate Hulute Carol L. Huppert Ashley Ann Hurley Barni Abdurahman Hussein Nasro Bashir Hussein Thuan H. Huynh Christina Ibarra Osman Abdullahi Ibrahim Fartun Mohamed Idris Fatuma Abdinur Isaq Kellie Lynn Jackson Susan Ranae Jackson Suad Bashir Jama Amanda M. Janke Jenny Lee Jannett Kristina Ann Janu Shauna Jelen Kate M. Jelinek Jennifer A. Jensen Jeremy A. Jensen Jae Woo Jeong Crystal Charmagne Johnson Ellen Marie Johnson Jacob Robert Johnson Kimberly Renee Johnson Mara Johnson Sara E. Johnson Tia Renee Johnson Lynette Jones Christopher Thomas Junko Melissa Marjorie Jurovich Chris Clayton Kaldenberg Molly Ann Kalton Jonathan William Kamrud Shelly Ann Kangas Steven Robert Kaphing Erin Elizabeth Karan Kristen Marie Karnick Nichole M. Kauffman Kathleen A. Keene Patrick J. Kelly Benjamin Raymond Kempe Dagerwoh Kennedy Lydia Kiemele Shane Edward Kinney Douglas Aaron Klos Matthew Klugherz Caleb Ronald Kocher Patricia Leona Kontz Mary E. Koonce Natalie T. Koop Ryan D. Kovacs Stacy Lynn Krech Alexandra L. Kruzeski Austen J. Kruzeski

gratulates its 2013 graduates. Stephanie Dawn Kuhlman Hieu Ngoc La Jeffery A. Lacey Josephine A. LaChapelle Jonathon M. Lanegran Jessica Eve Lang Alejandro Lara Andrew John Larson Bradi Larson Nicholas George Larson Tiffany Marie Larson Veronica Hope Larson Brandon Laurencot Kimberly Grace Lawrence Samantha M. Leathart Blia Lee Jeremy R. Lee Jennifer Nicole Lemmons Jillian Marie Lepine Amanda Anne Leroux Elliott Brewer Lesser Erica Stephanie Lind Josie Marie Linder Joseph Glenn Link Daniel John Linn David C. Litke Jacob Michael Littfin Chad Henry Lockwood Sandra L. Loewen Kaleigh A. Loiselle Roxanne M. Lopez Chantel Marie Loring-Folden Kari Ann Lubbers Taya C. Luke Tara Lynn Lunde Amber Rose MacKenzie Mary Mackey Kyle J. Madison Elisabeth M. Malovrh Robert M. Mancini Julia Marie Mancuso Pauline Mireille Mang Karen C. Marberry Taryn Lanae Marcks Oscar Aganan Marfori Susanna R. Martin Christine Marie Martinek Diego Grady Martinez Jason Christopher Marx Sherine Mustafa Mashni Colleen Mc-Cann-Berg Lindsay Danielle McCoy Gracia Marie McCutcheon Crystal Ann McDonnell Daniel McGee Daniel Patrick McGrath Cassandra Mae McKinley Laurie Beth McReynolds Cory J. Meyer Elizabeth Mae Meyer Harrison Patrick Meyer Cody Mitchell Meyers Jocelyn A. Mikutowski Jonathan Daniel Miller Katherine Gray Mitchell Renee Lynn Moes Ayan Osman Mohamud Laural Nene Afogi Mokonchu Nathan D. Moldenhauer Claire C. Molepske Stephanie Ann Montpetit Sherri Ann Morgan Tina Marie Morgan Tristan C. Moritz Justin Thomas Morrison Mark Gregory Morrison Ihsaan Motala Dennis H. Mua

Anya Maria Mueller Ruth Syokau Mule Shugri Mohamed Mumin Lynn Louise Munch Marcus M. Munson Tamara Anne Murphy Danielle L. Mussetter Beverly Mwangi Willy L. Mzenga Shari J. Nagy Megan Ann Narey Billie Jo Navarre Ashley J. Neal Aarfon John Nelson Diane Marie Nelson Robert M. Nelson Elizabeth A. Ness Lea Ann Neumann Meghan Rene Neville Musa K. Ngantu Chi L. Nguyen Thanh Tammy Ngoc Nguyen Patrick Nieszner Carolyn E. Nitz Patrick Charles Nordeen Carmen Marie Nordlund Robert J. Novak Tristan Novine Amy L. Nowack Amber Marie Nutzman Rebecca Nyame Ryan P. O’Brien Matthew A. Obermueller Danielle Crystal O’Hara Jonathan Gleen Olesen Johannes Gerrit Olivier Jacob P. Olson Katherine A. Olson Nicholas Dean Olson Travis James Olson Josphat N. Omari Marretta K. Osthus Casondra Jean Otte Russel Tyler Otzenberger Michael S. Oyewole Myra Iris Pagan Troy L. Palmen George C. Panek Graham D. Parenteau Kellie M. Payne Mark Scott Payne Tabitha Payne Nicole Elizabeth Pelzl Nicole Marie Perron Shawn Michael Peters Michelle Illene Peterschick Jessica A. Peterson Ellen Elizabeth Petricka Sara Marie Pfeffer Hannah Pick Tracey A. Piper Emma Renee Plante Corey D. Ploss Kelcy Marie Pollok Hannah Lee Ponce Christopher Poole Deborah G. Poole Michael Lee Porrez Heidi M. Porter Michelle Katherine Porter Andrew Scott Powell Marsden Donald Powell Mark N. Preston Dawan Lester Propps Denise Pryor Dustin Thomas Purpur Elizabeth Anne Quast Linda D. Quimby

Emily R. Quinn Katherine E. Quinn Weston Jared Raberge Joshua Alan Radmanovich Devon Elizabeth Radtke Hillary Jean Raffin Jennifer Marie Rapacz Calvin A. Rausch Amy Deborah Reineke Larry Robert Rembleski Jr. Megan D. Resler Marco Joseph Reyes Alexandra Nicole Richardson John Bond Rikess Anthony Jon Rodin Tammy Joanne Rogers Amber M. Rohlf Christine Perrin Rohr Cheryl Lynn Romaszewski Natasha Rae Rosario Wylie Robert Charles Rose Joseph Randall Rosett Linda A. Ross Nicole Lynn Rossi Raymond Rozales Amy Ilisa Rush Rachel Renee Ryan Shelby J. Sabatke Gino Sales Charles Joseph Sam Chanel S. Samur Luiz E. Sanchez Carolyn D. Sandborg Vanessa Sapp Androw Medhat Sawiris Kaitlan Grace Sheidegger Michael James Schlies Kari Ann Schlosser Lauren E. Schmidt Lindsay Jo Schmidt Kristen Mae Schmit Christopher P. Schmitz Katie E. Scholz Valerie Joy Schultz Dana Marie Schwemmer Alicia Sell Erik A. Senst Ramez Raouf Shafik Molly Marie Shatek Jon R. Shaw Anthony Edward Shimek Alanna R. Shirley Rebecca Leigh Sieg Garrin Douglas Silbernagel Sydney Silk Ashtyn E. Silva Ashley Marie Simonson Delaney Rae Skaar Danielle S. Skogerboe John Daniel Smetana Jamie Michelle Sveda Smith Leslie D. Smith Thomas Peter Soderholm Kathryn Rose Soika Samantha Jo Sokoll Jessica Marie Soucek Nutthar Souvannachack Logan M. Spader Denesha Leanna Sparks Inga J. Sparr Cory R. Spiegel Caprina Christine Stenson Kyle James Stevens Kimberly Jean Stier Rachel Ann Stiff Kaitlyn Anne Stockton Nathan James Stombaugh Matthew Jack Stone

Samantha Ida Styles Paige E. Sullivan Benjamin David Swanson Patrick Steven Swenson Don Cortez Swingler Sarah Rose Swisher David Talley Amanda M. Taylor Meghan Lynn Taylor Kate Lynn Tchida Joseph Paul Temeyer Chao Thao Dang Thao John Edward Thieman Victor Oudom Thipavong Chelsea Ann Thompson Jeremy Edward Thompson Landon Paul Thompson Stacey Ann Toney Trang Thuy Tran Mark B. Traynor Karen Marie Tremmel Alicia Marie Triviski Patricia A. Troendle Christine Elaine Turner Brittany Rasha Tyus Valerie Ubl Danielle Marie Uliano Rachel Ann Urban Alison Valentine Jamie L. VanBurkleo Carle Jo Vanderhule Meng Vang Betzabeth Vega Heather M. Velazquez Camacho Christopher C. Villella Ashley L. Volkenant Theresa L VonEschen Cher Ramen Vue Derek L’Heureux Waegener Marissa Rose Wait Jennifer Waits Nathan Mattens Waldof Heather Elizabeth Walsh Gabrielle Madison Walters Zainab Hussein Warfa Abdifatah Yusuf Warsame Ikran Mohamed Warsame Donald Thomas Weber Mary T. Weidner Michael T. Weigt Rei Gabriel Weikleenget Forrest Frank Welch Tia Ann Weseloh Latonya A. Weston Robert J. Whaley Katie Lee Whipple Dana C. White Ashley Nicole Wicklund Sandra L. Wicklund Chelsea Wiger Jessica Ann Williams Charlie J. Wilwert Maurine Bonkiyoy Wirkim Michael V. Wolfe Josh B. Wood Sarah Elizabeth Wood Kathleen Elizabeth Woolley Dana Dee Wozny Wijit Xiong Ge Yang Linda Yang Mana Nouna Yang Jean-Paul Charles Yohannes Justin Daniel York Amanda Joy Zenner Crystal Zheng Caixia Zhou Robert Thomas Zuzek

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Last year’s Inver Hills Community College students transferred to the following 4-year colleges and universities Colleges and Universities Alabama

University of Alabama


University of Phoenix


Ashford University University of San Francisco


University of Colorado Boulder


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Nova Southeastern University Southeastern University St. Petersburg College


Columbia College Chicago DePaul University


ITT Technical Institute


Iowa State University University of Northern Iowa


Pittsburg State University Sterling College


University of New England

Number of Students Public




Private Private

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Private Private Private Public

1 1 1 1

Private Private

2 1



Public Public

7 1

Public Private

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University of Maryland - University College


Baker College Michigan Technological University Northern Michigan University


Argosy University

Augsburg College Bemidji State University Bethel University Capella University College of St. Scholastica Concordia College Concordia University, St. Paul Dunwoody College of Technology Globe University Gustavus Adolphus College Hamline University Herzing University Metropolitan State University Minnesota School of Business Minnesota State University - Mankato Minnesota State University - Moorhead North Central University Northwestern College Northwestern Health Sciences University Rasmussen College Regency Beauty Institute Rasmussen College Regency Beauty Institute Saint John’s University Saint Mary’s University Southwest Minnesota State University St. Catherine University St. Cloud State University St. Olaf College University of Minnesota - Crookston



Private Public Public

1 1 1

Private Private Public Private Private Private Private Private Private Private Private Private Private Public Private Public Public Private Private Private Private Private Private Private Private Private Public Private Public Private Public


11 14 3 2 16 1 22 2 5 1 16 3 175 6 31 4 1 5 3 23 4 23 4 1 49 2 46 15 1 1


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Colleges and Universities Minnesota (cont.)

University of Minnesota - Duluth University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of St. Thomas Winona State University


Columbia College


Union College


College of Southern Nevada Nevada State College

New Jersey

Thomas Edison State College

New York

Excelsior College Pace University

North Carolina

Fayetteville State University

North Dakota

North Dakota State University University of North Dakota


Franklin University


University of Oklahoma

South Dakota

Black Hills State University Presentation College South Dakota State University


University of Texas Arlington Wayland Baptist University - External Campus


Liberty University

West Virginia

Wheeling Jesuit University


Cardinal Stritch University Marquette University University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire University of Wisconsin - Green Bay University of Wisconsin - La Crosse University of Wisconsin - Madison University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee University of Wisconsin - Online University of Wisconsin - River Falls University of Wisconsin - Stout University of Wisconsin - Superior


Number of Students Public Public Private Public

15 107 18 17





Public Public

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Private Private

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Public Public

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Public Private Public

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Private Private Public Public Public Public Public Public Public Public Public

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{ THE FULLER FILES } Mears Park flowers About 44 small flower plots in Mears Park will be tended by volunteer gardeners this summer, according to Karen Brennan, volunteer coordinator for Friends of Mears Park. Gardeners can purchase their own plants or receive them from the city of St. Paul or Minnesota Green. The lots are located next to the diagonal sidewalks in the park.

Almanac submissions Writers interested in submitting an article for the 2015 edition of the St. Paul Almanac should begin looking for subject matter, according to Kimberly Nightingale, director. She said writers are urged to submit a 700-word article that reveals a personal viewpoint of a unique situation in St. Paul. Deadline is December 15. A group of 25 community editors will make the choices. Submissions are accepted at stories@saintpaulalmanac. org or may be mailed to Suite 701, 275 E. 4th St., St. Paul, MN 55101. The 2014 edition will be published in September.

completed the second year of a partnership that allows Inver Hills students seeking a two-year associate of arts degree to take classes at St. Scholastica, and St. Scholastica students in its four-year bachelor’s degree program to enroll in courses at Inver Hills. This year about 20 social work students from St. Scholastica and several business students from Inver Hills took part in the program. St. Scholastica is located on the first floor of the St. Paul Athletic Club, 340 Cedar St., St. Paul.

downtown news by Roger Fuller

of the Northern Sparks all night music festival.

Library events Books and Bars will feature a discussion on “Dog Stars” by Peter Heller at 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, June 18 at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall, Sixth and Wabasha. The Library Sidewalk Café will present a program of French gypsy jazz from the 1930s at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 16 at the Central Library, featuring guitarist Reynold Philipsek, violinist Gary Schulte and Jeff

Bruske on bass. The History Book Club will discuss “Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War” by Nathaniel Philbrick at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 27 at the Central Library.

Music in parks St. Paul Parks and Recreation is hosting Music in the Parks at noon on Mondays at Rice Park and Tuesdays at Mears Park. The Rice Park schedule features Adam Meckler Orchestra on June 3, Nancy Olson Folk on

June 10, Fairlanes on June 17 and Parisota Hot Club on June 24. Mears Park will feature Parisota Hot Club on June 4, Night Light on June 11, Rich Lewis Band on June 18 and Ageless and Charlie and the Good Times on June 25. The Music in Mears series, which features concerts on Thursday evenings throughout the summer, begins June 6. The series will present a special program on June 27 to help kick off the Twin Cities Jazz festival, held June 28-29 at Mears Park.

Minnesota Sinfonia Minnesota Sinfonia will feature violinist Julia Persitz at its summer concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 20 at Phalen Park. She will perform the Violin Concerto in E Major by Bach. Sinfonia will also perform a symphony by Luigi Cherubuni. In case of rain, the concert will be held at Arlington Hills Lutheran Church, 1115 Greenbrier.

Art Crawl draws large crowd The St. Paul Art Crawl had nearly 30 thousand individual visits at participating buildings in April. Andre Stephani, head of the St. Paul Art Collective, said attendance was much greater than last October, when the Art Crawl operated for the first time without an executive director. He attributed the increase to good weather, more advertising, and a management style that better utilized volunteers. Volunteers are necessary because many groups that supported the Art Crawl in the past have cut their funding support due to the economy.

Bird walk at nature sanctuary City Passport Lower Phalen Creek Proj- events


Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care Apartments

ect is hosting a guided bird 651-454-6853 City Passport senior citiwalk 7:30-9 p.m., Friday, zen center, located on the June 7 at the Bruce Vento mezzanine level of the AlNature Sanctuary near liance Bank Center, 55 E. LILYDALE 949is Sibley Memorial Hwy, Lilydale, MN 55118 • Lowertown. LowerSENIOR Phalen LIVING Fifth St., hosting the folCreek Project, which ar- lowing activities in June: ranges programs for the happy birthday party, 2 sanctuary, now has an in- p.m., Monday, June 10; terim director, Dan McGui- movies, 1 p.m. Thursday, ness. Sarah Clark recently June 13; medical insurresigned after serving for 16 ance information, 10 a.m., years as director. Thursday, June 20; writers group, 10 a.m., Friday, June St. Paul Prep 21; current events discussion, 11 a.m., Friday, June graduation 21; ice cream float social, St. Paul Preparatory 2 p.m., Friday, June 28; School will hold its comcoupon clipping, 1 p.m. mencement ceremony at on Mondays; acupuncture, 6 p.m., Monday, June 10 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays; Simat O’Shaughnessy Auditoply Good Eating, 10 a.m., Independent, rium at the University of St. Wednesday, June 12 and Thomas. The school, which Assisted Living and 26; blood pressure checks, is located at Cray Plaza in 9:30 a.m. on Fridays. Lowertown, has about 200 Memory Care students in grades 9-12 Apartments COMING SOON: from more than 25 coun- Zeitgeist Independent, Assisted Living and concert tries. Zeitgeist will present 651-454-6853 Memory Care Apartments College Flux, featuring music from the 1960s, 11 p.m. to 1 partnership 651-454-6853 a.m., Saturday, June 8 at a success Studio Z, 275 E. Fourth The College of St. Scho- St. Other events will be feaLILYDALE SENIOR LIVING 949 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Lilydale, MN 55118 • lastica and Inver Hills tured until 6 a.m. as part Community College have St. Paul Voice - June 2013 - Page 15




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On the Town Artists’ Quarter

408 St. Peter St., St. Paul 651-292-1359

join the Pirate Piggies’ crew as they set sail, and search for baby animals in the Rainforest Maze.

The Artists’ Quarter offers live entertainment throughout the month, including jazz bands and poetry nights.

Tickets are $9.50. Explore the museum free of charge 9 a.m.-5 p.m. the third Sunday of each month.

Children’s Museum

Fitzgerald Theatre

10 W. Seventh St. St. Paul 651-225-6000

“Dora and Diego” is presented through September 22. Children and families are invited to the enchanting world of Dora the Explorer, her animal-rescuing cousin Diego, and their friends Boots and Baby Jaguar. Participants may explore Isa’s Flowery Garden, help Tico gather nuts,

10 E. Exchange St. St. Paul 651-290-1200 http://fitzgeraldtheater.

Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 19. This 11-piece ensemble is led by husband-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. The band is touring in advance of the release of their second studio album, slated for release in late sum-

mer. Their debut album, Revelator, was praised as a 4-star masterpiece by Rolling Stone and won a Grammy for Best Blues Album of the Year. Tickets are $59-$75.

History Center 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul 651-259-3000

“Minnesota and the Civil War” is presented through September 8. The intense divide between North and South in the 1850s turned to war in 1861, and Minnesotans were the first in the Union to respond to the call. Discover the people who mourned, made sacrifices and weighed every possibility and outcome of the tragic war.

“Then Now Wow” This exhibit highlights Minnesota’s history in the prairies, forests and cities. Visitors will encounter multi-media exhibits, artifacts and images unique to Minnesota’s diverse population and historic events. Ongoing exhibits include “The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862,” “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, The War, The Boom,” “Grainland,” “Open House: If These Walls Could Talk” and “Weather Permitting.” Museum tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and college students, and $6 for children ages 6-17. The center offers free admission on Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m.

Landmark Center

75 W. 5th St., St. Paul 651-292-3225

“The Star Keeper” is presented at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., June 1-2 in the F.K.Weyerhaeuser Auditorium. As he is lighting up the evening sky, Pierrot accidentally

Image courtesy of the National Institute of Culture and History

‘Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed’

This jade mosaic mask is one of more than 250 artifacts featured in the Science Museum of Minnesota’s upcoming “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” exhibit. Mosaic masks are spectacular and relatively uncommon artifacts found in the tombs of kings. dislodges a star from above. Luckily, an endearing worm named Pretzel comes to the fallen

star’s rescue and together they set off on a series of fantastical adventures while trying to return

Along with some 300,000 other unique individuals.

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S ample St. Paul the star to its home. On their journey, they must climb a spider’s thread, cross the dormitory of dreams, dive into the ocean depths in pursuit of a pearl fish and resist the bewitching charms of the bubble tamer. Music in the Cafe - Local musicians will perform free one-hour concerts at noon each Wednesday in June in the Musser Cortile. Great River Tour - A narrated tour is offered at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 12. It will provide information on St. Paul’s history, its relationship with the Mississippi River and surrounding landmarks. Tours depart from the Upper Landing Park at Shepard Road and Chestnut Street. Reservations are required. Call 651292-3276. The Ordway Summer Dance series is offered at 5:30 p.m., June 13, 20 and 27 at Landmark Plaza. Professional dancers will provide free instruction starting at 6 p.m. Dancing and live music begins at 7:15 p.m. The

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Pip Jazz Sundays Guitarist, composer and vocalist John Penny will perform at 4 p.m., Sunday, June 9. The event is hosted by singer Pippi Ardennia. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For more information, visit www.pipjazz. com.

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Cabaret Night with Rose Ensemble - The Rose Ensemble, featuring special guest Dan Chouinard, will perform at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 20 in the Musser Cortile. Tickets are $25$45. This fundraising event features an eclectic mix of pop, jazz, and classical numbers and a silent auction.

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{ VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES } Neighborhood House in St. Paul is looking for volunteers to assist in the food shelf, with tutoring, youth services and other areas. For more information, contact Anders at 651-789-2524 or Neighbors, Inc., a social service agency serving Northern Dakota County, has a number of volunteer opportunities to assist local residents, including work with the food shelf and thrift store. For more information, contact David at 651-3062145 or at DARTS, a nonprofit organization in West St. Paul, has several volunteer opportunities to assist families and individuals with transportation and in-home services. For more information, call 651455-1560 or visit Guild Incorporated, a social service agency based on the West Side that serves people with mental illness, has a number of volunteer opportunities, including drivers, phone buddies and help with administrative tasks. For more information, contact 651-925-8456 or volunteer@ St. Paul Senior Chore Service is looking for senior clients age 60 and over, as well as volunteers to help these clients with basic home and outdoor projects. For more information, call 651-6495984.

Ramsey County Community Human Services has volunteer opportunities for people age 16 and older. For more information, contact 651-266-4090 or Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for men, especially Latinos, to mentor boys ages 7-12 in St. Paul. Volunteers are asked to commit just a few hours a month. To volunteer, call Jean Setley at 651-789-2479 or visit Cerenity Senior Care–Humboldt is seeking volunteers to transport residents to activities. It also needs Spanish-speaking volunteers to assist with one-onone visits. Volunteers may work weekly, monthly or at a special event. Located on the West Side, the Cerenity Residence at 514 Humboldt provides assisted living, memory care and transitional care, and the Cerenity Care Center at 512 Humboldt provides nursing care. To volunteer, contact 651-220-1789 or or Minnesota Literacy Council is seeking people to teach, tutor or assist in a classroom 2-3 hours per week to help adults reach their educational goals. Training and support are provided. For more information, contact Allison at 651-251-9110, or

St. Paul Public Schools needs people to tutor elementary students in reading and math. Under the guidance of a classroom teacher, volunteers assist students one-on-one or in small groups. For more information, contact Connie at 612-6177807 or Volunteers age 55 and older are eligible for free supplemental insurance, mileage reimbursement and other benefits through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Volunteers of America of Minnesota. St. Paul Public Schools Foundation is seeking tutors to assist one hour a week at schools and community organizations throughout the city. Orientation and training are provided. For more information, contact Maggie Jacoby at 651325-4205 or The Minnesota Reading Corps is seeking reading tutors. The program provides free, one-on-one tutoring to children age three through third grade. Minnesota Reading Corps members receive a living stipend, reimbursement for college (up to $5,350), and health insurance for full-time members. For more information or to apply, visit or call 1-866859-2825.

Volunteers of America is looking for volunteers age 55 and over to assist children who are struggling with homework and reading. Time commitment ranges from three to 12 hours a week. To volunteer or receive more information, contact Gil Zamora at 651-470-7416. Building Blocks Tutorial ALC, held at Cherokee Park United Church, 371 W. Baker St., St. Paul, needs volunteer tutors to work with students doing activities that support reading, math and writing skills. Tutors volunteer one or two days each week on Tuesdays or Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. Volunteers must be age 16 or older. Orientation and training are provided. For more information, contact Jill Jackson, program director, at 651-228-1378 or

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County attorneys speak out on bullying and cyber bullying West St. Paul Police Chief Bud Shaver is shown with Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi at a May 15 West St. Paul/ Mendota Heights Rotary Club meeting. Backstrom and Choi spoke to the club on the topic of bullying and cyber bullying. According to data gathered in 2010 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, nearly 64 percent of bullied children do not report it. Backstrom told the group that the problem won’t go away if children do not report it to

Members of the International Association of Firefighters Local #724 of South St. Paul and West St. Paul will be collecting money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association 9 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m., June 4-6, on the corners of Oakdale and Butler and Robert and Thompson in West St. Paul, and along Southview Boulevard. The money will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to use for research, clinical care, support services, and to send kids to a free week of MDA camp.

Student Notes Amanda Wilke of Mendota Heights graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Martha Evans of Mendota Heights and Bernadette Foley of West St. Paul graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan.

{ MEETING DATES } The Optimist Club of West St. Paul meets 5-6 p.m., the first and third Wednesday of each month at Dunham’s, 173 Lothenbach Ave., West St. Paul. Visitors and new members are welcome. For more information, contact Cheryl Bergstrom at or 651-4507391. The Rotary Club of West St. Paul/ Mendota Heights hosts a weekly meeting at 7:30 a.m., Wednesdays at Southview Country Club, 239 E. Mendota Rd., West St. Paul. Each meeting features breakfast and a guest speaker. For more information, visit The Kiwanis Club of West St. Paul hosts a weekly meeting at noon, Tuesdays at Dunham’s, 173 Lothenbach Ave., West St. Paul Each meeting features lunch and a guest speaker. The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, which serves West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Eagan, Rosemount and Farmington, hosts a monthly meeting called “The Buzz,” at 7:30 a.m., the first Thursday

of each month at DARTS, 1645 Marthaler Ln., West St. Paul. Each meeting features networking, a guest speaker and refreshments. For more information, call 651-452-9872 or visit www. Veterans’ meetings - West St. Paul VFW Post 4462 hosts monthly meetings at 1 p.m., the first Wednesday of each month at the West St. Paul Armory. For more information, call 651437-4481. American Legion Post 521 also hosts monthly meetings at the Armory. Meeting times are 7 p.m., the fourth Tuesday of each month. The Minnesota Aspergers/HFA Game Club meets at 6:30 p.m., the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Riverview Baptist Church, 14 E. Moreland Ave., West St. Paul. The club is designed to help youth ages 9-16 increase social and cognitive skills. For more information, contact Vicki at 651-552-7381 or Cost is $10 or $48/six weeks. A parent support group is also available during the same time.

Monarch Butterfly Celebration Riverview Library is hosting a Monarch Butterfly Celebration 1-3 p.m., Saturday, June 8, to celebrate its new early learning immersion environment. The early learning immersion environment was inspired by the monarch butterfly and its annual migration to the Midwest from its winter home in Mexico. The early learning immersion environment transforms the entire library inside and out into a place of discovery and learning for children. The celebration will introduce visitors to elements of the early learning immersion environment, including a butterfly garden, a “Monarch Mail” station where kids can send and receive mail, and monarch art installations. The event will also feature a monarch butterfly storytime presented in English and Spanish, Mexican dancers, butterfly face painting, Mosaic on a Stick for Riverview’s new bench (children will help put the mosaics on the bench), art activities and light refreshments. Last fall, a group of volunteers planted a butterfly garden in front of the library and painted a monarch number walk around the flagpole. Some of the gardening volunteers will be at the event. The library is located at 1 E. George St., St. Paul. For more information, call 651292-6626or visit

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Every mile is a memory The 72 miles of Mississippi River that flow through the Twin Cities hold a treasure trove of memories in the making. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area this November, we are publishing a series of articles that explore life in the corridor and the many amenities it offers. Read the series at

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The advantage of exploring the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is that you are never far from a great restaurant. Whether you are canoeing or kayaking the river, or hiking, biking or running a trail, the options are endless for a meal to reward yourself for your accomplishment. This spring, my thoughts turned toward outdoor dining, so I did some research, made a list and recently set out to explore the options for riverfront dining. Here are the restaurants I visited that offer a patio with a view of the river.

Psycho Suzie’s Motor Lounge 1900 Marshall St., N.E. Minneapolis 612-788-9069 Vibe: Eclectic If you’re looking for a unique place to enjoy a good meal and a rum-infused libation, Psycho Suzie’s is the place for you. Inside this tiki bar you’ll find a waterfall, ferns, tiki wood furniture and three themed bars: the Shrunken Head, Forbidden Cove and Ports of Pleasure. Outside is the largest patio of any of the restaurants I visited. That patio overlooks the river and an industrial site. It boasts “world famous” pizzas and tiki drinks “served in tacky mugs with stupid garnishes for you to ponder and enjoy. And for an extra lousy $5 you can keep the mug.” I knew the atmosphere was as relaxed and casual as it first appeared when my tattooed waitress approached and said, “What’ll it be dude?” St. Anthony Main Main Street at Central Avenue, Minneapolis Vibe: Urban hip Of our sister cities, Minneapolis has the upper hand on riverfront dining. Six restaurants with patio dining are located along a threeblock area at the historic St. Anthony Main. The district features charming brick and

stone buildings dating back to the 1850s, a cobblestone street adjacent to the river, a paved trail, and summer concerts. To work up an appetite, or work off your meal, you can stroll along the 1.8-mile trail that takes you along the Mississippi River, Nicollet Island and the Hennepin Avenue and Stone Arch bridges. If you’d prefer to pedal the trail, a NiceRide bike rental station is located in the center of the district. Also available are Segway tours (952888-9200, www.humanona, trolley rides (651-223-5600, and horse-drawn carriage rides (612-338-7777). Restaurants include:

Wilde Roast Cafe 65 Main St. S.E. Minneapolis 612-331-4544 The Wilde Roast Cafe bills itself as “a neighborhood restaurant with an updated Victorian theme.” It is named after Oscar Wilde, the popular, and oftdemonized, 19th Century playwright. Pracna on Main 117 Main St. S.E. Minneapolis Established in 1890, Pracna on Main proudly boasts being “the oldest restaurant on the oldest street in Minneapolis.” Aster Cafe 125 Main St. S.E. Minneapolis 612-379-3138 The locally owned Astor features live music on the weekends. Vic’s 201 Main St. S.E. Minneapolis 612-310-2000 Vic’s is open for dinner only. It’s the most upscale restaurant in the district

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Tuggs Tavern 219 Main St. S.E. Minneapolis 612-379-4404 Tuggs takes its theme from “the great riverboat days of the Mighty Mississippi” and specializes in specialty burgers.

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Nicollet Island Inn 95 Merriam St., Minneapolis 612-331-1800 www.nicolletislandinn. com The Nicollet Island Inn has the smallest patio of any I visited, but the restaurant is one of the most widely recognized, drawing reviews from regional and national publications for “Best Brunch,” “Best View” and “Most Romantic Dining.”

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Vibe: Casual If you’re looking for patio dining along the river in St. Paul, be prepared for a long venture because it doesn’t exist. It’s a shame that the city doesn’t have at least one restaurant with riverfront patio dining. However, if it’s any consolation, it is in the city’s master plan for riverfront development to attract one or more restaurants for this purpose. Your best bet for riverfront dining is to grab an entree from the mobile food court at Kellogg and Robert streets in Downtown St. Paul and sit on the park lawn overlooking the river. Food and live music are offered 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Thursday through August. This year, vendors are providing picnic blankets to their patrons to use while dining and listening to the music.

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Mississippi Pub at River Heights Marina 4455 66th St. E., Inver Grove Heights 651-455-4974 www.mississippipub. com Two St. Paul area marinas offer restaurants with patio dining: The Hidden Harbor in St. Paul Park and the River Heights Marina in Inver Grove Heights. Both are casual restaurants where you can hob-nob with boaters and hear tales of their river excursions. The River Heights Marina is located near the Rock Island Swing Bridge – recently restored for use as a recreational pier – and the newest paved section of the 27-mile Mississippi River Regional Trail.

Best View American Legion 651-437-2046 50 Sibley St., Hastings http://legionpost47. com/ Vibe: Casual In my opinion, the American Legion has the best view of any of the patios I visited. The food is decent, but the view is stunning. This mid-sized patio overlooks a lovely riverfront park and a view of history-in-the-making. The patio is in the shadow of the historic blue river bridge and the new free-standing arch bridge currently under construction. Two of the four lanes of the new bridge are expected to open around June 5 (one lane in each direction). The other two lanes are expected to be open by early December.

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really get rolling. Eightyeight years ago this month, St. Paulites saw big storms, hot weather, cold weather, a presidential visit, the arrival of thousands of Norwegians and an even bigger number of service club members, and an industrial expo. They also enjoyed visits by the U.S. Marine Band, Miss America and the famous shimmy dancer. With all that, it’s probably just as well that a scheduled flyover of a giant dirigible was cancelled. That June, the Twin Cities prepared to host the Norse-American Centennial, a celebration of the first century of Norwegians in America. The event took place at the State Fairgrounds and attracted many people of Norwegian heritage to St. Paul. However, things became complicated when President Calvin Coolidge accepted an invitation to address the gathering’s opening ceremony. The president was not Norwegian but the organization was solidly Republican, so it seemed a good fit. Plus, it was convenient to stop here since he was traveling back east from a western vacation. A presidential visit in 1925 was not the momentous event that it is today

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powerful enough to be big draw for a convention week during the Roaring Twenties. The Orpheum did a great business all week. For those whose tastes were more sporting, organizers arranged an indoor hockey tournament and ice carnival at the Auditorium. Many from the southern chapters of Kiwanis saw their first live hockey game that week. When the conventions ended, many attendees stayed in the state and travel north to go fishing. Others went straight home. fter such a busy month, St. Paulites were probably ready for a little summer down time.

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Neighborhood House Family Centers: helping families move from survive to thrive It is hard to know where to turn when you can no longer meet your family’s basic needs. It is stressful, confusing and humiliating. There sometimes seems to be no way out. At the Neighborhood House Family Centers, we help families in crisis. We work to stabilize living situations, making sure families meet their basic needs with food, housing and other necessities. But the support does not stop there. Our family workers help participants find so-

Your community news and information source lutions, and create and implement plans to avoid future crises. The Family Centers’ staff approach each situation with multi-cultural understanding, knowledge of available resources and advocacy skills, giving each family a unique plan of action. In a recent conversation with Family Center staff, I learned about a young mother and her three children (ages one, four and 11) who had been living in a domestic abuse shelter. When she arrived at a Neighborhood House Family Center, she was desperate to find housing for her family. Our staff was able to place the family in housing and start to stabilize their situation. Once again, the support and encouragement did not stop there. The young woman wanted to set an example for her children and complete her GED, which she did. She has now gone on to acquire a 30-hour a week position that enables her to afford suitable housing on her own. “I am so proud,” she said, “that my kids get to see me strong again. We are starting to be a happy family.” The younger children are now in childcare and the older child is regularly attending school. Our staff helped to enroll the four-year-old in an early education program for next year. Plus, he is playing on our T-ball team on the East Side. Family Center staff took what had been a spiral

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Farewells, welcomes and new opportunities Big things are happening at WSCO. Elena Gaarder, executive director of the organization since 2011, is pursuing new career opportunities and will be transitioning out of her current role at WSCO over the coming weeks. The WSCO Board of Directors and current staff thank Elena for all of her commitment and hard work. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. WSCO’s Board of Directors moved quickly to find a new executive director. After reviewing many qualified candidates, we are happy to announce that Christine Shyne will be joining the organization. Christine has lived on the West Side for 14 years and has developed strong ties to the neighborhood. We first met Christine through her work in the neighborhood around the arts, but she also has over 12 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Christine is not the only new person in our office. WSCO

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is also happy to announce that we’ve hired a new part-time employee to coordinate the West Side Food Justice Project. This project has three components: working with large housing providers to institute policies that remove barriers to growing healthy foods, identifying land on the West Side for permanent agriculture, and supporting the growth and sustainability of the West Side Farmers’ Market. You’ll hear more about this work in the coming months but for now we would simply like to introduce Eleonore Wesserle as the project coordinator. To welcome our new staff, WSCO is hosting an open house 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, June 12 in the foyer of our building at 1 W. Water St. The event will feature food, drinks and lively conversation. We hope to see you there. With all these exciting changes it’s easy to forget about some of the great events that WSCO is helping coordinate. Make sure to visit the West Side Farmers’ Market 9 a.m.noon, Saturday, June 1 for the market kick-off event. The market is located in the Icy Cup parking lot at the corner of George and Stryker. Stop by to pick up some fresh food and enjoy the live music. The market will be open every Saturday throughout the summer. We’re also excited for the first annual “Art on Smith” event. This month-long showcase will happen on Smith Avenue in August. Expect an exciting kick-off event the first weekend of August, featuring live music, outdoor movies, pop-up gallery openings and food trucks. Art will be featured in many storefronts throughout the month. Take a leisurely stroll down Smith Avenue to soak it all in. For more information on any of these events, contact Mason Wells at 651-293-1708 or

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