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The St. Paul June 2014 Volume 48 Number 6

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Learning curve small for Neighborhood House’s new president Mary Diedrick Hanson Staff Writer


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h, summer. Those glorious 12 weeks filled with sun, warm temperatures and a plethora of outdoor activities. Our annual summer event guide gives you the information you need to find everything from outdoor concerts to recreational activities to fairs and festivals. Put on your shorts, shades and sunscreen and get out and enjoy the season.

Outdoor concerts Twin Cities Jazz Festival - The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is held June 26-28. Free performances are featured on four main stages in downtown St. Paul and at nearly 30 other locations throughout the city. The main stages are the Mears Park Stage at East Fifth and Sibley; Sixth Street Stage at 236 E. Sixth St.; Union De-

St. Paul’s popular “Lunch by the River” food truck court near Kellogg and Robert offers live entertainment and picnic blankets to enhance your dining experience.

pot Outdoor Stage at 214 E. Fourth St., and Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education Prince Street Stage at 308 Prince St. Other venues include Amsterdam Bar, 6 W. Sixth St.; Studio Z, 275 E. Fourth St., Suite 200; Black Dog Café, 308 Prince St.; Trattoria Da Vinci, 400 Sibley St.; Golden’s Deli, 275 E. Fourth St.; Hat Trick Lounge, 134 E. Fifth St.; Heartland, 289 E. Fifth St.;

McNally Smith College of Music, 19 E. Exchange St.; Lobby Bar at the Saint Paul Hotel, 350 Market St.; Señor Wong, 111 E. Kellogg Blvd.; Black Bear Crossings at Como Lakeside Pavilion; Mancini’s, 531 W. Seventh St., and the Highland Park Stage at 730 Cleveland Ave. S. There are also six venues on the new Green Line light rail route: Dale Street Station, Daily Diner,

615 University Ave. W.; Big Daddy’s, 625 University Ave. W.; Rondo Library, 461 Dale St.; Lexington Parkway Station, Arnellia’s, 1183 University Ave. W.; Victoria Street Station, Ngon Bistro, 799 University Ave. W; and Fairview Avenue Station, Episcopal Homes/Iris Park, 1850 University Ave. W. For the Summer Event Guide / Page 9

Youth sports to reign at Harmon Park Mary Diedrick Hanson Staff Writer


all players may be disappointed that Harmon Field is closing for the summer but they’re sure to be pleased with the park’s redesign when it reopens this fall. With construction set to begin June 1, the city of West St. Paul has covered

its bases by arranging for all youth and adult softball and baseball games to be held this year at the West St. Paul Sports Complex, located at 1650 Oakdale Ave. West St. Paul’s Harmon Park is receiving a well-deserved renovation, and once completed it will include five new youth baseball/ softball fields, hockey and

skating rinks, an updated playground, a water play area, two buildings and a large green space for soccer and football. Located at 1028 Charleton Ave. and bounded by Bernard and Arion streets, the park occupies seven acres of land, but that will increase by 11 acres when the redesign is done. Three of those

acres are owned by the city of West St. Paul and were purchased from the former Wolters Greenhouse and Garden Center in 2004. Independent School District (ISD) 197 owns the remaining eight acres, located behind Heritage Middle School. Dave Schletty, West Harmon Park / Page 2

ancy Brady, Ne i g h b o r h o o d House’s new president, doesn’t need anyone to show her around her new place of employment because she was there when it was built. From 2003 to 2006 she worked as a part-time Nancy Brady campaign coordinator raising the funds necessary to construct the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center for Community, which is home to Neighborhood House. On June 2, she begins her duties as president of Neighborhood House. She succeeds Armando Camacho, who left last year to head Opportunity Partners, the Minnetonka-based nonprofit that provides services for people with disabilities. For the last eight years, Brady worked for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity as the vice president of resource development and communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois. She began her career in the banking industry in market research, and studied three years at night school to earn her MBA from New York University. During that time she did some soul searching and realized she would rather work in human services instead of banking services. She found a position at the national office of the March of Dimes in White Plains, New York, and honed her business management skills there for 10 years. During the past five years she was

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involved in cause-related marketing. This entailed the partnership of the March of Dimes with Centrum Multivitamin to promote the importance of taking a multi-vitamin that contains folic acid during pregnancy to help reduce birth defects. Her personal life brought her to Minnesota, where she worked at the Children’s Museum under Carlene Rhodes, who taught

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St. Paul assistant parks and recreation director, said the city negotiated a 50-year lease agreement with the district for shared use of that parcel. “Harmon currently has generic baseball fields... with fields facing each other and outfielders watching the other outfielders across from them,” said Schletty. “Depending on the day of the week, either youth or adult teams are playing. Starting next year, all youth

her how to run a capital campaign. It was there that she learned of Neighborhood House’s campaign and came on board to help. “You need to believe in the mission,” said Brady when asked about the challenges of fund raising. “I have worked for phenomenal organizations. I feel deeply passionate about their missions. It’s easy to ask others to join me. The (Paul and Sheila Wellston) building was a means to the mission. Others could see

that, and it was the reason that they made generous donations.” Neighborhood House is a multicultural, multilingual resource center for immigrants, refugees and low-income people and helps provide access to health care, education and basic needs for thousands each year. Brady fondly remembers the 2006 grand opening of the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Building. “The community was filled with people of all

ethnicities and walks of life and ages,” she said. “It is a living monument to Paul and Sheila Wellstone, two people who cared deeply about community. It was an honor to be a player among many bringing a wonderful community asset to St. Paul. Life in the facility is very vibrant. I thoroughly enjoyed my work at Neighborhood House and learned a tremendous amount. I am delighted to bring what I have learned back to Neighborhood House.”

Brady has 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience in an array of areas, including strategic planning, fundraising, volunteer engagement, marketing communications, program development, project management and community relations. During her tenure at Habitat for Humanity she created the World of Hope campaign, which assisted people during the home foreclosure crisis. She also led the 2010 Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work

Project, an event that involved more than 2,000 volunteers building and repairing 26 homes in two neighborhoods. “There are great parallels in our values and mission,” said Brady. “These two wonderful organizations are thriving for the people in the community. The Neighborhood House mission is in my heart. We will do amazing things.”

sports, softball and baseball, will be at Harmon, while all adult softball will be at the Sports Complex.” Designating Harmon Park as a Little League park geared toward family and youth, and the Sports Complex for adult sports leagues, emerged from feedback gathered at meetings held in 2011 to revise the master plan for both venues. Participants at the meetings included representatives from the West St. Paul Youth Athletics Association and ISD 197, a Parks and Recreation committee, and

other user groups. Feedback was gathered at public meetings and through an online questionnaire. The $4.8 million redevelopment project will be financed through city bonds. The four youth baseball fields will be 200 feet in length with fenced outfields, dugouts and bleacher seating, and will be laid out in a pinwheel design, with a concessions/restroom building at the center for easy accessibility during tournaments. A baseball field 350 feet in length will also be constructed for ages

14 and up. As part of the partnership agreement, ISD 197 will get priority use during the school year. The City will maintain the ball fields and the school district will mow the grass. The park’s west side currently has hockey rinks and a small warming house that serves as a community room during the summer. This building will be upgraded into a community rental space with restrooms, and will accommodate up to 80 people. A new warming house with restrooms will be built to replace the old one and will be designed so that it can also be used by

soccer and football players. Younger kids are sure to enjoy the “splash pad” at the updated playground, which meets ADA requirements. This feature includes a colorful concrete setting, fountains, splashing features and buckets that tip. The project also includes a new 158-stall parking lot located off Bernard Street that will nearly double the number of off-street parking spots. In a nod to the historical significance of the area, the design preserves several remnants of its past. Harmon Field was established

in 1940 and constructed by the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression. An original wall remains but part of it will have to be removed to enlarge the parking lot. However, that section will be used in another area of the park. In addition, Harmon Park was the original site of Henry Sibley High School, which was demolished in 1963 after the new campus was built in Mendota Heights. The Parks Department will retain the school’s memorial plaque and the base from its flag pole in the park.

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A green light for the Green Line; light rail ready to roll June 14 f you’d like to be part of history-in-the-making, mark June 14 on your calendar. On that day Metro Transit’s light rail Green Line will make its inaugural run from Union Depot in Lowertown to Target Field Station in Minneapolis. To celebrate the opening of the Green Line, several events will take place 9 a.m.-6 p.m., including speeches, a ribbon cutting and musical entertainment. The Green Line parallels University Avenue, which was a streetcar route in the early 1920s. At its zenith, the first “light rail” system in the metro area had more than 1,000 streetcars and 500 miles of track that connected St. Paul and Minneapolis to places as far away as Stillwater and Lake Minnetonka. On June 19, 1954, that era ended when the last of the tracks were either pulled up or paved over, and all but two of the wooden streetcars were burned. Fast forward 60 years — almost to the day — and light rail returns to St. Paul. On June 14, a ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at Union Depot with speeches from various government officials, followed by a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. After that, two 3-car trains will start their first run to Target Field Station. A live videofeed of the ceremony will be

shown at the Target station in Minneapolis. “There will be trains staged all along the line, one at each of the community celebrations so we’ll begin full service at each of them,” said Meredith Vadis, director of communications for the Metropolitan Council. “Those locations include the Central Station at 5th and Cedar Street and six more stations along the line, ending at the Target Field Station.” Here’s a rundown on what is happening at each of the stations. The trains, which are free opening weekend, will run every 10 minutes throughout the day. Union Depot - Music and dance performances will take place on stages inside the Depot and out. Displays from more than 40 artists and several Lowertown businesses will be featured inside. Minnesota Public Radio 89.3 will have live programming throughout the day near the outside stage. Central Station - This station will feature an outdoor music stage. Try your skill at a “Skyway Open” mini-golf tournament that allows visitors to explore skyway businesses and restaurants located between the station and Union Depot. Western Avenue Station - Opening weekend will also kick-off the summerlong Asian Night Market with 50 food and retail ven-

dors. There will be on-stage performances, exhibitions of local arts and crafts and a neighborhood history display. Victoria Street Station - This station features the art, culture and history of the Rondo, Summit-U and Frogtown neighborhoods, as well as music, dance, youth performances, historical exhibits and bike activities. Hamline Avenue Station - Imagine a state fairthemed event at this station. There will be a Midway, a “Kidway,” a grandstand and International Bazaar. Other features include animal educators from Como Park Zoo, the Choo Choo Bob Show and a “couponon-a-stick” that is good at local restaurants, which are accessible via a fleet of pedal-cabs. Raymond Avenue Station - Local artists will show their talents in a variety of mediums, and the public may lend a hand on a mural painting project. Food trucks, musicians and strolling performers will add to the celebration. Stadium Village Station - This station features appearances by Vikings and Gophers mascots and cheerleaders, sports activities for families and food samples from area restaurants. Music will be performed on the main stage. The West Bank Station - Look for a neighborhood festival atmosphere with




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hen I was in high school a half-century ago – at the end of the Neanderthal era – there were no opportunities for girls to participate in athletic programs. None. In the 1960s at St. Peter High School in southern Minnesota, and at most every other high school in the state, the only girls who were involved in supervised daily exercise after eighth grade were the five cheerleaders. Today, the Minnesota State High School League sponsors 23 different athletic programs for high school girls. The sport of robotics was added to that impressive list in 2011. Although the sport is co-educational in nature, Visitation High School in Mendota Heights is an all-girls school and, by default, so is its robotics team. When the school introduced the activity in 2006 there were less than 10 high school robotics teams in Minnesota. In eight years, that number has

ballooned to 186. Dean Kamen, the inventor of the two-wheeled segway that received a good deal of publicity at the turn of the century, invented FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competition in 1989. In that first season there were 28 teams. Now there are nearly 3,000 teams worldwide. The Visitation Robettes are officially Team #2177. In mid-May, I paid a visit to the Visitation campus in an attempt to educate myself on this new phenomenon. I met with Assistant Coach Liv Anda Asplund and three of her studentathletes. It was a crash course of sorts – Robotics 101. The information came fast and furious and your intrepid sports writer was easily the least informed of those seated at the table. Some of what I learned: The sport requires a remarkable coalition of factors to be successful: daring and gifted students, committed coaches and a loyal cadre of engineering and

software professionals who volunteer their time and act as mentors to the students. Perhaps most important is the financial sponsorship provided by Boston Scientific. “Without their support, the robotics team would never have gotten off the ground,” said Asplund. “Their continued support and the vital contributions made by their dedicated volunteers are at the core of our success.” The robotics season opens on the first Saturday in January each year. The cost to register a team is $4,000. Included in that fee is a two-hour webcast conducted by Kamen and his associates to announce that season’s “game.” In addition, all teams are provided with a kit of parts that is to be utilized in the construction of the robot. On January 4, the 20-member Visitation Robettes gathered at the school for the 9 a.m. webcast. Also in attendance were the two coaches — head coach Melissa Murray is currently on

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yoga ball (roughly two feet in diameter), pass it among other robots and eventually toss it through goals carved out of a wall on both ends of a playing field that measures 27 feet wide by 54

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Team roles After the webcast, the team broke into groups to discuss whether the team would assemble an offensive or defensive robot (they chose offensive) and to determine the members of the five sub-groups that make up the team: Public Relations (3-4 team members) – Their focus is marketing, recruiting sponsors, taking photographs and updating the website. Programming (5) – They are the software gurus who write the code that will activate the robot and allow it to do its job. Mechanical (5) – Their task is to follow the design instructions and assemble the robot from start to finish. Electrical (5) – They are charged (quite literally) with wiring the various parts of the robot to insure it operates smoothly and efficiently. Drivers (4) – They are the Lindsay Whalen’s of the robotic team, those who are actually positioned on the


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field of play and manipulating the robot on game day. Most of them also function as a part of one of the other sub-groups. For six consecutive weeks following the webcast, the students, coaches and mentors met from 7-9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays to construct the robot — they named her Gracie after computer pioneer, Grace Hopper — and to prepare for the competitions. The game rules state that all work on the robot must be completed by the Tuesday following President’s Day, which this year was February 18.

Regional competition Each year, the Robettes compete in two major regional competitions. The first was March 6-8 in Duluth where a total of 120 teams gathered. On Day One, the team spent a good portion of its time readying Gracie for the competition and also participated in numerous practice matches with other teams. The length of each match is surprisingly short: two min-

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utes, 30 seconds. On Day Two, each team participated in ten qualification matches. In robotics competition, all games feature three robots versus three robots, meaning there are six teams – three on each side – and a total of 24 “drivers” at work on the field of play. During the qualification round, the teams that join forces are selected on a random basis. The qualification matches determine the seeding of the eight teams who qualify for the championship matches held on Day Three. Although the Robettes did not come home from Duluth with any championship hardware, it was a marvelous learning experience and set them up for a great run at the North Star Regional event on March 27-29 at the University of Minnesota. The Robettes finished the qualification rounds at the North Star tournament in seventh place. It is at this point in the proceedings that the robotics competition becomes eerily reminiscent of the NFL draft. “During the qualification rounds, six team members

attended every match. Each person was responsible for scouting one of the six robots. After the match, we fed the information that we collected into our database,” explained junior cocaptain Madeliene Logeais. “The following morning, the eight teams that qualified for the championship round conducted a draft to add two teams to form its alliance. Using the information in our database, we selected Chanhassen High School in the first round and Eastview High School in the second.” If only the Vikings and general manager Rick Spielman could scout with the aplomb of the Robettes.

Season highlight The Visitation-Chanhassen-Eastview coalition defeated the top-ranked alliance in the semi-finals and went on to capture the tournament championship. “It was obviously the highlight of the season for our team,” said freshman Maggie Cunniff. “We shared a group hug with kids we had known for only a couple of hours. It’s

those kinds of interactions, working together and strategizing with teammates who you barely know, that makes robotics such a special experience.” The regional championship was the second for the program (the first came in 2011) and insured that the Robettes and Gracie would move on to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, April 2326, where they competed against teams from all over the United States and from around the world. They did not place in that competition but Logeais earned a spot on the prestigious “International Dean’s List,” a designation accorded to just ten students worldwide.

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N ews Briefs DARTS open house is June 5 DARTS, which has been serving the senior population in Dakota County for the past 40 years, is hosting a community open house 4-7 p.m., Thursday, June 5, at the DARTS campus, 1645 Marthaler Lane, West St. Paul. The event features free food from Buca di Beppo, musical entertainment by acoustic guitarist Dave Hudson, display booths, tours and activities for children, including coloring and a tour of a DARTS bus. Children in grade 5 and below will receive a free book, courtesy of Mackin Educational Resources in

Your community news and information source Burnsville (while supplies last). The book represents DARTS’ Learning Buddies program, which partners adult tutors with students in grades K-5. DARTS staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions. The event also includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the dedication of a courtyard bench honoring past leadership, and the reading of an official proclamation recognizing DARTS from Governor Mark Dayton.

Music on the Breeze concert The Mississippi Valley Orchestra will present a free concert, “Music on the Breeze,” at 4 p.m., Sunday, June 8 at Augustana Lutheran Church in West St. Paul. A reception with refreshments will follow the concert. For more infor-

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Farewell event at Humboldt On May 30, Humboldt High School will recognize Gary and Jean Allan Ales for 50 years of volunteer service as founders and advisors of the Friendship Club, which gives students an opportunity to do community service projects. The event is open to the public and begins at 9 a.m. at the high school, 30 E. Baker St., St. Paul.

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St. Croix adds new dorm Construction of a threestory, 152-bed dormitory on the campus of St. Croix Lutheran High School, 1200 Oakdale Ave., West St. Paul, is set to begin in June. The $6.7 million project, the largest in the school’s 56-year history, will replace two existing dormitories which have reached capacity. St. Croix, located on the site of the former Archbishop Brady High School, has provided dorms since 1995 when it converted housing for the priests and nuns who taught at Brady. Its boarding program is one of only five in the state of Minnesota and

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Student notes Jeremy Kelly and Jade Williams of West St. Paul graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Kelly received a bachelor of science in law enforcement and Williams received a bachelor of science in exercise science. The following graduated from the University of Kansas: Jacquelyn Bernick of Mendota Heights received a doctor of pharmacy, Alex Hubbell of West St. Paul received a bachelor of science in exercise science and Avalon Cole of West St. Paul received a bachelor of science in journalism. Emma Coffman and Olivia Mallinger of Mendota Heights graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Coffman received a bachelor of science degree and Mallinger received a bachelor of business administration. Miriam Snyder of Mendota Heights received a bachelor of arts degree in behavioral biology from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

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Planning underway for Middle Eastern festival St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in West St. Paul will hold its seventh annual Middle Eastern Festival July 18-20. This free event features Middle Eastern cuisine, live entertainment, a marketplace, silent auction, church tours, children’s games and camel rides. The menu includes roast lamb on the spit, chicken kabobs, falafel, hummus, gyros, tabouli, spinach pies, homemade bread and pastries, beer, wine and soft drinks. Middle Eastern specialties will also be available for purchase. Entertainment includes performances from The John Khoury Band and the church’s Middle Eastern dance group. Festival times are noon-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m., Sunday. The church is located at 1250 Oakdale Ave., West St. Paul. For more information, visit

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Following a national search, the board of trustees at St. Thomas Academy (STA) has selected an alumnus to be its new headmaster. Matthew Mohs will assume that role on July 1. He succeeds Thomas Mich, who will retire this summer after serving 10 years as headmaster. Mohs, who graduated from STA in 1990, has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, summa cum laude, and holds master’s degrees from the University of Portland (teaching) and the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He is currently pursing his doctorate from the University of St. Thomas and expects to receive that degree in 2015. Mohs has 20 years experience in teaching and administration in both Catholic and public schools. He began his career as a teacher

Matthew Mohs at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond, La., where he was the 1997 Teacher of the Year. He is currently the chief academic officer of Saint Paul Public Schools. While there, he led a statewide taskforce that assessed Minnesota’s standardized testing protocols and developed recommendations that led to legislative changes, designed and implemented a new model of support for academic

and behavior interventions throughout the district, was executive director of Title 1/ Funded programs, and was chief accountability officer for the district’s No Child Left Behind compliance. Mohs has held positions with the Minnesota Department of Education and has served on the board of directors of the Minnesota Association of Administrators State and Federal Programs since 2001. He was president of the St. Thomas Academy Alumni Association in 2006-2007, and held other officer positions while serving on that board from 1997-2008. He is also a pioneer member of the Alliance for Catholic Education, a national service program for Catholic Schools that received the National Catholic Education Association award for excellence.

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full schedule of performers and information on parking and free rides on Metro Transit to the festival, visit Joan Griffith, one of Minnesota’s premiere jazz musicians, will play many styles of Brazilian music 2-3 p.m., Sunday, June 8, at St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. Fourth St. For more information, visit Lowertown Roots Festival is held Saturday, July 27 at Mears Park in Lowertown. The event features blues, country, bluegrass, gospel, zydeco, tejano, Native American and other music forms that have influenced, inspired and defined American music. Free performances featured on the Mears Park Stage are Paul Dahlin, 2:30 p.m.; Nordic Angst, 4 p.m.; The High 48s, 5:30 p.m.; Randy Sabien’s Violin Roots Ensemble, 7 p.m.; and Grammy award winning zydeco master C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, 8:30 p.m. Additional stages are at the Hat Trick Lounge, 134 E. Fifth St., and Black Dog Café, 308 Prince St. Per-

forming at the Hat Trick Lounge are Tim Gadban, 2 p.m.; Jeff Rolfzen, 3 p.m.; Citizen Arms; 4 p.m.; Michael Kac, 5 p.m.; Local Rhythm, 6 p.m.; Pamela Machala, 7 p.m.; Laura Underwood, 8 p.m.; and Scrapegoat, 9 p.m. Performing at the Black Dog at 8 p.m, Friday, July 26 is Dreamland Faces at 8 p.m. Performing Saturday, July 27 is Rhizosphere, 8 p.m., and Mike in the Wilderness, 10 p.m. Music in Mears Park Free concerts are held 6-9 p.m. each Thursday, June 12-August 21 in Mears Park in Lowertown. For a schedule of performers, visit Nine Nights of Music - The Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., is hosting its free Nine Nights of Music program every Tuesday in July and August at the Minnesota History Center Plaza. Listen and dance to the rich and vibrant rhythms and sounds of some of Minnesota’s best musicians from a variety of cultures. Dance instruction from Tapestry

Your community news and information source Folk Dance Center 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. Performers are: Café Accordian Orchestrat, July 1; Somali Camel with Abdulkadir Said and Najiib Elmi, July 8; Rockin’ Rondo Jazz Quartet with Debbie Duncan, July 15; Explosion Big Band, July 22; Dick Hensold Band, July 29; Ole Olsson Oldtime Orkestra, August 5; Gertie and the T.O. Boyz & Finn Hall, August 12; Okee Dokee Brothers, August 19; and Ukrainian Village Band, August 26. For more information, visit www. or call 651-259-3000. The Ordway Summer Dance Series is held at 5:30 p.m.,Thursdays, June 19-July 24 (no event July 3) in Rice Park. A different dance and music genre will be highlighted each week. Free dance lessons from

professional instructors begins at 6 p.m., followed by live music and open dance at 7:15 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase The line-up is: June 19 - R&B/Soul, featuring Ray Covington and The Maxx Band June 26 - Swing, featuring Capri Big Band July 10 - Disco, featuring Boogie Wonderland July 17 - Salsa, featuring Salsa del Soul July 24 - Ballroom, featuring Jerry O’Hagan and his Orchestra

Music & Movies in the Parks Saint Paul Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of outdoor concerts through September 11, including jazz, folk, blues, concert bands, world, electronic and pop. For a complete line-up, visit www.stpaul. gov and search music in the parks. Concerts are held at Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 N. Lexington Pkwy., Indian Mounds Park, 10 Mounds Blvd., Hillcrest Knoll Park, 1680 E. Hoyt Ave., Mears Park at Fifth and Sibley, Phalen Amphi-

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Theater performances are also offered at the Como Lakeside Pavilion. “Hello Dolly” is presented at 7 p.m., July 10-12 and 17-19. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and youth age 12 and under. “The Sound of Music” is presented at 7 p.m., July 24-26, 31 and August 1-2. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for youth age 12 and under. Frank Sinatra 100th Birthday Tribute is presented at 7 p.m. August 15-16. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for youth age 12 and under. Outdoor movies are shown at some neighborhood recreation centers and parks July 11-September 19. Participants are encouraged to bring food and a blanket or lawn chair. Movies begin at dusk. Some sites

have pre-movie activities. Children age 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit and search movies in the park, or call 651-266-6400.

Baseball This year is your last chance to see the St. Paul Saints at Midway Stadium, 1771 Energy Park Dr., St. Paul. The team, which is building a new stadium in Lowertown, is known for zany promotions and antics during the games. Tickets start at $6 for adults and $5 for kids. Fireworks are featured every Friday. For game dates, visit www. For ticket information, call 651-644-6659.

Showboat and riverboat rides “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is presented June 19-August 26 at the Minnesota Centennial Showboat, which is moored at Harriet Island. Performances are held at 8 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” recounts the haunting story of a good man whose body is capable of incredible evil. In a quest to find the monster terrorizing London, a cast of memorable characters discovers the unbelievable truth. The Showboat features Victorian-era décor, a grand staircase and an intimate 225-seat jewelbox theater. Tickets are $23-$25, with discounts for students and seniors. For more information, call 651-227-1100, or

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The Minnesota State Fair, held August 21-September 1, is a great end of the summer tradition that features thrilling rides, grandstand shows, exhibits and just about everything that you can eat on a stick. visit www.showboat.umn. edu. 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

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Fairs and Festivals GermanFest - The inaugural GermanFest will be held June 21-22, at the historic Schmidt Brewery, 882 W. 7th St., St. Paul. This free, family-friendly festival features food, mu-

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raphy, home furnishings and more. Popular events include the talent contest, parade, farmer-for-the-day, pig races, children’s petting zoo, youth pet show, carnival rides, bands, bingo, fireworks and the many food choices. Admission is free. Discounted carnival ride tickets are available in advance. For more information, visit or call 651770-2626. Dakota County Fair The fair will be held August 4-10 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. For more information, visit www. or call 651-463-8818. Minnesota State Fair The Great Minnesota GetTogether will be held August 21-September 1 at the State Fairgrounds, 1265 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul. The fair showcases Minnesota’s finest in agriculture, art and industry, people-watching, 450 foods at 300 concession stands, 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 $13 for adults, $11 for seniors age 65 and older and youth ages 5-12, free for kids age 5 and under. Pre-fair discounted tickets are $10. For more information, visit The Irish Fair of Minnesota is held August 8-10. The event offers a wide array of family-friendly activities, including traditional Irish music and dance, Gaelic sports, native Irish dogs, the Best Legs in a Kilt contest, a Zero-K, an expanded children’s area, a literary corner, Irish shopping opportunities and food and beverages. For more information, visit Como Park in St. Paul offers numerous summertime activities. Visitors may 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. The Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival is held Sunday, Aug. 17 at the

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Walking and biking tours Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., offers three free guided tours of St. Paul May through September. The Great River Tour highlights how St. Paul got its start and the city’s relationship with the Mississippi River. It’s offered at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month and departs from Upper Landing Park at Shepard Road and Chestnut Street. The Rice Park Tour ex-

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6th Street entrance. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 651-292-3237. For more information, visit www. The National Park service offers a free self-guided walk that explores the geology, history and nature of the Mississippi River. The 1.5-mile route begins at the Mississippi River Visitor Center, located in the Science Museum of Minnesota at 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. A tour map is available at the cashier’s desk. Bike with a Ranger - Explore the Mississippi River by biking with a National Park Service ranger. Rides are held most Saturdays from June through September. Three routes are offered and each takes approximately three hours and

varies in length from 9-14 miles. Trips begin at 10 a.m. Cost is $8. Kids under age 10 are free. Registration is required. Space is limited to 20 riders. For more information about routes, dates and registration, visit www. or call 651-291-8164.

Farmers’ Market Strolling through the St. Paul Farmers’ market is a great way to spend a few hours on a summer weekend morning. The downtown market is open 6 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday. Satellite markets will be opening soon, including West St. Paul (opening June 1 at Signal Hills Center, 1201 S. Robert St., 8 a.m.noon, Fridays) and South St. Paul (opening July 2 at 1151 Southview Blvd., 3-6:30 p.m., Wednesdays). Find fresh produce, meat, flowers and much more. The West Side also hosts its own farmer’s market in the Icy Cup parking lot at the corner of George and Stryker. The market is open 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Saturday, from May 31 to mid October.

Free fishing weekend The Mississippi River and metro area lakes offer ample opportunity to cast a line and catch fish. Minnesotans age 16 and older who take a child age 15 or younger with them can fish without a license June 6-8 during Take-A-Kid-Fishing Weekend. If you’re new to the sport, visit Fort Snelling State Park 3-5 p.m. each Friday through August for tips on angling and fish identification. Equipment is provided and no license is required. For more information, call 612-279-3550 or 612-725-2724.

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• Big Rivers Regional Trail - The Big Rivers Regional Trail offers nearly four miles of hiking and biking trails on the railroad Set up Janitor bed of the former MinneLANDMARK CENTER sota Central Railroad line. Downtown St. Paul The trailhead is located at Janitor helps with event Mendota Heights Road, set ups for all building near Highway 13 and Iactivities throughout 35E. the week, helps maintain the building and • Harriet Island Resome cleaning of offices gional Park - Bike and hike for Landmark Center. along eight miles of trail Heavy lifting will be on both sides of the river required. Competitive • Preschool (ages Extendedto the (users3-5) can&connect Outdoor dining pay & benefits. See Day Program (K-6) Big Rivers Trail by followLooking to dine in the Field full posting at www. • Weekly ingTrips Lilydale Road for 3/ sun? Visit one of •theOn-site many presentations hands-onside mile). The fornorthern about/employment.htm. area restaurants that offer learning of the trail can be reached Pick up application and patio dining, or sidle up Regional Catholic School • Theme days, such as bike day, by crossing the Wabasha submit by June 9, to to one of the mobile food water day, pajama day, etc. Bridge. Here the trail is Minnesota Landmarks, 337 East Hurley Ave., Westtrucks St. Paul that park at various 75 W. Fifth St., #404, separated for bike and pe• Daily curriculum locations around the city, St. Paul, MN 55102. destrian traffic. including Mears Park and • Thompson County No phone calls, please. Contact Katie Jenkins at Rice Park. You can count on Park - This 57-acre park AA/EO Employer finding several the or 651-457-2510 for trucks more atinformation located near Butler Avenue “Lunch by the River” food and Highway 52 in West truck court at Kellogg and St. Paul has over two miles Robert, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., evof wooded trails that conery Thursday through Sepnect to the North Urban tember. These events feature Regional Trail, a trail syslive music, and the vendors tem that links Thompson offer picnic blankets for County Park to Kaposia your dining comfort. Park in South St. Paul and to the Mississippi River Regional Trail.

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The curiosity of my fellow walkers turned a recent half-mile stroll along the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul into an hourlong excursion. Our tour guide, Bob Wagner — who developed the free walking tour for the Landmark Center and who guides groups at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month, May through September — graciously answered the many inquiries as we ambled along the riverfront in Upper Landing Park. Some knew little about the river, some knew much. What we had in common was a desire to learn more about one of the world’s greatest rivers that flows through the heart of our community. Their curiosity reminded me of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s thoughts on walking, which are from a lecture he gave in 1858, and which were published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1904 under the title “Country Life.” Emerson said, “Few men know how to take a walk. The qualifications of a professor are endurance,

plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence, and nothing too much.” It is vast curiosity that drives many to the riverfront, including me. I love to explore the river valley, and while doing so many questions pepper my mind: how high is the river today? What would it be like to live on that houseboat? What’s in that barge and how far south will it go? Emerson had it right that old shoes and plain clothes make each outing more enjoyable. In a world that fills us with the notion that we need the latest high-tech gear to enjoy a sport, walking is one of the few activities that can remain simple. Sure, you can enhance your hike with graphite walking poles, expensive footwear, and a smartphone with an app that tells you where to go, how far you’ve walked and the number of calories you’ve burned in the process, but those items can give you blisters and eye strain. If you want to truly enjoy your hike, opt for the well-worn shoes and the tattered clothes that you just can’t bring yourself to discard.


I’ve had the good fortune of hiking in some of the most beautiful places in our country — from sea to shining sea — but the hike I like best is the one that starts outside my front door. From my street on top of the bluff I can see the river glimmering through the trees and it always captures my attention. Within a quarter-mile the street meets a gravel road that hugs the contour of the river and passes between a park reserve and farmland. Once I meet this juncture the busy thoughts that are scrambling my mind begin to disappear and I notice the beauty of the landscape, the trees and prairie grasses, the tracks of deer, fluttering birds, the horses in the pasture. This road is lightly traveled, especially on the weekends, so I often have it all to myself. I follow it a half-mile to where it intersects a wooded trail, which takes me closer to the river, and closer to nature. There is always something new and interesting to see along this trail. In the wintertime, travel is slow and labored as I trudge through the snow. My tracks follow those of the deer and the river is

visible for long stretches through the barren trees. In the springtime, the path is soft and muddy and the landscape begins to change. As I look toward the river it appears as if a green blanket has been thrown on the forest floor. The budding underbrush cheerfully announces that the forest will come to life again. During the summer the trail is transformed into a tunnel, blotting out the sky and nearly all views of the river, and I find myself traveling through an enchanted land filled with mystery and intrigue. In the fall, the foliage explodes with muted colors and sights of the river reappear as more and more leaves float down and carpet the trail. My footsteps echo with the crunching of leaves and the pop of acorns and twigs. If I walk the trail in the dim light of dusk, when the forest turns ethereal, the trees swaying in the wind suddenly become the end of a witch’s broomstick and the squirrels scurrying through the treetops become flying, fanged creatures. The trail ends at the river’s edge, where there is a bench on a tiny spit of land. The river comes from the north, rounds a bend near this wild and rustic floodplain and then disappears in the east as it flows to the sea. I often allow myself a few moments to rest on the bench and my thoughts are filled only with an appreciation for the beauty of creation. I see bald eagles and herons overhead, and hear the splash of fish in the

shallow water that is filled with driftwood and small islands brimming with native grasses. The trail looks different as I retrace my steps home and I see things I missed before — a patch of wild flowers, a nest, the curious bend of a tree that is seeking the sun. Soon I am back on the gravel road and then on the paved street of my

neighborhood. Thoughts of my day’s responsibilities return and my mental checklist grows. Finally, I’m back home, refreshed and ready for the day.

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“Thomas & Friends” is presented June 14-September 21. Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends from the Island of Sodor will engage visitors in this exhibit that teaches concepts in science, technology, engineering and math. The 1,500 square foot interactive version of the Island of Sodor will allow children to climb aboard a fullsize model of Thomas the Tank Engine, become conductors and engineers as they build their own trains and race them along a giant track, and sort and load cargo

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“War of 1812: Canada, the United States, Great Britain and the Native Americans” is presented June 3-September 14. Original artifacts drawn from the Minnesota Historical Society collections will be on display alongside panels that present historical perspectives of the war. Artifacts include the first map to show the existence of all five Great Lakes, a first edition of

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“The Red Box” is presented through July 13 at Park Square Theatre. Father Hennepin’s “Travels,” and a 1689 fur trade contract with Nicolas Perrot. “Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis” is presented through January 4, 2015. Affectionately called “The Pictureman,” Chamblis had a knack for being in the right place at the right time as he documented

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The Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, held May 27-June 1, features local, regional and international artists representing 25 countries on seven indoor and outdoor stages. 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.

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“Working Boys Band” is presented through June 1. In a world before child

labor laws, many young people got factory jobs to help their families get by. In 1918, Professor C. C. Heintzeman formed the Working Boys Band to bring structure and meaning into the lives of some of those children. Through music, discipline and compassion, Heintzeman shaped a rough-and-tumble group of young men into a Twin Cities institution. Tick-

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Four performances are presented May 27-June 1 as part of the Flint Hills Children’s Festival. “Love” is presented at the Landmark Center, “STEP AFRIKA!” at the Ordway, “De Temps Antan” at the Lab Theatre and “Alice in

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“The Red Box” is presented through July 13. A lovely young woman is dead and the fortunes of a theatrical producer are at stake. Nero Wolfe, an eccentric detective genius who rarely leaves his comfortable brownstone in Manhattan, and his wise-cracking sidekick, Archie, are called in to solve the crime. Tickets are $38-$58.

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{ THE FULLER FILES } Business openings The Kellogg Food Market on the skyway level of Kellogg Square is scheduled to re-open in June. It closed late last year when the skyway level of Kellogg Square was converted from office space to residential use. A wi-fi café featuring hot and cold drinks will also be located on the skyway. The State Market is scheduled to open in June in the Alliance Bank Building. It will be on the street level on Minnesota Street in the site of a former food market. Boost Mobile, which sells cell phones and accessories, plans to occupy the former site of Allegra Printing. Park Square Theatre will open its second theater on September 19 with a production of “Four Thousand Miles,” a story about a 90year old man living in New York and his 20- year old son. The new theater will seat about 200 and is located in the basement level of the Hamm building, just below the Exchange Theatre, which seats 350. The Skyway Grille is expected to open in June in the former McDonald’s restaurant site in the Alliance Bank Food Court. Owner Scott Johnson said the restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch. The Revival Wine Store

is scheduled to open in June on the skyway level of the Pioneer/Endicott buildings. The Pioneer/Endicott has been transformed from office space to residential use by Pak Properties. Nearly 80 percent of the 234 market rate apartments have been rented.

Tree removal in Mears Park Three ash trees in Mears Park will be removed this summer and replaced by two smaller trees to allow more sunlight to reach the lawn, and 10 dead or dying birch trees will be removed and replaced by ten new trees. Six new volunteers have signed up to maintain garden plots in the park. The volunteers will plant flowers and maintain the plots throughout the summer.

Amtrak returns to Union Depot When locomotive No. 164 pulled into Union Depot at 11:13 p.m., May 7 it was the first time the Empire Builder stopped in downtown St. Paul in 43 years. On its last trip through St. Paul on April 30, 1971 the Chicago-bound Empire Builder used the Burlington Northern tracks east of the Mississippi and stopped at East Winona and La Crosse. The following day the train

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left Minneapolis, bypassed St. Paul and headed toward Chicago using the Milwaukee Road tracks west of the river, stopping at Red Wing and La Crosse. Today, Amtrak provides service from Union Depot to Chicago and Seattle. Union Depot, which reopened in 2012 after an extensive renovation project to return it to a transportation hub, also offers other transportation services, including local bus service through Metro Transit and Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and interstate bus service through Jefferson Lines and the Megabus. The Green Line light rail train will begin service there on June 14.

City Passport City Passport senior center, located on the mezzanine level of the Alliance Bank Building at 55 E. 5th St., is hosting the following events in June: Dabble This craft group, 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 3; surgical cap-making workshop, 10 a.m., Friday, June 6; birthday party, 2 p.m., Monday, June 9; program on “fall prevention,” 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 10; patriotic sing-along, 10:45 a.m., Friday, June 27; Passport book club, 10 a.m., June 2 and 16; Passport Readers Theatre, 12:30 p.m., June 13 and 27; current events dis-

cussion, 11 a.m., June 4 and 20; blood pressure checks, 9 a.m. on Tuesdays.

Central Library renamed The Central Library in downtown St. Paul has been renamed in honor of former St. Paul mayor George Latimer. The renaming ceremony of the “George Latimer Central Library” and the unveiling of a plaque bearing that name will be held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 10. Latimer served as mayor from 1976 to 1990. His notable accomplishments include launching the Family Housing Fund, creating District Energy and supporting early childhood education. “We are honored to have Mayor Latimer’s name placed on Central Library,” said Kit Hadley, director of the St. Paul Public Library, in a statement. “All of St. Paul has benefited from his tireless work, from education to affordable housing to helping those in need. There is no more fitting name for this library given Mayor Latimer’s work with the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and the fact that libraries are active centers for community engagement.”

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Minnesota Museum of American Art will present the Minnesota Biennial series June 12-August 3 at its project space at 332 N. Robert St. The opening reception will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 12. About 40 pieces of art by Minnesota artists will be included in the exhibit, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, collage, clay, fabric, glass and other disciplines. St. Paul Conservatory of Music, 26 Exchange St., will hold adult recitals at 6:30 p.m. Noontime concerts in downtown parks begin May 27. Performances will be at noon on Mondays at Rice Park, noon on Tuesdays at Mears Park and 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at Raspberry Island. Rice Park concerts include Nancy Olson on June 9, the Fairlanes on June 16 and Parisota Hot Club on June 23. Mears Park concerts include Capital City Wind Ensemble on May 27, Parisota Hot Club on June 3, The Night Light Chasers on June 10, Rich Lewis Band on June 17 and Ageless on June 24. Raspberry Island performers include Woodshop on June 11 and Jerrod Lucker Presents on June 18. Books and Bars will feature a discussion of “The Dinner” by Herman Koch at 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, June 17 at Amsterdam Bar and Hall. Jazz musician Joan Griffith will play Brazilian music, including the samba and bossa nova on the guitar and mandolin, at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 8 at the Central Library, 90 W. Fourth St. St. Paul Preparatory School will hold its graduation ceremony at 6 p.m., Friday, June 6 at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at the University of St. Thomas. The school, located at Cray Plaza in Lowertown, has students from 25 different countries. Wabasha Partners will meet at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 10 at the Fitzgerald Theatre. The theme of the meeting is “Build a Better Block Party.” Black Dog Café, 308 Prince St., will hold a block party 2-9 p.m., Friday, June 14 to observe the opening of the Green Line. The eastern terminus of the light rail line between downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis is across the street from the cafe. Donald Washington will perform June 26 as part of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. The Death Café will meet at 1 p.m., Sunday, June 8 to discuss grief and other issues connected with dying. The Flint Hills International Children’s Festival will be held May 27-June 1 at the Ordway. School groups will attend May 27-30. Events are open to the public May 31-June 1. Lowertown Lofts Artists Cooperative will present Chickens, Chuckles and Golf 6-10 p.m., Friday, June 6 at 255 E. Kellogg Blvd. The event will feature improv artists from the Brave New Workshop and Huge theaters, critter art by the loft’s artists and a chance to putt. For more information, visit

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ummer is a time for travel and attending fairs and festivals. In June 1904, some people did both as they headed south to the World’s Fair in St. Louis. For those who couldn’t make the trip, a popular fair exhibit came to them. The excitement of entering a new century was still high that year and many hoped it would be a time of peace and progress. As it turned out, progress arrived, but peace stayed behind. The century opened with a nasty war in South Africa and a conflict between Russia and Japan. The papers were full of news of the Japanese siege of Port Arthur in what’s now Manchuria. Regardless of the trouble oversees, for many in St. Paul it wasn’t enough to prevent a trip to the World’s Fair in St. Louis. The fair was officially termed the Louisiana Purchase Exposition as it celebrated the 100th an-

niversary of that historic real estate transaction. Interestingly, the West Side of St. Paul was included in the huge tract obtained from the French. Downtown and everything on the east side of the Mississippi River was already part of the United States. The fair opened in April and the 1,200-acre fairgrounds were the talk of the town. Minnesota was well represented at the fair with a beautiful state building. Those who had the time and money to make the trip were anxious to see it, but they had to figure out how to get there and where to stay. Rail travel to St. Louis was quick and easy, but accommodations were another matter. St. Louis was very busy that summer, hosting the World’s Fair, the Olympic Games and a major political convention. To say hotel rooms were at a premium is an understatement. Free enterprise provided an alternative. Two refur-

bished riverboats — the Purchase and the Consort — offered travel and lodging all in one for $50 a day, double occupancy. This entitled passengers to a stateroom and meals for a 3-day trip downriver, seven days in St. Louis, and the 4-day return trip. Ads noted with pride that there was a bathroom on each deck, and that each ship had a nice promenade deck, an orchestra for nightly dances, and the public was assured that “only respectable people shall be permitted to purchase accommodations.” Both vessels were fully booked. In 1904, most people couldn’t take off two weeks from work or afford the $50 fare so they made do with reading accounts of the fair in the papers, or humming the popular song it inspired, “Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis.” A group of over 400, including the governor and mayors of both Twin Cities, traveled to St. Louis for the dedication of the Minnesota building and the Pioneer

Press ran a special Sunday section on that event, and as well as on all of the fair attractions. One important fair exhibit came to St. Paul, the Liberty Bell. It traveled by special railcar from Independence Hall in Philadelphia to the Pennsylvania exhibit at the fair but stopped at many cities along the way. It was accompanied by a party of 65 Philadelphia officials and security guards. The Liberty Bell Special pulled into Union Depot the evening of June 5 and its time in St. Paul was short. The bell was on exhibit on Broadway for five hours the next morning and all schoolchildren in the city were given a free streetcar pass to come see it. Summer vacation started the next day so not much schoolwork was being done anyway. In a sign of the times, many of those children rode the streetcar by themselves or with an older sibling since their parents were at work. It was reported that some neighborhoods orga-



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nized “housewife patrols” with women who would accompany children on their block. While the visiting Philadelphians were having lunch with the mayor and taking a tour of the nearlycompleted new State Capitol, a huge crowd gathered in Lowertown to see the Liberty Bell. The viewing line was well-organized. The crowd passed down the west side of Broadway and back up the east side so viewers could see both sides of the historic artifact. The line was kept moving so most got just a glimpse of the bell. In any event, the crowd was congenial, the weather perfect and no one got injured or lost. Just after noon the train pulled out of St. Paul for its next destination: Minneapolis. It would go on to Dubuque, Iowa then Rock Island, Galesburg and Springfield, Ill., before arriving in St. Louis on June 8. The riverboat cruise to the fair also went off without any problems. On the

day of its return, however, tragedy hit another riverboat. While headed for a church picnic, the PS General Slocum caught fire and sank in New York’s East River. More than 1,000 passengers and crew died. It is fortunate that the fairgoers from St. Paul did not hear of that disaster until their trip was safely over. The fair had a great run and closed in December. Today, 110 years later, many people can still sing a least a few lines from that hit song, although they might just be remembering Judy Garland’s version in the 1944 movie “Meet Me In St. Louis,” as seen frequently on TCM. The fair is remembered today as introducing the waffle cone, cotton candy and Dr. Pepper to Americans. There are probably still a few people in St. Paul who have a cedar chest from a great grandparent that holds a straw skimmer or souvenir pennant from that historic summer in St. Louis.

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Neighborhood House Family Centers meet people’s basic needs Susan Rostkoski Interim co-president


o help struggling families achieve economic stability and work toward self-sufficiency, Neighborhood House operates six Family Centers; four on St. Paul’s East Side, one the West Side and one in Highland Park. The staff provides emergency financial assistance for housing crisis situations, teaches budgeting skills, screens families for government benefits eligibility, hosts Life Skills classes, helps families access community resources, and breaks down social isolation through cultural and social engagement activities. “Neighborhood House is like a symbol of hope for so many participants,” one volunteer commented recently. Those needing our help are living below the poverty level and face multiple barriers to success. Finding livingwage jobs and safe, affordable housing remains a challenge

Christine Shyne executive director

Rebecca Noecker WSCO board president


he most-anticipated spring of our lifetimes

is finally here and signs of renewal are all around. Here are just a few examples of the new beginnings taking place in the neighborhood

for many. Family Centers help homeless individuals gain permanent, safe housing and help renters and homeowners maintain their existing housing. Some, who are unemployed or underemployed, need help with heating and other utility costs. Most have having been living in crisis mode. “Pamela’s” story is one example. Pamela had only been married for one year when her husband began to abuse her. As a recent immigrant, she spoke little English and was unable to reach out to family or friends for help. To make matters even more difficult, she discovered she was pregnant. Although she feared deportation and separation from her child, she had even greater safety concerns for her and her child. For this reason, she made the bold move to leave home. Shortly thereafter, Pamela obtained temporary housing at a domestic shelter and was connected to Neighborhood House through her school. With our support, she found a job and was approved for child care benefits through the county. Within three months, however, a housing crisis nearly undermined Pamela’s progress. Her stay at the shelter concluded in October and she was unable to afford her first month’s rent and a damage deposit to live on her own. To help her overcome this barrier and others, Family Center staff helped Pamela create a budget and access funds through The Saint Paul Foundation’s Community Sharing Fund. We are delighted to report that Pamela is now living in an apartment with her child, working part-time, and attending English language learning classes at the Hubb Center. Our Family Centers support participants in a variety of ways. A holistic approach to service support - Each family

completes an intake form identifying family history, income, housing status and other important information. The family meets with a staff member to discuss their situation and develop a service plan. Next, the family works toward self-identified goals and outcomes with support from staff, who help provide services tailored to the family’s unique circumstances. These relationships build over time and result in strong bonds, mutual trust and positive outcomes. Resource and referral - Many partners help us help families. Staff uses their multicultural understanding, knowledge of community resources and advocacy skills to ensure that families gain information about and access to relevant resources, such as clothing, employment, food, furniture, health screenings, medical insurance, mental health services and public assistance. Cultural and social engagement - Family Centers help participants build an informal support network by sponsoring social and cultural engagement activities throughout the year. Family events are offered regularly, as are cultural activities for events such as Hmong New Year, Black History Month and Cinco de Mayo. In addition, families have the opportunity to help create our Family Center activity calendar each year by participating in an Advisory Committee comprised of participants, staff and community members. Finally, participants are encouraged to join our advocacy group. Through the group, participants learn about legislative issues that affect them and are given the tools needed to influence policymaking decisions. As always, Neighborhood House doors are open and we look forward to your next visit

over the next few months. The West Side Farmers’ Market - The market kicks off with an opening day party on May 31, featuring face painting, music, firefighters and more. Visitors can enjoy a free Icy Cup cone with any Farmers’ Market purchase. The market is open every Saturday throughout the summer in the Icy Cup parking lot at the corner of Stryker and George. It features fresh produce, locally raised chickens, home-

dering what to do with their long days. This summer, three programs will give students the chance to learn valuable career skills while earning money at the same time. The Youth Apprenticeship Project (YAP) is providing paid internships for 35-40 teenagers who live or go to school on the West Side. YAP interns will work with mentors at West Side non-profits, businesses and governmental agencies. They will also come together for weekly staff meetings, which include debriefing work experiences and developing work readiness, leadership and community organizing skills. Middle school students can take advantage of YAP’s West Side Youth Guides, which will give similar training to 25 students in grades 6-8 and bring them together to volunteer at various sites around the neighborhood. There is still time for youth to apply. St. Paul’s Right Track program is also beginning this summer,

{ 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 651-450-7391. 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 Mattie’s Lanes, 365 N. Concord Exchange, South St. Paul. Each meeting features lunch and a guest speaker. The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, which serves the cities of Eagan, Farmington, Lilydale, Mendota Heights, Mendota, Rosemount, Sunfish Lake and West St. Paul, hosts a monthly meeting called the “West Saint Paul/Mendota Heights Coffee Break” 8-9 a.m. the last Tuesday Page 18 - St. Paul Voice - June 2014

of the month. This event is hosted at various chamber member businesses in West St. Paul and Mendota Heights. Each meeting allows an opportunity for networking and to learn more about the business hosting the event. For more information, visit or call 651-452-9872. 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 for six weeks. A parent support group is also available during the same time.

baked breads and a laidback way to catch up with your neighbors and experience a sense of community. For the first time, the market will accept EBT/WIC purchases, making this familyfriendly event even more accessible to everyone in our community. For those who plan to start or continue their own garden this summer, Growing West Side is offering classes on topics such as permaculture, pests and disease in the garden, intro to orchards, seed saving and late-season crops. The series begins May 27 with a class on “Edible Landscaping,” an alternative to traditional ornamental landscaping that incorporates fruits, vegetables and herbs into your yard. The class will be held at 7 p.m. at Baker Community Center. Opportunities for youth - No one experiences the joys of spring quite like our young people, but often the release from the routines of school leaves students wonSocial Services

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giving even more students the chance to experience career-oriented jobs. Youth can work in parks, libraries, construction, childcare, video production, gardening and more. Students in grades 11 and 12 with previous job experience have the chance to work in professional internships. Humboldt renovations While youth are busy with new experiences outside of school this summer, the inside of Humboldt Secondary School will be undergoing a renewal of its own. The school will be closed for the next three summers while all of the floors are replaced, beginning with the third floor this year. The district is also replacing all furniture in the building, including student and teacher desks, bookshelves and more. This fall, the school’s name will be announced with “new” signage using the large stone “HVMBOLDT HIGH SCHOOL” letters that have been in storage since 1975. The letters date back to 1909. For more information, contact WSCO at 651293-1708 or Christine@

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Heimie’s Haberdashery G5 400 St. Peter St. 651-224-2354 Clothing, footwear,hats, accessories, hunting/fishing gear, barbershop. Capitol Guitars D14 191 East 7th Street, 55101 (651) 225-8888 Visit New & used. Lessons & repair.


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