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The St. Paul November 2013 Volume 47 Number 11

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Open house planned for missing link of North Urban Regional Trail Tim Spitzack Editor

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church commemorates 100 years of faith and fellowship


eventeen years ago the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved a master plan for an 8-mile hiking-biking trail that meanders across northern Dakota County from the Mississippi River Regional Trail in South St. Paul on the east to the Big Rivers Trail in Mendota Heights on the west. Over the years the trail has been constructed inward utilizing both city and county trails but controversy over a one-mile link in West St. Paul has prevented its completion, until now. The missing section is near the Dodge Nature Center and Henry Sibley High School. In the past year, the project stalled twice as the county worked out a new alignment to appease both Dodge and Independent School District (ISD) 197. The County Board approved the final alignment on May 7 and Dodge and ISD 197 have pledged their support of it, but final details are still being

From humble beginnings Mary Diedrick Hansen Staff Writer


ironed out. A public open house is scheduled for 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14 at Mendota Heights City Hall, 1101 Victoria Curve, to discuss the trail’s design and construction schedule, which is slated to be completed next summer. The new trail connection will travel along the west and north boundaries of the

Henry Sibley High School campus and provide connections to the school and athletic facilities. Plans also call for an outdoor classroom and native restoration along the trail in the northwest corner of the campus. It also travels through Dodge Nature Center property and will feature an environmental interpre-

tive node there. The most significant part of the project is the construction of the Charlton Street Underpass, connecting Dodge Nature Center property and Garlough Park. The underpass was added to accommodate the many field trips to the nature center by teachers and students at nearby Garlough Elementary.

t’s hard to imagine serving 1,500 dinners out of a kitchen the size of a closet, yet that’s what the determined founders of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church did in order to raise money to build the Byzantine-style church they now own at 1250 Oakdale Ave. in West St. Paul. The congregation celebrated its 100th anniversary the weekend of September 21 with a Saturday evening banquet and hafli (Syrian dance), followed by Sunday service at which the Right Reverend Bishop Anthony celebrated the Divine Liturgy. Lunch followed in the church fellowship hall. The design and layout of the church is a stark contrast to the humble beginnings of the first church and is a testament to how far the congregation has come in its 100-year history. It has a stunning 300-seat sanctuary with an altar that is filled with brightly painted icons of saints and the apostles. Its golden domed roof has the face of Jesus painted in its center. An industrialsized kitchen with a walk-in freezer sits at the end of a sprawling fellowship hall that seats 175 people. Past the fellowship space is a hallway lined with classrooms for Sunday school, a youth room, meeting rooms and the pastor’s office. The first Orthodox immigrants of this area arrived in the 1890s from Syria and Lebanon and settled primarily on St. Paul’s West Side. Visiting priests held services in private homes. It wasn’t until 1913 that St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church was formally St. George Antiochian Orthodox / Page 5

Election 2013

St. Paulites to cast vote for mayor, school board candidates Mary Diedrick Hansen Staff Writer


n Tuesday, Nov. 5, residents of St. Paul will cast their vote for their preferred candidate for St. Paul mayor and St. Paul Independent School District (ISD) 625 school board. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is running for a third fouryear term. Three seats are open in the school board race, with five candidates

running. Veteran school board member Elona Street-Stewart will not seek re-election. Incumbents Jean O’Connell, board chair, and John Brodrick are seeking re-election for another four-year term. The ballot will have two parts. On one side is “ranked voting” for the mayoral election. Residents voting for more than one candidate must do it in order of preference. On the

other side of the ballot is traditional voting for the school board race. Instructions will be on the ballot.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was first elected mayor in November 2005. He is a lifelong resident of St. Paul, an attorney and former St. Paul City Council member. He lists as among his successes the construction of light rail transit in the Central

Corridor, which he said positions St. Paul to be the center of a multimodal transportation system for the metro region. Sound fiscal practices under his leadership, he explained on his website, means the City retains a high credit rating, saving taxpayers money. Coleman is working to support St. Paul Public Schools in closing the achievement gap for low-income children. For

example, the City helps coordinate the Second Shift after-school initiative where a citywide comprehensive learning network has been created that provides enrichment programs and extra academic help at libraries, park and recreation centers, schools and community-based and nonprofit organizations. These programs are aimed at communities of color and students from histori-

cally economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Coleman and his wife of 25 years, Connie, live in the Cherokee Heights area of the West Side, where they have raised their two children, Molly and Aidan. Tim Holden is a licensed general contractor and realtor who is running for mayor for the first time. His campaign literature Election 2013 / Page 6

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omen looking for stylish yet affordable clothing will be happy to learn that a new boutique that caters to them is opening November 14 at the Village at Mendota Heights, located near Highway 110 and Dodd Road. Apricot Lane Boutique is a national franchise that offers brand name fashion apparel, jewelry, handbags, accessories and gift items. There are 90 stores nationwide and now four in Minnesota. All are locally owned. The new Mendota Heights store is owned by Kristine Haas, who also owns the only other Twin Cities location. She opened her first store a year ago at The Shops at West End in St. Louis Park. The other Minnesota stores are in Duluth and St. Cloud. Haas, who has a marketing degree from the University of St. Thomas and several years’ experience in corporate marketing and

sales, said opening her first store was a dream come true. While looking into buying an existing business and other franchise opportunities she came across Apricot Lane and knew her search was over. This franchise allows her to combine her business experience, entrepreneurial desire and passion for fashion. “I love Apricot Lane Boutique because of the unique and trendy clothing that we offer,” said Haas. “With limited quantities of every item in the store, each purchase ensures our customer has their own style.” Each Apricot Lane franchisee does their own purchasing, so no two stores are the same. Using market research and customer feedback, Haas is able to stock fashions that appeal to her customers’ individual tastes. She reviews fashion trends among other Apricot Lane franchises and travels to Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas and other cities to buy her products. Her goal is to

cater to women young and old, but her primary customer is in their 30s to 50s and is someone looking for moderate-priced fashions for casual, business and evening attire. “Our customers love our service, style and price points,” she said. Seeing the immediate success at her St. Louis Park location prompted her to expand her market. She hopes to open a third store in another year and eventually have up to five locations in the Twin Cities. Haas and her husband Mike live in Lakeville and have two boys, Matthew and Jake. Living there influenced her decision on where to open her second store. “Mendota Heights felt like the perfect location, as we reside in the southern suburbs,” she said. “I’m really excited to be part of the Mendota Heights business community. I’m ready to see where this new endeavor can take me and my

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customers.” Haas’s son Matthew has Down syndrome, so she has been active in raising awareness and funding for Down Syndrome organizations and other charitable groups through fundraisers at her first store. “Knowing I can make a difference with my stores will make all the work worth it,” she said. “At my St. Louis Park boutique we host fashion fundraisers for several different charities and we plan to host them at our Mendota Heights store as well.” For more information, call Kristine at 612-9656260 or visit, www.apricotlanewestend. com.

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ill’s Floral, a new 2 , 6 0 0 - s q u a re - f o o t full-service floral shop with a south-of-the-border flair, recently opened at 1166 S. Robert St., across from Signal Hills Shopping Center in West St. Paul. It is co-owned by Maricruz and Francisco Hernandez and Klever and Ivette Palacios, who eagerly share their love for flowers and floral arrangements to help customers use flowers to celebrate any occasion. They offer all sorts of arrangements: bright birthday bouquets, dainty “Welcome Baby” bouquets, wedding arrangements, funeral sprays, “Get Well” arrays and arrangements for Latino celebrations, such as the Mexican Quinceañera (15th birthday) celebration. Hill’s Floral also offers special occasion cards, balloons, silk flowers, green plants, gift baskets, and delivery service. What happens when a customer shows up at Hills

Floral but has only $10 to spend? Maricruz Hernandez recalled one such encounter. “We came up with an arrangement of daisies and other less expensive flowers,” she said. “If they are flexible in the flowers they want, we will work with their budget.” The name “Hill’s Floral” was chosen to honor the history of the area. Legend has it that Signal Hills got its name from Native Americans who sent smoke signals to tribes camped in South St. Paul to warn them of danger or unexpected visitors in the area. Klever Palacios brings his business expertise to Hills Floral, as well as knowledge of one of the shop’s specialties: Ecuadorian roses. A native of Ecuador, Palacios has owned the Rose Shop in northeast Minneapolis for the past nine years. He says Ecuadorian roses are the finest in the world and sell for $19 for two dozen at Hill’s Floral. “Because of the yearround twelve hours of sun-

shine each day, Ecuadorian roses grow faster, have bigger petals and thicker longer stems, which hold more water and make the rose last longer – usually up to two weeks,” explained Klever. The roses are bundled and shipped to Miami in refrigerated airplanes two or three times each week, then transported in refrigerated trucks to Minneapolis. Depending on the season, roses selected for the floral shops are procured once a week or more. Two-thirds of Ecuador’s roses – some 500 million blooms a year – end up in the United States.

A budding business Hill’s Floral was conceived when Maricruz met Klever at a Latino leadership class sponsored by the St. Paul Public Schools and the Wilder Foundation. Klever told the class that he would gladly mentor anyone wanting to start their own floral business. After the class, Maricruz marched right up to him and took him up on the offer.

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Hill’s Floral co-owners Klever and Ivette Palacios and Maricruz and Francisco Hernandez. A native of Mexico with a degree in English from the University of Puebla in Puebla, Mexico, Maricruz has lived in Minnesota for 16 years and has held a variety of jobs. The one constant, though, has been her love of working with flowers. While visiting Mexico nearly eight years ago, she bumped into her old friend Francisco Hernandez. After returning to Minnesota they began a long-distance relationship over the internet. Six years and two chil-

dren later they are enjoying life as a married couple and are excited to have found Klever and Ivette to be their business partners. Maricruz has taken formal floral classes in funeral and celebratory arrangements at Koehler and Dramm wholesale florists in Minneapolis. On occasion, she will still call her instructor there if she has a question regarding floral arranging. With December just around the corner, the Hill’s Floral owners are expecting

a lot of business from the local Hispanic community, starting December 12 with the celebration of “Our Lady of Guadalupe.” They are even gearing up for Valentine’s Day, with Maricruz already planning for extra help and trying to decide how many bunches of roses to send on Valentines Day to the greatest mother in the world – hers!

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ucked away on a wooded lot near City Hall in West St. Paul, seemingly far from the municipal hustle and bustle, is a charming little English cottage that houses Maudie MacBride’s Tea in the Woods. It’s a treasure for anyone who enjoys being swept away to a more romantic, genteel era,

Devonshire cream. Owners Todd and Carole Bradley discovered the shy little 1946 house at 59 Wentworth Ave. five years ago. They are shaping their find into a Queen Victorian Princess, having already added a sun-filled solarium and a deck adorned with imported English limestone railings. A higher chimney and cathedral ceilings are still to come. A carriage

Maudie MacBride’s signature tea is called Rose Romance. Carole is sworn to secrecy regarding the recipe but did hint that it is made with rose petals and comes from a recipe at the Ritz Hotel in Paris. when society paused in the afternoon for a civilized and satisfying cup of tea. Maudie MacBride’s is a step back to the Victorian Days of china, flowers, scones and

house on the property is being refurbished to elegant stature and the grounds have been lovingly nurtured to include a waterfall, bridge, fountain and flow-

ers galore, in the style of an English garden. The home exudes an ambiance of elegance with exquisite antique furniture and window treatments. The table in the solarium is set with flowers, china, crystal, the finest silver, and cloth linens, ready for customers to enjoy at tea time. A classic tea at Maudie MacBride’s might include scones with Devonshire cream and jam for the first course. The second course might offer a variety of dainty sandwiches, such as the traditional cucumber sandwich, roast beef with horseradish on rye, chicken salad on a baby croissant, ham salad or egg salad on a rye puff, and date cream cheese on raisin bread. The third course? What else but diminutive desserts: cupcakes, chocolate éclairs with custard, raspberry mousse in dark chocolate flavored cups, almond fingers and cherry/walnut bars. Maudie MacBride’s sig-

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magazine and Victorian Magazine. Maudie MacBride’s started as a gift shop on Grand Avenue. Carole and Todd had purchased a home there, gutted it and redesigned the interior, furnishing it in Victorian style and adding hand painting on the walls, something they had seen in Paris. Carole sold jewelry, vintage dresses and other wares. When her friends suggested she offer English teas there, Carole took the idea seriously. She has always loved tea parties, dating back to when she was a child and invited her dolls and neighborhood friends to join her for a cup of tea. While on vacation in Europe she and Todd experienced and adored the formal teas they attended. Lacking a commercial kitchen to make the goodies necessary for a proper English tea, Carole recruited Avalon Tea House in White Bear Lake to cater her Grand Avenue location. Their dainty sandwiches and desserts were a big hit. The teas ended, however,

when the Bradleys decided to try townhouse living. It didn’t suit them well. Decorating restrictions eventually drove them out. One day Carole was driving down Wentworth Avenue and noticed a house for sale. She loved the large lot, and the little house reminded her of her childhood. They negotiated a deal and have now transformed it into their very own English cottage and garden. Tea Time Magazine got wind of the new location and featured Maudie MacBride’s Tea in the Woods in this year’s June/July issue. Maudie MacBride’s is open daily from noon to six by reservation only. Prices begin at $29.95, including a “remembrance” gift from Carole. Gift certificates are available. Reservations are requested at least one week in advance, with a minimum party of four. The cottage grounds are also available to rent for weddings of up to 50 people. For more information, call 651-2004460 or visit

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organized and its members purchased a church built in 1892 by the Ascension Episcopal Church. The limestone structure was located on Clinton and Isabel streets, just behind the current Neigborhood House. Parishioners lived close enough to walk to services. It was officially dedicated in 1915. The Temple of Aaron synagogue was across the street and a Methodist Church was on the other corner. “You could throw a stone to each one of them,” said Joe Zaine, an 85-year member. “It used to be a ‘ghetto faith’ or ‘ethnic faith,’” said Paul Ablan, chair of the church board. “When immigrants arrived they would settle in ethnic neighborhoods. The church was the common bond that they all had.” Ablan estimates the square footage of the first church at about 1,200 feet. Joe Zaine’s wife, Beverly, said her uncle dug a basement for added space to be used for Sunday School, with partitions to separate the different grades, and as a fellowship hall. At that time the liturgy was in English rather than the Arabic of its founders because immigrants were encouraged to learn the English language. Over the years the little limestone church began

The consecration ceremony of the orignial St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in 1915. to deteriorate and parishioners started moving out of the West Side flats and into West St. Paul. Renovation was considered but the congregation had already outgrown the space and many believed the building was unsafe. It would cost $40,000 to repair it, which was a lot of money in those days, especially for a congregation of 45 families and 181 members. There wasn’t any money in the bank, Joe Zaine recalled when he went to Liberty Bank and asked for a loan for the church. The loan officer said he would comply if the money was used for a building not a church, so members agreed to design a “multipurpose” structure and began to search for land to accommodate it. They found the five acre site on Oakdale Avenue. It was owned by nuns who were determined to sell their property to a church instead of a business.

Food for funds The members at St. George had to hustle to raise money, and Syrian meals were a popular fundraiser.

Twice a year they would make kibby (ground lamb seasoned with pine nuts and butter), green beans, rice pilaf, cabbage rolls, salad and baklava for 1,500 people. They served the meals at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church on St. Paul’s West Side and St. Joseph’s in West St. Paul. “It was a large undertaking for a small group,” said Beverly Zaine. The Very Reverend Father John Khoury, since retired after serving as St. George pastor for 31 years, asked permission from the bishop to raise funds by playing bingo. It was granted so they rented space at the Union Hall near St. Joseph’s Hospital in downtown St. Paul. Those events helped them raise a lot of money, fast. Once the funding goals were met, they nixed the bingo. In 1968 St. George parishioners purchased the land and in 1973 the “multipurpose” structure was built as the first stage of a four-stage building plan that was intended to be completed in 10 years. Church services were to be held there and old Byzantine icons and furnishings

from the former West Side church, along with its crystal chandelier, were brought to the new location. The first service was held in February 1974. “There was a lot of nostalgia for the old church and all the weddings, funerals and baptisms that took place there,” recalled Joe Zaine. The second phase of the building program was completed in 1975 with the construction of a new parish home adjacent to the building. The third phase began in 1980 with the construction of a new church that had a Byzantine-style design that reflected its Middle Eastern Orthodox tradition. The first service in the new church was held in March 1982, with the official consecration on September 11, 1989 by His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Philip Saliba. The year 1998 proved a momentous one when two Antiochian parishes in St. Paul – St. Mary’s Church on Robert Street and St. George on Oakdale – formally united with the blessing of Metropolitan Philip.

St. George grew from 120 families to 150 families. “They were a great addition and very active parishioners,” said Ablan. A 20 percent increase in the size of the congregation required further expansion. In 2001 a large addition was built and the church was redecorated. The large fellowship hall and enormous kitchen make serving Syrian dinners – which still goes on today – a joy. A dedication service and consecration of the new altar was held in May 2002. Cultural and social events keep the ethnic flavor of the church alive. The church offers classes in Arabic. Syrian dance groups of children and adults practice at the church and have performed at the Festival of Nations in St. Paul. “When the church first started it was an immigrant church, a Middle Eastern community of faith,” said Ablon. “In the 1940s it was the children of the founders stepping up and they started bringing in converts through marriage. Now it’s growing with outsiders who have studied and have

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says that he will focus on solutions that start “from the neighborhood up.” He says that his dissatisfaction with City Hall began when construction of the Central Corridor Project along University Avenue resulted in more than 70 businesses closing. Holden also said business owners warned the city that the loss of 1,000 parking spaces would be disastrous for small businesses. He says that many jobs, livelihoods and family savings were lost, and that the city lost a significant part of its tax base. He believes the same will happen in Downtown St. Paul as public parking is lost in the construction of the St. Paul Saints ballpark. Holden disapproves of using public tax dollars to subsidize projects such as the Central Corridor and the Lowertown Ballpark. He advocates working collaboratively instead of using what he refers to as a top-down management style. He says he would work with the school district, other educational entities and businesses to ensure educational fairness and would seek a fair balance of public and private property taxes within the city. Holden is a graduate of St. Thomas Academy and received a degree in Crimi-

Your community news and information source nal Justice from St. Cloud State University. He is a single dad with twin daughters. Kurt Dornfeld is a street maintenance worker for the city of St. Paul who believes he sees things from a different perspective than most. He describes himself as an “independent regular guy” trying to make St. Paul a better place. He wants to advocate for the middle class, who he believes are stuck in the middle. His agenda includes creating better streets through better maintenance, managing city government so that workers enjoy their jobs, legalizing marijuana, and closing the gap between the highest paid employee and lowest paid in city government. Dornfeld points out that two percent of the City’s street maintenance budget was used to finance the Lowertown Ballpark. That money, he believes, should stay under street maintenance. Dornfield is a leader of a local community group and a member of the Masons. Sharon Anderson, a perennial candidate, is also on the ballot.

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Incumbent Jean chanic Arts High School O’Connell, current board and earned a bachelor’s and chair, was elected to the master’s degree in education School Board in 2009. She from the University of Minco-chaired the St. Paul Pu- nesota. During his career bic Schools property tax as an educator he taught levy referendum committee ten years at Mechanic Arts in 2012 that received 61.5 Junior and Senior High percent voter approval in School, three years at WashNovember. As a member ington High School, and 21 of the Mayor’s Education years at Como Park High Leadership Team, she says School. He was a hockey she has used her business and baseball coach at all management experience three schools. He retired and skills in developing from teaching in 2000 but comprehensive strategic continues his involvement plans for the educational in education at the school challenges facing the school board level. He describes district. She has been a 3M himself as widowed and the employee for 34 years work- proud grandfather of two ing in a variety of positions boys. His two daughters including community af- graduated from Como Park fairs, quality, supply chain High School. He is also a and manufacturing. She was member of the Rice Street responsible for bringing the Athletic Club and the Ro3M Visiting Wizard pro- tary Club of St. Paul. gram to the district, which Chue Vue is a first time involves 3M employees candidate for school board. volunteering at elementary A native of Laos, he fled schools to educate students with his family at age ten to on the “magic” of science. escape the incoming ComO’Connell has volunteered munist regime. He attended as a math tutor for fifth and school for the first time in sixth graders at Maxfield Oklahoma. Chue said he and Chelsea Heights El- benefited from teachers ementary Schools, as a basic who instilled in him a deep skills test tutor, and Junior belief in the importance of Achievement teacher. She is high quality education. He a graduate of the University graduated from high school of Minnesota-Duluth. She in La Crosse, Wisc., then and her husband John live double majored in Chemin the Como Park neighbor- istry and Philosophy at St. hood and have two daugh- Olaf College in Northfield, ters: Meghan, a graduate of Minn. He worked with the St. Paul Central, and Kelly, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Sera student at Cretin-Derham vice as a research chemist Hall. for more than a decade. He Incumbent John Bro- then enrolled at the William drick was first elected to Mitchell College of Law in the school board in 2001. St. Paul where he received He graduated from Me- 4:04his and went HumboldtAd:Layout 1 10/18/11 PM law Pagedegree, 1

on to found the United Legal Law Firm. He works on family, criminal, bankruptcy and personal injury law. Chue and his wife May Tong Yang have five children. He just completed his term as chair of the Hmong American Partnership, and volunteers with disadvantaged youth in programs such as Upward Bound and the William Mitchell College of Law Future in Learning Law program. Terrance Bushard, a first time candidate, graduated from Cretin High School, the University of Minnesota School of Business, and then worked in the printing industry for 20 years. Since 2003 he has been working in print sales and has been a web master of  Bushard says that his main reason for running for school board is to raise awareness for a course called “Truth About Politics,” which he wants included in the St. Paul Public Schools curriculum. He said the course will provide students with a clearer understanding of the need to organize for the purpose of questioning the financial management practices of elected officials. Greg Copeland is also a first time candidate. He graduated with a degree in political science from St. Leo University in St. Leo, Fla., and took graduate courses in public administration at Hamline University in St. Paul. He is a former city manager of the city of Maplewood and is now a public administration consultant. He was a 12-year member and chair of the St. Paul Charter Commission and served six years on the St. Paul Capital Investment Board, including as vice



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lection Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. This isn’t a high profile election year, yet important decisions will still be made at the polls. Residents living in Independent School District (ISD) 197 (West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan) will elect three school board members. Current board members David Koziol, Pat Barnum and Dewayne Dill are concluding four-year terms. Dill is the only one seeking re-election. Three other candidates are running for the first time. Dill has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He is the former president and CEO of Dalex Livestock Solutions. He sold his interest in the company on May 31, 2013, and started Facticity Technologies, Inc. at the end of July.  Dill has served one term on the school board (elected in 2009). He was elected to the TIES Executive Board (TIES is a technology consortium owned by 48 Minnesota School districts). He and his wife will celebrate their 30th anniversary in January. They have five children and three grandchildren. His two youngest are still at home: one is a student at Henry Sibley High School and one is a student at Heritage E-Stem. Dill’s wife is a teacher at Somerset Elementary. Mathew Klein  works for  Hennepin County Medical Center coordinating care between specialists and patients. He  grew up in St. Paul and graduated from Highland Park Senior High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the  University of Wisconsin then graduated from Mayo Medical School. Klein was vice president of Heritage Elementary School Boosters PTA, 2011-2012, and was part of ISD 197’s Strategic Framework Committee in 2012. He is presently part of the District’s Facilities Planning Task Force. He and his wife Kristine  have five children, ages nine to 14, who attend school in the district. Klein was also on the  Board of Directors for Dean Medical Systems, 2007-2009, and part of the  Healthcare for the Homeless Council last year. Stephanie Levine is  an actuary who specializes in pension plans. She has 13 years of volunteer work

and board membership in the PTA. She was involved in the successful passage of the school levy last year. She has served on the District’s Strategic Redesign Advisory Committee and the Facilities Utilization Committee. She is involved in the Parent Ambassador Network. She and her husband, Jimmy, have two children. One attends Henry Sibley High School and the other graduated from Sibley last year. Their children also attended Early Childhood Family Education at Mendota Elementary and Friendly Hills Middle School. Levine is active on several nonprofit boards in the community, serving in capacities from treasurer to president.  John Chandler has a bachelor of arts degree from Louisiana State University. He works as development director for the Dodge Nature Center and lives in Mendota Heights. Before his work at the Dodge Nature Center, Chandler worked at Dunwoody College for five years. Dodge

Nature Center operates in partnership with ISD 197 by supporting the curriculum at Garlough Environmental Magnet School and Heritage E-STEM Middle School. Chandler is an active volunteer at Somerset Elementary, and served on the ISD-197 Education Foundation Board, and on scholarship selection committees for various organizations. He is married with three children attending ISD 197 schools, two at Somerset Elementary and one at Heritage E-STEM Middle School.

Polling locations Combined Precinct 1: Heritage Middle School, 121 W. Butler Ave., West St. Paul (West St. Paul Ward 1-Precinct 1, Ward 2-Precinct 1, Ward 3-Precinct 1) Combined Precinct 2:    St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1575 Charlton St., West St. Paul (West St. Paul Ward 1-Precinct 2, Ward 2-Precinct 2, Ward 3 - Precinct 2; city of Sunfish Lake; Inver Grove Heights

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N ews Briefs Student notes Vincent Lulic of Mendota Heights and Matthew Tessmer of West St. Paul graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Both earned a bachelor of arts degree. Anna Thul of Mendota Heights graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor of science in elementary and middle education. Julie Davis of West St. Paul graduated from the University of WisconsinEau Claire with a bachelor of arts in history.

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Your community news and information source a.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, at Crown of Life Lutheran Church, 115 Crusader Ave., West St. Paul. A 10:30 a.m. blood pressure clinic will precede the presentation, and a lunch will follow. An RSVP is requested but not required. Call the church at 651-451-3832 to RSVP and, if needed, to arrange transportation. Crown of Life Senior luncheons and presentations are held quarterly to help area seniors deal with issues associated with aging.

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St. Croix Lutheran has initiated a program called “New Friends.” It recruits and trains students to support and encourage their peers who have special needs and works to break down social stigmas sometimes attached to youth with special needs. The program is off to a great start, with 75 students attending the first meeting. For more information contact Lorna Kapanke at lkapanke@st- HHW collection American Veterans/Mexican American Post #5 Ramsey County’s houseCEREMONIA DE CONMEMORACIÓN DEL colhold hazardous waste Men’s DIAChorale DE LOS VETERANOS DE GUERRA lection site at Bay West, loDomingo 10 de noviembre de 1 a 3 p.m. concert cated near the State Capitol House (Centro Paul y ShEila The Neighborhood Minnesota Valley at 5 Empire Dr., St. Paul, Wellstone) 179 Robie St., Paul Men’s Chorale will present is openSt.year-round. Dropa free concert at 3 p.m., off is free for residents of “Recordando el pasado”

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• The program will include a rifle salute, taps, the honoring and reading of the names of deceased veterans. Call Gilbert de la O at 651-292-0592 if you want your loved one included in the readings. • Special recognition of Post 5 members for their volunteer work. • JROTC members from Humboldt High School will participate in the program. • Refreshments will be served. All St. Paul Veterans are encourage to attend.

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Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Riverview Baptist Church, 14 E. Moreland Ave., West St. Paul. The 50-voice Chorale, now in its 11th season under the direction of Steve Boehlke, will perform a combination of sacred and secular selections. A freewill offering will be taken.

Halloween bonfire and pumpkin collection The city of West St. Paul will host its annual Halloween bonfire at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31 at Harmon Park, located near Bernard and Charlton streets. Hot dogs and beverages will be served at 7 p.m. The City is also hosting a pumpkin collection 9 a.m.noon, Saturday, Nov. 2 at the City Hall parking lot, 1616 Humboldt Ave. For more information, call 651552-4144.

• El programa incluirá saludo con rifle, sonar de tambores, homenaje y lectura de nombres de los veteranos fallecidos. Llamar a Gilberto de la O. al 651-292-0592 si desea que algún seronly querido sea incluidoSouth en laoflectura. The St. Paul cemetery the Mississippi • Reconocimiento especial de los veteranos. • JROTC miembros de la Escuela Secundaria Humboldt participarán en el programa. • Se servirán refrescos

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Flag disposal American Legion Challenger Post 521 has a collection box in the vestibule at the West St. Paul Municipal Center, 1616 Humboldt Ave., for American flags that are torn, frayed or discolored. For more information on flag disposal or on the Challenger Post, call John Ertel at 651-4575597.


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Beer Bust and Taco Feed A Beer Bust and Taco Feed is scheduled for noon4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 at Jersey’s Bar and Grill, 6449 Concord Blvd., Inver Grove Heights. The event is a fundraiser for West St. Paul resident Breanna Kubes, who was diagnosed with breast cancer on August 14. Kubes and her husband Steve have three girls, ages 7, 4 and 1. The event will feature tacos, beer and a silent auction. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. To order tickets, contact Rachel Brennan at, Amy Seidl at or Jenny Koza at

Bake and craft sales Holy Family Maronite Catholic Church of Mendota Heights is hosting its annual bake and craft sale Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17. The event is held in the church social hall at 1960 S. Lexington Ave., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 651-291-1116 or visit www.holyfamilyevents. org. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 401 Concord St., St. Paul, is hosting its “Gifts for All Seasons” craft and bake sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24. For more information, call 651-228-0506.

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Concerned about WSP developments I read your West St. Paul Corridor piece in The Voice with great interest. In recent years, more and more cities and municipalities have invaded the private sector and gone into business for us taxpayers. I do appreciate the efforts by our Council members on our behalf, but they must not have enough to do. There are no referendums for these major investment initiatives, just continued TIF financing which adds to the taxpayer burden in the long run, unless of course, a significant profit is made. School districts hold a referendum for new expenses but our City doesn’t seem to need one. I have lived on the West Side and West St. Paul all my 75 years. When I was a lad, the current West St. Paul was mostly rural, with Robert Street connecting us to St. Paul and all points south. Both homes and businesses over the years were built along Robert and, over time, no longer serve the purposes for which they were originally constructed. Lately, our city council has taken it upon themselves to apply for some of our so-called “free Federal funds” to reconstruct Robert Street. Never mind that these funds just come from a different taxpayer pocket. Many residents are still unhappy about how quickly this was done, without significant input from residents. We keep being told that reducing four lanes to two and removing left turn options will significantly improve traffic flow. This conclusion is based on the assumption that once the light rail comes along, most folks will give up their cars. As public transit riders, we will then no longer have to worry about left turns. I wonder if the Council ever drove over to Hiawatha Boulevard and looked at how much that reconstruction helped the South Minneapolis neighborhoods. I do know that neighborhood has had a few “suicide by light rail” incidents in recent years, as drivers wait and wait for trains to pass during busy hours. Soon we will witness the same “improvement” in our University Avenue neighborhoods. What we have yet to hear from our City leaders is how these clearings of old homes and businesses, and reconstruction of Robert Street will positively affect our City’s financial bottom-line. We are largely a bedroom community, punctuated with big box stores and fast food options...a lot like Lake Street. Who will buy these new empty lots and add once again to our tax base? Fast food places have failed and now sit empty. Many of the senior residences recently constructed are half occupied. We were informed that our new Chiclet Sports Dome near City Hall has helped Carbone’s pizza. But where all the other new businesses will come from is known only to the crystal ball of the West St. Paul Council. Signal Hills Center is an ill-kept disgrace. Empty stores there have sat for years with little or no interest to commercial investors. If we can wait long enough, maybe the land will one day return to its original bucolic state: a few truck farms and horses to ride in the pasture, and every now and then the ding-ding of a near-empty passing light rail train. Isn’t progress wonderful? Tom King W. St. Paul

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Humboldt High School Art teacher Steve Elizondo assists Zhiara Price in creating an ofrenda. An ofrenda is a memorial created to honor the memory of a loved one who has passed away. They are primarily a Mexican tradition used to celebrate the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on November 1 and 2. Humboldt is one of three high schools in the state that will be represented in the “Young People’s Ofrendas: Expressions of Life and Remembrance” exhibit showing through November 24 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA). MIA began the project in 2008, collaborating with El Colegio High School in Minneapolis, which will also have student-made ofrendas in this year’s exhibit, along with Humboldt and Austin High School in Austin, Minn. This is the third year Humboldt has participated in the project. Under the direction of art teachers Steve Elizondo and Michelle Carrillo, students worked for six weeks researching and creating their own personal ofrendas, 15 of which will be included in the exhibit. To celebrate their accomplishment, the students will take a field trip to the MIA to view the show.




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uring the course of the past several months, St. Thomas Academy (STA) has garnered a good deal of publicity among the sporting public on both sides of the river because of the perceived superiority of its athletic programs. Most of the attention, some of it tarnished with outright contempt, has been directed toward the Cadets’ domination in the state’s most traditional of athletic activities, football and hockey. Lost in the shuffle are the tremendous records compiled by the STA swimming and diving team (state title holders in 11 of the past 15 seasons) and the alpine ski team (state champs in 2009, 2010 and 2011). And there has been no varsity team on campus in recent years that has earned the acclaim accorded the STA 2012-13 rifle team. Toiling in virtual ano-

nymity, the squad captured three national championships: The U.S. Army JROTC National Service Championship in Camp Perry, Ohio in January 2013; the U.S. Army Jr. Air Rifle National Championship at Ft. Benning, Ga. in February 2013; and the NRA Junior Rifle Indoor National Championship in Forest Lake, Minn. in March 2013. The STA rifle team has a long and distinguished history. Numerous elaborate plaques and trophies dating as far back as 1929 crowd the hallway walls adjacent to the shooting range. The 10-lane range has been part of the building since it was constructed in 1965. The team’s head coach (or “moderator”) is Paul Preblich, who is in his 11th season at the helm. Preblich retired from active duty in the U.S. Army in 2003 and has been a part of the STA faculty ever since. In addition to his coaching duties,

he teaches the 10th grade leadership class. He was also kind enough to conduct a class in Marksmanship 101 for a greenhorn sportswriter. “Marksmanship training for all ninth and tenth grade students at STA has always been a part of the school’s curriculum,” said Preblich, “but it was evident when I got here in 2003 that the prestige and prominence of the STA rifle team had slipped dramatically. I was asked to revive it and return it to its winning ways.” That he has done, and then some. Over the course of the past several years, the rifle team has dominated state competitions. It captured its first national title in February 2012. There are two categories of marksmanship shooting. The Precision category is what you see in the Olympics and at most collegiate competitions. Equipment, including the rifle and high tech leather uniforms, costs

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Saint Thomas Academy’s rifle team was recently named “Sporter Standing National Champions” by the National Rifle Association. Team members are (left to right) Sam Supplee, Madden Chapman (co-captain), Patrick Cramer and Nicholas Caspers. Absent is Tyler Johnson, co-captain. upwards of $6,000. The Sporter category requires that the shooter compete with a rifle with a price tag of less than $600, and the uniform is “sport” clothes. STA competes in the Sporter category and is currently the only high school in the state with a rifle team. They compete against junior clubs from all over the state, many of them sponsored by American Legion Posts. The Cadets’

sponsor is American Legion Post #424 of Inver Grove Heights. “We host about six competitions per year on our range, with about ten to twelve teams in each event,” said Preblich. “We also host the Minnesota Junior Olympic competition every January.” Marksmanship is a winter sport at STA and tryouts for the rifle team take place every year during the third

week of October. “We usually get about seventy kids in grades nine through twelve competing for the ten spots on the team,” said Preblich. “Those who have lettered previously are accorded no advantage. It is a new and fully open competition every year.” Five of the ten team members take part in a STA rifle team / Page 13

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the eight rounds and, in the process, worked the crowd into a frenzy. In the middle of the second round, Lee caught McLaurin with a vicious combination that sent him reeling against the ropes. World-renowned referee Mark Nelson ruled it a knockdown on the basis that only the ropes kept McLaurin from finding the canvas. Lee was sent to his corner and McLaurin was required to take a standing eight-count.

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n exuberant, boisterous crowd of over 4,000 gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 21 for a seven-bout professional boxing card that featured three Minnesota State Championship bouts. A significant portion of those in attendance were from St. Paul’s West Side. They were there to cheer on native son Tony Lee in his rematch against Jeremy McLaurin for the state’s lightweight title. Lee and McLaurin had fought exactly three months earlier at the same venue. Although one judge had scored the eight-round bout 77-75 in favor of Lee, the other two judges deemed it a 76-76 tie, and according to boxing parlance, the fight went into the books as a “majority draw.” That outcome pleased no one, especially Lee’s trainer, Otis Gage. While disappointed with the decision, Gage was more disappointed with his fighter. “He drifted away from the fight plan,” said Gage. “He lost his aggressiveness and didn’t finish him off when he had opportunities to do so. And I thought he took some shots he shouldn’t have taken in the later rounds.” Lee has great respect for Gage – the two of them are linked tightly – and he didn’t dispute his trainer’s assessment. “I made the first fight too personal,” Lee said several

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given competition. All competitors shoot from three different positions – prone, kneeling and standing – at ten targets that are ten meters away. They are allotted one shot at each target or a total of 10 shots from each position. The targets are about the size of a silver dollar and are on an 8 1/2 by 11-inch cream-colored cardboard background. There are ten rings within each target, with the outer ring worth one point, the next closer ring worth two points and so on. The bulls-eye, with a diameter of less than a quarter of an inch, is worth 10 points.

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days before the rematch. “I got a little complacent and let him get off a few punches that didn’t really hurt me. The only thing I will change for this fight is my thought process. It will be all business from start to finish.” On fight night, with my media credentials dangling from my neck, I was guided to a table about 30 feet from the ring. The eight folks seated at the adjacent table, crazed fight fans fortified by the consumption of copious amounts of alcohol, decided that Jeremy McLaurin was their man. I

rather timidly expressed my preference for Tony Lee. A gentleman at my table must have I thought I had some inside information. He slapped down a $20 bill and got a taker at the neighboring table to match his bet. My duties suddenly expanded. Not only was I covering the fight, I was now the designated “keeper of the cash.” The fighters made their way into the ring at 10 p.m. As they did in June, Lee and McLaurin stood toe to toe and hammered away at each other for nearly all of

The maximum score a shooter can attain from a particular position is 100, or a total of 300 points for the entire competition. The aggregate score of the top four individuals represents the team’s point total. Fortunately, this isn’t baseball or football and point totals are not determined at the whim of an umpire or referee. The spent cardboard sheets are fed individually into a machine, much like those used for a standardized classroom test. The results are read and tabulated by a computer. Preblich is excited about the prospects for his 201314 team. “We lost one of our team captains, Tyler Johnson,

through graduation,” he said, “but we get back the other four members of our national championship team. All of them have been on the varsity since ninth grade and they are determined to get better.” Returning are senior Patrick Cramer and juniors Madden Chapman, Sam Supplee and Nicholas Caspers. The trophies, plaques and etched glassware are piling up fast. By the time Chapman, Supplee and Caspers graduate, Preblich may have to find some space within the hallowed walls of the new Vincent J. Flynn Activities Center to display all of that championship hardware.

was washed away in the moment as they rightfully acknowledged that each of them had “left it all” inside the ropes. It took the ring announcer only a few minutes to gather the scorecards from the three judges and reveal the results. One judge scored the fight 77-74. The other two had it 76-75. “It’s a unanimous decision,” he bellowed, “for the new Lightweight Champion of Minnesota, Tony ‘2 Sharp’ Lee!”

‘This one’s for the West Side’ That combination may have been the deciding factor. Lee was never in danger, but there was also no “quit” in McLaurin. Presumably sensing that he was behind, he threw an astounding number of punches in the final two rounds. I thought Lee had judiciously dodged or fended off almost all of them and I was confident as the crowd rose to its feet in unison in anticipation of the final bell. The two fighters embraced. Whatever negative karma had existed between the two of them in the past

I jumped in the air about an inch or two and darn near pulled a hamstring in the process, then enthusias-

tically slid the $40 over to my tablemate. At the onset of a postfight interview in the ring, an excited and very emotional Lee said, “This one’s for the West Side!” I exited the area and tried to work my way toward the fighter, finding him holding his championship belt high in the air and surrounded by adoring family, friends and supporters, many of them small children. Finally, I got my opportunity to shake Otis’ hand and share a hug with Tony. “All the work paid off, champ,” I said. “You’ve got the heart of a lion.” It seems that every fighter has a ring name these days, including Tony Lee. His moniker, “2 Sharp,” is even emblazoned across his boxing trunks. I get that. Lee is dedicated to his craft and is a no-nonsense, exquisitely conditioned fighter. But to me he is more than that. It might be time to stitch something different on those trunks. How about the “The Pride of the West Side!”

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

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“Blue Man Group – Making Waves,” is presented through January 12, 2014. Dance, sing and move your way through this hands-on exhibit based on the Blue Man Group. Invent your own instrument with PVC tubes, rock out on a Theramin organ and

experiment with patterns on a sand drum. “Mastermind, Mold and Make” is presented through January 20, 2014. Invent, tinker, hack, design or make something cool in this constantly changing exhibit that is designed to spark creative thinking, collaboration and imagination. Tickets are $9.50. Explore the museum free of charge 9 a.m.-5 p.m. the third Sunday of each month.

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Ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9. Tickets are $40$45. “Gulliver Unravels: Kevin Kling & Chastity Brown” is presented at 8 p.m., November 29 and 30, and 2 p.m., December 1. Renowned storyteller Kevin Kling and singer/songwriter Chastity Brown present a unique program mixed with fact and fiction on the classic tale of “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift. Tickets are $35.

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“Baby Case” is presented through November 3 at the History Theatre. tion” is presented November 9-March 16, 2014. Spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring ’20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a Constitutional Amendment, this exhibition brings the story of Prohibition vividly to life. “Then Now Wow” highlights Minnesota’s history in the prairies, forests and cities. Visitors will encounter multi-media exhibits, artifacts and images unique to Minne-

sota’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

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“Baby Case” is presented through November 3. In 1932, the 20-month-old baby of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was taken from his crib. This musical follows the sensationalized


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S ample St. Paul searches, investigations and accusations that led up to America’s first “trial of the century.” Tickets are $30-$40. “Christmas of Swing” is presented November 23-December 22. The Andrews Sisters are preparing to lift the spirits of America’s soldiers with a show full of Christmas songs, swing tunes and special appearances by their friends Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, and Abbott and Costello. This joyful celebration of music, family and patriotism mixes great holiday songs and comedy sketches with real letters from World War II G.I.s. Tickets are $30-$40.

Landmark Center

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Minnesota music legends Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover will perform at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 in the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium. Koerner, Glover and their colleague, the late Dave Ray, were stars of the 1960s folk music and blues revival. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. A St. Martin’s Day celebration is held 4-6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10. Celebrate the spirit of

giving and commemorate the generous spirit of St. Martin through lantern making and a parade through Rice Park at dusk, led by “St. Martin” and his trusty horse. The event is free but donations are requested for Joseph’s Coat, a free clothing store for those in need. Ballet Tuesday is featured noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12. Meet the new company of St. Paul City Ballet dancers, learn about a typical ballet class, check out excerpts from the coming season, and do some dancing. Free. The Skylark Opera concert is presented at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17. This concert will showcase popular American songs from the beginning of the 20th century. Free. The Shubert Club is hosting the following free concerts noon-1 p.m. in Courtroom 317 of the Landmark Center: November 7 - Pat O’ Keefe, clarinet, and Paul Cantrell, piano; Alyssa Anderson, mezzo-soprano, and Joseph Spoelstra, guitar, music of Daniel Nass and Paul Cantrell; November 14 - Daria Adams, violin, Cléa Galhano, recorder, Layton James, harpsichord; November 21 - Zeitgeist, Margaret Humphrey, vi-

Your community news and information source olin, Momoko Tanno, soprano, Asako Hirabayashi, harpsichord, music of Asako Hirabayashi. The Shubert Club is also hosting three multimedia evenings of chamber music and art celebrating the paintings of Francisco de Goya. Concerts are held in Courtroom 317 of the Landmark Center at 7:30 p.m., October 29, November 5 and 12. Tickets are $12 in advance or $16 at the door. Cocktails with Culture - Layton “Skip” James will perform on the harpsichord November 14. This free event is held 5-7 p.m. on the second floor gallery space of the Landmark Center and features a woodturning demonstration. Cocktails are available for purchase during the happy hour event.

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The Shubert Club will host its next international artist series concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, featuring Christian Tetzlaff, violin, and Lars Vogt, piano. Tickets start at $25 and can be ordered at or by calling 651-292-3268.

Park Square Theatre

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“Mary T and Lizzy K” is presented through November 10. Step through the doors of the White House dressing room and eavesdrop on a conversation between two women from very different worlds: First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her talented seamstress Lizzy Keckly, a freed slave and successful businesswoman. Alternately bantering and sharing intimacies as Mary dresses for the theater, neither knows that this trip will change their lives and the world as they know it. As one woman’s skilled hands create beautiful garments, the other’s reality continues to slip further from her grasp. Tickets are $38-$58. “Of Mice and Men” is presented November 26-December 20. A poignant story about the American Dream told through the friendship of two men: George, a shrewd, fast-talking man of the road, and Lennie, built like an ox but with the mind of a child. As they struggle to make a living as migrant workers, they dream of owning their own ranch. How-

ever, life’s harsh realities combine to test the limits of their friendship. Tickets are $38-$58. “Words by Ira Gershwin and the Great American Songbook” is presented November 20-December 20. Ira Gershwin’s name is not as well-known as that of his famous brother, George, but he wrote the lyrics to many unforgettable tunes. Experience the quiet character of Ira Gershwin and discover his creative process of songwriting. Tickets are $38-$58.

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“Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” is presented through January 5, 2014. This exhibit explores ancient Maya society through the eyes of powerful kings and queens and the farmers, artisans, administrators and craftsmen who supported the elite. It features numerous artifacts and interactive exhibits. Tickets are $21 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, or $28 and $19 with admission to the Omnitheatre. “Mystery of the Maya” is presented in the Om-

nitheatre. Take a journey back in time with the explorers who unearthed this majestic ancient civilization in the jungles of Central America in the early 19th century. Filmed on location at sacred sites throughout the Maya regions, it features re-enactments of the archaeological expeditions that uncovered what we know about the Maya and showcases some of their most remarkable achievements in mathematics, writing, astronomy and calendrics. Museum tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. Omnitheatre tickets are $9 and $8 respectively.

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Country music superstar Brad Paisley will perform with special guests Chris Young and Danielle Bradbery at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16. Tickets are $25$59.75. Elton John will perform his iconic hits as well as songs from his new album, “The Diving Board,” at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22. Tickets are $29-$149.

West Side loses a neighborhood institution Tim Spitzack Editor


he corner of Winifred and Stryker is quieter than it has been in over a century due to the closure of Jerabek’s New Bohemian Coffeehouse and Bakery, a neighborhood institution since 1906. Owners Russell Spangler, Ronda Vincent and John Wills cited financial diffi-

culties in their painful decision to close the business at 63 W. Winifred St. on October 12. They still own the building but are looking for a buyer. Czech immigrant Ed Jerabek opened the bakery in 1906 and it quickly became famous for its old-world pastries, pies, cakes and breads. The bakery was in the Jerabek family for over 100 years. Ed’s daughter,

Melissa, was the last Jerabek to own it. She was responsible for adding the coffee shop that was a popular neighborhood gathering place. “It’s sad news for the neighborhood,” said Mason Wells, community organizer for the West Side Community Organization that hosted events at Jerabek’s. A note posted on Facebook reveals how difficult

it was for the current owners to close the business and the responsibility they feel for their employees. It said, in part, “Our neighbors and regular customers have been so wonderful that we cannot thank you all enough for the support you gave our institution, and we thank you for your recent outpouring of support once word was out that we were halting

A Taste of Minnesota returns to Harriet Island


ood, music and spectacular fireworks displays will return to Harriet Island July 3-6, 2014, thanks to the reorganization of A Taste of Minnesota, a name synonymous with summertime fun. The event is being managed by Linda Maddox, wife of the late Ron Maddox who founded the event in 1983. Before being discontinued in 2008 due to financial difficulties, the Taste attracted more than

200,000 people annually during its 26-year run. It was originally held on the State Capitol grounds but moved to Harriet Island in 2003. “We are thrilled to be back at work doing what we do best,” said Linda Maddox in a prepared statement. “I am reunited with a wonderful team with a history of running a successful event for Minnesotans. We plan on having the

festival in St. Paul for many years to come.” A Taste of Minnesota changed ownership in 2009 and operated for two years under a paid admission format before that group filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and discontinued the festival. With encouragement from past Taste supporters and vendors, Maddox and her team created a business plan this summer to resurrect the

event in its original form as a free event. In September, the city of St. Paul gave it its stamp of approval. The event is now owned by 10K Lakes, Inc., a group of residents from the Twin Cities who invest in community projects and events. Maddox, who helped run the Taste from 1996-2008, will serve as general manager. For more information, visit

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War and Peace


n reflecting upon my travels throughout MNRRA this past year, I realized that I have spent considerably more time in the central and southern area of the corridor than the northern end. Before this year-long series comes to an end, I wanted to fully explore the northern reaches. On my to-do list was paddling near the confluence of the Crow River, visiting the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts and hiking within the Islands of Peace Recreation Area. These areas are significant because the confluence of the Crow marks the northern boundary of MNRRA and here the Mississippi is designated as a Minnesota Wild and Scenic River. The Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites, and Islands of Peace Park is important for what it promotes. One Saturday morning I drove to a boat launch on the edge of the small

town of Dayton to start my paddle. The September morn was clear and calm and I was pleased to have the river to myself. From studying my map, I knew this section has rapids but I wasn’t prepared for how quickly I would be upon them. The rapids, which are little more than a riffle, are only about a hundred yards from the launch but stretch across nearly the entire breadth of the river. They were challenging not for their swiftness but because of the low level of water that ran through them. Before I could properly scout my path, my kayak was scratching the rocky bottom, and then I became stuck. On shore the residents of Dayton were crowded in a city park celebrating their fall festival. I suddenly felt like I was part of their entertainment. I could hear their snickers of laughter and feel their judgmental stares and as I struggled to push myself along to find enough water to float through. I desperately hoped I wouldn’t have to get out and drag my boat over the rocks. Eventually I found deeper water

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and quickly paddled out of sight. Downstream I didn’t fare much better. I tried to paddle around an island but again was thwarted by low, impassable water. After learning my lesson, I stayed in the deep, main channel for the remainder of my outing. As I paddled back to the launch, I had trepidation about returning through the rapids and past the crowd. Fortunately, I found deep water on the opposing bank and expertly maneuvered around the rapids. I could hear cheers and applause from the park. I imagined it was for me but knew better. As I exited the parking lot I was surprised to see a large number of people lining the street. They were scurrying to set up lawn chairs for what I presumed was a parade. A small gaggle of wide-eyed elementary school girls jumped up and down excitedly when they saw my blue kayak perched high on top of my truck. I believe they thought I was the first entrant in the parade. I drove slowly through town and expected a sour-

{ 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 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

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fourth Tuesday 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.

faced traffic cop to glare at me and wave me off the street, but none appeared. I imagined the pop of a public announcement system coming to life and an enthusiastic voice greeting the crowd: “And our first unit in this year’s parade is the fool who got his kayak stuck in the middle of the river.” The crowd cheered. I waved to them and tossed out Tootsie Rolls and other assorted candies. Before visiting Islands of Peace, I made a brief stop at the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, located in Fridley near where Rice Creek spills into the Mississippi. This historic Greek revival structure once served as a tavern and inn. John Banfill built it in 1847 to serve soldiers, fur traders and other travelers along the Red River Trail. After the property changed hands several times, the Locke family purchased it in 1912 and used it as a dairy farm. After closing that operation, they made it their summer home. Today, the building serves as a community arts center. I went inside and viewed a display of abstract art in the gallery, my footsteps echoing loudly as I moved across the wooden floor from one piece of art to the next. The art wasn’t nearly as impressive to me as were the thoughts of how many travelers have passed through these halls before me, and of the many families that have

gathered in these rooms for special occasions and for everyday living. I walked up a creaky staircase and peeked into a room were a group of painters was quietly putting brush to canvas. It’s good to see that this historic structure has been preserved for the community. Islands of Peace Park is not far from the BanfillLocke Center. It’s a scenic sanctuary of three islands: Chase, Durnham and Gil Hodges. Chase is the only one accessible by a pedestrian bridge. Two structures near the trailhead commemorate the park’s homage to peace. The first is a granite memorial surrounded by flags, dedicated by American Legion Shaddrick LaBeau Post 303 as “A tribute to the men and women who served America in times of war and peace.” The other is a wooden sign bearing a quote from Edward T. Wilmes, who founded the park in 1971. It says: “Islands of Peace: Where Peace Is A Way of Life Every Hour of Every Day for All Those Willing to Share the Experience.” The words were encouraging. As of late, I’ve been too focused on personal issues, the fractures in our country, and the ever looming threat of more military intervention around the world. I, like many, come to the river seeking answers, seeking peace, and this park was an appropriate place to do just that.

I ventured into the park and walked out to Chase Island to “share the experience.” There is nothing on the tranquil island except three benches and a paved trail that weaves through mature maple and basswood trees. On the southern end of the island is a wide beach filled with soft sand and smooth stones. It more resembles a beach on Lake Superior’s North Shore than the muddy, grassy beaches so common on the Mississippi. I walked down to the water and was amazed at how clear it was. I’ve never seen the river this clear anywhere else. Evidently the gracious amounts of sand and stone have filtered it clean. The river beckoned me to come closer so I kicked off my shoes, peeled off my socks and waded in, its cool water soothing my feet. I looked to my left and saw the I-694 bridge, with its steady stream of traffic and never-ending din. I wished it weren’t there disturbing my peace, but like the unrest in this world, I knew I had to accept it. I turned around and looked upstream. Nothing man-made was visible, just the verdant riverbank and the gentle rolling river flowing around the islands. I was happy I had turned around. That simple act changed my perspective and allowed me to see the beauty around me. And find peace.

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{ THE FULLER FILES } Downtown concerts and exhibits Minnesota Museum of American Art will present Repetition and Ritual November 7-January 19, 2014 at its gallery in the Pioneer Building at Fourth and Robert. This exhibit of new sculpture in fiber features the work of 15 artists. Black Dog Café will host First Friday for Lowertown artists 6-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1 at 308 Prince St. Paintings by Tim Armstrong will be on exhibit. Black Dog will also host Flamenco dancers on Saturday, Nov. 16 and the Fantastic Merlins jazz group on Monday, Nov. 18. Books and Bars will host a discussion of “Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan at 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Amsterdam Hall and Bar at Sixth and Wabasha. The Central Library will present Swingin’ Strings at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, featuring gypsy swing, French musette and Brazilian choro. Russ Christiansen, retired Hamline University professor, will discuss “Bertolt Brecht’s Berlin: Scrapbook of the 20s” at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Central Library. St. Paul Conservatory of Music presents Coffee Concerts at noon the first Wednesday of the month at the St. Paul Athletic Club, 340 Cedar St., or the University Club, 420 Summit. The November 6 concert will feature Ken Kulosa, a baroque cellist, at the University Club. Adult recitals will be held at 6:30 p.m.,

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Mailbox changes The pickup time for the mailbox in front of the Park Square Court building at 400 Sibley St. has been changed to 2:30 p.m. The nearby mailbox in front of the Bulldog restaurant at Sixth and Wacouta has been removed temporarily because of construction on Sixth Street. The latest pickup time in downtown St. Paul is 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at Fifth and Minnesota, near the Post Office.

Bullpen changes name Pat Conroy has renamed the Bullpen bar at Sixth and Robert to the Minnesota Saloon. He said the name better reflects his new concept of offering Minnesota beers and Minnesota foods. He said the change was also made to avoid confusion between the Bullpen and the Bulldog, another downtown bar and restaurant.

Electronics recycling event An electronics recycling event will be held 8 a.m.noon, Saturday, Nov. 2 at Mears Park. Downtown residents may dispose of their unwanted television sets, monitors, laptop and desktop computers, cell phones, cords and cables at the event, which is sponsored by CapitolRiver Council/District 17 and Tech Dump.

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Theatre Space Project to move again Theatre Space Project plans to move to its third home by June of next year. The theater was established 10 years ago at Kellogg Square and moved three years later to the Lowry Building. In both instances it had to move because its landlord had other uses in mind for their space. Its new home will be located on Selby Avenue near Dale Street. The building will be renovated to include new restrooms, lobby space and dressing rooms. More than 40 small theater groups have used the theater in the past decade, including Theatre Unbound, Gadfly Theatre and Table Salt Productions.

More art at Union Depot A hanging piece of art has been installed at the main entrance of the Union Depot building. “Floating Waves in Space,” a glass and metal sculpture of 1,200 pieces, consists of two sections 26 by 13 feet. It was created by Ray King. Depot tours are conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and 1 p.m. on Thursdays. To register, call 651-202-2703 or visit www.uniondepot.

Artists’ Quarter to close Kenny Horst plans to close the Artists’ Quarter on January 1. The jazz club opened in 2001 in the basement of the Historic Hamm Building with favorable

rent and no charge for utilities. Last year the club’s rent doubled and it had to pay utilities. The Artists’ Quarter originally opened in South Minneapolis in the 1970s and closed in 1990. It reopened in 1995 in the basement of the Brooks building in Lowertown before moving to the Hamm Building.

It is now located near the Tanpopo Japanese restaurant. Nautilus serves as a showcase for writers and composers and helps them develop new works. On the second evening of each month Nautilus presents Rough Cuts, a works-inprogress series. For more information, visit

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The first stage of the Schmidt Artist Lofts at 882 W. Seventh St. will be ready for occupancy in November. The remaining stages will be ready in December and next June. The project is converting the former Schmidt Brewery, built in 1890 and vacant for two decades, into 247 housing units, ranging from studio to three-bedroom lofts. For more information, visit

Pioneer Art Gallery opens Joy Benn has opened the Pioneer Art Gallery on the skyway level of the Pioneer Building at Fourth and Robert. She has about 200 square feet of display space to show jewelry, acrylics and landscape oil paintings.

Nautilus relocates Nautilus Music Theater has moved to the street level of the Northern Warehouse building, 308 Prince St., after occupying space on the second floor of the building for the past 19 years.

Clark’s Grilled Cheese Sandwiches has opened in the Alliance Bank skyway in the former home of D. D.’s sandwich shop. Manager Andy Erstad said pork, turkey and onion are available to be added to the sandwiches. The store is owned by Clark Donnelly.

Liquor Vault has new home The one-story building at the corner of Tenth and Jackson that housed Eisenberg foods for many decades has a new tenant. Liquor Vault moved from the other side of Jackson to the new location because it offered more space, better parking and improved customer access.

Farmers’ Market wraps up season The St. Paul Farmers Market will end its outdoor season on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The market will be closed the weekend after Thanksgiving and will reopen Saturday, Dec. 7 at the indoor market, located across the street at Golden’s Deli, 275 E. 4th St.

New outdoor classroom The Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary has completed work on its new outdoor classroom, which resembles a small amphitheater. The Urban Oasis Food Hub, which recently won the $1 Million Saint Paul Forever competition, has designated the sanctuary as its eventual home. It will occupy part of a vacant building which will be remodeled and ready for use within three to five years.

City Passport events City Passport senior citizen center, located on the mezzanine level of the Alliance Bank Center, is hosting the following events in November: birthday party, 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11; movies, 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14; writers group, 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 15; current events discussion, 11 a.m., Fri., Nov. 15; blackjack, 2:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18; trivia time, 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20; ice cream float social, 1:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22; healing sounds music, 10:45 a.m., second and fourth Fridays; Passport Stages, 1 p.m., Tuesdays; quilting, 9 a.m., Mondays; Golden Melody Makers, 10:15 a.m., Thursdays.

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Lifelong learning opportunities Neighborhood House engages families through multi faceted programs for people of all ages, cultures, stages of education and life situations. Here is just one great example. Three-year-old Nati’s parents emigrated from Ethiopia a decade ago. As much as they wanted their son to succeed in school, they had limited English skills and lacked a clear understanding about how the American educational system works. They heard from friends that Neighborhood

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Your community news and information source House could help so they decided to give it a try. First, our staff signed them up for Skills for School, a program for preschoolers and their parents/caregivers to learn age appropriate English language, literacy and social behavior in a classroom-like setting. Second, our Home Literacy coach used regular home visits to educate both the parents and Nati. During these one-on-one sessions, Nati’s parents gained understanding about how to help their son work toward key developmental milestones. For example, they were given a homework assignment: to have Nati identify three yellow objects and three blue objects during the family’s next grocery shopping trip. At the same time, Nati learned numbers, counting, shapes, letters, and language and social skills. Nati was thrilled to learn to draw triangles, a two-step process involving mentally knowing what a triangle is and physically learning to grasp and use a pencil. Now, a year later, Nati continues to receive home visits and attend Skills for School classes. His parents are delighted by his progress, so much so that they agreed to give a testimonial on our behalf at a Neighborhood House fundraising event in October. We are proud to offer early childhood education for

families to help ensure the academic success and healthy development of their children. But it doesn’t stop there. Free out-of-school time activities provide younger children a safe and welcoming environment to learn and explore. Youth enjoy positive adult interaction and unique experiences through service learning, academic support, and creative and recreational programs. We work with teens, helping them achieve their goals and strengthen their character through programming focused on health and wellness, academic preparedness, community service engagement and art exploration. Lastly, we work with adults to teach them skills to live, work and thrive in the United States. Qualified teachers help students learn English, understand American culture, obtain their GED, and access job training and placement as they continue to pursue their long-term goals. The success of our many programs lies in the ability to seamlessly engage our participants through the many stages of their development as young children, students, young adults, parents and contributing members of our community. Please visit us and see what we have to offer your family, or investigate ways you may be able to help us.

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sissippi to the former home of Humboldt Middle School. Changes like these have long term impacts on our neighborhood for better or worse and it is important for us to stay engaged and vocal. West Siders for Strong Schools, a newly organized group of West Side parents and long time West Side families, are doing just that. These large changes and the loud calls from our community for improved educational outcomes are making a difference. The School Board and district administrators are taking note. Now is the time for you to become vocal and connected to these movements. What are your suggestions and ideas for education on the West Side and how can we build off of our strengths? To let us know, call at 651-293-1708 or stop by our office at 1 W. Water St.

Families on the West Side this year are seeing wide ranging changes for schools and after school activities in the neighborhood. The old Roosevelt Elementary building recently underwent a $5.6 million renovation and was converted into the new home of Riverview Elementary. The school will also serve as a new hub for after school activities. Additionally, the community recently learned about a plan to move Open World Learning Community (OWL) to the West Side. OWL is a St. Paul school that opened in 1971 as the district’s first magnet program and now is touted by parents as one of its best alternatives to small, creative charter schools. Work is underway to relocate the 6th-12th grade program – now part of a two-school site at 65 E. Kellogg Blvd. in downtown St. Paul – across the Mis-

{ BACK IN TIME } November 1955:

New auto styles, high-flying vacation options and downtown retail Don Morgan Contributor


n November 1955, with America finally hitting its post-war stride, St. Paulites had plenty of chances to travel and indulge in creature comforts. That month they viewed flashy new car models, took advantage of exciting vacation options and snapped up great holiday deals at a new downtown retailer. In the 1950s, the arrival of fall offered the chance to check out the latest automobile models. Cars debuting that November were sleek and attractive, particularly those from Detroit’s big three auto makers, who were the absolute kings of the road by 1955. A few classic American brands like Packard, Studebaker, Nash and Hudson were still holding on and some imports were available (mostly British, the German and Japanese auto industries had not yet been rebuilt), but basically most who wanted a new car in those days purchased it from Ford, Gen-

eral Motors or Chrysler. In 1955, Chevrolet launched a new streamlined appearance that ushered out the pre-war beached whale look. It became an instant success. By the following year, the Big Three decided that if motorists wanted a jet-age look, that is what they would get, yet each manufacturer had its own idea of how to deliver and market their different offerings. Chrysler’s new feature was the push-button automatic transmission, later known as a dashboard typewriter. It didn’t do much for performance but it did offer a jazzy new look. Its new Chrysler, Plymouth and DeSoto lines featured Turbo-Torque Power, Flight-Sweep Styling and Top-Thrust Takeoff. GM’s Chevrolet line promised that “the hot one’s even hotter.” Its Pontiac, Buick and Oldsmobile lines came with huge engines like a Strato-Streak V-8 and the famous Olds 88 with its Rocket V-8, as well as Starfire Styling and Jetaway

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Hydromatic. Ford mostly sold safety that year by promoting padded steering wheels and dashboards, safety door latches and seat belts. Its 1956 models featured Lifeguard Design and a SafetySurge V-8. People in the market for a new car that month viewed the new models in showrooms around the city and chose sizzle over safety. That was a nationwide trend, leading to the ad man’s conclusion that “Ford is selling safety and Chevy is selling cars.” Seat belts would not become standard on American cars for another 15 years.

Traveling to Vegas That fall, a prime vacation destination was in easy reach. Western Airlines began daily non-stop flights from the Twin Cities to Las Vegas. After flying on a “red carpet” DC-6B, travelers could enjoy all the legendary resorts in Las Vegas, like the Sands, Desert Inn, Sahara and Dunes; places

that would soon attract Frank and the rest of the Rat Pack. Ads in Minnesota papers never mentioned the word “casino” in those days. Flights left at 6 p.m., featured a filet mignon dinner en route, and arrived at 10:30 p.m. local time, “just in time for the second show and a big evening.” Shows featured top entertainers like Red Buttons, Imogene Coca and Ella Fitzgerald. The flights to Vegas were extremely popular. For those left at home, many went to downtown movie theaters to escape the cold. That month fans suffered a near overdose of testosterone-laden beefcake with the opening – all in the same week – of movies starring Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, Jack Palance and Gregory Peck. A week later, those wanting to see the angst-ridden side of American manhood saw James Dean in “Rebel Without A Cause.” Dean, just 24 when the film was made, died that fall. The film was a big attraction in St. Paul.

Holiday spirit People also started Christmas shopping that month and Downtown was still the place to go. Shoppers eagerly visited the new store of the W.T. Grant Company, the first new large retail outlet to open downtown in many years. The company began in 1906 as a chain of variety stores with the aspiration of becoming a chain of department stores. Most of its stores were in downtown areas, including its small store on Sixth Street in St. Paul. That November the company opened a new 3-story building at the northeast corner of Seventh and Cedar. That store had all the features shoppers would later come to expect like escalators, air conditioning and fluorescent lighting. A three day opening sale meant they were making a serious play for downtown holiday dollars. Grants was a lower end retailer but had a reputation for good quality merchandise, especially children’s clothing and electronics. TVs and stereos were the

hot Christmas gifts that year and were well positioned in the store. The big sellers were Crosley TVs with the zoom-a-tenna (automatic rabbit ears) and the RCA 45-RPM Victrola Slide-o-Matic, which is today a popular collectible. It features a slot in the front of the machine to load disc records, predating the car CD player by about 35 years. The new store helped downtown St. Paul have one of its last big Christmas shopping seasons. Soon downtown retailing would start to fade. In less than a year Southdale Mall opened and ushered in a new era for retailing. Grants’ strategy to place its stores in downtowns rather than the new suburban malls turned out to be a poor one. The St. Paul store closed when the company went bankrupt in 1975. The new building was demolished and its intersection doesn’t even exist today (what was Seventh Street is now Seventh Place). The former Grants site is somewhere under the UBS Plaza on Cedar.




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