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Underdog Hawks fight an uphill battle in the City Conference John E. Ahlstrom Staff Writer

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teve Elizondo is entering his 32nd year of coaching at Humboldt High School and his second as head coach of the football team. A Humboldt grad (’78), he has taught at the school since 1986. His dedication to his profession and to the kids he teaches and coaches is steadfast and unfaltering. Despite all of that, Elizondo is fully aware that the same irritants and obstacles his predecessors faced in building a successful football program at Humboldt linger on. “What we need is consistency, continuity and stability,” he said. “Those things are hard to come by when you have no idea who might leave your program from one year to the next – or who might show up at your doorstep a couple of weeks into the season.” Although there has been no dramatic turnaround, he does see hints of progress. “I asked the kids at the first day of practice last year to raise their hand if they had ever played in a Humboldt varsity football game,” he said. “Three hands went up. When I asked the same question this year, 14 kids raised their hand.” The Hawks finished 2-7 in 2012, with victories over Spectrum and Minneapolis Edison. They finPrep football / Page 6

West St. Paul’s Got Talent...again Former beauty queen, actress returns to her WSP roots Mary Diedrick Hansen Staff Writer

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ancee Parkinson is back! West St. Paul residents in the know remember her as the 1960 Miss West St. Paul, who went on to reign as Miss Minnesota and was fourth runner-up in the Miss America Pageant the following year. What many don’t know is that these pageants were a launching pad for Parkinson, blasting her off into a world where she racked up a resume about a mile long filled with an amazing list of accomplishments and celebrities with whom she has worked. She has been an actress, a public relations executive for musicians, including Paul McCartney and Wings, Neil Young, and KISS. She was president of a family-run steel fabrication company, an elementary school teacher for immigrant children, and later a college professor, a high

Nancee Parkinson displays a photo taken after she won the Miss Minnesota title. Parkinson recently moved back to her native West St. Paul. school drill team sponsor, and Diana Ross’s personal assistant. She rubbed shoulders with glamorous celebrities yet was grounded enough to take wide-eyed immigrant children under her wing to teach them how to speak English. It seems

the blue-eyed gal with the golden hair had the Midas touch. Everything she touched seemed to turn to gold. It all goes back to the Miss West St. Paul pageant, which Parkinson said ignited within her a passion for

achievement and gave her the confidence to fearlessly follow her dreams. Parkinson grew up in 1950s West St. Paul, on four acres where Buffalo Wild Wings now stands Nancee Parkinson / Page 2

Collaboration builds among West Side businesses, artists Mary Diedrick Hansen Staff Writer

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es, it’s true. Businesses along Smith Avenue actually stretched and yawned over the weekend of August 2 and 3, during the inaugural “Art on the Ave” event. It was a rather low-key affair, big on potential and a small indication that the

long-slumbering stretch of Smith Avenue from the High Bridge in St. Paul to Dodd Road in West St. Paul is once again showing signs of life. The strip has had blips of hope in the past, but storefronts have come and gone, with no major improvements in sight. The Smith Avenue “deep sleep” reportedly set in over

20 years ago when the High Bridge was shut down for reconstruction. Traffic that was detoured away from the Avenue spelled disaster for many businesses along the then lively avenue. Community events like the annual Smith Avenue festival and neighborhood garage

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on Robert Street. It was a girl’s dream come true since there was room enough on the property for a stable and horses. She and her three younger sisters would gallop around the area, which was fields and pastures back then. Her mother was a devoted homemaker with a deep faith in God, which she passed along to Parkinson. Her dad was a pilot with North Central Airlines which later became Republic airlines and then Northwest Orient airlines. The former Navy serviceman did his best to rule his female roost and Parkinson adored him. When not riding her horse, Parkinson studied piano but decided to change course. At the ripe age of 15 she took her first dance class at the Mary Vavro School of Music and Dance in South St. Paul. “My sister was taking dance and it looked like so much more fun than piano,” said Parkinson. Little did she know that three years later her favorite

dance recital piece would be used in the talent portion of each of the pageants in which she would compete. The same was true with the Spanish she was learning in Mrs. Anderson’s class at Henry Sibley High School. Years later she would put her Spanish to good use working with the immigrant community in Texas. After graduating from Sibley in 1960, she enrolled at Mankato State, where she eventually received a degree in elementary education. “Daddy insisted on it,” she said. During her freshmen year, a letter arrived from the West St. Paul Jaycees inviting her to participate in the Miss West St. Paul pageant, a preliminary for the Miss Minnesota contest. Parkinson was intrigued. Daddy was not. However, when he found out that college scholarship money was involved, he quickly calculated the cost of educating his four daughters and gave his approval.

Parkinson needed his approval because her mom and sisters had moved to the hot and humid climate of Florida for the health of one of her sisters. Her father was able to fly there frequently for visits and keep in close contact with his family. At home, though, there was no female fussing or motherly advice for Parkinson as she prepared for the pageant. Her father, the no-nonsense Navy man who Parkinson said had no artistic sense or imagination, would have to oversee the escapade. Was she even ready to compete? he wondered. “Do you have a talent?” he asked. “The jazz/calypso dance from my recital. I know it by heart.” “Gown?” “My roommate from college will let me use hers.” “Bathing suit?” “Mom can send one up from Florida.” He grudgingly agreed that she had her bases covered and then watched in astonishment as she sailed through the Miss West St. Paul pageant and the district pageant, the next level of competition before the

She applied, got the job and soon was working as an executive with hot artists like KISS, Neil Young and Blondie. She was also hired as Diana Ross’s personal assistant, a job Parkinson detested. Miss Minnesota pageant. After being introduced on stage with all the other contestants, Parkinson remembered being backstage when she saw her father charging toward her like a torpedo aiming for its target. He took her eyebrow pencil and drew on heavier brows so, “he could see her face.” He had become the mother hen coaching her on posture, reminding her in Navy lingo to keep her “wings” (shoulders) back. He had told his daughter to pick just one person to listen to as she went through the competition, or she would be getting too many voices telling her to change her talent, change her gown, change her make up. “Daddy, that’s got to be you,” she said. He quickly put the kibosh on changing anything.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” he told her. Parkinson recalled, “You have to believe you will win. I always felt confident. I prayed and trusted God. It was fun. Plus, I had my dad telling me what to do and he could do anything!” After winning the swimsuit portion of the Miss Minnesota pageant, she was crowned queen. Then she traveled to Atlantic City for the Miss America pageant, and her father said “it was time to get serious.” It was a larger than life star-studded event. The pageant judges included Joan Crawford, talent scout Ted Mack, playwright Arthur Miller, and dancer June Taylor, who coincidentally knew Mary Vavro from South St. Paul through Vavro’s annual trips to New York to learn new dance numbers from Taylor for

her students back home. It was three nights of rehearsals and competition. The first night she won the swimsuit portion of the competition, which gave her enough points to ensure a spot as one of the top ten finalists. Parkinson recalled helping Miss Hawaii backstage with her swimsuit and stuffing lozenges down her throat because she was suffering from laryngitis and her talent was operatic singing. By the time the talent competition was over Parkinson had moved into the top five. And the winner is…. It wasn’t her. She finished as fourth runner-up. No crown, but she did get the scholarship money she was after. Her father’s response? “Thank God it’s over.” Her Mom was glad she had not won because she

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Becoming a hillbilly For most people this would have been enough adventure to last a lifetime, but Parkinson was just getting started. After college she married and moved with her Navy pilot husband to Pensacola, Fla., where he was stationed. She struck gold after a friend told her that a local bakery wanted someone to be the face of Hillbilly bread, one of the lines they were selling, and was auditioning talent for the part. Parkinson was chosen and was soon using a “Beverly Hillbillies” accent that she picked up from watching the popular TV show. She toured the area as Miss Hillbilly Bread and quickly learned the marketing end of the business. Her meetings with supermarket managers resulted in prime shelf space and orders for the bread. She appeared on local TV and radio stations and in commercials, which led to her being hired as the national spokesperson, performing as a celebrity at TV and radio talk shows across the country, including the former Boone and Erickson Show on WCCO. It was back in Florida, while taking a break from her travels, that Parkinson recalled being overcome with an incredible spiritfilled inspiration telling her to pack up and move to California immediately – not an easy thing to do without a job awaiting her. By this time her first marriage had dissolved and she was living in an apartment with a roommate. “It was God manipulating things,” is the only explanation Parkinson has for what happened next. Her room-

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A humble start in Los Angeles That’s all Parkinson needed. She loaded up her car and was off. Only minutes after arriving at the apartment in Los Angeles, the telephone rang. It was a fellow Miss Minnesota candidate calling from Las Vegas wondering if Parkinson would like to tag along when she went for an interview for a receptionist position with the Don Ho Management Company in Los Angeles. Don Ho was a popular Hawaiian singer and performer in those days. Parkinson went along and amazingly enough she was the one who landed the job. The manager, John De Marco, found out she had competed in the Miss America contest with his wife, Miss Hawaii. She told him to help Parkinson because of the help she gave her during the competition.

Becoming Daisy Mae It didn’t stop there. Word was on the street that the cast for a L’il Abner madefor-TV movie was sitting around, twiddling their thumbs, waiting to start production, but couldn’t because Daisy Mae had not been cast. Al Capp, writer of the L’il Abner comic series, wanted final say on all the actors and he simply couldn’t find the right Daisy Mae, even though he had auditioned more than 300 actresses for the part. De Marco called the show’s producer and said, “I’ve got

your Daisy Mae right here. Miss Hillbilly Bread!” Capp agreed. Parkinson was hired in January and the show was on the air in April.

Rubbing elbows with the stars After the show aired she filled her time doing commercials and married a singer-songwriter, and they moved to Lake Tahoe. Her interest was shifting from acting to the music industry. She crossed paths with Gene Simmons, lead singer of a new band called KISS, during a magazine photo shoot. He must have been impressed because he called and suggested that she apply for an account executive position with his New York-based publicist company, which wanted to open a branch in L.A. She applied, got the job and was soon working with hot artists like KISS, Neil Young and Blondie. With Simmons’s connections, she was also hired as Diana Ross’s personal assistant, a job Parkinson detested. “Everyone had to call her ‘Miss Ross,’” she said. “I never held any of these people up as better than me. I called her ‘mom’ because that was the only way I could get her attention.” By this time Parkinson’s second husband had died of cancer. Her third would also preceed her in death. Her fourth and final marriage would end in divorce.

ing to speak English. They called her “Miss P.” Mrs. Anderson’s Spanish lessons proved useful when she spoke to them in Spanish. She also helped their parents avoid paying hefty attorney fees by helping them fill out immigration forms. She produced “Miss P’s” language learner cassette tapes to teach her students through singing, among other things, the months of the year and the names of family members in both languages. She also taught music, drama and performance. For Parkinson, teaching was fun. So much so that she decided to pursue her master’s degree in Spanish. She got her degree through a school in Mexico that was affiliated with Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Tex. She continued teaching at the elementary school level but had moved to nearby Jacksboro. It was there that she added college level teaching to her repertoire by teaching evening classes at Midwestern State University. She was coordinator and handled funding for the Jacksboro’s English as a Second Language and immi-

gration programs. One of the commissioners of art in her region of Texas saw her creative mind at work and her success with student art programs and highly recommended that Parkinson take over her position, since she was retiring. As commissioner, Parkinson worked with several high schools in her region on a variety of art programs. One of the highlights was when one of her students, whom she lured from the football field to the stage, was named actor of the year in a state high school contest. “He got a full ride at college, which he never would have been able to afford if I had not pushed him into acting,” said Parkinson with a smile. She wrapped up her teaching career in 2010. Now she’s back in Minnesota. Just as she was inspired to move to California all those years ago, she has felt the same spirit guiding her back to her roots and to West St. Paul. She has no idea what awaits here. But if history holds true, chances are that whatever she touches will turn to gold.

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ammers pounding and saws slicing through lumber are music to the ears of the new homeowners of a Habitat for Humanity home being built in West St. Paul. The nearly completed house at 268 Annapolis Ave., dubbed the entrepreneur home because it was built by volunteers from several small companies, is the 14th Habitat home in the city. Number 15, yet to be assigned to a future owner, is underway at 214 Winona St. An all-female crew of volunteers will construct what Habitat calls a “Women Build” home, the 21st of its kind in the metro area. Women who would like to learn about construction and are willing to pound nails or paint walls for a good cause can visit www. tchabitat.org/womenbuild for more information. Volunteers are vital to Habitat’s success. They can expect to be assigned different jobs – with training – on building or rehabbing quality homes.

This summer marked a milestone for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. It completed and sold its 1,000th home. In another milestone, the local organization successfully wrapped up a 4-year campaign called A World of Hope: It Starts at Home. The campaign was launched in 2009 in response to the housing crisis and the Recession. By increasing fundraising efforts, Habitat was able to serve 20 percent more families over the past four years. A whopping $37.6 million was raised, $1.6 million over the goal, and 6,592 families were educated and counseled about homeownership. Habitat works in partnership with low-income families and the community to provide home ownership to those who otherwise would not be able to afford a home. The new owners purchase a Habitat home with an affordable, zero-percent interest, 30-year mortgage. Habitat has a process for ensuring not just home ownership but successful home ownership. The process includes matching

each family with the right home, taking into consideration where the family currently lives, works, the size of the family and what they can afford. Potential owners also receive counseling about financing and other aspects of owning a home. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity volunteers built the first Habitat home in the metro in 1985. As a shining example of successful home ownership, the woman who bought it in 1986 still lives there. Isha Ahmed, the new owner at 268 Annapolis, immigrated from Somalia in 1999. She currently lives in South St. Paul, where she is a homemaker. Ahmed plans to move into her home in January along with her four daughters and three young grandchildren. The Winona Street site is a split-level home with an expertly designed floor plan. Included in the 1,600 square feet of finished space are four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a kitchen, living room, dining room, family room and one-car garage. Another 300 square feet of unfinished space in the

basement adds up to 1,900 square feet of living space. Statistics on Habitat’s website show that in the Twin Cities nearly half of families with incomes below $35,000 are paying more than they can afford for housing. That means it’s difficult for them to pay for nutritious food (often more expensive), healthcare, transportation and education, or to save for the future. Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing in the Twin Cities. They do this by bringing people from all walks of life in partnership to share their time and energy in building decent affordable housing. But Habitat doesn’t just build houses. Low-income homeowners who can’t afford to keep their homes in tip-top shape can benefit from Habitat’s home repair program, A Brush with Kindness. It has enlisted volunteers to repair and paint more than 1,500 homes over the last 15 years. For more information, call 612-331-4090 or visit www.tchabitat.org.

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est St. Paul-based CBL Floors has been named Retailer of the Year by the Minnesota Floorcovering Association for its commitment to customer satisfaction and excellence in the floor covering industry for over 34 years. CBL is a family-owned and operated business. The original store was Carpets by Lindsey, a flooring store located on the West Side at 458 S. Robert St. It was there that owner Frank Hanzal got his start. In 1979, a year after graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in agribuisness, Hanzal purchased Carpets by Lindsey from Fernie Lindsey. Soon after, his wife, Diane, joined the business. Recently their son, Brandon, became part-owner. He is the third generation in his family to work in the flooring industry. Frank’s father, Al, Sr.,

brothers Mike and Al, Jr., and several cousins were all professional floor installers. Frank and Diane changed the name of the store in 1998 to CBL Floors to make customers aware that CBL offers more than carpeting.  They also specialize in vinyl, laminate, hardwood, area rugs, cork, ceramic tile, luxury vinyl tile, countertops and window treatments. Their mission is to “Create Beautiful Living through service, selection, value and knowledge.” Frank and Brandon work primarily with commercial accounts, which garner 55 percent of the revenue for the company, and Diane handles residential sales. With a degree in fashion apparel from St. Paul Technical College, her forte is helping customers with color and design. She said she enjoys her interaction with their customers. “It really is a people business,” she said. “We get to meet so many new people. Everyone’s home is their

castle and we get to help them create beautiful living.” In April 2010, CBL relocated to 1061 S. Robert St. in West St. Paul, which is “about a 7-iron shot from where they live,” said Frank. The Hanzals raised their family, including Brandon and two daughters, in Diane’s childhood home in West St. Paul. After three decades, Frank still gets satisfaction from his work in helping clients with their flooring needs. “It’s rewarding to get so many referrals from happy customers and to be working with the children and grandchildren of current and former customers,” he said. “We know our customers by name. They know that we will work with them to make sure we get the job done right, the way they want it.” For more information, call 651-292-1011 or visit www.cblfloors.com.   

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ished 0-5 in the St. Paul City Conference, but played very competitively against Harding, Como Park and Johnson. “We lost two great players in Dominque Khammarath and Carlo Franco,” said Elizondo. “They played on both sides of the ball and were All-Conference selections.” His decision to play platoon football (separate teams for offense and defense) enabled 20 players to get significant playing time

and gain valuable experience. Only Khammarath and Franco played both ways last year. Most of this year’s players were regular attendees at this summer’s preseason workouts, held from mid-June through July. Senior Nate Aguirre is the new quarterback and, according to Elizondo, poses a dual threat with an accurate arm and shifty feet. The running attack will showcase speedster Darius Miller, who doubles as the

special teams return specialist. Adrian Romero, who lines up as a tight end or wide receiver, along with transfer Amilio Verdeja, are Aguirre’s featured passing targets. Center Roberto Franco and tackle Dominick Mendez, who started as sophomores, add stability to the offensive line. Defensive end Darnell Munos anchors the defensive line and is equally adept at stuffing the run or rushing the passer. Jake Larson’s work in the weight room has paid huge dividends and he is set at middle linebacker. Dwight Cannon is

the leader of the secondary and will line up opposite the opponent’s best receiver. One need not look beyond school enrollment to decipher why Humboldt is such a decided underdog in the City Conference. With just 386 students in grades 9-12, the Hawks are the conference’s only 2A school. By comparison, Central (1,621 students) is 5A, Harding (1,278), Highland Park (1,009) and Johnson (975) are 4A and Como Park (895) is 3A. Those numbers are at the core of a very serious and unfortunate competitive imbalance. They also illustrate

how truly remarkable were the City Conference titles engineered by the 2010 girls basketball team and the 2011 boys soccer team. Season Assessment: Humboldt plays four of its first five games on the road, starting with games at Minneapolis Edison and Minneapolis Roosevelt. They finish with three games at home. We like their chances in Minneapolis and, despite their underdog status, we think the Hawks will surprise some people and win four games, including a first round playoff game.

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getting one more first down on offense or getting one more stop on defense,” said co-head coach Tom Orth. “It’s a highly competitive conference and games often turn on one or two crucial plays. Unfortunately, we were on the wrong end of those cliff-hangers last season.” Orth, who serves as defensive coordinator, and

Stan Eskierka, the offensive coordinator, are entering their sixth season as the cohead coaches of the Warriors. “It is a system that works because both of us are willing to do what it takes to make it work,” said Orth, who served as the lone head coach from 1999-2007 and garnered a Classic Suburban Conference title in 2003.

Key performers lost through graduation include three-year starters Nick Golberg and Noah Nelson, and starting quarterback Jackson Eskierka. “We can’t spend a lot of time looking back,” said Orth. “We have a lot of holes to fill, but we have a lot of good football players who have worked very hard since the beginning of June to earn playing time. If they

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prove they can play, we will rotate them in and that will keep everyone fresh.” Either senior Stacy Wood or sophomore Zach Edwards will get the nod at quarterback. Their job will be made much less complicated with the return of AllConference running back Anastacio VandenBosch, who rushed for 1,172 yards in 2012. Zach Gottfredsen, experienced and depend-

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will quarterback the defense from his middle linebacker spot. He will also see time on the offensive side of the ball at tight end. Senior Sam Castillo and junior Danny Lopez will anchor the defensive line and Jinkins and Gottfredsen will provide veteran leadership in the secondary. It is no surprise that Orth considers St. Thomas Acad-

emy and Mahtomedi as the co-favorites for the Classic Suburban Conference title. “That seems to be the case every year,” he said. “And there is always another team or two that climbs into contention. The past couple of years it has been South St. Paul. From our standpoint, there are no easy ones but we are blessed with kids who are willing to

do the preparation and who love to compete.” Orth was not eager to get into a discussion about 2013 being the final season in the conference for St. Thomas Academy. “Competitive balance has become a point of contention across the state,” he said. “It’s a sticky issue. The State High School League has even talked about the

possibility of eliminating all football conferences and permitting teams to compete only against schools at the same sectional level. I prefer to stay out of it and just coach football.” Season Assessment: Sibley’s first game is at home against North. With South St. Paul and St. Thomas next on the schedule, the opener is crucial. The young

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mid-twenties, Lemke has spent his autumns as a head football coach – five years in South Dakota, 16 more years in Wisconsin, and this year will mark his 19th season at the helm of the St. Croix Lutheran Crusaders. That’s four decades and counting, Carl. How long can this go on? He shrugs his shoulders and says he isn’t sure, but he is confident that he will know when the time is right to step aside. “It’s become a December

decision,” he said. “So far at least, I’ve decided to coach another year – and thankfully earned the blessings of the school administration.” It has been quite a ride for Lemke and the Crusaders – especially the past two seasons. The 2011 contingent crafted a 14-0 dream season that culminated with the State 3A championship. The 2012 team came eerily close to duplicating that feat despite losing running back Jackson Goplen with

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a serious ankle injury three games into the season. Goplen’s mind-boggling career stats: 4,355 yards rushing and 53 touchdowns. The Crusaders persevered and moved on. Their only loss in the regular season was to archrival DeLaSalle (ranked #1 in 4A all season) by a score of 35-28. They beat Minnehaha Academy in the sectional semi-finals, 41-13, and then manhandled Cannon Falls, 61-21, to earn a return trip to the state tournament. The season came to end the following week after a tough 21-12 loss to Blue Earth Area, the squad that eventually won the State 3A title. It’s a new season, and for the first time in four years Lemke will not have Goplen in his backfield. “He was a very special kid, that’s for sure,” said Lemke, “but we lost a lot of very good players, including Lincoln Hochmuth, Erik Johnson, Dan Mackenthun and Cody Sticha.” While he conceded that 2013 will be a rebuilding

year, he and his Crusaders are not in the business of flinching at a challenge. “Over half of the positions are up for grabs,” he said, “but we have some starters returning, and solid senior leadership.” Dave Ponath and Joshua Tietz will vie for the starting quarterback spot. Trever Koester is an accomplished ball carrier, and tight end Caleb Olson and wideout Joshua Arndt are experienced receivers. The offensive line will be anchored by two-year starters Colton Dado and Randy Gehl. As is the custom at St. Croix, six or seven kids will play on both sides of the ball. Gehl and Dado are the defensive tackles and Jacob Wondrasch is set at defensive end. Lemke considers his linebacking corps – Olson, Koester and Ponath – as the strength of his defense. Joe Werz and Arndt are the likely cornerbacks. “We are a young team and we have a tougher schedule than we’ve had in the past,” said Lemke, “but we have a solid tradition to build on

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Aug. 30 at DeLaSalle Sept. 6 vs. Waseca Sept. 12 at Blake Sept. 20 vs. Tomah Sept.27 at New Life Academy Oct. 4 at St. Anthony Village Oct. 11 vs. St. Agnes Oct. 16 vs. Concordia Academy

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STA prepares for final season in the Classic Suburban Conference John E. Ahlstrom Staff Writer

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n what has become an annual ritual, the St. Thomas Academy football team is coming off a banner season. The 2012 Cadets shared the Classic Suburban Conference title with South St. Paul after thumping the Packers, 34-0 in their regular season finale. The only blemish on their record was a 20-13 loss to Mahtomedi. Consecutive post-season wins over Simley, Eastview and Elk River catapulted St. Thomas into the state semifinals at the Metrodome. The Cadets suffered an agonizing 30-27 defeat when Owatonna scored the winning touchdown, following a St. Thomas fumble, with just 30 seconds to go. “It was a heckuva game that could have gone either way,” said Dave Ziebarth, who enters his 11th season as head coach. “Tough luck is a part of the game. The best way to remedy that is to go out and make your own luck.” While a state championship has eluded him, Zie-

barth is content with the fact that he is at the helm of one of the preeminent prep football programs in the state. At St. Thomas, winning conference titles and making deep runs in the playoffs is standard procedure. The Cadets graduated numerous key players, including linebacker/place kicker Wyatt Schmidt, multifaceted tailback Nick Waldvogel, defensive back Danny McManus and defensive ends Mack Marrin and Jeremiah Kracker. As is customary, however, several vital contributors return. That is due to Ziebarth’s insistence on giving 30-40 players meaningful playing time during the course of a season. “We are blessed with numbers and lots of kids with a positive upside,” said Ziebarth. “There is no better way for us to prepare our young players to step in and succeed at crunch time than getting them on the field.” Tackle Rudy Thomey, guard Joe Evanoff and tight end Mike Smilinach (who will also play a key role in

the passing game), will anchor the offensive line. Ben Fiers and Bennett Brackey are in a battle for quarterback and each will see significant action in the early going. Mario Bognanno, Joe Herbeck and Carter Vanasek will carry the load at running back and Andrew Peterson is an experienced wide receiver. Great defenses are built around effective line play. Defensive ends James Riley and Grant Oncay are equally efficient against the run and at rushing the passer. Tipton Woodward anchors the linebacking corps and safties Michael Connors and Jacob Abbott will key the secondary. This is the last season St. Thomas Academy will compete in the Classic Suburban Conference, and Ziebarth has mixed feelings about it. “It is what it is,” he said. “I have great respect for the schools we have competed against and I have enjoyed my interaction with some very good coaches. But they voted to move on without us and we have to live with that.”

In what conference (if any) the Cadets will compete during the 2014-15 school year is still undecided. The school has applied for admission into the Suburban East Conference and the South Suburban Conference. A final verdict could be several months away. Season assessment: Only once during the Ziebarth era has St. Thomas failed to

capture at least a portion of the Classic Suburban Conference title. The Cadets travel to Mahtomedi on September 27. That titan battle will probably decide it. We expect the Cadets to avenge their only loss of 2012 and go out as conference champs. And it may not stop there. Ziebarth is destined to win a state title at some point and 2013 could be the year.

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(All games 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted) Aug. 29 at Simley Sept. 7 vs. Joliet Catholic Academy 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at Sibley Sept. 20 vs. Hill-Murray Sept. 27 at Mahtomedi Oct. 4 vs. Richfield Oct. 11 at North Oct. 16 vs. South St. Paul

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

Children’s Museum

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“Dora and Diego” is presented through September 22. Children and families are invited to the enchanting world of Dora the Explorer, her animal-rescuing cousin Diego, and their friends Boots and Baby Jaguar. Participants may explore Isa’s Flowery Garden, help Tico gather nuts, join the Pirate Piggies’ crew as they set sail, and search for baby animals in the Rainforest Maze. 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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The Second City, Chicago’s legendary comedy theater, presents “Happily Ever Laughter,” at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7. This revue features some of the best sketches, songs and improvisation from The Second City’s 53-year history. Tickets are $25-$35.

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

Pip Jazz Sundays Rob Juice will perform at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8. The event is hosted by singer Pippi Ardennia. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For more information, visit www.pipjazz.com.

“Then Now Wow,” the largest exhibit ever at the History Center, highlights Minnesota’s history in the prairies, forests and cities. Visitors will encounter multi-media exhibits, artifacts and images unique to Minnesota’s diverse population and historic events. Ongoing exhibits include “The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862,” “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation:

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The American Association of Woodturners is hosting a free demonstration noon-3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15 in the Gallery of Wood Art. The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is held 4-6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15 in the Musser Cortile. Free. Meg Hutchinson will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20 in the F. K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium. Tickets are $15-$18.

“Good People” opens September 13 at Park Square Theatre.

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“Good People” is presented September 13-October 5. The themes of the play are embodied in the characters of out-ofwork Margie, and Mike, a guy she dated briefly in high school who is now a successful doctor. Both of them were born and grew up in South Boston – ‘Southie’ – a neighborhood rife with low incomes and troubled families.

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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 Omnitheatre. 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

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Mumford & Sons, with special guests The Vaccines and Bear’s Den, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 4. Tickets are $35$49.99. Taylor Swift, with special guests Ed Sheeran and Casey James, 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8. Tickets are $31.50-$86.50. Michael Bublé, 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11. Tickets are $56.50-$112. Blake Shelton, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12. Tickets are $29.75$54.75. Nine Inch Nails, 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28. Tickets are $37.50$99.

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REFLECTIONS From the Riverfront

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

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wo trails converged in a yellow wood. At least that’s what Dakota County Parks hopes will happen in the coming year with a yet-to-be-developed 3.8mile segment of the Mississippi River Trail in Dakota County. The undeveloped section prohibits cyclists from safely cruising from

South St. Paul to Hastings along the riverfront unencumbered by vehicle traffic. The trail is paved to where it meets the gap. The portion north from Hastings was completed last year and the route running from South St. Paul was paved this year. The gap remains in the Pine Bend area in Rosemount and Nininger Township. Dakota County Parks,

which is spearheading the 27-mile project, is in the process of finalizing the trail alignment through the Nininger area. A route was selected in late May and surveying work has begun, with construction to start next summer. The County also plans to initiate a feasibility study later this year to find a suitable trail alignment around the Union Pacific (UP) Railroad tracks in

The remains of a rustic bar and jukebox faceplate at Bud’s Landing.

Rosemount. I traveled to this area recently to view the project site. Pine Bend Trail intersects Hwy. 55 just east of Hwy. 52 and winds through an industrial area to where it crosses the UP tracks. At this point it becomes gravel

and darts straightaway toward Lower Spring Lake Park Reserve, a beautiful nature sanctuary filled with native prairie grasses, flowers and old-growth woods, as well as an archery range and youth camp and lodge. Traveling a half-mile fur-

ther and turning left onto Fischer Avenue, one can see where land has been cleared to survey the trail. Fischer leads to a gravel cul-de-sac by the river, and it is near here that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hopes to build

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R iver Connections a new recreation area and boat ramp, which would be easily accessible by trail users. Although that project will not likely begin for a few years, I wanted to see this site because of its historical significance. It’s the former location of Bud’s Landing, a small resort that catered to hunters and fishermen for half a century. A sign forbidding trespassing stands near a metal gate that blocks access to a narrow road that winds down to the river and the former resort. I ducked under the gate and started down the pathway, which was rutted and overgrown with vegetation. This land, now owned by Dakota County, once belonged to the Josephs family. The late Bud Josephs, who lived on St. Paul’s West Side and made his living as a meat cutter at Swift in South St. Paul, purchased the land in three separate transactions between 1943 and 1947 and transformed it into Bud’s Hunting and Fishing Resort. In the spring of 2012, the Josephs family sold the land to the county with the condition that the area be preserved as Bud’s Landing. Even though I was on public land, the “No Trespassing” sign made me uneasy as I ambled down the path. As the forest opened to the riverbank I could see what was left of the former resort. At one time there were three cabins on the property. All that remains are one cabin and a building

that housed a rustic bar. It’s a place that time has quietly stepped around. A large, grassy area abuts the boat landing, which is now stuffed with whitened logs that have floated down the river and become lodged in the gentle bend of the riverbank. With a little work, the site will make a nice area for future generations to enjoy and gain access to the river. It’s a beautiful area that is worthy of preserving and enhancing. I walked around the bar and the cabin, both of which are in a serious state of disrepair. I peered into the windows and tried to imagine what the buildings were like when they were filled with laughter and braggadocio from resort patrons. I envisioned grown men huddled around the bar, dressed in flannel, each with stubble on their chin and greasy hair matted against their scalps from being tucked under a hat all

Your community news and information source day. With a Grain Belt beer in hand and a Lucky Strike cigarette dangling from his lips and bouncing as he talked, one would be telling a story in the smoky haze about the big one that got away, or ribbing his mate about the easy shot that he missed when the first mallards of the day came circling in over the misty waters of a crisp autumn dawn. It’s evident that these buildings were never luxurious or pretentious. They weren’t meant to be. They were built for people who love the outdoors and enjoy a rustic setting to relax in after a full day on the river. It’s intriguing to me how structures like these can be neglected to the

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N ews Briefs Ladies Morning Out at Riverview Women of all ages are invited to join the Ladies Morning Out program at Riverview Baptist Church, 14 E. Moreland, West St. Paul. The fall session begins at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 12. The series includes weekly meetings, Bible study, special feature and coffee. Child care is provided for preschool children. For more information, call 651-457-3831 or visit www.riverviewbaptist.net.

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HHW collection Ramsey County’s household hazardous waste collection site at Bay West, located near the State Capitol at 5 Empire Dr., St. Paul, is open year-round. Dropoff is free for residents of Ramsey and Dakota counties with a photo I.D. For hours of operation and more information, call the Ramsey County Recycling and Disposal Hotline at 651-633-EASY (3279) or visit www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ ph.

Holy Family Maronite Church is hosting its an- Rotary hosts nual Lebanese Festival Sep- glowball golfing tember 6-8 at the church and offers the campus at 1960 Lexington Ave. S., Mendota Heights. chance to win 30 Festivities begin Friday, bottles of wine Sept. 6 with bingo in the The West St. Paul-Mensocial hall. Doors open at dota Heights Rotary Club’s 5 p.m. for food sales. Bingo annual glowball charity golf starts at 6:30 p.m. tournament and silent aucFrom 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., tion will be held Friday, IO#: Buffets081213.2OCB Saturday, Sept. 7, the Sept. 6 at Southview CounIO# must appear on billing church will hold an estate try Club, 239 E. Mendota nted - John sale. Baked goods and other Rd., West St. Paul. In adfood will also be sold. A dition to the tournament, Rep Email: john@stpaulpublishing.com Maronite Catholic liturgy the event includes a Wall begins at 4 p.m. of Wine raffle. All funds Date: La Voz Latina – Monday, 8/26/13 The outdoor festival, held raised at the event will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, used to support charities will include Ad Size:Sept. Line8,ad with logo ethnic and nonprofits. The tournafood and baked goods, beer, ment will feature foursomes wine, belly dancers, an es- competing in a nine-hole obbs - julie@rradinc.com tate sale, children’s games, scramble format, teeing off tip board prize raffles and at dusk using glow-in-themore. A 10 a.m. liturgy will dark balls. Cost for a foursome is $280 and includes dinner, golf and access to the silent auction. NonRestaurant golfers may register for the Server, Bakery, Pantry, dinner and auction for $40. Host, Dishwasher & The first place winner of Cook Opportunities… the Wall of Wine raffle will LOVE YOUR JOB! receive 30 bottles of wine

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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 ckbergstrom@hotmail.com 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 www.rotarywspmh.org. The Kiwanis Club of West St. Paul hosts a weekly meeting at noon, Tuesdays at Dunham’s, 173 Lothenbach Ave., West St. Paul. Each meeting features lunch and a guest speaker. The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, which serves West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Eagan, Rosemount and Farmington, hosts a monthly meeting called “The Buzz,” at 7:30 a.m., the first Thursday

Cub Scout recruiting The Cub Scout program sponsored by the Church of St. Michael, 335 E. Hurley St., West St. Paul, is hosting a program at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9 in the cafeteria to recruit new members. The program is for boys in grades kindergarten to 5 and meets 7-8 p.m. most Mondays. Information will also be available for the Boy Scout program for grades 6 to 11. For more information, call 651- 2277167 or 651-457-2334.

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.

Free driver safety class for seniors The RSVP Volunteer Program, sponsored by Volunteers of America Minnesota, is hosting a free driver safety event 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Humboldt apartments, 516 Humboldt Ave., St. Paul. This educational event is for drivers age 55 and over. Trained volunteers will help participants complete

a 12-point checklist to ensure vehicle safety, such as proper mirror adjustments, seatbelts, lights, flashers and more. The entire process takes about 20 minutes. For more information, call 952945-4162.

Student notes Rachel Altshuler of Sunfish Lake and Andrew Greenstein of Mendota Heights were named to the dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N. Y. Altshuler also graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and biophysics. The following students from Mendota Heights graduated from the University of Iowa: Samuel Lane

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of each month at DARTS, 1645 Marthaler Ln., West St. Paul. Each meeting features networking, a guest speaker and refreshments. For more information, call 651-452-9872 or visit www. dcrchamber.com. 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 vickilynn4@q.com. Cost is $10, or $48 for six weeks. A parent support group is also available during the same time.

received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and mass communication, Robert Lennon received a bachelor of arts degree in English and Adreon Morgan received a bachelor of arts degree in economics and also a bachelor of science degree in political science. Morgan was also named to the dean’s list. Mallory Link of West St. Paul received a bachelor of science degree in education and human sciences, special education, from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The following students from Mendota Heights graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison: Jennifer Bernick received a bachelor of science degree in rehabilitation psychology, Matthew Burke received a bachelor of arts degree in international studies, Johanna Gelderman received a bachelor of science degree in international studies, Theresa Gerber received a bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies and French, and Maren Meyer received a master of arts degree in library and information studies. Michelle Karth of West St. Paul received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and Brian McCall received a Doctor of Law (Juris Doctor). Hannah Parrott of West St. Paul was named to the dean’s list at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Mont. Margaret Moburg of

Mendota Heights was named to the dean’s list at Drake University. Scott Meyer of Mendota Heights and Peter Farley of West St. Paul were named to the president’s list at Drake University. The following students from Mendota Heights were named to the dean’s list at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities: Hayley Bemel, Spencer Bemel, Rachel Czech, Douglas Deitchler, Ryan Gavin, Albir Khalil, Emil Khalil, Andrew Lauwagie, Seth Moline, Luke Peilen, Lauren Seivert, Erin Lowenthal, Molly Nemer and Scott Nichols. Conrad Etzel, Chelsey Finnegan and Martin Kapsch of West St. Paul were also named to the dean’s list at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Claire Dill of Mendota Heights and Alexandra Gustafson of West St. Paul were named to the dean’s list at Northwestern College. Daniel Furth of West St. Paul was named to the dean’s list at Villanova University.

Religious ed at St. Matt’s St. Matthew’s Church on the West Side is accepting registrations through September 25 for its Faith Formation program for grades 1-10. Classes meet 6:307:45 p.m. each Wednesday from September through April. For more information, call 651-224-9793.


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For the third consecutive year, Landmark Center is hosting the popular Red House Live from Landmark Center concert series, held the third Friday of each month from September through December. The series features artists from St. Paul-based record label, Red House Records, performing in the intimate 230-seat F. K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium in Landmark Center. Hosted by KFAI radio personalities, these concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are preceded by a cocktail

hour with a cash bar and refreshments at 7 p.m., giving audiences the opportunity to mingle with both KFAI host deejays and musicians. The lineup includes: Meg Hutchinson on September 20. Hutchinson’s CD release concert features her award-winning songwriting and artful documentation of the human condition. Her music has been featured nationally on NPR Music, XM/Sirius Radio and the syndicated show Mountain Stage.

Drew Nelson on October 18. Nelson is a storytelling songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The Michigan-born Navy veteran writes as a witness to the lives and journeys of those he has met along the way, mixing Americana and roots-rock with traditional folk styles. He has toured across North America and Europe, performing solo and opening for popular rock artists such as  Melissa Etheridge  and  Edwin McCain,  as well as esteemed

folk singers, including Josh White Jr. and John Gorka.   Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover on November 15. Minnesota music legends Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover, along with their colleague, the late Dave Ray, were stars of the 1960s folk music and blues revival. Guitarist, singer, songwriter Spider John  is famed for his rhythmic idiosyncratic stylings of classic American folk songs and originals, and was an  acknowledged influence

on Bob Dylan and John Lennon. Seminal blues harmonica player Tony Glover literally wrote the book on the instrument by authoring its still most widely used instruction guide Heather Masse on December 20. Singer-songmaker Heather Masse grew up in rural Maine and was trained at the New England Conservatory of Music as a jazz singer. A member of the Billboard-charting folk supergroup The Wailin’ Jennys, Masse has performed at

the top venues, sharing the stage with the world’s most acclaimed pop, classical and jazz acts, including Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, Mark O’Connor’s Hot Jazz and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $50 for the entire series, and can be purchased through www.landmarkcenter.org/redhouse.html or by calling Minnesota Landmarks at 651-292-3063.

Zeitgeist begins new season with New Music Harvest Zeitgeist is hosting a series of cabarets, performances and celebrations to take place at Studio Z in Lowertown. Performances include: New Music Harvest: September 26-28, 7:30 p.m. Zeitgeist’s season opener features a cornucopia of new chamber music from composers both near and far plus delectable dishes prepared by Lowertown’s finest restaurants. Featuring works by Israeli-American composer Shulamit Ran, Christopher Hopkins of

Iowa, and Minnesotans Abbie Betinis and Scott Miller. 5th Annual Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret: Nov. 7-10. With over three hours of local live music each night, Zeitgeist’s 5th Annual New Music Cabaret features some of the Twin Cities’ best musicians performing an eclectic variety of new music. Music lovers are invited to attend one or all shows for $10 per night. November 7, 7:30 p.m. The Dream Songs Project; 8:30 p.m., Zeitgeist; 9:30 p.m., Red Planet 

November 8: 6:30 p.m., Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts Showcase; 7:30 p.m., RenegadeEnsemble; 8:30 p.m., Zeitgeist; 9:30 p.m., Zacc Harris November 9: 7:30 p.m., Patrick Harison and Josh Granowski; 8:30 p.m., Zeitgeist; 9:30 p.m., Mother of Masks November. 10: 7 p.m., Adam Meckler Orchestra; 8 p.m., Zeitgeist; 9 p.m., Nathan Hanson Saxophone Choir Playing it Close to Home:

February 21-22, 7:30 p.m., at Studio Z; February 23, 2 p.m., at Roseville High School. Features winning songs from Zeitgeist’s Eric Stokes Song Contest plus music by local composers Nathan Hanson and Viv Corringham. Early Music Festival: The Music of George Crumb: April 10-13. This festival explores the powerful contributions of our musical pioneers with a celebration of composer George Crumb. Hole in the Sky: May 16-

17, 7:30 p.m.; May 18, 2 p.m. Join Zeitgeist and Duluth composer/cellist/environmentalist Kathy McTavish for the world premiere of her new chamber work, Hole in the Sky. Featuring electronic and acoustic music, video, and an interactive exhibition, Hole in the Sky explores a pre-apocalyptic world where extinction is imminent and our ecosystem is on the verge of collapse. Tickets are $10, and $20 for fundraiser performances on September 28, February

22, April 12 and May 17. Studio Z is located at 275 E. Fourth St., Suite 200, St. Paul. For more information, visit www.zeitgeistnewmusic.com. Founded in 1977, Zeitgeist is a new music chamber ensemble consisting of two percussion, piano and woodwinds, and is one of the oldest and most successful new music groups in the country.

{ VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES } Neighborhood House in St. Paul is looking for volunteers to assist in the food shelf, with tutoring, youth services and other areas. For more information, contact Anders at 651-789-2524 or armayland@neighb.org. Neighbors, Inc., a social service agency serving Northern Dakota County, has a number of volunteer opportunities to assist local residents, including work with the food shelf and thrift store. For more information, contact David at 651-3062145 or at volunteer@neighborsmn.org. DARTS, a nonprofit organization in West St. Paul, has several volunteer opportunities to assist families and individuals with transportation and in-home services. For more information, call 651455-1560 or visit www.dart1.org. Guild Incorporated, a social service agency based on the West Side that serves people with mental illness, has a number of volunteer opportunities, including drivers, phone buddies and help with administrative tasks. For more information, contact 651-925-8456 or volunteer@ guildincorporated.org. St. Paul Senior Chore Service is looking for senior clients age 60 and over, as well as volunteers to help these clients with basic home and outdoor projects. For more information, call 651-6495984.

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

St. Paul Public Schools needs people to tutor elementary students in reading and math. Under the guidance of a classroom teacher, volunteers assist students one-on-one or in small groups. For more information, contact Connie at 612-6177807 or cerickson@voamn.org. Volunteers age 55 and older are eligible for free supplemental insurance, mileage reimbursement and other benefits through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Volunteers of America of Minnesota. St. Paul Public Schools Foundation is seeking tutors to assist one hour a week at schools and community organizations throughout the city. Orientation and training are provided. For more information, contact Neighborhood House and Ellen Nikodym at ellen.nikodym@ sppsfoundation.org or at 651-325-4205. The Minnesota Reading Corps is seeking reading tutors. The program provides free, one-on-one tutoring to children age three through third grade. Minnesota Reading Corps members receive a living stipend, reimbursement for college (up to $5,350), and health insurance for full-time members. For more information or to apply, visit www.MinnesotaReadingCorps.org or call 1-866859-2825.

Volunteers of America is looking for volunteers age 55 and over to assist children who are struggling with homework and reading. Time commitment ranges from three to 12 hours a week. To volunteer or receive more information, contact Gil Zamora at 651-470-7416. Building Blocks Tutorial ALC needs volunteer tutors to work with students doing activities that support reading, math and writing skills. Tutors volunteer one or two days each week on Tuesdays or Thursdays, 3-5 p.m., at Riverview Elementary, 160 E. Isabel St. Volunteers must be age 16 or older. Orientation and training are provided. For more information, contact Jill Jackson, program director, at 651-228-1378 or buildingblocks@ usfamily.net.

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{ THE FULLER FILES } St. Paul Almanac publication party St. Paul Almanac will host a publication party for its 2014 book at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Black Dog Cafe, 308 Prince St., St. Paul. The Almanac features stories, prose and poems of more than 100 local writers, over 250 fullcolor photographs and illustrations by local artists, city listings and a calendar of events. Author readings will be held in the Clouds in Water Zen Center and an exhibit of paintings, photos and other original art commissioned for the  2014 Almanac is featured in the AZ Gallery. Both businesses are located in the same building as the Black Dog Cafe. The art exhibit continues through September 29. Traditional Irish music by Mattie Ernst and friends begins at 7 p.m. at the Black Dog, followed by the duo Hot Date at 8:30 p.m.

Downtown music The final Music in Mears concert will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29. Brad Bellows will perform jazz on September 20 at the Black Dog Cafe, 308 Prince St., St. Paul. Mike in the Wilderness bluegrass group will perform on September 27.

Singer Carrie Shaw will appear with the Zeitgeist quartet at 7:30 p.m., September 26-28 at Studio Z, 275 E. Fourth St., St. Paul.

City Passport City Passport senior citizen center, located on the mezzanine level of the Alliance Bank Center at 55 E. Fifth St., will present the following events in September: happy birthday party, 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9; Simply Good Eating, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18; trivia, 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18; writers group, 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 20; current events discussion, 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 20; CPR training, 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25; ice cream float social, 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27; community acupuncture, 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays; Golden Melody Makers, 10 a.m. on Thursdays; blood pressure checks, 9:30 a.m. on Fridays.

Central Library events The Saturday Live series continues in September with 11:15 a.m. Saturday performances at the St. Paul Public Central Library, 90 W. Fourth St., St. Paul. Woodland Puppets will present a puppet variety show on September 7, magician Matt Dunn will perform on September 14, the Minnesota Zoomobile will present a live animal nature

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program on September 21, and Ten Penny Tunes will perform a concert of folk and children’s music on September 28. A Loud at the Library block party will take place 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Kellogg Boulevard Courtyard of the Central Library. The event features three bands: Charlie Parr, Brass Messenger and Pour Nobodys. Books and Bars will feature a discussion of “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green at 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall at Sixth and Wabasha.

‘Before I Die’ board About 600 people have written a wish on the “Before I Die” board, located in the skyway lobby of the Alliance Bank Building. This is the final month for people to record their own wish on the board. It will be taken down when Allegra printing moves into its new location in September.

Concrete and Grass music festival The seventh annual Concrete and Grass music festival returns to Mears park September 5-7. Concrete and Grass serves as the launch of the fall performance season for the Ordway, The Saint Paul

Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and the Schubert Club, and showcases other groups from the Twin Cities’ diverse music scene. Food, wine and beer from restaurants in the Lowertown entertainment district will be available in the park all weekend. All concerts are free. The lineup is: • Thursday, Sept. 5 - The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra at 7 p.m.; Moore By Four at 8:30 p.m. • Friday, Sept. 6 - Alison Scott at 5 p.m.; Marimba Africa presented by the Ordway at 6:30 p.m.; Lucy Michelle, featuring Chan Poling and John Munson, at 8:30 p.m.   • Saturday, Sept. 7 - Copper Street Brass Quintet presented by The Schubert Club at 4 p.m.; Minnesota Opera at 5:30 p.m.; The Sphericals presented by McNally Smith College of Music at 7 p.m.; Halloween Alaska at 8:30 p.m.   • A-Ray will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5 at the nearby Black Dog Cafe, 308 Prince St. For more information, visit www.concreteandgrass.com.

Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary A Hike It! event, featuring a cultural history of the area, will be held 1011 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in Lowertown.

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MMA art exhibit Minnesota Museum of American Art will show the video “Minnesota Original” 6:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6. The video features five local artists and was produced by Twin Cities Public Television. A panel discussion on how the art gallery scene in the Twin Cities has changed from its heyday in the 1970s to today will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9. Fall gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays, and 10 a.m.-4 on Saturdays and Sundays. The museum is located in the Pioneer Building at Fourth and Robert.

Lawson extends lease Lawson Software will remain at its location in the Lawson Commons building at Sixth and Wabasha through 2022 but will occupy about half the amount of space. When Lawson Software moved from Minneapolis in 1999 to the newly constructed 436,000-square-foot Lawson Commons building in downtown St. Paul it signed a lease for 260,000 square feet through 2015. Infor purchased Lawson Software in 2011 and has since determined less space is needed because its workforce is more mobile. It recently signed a lease extension through 2022 that reduces its space to 130,000 square feet. About 650 workers are employed in St. Paul.

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Flora and small trees will be planted at the sanctuary during a National Public Land Day conservation project, held 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28. To register, visit www.bravelybe.com.

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Four or five dead trees will be removed from Mears Park this fall. New trees will be planted in their place. The replacement trees will be planted 30 feet from the nearest tree to allow more sunlight to reach the lawn. A group of students from St. Paul Preparatory School at nearby Cray Plaza will take part in a fall cleanup at the park to collect debris that has gathered during the summer.

Wabasha Partners meeting Wabasha Partners, a group of business and community leaders that works to make improvements along Wabasha Street in downtown St. Paul, will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Fitzgerald Theatre. The group recently held an Art Walk Wabasha Block Party that featured stilt walkers, hula-hoopers, break-dancers and music.

Beginner Square Dance classes Dakota Grand Squares, a local square dance club, is offering weekly beginner square dance classes Monday evenings, 6:15-8 p.m., beginning September 23 at the West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida St., St. Paul. The first dance is free. Dress is casual. For more information, call 651-2259709.

Movies in the Park The Comcast Movies in the Park series at Raspberry Island concludes with three 1940s films starring Humphrey Bogart. They are “Maltese Falcon” with Mary Astor on August 30, “Casablanca” with Ingrid Bergman on September 6, and “The Big Sleep” with Lauren Bacall on September 13. The movies begin at dusk.

New tenants at the Lowry building The criminal division of the Ramsey County Attorney’s office has relocated to the Lowry building at Fourth and Wabasha. Also, a restaurant owner has signed a lease to open a restaurant on the first floor early next year.

CRC has new website St. Paul Media has created a new website for CapitolRiver Council (CRC). The site allows users to post opinions on a message board, join a CRC committee, learn about downtown events, and connect with other downtown residents. To view it, visit www.capitolrivercouncil.org.


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Imagine arriving in a foreign country and not speaking the language or understanding the culture – or struggling to find a job when circumstances prevented you from finishing high school. Neighborhood House is proud to offer several adult education programs aimed at providing culturally diverse individuals with the skills needed to live, work and thrive in their new community. The English Language Learner (ELL) program includes a number of classes taught by uniquely qualified teachers who help students learn English, understand American cul-

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Community gardens: get involved Community gardens are gaining in popularity. Every summer, new gardens on the West Side spring up and older gardens grow. This rise in popularity may leave some curious about these new community spaces – what are they, why are they popular, and should I become involved?

ture and develop math skills and financial literacy. In many instances they are able to continue on to the Adult Education GED program. This program helps students prepare for the General Educational Development (GED) test, equivalent to a obtaining a high school diploma. When 17-year-old “Jessica” came to us in November 2012 with an age waiver to take the GED test, she was nowhere near ready. Work and transportation prevented her from attending classes, so she began using Skills Tutor, an individualized online tutoring program. Although she put in 60 hours online, she still wasn’t quite ready for the GED when she asked to take the pre-tests again in December. To encourage her to come to class, staff made transportation available. After one month of class, over 80 hours on Skills Tutor, and close monitoring and counseling by Neighborhood House staff, she was able to pass her GED. The Adult Education team consistently goes the extra mile in meeting the unique needs of each participant, propelling them forward and enabling them to achieve their goals. To further help participants get on their feet, Neighborhood House has partnered with RESOURCE, an organization that helps people discover their potential and achieve

their dreams by finding a job. Together they are called the West Side Employment Collaborative, a joint venture that will offer training and employment services at the Wellstone Center. These new services will give employers better access to skilled candidates and the local labor market and provide West Side residents opportunities to earn credentials and connect to jobs with local employers. This is an amazing tool for our participants who have worked tremendously hard to become acclimated and employable. In August, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie came to speak with the ELL Civics class. This class embeds language and employment skill development into topics such as American history, education in America, community resources and workers’ rights and responsibilities. We are so proud of our Adult Education curriculum. It is effective in that in meets the needs of so many as they try to change their circumstances. At the same time, our team works carefully with each individual to assure their success. Come see us at the Neighb soon to learn more about our community impact.

Community gardens are shared spaces used by several neighbors to grow plants, fruits and vegetables. Some of these gardeners do not have space in their own yards to garden, while others simply enjoy the communal atmosphere provided by these group spaces. Some garden to save money and because they prefer fresh produce and enjoy spending time outdoors. Others do it to grow culturally traditional foods. These gardens beautify the neighborhood and create a sense of community. They are proven tools for reducing crime and providing safe recreational green space. There are many steps to starting a successful a community garden. The first step is to reach out to fellow neighbors. To learn about the process, contact WSCO. There are already many successful community gardens growing on the West Side, such as the Stryker Community Garden. WSCO can help you become involved in those, too. If community gardening sound great but you cannot

find the time to get involved, you may always purchase fresh produce from other community gardeners. They sell their produce every Saturday during the summer, 9 a.m.noon, at the West Side Farmers Market at the corner of George and Stryker. If none of these is an option for you, feel free to say hello to gardeners if you see them at work and ask them about their site. Also, when no gardeners are present, please respect their gardens and do not walk through the plantings or take food. These gardeners put a great deal of effort and time into their individual plots. We want to make sure they continue to feel welcome and expand their good work for the neighborhood. Community gardens are a great opportunity to continue fostering a strong community on the West Side. WSCO is excited to see these projects continue and expand. For more information, contact WSCO at 651-293-1708.

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y the time the first winter chill hits the air, most people have already dusted off their winter coats and prepared themselves for the brisk months ahead. For homeowners, however, readying for the winter involves more than just unpacking the cold weather clothes. Each year, homeowners overspend on winter utilities because they fail to make several small, but energy efficient, moderations to their home for the winter. Winterizing a home is quick, easy and inexpensive, and can help homeowners trim a substantial amount off their energy bills.

Inspect and repair all insulation Most homeowners are aware that hot air rises.

Still, most homes have attics with poor insulation. Even if you spend little time in your attic, it needs to be well-insulated to keep heating costs down. A properly insulated attic could save a few hundred dollars over the course of a single winter season. A poorly insulated attic, however, will have the opposite effect.

these cracks is inexpensive, and you won’t find yourself constantly overcompensating with the heating system. If your windows are on the older side, consider replacing them. While new windows can be a costly expense, in the long run the better insulation they provide will make them more than worth it.

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Turning up the thermostat is not the most efficient way to keep your home comfortable. Chances are, if past winters have found you routinely turning up the heat, you have cracks, gaps or holes throughout your house that are letting cold air in. Cracks around windows and doors are often the culprit when cold air enters a home. Fixing

While cracks and holes around windows and doors let cold air in, there are other spots where warm air escapes a home. This is especially true of areas around electrical outlets on exterior walls. If these outlets are not secured, warm air will escape through them. Such areas are easily fixed with inexpensive caulking or simply by installing new outlet

Sealing around windows reduces air leaks and saves you money. plates and making sure they are snug to the wall.

Inspect your heating system Homeowners often fail to have their heating systems inspected, and the result can be higher heating

bills thanks to dirty heating ducts and old filters. Once these items are cleaned and replaced, homeowners realize results almost immediately. Another way to save money with your heating system is to use a setback

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little work now will pay dividends in the spring. To ensure your lawn makes a complete recovery after winter hibernation, you should take these steps this fall to help your lawn survive the winter. • Remove fallen leaves and debris. Leaf cleanup is among the tasks homeowners dread the most. Raking leaves can be arduous, but it is well worth the effort. Fallen leaves can smother the grass and lead to dead spots and decay next season. Wait until the majority of the leaves have fallen from the trees before you begin to rake, otherwise you could find yourself repeating the process throughout the fall. Mulched leaves can be added in small amounts to

garden beds to provide rich organic material for next year’s crop. Be sure to pick up twigs and other debris as well. Additional debris can become trapped under snow and hinder grass growth in the spring. • Cut your lawn short. Unless the season is unseasonably wet and warm, your lawn shouldn’t grow too much in October and November. Continue to cut your lawn until there is no visible growth for about two weeks. It pays to give it a short cut before frost arrives so that long piles of dead grass will not smother new growth in the spring. Also, long grass tends to bend down upon itself, trapping moisture that can lead to

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