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Sixth-grader takes stand against bullying John Molene Staff Writer
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fierce love of hockey led 11-yearold Maddie Kegley of South St. Paul to shoot for – and score – an unexpected goal. To date, she has raised more than $2,000 for the Shine A Ligh7 Foundation, which supports anti-bullying efforts, suicide prevention and ending social stigmas associated with mental illnesses. She has raised another $3,000 for other causes close to her heart. Maddie, who has friends who have experienced mental illness, including depression, discovered Shine A Ligh7 while playing peewee hockey. The foundation was started by former University of Minnesota and NHL hockey defenseman Paul Martin, an Elk River native who played with the San Jose Sharks last season. Although Maddie is a huge fan of the Minnesota Wild, it was Martin and his foundation that drew her attention two summers ago while watching him and several other NHL players play in Da Beauty League, a summer league for professional hockey players in Edina. It was there she learned of Martin’s start-up foundation. “I wanted to help those kids,” she said. “I want all kids to be equal no matter what gender or color they are.” To support Shine A Ligh7, the sixth-grader at South St. Paul Secondary started a program called Books Against Bullying, and it has exceeded her wildest dreams. The concept is
The Drover Loft Apartments on Concord Exchange is nearly complete. John Molene Staff Writer
onstruction of multi-family housing and senior housing projects continues to boom across the metro area, and South St. Paul is getting in on the action. It has one new housing development underway, The Drover Loft Apartments, and a few others in the preliminary planning stages. “There are a handful of concepts floating about but it’s too early to really say much of anything concrete about them
at this time,” said Ryan Garcia, Economic and Community Development director for the City of South St. Paul. The 48-unit Drover Loft Apartments at 161 Concord Exch. N. has studios ($995$1,025); 1- bedroom ($1,100-$1,150) and 2- bedroom ($1,455-$1,490) units. The first apartments were occupied in April. Several more will be available July 1, and others are nearing completion. This complex is a conversion of a former office building. Amenities include a fitness center, Housing projects / Page 2
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dmit it. Paying rent or mortgage is not one of the highlights of the month. For most, it’s the single highest expense in their personal budget, and it’s becoming increasing difficult to meet for those who find that some months stretch a little longer than their paycheck. A report released in mid-May by the Family Housing Fund, a nonprofit that addresses affordable housing issues in the 7-county metropolitan area, says there is a significant shortage of housing in the Twin Cities for its growing workforce, and it warns that if things don’t change the region will experience adverse economic repercussions. According to the report, “Housing and Economic Growth in the Twin Cities Region,” one in five people in the region – 374,259 workers – pay more than 30% of their income each month for housing costs, a 25% increase since 2000. A home is considered affordable if the household pays no more than 30 percent of its income on housing costs, or no more than 45 percent on housing and transportation costs combined. When it exceeds that amount, families are often forced to cut back on other necessities, including clothing, medical care and even food. According to the report, the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in the Twin Cities is $1,248 per Workforce housing / Page 2
School district receives new funding for the arts Tim Spitzack Editor
outh St. Paul Public Schools is one of eight districts in the state to receive funding from Minnesota’s Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP) to create a comprehensive plan for arts education. The school district is forming a committee comprised of district and community
representatives, including arts specialists, administrators, parents, teachers and students, to create a 3-year, strategic plan for K-12 arts programs. CAPP, a program of the Perpich Center for Arts Education, will provide technical assistance and $5,000 to support workshops, leadership development and resource materials. According to Chad
Schmidt, director of learning at South St. Paul Schools, district arts education teachers and IB curriculum coordinators will review the district’s current arts education standards and revise the curriculum over the next two school years. The new plan will be reviewed and approved by the school board and implemented during the 2021-22 school year. “With the new Minnesota
State Standards approaching, we will be able to appropriately plan for arts education in each school and grade level, forming a clear scope and sequence for our students,” said Schmidt in a statement. “Providing options to participate in all forms of the arts during the school day will promote student choice, increase engagement, and give insight
on real-world opportunities. These courses will also teach essential skill sets that all students need to thrive, including critical thinking, creativity, communication and technology literacy.” Superintendent Dave Webb added, “The numerous ways in which South St. Paul students and educators positively change the world can already be seen through
artwork in our schools and the community. We are eager to begin our partnership with Perpich to expand on our successes and create new arts education opportunities for all South St. Paul students.” The other districts receiving support are are Bemidji, Columbia Heights, Minneapolis, Pine City, Proctor, St. James and Yellow Medicine.
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month, which means a family needs to earn $49,920 annually to afford it. To cover the average mortgage payment on a median priced home of $266,000, a family needs to bring in $76,741 per year. According to the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors, median sales prices are on the rise in South St. Paul. They rose 7.2% this year through April over the same period last year, from $208,000 to $223,000. The Twin Cities region is expected to add more than 368,000 new jobs through 2038, which will put even more pressure on the housing stock.
From 2012-2017, an average of 10,874 housing units were added annually, when the need was 14,368 units, a shortfall of 3,495 per year. The report also says the region needs about 177,000 new housing units, particularly rental units, by 2038 to accommodate the new workers. It predicts the workers filling these jobs will be looking for townhomes, apartments and condominiums more than single family homes, and concludes that approximately half of all rental costs will need to be at below $1,250, and 80% of housing costs below $350,000.
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simple yet effective. Friends, family and others donate books to the program, and Maddie sells them at craft fairs for $1 each and donates the proceeds to nonprofits. After her first weekend of sales in 2017, she donated $600 to Shine A Ligh7. The early success led Maddie to hold a second event, where she raised more than $1,300 during last fall’s On The Road Again fall festival. Those proceeds were split, with 75 percent going to Shine A Ligh7 and 25 percent to the VanderVeer family of South St. Paul, who lost their 12-year-old daughter, Lillian, to suicide. She’s now surpassed $5,000, and the books keep rolling
in. In late May she received a donation of 500 books, her biggest haul to date. Maddie’s goal this year is to donate $100 to each NHL team-supported or player-supported effort that helps youth. So far she’s contributed to Erik Karlsson’s Can’t Dim My Light campaign; the Edmonton Oilers’ Hockey Talks program; Friends Colorado, an anti-bullying organization supported by Gabe Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche; PK Subban of the Nashville Predators for the charity of his choice; Project 11, a youth mental wellness program supported by Blake Wheeler and his team, the Winnipeg Jets; and Boston
vs. Bullies, an organization supported by Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins. “She’s gained a lot of confidence doing this,” said her mother, Amanda. “She’s learned how to talk to people. Maddie’s not doing it to get accolades. ” Although Maddie is more interested making assists rather than goals of her own, she is indeed receiving accolades. In recognition of her work, she recently received a Public Health Achievement Award from Dakota County. Look for Maddie’s Books Against Bullying display on Saturday, June 29 at the Kaposia Days Craft & Flea Market/Business Expo, held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Central Square, 100 7th Ave. N. For information on Books Against Bullying, visit http:// www.booksagainst.org/.
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Remembering hockey legend Whitey Willer John E. Ahlstrom Staff Writer
uring the eight years I have chronicled South St. Paul sports, I have had the good fortune of sharing the stories of many of this community’s hockey legends. Regardless of whom I interviewed – Jim Carter, Paul Moen, Doug Woog and Beaver Lick to name a few – there was one name that always crept into the conversation: Whitey Willer. The time is ripe to remember and celebrate this remarkable individual. Donald “Whitey” Willer passed away on Oct. 4, 2018, at the age of 82. The fact that I never got to meet him and share a conversation is my loss. Fortunately, there are numerous others eager and willing to fill in the blanks and articulate what Whitey meant to them as a teacher, a coach, and a mentor. Willer was born on April 29, 1936 in Northfield, Minn., and moved to South St. Paul when he was five years old with his father
Harry, mother Milla and older sister Betty. “Whitey talked often about the day they moved,” said Marge Willer, his widow and wife of 31 years. “Although he was only five years old at the time, he never forgot the date – December 7, 1941 – because it was the day that Japanese war planes attacked Pearl Harbor. ‘A day that will live in infamy,’ said President Franklin D. Roosevelt.” The family moved into a “basement” house on 14th Avenue North. His parents found work in the stockyards and Donald attended St. Augustine Catholic School. By the time he was ten he had earned the nickname “Whitey” because of his blonde crew cut that lightened nearly white by the sun during the summer months. In 1946, Richard “Beaver” Lick, a few months younger than Whitey, moved to the neighborhood and the two became instant friends. They shared a love of competition and sports. Their kinship
would eventually span seven decades. “There were six to eight of us that would spend hours together on the playgrounds, and when winter came we were down in the Mudhole where we learned how to skate,” recalled Lick. “Bob Sharrow skated with us and he and Whitey and I were on the same line together from bantams all the way through high school.” The Packers, then under the coaching wizardry of George Karn, were on the precipice of starting a dynasty of sorts in hockey. The team made trips to the state tournament in 1953, and again in 1954 when Whitey and Beaver were seniors. “Whitey played center and was the ultimate team player,” said Lick. “He was tremendous in the face-off circle, dished out a lot of assists, was a monster on the forecheck and loved to mix it up in the corners with the opposition.” Lick was a natural scorer and benefited from his teammate’s unselfish play. In the
Willer served as head coach at St. Thomas Academy from 1966-71 and led the Cadets to three state tournament appearances. quarterfinal game of the 1954 tournament Lick led the Packers to victory with two goals and two assists. In the first period of the semi-final game, the opponent’s coach ordered one of his players to shadow Lick
all over the ice and prevent him from getting the puck. That tactic drew the ire of Coach Karn. “Whitey and I were about the same size – both of us 5-foot-8 – and between periods, Karn asked us to ex-
change jerseys, and of course we did what we were told,” recalled Lick. “Whitey actually scored a goal in the third period wearing my jersey and the announcer, of course, credited me with the goal.”
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Willer attended St. Thomas College for one year, then due to financial constraints transferred to the University of Minnesota where he graduated with a degree in elementary education in 1959. After teaching for three years in Newport he was hired by the South St. Paul Board of Education to teach fifth and sixth grade. His teaching career spanned 33 years. For a stint in the mid1970s, he was the In-School Suspension Teacher at South St. Paul High School. Instead of sending students who were suspended for disciplinary reasons home, the program allowed them to stay in school and spend some quality time with Willer. “Whitey taught in much the same manner as he played and coached,” said Marge. “He was a no-nonsense sort of person, but he had a soft side to him, too, and he found some goodness in every student – and many of them would approach him years later and thank him for helping to turn their lives around.” There is no clear date when Willer’s coaching career started but it was probably while he was still in high school. Doug Woog, eight years younger than Willer, spent many hours skating in the Mudhole in the mid1950s and gives most of the credit for his early development and that of his contemporaries to Willer. “Whitey was the first real youth coach in South St. Paul,” said Woog. “He coached the peewee and the
bantam teams. He was passionate and possessed a kick -‘em-in-the-butt mentality that we all bought into. It was Whitey Willer who prepared us to play high school hockey.” Willer’s coaching resume could fill a page. He served as head coach of the St. Thomas Academy hockey team from 1966-1971, and during his tenure there the Cadets made three appearances in the State Catholic Tournament in Duluth. He also served for three years as head coach of the Brady High School hockey team in West St. Paul. When Woog became the head coach of the St. Paul Vulcans Junior Hockey team in 1974, he hired Willer as his assistant. During tryouts it was Willer who convinced Woog to keep Hastings native Russ Welch on the team rather than cut him. Welch ended up getting a full scholarship to play hockey at Michigan State.
“I first met Whitey in the early 1970s when I was playing for Hastings and he and Beaver Lick would often referee our games,” Welch recalled. “My first move when I became head coach at South St. Paul in 1985 was to hire Whitey as the JV coach. He was a disciplinarian, but he was also inspirational and he was most effective working with kids individually. They would go through a wall for him.” Welch also has fond memories of coaching the ninth grade football team with Willer for ten seasons. “He brought the same passion to the football field that he brought to the hockey rink,” he said. “He never did anything half-heartedly and he never tired of working with and encouraging young people.” During his 37-year career, Willer coached hockey, football, baseball and soccer. During 33 of those years he was also a full-time teacher.
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And if that were not enough, he also served as a hockey official for more than three decades and found time to raise six children of his own. Willer began his hockey officiating career in 1956 at the age of 20. His refereeing partner for nearly all his career was his close friend and high school classmate, Beaver Lick. The two officiated 75-80 games a year, and most of them at the outset were junior varsity and varsity high school games. “We were getting $12.50 per game and we thought that was pretty good if we could get in three or four games per week,” Lick said. “Perhaps the most memorable high school game we worked was a regional championship game between Burnsville and Rochester that went six overtimes. We earned our $12.50 in that one.” According to Lick, when
Willer called a penalty, the Willer “Stare” would commence, directed toward the perpetrator who committed the foul. He didn’t say a word but the Stare dictated that the young man skate with purpose – and his mouth shut – directly to the penalty box. As their reputation as a high quality officiating duo spread, Willer and Lick found themselves in demand at almost every level, including Junior A hockey, Division III and Division I college games (Minnestoa, Wisconsin and Notre Dame), six Minnesota State High School tournaments and three NCAA collegiate championships. “The greatest part of our job was the camaraderie that we developed with so many quality coaches and players,” said Lick. “They would give us crap and we’d give it right
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back to them.” During the winter months for more than three decades, the Willer-Lick officiating tandem spent a couple hundred hours on the ice, working nearly 2,000 hockey games. Where there any disputes? “All I can think of is once in awhile Whitey would call a penalty in the area I was working on the ice sheet, and I would do the same on occasion and he’d give me a shortened version of the Willer Stare,” Lick said with a laugh. “But once the game was over we always put it in the rear view mirror.” Willer coached and refereed well into his fifties, but a medical event that would drastically alter his life occurred in August, 1991. We will explore that crisis and the courageous aftermath in Part II next month.
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N ews Briefs Food trucks at Bridgepoint Food trucks will be at Bridgepoint business park on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Different vendors are featured 11 a.m.-2 p.m. through October at 150 Hardman Dr., South St. Paul. The trucks are hosted by the Bridgepoint Business Association. Here’s the schedule: • June 26: Gastro Truck, Asia Invasion and 9 Yum Yum Ice Cream • July 24: Potter’s Pasties, Tot Boss and Bacon Me Crazy
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Parks and Rec programs South St. Paul Parks & Recreation is accepting registrations for youth summer programs, day trips and camps for preschoolers through grade 6. Youth camps include Little Critters Explorers Camp,
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Community preschool The South St. Paul Community Preschool program at Kaposia Education Center and Lincoln Center has limited openings and is accepting registrations for next school year for children that are age 3 or 4 by Sept. 1. Voluntary PreK classes for 4-year-olds are free at Kaposia Education Center and tuition based for 3-year-olds. Lincoln Center offers classes for 3- and 4-year-olds at a reduced cost and has scholarships available. Register at www.ssppreschool.tridis trictce.org or at the Family
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All City Garage Sale is June 27-29 South St. Paul’s All City Garage Sale will take place June 27-29, featuring about 50 sales across the city. Free maps are available at South St. Paul City Hall, 125 3rd Ave. N., South St. Paul Library, 106 3rd Ave. N., Central Square Community Center, 100 7th Ave. N, and www.southstpaul.org. For more information, contact Deb Griffith, community affairs liaison, at 651-5543230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free English classes South Suburban Adult Basic Education offers free classes at 517 Marie Ave. South St. Paul, to help people age 17 and older learn English and improve literacy skills. To register or receive more information, call 651306-3632.
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What a great letter Deb Griffith Community Affairs Liaison
ran across a quote the other day that I really liked: “There is no I in team but there is a U in volunteer.” As I was thinking about it, another word came to mind that also has a “u” in the middle: community. I have the opportunity to partner with so many people who are part of that “u,” including boy scouts, girl scouts, and members of SADD Club, Ambassadors, Kids Choice, Student Council, Key Club, Sun Group, CLC classes, athletic teams, and of course the Mayor’s Youth Task Force. Over the past few months, I’ve met with a number of boy scouts preparing for their Eagle Scout project, and girl scouts pursuing their Silver Award – the highest awards in scouting. Recent boy scout projects included organizing and facilitating the McMorrow Field grand re-opening, A Relax, Repurpose or Recycle project, a tasty pancake breakfast for the residents of the John Carroll and Nan McKay buildings, rebuilding picnic tables at Central Square Community Center, and conducting a fishing derby for local youth. Girl
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Monday evenings in Lorraine Park features activities for adults with disabilities. All programs are held in or near the shelter east of the parking lot. Wheelchair accessible from the parking lot at 8th St. and 3rd Ave. Spark to Learning Drum Circle, 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 1. Participants will learn to express themselves, play together and support each other using various rhythm games. Healthy Cooking for Everyone, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, July 3. Learn about healthy eating, planning meals and working together in the kitchen, and help prepare
a dish with the class. All ingredients provided. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration is required. Book Club, 7 p.m., Thursday, July 11. The title discussed is “Atomic City Girls” by Janet Beard. Pet Portraits, 5:30 p.m., Monday, July 22. Experiment with painting, drawing and collage materials to make a unique portrait of your favorite pet or animal. Magellan’s Journey with Ozobots, 2 p.m., Monday, July 8. Learn about the journey of Ferdinand Magellan, then program an Ozobot to navigate the same path. Registration required. Ages 6-12. Rock, Rattle and Rhyme Storytime, 6:15 p.m., Monday, July 8, 15, 22, 29. Ages birth to 3 are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, sign language, books and play time that teaches early literacy and socialization skills. Summer Playhouse, 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 10, 17, 24, 31. Free entertainment featuring Nate the Great, everyone’s favorite pancake-loving detective. Art from the Land Down Under, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 11. Learn about Australia, kangaroos and other animals, and create your own art in an Aboriginal style. Registration required. Ages 6-12. Where in Minnesota is Carmen Sandiego?, 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 12 for ages ages 6-12, and 1 p.m. for ages 12-17. Follow clues and collect evidence through state landmarks to try to capture villain Carmen Sandiego. Registration required.
scouts earned their awards by purchasing and distributing fresh fruit and vegetables to seniors. We have a variety of other projects in the works. In addition, Kids Choice Kids helped with plantings along Marie Avenue, including Maple Tree School’s preschoolers, and other youth assisted with cleaning streets and other areas around town, filling sandbags during the spring flood, and creating and delivering special treats to senior citizens. This summer, youth are also running swimming parties and partnering on community activities with the South St. Paul Public Library and other groups. Partnering with youth groups is important because it gives youth a leadership role, a chance to give back to the community and an opportunity to say “I did that!” It also gives them a sense of belonging and purpose, and helps them make friends. A big Thank U goes to the members of the many youth groups who have helped our community through food drives, beautification projects and assisting with other community events, including the Great Halloween, Senior Citizen’s Thanksgiving Dinner, Community Tree Lighting Event, Senior Special Delivery Program, Fill the Backpack campaign and others.
Plarn, 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, July 16. Bring a variety of your own plastic bags and turn them into Plarn (plastic yarn) to weave a set of placemats that are both colorful and functional. Registration required. Ages 13-17. Explore Your Family History, 1-3 p.m., Thursday, July 18. Work with experienced local genealogists to start researching your family history. This event is held at Lawshe Memorial Museum, 130 3rd Ave N. Registration required. Ages 10-17. Paper Airplane Party, 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 19. Learn how to create different style airplanes and test their performance. Ages 5-14. Indoor Orienteering, 2-4 p.m., Monday, July 22. Learn how to use a compass and map to navigate through the library. Registration required. Ages 8-14. Skyline Foam Prints, 1-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 24. Design your own skyline with inspiration from famous city skylines from around the world. Registration required. Ages 10-17. Chinese Brush Painting, 6-8 p.m., Thursday, July 25. Learn to paint Chinese characters, animals and other subjects on rice paper using bamboo brushes and ink. Registration required. Ages 8-15. We’re Goin’ on a Bear Hunt, 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 26. Explore the classic book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen through story, song, crafts and play. Registration required. Ages 3-8.
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he year 1919 was an important one for South St. Paul, as well as the world. Germany surrendered on Nov. 11, 1918, and all nations involved in World War I agreed to stop fighting while the terms of peace were negotiated. On June 28, 1919, Germany and the Allied nations (including Britain, France, Italy and Russia) signed the Treaty of Versailles, formally ending the war. December 31, 1919 was the last day U.S. citizens could legally buy, sell or consume alcoholic beverages. Congress submitted the 18th Amendment for state ratification on Dec. 18, 1917, thereby banning the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors. Although Congress had stipulated a 7-year time limit for the process, the amendment received support of the necessary threequarters of U.S. states in just 11 months, passing on January 16, 1919. That same year South St. Paul elected 26-year-old Bernard H. Baker as mayor, as well as many of his fellow WWI veterans as city council member. Although the new leaders couldn’t celebrate their election victories with a glass of champagne, they did enjoy the support of the public due to their military service.
After flying ace Bernhard Herbert Baker returned home from World War I, South St. Paul voters elected him mayor. He was only 26. He promoted the strength of the city government by superimposing photographs of his fellow colleagues, mostly war veterans, on the wings of a WWI single engine fighter. Baker is at the top of the “plane” and the wingmen are, left to right: George L. Haakinson, Louis H. Newburgh, William Rund, John E. Fearing, Conrad Kuckler, Richard S. Bacon and Alfred Rich. Baker served just one term. He passed away on Sept. 22, 1921 at age 28. The cause of death is unknown. Baker, a second lieutenant first class flying cadet in the Signal Enlisted Reserve Corps, was a decorated pilot lauded for his flying feats during the war. Upon his return to South St. Paul, he drew crowds of supporters by flying spectacular demonstrations, dipping his single engine aircraft through the streets of the city. Serving with him on the City Council from 19191921 were Richard S. Bacon, another decorated war veteran; John E. Fearing, former city engineer who went on to serve as major from 1923-1927; George Haakinson, a livestock salesman and returning veteran; Conrad Kuckler, another vet
who worked as a salesman; Louis H. Newburgh, the senior statesman of the Council and father of Marguerite Newburgh, the 22-year-old stenographer who became the first woman in the U.S. to vote following ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote in America; Alfred C. Rich, former council member since 1911 who was reelected in 1919; and William F. Rund, who served a single term on the council. Baker’s parents were deceased by the time of his election. His mother, Emma Johnson Baker, died on Aug. 19, 1903 when Bernie was only 9, and his father, Bernhard, died on May 29,
1912. In addition to his flying prowess and political aspirations, Bernie Baker owned City Drug at 161 N. Concord with his partner Homer Crandall. Bernie married Gertrude McCormick and they had one daughter, Bernadine, born in 1918. He died only a few years later, on Sept. 22, 1921, at 28. The cause of his death is unknown. A copy of the probate record for his will filed in September 1919 shows he left everything to his “beloved wife Gertrude.” On the day of his interment, Baker’s colleagues dropped plane loads of rose petals over the cemetery to commemorate his passing. After Bernie’s death,
Gertrude married Thomas Hogan, who took over the drug store and renamed it
Hogan’s City Drug. Bernie’s former partner, Homer Crandall, opened Central Pharmacy across the street at 158 N. Concord. Sidney Shom bought Central Pharmacy in 1934, then took over City Drug in 1937, renaming it Quality Drug. It remained in business until 1954 when it became Rexall Quality Drug, its last manifestation before being demolished during urban renewal in the early 1970s. The drugstore is rumored to have had a secret stairway inside that led to the basement where illegal moonshine was produced, then distributed to the bars and taverns on Concord through an underground tunnel. Whether or not South St. Paul’s youngest mayor had anything to do with that illegal still adds a bit of intrigue to Mayor Baker’s story.
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KAPOSIA DAYS Schedule of Events
Purchase a button to take advantage of discounts. Buttons are $3 and available at Central Square Community Center, 100 7th Ave. N., and several local businesses. Medallion hunt June 24-28, or until the medallion is found. Clues given at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily at Car and Credit Connection, 902 N. Concord St.
Games Pony rides, petting zoo and carnival games Central Square, 100 7th Ave. N. Pony rides are offered 10 a.m.4 p.m., carnival games 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Kaposia Kids Stuff 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at Central Square, 100 7th Ave. N. Games include football toss, fish pond, dip the duck, slap shot and other kiddie carnival games. Baby races, with heats at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Classic Car Show 10 a.m.-4 p.m., South St. Paul High School parking lot, 700 2nd St. N. Children’s parade 10:30-11 a.m., Saturday. Line-up begins at 10:15 a.m. at 5th and Southview.
Kaposia Days button and swim 1-3 p.m. Friday and during normal pool hours at Northview Pool, 635 18th Ave. N., and Lorraine Park Splash Pool, 756 3rd Ave. S. Free with Kaposia Days button. Grande Parade 6:30 p.m., begins at 12th Ave. N. and 3rd St. The parade will travel south on 12th to Southview Boulevard, east on Southview to 7th Avenue, south on 7th Ave to 7th Street. A food court is open 5-9:30 p.m. at Southview Boulevard and 8th Street. Street Dance 9 p.m.-midnight, Concord Lanes, 365 Concord Exch. N.
SATURDAY, JUNE 29 5K & 10K run-walk 8 a.m., Saturday at UFCW Local 1189, 266 Hardman Ave N. Softball Tournament 8-10 a.m., Veterans Field and Kaposia Landing. Craft & Flea Market/Business Expo 9 a.m.-2 p.m., SSP Rod & Gun Club, 600 Gun Club Rd. $55-$65. $5 off with Kaposia Days button. Sporting Clay Fun Shoot 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Central Square, 100 7th Ave. N. Children’s Fishing Clinic 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday at Simley Pond at 80th Street and Cahill Avenue in Inver Grove Heights. Learn how to tie knots, string a fishing pole, identify fish and more. Poles and bait provided. Kaposia Days button and swim Pool hours at Northview Pool, 635 18th Ave. N., and Lorraine Park Splash Pool, 756 3rd Ave. S. Free with Kaposia Days button.
Bingo 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Fifth and Marie avenues. Cornhole Bean Bag tournament 11 a.m., Kaposia Landing, 800 Bryant Ave. Kaposia Days button and swim Pool hours at Northview Pool, 635 18th Ave. N., and Lorraine Park Splash Pool, 756 3rd Ave. S. Free with Kaposia Days button. Kaposia Days Block Party 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Kaposia Club, 456 Concord Exchange S. Music by High & Mighty on an outdoor stage begins at 7:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase: $5, or $3 with a Kaposia Days button. All ages are welcome. Kids age 12 and under are free. Royalty Celebration 7-8:30 p.m., South St. Paul High School Auditorium, 700 2nd Ave. N. Free.
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Kaposia Days button and swim Pool hours at Northview Pool, 635 18th Ave. N., and Lorraine Park Splash Pool, 756 3rd Ave. S. Free with Kaposia Days button. Kite fly 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Jefferson Park at Southview Blvd. and 21st Ave S. Kites and assistance available. Free. Bingo 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fifth and Marie avenues. Family games and activities Noon-4 p.m., Marie Avenue and Central Square, features an inflatable moonwalk/bouncy house, water balloon toss and petting zoo. Skate Park Noon-5 p.m., 6th Avenue N. and Marie Ave. Demos at noon, 2:15 p.m. and 4:40 p.m. Free. Water Balloon Dodge Ball 1-2 p.m., Central Square, 100 7th Av. N. Hosted by the Mayor’s Youth Task Force. Free Hot Dog Picnic 1:30 p.m., Central Square Amphittheater, 100 7th Av. N. Music & Fireworks The Inver Hills Community Band, 4-5 p.m., Sunday at Central Square, 100 7th Ave. N. High Brow & the Shades, 8 p.m., Sunday at Ettinger Field, 700 2nd St. N., followed by fireworks at approximately 10 p.m. The fireworks are sponsored by Kaposia Club.
The 2019 South St. Paul Kaposia Days Board of Directors would like to thank all of our sponsors and supporters. Please patronize our sponsors. They help make this wonderful event possible.
Bester Brothers Transfer & Storage BONFE Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electical Cherokee Manufacturing, Inc. Christopher Kisch - State Farm Insurance DART Transit Company Greg Kuntz - Re/Max Results River Run Team Jaeger Accounting Julianne’s Dance Center Kaposia Convenience Center Mathias Die Company MidWestOne Bank Nickie Kraus - Re/Max Results The Kraus Team Radiant Panels Rep. Rick Hansen Rihm Kenworth Rogosheske, Rogosheske & Atkins
Schadegg Mechanical, Inc. Schmidty’s Lawn & Snow Senator Matt Klein Sherman Insurance Agency Sieben & Cotter, PLLC South St. Paul Family Chiropractic South St. Paul/Inver Grove Heights Rotary Club Wakota Federal Credit Union Xcel Energy
A&A Auto Care City Auto Glass Culligan Water – Milbert Co. Heartland Credit Union Quick-Serv License Center Refine Editorial Taurinskas Law Firm, P.A. The Coop Restaurant Wakota Office Machines, Inc.
Car & Credit Connection Concord Lanes Fury Motors Kaposia Club South St. Paul Jaycees South St. Paul Mayor’s Youth Task Force Town Square Television Printing donated by Graphic Resources BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President - Joe Gullerud Past President - Holly Cocchiarella Vice-President - Nickie Kraus Secretary - Natalka Kramarczuk Directors - Dan Grevas, Jeff MacDonald, Steve Mankowski, Ryan McLaughlin, Krista Mitchell, Matt Thompson, Heidi Satre, Mike Werth and Thera Witte. (Kalen Graf, Ambassador committee; Stephanie Sparks, button chair.)