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September 2013 Volume 10 Number 9

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Seven Decades of Harmony

South St. Paul Male Chorus celebrates milestone anniversary

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Mary Diedrick Hansen Staff Writer


ith a song in their hearts and smiles on their faces, the members of the South St. Paul Male Chorus recently celebrated 70 years of serenading audiences as the city’s singing ambassadors. The choir’s momentous 70-year milestone was celebrated with three spring concerts and capped off during this summer’s Kaposia Days parade, for which they had the honor to serve as Grand Marshals. The Chorus has quite the historical background. The group got its start in 1943 when a loose-knit group of businessmen, teachers and others decided to send South St. Paul native son, Harold Stassen, off in high style

to service in the military. Stassen had resigned as Minnesota’s governor to serve with the Navy in the Pacific. The choir first performed for the former governor on April 17 at South St. Paul High School, and again at the railroad station as Stassen departed. “What keeps us going?” asked Roy Swanson, who reigns as the choir’s crooner with the longest standing, having joined nearly six decades ago. “I’ve pondered that. Singing is a very rewarding activity for those who enjoy it .... The first group had such a good time, they said, ‘Hey let’s keep this going,’ and they have ever since.” The Chorus includes men from all walks of life residing in South St. Paul and other local

communities. They specialize in four-part harmony, as opposed to other groups, such as Barbershop, which have their own styles. “We are good generalists,” said Swanson. “We enjoy a wide variety of music.” Over the years they have mastered a repertoire of more than 400 choral pieces that include patriotic and religious songs, ballads, and even some light ’60s rock and roll tunes. Under the direction of “top talent” choral directors, they have become topnotch performers, Swanson said. “Dave Thomas, vocal man at Inver (Hills Community) College took us a great distance SSP Male Chorus / Page 2

On September 1, TriDistrict Community Education will move from its current Family Connections location at 1515 Fifth Ave. S., South St. Paul, to new sites in South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights. The South St. Paul site will be located at Kid Connections, 1541 Fifth Ave. S. Programs offered here include early childhood family education classes (ECFE), South St. Paul community preschool registration, early childhood screening appointments and adult and youth enrichment registration. The Inver Grove Heights location is at the Buckley Site, 2925 Buckley Way. Programs offered here include ECFE classes, Kids’ Choice school-age care registration and Inver Grove Heights preschool registration. The West St. Paul site will remain at the Independent School District 197 office.

New Chromebooks at SSPHS The South St. Paul School District recently purchased 800 Google Chromebook computers for every 11th- and 12th-grade student to use at school and home, and for elementary students to use for group activities and in the student centers. Total cost was $218,400. In 2011, the district purchased 600 Apple iPads for student use at both the elementary and secondary schools. The district is moving to Chromebooks because they are less expensive than iPads and allow work and files to be saved remotely in the Google Cloud. This allows students to share the devices, yet save their work to their own account. For more information on South St. Paul Public Schools, visit

Packer football preparations are a summer-long journey John E. Ahlstrom Staff Writer


nowingly or unknowingly, the Minnesota State High School League created the current phenomenon of a nonstop, year-long organized sports agenda when it loosened its summer rules in dramatic fashion about a dozen years ago. Its effects have altered

the approach for all prep sports, none more so than football. My how things have changed! Those of us in the “Baby Boomer” generation can actually recall an era in prep sports when summer vacation was precisely that. It was a time to escape the daily grip of coaches and organized practices and broaden your athletic hori-

zons a bit. In my youth in St. Peter, Minn., that meant lots of hours swimming in the municipal pool, chasing a golf ball around the Shoreland Country Club in our bare feet, playing tennis in Swede Park and, for some of us, joining a church league softball team. I have fond memories of all of that. It’s a new era. In the

summer of 2013, Viking rookie camps, full squad mini-camps and voluntary workouts at Winter Park are hardly more rigorous than what the South St. Paul Packer football team has experienced. The team participated in eight organized practices in early June before its annual trek to the University of Minnesota-Duluth Foot-

ball Camp, where 77 Packer hopefuls in grades 9-12 and a couple tons of football gear were stockpiled into two buses. Eighteen teams, comprising nearly 1,400 players, participated in the three-day event that included full pad scrimmages. In addition, 266 boys and girls in grades 6-12 (including the football team) spent hundreds of hours toning

and adding muscle mass in organized sessions in the South St. Paul High School weight room during the summer. In late July, on three consecutive Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, the Packers were joined by five other high school squads for seven-on-seven passing drills. Packer football / Page 4

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down the path to a higher level of performance,” said Swanson. “It was Ed Amundson who really got the choir warmed up and going full bore in 1955.” Under its first director, Edwin Marriott, the Chorus took on a community service personality, which has endured to this day. In its early years, the Chorus sang at War Bond rallies, veterans’ homes, and at pops concerts at the old St.

Paul Auditorium. Over the years the traveling troubadours have represented the city at venues as varied as PTA meetings, senior residences, conventions, charitable and social functions, and community celebrations. They’ve traveled throughout Minnesota and to North Dakota and even Winnipeg, Manitoba. They had the honor of singing the national anthem at the start of a Twins game


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at the Metrodome, and at selections over the next sev- and to purchase sheet mua Vikings game at the old eral years, and after they are sic. Met Stadium, which Swan- performed at the Big Sing, a The Chorus cleverly raisson remembers as though it new round of common rep- es money each spring and were yesterday. ertoire selections is made. fall with a function that ap“It was a very memo“Years ago, the St. Paul peals to all the senses. This rable experience because it Chorus introduced the is the popular sing-andwas well below freezing,” ‘Auctioneer’ to the reper- serve spaghetti dinner held he recalled of the Decem- toire of the Midwest Choral at Lincoln Center. Singing ber game. “We got a good Association,” said Swanson. waiters and busboys – all taste of what it’s like to play It’s a rousing song that re- Chorus members – stop outdoor football in Minne- calls the days of stockyard every half hour to do what sota.” auctions in South St. Paul, they love best, raise the roof The Chorus participates and has been the signature with their vocals. in the Association of Male piece of the chorus for the The Chorus also performs Choruses of America. One last three decades. each fall at the On the Road of the highlights for the Originally funded by the Again Booya Feed and celgroup is participating in city of South St. Paul, tight ebrates “Christmas in South the Annual Upper Midwest budgets have resulted in the St. Paul” with a concert at “Big Sing” with 12 other Chorus losing most of its Luther Memorial Church. male choruses. Hosted by support from that source. The singers convene to one of the choruses, it’s a “We pay dues to join and give their vocal cords a weekend of music, meet- still get a little bit of money workout by rehearsing from ings, and social endeavors from the Parks and Rec- September through May at culminating with a mega reation Department,” said 7 p.m. each Monday in the choral rendition of a rep- Swanson. “But a majority of South St. Paul High School ertoire that all the choruses our funding comes from the choral room. have learned. Lions Club, VFW, Croatian “We meet on Monday “Four hundred voices Hall and the American Le- nights and hit it hard for a singing together makes a gion.” couple of hours,” said Bob glorious sound,” said SwanAlthough the public Esko, the group’s current son. money is drying up, the president. A common repertoire Chorus clearly has the supMembers have a wide of nine choral numbers is port of some of the city’s spectrum of skill levels. Ad for SSP Voice_Ad for SSP Voice The 6/3/11 Some 11:09 AM 2 chosen by directors repremajor organizations. arePage regular church senting each of the chorus- funds go toward paying for choir members and can read es. The choruses perfect the a director and accompanist, music. On the other hand,

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Esko divulged, “Some of us don’t really read music. We just know the notes go up and down. Sometimes we get a couple of monotones, but they join for the camaraderie.” For those who can’t read music, the choral selections are recorded and can be called up on computers for members to practice at home. Esko said they generally like to have music memorized, but that sometimes gets difficult with age, so some hold sheet music during performances. College choirs often appear as guest performers at their concerts. Esko said it’s a good recruiting tool for the Chorus, and entertaining for the younger generation. Membership has been as high as 40 over the years. Currently it’s in the low 20s. But, as Esko noted, “After seventy years, we know the numbers cycle up and down.” He expects those numbers will climb again and that it won’t be long until South St. Paul’s singing sensations have 75 years under their belts.

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Your community news and information source Introduction to Publisher, 7-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26. This class covers the basics of the desktop publishing program Microsoft Publisher. eBook Basics, 5:30-7:45 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23. Learn more about downloading free eBooks from the library. Session 1 offers instruction on the Tablet, 5:30-6:15 p.m., Session 2 on the Kindle, 6:15-7 p.m., and Session 3 on the Nook, Kobo, Sony and others, 7-7:45 p.m. If you are unsure which session is right for you, contact Honora at 651-554-3243. Book Sale, September 30-October 5. $1 bag sale all week. The stock of books is replenished throughout the sale. Back-to-School Celebration, 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3. Parents are invited for coffee, treats and to hear a brief presentation about library resources. Read to Rover kickoff event, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7. The library has new reading therapy dogs. Patrons are invited to read a story to one of them. Rock, Rattle and Rhyme, 6:15-7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, 23 and 30, and 3:30-4:15 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18 and 25. Rhymes, songs, sign language, books and play time for children age three and younger and their caregivers Family Storytime, 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17. A 30-minute program for families with young children. Includes books, music, rhymes and more. Some storytimes may be followed by a short craft project (all supplies provided). Parachute Play, 10:3011 a.m., Wednesday, Sept.

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Senior Center activities The South St. Paul Senior Center, located at the Central Square Community Center, 100 7th Ave. N., offers many programs, trips and activities for adults age 55 and over. Ongoing activities include: Dancing and Social Hour - Offered 1-2:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month. This event features music and refreshments. There is no fee, but donations are accepted at the door. Penny Bingo - Offered at 1 p.m. the first Monday of each month. Afternoon at the Movies and Movie Classics - Afternoon at the Movies (new releases) and Movie Classics are shown at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month and third Tuesday of each month, respectively. Snacks and beverages are provided. Cost is $1. The “Active Times” newsletter with a listing of activities is available at the Senior Center reception desk and at A subscription is also available for $6. For more information, call the Senior Center at 306-3693.

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And then came “break time.” Coach-led practices were prohibited for varsity players between August 1 and the start of fall practice on Monday, Aug. 12. That’s a whopping 11 days! There was no break for the coaches, however. The annual football camp for youngsters, grades 1 (yes, first-graders!) through 9, was held at Veterans Park, August 5-8. A “mere” 230 kids took part. Chad Sexauer, who is embarking on his tenth season at the helm of the Packer football program, was asked what effect, if any, all of the hard work over the summer months would have on his team. “I don’t think the kids are even aware of how much work they are putting in,” he said. “There are very few complaints and the participation level is astounding. They act as if they relish it.” What is irrefutable is the lofty status the football program has reached over the course of the last three sea-

All-conference quarterback Bill Brandecker circles behind all-conference tackle Preston Woods. sons. The Packers have compiled an overall 28-5 record with two Classic Suburban Conference championships, a sectional title and an appearance in the state tournament. The 2012 season ended on a bit of a sour note. The Packers, 7-0 at the time, lost their final regular season game to St. Thomas

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Academy at Ettinger Field, 34-0. Then, after a sectional win over New Life Academy, they again lost on their home field to conference rival Hill-Murray, 20-17, in the sectional championship game. “It was a tough finish for our team, especially the seniors,” said Sexauer. “We didn’t play our best at

the end of the season and maybe I am responsible for that. I think we learned from it, and we are very excited about the upcoming season.” As well they should be. The Packers return 15 of 22 starters, including nine on offense. Quarterback Bill Brandecker, who earned All-Conference honors as

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a junior, returns. He will orchestrate a passing attack that promises to be the most efficient in more than a decade. Senior Christian Rund leads the receiving corps. The ground game has been the signature of the offense during the program’s resurgence and Sexauer insists that for the team to be

successful it will have to remain that way. “We do not have a feature back in the sense of a Sam Sura. It will be more of a ‘running back by committee’ approach,” he said. “Max Oelerking and Marco Freeman, both seniors, are gifted runners with breakaway speed.” More importantly, perhaps, they will run behind a gifted, cohesive offensive line. The sextet, all seniors, includes tackles Preston Woods and Sam Pachl, guards Mike Houle and Victor Boomgarden, center Mike Funes and tight end Chris Lofquist. Sexauer likens the group to the great offensive line that was so effective in 2011. Woods, who was runnerup in the heavyweight division at the 2012 State high school wrestling tournament and has been heavily recruited by Division I football programs, also anchors the interior of the defensive line. Senior defensive end Ontario Jackson is explosive coming off the edge. The linebacker corps is led by senior Hayden Cameron, and the secondary will be anchored by senior Nick

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Jerhoff and junior Jaden Bjorklund. “There are numerous defensive positions up for grabs and that’s a good thing,” said Sexauer. “That competition will play out during the last two weeks of August as we prepare for the start of the season.” It is interesting to note

that despite two months of virtual nonstop football activities during June and July, many of the final personnel decisions are not made until the onset of fall practice. In no way does that imply that the summer months’ activities were useless or inconsequential, but it does mean that it is fall practice

that signals the start of the season. The full squad and the coaching staff finally come together as one – the camaraderie builds, the adrenalin flows and the anticipation of the season reaches a fever pitch. Football is back. Team assessment: The days of the South St. Paul

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football program taking a couple of seasons to rebuild are apparently over. The 2013 squad is a very good one. Two games will be pivotal – at home against Mahtomedi on September 20 and at St. Thomas on October 16. Regardless of the outcome of those games, the Packers are

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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.

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.

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

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

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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

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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 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 en-

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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 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

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joy 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 point of no return, but I know that it stems from the tidal wave of “progress” and people’s desire to have something new, something better. Oftentimes, as property is handed down from one generation to the next, there comes a point when it’s no longer feasible for the heirs to maintain the property. Sometimes it’s due to finances, other times it’s due to proximity and not being able to visit the property often enough to maintain it. Slowly, year after year, nature beats at buildings like these and tries to reclaim the land beneath them. Today, the wood siding and roofs on both structures are rotted and pocked with holes that freely let in the elements. At the back of the cabin, lying in tall grass next to several rusted 55-gallon oil drums, is the faceplate of an old jukebox. I bent down and looked at the songs listed on it. One was the 1964 hit, “Those Wonderful Years” by Webb Price. Suddenly, I heard a quarter enter a thin metal slot and clunk below. A motor whirred and lifted a vinyl disk into position. The needle popped down on the record and melancholy music filled the air. Undoubtedly those were wonderful years.

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Question. What do parachutes, rubber duckies and a turkey costume all have in common? Answer. Each of them is associated with a fun, fund-raising event at Neighbors. First, the parachute. On Saturday, July 27, Neighbors held its third-annual Skydive for Hunger event. Over the last three years about 40 adventurous souls have crossed “jumping out of an airplane” off their bucket list by participating in this event. Each of them asked their friends, neighbors, co-workers and families to support them, and each raised at least $750 for the Neighbors food shelf. Any-

one who participated will tell you that jumping out of an airplane at 13,000 feet – tightly attached to an experienced, professional skydiver – is an amazing experience. They freefall for several thousand feet and then the chute opens, slowing their descent, and they drift slowly to the ground. Well, okay, not that slowly, but slow enough that it’s still exhilarating, very safe and a lot of fun. The rubber duckies. On Saturday, Oct. 5, Neighbors will conduct its Sixth Annual Great Neighbors Rubber Duck Race (also known as Quack, Quack the Ducks are Back). The duck races will be held in conjunction with the On The Road Again celebration in South St. Paul. In this event, little yellow rubber ducks are “adopted” for $5 apiece by a large number of people and entered into a series of races. The ducks race, 100 at a time, down a manmade water chute. The top three finishers in each heat win prizes for the people who adopted them and are entered into the final race of the day. The top three finishers of the championship race win the grand prizes, and the last duck across the finish line wins the Lazy Duck Award. It’s a grand spectacle, lots of fun and a great way to win some wonderful prizes while at the same time helping support Neighbors. All the races will be held on Southview Boulevard, with the first race starting at 11 a.m. The champion-

It’s hard to believe we are heading into fall already and our task force members are going back to school. This summer task force members were active with the Kaposia Days Parade, the St. Paul Farmers’ Market and Swimming Under the Stars pool parties. Did you happen to drive past Northview Pool on Wednesday evenings between 8 and 10 p.m. and wonder what was happening at the pool? It was a Swimming Under the Stars

they enjoy most about the Swimming Under the Stars parties. Here are some of the answers we received: “My friends are here.” “It is a Wednesday night tradition.” “It is a chance to swim.” “It is only $2 to get in.” “It is fun and cheap!” “The music is great!” “I love swimming with my friends.” “To have fun with my friends.” “It is fun to swim at night.” “To cool off after sports.” “You don’t get sunburned.” “The prizes are great!” As you can see, we received a variety of answers, but everyone we talked with said they were having a good time. The task force would like to thank all the youth and parents for attending the parties, as well as the lifeguard crew for keeping the youth safe. We’d also like to thank the neighbors for putting up with the noise if the music and fun got too loud during the parties. We heard from a few neighbors who said they didn’t mind the music and that they enjoyed see-

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pool party. Back by popular demand, the task force hosted nine weeks of Swimming Under the Stars at Northview Pool on Wednesday evenings. Our mission was to give the youth of the community something to do and someplace to go on Wednesday evenings. This was the fifth season for pool parties and they were again a great success. The parties averaged 120-150 youth. The majority of them were between the ages of 11 and 15. We asked them what

Swedish genealogical research James J. Olson will give a free presentation on his efforts researching his Swedish genealogical ancestry at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Dakota County Historical Society, 130 Third Ave. N., South St. Paul. His talk will cover research sources available in libraries in the United States, online, and in Sweden, as well as photos of his trips to Sweden. Olson is a board member of the Dakota County Historical Society, the sponsor of the event, and vice-president of the Dakota County Genealogical Society. He also volunteers at the Minnesota History Center’s genealogical help desk and with the Minnesota Genealogical Society’s “Swedish Research Day,” held the third Thursday of every month except December. For more information on the program, call Dick Thill at 651-248-9251.

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ing and hearing the youth in the pool. So what is on tap for the fall? Mark your calendar for the second annual Recycle Your Pumpkin – the Task Force Way. This popular event will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2. In addition, we’ll be hosting some Halloween parties and filming more episodes of the FYI TV show. Currently, task force members are filling backpacks for the Fill the Backpack campaign. We will deliver up to 200 backpacks for students in need this month. If you are in need of a backpack filled with supplies, or just supplies, contact the administration office at the school your child will be attending. This month, the task force will resume meeting on Saturday mornings. For more information on our events and activities, or to join the task force, visit and click on Mayor’s Youth Task Force, or contact Deb Griffith, community affairs liaison, at 651-554-3230 or deb.griffith@southstpaul. org.

ship race begins at 3 p.m. Finally, the turkey costume. On Thanksgiving morning Neighbors will partner with a dozen other hunger organizations in the Twin Cities to hold the Sixth Annual Walk to End Hunger at the Mall of America. The event will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 10 a.m. It’s designed to allow people to “Give Back Before You Give Thanks.” Each year for the past five years a growing number of people have found this event to be an especially meaningful way to celebrate Thanksgiving. More and more families make the Walk to End Hunger a regular part of how they begin Thanksgiving Day. Many even bring their out-of-town guests to enjoy the fun, excitement and a touch of exercise. Each walker and walk team is asked to seek financial support from friends, families, co-workers, neighbors, even the person at the bus stop. We ask our friends and supporters to designate their participation in support of Neighbors, and all the funds they raise help support our food shelf and hunger relief programs. Won’t you join us? For more information about any of these events, or participating in one or more of them, contact Audra Magel at 651-306-2154 or

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More to Know Series: Car Care Tips for Women and Teens Have you ever been stuck on a busy road with a flat tire or perhaps engine problems without a clue of what to do? Do you know when it’s time to change your oil, rotate your tires or how to check your tires’ air pressure? The River Heights Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with Heppner’s Auto Body and Quality Auto Care Center to help educate our business community and residents in South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights on these and other tips to keep your vehicle maintained and dependable when you’re on the road. A Car Care Tips seminar will be held 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Heppner’s Auto Body, 6042 Claude Way E. in Inver Grove Heights. Refreshments will be provided. Topics include how to get your car fixed after an accident, the importance of auto insurance and how it can cover auto body repairs, and what happens to your car once you drop it off for body shop repairs. If you’re interested in learning these valuable skills and knowledge to keep your car running properly, register for the seminar at www.riverheights. com or by contacting Lynn Koch at lynn@riverheights. com or 651-451-2266. ext. 1035.

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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

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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 fungal diseases like snow mold. • Aerate. Soil can be compacted over time, especially in yards that see heavy foot traffic. Aerating allows

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outh St. Paul students return to school this month, taking their places in classrooms that are outfitted with state-of-the-art technology where experienced teachers provide a wide array of resources to help them learn. Over 160 years ago, local girls and boys took their places in classrooms at the Mdewakanton Dakota village of Kaposia on the banks of the Mississippi River. These students, however, experienced a very different kind of education than today’s young people. The first school at Kaposia was built in 1837 by Methodist missionaries from Pennsylvania. They taught both adults and children, despite their limited knowledge of the Dakota language. Chief Little Crow closed the school in 1843. A new Presbyterian missionary family, the Williamsons, arrived at Kaposia at the invitation of a new chief, Taoyateduta, in Oc-

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tober 1846. They had been tendance, especially on the rassed from bashfulness, teaching the Dakota people part of the adults, includ- but the gentle kindness and at the Lac Qui Parle mission ing Taoyateduta himself. skill of Miss Williamsons in western Minnesota since Adults attended the school soon restored order …. we 1835, and Dr. Thomas Wil- for one or two days to try to found the school arranged liamson, his wife Margaret, improve their ability to read again, and the Indian chiland his sister Jane, were their own language or learn dren singing …. I was quite all fluent in the Dakota “sums” to help them in delighted with the singing language. They opened a their dealings with traders. and much astonished to see new school at Kaposia and In addition to the mission such proficiency displayed worked successfully with school, the federal govern- by Indian girls so young …. the chief. ment also operated a school they read and sung sweetly, While it’s tempting to at Kaposia. In 1849, it was keeping excellent time and picture the new school as under the leadership of Syl- appeared to have correct a classic one-room build- vester Cook. He apparently ears for music. They were ing with children seated at struggled with attendance all asked to read in their Indesks and a young teacher and order as well. In Ed- dian books, and produced writing on a blackboard, the ward D. Neill’s “History specimens of their work Kaposia school was noth- of Dakota County,” R.G. that would do credit to any ing like that. E.S. Seymour Murphy, the Indian agent girls of their age.” visited Kaposia in the Sum- at Fort Snelling, described One of the challenges the mer of 1849. In his book, his visit to Kaposia: “I went missionaries faced was the “Sketches of Minnesota,” to Crow’s village but it was practice of Dakota families he wrote: “During the day, at a time when very few leaving Kaposia during the The daily attendance roster for the school female children are called children were in attendance coldest months of the year at Kaposia Village in 1851 includes the in, from time to time, to re- at Mr. Cook’s school. Such and heading into the northnames of the missionary children and chilceive instruction from Miss as were present showed that ern and western woods dren of the area traders, with consistent Williamson …. It is impos- they were learning to read, for the winter hunt. These checkmarks indicating they were in school. sible to collect the children and one was writing. I find months spent outdoors in together or to appropriate many girls in attendance the coldest part of the year For the Dakota children and adults listed any portion of the day for at the American Board of were hard on children, and on the lower half of the list, attendance the purpose of teaching Foreign Missions school, over time many Dakota was much more sporadic as the winter them: they must be taught instructed by Jane Wil- families were persuaded to IO#: Buffets081213.2OCB hunt and other family or tribal commitwhen they are ready.” liamson … On entering leave IO# their youngest boys must appear on billing ments prevented their participation. Attendance rosters for the Media the school theWanted children- John and girls with the missionRep:… Help school indicate sporadic at- became very much embar- aries. These weeks were for many the only time they government required their in 1852. The government Rep Ph: 651-457-1177 Rep Email: had perfect attendance at teachers to submit detailed school continued to operate school. attendance and progress for some time at the village Media Name & Insert Date: La Voz Latina – Monday, 8/26/13 The attendance roster reports. The archives at the site under the direction of also included the names of Minnesota History Center former missionary John AiClient: Buffets, Inc Ad Size:the LineWilliamson ad with logochildren include each individual’s ton. The first public school and the many children of progress in reading, writing in South St. Paul, then opthe half white/half Da- and arithmetic. Agency Rep: Julie Hobbs - erated by Dakota County, kota children of the area’s The Williamsons left opened in 1857 on Theofur traders. Both the mis- Kaposia with the Dakota dore Motz’s farm, located Total net cost sion board and the federal people when the band was near what is now Concord relocated to a new reserva- and Sixth Street South. tion in western Minnesota

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