Feature Stories

Mon
31
Aug

New Orleans: crawfish, alligators and hospitality

A never-ending sea of tourists descends on French Quarter every year to see its iconic Spanish architecture, sample the local foods and listen to the amazing music. (Mary Lee Hagert/Review)
A never-ending sea of tourists descends on French Quarter every year to see its iconic Spanish architecture, sample the local foods and listen to the amazing music. (Mary Lee Hagert/Review)

Surprisingly, the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and catastrophic levee breaks simply was not on my family's radar as we packed our bags in anticipation of an August road trip to New Orleans.

Wed
19
Aug

Views of haystacks, and of Monet and me

Haystack Rock just north of Cannon Beach, Oregon, is shown in the distance with the early-morning sun shining on the sand and the fog beginning to clear.  (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
Haystack Rock just north of Cannon Beach, Oregon, is shown in the distance with the early-morning sun shining on the sand and the fog beginning to clear. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Whenever I visit the Chicago Art Institute, I make sure to re-acquaint myself with French Impressionist painter Claude Monet's "Haystack" paintings.

'Worthwhile' subject?

Mon
03
Aug

When copper was king in the U.P.

In the far background, the Eagle River Light Station sits on a bluff overlooking the river and offers stunning river view. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
In the far background, the Eagle River Light Station sits on a bluff overlooking the river and offers stunning river view. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

It's beautiful country, steeped in history and a half-day drive away
While the winters may be extreme, Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula is beautiful year-round. Its hilly terrain is covered by hardwood and conifer trees; scenic waterfalls mark its rivers, and it boasts of miles of shoreline and many inland lakes. Wherever you are on the peninsula, you’re never more than 10 miles from Lake Superior. It’s a haven for people who enjoy nature and outdoor activities – no matter what the season.

Wed
22
Jul

How cycling changed an Oakdale man’s life

A group of friends and family greeted Pete Mogren (wearing the helmet) in downtown Stillwater July 2 to celebrate him reaching the halfway point of a planned 4,250-mile fundraiser. Mogren, of Oakdale, took a few days to rest before continuing his journey. (Submitted photo)
A group of friends and family greeted Pete Mogren (wearing the helmet) in downtown Stillwater July 2 to celebrate him reaching the halfway point of a planned 4,250-mile fundraiser. Mogren, of Oakdale, took a few days to rest before continuing his journey. (Submitted photo)

Pete Mogren rides 3,000 miles to raise funds for MS
It’s been over a month since Oakdale cyclist Pete Mogren dipped the back tire of his bicycle in the chilly Pacific waters off Washington State and embarked on a cross-country adventure he hoped would take him to the opposite coast in northern New England.
As of July 16, Pete, an Oakdale resident, had completed over 70 percent of his 4,250-mile ride from the town of Anacortes, Washington, to Bar Harbor, Maine, to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Tue
14
Jul

Woody ‘dines’ at Snuffy’s

Snuffy’s Malt Shop owner Mike Mueller says the photo of him and Woody Harrelson that he posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page, shot during the filming of “Wilson,” has garnered quite a response. As of the Review’s deadline, it had been shared nearly 500 times and liked more than 2,200 times, having been viewed nearly 50,000 times. (submitted photo)
Snuffy’s Malt Shop owner Mike Mueller says the photo of him and Woody Harrelson that he posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page, shot during the filming of “Wilson,” has garnered quite a response. As of the Review’s deadline, it had been shared nearly 500 times and liked more than 2,200 times, having been viewed nearly 50,000 times. (submitted photo)

Roseville malt shop hosts Hollywood production
It’s not often that a strip mall off Larpenteur and Lexington avenues in Roseville makes like a Hollywood studio backlot, but on June 23, that’s exactly what happened.
At around 6 a.m. that Tuesday, Snuffy’s Malt Shop owner Mike Mueller ushered in a production crew working on a film called “Wilson.”

Wed
08
Jul

LUV Ice Cream to open manufacturing facility in downtown North St. Paul

Co-owner of LUV Ice Cream, Susanna Gorodisher, 50, stands in front of the company’s new manufacturing building at 2590 E. Seventh Avenue, North St. Paul. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Co-owner of LUV Ice Cream, Susanna Gorodisher, 50, stands in front of the company’s new manufacturing building at 2590 E. Seventh Avenue, North St. Paul. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)

Owners blend passion for sweets with healthy living

Sun
05
Jul

Upstate NY visit sparks memories of granddaughters' doll obsessions

Built in 1902, the newly renovated Rowland Inn has a large lawn that slopes down to a scenic pier on Lake Cayuga.  (Pamela O'Meara/Review staff)
Built in 1902, the newly renovated Rowland Inn has a large lawn that slopes down to a scenic pier on Lake Cayuga. (Pamela O'Meara/Review staff)

Dolls and lakeside mansions
As I leaned back in a rocking chair on the wide veranda of the historic Rowland Inn watching the waves and the sunset over Cayuga Lake in upstate New York, my mind wandered back to a trip to Chicago with my two school-age granddaughters several years ago.
They were obsessed with going to the American Girl doll store, which I had never even heard of. I was thinking about museums.

Tue
16
Jun

In Door County, ‘life is just a bowl of cherries’

When we were kids, my sisters and I sat with Grandma and Grandpa Streelman at their kitchen table pitting cherries with old-fashioned hairpins after going to the orchard earlier in the day to pick the fruit.

Sun
07
Jun

Age-old Affection

On a 2002 trip to Branson, Gladys Gerhardt (Vonny’s mother), Vonny Rohloff, Janet, Kathy and Mimi Lennon gathered for a photo. (Vonny Rohloff photos)
On a 2002 trip to Branson, Gladys Gerhardt (Vonny’s mother), Vonny Rohloff, Janet, Kathy and Mimi Lennon gathered for a photo. (Vonny Rohloff photos)

Remembering Lawrence Welk inspired me to pledge

Recently, I did something I've never done before; I pledged to public television.

Tue
07
Apr

Greetings from Arkansas Lake Ouachita: quiet splendor

Hiking along a comfortable path soft with dead leaves to a lake overlook, we paused to take in the view of the changing clouds and fog over the water. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
Hiking along a comfortable path soft with dead leaves to a lake overlook, we paused to take in the view of the changing clouds and fog over the water. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Rural southwest Arkansas is vacation haven featuring fishing, hiking, oil, diamonds, history

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