Becky Hunt, founder of Cakes From Grace, an organization dedicated to raising the awareness of congenital heart defects, loves whipping up cakes for such families. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
A variety of decorated cakes and cupcakes highlight the creativity of Becky Hunt’s mission of spreading hope and smiles. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The cake made to celebrate Gracie’s first birthday in heaven along with a picture of Gracie. (submitted photo)
In October 2012, Becky Hunt made a difficult decision: to quit her corporate job to care for her 2-month-old daughter, Gracia, who was born with a severe congenital heart defect.
Gracia, affectionately known as Gracie, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome -- a condition where the left ventricle of the heart does not develop properly, so the left side of the heart can’t pump blood to the rest of the body.
What do going to church or participating in sailing races have in common? They can affect your ‘snowbird’ tax status. (submitted photo)
Determining residency for tax purposes often proves challenging for Minnesota’s population of “snowbirds” -- retired individuals who head south each winter.
Last year, Gov. Mark Dayton made a well-publicized attempt to enact a “snowbird tax,” expanding the number of people required to pay Minnesota income taxes.
The cover of “Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist” was hand-drawn by author Meg Corrigan and her grandson Logan Broich, 14. Sitting at the drum set is Todd Barlow, a character inspired by Corrigan herself.
Meg Corrigan of Lake Elmo never aspired to be a drummer, let alone play for a Polynesian revue, but from a young age she had a passion for Hawaiian culture. She played the drums for a traveling Polynesian revue for three years. (Submitted photos)
True events inspire Meg Corrigan’s new novel
Meg Corrigan has a penchant for picking things up.
She never studied to be a writer. She’s only ever taken three months of drum lessons. And yet somehow she’s managed to transform both of those talents into professions.
Vultures and Vulturettes Brian Joyce, Christine Dornbusch, Michael Oslund (back), Eric Wood, Annie Zimbel, Janet Mondloh, Stu Naber (center), Jerry Hoffman, Judy Hoffman, Mikel Clifford, Shannon Kennedy (front), Helen Donnay (sitting). (submitted photos)
Vultures Brian Joyce and Michael Oslund (top), Eric Wood and Stu Naber (middle), Jerry Hoffman and Shannon Kennedy (bottom).
The senior softball team “The Vultures” are determined to end their three-season losing streak.
Local talent fuels ensemble comedy
There seems to be plenty of stage space for young thespians, from classroom skits to high-school plays and summer camps and programs.
What you don’t often find is a showcase for older actors -- the ones who have enough life experience to portray any character they’re playing to a “T” and are confident enough to push the portrayals to their comedic utmost.
Concerned about an aging loved one? Open up the lines of communication and don't sweep difficult conversations under the rug. (Submitted photo)
Sometimes the most important family conversations can be the most uncomfortable to initiate, especially those concerning the health and well-being of an aging loved one. But such discussions shouldn’t wait, experts sat.
“Ignoring the inevitable will only leave you unprepared for the future,” says Virginia Morris, eldercare expert and author of the new book, “How to Care for Aging Parents.” “Remember, talking about the worst-case scenarios won’t make them come true, and refusing to talk about them won’t make them go away.”
If eating right is a challenge, it may be because you are trying things you simply don’t like. The key is finding options that satisfy your taste buds, experts say.
“Taste is a major influential factor driving what you eat and feed your family, so it’s important to strike a balance between foods you like and those that provide the nutrients you need,” says Glenna McCollum, registered dietitian nutritionist and president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Taste and nutrition are not mutually exclusive.”
After two decades of guiding the North High School boys hockey program, head coach Jerry Diebel, center, and assistant coaches Thom O’Neill and John “Andy” Anderson are hanging up their skates. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)
Retiring head coach Jerry Diebel, center, is surrounded by the Polars boys hockey team following a practice at Polar Arena in North St. Paul.
Head coach Jerry Diebel, center left, and assistant coach Nate Peasley confer during a North High boys hockey practice.
The lobby of Polar Arena is lined with photos of past North High hockey teams.
Diebel, Anderson and O’Neill hanging up their skates after two decades of coaching North High boys hockey program
When the North High School boys play their final hockey game this season, it will mark the end of 20 years of coaching for three stalwarts.
It will also be the conclusion of what has been a remarkably consistent coaching program established by head coach Jerry Diebel and assistants John “Andy” Anderson and Thom O’Neill.