Visitation student Sophia Kuriscak recently made it to the quarterfinals at the Lincoln-Douglas debate at the University of Minnesota. (submitted photo)
Sophia Kuriscak, daughter of Kim and Ron Kuriscak of Stillwater, and a sophomore at Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights, was one of eight quarterfinalists in the Lincoln-Douglas debate at the recent Minnesota High School League Sta
Joel Beckman, Dakota County director of property taxation records, was recently recognized as “Recorder of the Year” during the annual Minnesota Association of County Officers Conference in Bloomington.
Vernon E. Jordan, a renowned civil rights leader, calls for renewed hope and meaningful action at the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center Jan. 19. The Faith United Methodist Church in West St. Paul hosted an official simultaneous breakfast and live broadcast of the celebration. (submitted photo)
Vera Wilson, 50, who has cerebral palsy, swings at a West St. Paul park with her longtime caregiver Deb Peterson, who sees her once a week. Vera's parents have taken care of her at home her entire life, and will soon move her into a group home. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Since her daughter Vera Wilson was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 15 months old, Jeanne Keenan has had to fight to keep her only child at home. Vera, 50, can't speak, though she communicates in ways those close to her understand. She can crawl, but is usually dependent on a wheelchair and other people to get around.
Sen. Jim Metzen stands inside the Minnesota Senate chamber, where he’ll be representing District 52 in the next legislative session, which begins this month. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Sen. Jim Metzen honored for decades of service at state Capitol
State Sen. James Metzen is notorious for assigning nicknames to his colleagues at the Minnesota Capitol, according to State Rep. Joe Atkins.
Atkins jokes it may simply be Metzen’s way of getting out of memorizing the names of all those who have rotated through the Capitol doors while he stayed put for the last 40 years. More likely, it’s indicative of his desire to connect with his colleagues — on both sides of the aisle — on a more personal level, using humor as his catalyst for facilitating healthy, productive conversation.