Kaylin Creason


Maplewood illustrator recreates classic fables

Mike Wilke, writer and illustrator for Cornerstone Stories, says his favorite fable he’s done is “The Bearded Fool,” a story about a man who decides to burn part of his beard off after reading that all men with long beards are fools. “I did relate to it,” Wilke laughs. (Kaylin Creason/Review)

Maplewood illustrator Mike Wilke exhibits comics from his book “Watermelon Bones: The Sequel.” (Kaylin Creason/Review)

Political cartoonist Mike Wilke, 58, has been drawing for most of his life, but he’s never done anything like this. For the past year, Wilke has been illustrating fables for children’s books.


Ramsey House “date night” programs discover depth of Victorian life

Minnesota Historical Society tour guides and volunteers introduced visitors to Victorian superstitions at Ramsey After Dark on Friday, June 13, a fitting date for the event. (submitted photos)

History Happy Hour visitors learn about popular art and culture of the Victorian era.

The popular History Happy Hour event packs the parlor at the Ramsey House.

Young ladies dress up in Victorian outfits to learn about Victorian fashion, etiquette, dancing and poise at the Finishing School for Young Ladies summer day camp.

History can be a mystery! This young visitor to the Ramsey House uses his timeline map to explore history at the Time Capsule for Kids program.

Children can explore a year in the life of the Ramsey family at the Time Capsule for Kids program.

Secrets revealed at Ramsey After Dark program


Looks like construction — it’s not

The Sibley Propane Facility, located off of Highway 13 and Riverside Lane, is being used as a temporary staging area by Q3 Contracting while it works on a natural gas pipeline replacement project in St. Paul. (Kaylin Creason/Review staff)

Mendota Heights propane facility a project staging area
The Sibley Propane Facility located near Highway 13 and Riverside Lane in Mendota Heights looked as if it was undergoing maintenance this week, with construction trailers and a fence set up at the site.


Oakdale Royalty make their debut

Megan Williams bends down to receive her crown as Oakdale Royalty princess at the coronation held at Guardian Angels Wednesday, June 18. For royalty, the year will be filled with volunteering and representing Oakdale at area events, including parades. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The 25th Oakdale Royal Family, 2014-2015, were newly crowned June 18 during the 31st annual Oakdale Summerfest. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The 2014-2015 Oakdale Royalty were crowned at a coronation ceremony at Guardian Angels Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 18 during the 31st annual Summerfest.


‘Echoes of Evil’

Eileen Bridgeman Biernat is the celebrated author of “Stalking Mary” and “Echoes of Evil.”

“Echoes of Evil” is a psychological thriller that follows psychologist Susan McNealy as she unearths the dark secrets of her husband’s family.

New Brighton author pens psychological thriller
Celebrated local author Eileen Bridgeman Biernat pens a new mystery, “Echoes of Evil,” a psychological thriller based in a true story.


Oakdale woman, daughter survive cancer during pregnancy

Amy Hejny enjoys a happy moment with her “miracle baby”, Tilia. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Amy Hejny, diagnosed with cancer while pregnant, has battled through chemo treatments. Amy and Justin’s daughter was born six weeks early, also with a fighting spirit. A benefit to help ease financial strain is planned for May 17 at the American Legion Post 39. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Benefit planned to allay medical costs
They call them warriors, the people with cancer. They are men and women who battle their own bodies and often undergo terrifying surgeries and difficult treatments in the fight to stay alive.
Amy Hejny, 33, is a breast cancer warrior, but she didn’t fight her battle alone.


Rusty the snowman?

North St. Paul’s 44-foot tall snowman welcomes residents and visitors alike with a smile that stretches 16 feet across its cheerful face. (Kaylin Creason/Review)

The tradition continues. The stucco snowman celebrates the annual Snow Frolics in 2004 with the people of North St. Paul, continuing the tradition of giant snowmen at the festival that began with snow-made structures in the 1950s. (file photo)

It’s hard to find a jersey in that size! The snowman “wears” Bret Hedican’s Carolina Hurricane’s jersey to celebrate “Bret Hedican Day” in 2006 after the North St. Paul native’s Stanley Cup victory. (file photo)

North St. Paul native, two-time Olympian and Stanley Cup victor Bret Hedican and his wife, Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, drive past the snowman during a parade celebrating Hedican’s 2006 Stanley Cup win with the Carolina Hurricanes. (file photo)

Mayor Mike Kuehn is leading the charge to check up on the health of the 40-year-old snowman, which he fears is in danger of toppling over due to rust on its cement base. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Does the North St. Paul snowman need a check-up? Mayor Mike Kuehn thinks so. A few months ago, Kuehn asked the North St. Paul Parks and Recreation Commission to look into the “health” of the North St. Paul snowman, which he fears is in danger of toppling over.


“Pea Soup and Tomatoes”

The title of “Pea Soup and Tomatoes” comes from the words of Scott’s parents. Before the storm, her mother said the sky looked like “pea soup,” while her father said it looked like a tornado was coming. The then two-year-old Scott misheard “tornado” as “tomato.” (submitted photos)

St. Anthony Village author Susan Scott’s first book, “Pea Soup and Tomatoes,” is an inspired-by-true-events children’s book about the May 6, 1965, tornado outbreak that swept the metro area, causing millions of dollars in damages.

St. Anthony author brings tornado history to life
On May 6, 1965, six of the most violent tornadoes in Minnesota history swept across the Twin Cities area. Throughout the course of “The Longest Night,” as the event came to be called, the tornado outbreak killed thirteen people, injured nearly 700 and caused millions of dollars in damages across the seven-county metro area.


‘Together we can’

Maplewood Police Department proposes replacement for D.A.R.E.
For the first time in more than twenty years, there will be no D.A.R.E. graduates from Maplewood this spring.
The Maplewood Police Department cut D.A.R.E. this year, citing the program’s ineffectiveness.


Spare Key opens doors for parents of sick kids

The striking Aria venue in downtown Minneapolis hosted the 2014 Groove Gala, Spare Key’s biggest fundraiser of the year. (Submitted photo)

The small, but passionate staff of Spare Key are committed to helping families “bounce and not break.” From left to right: Nikki Lignell (program director) Erich Mische (executive director) and Jen Holubar (director of communications, partnerships and development). Not pictured: Roerick Sweeney, director of cryptocurrency development, markets and social engagement.

Spare Key’s dedicated board of directors includes a diverse range of doctors, real estate agents, bankers, politicians and more. “There’s a commitment and passion that they each bring to the table,” Executive Director Erich Mische said. All of the board members attended the 2014 Groove Gala.

Patsy and Robb Keech with their young son, Derian. Derian was born in 1993 with a severe genetic disorder. He passed away when he was two and a half years old

Supporters of Spare Key dance the night away at the organization’s annual Groove Gala. Over 600 people attended the event, which raised over $400,000.

“Get down tonight!” Disco dance band Boogie Wonderland “groove” with Spare Key’s supporters at the non-profit’s annual Groove Gala.

South St. Paul couple’s nonprofit helps families keep their homes during crisis
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