Laura Wilberts finds time for service in busy schedule
High school seniors have a lot on their plate this time of year: extracurriculars, homework and college applications, to name a few. Add volunteering and leading an entire school, and you've got Roseville Area High School senior Laura Wilberts, 17, of Lauderdale.
Wilberts, RAHS student council president and a captain of the cross country team, was recently awarded an Outstanding Youth award from the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership program for completing more than 100 hours of volunteer service in a six-month period.
JoAnn Ekwall, seated and creator of Fun at the Inn, checks in guests, including granddaughter Mackenzie Bennett and Dianne Thomae of the Red Hat Cuties of Burnsville, at the Lake Elmo Event Center. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Fun at the Inn, meeting every third Wednesday of the month, includes buffet and entertainment. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Klondike Kate 2000 Judy Nelson, 2014 Kathy Rustin-Westphal, and 2013 Anita Mack entertained. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Sick of being cooped up in her home during a winter season that seemed it would never end, JoAnn Ekwall vowed to create an event that would bring people together regardless of the weather.
City staff and council members, along with Pulte Homes officials, toss ceremonial shovel-fulls of sand near the site of Pulte’s latest 27-acre development, which will eventually include 86 homes and 34 townhouses. A Pulte executive said the company’s website had 600 hits on the development page that day. (Mike Munzenrider/Bulletin)
"It's location, location, location," said New Brighton Mayor Dave Jacobsen, just prior to tossing some sand at the Pulte Homes development groundbreaking ceremony the evening of Sept. 23 at the New Brighton Exchange.
Area homes see increases in property value
Each of the four cities in the Review's coverage area -- Roseville, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale and Little Canada -- recently certified a preliminary tax levy for next year.
The proposed levies below are the maximum property-tax increases that can be implemented by the cities. While the amount of the levy cannot be increased once approved, it can be decreased between now and the Dec. 30 final approval deadline.
In a literature class at Twin Cities Academy, the small class of eight students were focused as they discussed Mary Shelley's classic book "Frankenstein." (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Kids in a biology class at Twin Cities Academy were hard at work on a lab about enzymes. The school's small class sizes and rigorous academics have brought it national recognition. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Small East Side charter school ranks high nationally
The small Twin Cities Academy high school sits tucked away on a quiet block of Dayton's Bluff across from Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
It could easily go unnoticed. And yet, it stands out at a national level -- its high performance statistics bring it to the fore.
Rainbow Corral Critters brought the petting zoo to the On the Road Again festivities on Oct. 5, 2013. The cuddly critters will be back again this Saturday, Oct. 4, along with other family-friendly events, such as a new Union Pacific mini train, a flea market, face painting and duck races. (file photo)
South St. Paul Jaycees team member Jessica Trisko stirred the group's booya entry during the annual World Championship Booya contest in 2013. The World Championship Booya is back again this year, as booya cooks battle for the best Midwestern stew Saturday, Oct. 4. (file photo)
'On the Road Again' hosts Boucha, new mini train
While kicking back with a couple of "Hammies" beers after a successful rodeo in South St. Paul, Walt Books and his buddy Bob Yanz started brewing up another attraction to keep the small town on the map: a booya contest.
And it wasn't just going to be a local shindig. Books wanted it to be big. So big, he dubbed it the "World Championship Booya" in 1982, a name that eventually attracted national news coverage and an intense rivalry with other booya organizers — in particular, a Wisconsin newspaper columnist — over Books's claim that South St. Paul is the booya capital of the U.S.
City powerless to regulate project
The city of St. Paul, it would seem, doesn't have much of a say over what happens to its sensitive wildlife area at Pig's Eye Lake, at least not when the railroads are involved.
Canadian Pacific Railway will look to bypass the city's demands and push forward with plans to infill six acres of wetlands along the lake, in order to expand its switching yard, known as Dunn Yard, which sits along the Mississippi River just to the west of Highway 61 near the intersection of Lower Afton Road.
A typical Romanian family at the turn of the 20th century, in traditional dress. Immigrants made their mark in northern Dakota County, where cultural traditions and foods are still enjoyed. (submitted photo)
Vicki Albu's curiosity about her antecedents expanded into a collection of oral histories and a film on Romanian migration to the Twin Cities. John Sarafolean, 80, was among those interviewed and filmed. Albu is behind the camera. (submitted photo)
Local resident completes documentary, taps into heritage
A community-wide quest to learn more about Romanian immigrant culture started about 20 years ago, when Vicki Albu decided to learn more about her heritage.
But she knew she'd have to go further afield than her own family's scrapbooks and stories.