Mike Etoll has been a haunted house lover his whole life. The East Side haunt he’s created packs an impressive punch, especially for being in a detached garage. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)
A creepy troll greets visitors of the haunted house.
Skeletons surprise a guest at the haunted house.
A spinster sits in the gory butcher's room.
A decrepit looking skull is just one of a plethora of fine-crafted creepy items at the haunted house.
Mike Etoll, with a died green goatee, has loved haunted houses his whole life.
Garage comes to life for Halloween spectacle
Mike Etoll, proprietor of the East Side's own residential butcher-shop-themed haunted house, might be considered by some to be an eccentric, an oddball, or a quirk.
That's probably just fine with the man, who confidently wears a goatee that's dyed green.
Vednita Carter, founder of Breaking Free, introduced a new East Side house dubbed Jerry’s Place that will be the home for four girls ages 16 and 17 who are recovering victims of sex trafficking. The home is named after fallen East Side cop Gerald Vick. The home comes thanks to new Safe Harbor laws and funding that came with them. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
The rooms in Jerry’s Place are decked out with new furniture donated by community members. Vednita Carter, founder of Breaking Free, said Jerry’s Place is a place where victims of sex trafficking can “come home, take off (their) shoes, and kick back.” (Patrick Larkin/Review)
State funding means a safe home for girls to recover
Standing on the porch of an East Side home, Vednita Carter, executive director of Breaking Free, recalled back in 2002 when the late East Side cop Gerald Vick had just taken a badly beaten teenage girl to the hospital. She'd been beaten up by a pimp.
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.
A young Project Home resident puts a puzzle together with Pilgrim Lutheran Church volunteer Joan Haan. (Submitted photo)
Project Home volunteer Linda Denson from Mount Olivet Baptist Church gives one of the youngest residents a friendly hug. (submitted photo)
A Project Home youngster works on a building project. (submitted photo)
Temporary shelters provide beds for homeless all over county
Financial struggles can seemingly come out of nowhere. They could be brought on by the loss of a job, a serious car crash or a health emergency. Individuals who always paid their bills on time can unexpectedly find themselves falling behind.
Haley Jostes prepares an adult monarch butterfly she raised for release into the wild in a butterfly house her father built for her in the family’s Lake Elmo backyard. The tracking tag visible on the butterfly’s wing will allow researchers to learn about monarch migrating patterns after a recapture. (Joshua Nielsen/Review)
Haley Jostes, winged for the occasion, displayed the monarch butterfly progression at the Juran home during the "Evening in the Big Backyard." Visitors could tap the resources of the Washington Conservation District, Washington Watershed, and Master Gardeners. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Monarch butterfly-friendly gardens were showcased at Bonnie Juran’s yard in August. Information was made available on pollinators, monarch butterflies, native plants, and trees and shrubs. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Haley Jostes carefully places a tracking tag on a recently hatched monarch butterfly. (Joshua Nielsen/Review)
On an August afternoon, 13-year-old Haley Jostes carefully places a recently hatched monarch butterfly on a nectar flower in her parents Lake Elmo backyard.
Jenna Knoblauch demonstrates Chophouse Wild Rice Salad at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair. (Vonny Rohloff/Review staff)
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Beth Nelson, president of the Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council answers questions and promotes wild rice at the 2014 State Fair's wild rice booth. (Vonny Rohloff/Review staff)
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There’s a crisp feel of autumn in the air.
Migratory birds are beginning to take flight, and gardens are in late-season bloom, with pumpkins, squash and gourds turning rich shades of orange, red and green.