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GALLERY: Ramsey County Fair - A time for family and friends

Marjorie Otto photos/Review

Marjorie Otto photos/Review 

A classic fair tradition is checking out items residents have made and entered at the fair. There were jars of preserves, baked goods, hand-sewn items and art that Ramsey County residents entered to be judged.

The Ramsey County Fair prides itself on being one of the few free admission fairs with plenty of free entertainment, including talent shows, live bands, bingo and other activities.

Farmer Norm, the magician farmer, was a hit with the kids, pulling objects from behind their ears and making things appear and disappear, all while teaching them about the impact of Minnesota farmers.

Some families opted for a nontraditional family portrait at the fair.

A favorite attraction at the fair was the petting zoo, where families could feed a slew of unique animals including camels, alpacas, goats, zebus, donkeys and more.

A popular activity at the fair — for both adults and kids — was floating on water in a bubble. The trick was trying to stay up while running around.

While it was quite toasty, some visitors tried to cool off while being flung through the air on midway rides.

07/20/2018 - 12:04pm
GALLERY: Acorn Award winners

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review & Submitted Photos

COVER PHOTOS (1-4) : The City of Oakdale recognizes its most beautifully landscaped properties through its annual Acorn Award program. This year the winning properties were Dave Kircher’s and Becky Buckner’s home at 6532 49th St., The TLC Veterinary Hospital property at 1490 Helmo Ave., the Echo Ridge Senior Living property at 1033 Gershwin Ave., and Oakfield Park located off Helmo Avenue in the Olson Lake Estates neighborhood. Aundrea Kinney photos/Review • Submitted photos

RESIDENTIAL (5-8) : Dave Kircher’s and Becky Buckner’s terraced front yard offers a natural-looking blend of stones, trees and shrubs, with lilies providing a splash of color. Though not part of the Acorn Award, their favorite part of the garden is the patio located beside the house. 

COMMERCIAL (9-11) : One of the hospital’s veterinarians is photographed with the city council next to a stone riverbed, which incorporates rocks found on the property during the landscaping. The TLC Veterinary Hospital property intermingles pink spirea between a variety of greenery at the border of a manicured lawn.  

MULTI-FAMILY (12-15) : Several of the Echo Ridge residents are photographed with city council members during the council’s tour of the property. Echo Ridge Senior Living showcases three flowerbeds and several planters, which provide the property bright color all summer. Residents help choose the color scheme and annual flowers displayed on the property. Aundrea Kinney photos/Review • Submitted photos

PUBLIC (16-19) : Thanks to the help of many dedicated volunteers, a hill at the edge of the Oakfield Park property was planted with a variety of native and pollinator friendly trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. Aundrea Kinney photos/Review • Submitted photos

07/17/2018 - 8:22am
GALLERY: Moving down the avenue - White Bear Avenue Parade

Marjorie Otto photos/Review

Marjorie Otto photos/Review

Kids looked down the parade route trying to anticipate the next float with candy.

Sgt. Fuzz, one of the newest employees of the St. Paul Police Department, was this year’s White Bear Avenue Parade grand marshal. Fuzz is serving as a comfort dog at the department.

The Osman Shriners were good at keeping parade viewers on their toes as they whizzed by on motorized scooters.

Above, the Vulcan Krewe went by and drew Vs or mustaches on anyone making a “V” with their fingers. Left, this little guy was excited to see a Maplewood fire truck coming down the street. Below, members from the St. Francis Drumline let parade viewers have a chance to hit a few drums during the parade.

Most years the White Bear Avenue Parade is a toasty and humid event and this year followed the pattern. Despite the July 11 heat, families lined White Bear Avenue from Ivy Avenue to Aldrich Arena in Maplewood to watch the parade and catch a few sweets. The parade kicked off the Ramsey County Fair, which opened July 11 and closes on Sunday, July 15 at 9:30 p.m.

07/16/2018 - 1:33pm
GALLERY: Sliding into summer

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review 

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review 

Delilah Devost of Minneapolis and her children, Jamonte, Jililah and Jamora, went down the giant slide together at Oakdale’s Summerfest celebration, June 23.

A variety of fair food, carnival games and rides filled the parking lot at Oakdale City Hall and spilled out onto the grass at Richard Walton Park during the city’s Summerfest celebration June 21 through 24.

Uncle Chunk performed classic and alternative rock music on June 22, which was enjoyed by children and adults alike. Two children in particular inched closer and closer to get a better look.

The Kite Flyer ride was one of many carnival rides that children enjoyed at the festival.

A group of Tartan High School students kept themselves entertained before the fireworks began June 23. Ilena played the ukulele while Rozlynn, Natalie and Alyssa chatted.

The Rockin Hollywoods kept the dance floor full most of the evening, June 23, until the fireworks began around 10 p.m.

Fireworks!

07/02/2018 - 4:11pm
GALLERY: Rosefest's super kids

photos courtesy of Mark Connolly

The second annual Rosefest Superhero Carnival was June 23 in and around the Central Park School gym. Kids dressed as both superheroes and at least one antihero, and had a good time playing games and bouncing around in an inflatable.

photos courtesy of Mark Connolly

07/02/2018 - 9:45am
GALLERY: Marching into summer

Mike Munzenrider photos

Mike Munzenrider photos

A pleasant evening on June 25 saw the traditional Rose Parade march down Lexington Avenue. The Litchfield High School Marching Dragons donned purple, green and black, while the Henry Sibley High School Marching Warriors entertained young and old. The Roseville Fire Department was out in force, the Roseville Historical Society dusted off a classic old tractor, and elected officials such as Ramsey County Attorney John Choi handed out goodies like stickers and candy.

Roseville Area High School alum and U.S. women’s hockey Olympic gold medalist Lee Stecklein was grand marshal of this year’s Rose Parade, which rolled down Lexington Avenue in Roseville the evening of June 25. 

07/02/2018 - 9:31am
GALLERY: Fun for all at Kaposia Days

Hannah Burlingame photos/Review

Hannah Burlingame photos/Review

From June 22 to 24, South St. Paulites and those from visiting communities celebrated Kaposia Days. From the Grande Parade on June 22 to baby races and carnival games June 23, there was plenty of fun times to be had by all.

Three-year-old Gabriel, above left, enjoyed the ring toss on June 23. Besides carnival games, Central Square and Marie Avenue held plenty of inflatables, a pony ride, a variety of carnival games and the annual children’s parade. This year, kids were encouraged to dress up as construction workers.

06/29/2018 - 10:38am
GALLERY: North St. Paul featured on Twin Cities Live

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review • “Twin Cities Live,” an entertainment television show produced by KSTP-TV, aired live from Neumann’s Bar & Grill on June 21.

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

“Twin Cities Live,” an entertainment television show produced by KSTP-TV, aired live from Neumann’s Bar & Grill on June 21. A popular piece of North St. Paul culture, History Cruze Car Show, was featured by Reis and Mike Marcotte, of “Twin Cities Live,” who reported from the back of a classic convertible parked in front of Neumann’s Bar & Grill. Co-host Elizabeth Ries’s personal visit to the bar was the culminating moment after the television show spent an entire week  highlighting some of the characteristic stops around the city, including LUV Ice Cream Café, North Star Museum of Boy and Girl Scouting, the snowman sculpture, Silver Lake, HomeTown Creamery and VFW Post 1350.

06/27/2018 - 10:11am
GALLERY: The Summerfest parade trots on

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review • Two Washington County Mounted Patrol officers carried a Minnesota and U.S. flag as they trotted through the Ted Bearth Grand Parade June 21, the first of many Oakdale Summerfest festivities.

Music was performed by United Marching Band, which is made up of students in the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District 622. Percussionists in the student band beat their drums to the tune of Santana’s “Smooth.” 

The parade included many laughs thanks to the St. Paul Clown Club; the Twin Cities Unicycle Club showed of its skills; and a pet pig with Washington County 4-H trotted past spectators, hamming up the attention. Grand Marshal Frank Orsello and Volunteer of the Year Jodi Christensen made their way through the parade in style, sharing a ride in a convertible. Both are local businesspeople and members of the Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce.

On June 21, the first official day of summer, Oakdale kicked off its Summerfest celebration with the Ted Bearth Grande Parade, which made its way down 15th Street from Transfiguration Church to City Hall. The Twin Cities Unicycle Club wheeled through the route on all sizes of unicycles, and the Tartan Dance Team showed their best moves.

Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

 

06/27/2018 - 9:23am
GALLERY: Watery WaterFest

The annual WaterFest, put on by the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, was a bit soggy on a rainy June 2 at Lake Phalen, but what’s a WaterFest without a little extra water? There were plenty of activities happening inside the Lakeside Pavillion at Lake Phalen Regional Park: card-making, meeting creatures with the Minnesota Herpetological Society and getting up close and personal with macroinvertebrates. There were lots of activities outside as well like learning how to paddle with Wilderness Inquiry and taking pond samples. Photos courtesy of Anita Jader Photography

The annual WaterFest, put on by the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, was a bit soggy on a rainy June 2 at Lake Phalen, but what’s a WaterFest without a little extra water? There were plenty of activities happening inside the Lakeside Pavillion at Lake Phalen Regional Park: card-making, meeting creatures with the Minnesota Herpetological Society and getting up close and personal with macroinvertebrates. There were lots of activities outside as well like learning how to paddle with Wilderness Inquiry and taking pond samples. Photos courtesy of Anita Jader Photography

06/08/2018 - 1:08pm

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