PERSPECTIVES - Woodbury - South Maplewood


The day everything changed

Folks gathered round the radio to hear first-hand accounts of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, -- the day everything changed. (photo courtesy of the Ramsey County Library system)

Ramsey County libraries are taking a new look at World War II
When Judy Woodward, history coordinator for the Ramsey County Library system, began to look for opportunities for post-summer programs, she says she again thought about World War II and how veterans’ experiences need to be shared.
U.S. veterans of the 1941-45 war are dying at the rate of more than 600 a day, according to the Veteran’s Administration.


New Johnson High School wrestling captain: a success story

Coming into Johnson High School, Dwayne Williams looked to be a kid full of distractions.
His grades weren’t great. He was hanging around with the wrong kids -- kids who drank and smoked. He even got into some trouble at school.
Living on the lower East Side without a father around, in a full household with five siblings and his mother, he was a bit directionless.


New tastes and sights at State Fair

Leave it to the Minnesota State Fair to entice guests with new foods hitting the stick and plunging into the fryers.

This year’s new lineup of foods includes bacon-wrapped grilled shrimp on-a-stick, deep-fried pickles dipped in chocolate sauce and grilled glazed doughnuts on-a-stick.
Is your mouth watering yet?


Volunteer teams paint NSP, Maplewood homes

If you live in a community in the Twin Cities, chances are good you’ve seen a house that has been painted by a Paint-A-Thon team. Over the last 29 years, Paint-A-Thon volunteers have painted 6,300 homes in the seven-county metro area.
Saturday, Aug. 3, was the official “paint day” for the 60 teams that participated in this year’s Paint-A-Thon, a program offered through the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. Now in its 29th year, the program caters to low-income seniors and the physically disabled, who may not be able to paint their homes on their own.


The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center has record-breaking week after Solstice storms

Baby robins were fed by a volunteer at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville on July 11. (photos by Linda E. Andersen/Review)

The powerful storms that swept through the Twin Cities metro over the Summer Solstice weekend uprooted thousands of trees and cut power to thousands more. The storms were also detrimental to local wildlife.
The soaking rains and violent winds swept countless baby songbirds from their nests, leaving them defenseless on the soggy ground below.
Luckily, compassionate Minnesotans responded to their rescue, delivering hundreds of them to the capable, hard working staff and volunteers at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in Roseville (WRC).


15 things to do & explore around the area

Do those lazy days of summer need a little spicing up?  The east metro has plenty of chances for some dancing, historical learning, musical entertainment, outdoor adventures and more.  Add some sizzle to your summer and try these 15 happenings near you.


Como gorillas enjoying new home

Como Zoo now has 3 male adolescent gorillas and one family gorilla group on display. The males and the family group are kept separate from each other in different zoo enclosures.

It’s likely going to be a very exciting and busy summer at Como Zoo thanks in no small part to the zoo’s newly opened Gorilla Forest exhibit.
The $11 million, 13,000 square-foot enclosure is home to seven gorillas, six of whom are new to Como.
Matt Reinartz, Como’s marketing and public relations manager, notes the new exhibit is nearly three times larger than the previous gorilla habitat.


Not quite the Roadshow 

Doug Jordahl of Lauderdale and his one-owner P.I.E. truck that Santa brought him in 1949. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

Old stuff stirs up memories at Roseville Library


Protecting pollinators

Sunflowers are ideal flowers for bee observation because of their large “platform,” bee researcher Elaine Evans says. (submitted photos)

Though the weather hasn’t been very sunny recently, the Maplewood Nature Center is encouraging residents to plant “Lemon Queen” sunflowers in their gardens this year.
Not because these flowers will lure out the sun, but because they make excellent settings to observe bees.


Human Rights Commission offers new opportunity for Senegalese native

YaYa Diatta, the new member of Maplewood Human Rights Commission, was sworn in by Karen Guilfoile before the commission meeting April 9. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Newly-appointed Human Rights Commissioner YaYa Diatta’s journey to where he is today started with a single piece of candy.


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