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GALLERY: Summertime scenes

Summertime scenes

Jesse Poole photos

More geese than humans were braving the heat at Lake McCarrons County Park in Roseville the afternoon of July 20, despite a lifeguard at the ready for those wanting to swim. After the geese moved away from the beach area, several folks settled on the sand and splashed in the water. A few miles west, a man crossed Lexington Avenue on his bicycle after taking a spin on the paths in Roseville’s Central Park. That same day in Long Lake Regional Park, folks were jogging, biking and enjoying lunch among the thousands of flowers scattered throughout the New Brighton park.

07/24/2017 - 3:43pm
South Dakota Vacation without an agenda

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Photographs by Mary Lee Hagert

Towering bluffs rim the breathtaking Spearfish Canyon, which was carved out by Spearfish Creek and the small mountain streams that flow into it in the northwestern side of the Black Hills.

With no agenda to adhere to, there was plenty of time to check out fast-moving streams in Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills. Here, Mary Lee Hagert's son Kevin reflects on the beauty of Iron Creek.

Devils Tower, a geological oddity, can be seen from miles away. The unearthly-looking monolith rises 1,267 feet above the Belle Fouche River valley and was the country's first national monument.

Christopher pauses before ascending the piles of rubble and stones beneath Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming.

At Vore Buffalo Jump archeological site in northeastern Wyoming, visitors walk down into the natural, steep-sided sinkhole that Plains Indians used to trap bison from about 1550 to 1800.

Mary Lee Hagert's son Kevin, who is an interpreter at Vore Buffalo Jump this summer, explains the well-preserved bison bones and artifacts that have been found by archeologists at the site.

On the National Register of Historic Places, Vore Buffalo Jump gives visitors a unique look at the Plains Indian culture. Open from June through Labor Day, the site is located adjacent to Interstate 90 near the South Dakota-Wyoming border.

Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota, remains a popular tourist attraction, thanks in part to its corny billboards that draw people off of Interstate 90 with the promise of "free ice water, 5 cent coffee and authentic jackalopes."

Wall Drug's huge tyrannosaurus rex comes to life every 12 minutes, delighting tourists of all ages with its thunderous roars.

For generations kids and adults have been climbing on the giant jackalope and saying, "Cheese!" as their loved ones snap photos. Here Christopher poses atop the Fiberglass statue, just as he did when he was a little boy.    

07/24/2017 - 2:44pm
GALLERY: Little fair, big fun

Little fair, big fun

Marjorie Otto/Review

Olena Brown, 3, gave Silly Miss Tilly, a ballon artist, a big high five and thank you after receiving a balloon twisted into a flower. Her 7-year-old brother, Wyatt, had a turtle made made for him. The Ramsey County Fair, located at 2020 White Bear Ave., in Maplewood, took place July 12-16. A popular exhibit for fairgoers was petting and feeding animals at the petting zoo. The exhibit included llamas, donkeys, yaks, zebus, fainting goats, pygmy goats and many other types of unique farm animals. A recurring act each year, the Mitchell Showboat Marionettes, put on a show called the “Haybale Hullabaloo,” which included singing cows and dancing chickens.  William Turnball, 10, was wowed when he looked up and saw Silly Miss Tilly had created an alien hat. While she created the hat, William wowed Miss Tilly by balancing a balloon on his nose. In the midway, parents watched their kids as they went down slides, ran around in giant bubbles and rode the merry-go-round.

07/24/2017 - 12:41pm
GALLERY: The buzz about pollinators

A trip around the world

Steve Yasgur/ Lower Phalen Creek Project

Visitors buzzed around the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary learning about urban pollinators on Saturday, July 15 during the Urban Pollinator Festival. The event, which included educational activities and the chance to see real pollinators, was organized by the Lower Phalen Creek Project, along with the help of the National Park Service, Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul Parks and Recreation, Bee Real Bee Everywhere, Frenatae Graduate Club, and Backyard Phenology. The festival also featured music by artists Dee Brust and Tamara Maluda.

07/24/2017 - 12:23pm
GALLERY: A trip around the world

A trip around the world

photos courtesy of Tom Rudquist

Attendees of the 10th annual St. George Middle Eastern Festival, which ran July 14-16 at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, were able to experience the sites, sounds and smells of another culture without having to buy a plane ticket or leave West St. Paul. From traditional food to a market place, there was plenty to check out during the three-day festival, including camel rides. Fun for the kids included face painting and colorful masks. Visitors to the festival were treated to performances by Middle Eastern dance groups.

07/24/2017 - 10:42am
City of Oakdale presents Acorn Awards

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Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

(PHOTOS 1-4) Karen Carlson was recognized by the Oakdale City Council with the Residential Acorn Award for her pollinator and wildlife friendly gardens. From left to right, Mark Landis, Paul Reinke, Karen Carlson, Lori Pulkrabek, Bill Rassmussen and Kevin Zabel pose for a photo in Carlson’s yard. One of her gardens near the road, even includes a Free Little Library gifted to her by one of her neighbors.


Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

(PHOTOS 5-7) Before accepting the Commercial Acorn Award on behalf of the business park, Jeff McComas, a Beacon Shores Office Park business owner, posed for a photo with the Oakdale City Council. The gardens are maintained by Brian and Son’s Lawn and Snow Removal out of Hastings.


Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

(PHOTOS 8-10) The Public Acorn Award was given to a group of polyculture gardens located in the Oakdale Nature Preserve on either side of the Mud Lake boardwalk. These gardens were designed to be regenerative and supportive of local fauna, and were planted with the help of many volunteers. Until the plants become established, Oakdale Public Works employees can be seen watering these gardens on weeks without rain.


07/19/2017 - 1:44pm
GALLERY: Mendota comes out to celebrate

Clowns, candy & cheer - Ramsey County Fair Parade 2017

Photos courtesy of Nikita Robinette 

On Saturday, July 8, Mendota held its annual celebration, which included the popular parade. Groups participating in the parade included Boogie for Jesus, left, and Rhythm and Shoes, above. The city’s mayor Brian Mielke, right, was on hand for the festivities.

07/18/2017 - 11:09am
GALLERY: Clowns, candy & cheer - Ramsey County Fair Parade 2017

Clowns, candy & cheer - Ramsey County Fair Parade 2017

The St. Paul Vulcan Krewe came out in full force, drawing their signiture Vs on parade-viewer’s cheeks.
A student from the Academy for Sciences and Agriculture dressed as a bee, made unicycle-riding look easy during the July 12 parade.
Members of the Iny Asian Dance Theater, a St. Paul-based Asian dance school, were all smiles during the White Bear Avenue Parade.
The Osman Shriners Mighty Mites buzzed around the parade route, showing off their skills and wowing parade spectators.
Some clowns walk, other clowns ride around on penny-farthings, a type of bicycle popular in the late-1800s.
As the parade went by, kids were eager to have some sweet treats tossed their way.  

07/14/2017 - 3:57pm
GALLERY: Light it Up - Maplewood, 2017

Light it Up goes off with a bang!

Many families had fun playing with sparklers before the fireworks show began at Maplewood’s Light It Up event held in Hazelwood Park July 4.

The Good For Gary band performed a mix of popular songs to get people fired up for the fireworks.

Several food trucks were available at Light It Up. Many of the food trucks had long lines as families came to the event for dinner in the park and spent the afternoon participating in the Light it Up activities.

People cheered and waved glow-in-the-dark toys underneeth the gleaming pyrotechnics show. The crowd seemed pleased with the unique fireworks that were displayed at this year’s event.

The grand finale lit up Hazelwood Park and impressed spectators as multiple fireworks were shot off in quick succession.

- Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

07/10/2017 - 4:19pm
GALLERY: Oakdale Summerfest 2017

Oakdale Summerfest - a screaming success.

Oakdale Summerfest - a screaming success.

The weekend of Summerfest, Oakdale’s Richard Walton Park was full of families sampling fair foods and taking a spin on some of the carnival rides. 

One of the contestants in 3rd Lair’s Skateboard contest performed a feeble grind as a storm moved in.

Summerfest visitors saw some rain over the weekend, but nothing that dampened the spirit of celebration.

The Zipper was a popular carnival ride at Summerfest, and had a particularly long line June 23 as visitors tried to make the most of their time before the rain arrived.

- Aundrea Kinney photos/Review

07/05/2017 - 10:44am

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