Feature Stories


Murder at the Museum - or Who killed Agatha Marple?

Artifacts have been missing and the body of Agatha Marple, head curator, is discovered at the museum, now a carefully crafted crime scene mystery. Attendees often took photos of themselves near the police tape body outline. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

Lizabeth Doherty and Kelcey Kryzer get into CSI costume for the photo booth before getting into sleuth mode to solve the crime during a social science event.

As well as becoming crime scene investigators, the visitors, including Chase Robeck, also had the chance to access the museum’s other exhibits at a leisurely pace.

A crowd gathers at one of six evidence activity stations set up throughout the Science Museum for Murder at the Museum Oct. 3.

Denny and Annie Lynard venture out to the Science Museum of Minnesota to cover the social science Murder at the Museum Oct. 3.

Some days its best to take a break from the perplexity of the unsolved tales of murdered or missing wives and girlfriends in our metro area and go try to solve a pretend one instead. So I invited my younger daughter for an evening out to crack a murder mystery at the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown St. Paul.


For her 85th birthday, June’s throwing an art show

Cliff Gebhard, 72, sits in one of two barber chairs in his shop at the corner of Minnehaha Avenue and Stillwater Road. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Cliff Gebhard’s shop is full of curiosities from bric-a-brac to an ìInformationî sign, much like the man himself. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

For all the 84-plus years she can remember, June McAuliffe has been driven to reach people through art.
So, for her 85th birthday, she’ll unveil a show of her recent projects at Gallery 96, located in the Shoreview Community Center.
It made perfect sense to June; after all, she’d marked her 80th birthday with a show at Gallery 96.


Double vision: New horrors, honors of war come home to veteran

Ellsworth Erickson spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the North St. Paul Historical Society Museum last March about his bird’s-eye view of World War II. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Erickson received the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal in September for his service as the Allies liberated Europe; the medal “is the highest honor that France can bestow.” (submitted photo)

Other medals Erickson has earned. Several are missing: those he left for North High School classmates Richard Neumann, Eldon Kuehn and Richard Notebaart at the Washington D.C. World War II memorial. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Nik VanDenMeerendonk/Review One of many hundreds of stereoscopic images Erickson developed during the war. By taking the photos from slightly different vantage points and using the plastic glasses to isolate a view for each eye, photo interpreters could “see” in three dimensions. As the human brain processes stereoscopic images, tall buildings and spires “rise up” in the resolved image.

Linda Baumeister/Review Erickson received the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal in September for his service as the Allies liberated Europe; the medal “is the highest honor that France can bestow.”

submitted photo Erickson looked forward eagerly to reading “Sky Spies,” only to realize one of the photos he may have developed documented a Nazi concentration camp.

It’s been nearly 70 years since North St. Paul resident Ellsworth Erickson returned home from the European Theater of World War II.
But, in just the last six months, the long arm of the world’s deadliest conflict reached out to the 89-year-old and shook what he thought he knew and felt about his service to their foundations.


Horses, bourbon and historic neighborhoods featured in Louisville

The historic Belle of Louisville still takes visitors from downtown Louisville up the Ohio River. (photos by Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Mint juleps are served at the Brown Hotel.

This 30-foot-tall gold statue of Michelangelo’s David stands in front of the 21C Museum Hotel in downtown Louisville.

Elizabeth Kizito sells her popular cookies as well as a variety of African gifts.

Samples of handmade chocolate truffle bourbon balls were served at Art Edibles.

Glasses of bourbon mixed with champagne are lined up on the bar at the Seelbach Hotel.

This model of the famous Secretariat, 1973 Triple Crown champion, sits in the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Every May when I listen to the familiar strains of “My Old Kentucky Home” as the horses line up for the world-famous Kentucky Derby and see the women in the stands wearing wide-brimmed hats, I’m intrigued.
So soon after the Derby, I went to Louisville, home of the famous Churchill Downs, a National Historic Landmark where 1,200 horses are stabled, for a tour and a few races, which were fun even without the huge crowds. Visitors can eat, drink a traditional mint julep, make bets, cheer from the stands, walk around the well-groomed grounds for a close-up view of the sleek thoroughbreds and diminutive jockeys, and visit the Kentucky Derby Museum. Additional races are held in the late spring/early summer and in the fall.


Autumn's perfect fruit

Minnesota apple growers report harvesting a bumper crop of crisp, juicy apples this fall. (photos by Vonny Rohloff/Review )

Victoria Valley Orchard owner Molly Papenheim, 83, rests on her perch near the cash register. Molly and her late husband, Don, opened the Shoreview orchard 40 years ago.

Even Pepper, a family’s black dog, enjoys a visit to an apple orchard.

Approximately 800 trees produce a variety of apples at the Victoria Valley Orchard.

A large hill between the trees at Victoria Valley Orchard adds to the picturesque setting of apple trees.

The wind catches and twirls a colorful balloon designed to scare birds that like to eat apples.

For a well-balanced lunch menu, try the apple burger, an easy way to add fruit and vegetables to your meal.

Apples and fall are nearly synonymous. They go together like pumpkins and Halloween, snow and sledding, and summer and swimming.
A fall outing to one of the nearby apple orchards offers more than a bag of apples to bring home. The trip can be an event -- a fun-filled day of entertainment for the entire family.


Long-time East Side barber closes up

Cliff Gebhard, 72, sits in one of two barber chairs in his shop at the corner of Minnehaha Avenue and Stillwater Road. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Cliff Gebhard’s shop is full of curiosities from bric-a-brac to an ìInformationî sign, much like the man himself. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Cliff’s Barber Shop is one of those places that was always full of regulars, quirk and charm, and where the haircut service provided wasn’t necessarily the only reason you’d swing by.
Rather, you’d also be there to catch a story, and to chat with your neighbors.
It’s been a community of sorts for the owner, Cliff Gebhard, and his customers.


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)

Minnesotans rushed to enlist in the service following the devastating attack on the “day that will live in infamy,” Dec. 7, 1941. (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.


A harvest of recipes

Author Beth Dooley frequents the Minneapolis Farmers Market often, as she did one recent summer morning. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

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Author Beth Dooley purchased locally grown blackberries and sweet corn at the Lyndale Farmers Market earlier this summer.

photos by Linda E. Andersen/Review

Minnesota’s Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook” by Beth Dooley could be subtitled “A guide to everything you need to know when going to a farmers market.”
For more than 20 years Dooley has been shopping at farmers markets, enjoying the colors and scents of the fresh produce, chatting with the growers and learning the best ways to prepare what she buys.
She shares her knowledge of locally grown foods and favorite recipes in her latest book, which was published earlier this year by the University of Minnesota Press.


New tastes and sights at State Fair

The Mr. Bubble area is a great hit for kids where they can cool down and lather up.

Folks flock to see all the fun attractions at the fair. There are plenty of good foods on a stick like candy bars, prontos pups and much more.

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.


Volunteer teams paint NSP, Maplewood homes

Former, current, retired, and family of 3M have been volunteering for the Paint-A-Thon for years and gather at the lunch break. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

The North St. Paul homeowner’s fence also gets a fresh coat of paint.

It took the 3M/Novation Credit Union Paint-A-Thon team a full day to prepare Milly and Norm’s home on Century Avenue in North St. Paul to be painted. (submitted photo)

The St. Pius X Parish team, nicknamed “The Pastels,” touch up and paint trim on their final day of work Aug. 3 in Maplewood. The group also worked the previous Monday and Tuesday.

Many of the St. Pius X Parish have been volunteering for years and look forward to the Paint-A-Thon.

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.