Feature Stories

Mon
11
Nov

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)

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.

Thu
07
Nov

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)

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.

Wed
06
Nov

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)

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.

Mon
28
Oct

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)

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.

Wed
09
Oct

Autumn's perfect fruit

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.

Mon
30
Sep

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’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.

Wed
11
Sep

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.

Fri
06
Sep

A harvest of recipes


Author Beth Dooley frequents the Minneapolis Farmers Market often, as she did one recent summer morning. (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.

Sun
25
Aug

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.

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.

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