We're looking for photos that represent why Inver Grove Heights is such a wonderful place to call home and who better than you to show us! The contest deadline is Monday, December 1, 2014. You do not need to be an Inver Grove Heights resident to enter the contest but photographs must be taken with City limits.
Sean Staum sits with his wife, Rebekah, son, Titus, and newborn daughter, Isabelle, at their Inver Grove Heights home. Staum recently garnered recognition as a veteran who is giving back to his community at the Minnesota Humanities Center's second annual Veterans' Voices Award Ceremony Sept. 11. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Veteran and police officer Sean Staum holds a rifle as part of a training exercise with the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Police Department. (Submitted photo)
As a 20-something, Sean Staum says he was bitter, and seldom thought beyond his own needs and wants. Some of his lowest points: he went through a divorce and spent a night in jail for a DWI.
Construction of the new Inver Grove Heights Early Learning Center was completed Aug. 1. The school celebrated its grand opening Sept. 11. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Early Childhood Director Karen Sperl reads to students in the Community Preschool classroom on Sept. 11 during the grand opening of the Inver Grove Heights Early Learning Center. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Inver Grove Heights royalty worked on arts and crafts during the grand opening Sept. 11 of the Inver Grove Heights Early Learning Center. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Center added onto Hilltop Elementary Thanks to extra funding from the Minnesota Department of Education, the Inver Grove Heights School District's new Early Learning Center, attached to Hilltop Elementary School, is now open for business.
Surrounded by some of his family, Inver Grove Heights native and Indiana principal Tim McIntosh holds up a check he received after being named "Educator of the Year" at Peabody Energy's Leaders in Education Awards dinner. (Submitted photo)
Growing up in Inver Grove Heights, Tim McIntosh had great teachers.
Keith Joyce, an Inver Grove Heights man who has dominated the "Best Dill Pickle" category in Gedney's competition at the Minnesota State Fair the two year's he's entered his recipe, 2007 and 2014, holds his blue ribbon while talking to Kevin Huebscher, the owner of Kev's Korner, where Joyce buys cucumbers for his prized pickles. Huebscher holds a jar of Joyce's dill pickles. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Keith Joyce nibbles on one of the prized pickles that helped him bring home a blue ribbon and a hundred bucks at Gedney's competition for "Best Dill Pickle" at the Minnesota State Fair. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Keith Joyce looks over the cucumber selection at Kev's Korner in Inver Grove Heights, where he gets the ingredients to make his winning dill pickles. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Gedney's "Best Dill" for second time
Growing up, Keith Joyce's fondest memories were going to his grandma's house in Cylon, the unincorporated Wisconsin community half a mile west of New Richmond, while she pickled cucumbers and watermelon or made strawberry jam.
Cosette Jaeger, 9, left, and Montana Jaeger, 7, both of Inver Grove Heights, hold up their second and first place trophies, respectively, after sweeping the Dakota County Fair pre-teen talent competition this year. As the first-place finisher, Montana went on to perform "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen" at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 23, representing Dakota County.
Local sisters won first, second at Dakota County singing competition
Seven-year-old Montana Jaeger of Inver Grove Heights says she doesn't really get scared or nervous, just nervous-excited performing in front of large crowds.
Asher was the first dog No Place Like Home Pet Rescue, a new area non-profit that finds foster and forever homes for animals, brought into its program. His foster person, Michelle Saelin of Minneapolis, adopted him. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
No Place Like Home Pet Rescue is now up and running. In front are foster/adopter Michelle Saelin of Minneapolis, director/foster coordinator Lindsay Krieger of St. Paul's East Side and director/vetting manager Steffani Patrick of South St. Paul with Taco, a rescued chihuahua. Behind them are director/adoption coordinator Melissa Marchio of South St. Paul and director/account manager Kevin Ward of Inver Grove Heights. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Michelle Saelin of Minneapolis fostered and adopted No Place Like Home Pet Rescue's first dog from a shelter: Asher, who Saelin said may be a Rottweiler-shepherd mix.
Pet rescue founded by area residents quickly lures pack of supporters
In the more than two years Michelle Saelin has fostered animals, she's taken some risks in order give dogs and cats a second chance.
Inver Grove Heights couple Bonnie and Dan Boyum's son, Michael Boyum, died Oct. 17, 1999 after a yearlong battle with leukemia. A movie is now being made about his life, especially his relationship with his childhood sweetheart, Michelle, whom he married just six weeks before he died. The film will also address Michael's brother Matthew's struggle with depression. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
Matthew Boyum, left, and brother Michael at Michael's wedding, just weeks before he died from leukemia. Matthew donated bone marrow to Michael during his yearlong struggle with leukemia. (Submitted photo)
Michael Boyum and longtime girlfriend Michelle Larson, all dressed up for their high school prom. (Submitted photo)
Extras being sought for wedding scene
It was like something out of a movie. Michael was dying of leukemia. His childhood sweetheart Michelle asked him to marry her, and he said yes.