Holly Wenzel

Mon
30
Dec

Two Lillie staffers win statewide awards


The design for this piece, which focuses on Alaska’s diversity of nature as seen via various transportation methods, displays a delicate touch that showcased lush foliage and natural vistas and had readers’ hands itching for suitcase handles.

Graphic designers wince when they hear these directions: “We don’t have any art for this story. Oh, and it’s about city finances.” However, Nik VanDenMeerendonk rose to -- and beyond -- the occasion, making plain all the programs that were being crunched in the “Budget Squeeze,” also his headline. The layout won second place in the “Use of Information Graphics” category, and judges noted it was “Very original.”

In “Ghosts among the Stacks,” VanDenMeerendonk took a reporter’s snapshot of the South St. Paul Library -- one taken on a sunny summer day -- and transformed it to match its reputation as a spooky spot that’s been said to be haunted for decades.

As Ken Burns did with his iconic “The Civil War” series, VanDenMeerendonk used the kinds of materials and media that veterans themselves would have used during World War II to set the scene for their story.

It was all about vision for two Lillie Suburban Newspapers staffers in the 2013 Minnesota Newspaper Association’s “Better Newspapers” awards.
Photographer Linda Baumeister, who’s worked at the paper since 1991, and Nik VanDenMeerendonk, a graphic artist for six years.

Wed
27
Nov

Priest charged with 4th degree CSC

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday afternoon it has charged the Rev. Mark Andrew Huberty with criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree. The priest, head pastor of Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic in Maplewood, is accused of having a sexual relationship with an adult woman he had been counseling.
The Twin Cities Archdiocese says Huberty has denied the allegations.

Tue
19
Nov

Maplewood priest charged with felony sexual conduct

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced Tuesday afternoon it has charged the Rev. Mark Andrew Huberty with criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree. The priest, head pastor of Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic in Maplewood, is accused of having a sexual relationship with an adult woman he had been counseling.

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)

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.

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)

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.

Tue
05
Nov

North St. Paul city manager: Next challenge is defining vision for the future

New North St. Paul City Manager Jason Ziemer says the city of North St. Paul has plenty to offer prospective residents, developers and current businesses.
Its challenge right now: pinning down what those aspects are and presenting them.

Thu
24
Oct

Mayor, two council seats up in Maplewood Nov. 5

The Nov. 5 Maplewood city election pits a former mayor against a former legislator for leadership of the city, and a number of new candidates against a longtime council member for a pair of council seats.
Each candidate was asked via email to answer questions about what programs she would like to add, expand or cut in Maplewood and what she feels qualifies her for the elective office.

Thu
24
Oct

Ehalt headed for administrator job in Wisconsin

Nate Ehalt, longtime community development director for the City of North St. Paul, is headed to Burnett County, Wisconsin, to be the county’s next administrator.
Ehalt, whose resignation from North St. Paul is effective Oct. 25, says he’s been exploring administrator jobs at other cities and counties “for about 2 1/2 years....This is my third offer in the last year for a position.”

Wed
23
Oct

North St. Paul Church of St. Peter pastor rocks state with call for independent investigation into sexual abuse allegations

The fact the Oct. 20 parish bulletin from St. Peter Church in North St. Paul opens with Bible verses 7 and 8 from the 18th chapter of Luke appears to be no coincidence.
"Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones, who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?" reads the first page.

Tue
15
Oct

Still time to spruce up with fall projects


Whether you’re selling or just seeing some dated or weathered facets when you look at your home, there’s still time this fall to spruce things up. Because so many Twin Cities homes have garages that open to the street, an updated garage door — especially in a rich wood finish that matches the front door — makes a big impression. (submitted photos)

They’re the projects that got pushed aside by vacation trips, summer sports and the hectic rush to enjoy the short season we had in 2013.
But there are plenty of ways to tackle your home’s exterior curb appeal, whether it’s to impress prospective buyers or to welcome guests for fall and winter holidays in style.

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