After decades apart, dozens of South St. Paul neighbors recently reunited at the park where they used to play as kids.
Check out some more photos from the reunion. Photos by Kaitlyn Roby/Review, unless otherwise indicated.
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)
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.
Old friends reunited at Summit Park Sept. 13. Some have kept in touch since they grew up in the South St. Paul neighborhood, while others were seeing each other for the first time in 60 years or more. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
When Chuck Shom was around 8 years old, he and a group of kids from his neighborhood huddled on the cliff overlooking Concord Street in South St. Paul, lobbed snowballs at the cars below and ran like crazy.
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)
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.
Woman told relative she 'feared for her life' days prior to death A month after a West St. Paul woman was found dead in her apartment Aug. 10, police discovered a "selfie" on her boyfriend's cell phone of him lying next to her on a bed. In the photo, she appears to be deceased and he is crying, according to court documents recently filed in Dakota County District Court.
The West St. Paul Police Department has increased patrols in areas recently hit with a rash of thefts and burglaries, and the city issued an alert online Sept. 12 advising residents of the spike in crime.
Lilydale's Lilydaze Festival went on Sept. 15, 2013 and had local businesses, such as The Perfect Ash and others on hand during the event. This year's will be Sept. 20 with the usual "food, fun and friendship," as well as an educational video on a bluff restoration project.
Attend 4th annual festival, learn about bluff restoration After record-setting rain doused the city in the 1960s for the umpteenth time, Lilydale uprooted itself from the floodplain and latched on to the bluffs above, making the tree-covered cliffs and riverfront vista integral to the city's identity.