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The American Swedish Institute will host a winter solstice celebration at their 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis, location. The Institute celebrates this powerful seasonal juncture with fun, festivity and performance. This year, North Mallow will be slinging their unique s’mores and cocoa to enjoy by the fire and, back by popular demand, reindeer will make another appearance in the courtyard....
Collaborate with the late haiku master Basho and author Freeman Ng on a unique poem you can take home. Also pick up the beautiful picture book Basho's Haiku Journey, a great gift for young readers this holiday season. The event will take place Nov. 28 from 2-4 p.m. at Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. The book...

Union Depot tree lighting

Don’t miss the free annual holiday tree lighting celebration and movie night at Union Depot on Dec. 4. The event will feature the 2022 St. Paul Winter Carnival button reveal, photo ops and a showing of the movie Elf. 
by Casey EkMary Hogan-Bard was known among her friends to make a mean cup of coffee—pour overs were her specialty. They would often tease her, asking when she might open a storefront of her own. The former special education teacher, who then spent 17 years as a stay-at-home mom, wanted to try her hand at her own venture...
by Jerry RothsteinKeystone Community Services is one of the organizations with which our community is blessed — devoted to looking for areas of challenge and creating programs to help meet the needs involved. In its decades of service, staff and board members have engaged in an ongoing assessment, leading to the complex planning, fundraising and executive activities necessary to...
By Terry Giinther, Library Manager Did you know?With the recent transition to the new Twin Cities Metro eLibrary OverDrive site, the Saint Paul Public Library now has access to even more great digital content? Enjoy thousands of e-books, audiobooks and digital magazines right from the comfort of your home. To get started, you will need a Saint Paul Public Library...
By Tim Rumsey, MDFrank Heller’s older brother Raymond was hospitalized at United with metastatic prostate cancer. He did not look good. Frank stayed with him in his hospital room for 12 hours at a stretch. I was making rounds one day and heard an emergency overhead page for a code blue in 4902, Raymond’s room. I hurried down from...
By Jerry RothsteinWhen Mary Cutrufello plays a music gig at The White Squirrel she is in the building where decades of West 7th/Fort Road Federation activity took place, in the years when Betty and Ed guided the organization through challenging times, and retired with a proud record of successes defending and enhancing the neighborhood.And now, Mary has taken...