Tuesday, October 23, 2012
In the name of curiosity, family heirlooms were dug out of closets and taken off the mantle for a night of discovery of the monetary value of antique items.
St. Michael area residents stepped back in history Monday evening to explore family heirlooms from as early as the 1800s. The second annual Antique Appraisal Show, sponsored by the St. Michael Historical Society, brought in a steady flow of people to St. Michael City Hall, each carrying items they were deeply curious about. Attendees took turns with an appraiser to learn more about their antique items and find out their monetary value. But the sentimental value of the keepsakes was what people discussed with one another, and how the pieces were passed down from generation to generation. "You get this stuff, and it's nice to know if it's worth something," said Catherine Varner, who brought in an antique sterling silver jewelry box and …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Mendota Heights Patch sits down with the mayors of Mendota Heights, Mendota and Lilydale for regular city updates—all in about a minute.
Several community-oriented projects are underway in Mendota, says Mayor Brian Mielke in this week's Minute with the Mayor. City council member and Parks Commissioner Adam Strain organized a Veteran's Park clean-up day last Saturday. He says he expects to organize a few more before the city picnic in September. Mendota staff and elected officials are researching how to get the Mendota Jail on Highway 13 dedicated as a historic site. And of course, Mendota Days is scheduled for this weekend. The VFW-organized event will bring friends and family together from near and far. See Also: Viewfinder: A Walk Through Historic Mendota Mendota Days 2012 Arrives July 13-14 Mendota City Council Plans for Veteran's Park Gazebo Overhaul Follow us on …
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Henry Hastings Sibley oversaw trials that culminated in a mass hanging in New Ulm.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The event will educate Mendota Heights residents through tours, displays and conversation.
When the Mendota Heights Police Department started service on June 1, 1962, police chief Martin Baldwin drove his own vehicle in place of a police car for his first 20 days on the job. When the law enforcement vehicle finally arrived, it doubled as an ambulance. Another early MHPD squad car was destroyed by a horse stampede. —The department has grown significantly since those days. To celebrate 50 years of service, the MHPD will host a public open house Sunday from 12-4 p.m. at the police department adjacent to City Hall. “It just gives you a little pride,” said officer Jeffory VonFeldt, who planned the event with fellow officer Peyton Fleming. “It’s a good landmark.” It will provide an opportunity for the public to meet MHPD officers and …
Saturday, May 12, 2012
This vision eventually became one of the most distinctive architectural features in the country.
Aug. 8, 1930: An architect's rendering of the proposed Golden Gate Bridge makes the front page of the West St. Paul Booster and Dakota County Globe. Construction would not start for another three years, and would not be complete until 1937. The bridge spans over the San Francisco Bay's outlet to the Pacific Ocean, and was, at the time, the longest suspension bridge ever built. Its distinctive orange paint can be found in countless vacation photos from travelers around the world. You can check out more events, exhibits and archives at the Dakota County Historical Society, 130 Third Avenue N, South St. Paul.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
"From Fields to Fairways: Classic Golf Clubs of Minnesota" was written by Rick Shefchik.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
An international image leads in northern Dakota County's weekly newspaper—82 years ago.
Feb. 14, 1930: The times are changing, and Tokyo, Japan has a new "modernistic" city hall that looks much like a building that could be constructed one town over, rather than a continent away. This image, printed in the West St. Paul Booster and Dakota County Globe newspaper, leads the front page. You can check out more events, exhibits and archives at the Dakota County Historical Society, 130 Third Avenue N, South St. Paul.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
How well do you know your Menorah?
Hannukah is observed by the kindling of one light on the Menorah every night for eight nights. While there are eight days in the celebration, the Menorah features a ninth light—the shamash—raised in the center of the Menorah. Why does the Menorah hold a ninth light? Editor's Note: Select your answer in the poll below and tell us how you know the answer in the comments section. We'll post the correct answer later Tuesday.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
As part of the re-dedication of the Dakota County Historical Society's expanded Vietnam veteran exhibit, which opened Thursday, Patch has featured three stories from the collection. This is the third.
South St. Paul native Glenn Boche was drafted into the army in March 1969. Once he finished boot camp at Fort Campbell, KY, he went onto Fort Polk, LA, for Advanced Individual Training (AIT) which included weapons instruction, hand-to-hand combat, and jungle warfare. At the end of Aug. 1969, Boche’s orders for Vietnam came through. He was a part of Co. A, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division that was stationed in Tay Ninh, about 55 miles northwest of Saigon. Within a month of arriving at this base camp, Boche started going out on patrol missions in the surrounding area. On Jan. 5, 1970, Boche’s unit was sent to Nui Be Den, otherwise known as the Black Virgin Mountain. There was a Special Forces Camp at the top and…
Saturday, November 12, 2011
As part of the re-dedication of the Dakota County Historical Society's expanded Vietnam veteran exhibit scheduled for Nov. 17, Patch will feature three stories from the collection.
Bruce McRae, a 1970 graduate of the Air Force Academy, joined the 8th Airlift Squadron at McChord Air Force Base (AFB) in Washington after completing navigator and C-141 training at Air Force bases in California and Oklahoma. McRae was trained to operate a C-141 Starlifter, a large 4-engine aircraft designed to transport war material, equipment and personnel. Once in Vietnam, the cargo would be unloaded and the aircraft reloaded, often with damaged trucks and aircraft parts, and sometimes wounded or deceased personnel. In the spring of 1975, there was a growing concern for orphaned and abandoned Vietnamese children and Operation Babylift was launched on April 3, which allowed many of the children to be flown out and brought to the United …