Heather Edwards


West St. Paul author offers ‘dilemma’ in first book

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In his first novel, “The Devereaux Dilemma,” West St. Paul writer Steve McEllistrem paints a picture of a disturbing time in the not-so-distant future.
In this “speculative” science fiction piece, the world is on the verge of collapse. War is breaking out among humans, many of whom are biologically enhanced, and the bio-weapons being created are powerful enough to destroy them all. As war wages around him, Jeremiah Jones embarks on a journey to hunt down an elusive religious leader who holds the key to saving them or destroying them all.


WSP officials celebrate with 101-year-old resident

West St. Paul resident Frances Nelson celebrated her 101th year with West St. Paul Council Member Ed Iago, Police Chief Bud Shaver, Mayor John Zanmiller, Fire Chief Mike Potts and resident Jim McKie. (Heather Edwards/Review)

If you make it to 100 years old, you’ve probably earned a day for yourself.
In West St. Paul, residents who reach their 100th birthday are honored during city council meetings, during which Mayor John Zanmiller offers a proclamation naming a day after the resident.
Can’t make the meeting? No needed to panic: as resident Frances Nelson learned recently, there are some benefits that come with age.


Mounds View Theatre offers first local “Les Mis”

The revolutionaries prepare to fight to the death in the Mounds View Community Theatre production of “Les Miserables.” (photos by Heather Edwards/Bulletin)

“Les Mis” fans, rejoice; for the first time, a non-professional Minnesota theatre is presenting “Les Misérables.”

Until recently, the production rights for the wildly popular musical were exclusive to professional theatre companies. When the rights were released  to non-professional theatre groups this year,  the Mounds View Community Theatre (MVCT) was the first to obtain those rights.

“I was just really impressed that Mounds View took that leap of faith,” said New Brighton resident Tina Brauer, who plays Mme. Thenardier.


IGH firefighter marks 40 years of riding the rigs

The Inver Grove Heights City Council has proclaimed July 14, 2013 “Jeff Davis Day” in honor of the 40-year-veteran of the fire department. (submitted photo)

Dropping what you’re doing to rush out to meet an unknown danger is something few people volunteer for. As early as the late 1980s, national firefighting associations were lamenting the dwindling number of volunteer firefighters and brainstorming ways to keep them on call.
Of course, at that point, Inver Grove Heights firefighter Jeff Davis was happily heading toward his 20th year of paid-on-call firefighting, with no thought of quitting.


Local man runs to honor marathon victims

Mendota Heights resident Justin Joyce posed with his wife, Betsy, and sons Shannon and Jack after completing his first marathon last year. He’s running again this year to raise money for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. (submitted photo)

A Mendota Heights resident will be pounding the pavement this fall to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Justin Joyce, 31, will be participating in the 32nd annual Medtronic Twin Cities marathon Oct. 6 to raise funds for the victims of the April 15 attack. The fact many victims were waiting for their loved ones at the marathon’s finish line struck a chord with Justin, who ran his first marathon last year in the Twin Cities.


New Brighton actor takes the stage in “Joseph”

New Brighton resident Wes Mouri is serving as understudy for six of Joseph’s brothers in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. (Heather Edwards/Bulletin)

It isn’t easy being a theatre understudy; you must always be prepared to take an actor’s place if they become ill or are injured. However, if an actor enjoys perfect health, the understudy may never take the stage despite extensive preparation.
“(Audience members) don’t think about what really goes into being an understudy,” noted Wes Mouri of New Brighton, who is an understudy for the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s current production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”


WSP writer wins McKnight fellowship

Local author Susan Koefod recently was awarded the prestigious McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers. (submitted photo)

A West St. Paul woman has been awarded the coveted 2013 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers.
Susan Koefod is the author of the Arvo Thorson mystery series. Her debut novel “Washed Up” introduced readers to the alcoholic, prickly investigator and was praised for its “gorgeous prose” by Library Journal. The second novel in the series, “Broken Down,” is set around a murder on a swing bridge bearing a striking resemblance to the former Rock Island swing bridge in Inver Grove Heights. Koefod is an Inver Grove Heights native, and both of her published books contain thinly concealed landmarks from the area.


SSP voters agree to bond

South St. Paul residents have approved a $26,675,000 bond that will give their schools a significant facelift.


IGH woman takes up mother’s cause

This bench at Eagle’s Healing Nest in Sauk Centre is dedicated to Loretta Giroux, who launched a campaign to raise $3,500 for the facility during Lent. When Loretta passed away in February, her daughter took up the project and collected over $6,000 in her mother’s memory. (submitted photo)

“My name is Loretta Giroux. Maybe you know me, and maybe not.”


IGH family plays chicken

For Mitchell Burns, age 8, and Sean Burns, age 9, of Inver Grove Heights, chickens have become a passion.


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