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Know Your Como

Posts from D10 Como Park’s Know Your Como series.

Know Your Como: Now That’s History

By Sonjie Johnson
It’s not every day that a Como Park resident finds a 450-million-year-old fossil in his backyard. But that’s what happened to Joel Alter a few years ago.

A retired, non-partisan researcher for the Minnesota Legislature, Joel has lived in Como Park for nearly 40 years. He was digging in a ravine behind his house in 2006 when he unearthed a large piece of limestone. When he picked it up, a section split apart and he saw what appeared to be a fossil.

Know Your Como: Booth Brown House

By Lauren Erchul Did you know that District 10 is home to an emergency shelter and supportive housing program for homeless youth? Booth Brown House, which was built in 1907 by The Salvation Army, began as a hospital for young mothers. Throughout the years, it has also served as an orphanage for children. Nowadays, Booth Brown House has …

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Know Your Como: Is it Wedding or Weeding?

By: Laura Oyen Our quick transition from winter to summer also meant it was time to work on the Midway Parkway Gardens! The first round of spring clean-up and flower planting has occurred. Notices were posted in the D10 newsletter, Park Bugle and the Como Monitor. Signs were put up near the gardens. But, there …

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Know Your Como: Mary Jo Schmith

By Sonjie Johnson Drawing inspiration from nature found as close as Como Park, or her lake country hometown of Wadena, MN, Mary Jo Schmith creates unique, stoneware dinner, serving ware and commissioned tile installations at Front Avenue Pottery & Tile Co. in South Como. Fish, wolves, birds, bear and other wildlife move through trees, skies …

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Know Your Como: Call to Como Park Community Action

The number of people participating in the Como Park Cleanup events is progressively increasing, with each person giving the most valuable, most meaningful, and most precious thing possible – their time.

At our Lake Como Cleanup events, volunteers meet at the Pavilion to get tools, supplies and have a refreshment. Then they walk along the lake pedestrian paths or the shoreline and pick up trash.

Know Your Como History: McClellan School: Part I

Readers of the April 3, 1888 Saint Paul Globe might have noticed this tidbit in the paper that day. “The public schools reopened yesterday after the regular Easter vacation with a full attendance. The new McClellan school, Oxford and Stinson, schools being occupied for the first time.” McClellan school took several years to transform from the “Comoville” school, temporarily located on Front Ave in a rented building, to the two story eight room building that stood for 87 years.

Know Your Como: Aaron’s Peppers

It is April and there is still snow on the ground with whispers on the radio that more is on the way. I understand that it is Minnesota, but I really want to see grass, pretty plants, and wonderful gardens!!! So, I think about other things to make me happy like BBQ and sitting on the front deck talking to neighbors and the State Fair.

Know Your Como History: 1376 Frankson – 1950’s

By Brianna Blake
Edward and Alma Thomas moved into their home at 1376 Frankson in the 1930’s. Edward was a bookkeeper for a company that imported coffee. He enjoyed fishing on area lakes. He knew many people in the neighborhood whom he met while walking his dogs. Alma was a homemaker and a stay at home mom to James and Marjorie.