Goodbye summer; hello autumn

Last May, Paul Anderson was awarded the Legacy Award by the city of North St. Paul. Now the former city councilman is being honored as grand marshal of the Fall Round-Up parade.

North St. Paul’s Fall Round-Up parade will march through town Sept. 15

Although autumn doesn’t officially begin until Sept. 22, the days are getting noticeably shorter, the kids are back in school and the green leaves of summer are beginning to be speckled with yellow. 

North St. Paul residents and visitors will be celebrating the changing of the seasons with the annual Fall Round-Up parade Thursday, Sept. 15. 

The volunteer-run parade is planned to start at 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of East Seventh Avenue and North St. Paul Drive, just west of the VFW Post 1350 clubrooms. It will travel down Seventh Avenue until it intersects with Henry Street by the North Star Museum of Boy Scouting & Girl Scouting, where it will conclude as dusk approaches.

Elizabeth Kolbeck, parade organizer, said that many crowd favorites will be back again this year. 

They include the North High School Northern Lights Show Choir, which performs mini vignettes from its shows, and the United Marching Band, which is made up of School District 622 students. She said there will be royalty floats from many neighboring communities and a myriad of clowns from the Powder Puff Clown Club, the 3M Clown Club and the St. Paul Clown Club. 

Other popular participants include the St. Paul Mounted Police Unit, the Winter Carnival Vulcan Krewe and characters from the Fright Farm Haunted House.

“Also, there will be lots of local businesses who are very generous and always give all the participants good treats or giveaways,” Kolbeck said.

In addition to the goodies distributed in the parade, there will be vendors lining the streets selling fair food staples, such as mini doughnuts and cheese curds. 

East Seventh Avenue and all cross streets along the parade route will be closed from about 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The parade is sponsored by the North St. Paul Area Business Association and the History Cruzer’s Events Committee. 


Grand marshal

Civic leader Paul Anderson will be this year’s grand marshal. According to Kolbeck, Anderson was chosen because of his decades of community service.

Anderson is a graduate of North High School, a long-time member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, and host of the public access cable show, “North St. Paul Notes.” 

In addition to serving on the North St. Paul City Council, he has been on various advisory boards and commissions, including the city’s Design Review Commission, of which he was chair from 2000 until this year. 

He has been an active member of the North St. Paul Historical Society for over 30 years, is a former president of the organization and is now serving as the museum’s curator. 

Last May, Anderson was awarded the Legacy Award by the city of North St. Paul for his record of notable achievements, community leadership and high ethical standards in addition to his history of involvement in community activities and his ongoing support for local projects.

“You’re that quiet leader in our town, and you always have been that way,” said Mayor Mike Kuehn when he presented Anderson with the award.

Kolbeck also mentioned Anderson’s humble nature.

“He seemed like a standout [for grand marshal]. Although it’s something that he’d rather go under the radar for, people aren’t allowing that,” she said with a laugh. “He can’t do all that community service and not be recognized eventually.”

“I’m not sure if it’s something I was looking for or if I deserve it,” Anderson said with a smile. “It’s an honor, certainly, and ... it will be fun, too.”

Anderson, who is a retired high school guidance counselor, added that he’s never been in the annual parade because he usually covers the event for the local cable channel.

Anderson and Mary, his wife of 55 years, live near Silver Lake where they first met when Anderson was a lifeguard at the park’s beach. The couple has three grown sons, but Anderson is not sure if they will attend the parade because he has not yet told them he will be grand marshal. 

In the parade, Anderson will ride in a Ford Model T, which is being provided by Larry Anderson. Although the lineup is not completely set, Anderson is expected to be at the 11th spot in the procession.


Goodbye summer

As part of the weekend’s goodbye to summer, the last History Cruze Car Show will be held Friday, Sept. 16, the day after the parade.

“It’s kind of a launch of the last car show,” Kolbeck said about the parade.

Sandy Fabio who has helped organize both the Fall Round-Up Parade and the summer-long History Cruze car shows, said that the last show is “just a regular car show.” 

Like all the Friday night car shows, this one will start at 6 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. There will be vintage cars and food vendors lining East Seventh Avenue in downtown North St. Paul. The Any Day Now Band will perform across from Neumann’s Bar and the Joe “Finesse” Meyer and “Smooth Sensation” Band will perform by Sidewinders. 

Local events

In addition to the Fall Round-Up parade Sept. 15 and the History Cruze car show Sept. 16, North St. Paul residents and visitors are invited to the various other local events happening this weekend, which include:

Thursday, Sept. 15 - Caring for Cats bingo night will be held at the American Legion Post 39, 2678 East Seventh Ave., from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This 18-and-older event is free to attend, and funds raised by bingo night will be used to support the needs of cats living at the Caring for Cats shelter. Bingo prizes include cash and gift cards.

Friday, Sept. 16 - The 34th annual North St. Paul Community Prayer Breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. at K&J Catering, 2546 East Seventh Ave. 

This year’s guest speaker is Russ Barrett, who has been a community leader for over 37 years. He has been involved with many committees and has served on many boards and is the owner of a publishing firm in downtown St. Paul.

For more information, call Kitty at Lillie Suburban Newspapers at 651-777-8800.

Friday, Sept. 16 - POW/MIA Day will be honored with a Veteran’s Parachute Jump. Members of the Patriot Parachute Team, which is made up of former Navy Seals, are scheduled to make its jump at 11 a.m. and land in the North High School soccer field. 

Spectators may stand around the field’s fence or in Veteran’s Park, but Margaret Street will be closed to vehicular traffic. After they land, the parachute team members will hand deliver a wreath to the memorial at Veteran’s Park. 

This event is sponsored in conjunction with the North St. Paul Veteran’s Park Committee and other businesses such as the Journey of Misfits Dog Training.

Friday, Sept. 16 - North High and Tartan will clash in a varsity football game at Polar Field at 7 p.m. 

Sunday, Sept. 18 - Southwood Nature Preserve, 2651 Holloway Ave. E., is hosting Prairie Days from 1 to 4 p.m. Before pioneer settlement, the parkland was covered with grasses, wildflowers and scattered oak trees. Restoration efforts by volunteers since 2007 have reestablished native vegetation to this ecosystem. 

Visitors will be invited to explore the prairie through interactive activities, which include participating in a youth photography event where cameras will be provided, learning about native bumbles from the Bumble Bee Squad, hearing stories about the preserve’s wildlife and watching a Raptor Center program with live raptors. 

Other activities will include seeing native reptiles and amphibians, finding native plants in the prairie, exploring the bison exhibit, creating crafts and playing prairie games. 


Aundrea Kinney can be reached at 651-748-7822 or

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