Friday, July 6, 2012
The most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments from around the west metro between June 29 and July 5.
Each week, Patch users contribute numerous insights, opinions and observations. The following is a collection of the most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments that appeared on Patch sites in Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Click on the headline to read the full story and join in the conversation. (The comments below are not meant to reflect the opinions of Patch or its staff.) *** St. Michael Girl, 16, Collapses, Dies After Sunday Morning Run First-responders, including the Wright County Sheriff's Department, St. Michael Fire Department and Allina Ambulance, were called to a tragic scene Sunday morning along County Road 119…
Thursday, July 5, 2012
A heat filled day ends with colorful works of art above Veterans Memorial Park.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Todd Bauer
Thursday, July 5, 2012
A record setting 101-degree day did not stop spectators from filling Veterans Memorial Park to watch the amazing 30 minute fireworks show for the annual Richfield Fourth of July Fireworks display. So many colors, shapes and sounds. First came the to ground shaking boom, a pop up above, then the sky would fill with bright colorful light that would illuminate the ground beneath and finally the crowd would answer back with a resounding ooh and aah. Some of the shapes were rings, hearts, smile face, X0's and a star. Happy Fourth of July from Richfield Patch. Stay tuned for photos from Thursday night's coronation event. *** Other related articles:
What if you've seen or done something enough for a lifetime, but younger folks haven't?
Whiz, boom. Ooh, ahh. Yawn. As we age, we tire of fireworks. But it takes a few decades, and most kids are not there yet. So we pack a blanket or a sheet to sit on and head for another fireworks show, whether at a festival or for the Fourth. Even if we're bored, the kids aren't. What is the line between teaching kids your values, and letting dislikes or "been-there-done-that" restrict the richness of their young lives? Take Disneyland and Disneyworld. Maybe they don't have quite the pull they did when I was a kid. But I got to go to each one once during visits to cousins in California and grandparents in Florida. My kids don't beg to go to Disneyland; they don't even mention it. Do they not know or not care? Or have they picked up on the …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Fireworks are unpredictable. Here are some things you need to know to stay safe.
Residents across the Twin Cities will flock to professional Fourth of July fireworks displays in the coming days. Many will even buy fireworks to enjoy on their own. However, state law governs fireworks use and many popular types are illegal in Minnesota. Tom Jenson, fire marshal for our neighbor Edina, offers two criteria to judge if a firework is legal in Minnesota: This means that many popular types of fireworks—some of which are legal in neighboring states—are against the law in Minnesota. These include bottle rockets, roman candles and firecrackers. Jenson says the major concern with launching fireworks is the lack of control after they launch. “Once you light them, you don’t know where they’re going to land.” And sometimes they …
Aerial fireworks aren't allowed in the state—on the 4th of July and throughout the year. We want to know what you think of the law.
Earlier this year, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill that would make aerial fireworks legal in Minnesota. At the time, Dayton said fire officials convinced him that some Minnesotans are not responsible enough to light fireworks that explode in the sky. A day before the 4th of July, we want to know what you think of the law. Can you have enough festive fun with sparklers and ground spinners? Or do you feel you should be able to light bottle rockets, firecrackers and aerial spinners? Answer our poll questions and explain how you feel in the comments. (Oh, and have a wonderful Fourth of July, everyone!)
Sunday, July 1, 2012
The six-day event gives the public a lot of options for fun. Take our poll below and share your thoughts in the comments section,
The flags and banners along 66th Street East near Veterans Memorial Park were hung with care this last week in anticipation of the Richfield Hometown 4th of July Celebration. As a Richfield native, I've participated in nearly every aspect of the celebration from singing along to The Rockin' Hollywoods' version of "Pretty Woman" at the annual street dance to oohing and awing over the fireworks display. (However, I don't miss the marching in the parade during my high school cheerleading days. Awful tanlines.) The festivities kicked off with the annual carnival on Saturday and will end with the Richfield Ambassador Coronation July 5, with plenty of fun, family friendly activities to enjoy in between. I want to know what your favorite part of …
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The chest pounding booms of the grand finale were followed by applause at Richfield's 2011 Fourth of July fireworks display at Veterans Memorial Park on Monday night.
Veterans Memorial Park was definitely the place to be on Monday night. Folks arrived early to secure their place on the grass to get a good view of Richfield's annual fireworks show. Plumes of color exploded in the sky, both in the park and in the surrounding neighborhoods, as citizens celebrated with sparklers and fireworks of their own as well. Richfield's 2011 Hometown 4th of July Celebration doesn't end with the fireworks. The five-day event will officially come to an end at 6 p.m. Tuesday with the Richfield Ambassador Coronation, or often known as Miss Richfield Coronation, takes place to crown our new ambassadors who will serve for the next year. The event takes place in the Richfield High School Auditorium. Enjoy the video of the…
Monday, July 4, 2011
All the following times designate the start of firework shows. Festivities begin earlier.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Zac Farber
Monday, July 4, 2011
Richfield, and the Minnesota State Capitol, isn't the only site of fireworks this weekend. You'll find fireworks displays happening in Patch towns all over the Twin Cities (and Hudson, WI) over Fourth of July weekend. Here's a rundown of where they are: Apple Valley July 4, 10 p.m., Johnny Cake Ridge Park-East, 5800 140th St. W. Eagan July 4, 10 p.m., Eagan Festival Grounds, 1501 Central Pkwy. Edina July 4, 10 p.m., Rosland Park, 4300 West 66th St. Golden Valley July 4, 9:30 p.m., Chester Bird American Legion Post 523, 200 Lilac Dr. N. Hudson, WI July 3, 10 p.m., Lakefront Park, 1st St. & Walnut St. Lakeville July 4, Dusk, Lakeville North High School, 19600 Ipava Ave. Lake Minnetonka July 4, 10 p.m., Excelsior Commons, 1 Water St. …
Sunday, July 3, 2011
How do fireworks actually work?
Editor's Note: The following article was written by Edina Patch's "Suburban Science" writer Liz Heinecke. Monday evening at 10 p.m., Richfield residents will have a chance to sit back and enjoy the city's annual Fourth of July fireworks display at Veterans Memorial Park. Even the most seasoned fireworks attendee can’t help "ooohing" and "ahhhing" when a sonic thud is followed by a fantastic burst of light, color and falling, twinkling stars. Have you ever wondered how fireworks work? How do they get so high in the sky? Why doesn’t the whole explosive bundle blow up before it is airborne? How are different colors made? Fireworks were invented in China more than one thousand years ago, and were some of the first rockets. At first, they were…
With the Fourth of July celebration underway, Richfield Public Safety Director Barry Fritz addresses the community.
Regardless of the Minnesota shutdown, the show must go on; Richfield's Fourth of July festivities will continue as planned. While the fiesta is still in full force, Richfield Public Safety Director Barry Fritz had a few friendly words for citizens: Editor's Note: All the following was e-mail statement regarding Richfield's holiday celebration from Chief Fritz to Richfield Patch. The City of Richfield and its Fourth of July Committee has a long standing tradition of providing one of the best parades and fireworks displays in the area. Thousands of people come to these events each year. Please enjoy the festivities but be mindful of the problems associated with alcohol consumption and driving; and alcohol and the use of fireworks. Regarding …