The Great Escape

The Great Escape

Saint Paul’s iconic Como Zoo has long been a charming, peaceful place to enjoy creatures great and small. But on the morning of May 13, 1994, the zoo was anything but peaceful when it became the scene of “The Great Escape.” I was working by the giraffes when a vendor...
Police Work: Undercover as a prostitute with Carolen Bailey

Police Work: Undercover as a prostitute with Carolen Bailey

I graduated from the University of Minnesota, worked for Ramsey County Welfare Department, and then in 1961 I was hired as a Saint Paul police woman at what was basically a detective-level salary ($200-something a week). Police women were required to have a bachelor’s...
Why Beep Baseball for the Blind?

Why Beep Baseball for the Blind?

In 1975, a team of blind baseball players in Saint Paul competed against a team from Arizona in the first World Series. Our Minnesota team was called The Saint Paul Gorillas, and they won the game 15–10. Rules of the game changed from year to year, but the game had...
Poem: The Strength of a Woman

Poem: The Strength of a Woman

The strength of a woman is carrying the burden of family without expectation that someone will feel her pain or cry her tears. The strength of a woman is the first one to wake up and the last to go to bed. The strength of a woman is to pretty and doll up all the masks...
New Girl in Town

New Girl in Town

Each year, a small group of immigrants makes its way into Saint Paul from a foreign and misunderstood land. They may come for love, jobs, the promise of more house for the money. Willing to face great adversity, they pack their belongings and take a giant leap of...