What a friendly, joyful and welcoming atmosphere! Above all… – Twin Cities

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A huge saint to all the homes in the Summit area that hosted the trick-or-treaters. What a friendly, joyful and welcoming atmosphere!

We live downtown and have always used the Governor’s Mansion as a ride or treat. Thanks to the fabulous weather, it was a big block party with decorations and music.

A blemish on the one man who felt the need to yell at my son who is on the autism spectrum when I was standing right next to him.

Yes, I should have anticipated that the Lego hands on his Ninjago costume were designed to pick up instead of picking up a single piece. Whoops ! However, I immediately corrected his behavior.

Yelling at a child and then telling them about their “behavioral issues” on Halloween is really more of a big prank, but a tainted trick will do.

Robin Feickert, St. Paul

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Sainted: To all the wonderful restaurants that have come through and survived the pandemic. I know the past two and a half years have been incredibly difficult for the hospitality industry. I am so grateful to be able to go out again and enjoy the social aspect of dining out, not to mention the exceptional service and food. Thank you to the restaurateurs and employees of the twin cities.

Tainted: Recently, some of my favorite restaurants started charging a 3% to 3.9% surcharge on my check for using a credit card. In some establishments, they openly state that they will add the credit card charge, while others discreetly print it on the menu.

I realize that between Covid and inflation (food cost, labor cost etc.), restaurants are struggling to make a profit, and I really appreciate their plight. Personally, however, I would rather restaurants raise the price of their menus than “punish” me for using my credit card. Who wants to walk around with a wad of cash in their pocket these days?

I’m also concerned that people will reduce the amount they will give to their server to cover the 3.5% surcharge. Please, restaurateurs, do not advertise or smuggle in a charge for using credit cards.

Laurie Platt, St. Paul


I wanted to write to Saint a private individual. He is the owner of The Pizza Shop in West Saint Paul.

This gentleman is one of the nicest owners you will meet. Always has great conversations when you stop and is genuinely interested in your life. Over the past six months this place has become one of our favorites. I chatted with the owner every time we walk in as he asks about life and what’s going on.

For the past six months, my fiancé and I have been trying to find our first home. Recently we found one, and it happened on the last visit. I went last week to pick up and he asks about the house. He then goes on to say, it’s on me tonight for a housewarming gift.

Jordan Sprandel, St. Paul


After spending a few enjoyable hours at the Cracked Barrel Winery in Hudson with friends and relatives, when we got home my wife found she had lost her wedding ring.

Saint to the staff at Cracked Barrel Winery. When I called they searched the trash can etc and couldn’t find it. They said they would keep looking. A few hours later they called and said they found him on the ground near where we were sitting.

Again, “Sainted” to them for the extra effort.

Mike O’Connell, Hudson


On October 30, Reformation Sunday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stillwater, our morning service was absolutely wonderful.

Our pastors Glen Bickford and Laurel Bernard spoke encouraging words to guide us spiritually.

A trio sang “Amazing Grace” and the choir of the choir sang “Beautiful Savior” which were both magnificent.

Next, our organist and musical director Andy Peterson gave an impressive and moving rendition on the organ of the 3rd verse of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”.

The verse is: “Although hordes of demons fill the earth, threatening to devour us all,

“We are not shaking, we remain motionless: they cannot dominate us.

“Let the tyrant of this world rage; in battle, we will engage!

“His power is doomed; God’s judgment must prevail!

“A little word captivates him.”

During Andy’s recital, you could actually feel and imagine the words of the verse.

It really gave me goosebumps.

We are so lucky to have such talented staff and are very grateful for all of them.

I’m so happy to be a member of St. Paul Lutheran.

Karen Celski, Oak Park Heights

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