St Paul Winter Carnival

January 29, 2011 by staff 

St Paul Winter Carnival, Keith LeBlanc remembers seeing St. Paul Winter Carnival parades and search for the medallion Pioneer Press as a kid in End of St. Paul North, but he would not call himself a “carnival” person.

“My wife has volunteered for several years, but I do not have a background Winter Carnival,” he said.

Therefore LeBlanc was surprised when King Boreas Rex the 72th – longtime friend Bill Foust, owner of Best Western Country Inn in White Bear Lake – have called a Friday evening in October and the question arises: Would Do you consider being King Boreas for Carnival 2011?

“I said, ‘Bill, you’re not serious,” LeBlanc recalled his Brooklyn Center office recently.

It took LeBlanc, White Bear Township, a week and a few conversations with his wife, Sandy – in addition to their financial adviser – said yes.

“I still do not know how I came,” said LeBlanc, now King Boreas Rex the 75th. “They told me they would tell me one day.”

Until then, the marketing director OlymPak, a printing and packaging company, will assume the role of 125 years and work on sharing the legend with the children as he can.

LeBlanc, 64, said her own family – three adults and son now four grandchildren, inspired his focus on children.

“I saw the wonder in their eyes when they looked princesses, kings, he said.” Maybe, just maybe, this legend of the Winter Carnival can be a liaison between those communities as a together. Especially for

Now, however, secrecy, and LeBlanc will be considered by the thousands today Boreas, as he mounts his first parade float – ever – during the Great Day Parade.

It must be well prepared for waving and happy-delivery that accompanies the work: He received pointers extent of ancient kings as part of a mentoring program and carnival has a binder he calls for Kings zero “for quick access to work.

The rush begins. The fastest gets the matching gloves. Snowsuit on . . . wool socks on . . . boots . . . I just need a hat and gloves. A lone glove is on the wooden floor in the entry. Where his wife? Hats, scarves, gloves and do not fly out of the wicker basket.

“Ah ha!” It is at the bottom of appeal to his twin.

I’m ready, we are ready, let’s go!

We pile into the minivan, shovels in the back. Dodge Caravan 1990 is slow to warm up.

“Here we go! Let’s read the last index again. Let us make sure that Como.” The final clue is read aloud. Mom put the caravan in the drive, and we slowly roll over the frozen snow, packed covering the road.

The woman never tires. Just yesterday, it was hunting, and tomorrow it will do so again. A treasure hunt without end, at least until the Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt medallion is located. Then you have to wait until next year.

It is a continual cycle of disappointment. Our hopes are dashed when smiling faces cover the first page of the Pioneer Press. No worries. We will find next year.

Brie Goellner currently attending Boston University. Although she loves the city of Boston and its rich history, there’s nothing to return to St. Paul. The people and the streets are amazing. Lying on the grass in a park in St. Paul and watching the stars is a favorite pastime.

The palace, which has attracted international attention, broke the world record for the highest structure of ice and was visited by about 1.5 million people. Hall remembers there was a line of spectators waiting 24 hours a day for all 14 days of the carnival.

Later, he ordered a granite monument permanently installed at Phalen Park. In addition to fun facts about the palace in 1986, the monument lists the names of hundreds of his supporters.

Hall again led the construction of a palace on a smaller scale in 1988 on Harriet Island. He also served aboard the Carnival of directors of the late ’80s. Last year, he received the carnival Sal LoBaido Volunteer Service.

Professional accomplishments have included Hall Maplewood Bowl, bowling center and the siren in case Mounds View and two mobile stations in St. Paul. He also served as a lobbyist representing the hospitality industry of the state.

In addition to Carnival, Hall volunteered with community organizations including the Lions Club White Bear and New Brighton / Mounds View Rotary Club and was a leader in several states and bowling and host national associations.

Hall has four children and eight grandchildren and has been married to his first wife, Ceil Hall, 59.

Ceil actually brought the couple together again. Ceil Furlong and has served on committees together and carnival were friends. Furlong for several years had attended the annual brunch Kings as a guest of the Halls.

The Halls missed brunch last year; Ceil lost his battle against lung cancer a few days later. Charlie has done a few weeks later; no one had contacted Furlong to explain they would not be present. Call Charlie to apologize led to the discovery that they both loved to play bridge. They became partners and now the bridge in life.

“We smile, laugh and talk from the moment you get up until the time of going to bed,” Charlie Hall. “Nobody can replace (former spouses), but we found a new companion to sail through the rest of our life with.”

Hall offered this fall to Rudy Redeye Grill in White Bear Lake, the site of their first date. He enlisted the help of the restaurant’s owner, Bill Foust, a former comrade King Boreas. Hall offered a written proposal Furlong – inside an envelope decorated with a note: “If the answer is no, do not open it.” The ring was hidden in a bouquet of roses.

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