One town’s plea for a Christmas tree

  Christmas is more than six months away, so understandably it might be the last thing on your mind. This is not the case for Tanya Colyer. Christmas is all she can think about. The Riverton resident is determined to raise enough money to purchase a community tree for her town. In the seven years she has lived in Riverton, the only Christmas ... Read More »

Inver Grove Heights Family Hosting Christmas Garage Sale… In May

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. (WCCO) — Since 1995, Rodney and Nancy Brown’s house in Inver Grove Heights has been known as “Santa’s House.” The elaborate lights display is coming to an end as the Browns plan on selling everything they’ve displayed in their yard over the years in a garage and yard sale. WCCO’s Reg Chapman went to see what ... Read More »

It’s Christmas in May as couple sell off their popular (giant) light display

Rodney and Nancy Brown create an elaborate Christmas lights display at their home at 8450 Ann Marie Trail in Inver Grove Heights. (Courtesy photo) Monday is Memorial Day, but it will look more like Christmas in one Inver Grove Heights neighborhood. Rodney and Nancy Brown, who have presented an elaborate lights display every year since 1995, have decided they are done ... Read More »

Carrier Plant Trump ‘Rescued’ Will Lay Off Hundreds by Christmas

Despite assurances from President Donald Trump during his campaign that he would prevent the air-conditioner maker Carrier from moving jobs to Mexico, the company will lay off hundreds of workers at its Indianapolis, Indiana, plant by 22 December 2017. The company informed state officials in a 19 May 2017 letter that it would terminate 632 positions over the course of the year. According to the letter, 338 ... Read More »

Man found not guilty of Christmas Eve manslaughter

Neville Harris, 48, was on trial in the High Court in Hamilton over the death of 29-year old Tama Retimana on Christmas Eve last year. Mr Harris’ lawyer argued his client was defending a woman who he believed was being sexually violated by Mr Retimana. Mr Harris said he was disgusted by Mr Retimana’s behaviour because it was inappropriate, and ... Read More »

BOOK EXTRACT: Christmas in Mamparalanga

City Press journalist Sizwe sama Yende has published a book on his years of investigating corruption in Mpumalanga under the premiership of David Mabuza. In this edited extract, he recounts a famous attempt to bribe him. Eerie Assignment: A journalist’s nightmare in Mpumalanga by Sizwe sama Yende Lesedi House Publishers 372 pages R250 On Friday, December 3 2010, I struck ... Read More »

Christmas bills: Fight over holiday display costs taxpayers $450,000

Plantation Councilman Jerry Fadgen wants an attorney who specializes in legal bills to study invoices in a lawsuit over the Hyatt family’s Christmas display. A symbol of Christmas joy has turned into a nearly half-million-dollar legal bill for Plantation taxpayers. The city last year lost its lawsuit against a couple over a massive Christmas display, but its legal fees amounted ... Read More »

‘A Christmas Story’ Live Musical Set at Fox

The production, which will air this December, will be based on the Broadway musical version of the beloved film of the same name, about a Midwestern boy named Ralphie who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. The film has achieved cult status since its release in 1983, with TBS annually airing a 24-hour marathon of ... Read More »

In sublime season two premiere, Master Of None nods to Italian cinema

After the long wait between seasons one and two of Master Of None, Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s auteur comedy returns with a confident, if indulgent, homage to Italian cinema. The premiere is so simple and yet so satisfying, reminding us just how charming and sure of itself this show is, even when Ansari’s Dev is still struggling to figure ... Read More »