Holding on to home
This story is the first in a two-part series. See the Dec. 30 issue of the Bulletin for Part II.
Outside a low-slung house on Summit Avenue in St. Paul Park on a recent Friday, the thermometer tells the story of a frigid December day: zero degrees. At noon.
Inside the home that was gutted by a devastating April fire, burly Mike McConnell stands by a wood-burning stove and stokes the flames with stacks of newspaper kept nearby. It's warmer -- but still not toasty.