Tonight, some brave trick-or-treaters will cautiously walk a long path leading to dark house in St. Paul. As they climb the stone steps to the front door, spotlights will suddenly flood the entryway and illuminate a large cage. Behind the bars of the cage, a massive gorilla will be pounding its chest and grunting. “Did you bring a canned good for the food shelf?” the gorilla will ask. If the answer is yes, a big hairy arm with real monkey fur will hand them two pieces of candy. If the answer is no, they’ll get one. Kids learn quickly that it pays to bring a canned good to the “gorilla house.” But the tradition will end this year. After 45 Halloweens, the gorilla, named Alice, is retiring. “It’s time,” said Art Kaemmer, 75, a retired pediatrician. “Alice has gotten old and will be staying at the zoo from now on. She won’t appear again.” Kaemmer’s wife, Martha, died in April, and Kaemmer plans to sell the house and move into a condo next year. Alice got her Halloween start in 1973. The Kaemmers had just moved into a house on Carroll Avenue in St. Paul and had their kitchen redone…. Read full this story
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