Paul Thao, an East Sider who goes to Harding High School, was chosen as one of a select few to go to Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America. (submitted photo)
Paul Thao has kept busy while in Washington, D.C., touring a whirlwind of different government buildings, such as the White House, the CIA, Arlington National Cemetery, and the U.S. Supreme Court. (submitted photo)
East Side Hmong teen chosen to represent the region
Prior to Friday, Feb. 21, 17-year-old Paul Thao had never been on an airplane.
The East Side teen was flown out to Washington, D.C. by the Boy Scouts of America to take part in the organization’s annual report to the nation, detailing the Scouting’s accomplishments. This year, the boys gave the report to Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Bruce Thao, 16, a Harding High junior, tells his friends about the benefits of opening a savings account. Harding High School now has a credit union within its walls, located in the cafeteria. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Credit Union at school is only the fourth in the state
It’s not every day that you stroll into a high school and find a credit union.
In fact, in Minnesota, it’s pretty rare -- Harding High School is only the fourth high school in the state to have a credit union within its walls.
Janet Cullen shows off two paintings that will be in her show at the East Side Arts Council. Cullen spent years painting without showing anyone, but recently found the motivation to show her work. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
One of Cullen’s favorite, this piece is darker and contains elements of her past. Though she scrawled “power” on the painting, she doesn’t know why she wrote the word. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
This bright piece of art shows the positive pastel images that Cullen creates. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
East Sider Janet Cullen has not had an easy life.
Her father was an alcoholic, and she lost one brother to suicide.
Charles Kenneth Reding, 15, will stand trial as an adult in a case related to the beating of Ray Widstrand on Aug. 4, 2013.
The decision to try him as an adult was made on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Widstrand was walking near his home and was attacked by a large group of young people near the corner of Payne and Minnehaha avenues.
A map of the Gateway Corridor shows how the route would come from the east suburbs into downtown St. Paul’s Union Depot. (submitted graphic)
As an added provision for St. Paul’s portion of the proposed Gateway Corridor transitway, the city is setting up a steering committee to involve residents in planning East Side stations along the route.
The Gateway corridor is a proposed commuter transit line that would connect residents of the eastern suburbs and the East Side of St. Paul with downtown St. Paul. Under consideration are a light-rail line or a new rapid-transit bus lane.
After nine months of negotiations, a tentative contract agreement between St. Paul Public Schools administration and the St. Paul Federation of Teachers was reached on Monday, Feb. 24.
The St. Paul Federation of Teachers, the union representing public school teachers in the district, called the resulting document “a landmark contract that moves the St. Paul Public Schools closer to providing the schools our children deserve.”
Residents teamed up with local business owners and city staff to hash out ideas for how to improve lower Payne Avenue. The group focused on the area from Edgerton Street down to East Seventh Street. (submitted photo)
In its current state, the lower end of Payne Avenue is ready for some attention, says Amy Brendmoen, city council member for Ward 5.
Luckily, the street should get some love next year, thanks to some Capital Improvement Budget funds, which would bring a redesign of the Payne Avenue and East Seventh Street intersection. It’s ranked 15th among city CIB projects, and stands to get around $97,000 in 2015 for a reworking of the intersection, and improved pedestrian and bicycle features.
Cookie Cart, based in Minneapolis, could be looking to add an East Side location. The company is a youth employer that runs training programs for kids while also giving them hands-on job training. They employed 145 youth in 2013. (submitted photo)
The nonprofit youth employer Cookie Cart might be adding a location on St. Paul’s East Side.
The Minneapolis-based company employs neighborhood teens in North Minneapolis, giving them hands-on job training, financial literacy training and career readiness training.
Youths work in the bakery making cookies for wholesale, as well as to sell in the company’s retail shop, while also taking courses with the organization.