East Side Review

Sun
22
Nov

After a week-long visit, Chinese landscape architects have schemes

Advocates of a Chinese garden at Phalen Regional Park are hoping to see a pavilion similar to this one shown in Changsha, China at the St. Paul park. (photo courtesy of Bill Zajicek)
Advocates of a Chinese garden at Phalen Regional Park are hoping to see a pavilion similar to this one shown in Changsha, China at the St. Paul park. (photo courtesy of Bill Zajicek)

Plans in the works for new garden at Phalen Park

If there's any signs that the idea of a Chinese garden at Phalen Regional Park may have traction, the park's unique visitors last week may be one.
Two landscape architects from St. Paul's Chinese sister city, Changsha, China, paid a visit last week, using their expertise to come up with design concepts proposing a Chinese garden for the park.

Fri
20
Nov

East Side mom murders infant

In a sad, tragic tale, Shwe Htoo, a 22-year old new mother is charged with second-degree murder in the strangulation death of her 1-month-old son, Michael Kyaw Htoo.
 
Wed
18
Nov

Homicide victim identified, investigation underway

The Maplewood Police Department has identified the man killed in a home invasion the morning of Nov. 7 as 31-year-old Justin Niles Wright.

Wed
18
Nov

Police draft immigration law enforcement policy

Human Rights Commission to review, community input welcomed

For folks like 37-year-old Daniel Deltoro, a Maplewood resident and an undocumented immigrant, a call to local police to report a crime can feel like a bit of a gamble.
"I have called the police. But in the back of mind there's always [the question]: 'Is the cop they send to my house a person who likes immigrants or not?'" he says.

Tue
17
Nov

Roseville residents in Paris the night of terrorists attacks make it home safe

Midge McLean, Eleaonor Ostman Aune and Dolly Buettner at Notre Dame Thursday, Nov. 12, the day before terrorists attacked multiple locations in Paris. On Sunday, Nov. 15, bells pealed and doves flew at Notre Dame in remembrance of victims of the attacks. (courtesy of Sharon Shonka)
Midge McLean, Eleaonor Ostman Aune and Dolly Buettner at Notre Dame Thursday, Nov. 12, the day before terrorists attacked multiple locations in Paris. On Sunday, Nov. 15, bells pealed and doves flew at Notre Dame in remembrance of victims of the attacks. (courtesy of Sharon Shonka)

Coordinated terrorists attacks in Paris Friday, Nov. 13, killed 129 people. Those killed were out for Friday night, gathered in public places like restaurants, a soccer stadium and a music venue. The Islamic State has taken credit for the attacks.
Nearing the end of their overseas guided tour, three Roseville residents and 15 others from metro area, were in Paris that night.

Sun
15
Nov

City of Saint Paul releases Request for Proposal for All In recycling services provider

The City of Saint Paul's Department of Public Works today released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a recycling services provider or providers.

Sun
15
Nov

East Side Review police reports - October 22-28

Thursday, October 22 - Wednesday, October 28, 2015 police reports for St. Paul Districts 1, 2, 4 & 5.

Sun
15
Nov

Armed with support letters, plans, gas station owner looks to save it

Abdi Wali Ali is pushing to save the long-vacant gas station at the corner of Payne and Minnehaha avenues. Ali bought the building and is trying to convince the city he can do the work to get it up to code — they’ll decide whether to let him fix it up, or demolish it, in early December. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Abdi Wali Ali is pushing to save the long-vacant gas station at the corner of Payne and Minnehaha avenues. Ali bought the building and is trying to convince the city he can do the work to get it up to code — they’ll decide whether to let him fix it up, or demolish it, in early December. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Will skip the gas, opting instead for coffee

Abdi Wali Ali, the man who bought the long-vacant gas station at the corner of Payne and Minnehaha avenues, might be on his way to saving the building.
It’s still unsure what will become of the place — Ali is trying his hand at navigating city bureaucracy in order to begin rehab work on the property.
He’s jumped through a number of hoops and shown a good-faith effort to bring the property up to code, including putting down a $5,000 deposit to the city.

Sun
15
Nov

Police Chief Tom Smith to retire

Tom Smith
Tom Smith

After 20 years in the department, St. Paul Chief of Police Tom Smith announced on Friday, Nov. 6, that he plans to retire at the end of his six-year term as chief in 2016.

Sun
15
Nov

Harding’s new Hall-of-Famer has a strong pulse

Gerald Keenan got a nod from the Minnesota State High School League when he was inducted into their Hall of Fame on Oct. 25. The Harding High School athletics director has been at the school since 1975, and with the district since 1960. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Gerald Keenan got a nod from the Minnesota State High School League when he was inducted into their Hall of Fame on Oct. 25. The Harding High School athletics director has been at the school since 1975, and with the district since 1960. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Jerry Keenan’s lifelong dedication to athletics gets a nod

Fifty-five years into his career, Harding High School’s activities and athletics director Gerald Keenan has no plans of stopping, even after achieving state Hall of Fame stature.
Jerry Keenan, as he prefers, was inducted into the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame on Oct. 25, receiving the designation alongside three Olympic athletes and nine other Minnesotans involved in high school sports for the league’s 100th anniversary.

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