East Side Newsbriefs


St. Paul teacher’s union moves to vote on strike

Contract negotiations between St. Paul Public Schools administration and the St. Paul Federation of Teachers are coming to a head.


City of Saint Paul seeking applicants for 2014 Neighborhood STAR loans and grants

The City of Saint Paul’s Neighborhood Sales Tax Revitalization (STAR) Program is seeking applicants for the 2014 loan and grant funding cycle. This year’s program kicks off with an application workshop on Feb. 12, 2014 where information about the Neighborhood STAR Program will be presented. The Neighborhood STAR Program awards loans and grants to projects requesting at least $5,000 in assistance through an annual competitive application process. Eligible proposals include capital (bricks and mortar) improvement projects in Saint Paul neighborhoods that further economic, commercial or residential development and must be matched dollar-for-dollar with private resources.


Gertens moves into former Linder’s space in Lake Elmo

Gardening aficionados in the metro area were happy last week when Gertens Greenhouse and Garden Centers announced it had purchased the site of the former Linder’s greenhouse in Lake Elmo.
The Inver Grove Heights-based company completed the acquisition of the growing range, located near 15th Street and Inwood Avenue, on Jan. 27. The acquisition includes 52 acres of land, a 12-acre heated greenhouse, four utility buildings and several more acres of nursery growing fields, but does not include the former Linder’s Garden Center retail store on Larpenteur Avenue.


Sledding hill is a shining star on the block

Pam Santoso (top left) sleds with her kids Dewa (bottom)and Rirana at David Sterling’s sledding hill. Sterling’s hill he built on a mostly flat lot is just one of the assets he’s putting into the neighborhood. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

David Sterling, 71, shovels snow to improve the sledding hill on the vacant lot next to his house in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood.

Neighbors sat around on David and MaryJo Sterling’s porch and drank hot cocoa on a cold, blustery day.

East Sider David Sterling, 71, may be an older gentleman, but he’s got plenty of energy to put into his neighborhood.


Police chase ends with officer shooting tire

Burglary suspect Noah Erickson, 28, of North St. Paul was arrested after driving erratically on Wednesday, Jan. 22, around 4 p.m.
Woodbury police officers reportedly followed Erickson into the East Side's Payne-Phalen neighborhood while investigating a Woodbury burglary, but before they could make contact with him, they said he began driving erratically.


93-year-old dies after car accident

St. Paul police officers arrived at the intersection of East Third and Earl streets on Thursday, Jan. 2, to find two battered vehicles on the northeast corner.
Police said one car was traveling northbound on Earl, while the other was traveling eastbound on East Third, when they collided.


Ramsey County launches Veterans Court Track

Ramsey County has launched a Veterans Court Track program to help veterans charged with crimes who may be struggling with service-related issues.


DNR to fly deer and elk surveys

Pending suitable snow cover, the Department of Natural Resources plans to fly white-tailed deer population surveys from December through March in central and southeastern Minnesota.


Hayden Heights Library’s Hours Increase January 6

Hayden Heights Library, at 1456 White Bear Ave, in St. Paul, will be open extended hours beginning Monday, Jan. 6. The new hours will be Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.


Refrigerated outdoor skating rinks open for season in St. Paul

Refrigerated rinks at North Dale Recreation Center, Palace Recreation Center, Landmark Center and Phalen Recreation Center are open for the season with other outdoor rinks opening soon.
Thanks in part to the recent cold winter weather, Saint Paul’s four refrigerated outdoor skating rinks are now open for the season with the other outdoor skating rinks opening soon.