East Side Newsbriefs

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21
Jun

Grand Round planning kicks into gear

The St. Paul Grand Rounds are being planned this summer. The Grand Round is a 30-mile bike and pedestrian system that circles the city along scenic parkways and off-street paths. Parts of the Grand Round will go through the East Side, including along Wheelock and Johnson Parkways. (submitted graphic)
The St. Paul Grand Rounds are being planned this summer. The Grand Round is a 30-mile bike and pedestrian system that circles the city along scenic parkways and off-street paths. Parts of the Grand Round will go through the East Side, including along Wheelock and Johnson Parkways. (submitted graphic)

Kicking off planning for St. Paul’s Grand Round, consultants, city planning staff and residents will take part in a weeklong design workshop starting Monday, June 22.

Sun
21
Jun

Food truck hopes to fill gaps and stomachs

St. Paul Public Schools introduced their new summer food truck at the Arlington Hills Community Center on Thursday, June 11. The truck will provide free meals for kids to help make sure those who get free and reduced-price lunches during the school year are fed in the summer months. (photo courtesy of St. Paul Public Schools)
St. Paul Public Schools introduced their new summer food truck at the Arlington Hills Community Center on Thursday, June 11. The truck will provide free meals for kids to help make sure those who get free and reduced-price lunches during the school year are fed in the summer months. (photo courtesy of St. Paul Public Schools)

District launches food truck to serve kids during summer months

Adding to its array of summer food options, St. Paul Public Schools has gone the way of the startup restaurant—to food trucks.

Sun
21
Jun

Payne Phalen District Five Council looking for board members

There is a partial 2-year term seat open on the District Five Planning council’s board.

This term will be filled at the June 23, 2015 Board meeting held at 6:30 p.m. at the Arlington Hills Community Center.

Sun
21
Jun

Sex trafficking ‘ringleader’ gets 20 years

Thomas  William Evans
Thomas William Evans

After pleading guilty to selling young female victims for sex, Thomas William Evans will likely face 20 years behind bars.

Sun
14
Jun

Metro State wins $14k for the ‘Big Read’

Metropolitan State University just won a $14,200 grant to host and promote a months-long reading event that will start next January.

Sun
14
Jun

Catching some rain

(photo courtesy of Urban Roots)
(photo courtesy of Urban Roots)

Students at Dayton’s Bluff Elementary School came out to work on the school’s rain garden on Friday, June 5 with Urban Roots staff.

Sun
14
Jun

East Sider wants Payne Ave. visitors to have eyes for Swede Hollow

Crystal Passi wins $5k grant for Swede Hollow history viewer
East Sider Crystal Passi is hoping that people traveling on lower Payne Avenue will take notice of Swede Hollow Park.
The park, which sits just down the hill from Lower Payne Avenue, is barely visible for pedestrians and motorists on Payne, who pass within feet of the lush, wooded hollow.

Sun
07
Jun

Metro State pursues eminent domain for holdout house

The house at 393 Bates Ave. is the only home left on a block that’s now filled with construction for a new parking ramp for Metropolitan State University. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
The house at 393 Bates Ave. is the only home left on a block that’s now filled with construction for a new parking ramp for Metropolitan State University. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Meanwhile, owner sells 393 Bates to new buyer for $525,000 About 20 feet from the front steps of the odd house at 393 Bates Avenue, cars will soon be parking on the third level of Metropolitan State University’s new parking ramp. The one-story adobe home, with its symmetrical facade, is the only holdout on a square-block development project the university is doing. The construction project includes a new student center as well as a large parking ramp, which will replace what was previously a surface-level parking lot in the same location.

Sun
07
Jun

North St. Paul Lions Club celebrates 70 years of community service

Lion Donita Haack receives the International President’s Award from former International Director Debra Wasserman at the North St. Paul Lions Club’s 70th Anniversary Party May 1. (submitted photo)
Lion Donita Haack receives the International President’s Award from former International Director Debra Wasserman at the North St. Paul Lions Club’s 70th Anniversary Party May 1. (submitted photo)

This February marked the 70-year anniversary of the chartering of the North St Paul Lions Club, on Feb. 20, 1945.  

Sun
07
Jun

Conway gets greened up

The recently renovated Sun Ray Library will host some new programming that seeks to get kids to engage with the outdoors. The programming comes thanks to efforts from the national non-profit Children & Nature Network. (file photo)
The recently renovated Sun Ray Library will host some new programming that seeks to get kids to engage with the outdoors. The programming comes thanks to efforts from the national non-profit Children & Nature Network. (file photo)

Group hopes to engage kids with nature
Some nature-oriented programming is coming to Conway Park and the Sun Ray Library, along with some trees and a new garden, thanks to efforts from the Children & Nature Network.
On Friday, June 12, corporate volunteers from Wells Fargo are coming to the park to plant a variety of trees and other plants provided by St. Paul's Forestry Department.
Then, the following day, a kick-off event takes place in the park which will launch a variety of initiatives that Children & Nature Network, a national non-profit organization that promotes connecting kids with nature, have been developing.

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