East Side People

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May

Merrick and Woodland Hills team up for food shelf success

Maxine Brooks picks out some salad greens from Merrick Community Service’s food shelf at Woodland Hills Church. Thanks to the food shelf, she’s able to give her grandchildren, whom she’s raising, nutritious meal options. Brooks, an East Sider, relies on Social Security while raising her three young grandchildren. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Maxine Brooks picks out some salad greens from Merrick Community Service’s food shelf at Woodland Hills Church. Thanks to the food shelf, she’s able to give her grandchildren, whom she’s raising, nutritious meal options. Brooks, an East Sider, relies on Social Security while raising her three young grandchildren. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A few years ago, Merrick Community Services’ food shelf was dinky.

It was in a commercial building, where the organization paid market-rate rent of $1,400 a month, and where food shelf recipients waited outdoors, rain or shine, to receive groceries.

The food shelf could only help about 30 low-income families a day.

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24
May

In Memory: St. Paul Patrolman James T. Sackett, Sr.

St. Paul Patrolman James T. Sackett, Sr.

It’s been a long 45 years
Life’s been a struggle with plenty of tears

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24
May

Taking aim at summer fun

Malachi Robinson learns some archery skills at the DNR’s “Take Aim at Summer Fun” event.
Malachi Robinson learns some archery skills at the DNR’s “Take Aim at Summer Fun” event.

Gearing up for summer, the DNR held its annual “Take Aim at Summer Fun” event at their headquarters on Saturday, May 16. The outdoor recreational fair offered a chance for people to try fishing, canoeing, archery, and more, all for free.

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24
May

Rain gardens come alive in Payne-Phalen

St. Paul residents work with volunteers to plant a boulevard rain garden to keep stormwater pollutants out of Lake Phalen. (photo courtesy of Sage Passi/Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District)
St. Paul residents work with volunteers to plant a boulevard rain garden to keep stormwater pollutants out of Lake Phalen. (photo courtesy of Sage Passi/Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District)

About 40 new rain gardens appeared in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood over the weekend of May 15-18, thanks to a joint initiative from two local watershed districts as well as the St. Paul Public Works Department.

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24
May

WEQY getting closer to airtime

An open house preview of the new WEQY radio station will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the East Side Enterprise Center, 804 Margaret St. There, East Siders can learn more about how to be involved in the community radio station, and check out some of the equipment that will be used. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
An open house preview of the new WEQY radio station will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the East Side Enterprise Center, 804 Margaret St. There, East Siders can learn more about how to be involved in the community radio station, and check out some of the equipment that will be used. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Open house scheduled for May 30
With a studio location in place, equipment purchased, and some programming beginning to form, the East Side’s own community radio station, 104.7 WEQY, is on its way to being ready for broadcasting.
“We have all the equipment; we have the antenna,” reports Brenda Reid, project manager for the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council.

Sun
10
May

Parks and Rec to install Tuj Lub courts

Chia Yang demonstrates the spinning of the top in the traditional Hmong sport of Tuj Lub. The sport is gaining traction in the Twin Cities, and St. Paul Parks and Recreation will be installing two courts at Duluth and Case Recreation Center. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Chia Yang demonstrates the spinning of the top in the traditional Hmong sport of Tuj Lub. The sport is gaining traction in the Twin Cities, and St. Paul Parks and Recreation will be installing two courts at Duluth and Case Recreation Center. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Traditional Hmong sport could grow
A traditional Hmong game with spinning tops might be coming to the East Side this summer.
St. Paul Parks and Recreation announced it would be exploring construcing two Tuj Lub (pronounced Do Lu) courts at the Duluth and Case Recreation Center later this summer.
The sport, which involves a sawed-off golf club with string tied to it, a spinning top, and a playing court, sometimes draws comparisons to bocce ball.

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10
May

In Memory: Muriel Elizabeth Malarkey

Muriel Malarkey
Muriel Malarkey

Muriel Elizabeth Malarkey
9/30/1921 — 4/18/2015
Roseville, Minnesota

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03
May

Gaining a voice - Q and A with Sun Ray Library writer in residence Kao Kalia Yang

Author Kao Kalia Yang spent the past month at the Sun Ray Library for a residency. Yang will give a presentation about her residency at the Sun Ray Library on Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. (submitted photo)
Author Kao Kalia Yang spent the past month at the Sun Ray Library for a residency. Yang will give a presentation about her residency at the Sun Ray Library on Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. (submitted photo)

Nationally recognized author Kao Kalia Yang has spent the past month at the Sun Ray Library working on a writer’s residency.

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03
May

Placemaking residency to celebrate/examine Dayton’s Bluff

National health experts to pay visit How does Dayton’s Bluff chalk up in terms of walkability? Residents and community organizers will be considering this as they tour the neighborhood with three internationally renowned urban design experts. A week-long “placemaking residency” put on by the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation will take an in-depth look at the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, as well as five other Twin cities locations, from a perspective of population health.

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03
May

$1 million idea has morphed

The Standard Oil Building in the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary will likely be demolished. So, Tracy Side’s idea to turn the building into a food hub, which she won $1 million for, had to change. But, she says, the crux of her idea remains. (file photo)
The Standard Oil Building in the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary will likely be demolished. So, Tracy Side’s idea to turn the building into a food hub, which she won $1 million for, had to change. But, she says, the crux of her idea remains. (file photo)

Sans building, Tracy Sides switches focus to food programs When Tracy Sides won $1 million for her idea to transform the old Standard Oil building into a food hub for farmers, gardeners and anyone who enjoys eating, the idea sounded romantic. Sides won the $1 Million Forever Saint Paul Challenge in 2013. Sponsored by the St. Paul Foundation, the contest was driven by one question: “What would you do with $1 million to make Saint Paul great?”

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