East Side People

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Mar

Jeremy Sartain rolls out his bike repair project


East Side resident Jeremy Sartain teaches East Side kids basic bike repair skills, such as how to replace a tire or inner tube. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

East Side resident filling a need for youth programs

“There’s just not a heck of a lot for teens to do around here,” says Jeremy Sartain, an East Side resident and creator of ESP (East St. Paul) Bikes.

Sartain is using bicycles to get East Side youths involved in their community and to learn some valuable skill sets. He teaches them how to fix donated bikes and then has them give them away in the community.

The idea of instructing kids on how to repair bikes came about in an unlikely way -- after a bike theft.

In 2015 Sartain had two of his bicycles stolen from his garage. One bike was traced by police to a nearby pawnshop. While searching for his second bike, Sartain noticed many homes in his neighborhood had a bunch of bikes, but most were inoperable because no one knew how to fix them up. 

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13
Mar

Parkway Little League adds field to support more diverse players


Field Four will have its inaugural pitch on Saturday, April 30, depending on the weather. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

After 2,000 hours of volunteer work clearing brush and waiting through a cold, damp winter, Parkway Little League will be using its new fourth field starting April 30th, for the organization’s 61st season.

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13
Mar

Harding High School team wins culinary competition


From left to right, Kaylyn Vang, Xia Vang and Chinue Yang. (Submitted photo)

With a winning dish of Thai peanut chicken lettuce wraps, cucumber salad and pineapple crisp, one of two teams from Harding High School will be going to Washington, D.C., in June.

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28
Feb

Teens volunteer for 2,211 total hours in 2015, with no end in sight


From left to right, Sierra Ose, Lilyanna Lofgren-Garcia, Raijanee Meadows, Selena Morales, Britney Rodriguez, Jordan Schuster, Breyana Turner and Emily Gronewold. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

At the Payne Ave. Salvation Army Center, a group of girls are giving back in a big way.

From Monday through Thursday, the kids, ages 12 to 14, help with the after-school program every week during the school year.

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10
Jan

East Side youth nonprofit gets a Wild nod

Urban Roots interns got to promote the organization at a Minnesota Wild game on Thursday, Jan. 7. The team has named Urban Roots as the charity of the month. (photo courtesy of Urban Roots)
Urban Roots interns got to promote the organization at a Minnesota Wild game on Thursday, Jan. 7. The team has named Urban Roots as the charity of the month. (photo courtesy of Urban Roots)

East Side youth-based farming nonprofit Urban Roots will get a big nod this month from the Minnesota Wild, the state’s professional hockey team.

The organization applied for and won a grant to be the team’s “Charity of the Month.”

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03
Jan

St. Paul publishes Karen/English children’s books

St. Paul has birthed what are perhaps the first bilingual Karen-English children’s books.

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06
Dec

Girl Scouts learn gift of giving

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a new East Side Girl Scout troop organized a collection drive to donate food to the Salvation Army on Payne Avenue. The girls were able to give away nearly 440 pounds of food. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Just in time for Thanksgiving, a new East Side Girl Scout troop organized a collection drive to donate food to the Salvation Army on Payne Avenue. The girls were able to give away nearly 440 pounds of food. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A newly formed East Side Girl Scout troop is off to a strong start.

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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.

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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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25
Oct

High-schoolers help out at Hmong farm

Youth and their mentors from the state’s YouthBuild programs gathered at the Hmong American Farmers Association farmland in Vermillion, Minnesota, to help build 25 sheds for Hmong farmers. (photo courtesy of Mike Hazard and the Hmong American Farmers Association)
Youth and their mentors from the state’s YouthBuild programs gathered at the Hmong American Farmers Association farmland in Vermillion, Minnesota, to help build 25 sheds for Hmong farmers. (photo courtesy of Mike Hazard and the Hmong American Farmers Association)

On Oct. 13 and 14, about 100 high-schoolers from across Minnesota built 25 storage sheds for farmers at Hmong American Farmers Association's farm plots in Vermillion Township, located in south-central Dakota County.

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