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.
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.
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.
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.
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.