East Side People

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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.

Sun
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.

Sun
18
Oct

Hmong farmers growing their future

Hmong American Farmers Association members Lang and Mee Hang use hoes to clear weeds in their farm plot in Dakota County’s Vermillion Township. (photo by Mike Hazard, courtesy of HAFA)
Hmong American Farmers Association members Lang and Mee Hang use hoes to clear weeds in their farm plot in Dakota County’s Vermillion Township. (photo by Mike Hazard, courtesy of HAFA)

Food growers keep traditions going while learning new methods
Hoping to give Hmong food growers a leg up, a St. Paul-based organization called the Hmong American Farmers Association is helping farmers find new ways of selling their fresh produce and new paths to economically fruitful farming.
South of the urban core, past the suburbs and out into the lesser-known land of Vermillion Township, a group of Hmong farmers, many of them East Siders, are hard at work as many as seven days a week during the growing season.

Sun
04
Oct

Teens bring life to Payne Ave. parking lot

Teens from the East Side and Minneapolis’ North Side performed in an empty parking lot on Payne Avenue in September, during three separate performances. The events were put on by Farrington Llewellyn, who was hired by Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services. (submitted photo)
Teens from the East Side and Minneapolis’ North Side performed in an empty parking lot on Payne Avenue in September, during three separate performances. The events were put on by Farrington Llewellyn, who was hired by Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services. (submitted photo)

Hoping to bring some activity to an unflattering city-owned parking lot on Payne Avenue, Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services teamed up with teens from the East Side and Minneapolis to bring some life and music to the open pavement.

Mon
28
Sep

2015 Harvest Fest one to remember

A brilliantly dressed woman burning incense preceded dancers as they make their way along Payne Avenue for the Harvest Fest Parade.
A brilliantly dressed woman burning incense preceded dancers as they make their way along Payne Avenue for the Harvest Fest Parade.

With 60 parade groups, tons of afterparties, family fun, Payne Avenue turned into a festive celebration on Saturday, Sept. 19 for the 109th annual Harvest Fest. (photos by Linda Baumeister)

Sun
27
Sep

East Sider gets ‘brushed with kindness’

East Sider Nancy Finch stands before her home, which was repainted last week thanks to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness program. Finch’s home served as the center of a kickoff event, celebrating 153 painting projects that were be done through Habitat for Humanity across the country during the week of Sept. 20 through 26. (submitted photo)
East Sider Nancy Finch stands before her home, which was repainted last week thanks to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness program. Finch’s home served as the center of a kickoff event, celebrating 153 painting projects that were be done through Habitat for Humanity across the country during the week of Sept. 20 through 26. (submitted photo)

Payne-Phalen resident part of nationwide home improvement celebration

Over the past weekend, the modest Payne-Phalen homeowner Nancy Finch was the center of attention.
Over 100 volunteers stood in the street outside her house on the 1000 block of Greenbrier Street a block from Payne Avenue, kicking off a week-long national Habitat for Humanity event, where thanks to extra paint donations, the non-profit housing agency is getting 153 homeowners across the country a fresh coat of paint.

Mon
21
Sep

Coleman announces sidewalk poem contest

St. Paul residents will have a chance to win $100 and have their words permanently engraved in a sidewalk somewhere in the city.

Sun
13
Sep

Harvest Fest momentum builds

The 2014 parade grand marshal Alfreda Flowers charmed the crowd. Flowers, who started the social services and charity organization Family Values For Life, organizes an annual backpack giveaway. This year’s grand marshal is Ed Bertges, owner of the revitalized Schwietz Saloon. (file photo)
The 2014 parade grand marshal Alfreda Flowers charmed the crowd. Flowers, who started the social services and charity organization Family Values For Life, organizes an annual backpack giveaway. This year’s grand marshal is Ed Bertges, owner of the revitalized Schwietz Saloon. (file photo)

Weekend full of fun on the docket
With the East Side’s long-time tradition hitting its stride again, neighbors will gather for fall fun and merriment the weekend of Sept. 18 through 20.
At noon, Payne Avenue’s golden commercial stretch will be closed off to make way for a 60-group parade on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Sun
30
Aug

WEQY hits the airwaves

The East Side’s new community radio station, WEQY 104.7 FM, has hit the air, broadcasting out of a studio in Dayton’s Bluff. Calling itself “the voice of the East Side” the mostly volunteer-run station has about 30 hours of weekly programming scheduled. Organizers are hoping to attract more people interested in creating programming. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
The East Side’s new community radio station, WEQY 104.7 FM, has hit the air, broadcasting out of a studio in Dayton’s Bluff. Calling itself “the voice of the East Side” the mostly volunteer-run station has about 30 hours of weekly programming scheduled. Organizers are hoping to attract more people interested in creating programming. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Soft broadcast kicked off at East Seventh Live
"We're here to get some starch in your slacks... to tell you the best of what's going on on your block," spits out DJ Huh What on a new radio show called New Lens.
The two men behind the show are hoping to air twice weekly, showing off fresh hip hop tunes on a new East Side radio station.

Sun
23
Aug

Bike theft inspires man to be neighborhood helper

East Sider Jeremy Sartain turned his experience of getting his bikes stolen into a positive one — he opted to fix neighborhood kids’ bikes for free, and handed out over 100 refurbished bikes to neighborhood kids. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
East Sider Jeremy Sartain turned his experience of getting his bikes stolen into a positive one — he opted to fix neighborhood kids’ bikes for free, and handed out over 100 refurbished bikes to neighborhood kids. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

After getting his prized racing bikes stolen from his garage, East Sider Jeremy Sartain turned the experience into a productive, community oriented venture to put tuned up bikes in the hands of kids throughout the East Side.

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