You probably know that there are two prisons in Washington County: The Stillwater prison (which is actually in Bayport) and the Oak Park Heights prison.
Did you know that there are also eight other prisons in Minnesota? Nine are for men. The State’s only women’s prison is in Shakopee.
Why are there so many prisons? Aren’t they all the same?
The Lawsons, left to right, Miles, Layla, Lennon and Shannon, seem happy with their East Side home. Though surrounded by vacant homes, they’re making the most of it and can see the bright side to their neighborhood. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
When the soon-to-be-wed Lawsons moved into their East Side home on the 700 block of Jessamine in 2005, they were surrounded on every side by “great families and great kids,” Shannon Lawson said.
But what they didn’t realize at the time was the importance of having good neighbors. After all, they were in their late 20s, didn’t have kids and didn’t spend a lot of time in the neighborhood.
The East Side’s beautiful Swede Hollow Park will host its fourth annual free art fest, “Art in the Hollow,” on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of Swede Hollow, the event has become larger and more varied each year.