St Paul

Sun
20
Dec

Teeny shop celebrates 60 years

Kay Sandeen, the owner of Sandeen’s Scandinavian Gifts, is proudly carrying on a tradition that her parents started. The small gift shop, in the basement of the Sandeen family home, is celebrating 60 years in business. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Kay Sandeen, the owner of Sandeen’s Scandinavian Gifts, is proudly carrying on a tradition that her parents started. The small gift shop, in the basement of the Sandeen family home, is celebrating 60 years in business. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Sandeen’s still selling Scandinavian specialties

At Sandeen's Scandinavian Gifts, Kay Sandeen gracefully explains a myriad of candle choices to a customer while simultaneously battling with her half-century-old cash register, which won't add up the total.
"You've just got to talk to it nicely," she says of the cash register while repeatedly tapping a button and smiling.
Finally, it dings triumphantly, and the customer, in no hurry at all, gets her change.

Sun
13
Dec

East Sider hopes to bring holiday cheer to less-fortunate

Larson-Allen using social media to spearhead gift giving campaign

While some families may already have bought a myriad of gifts for the largest retail season of the year, LeeAnn Larson-Allen's mind is on those who might not be exchanging any gifts at all.
To that end, she's been running a small-time, East Side-based effort to get holiday gifts in the hands of East Siders who can't afford them for the past four years. Starting small, her first year she helped out three fellow East Side families, and it grew from there. This year, she's helped connect 40 families with sponsors, who help out strangers with Christmas gifts, and she's not through yet — she's hoping to surpass that by Dec. 25.

Sun
13
Dec

Nonprofit company pilots new East Side outreach to upgrade housing

Hoping to improve housing on the East Side, Rebuilding Together Twin Cities has set up a satellite office in the East Side's Payne-Phalen neighborhood, for a trial run.

Sun
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.

Sun
06
Dec

New “workforce housing” apartments imagined

The Wilson Ridge Apartments building was bought by Minneapolis-based deloper The Wall Companies last year. Now, they’re renovating the place, and have plans to build a 100-unit building beside the current structure. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
The Wilson Ridge Apartments building was bought by Minneapolis-based deloper The Wall Companies last year. Now, they’re renovating the place, and have plans to build a 100-unit building beside the current structure. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Owner of 100-unit low-rise wants to build

A little over a year after buying a 100-unit apartment building, prolific Minneapolis-based developer The Wall Companies is planning to double its property ownership on the East Side.
The company bought what's known as the Wilson Ridge Apartments, near the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Johnson Parkway, just north of Interstate 94, in June 2014. The company paid $4.9 million for the building, according to tax records.

Sun
29
Nov

Craving more nutritious options

A new video produced by Ramsey County Public Health highlights recent trends in supplying fresh food for county residents who need it most. (photo courtesy of Ramsey County Public Health)
A new video produced by Ramsey County Public Health highlights recent trends in supplying fresh food for county residents who need it most. (photo courtesy of Ramsey County Public Health)

Ramsey County video explores food shelves' move to fresh produce

Depicting the challenges and success stories of food shelves, shelters and the like, a new video produced by the Ramsey County Public Health Department highlights recent trends in supplying food for county residents who need it most.
Airing throughout the holiday season on Twin Cities Public Television, the video emphasizes a recent trend towards providing fresh produce and whole-grain foods for people using food shelves and pantries, and eating at shelters.

Sun
29
Nov

Big budget Amazon pilot animation has East Side ties

East Sider Mike Owen’s concept for a cartoon could become a big budget TV series — the pilot episode is streaming on Amazon.com. (illustration courtesy of Mike Owens, Puny Entertainment and Amazon.com)
East Sider Mike Owen’s concept for a cartoon could become a big budget TV series — the pilot episode is streaming on Amazon.com. (illustration courtesy of Mike Owens, Puny Entertainment and Amazon.com)

A six-foot-tall cartoon egg-man with a penchant for caution could someday be one East Sider's claim to fame.

Sun
29
Nov

Young man charged in car fire murder

Demetrius Ramon Smoot, 24, of St. Paul is charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man found dead in a car that had been set on fire on the 1000 block of Westminster Street in the East Side’s Payne Phalen neighborhood.

Sun
29
Nov

Metro State’s student center now open

With little fanfare — for now — Metropolitan State University’s new student center building is open for business, as of mid-November. The building’s large open sitting area faces out onto East Seventh Street — a design feature that was implemented as a result of the neighborhood’s insistence. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
With little fanfare — for now — Metropolitan State University’s new student center building is open for business, as of mid-November. The building’s large open sitting area faces out onto East Seventh Street — a design feature that was implemented as a result of the neighborhood’s insistence. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

With little fanfare — for now — Metropolitan State University's new student center building is open for business, as of mid-November.

Sun
22
Nov

New MnPASS lanes to open on I-35E

Wrapping up work on Interstate 35E, MnPASS travel lanes will open up on Nov. 30 between Cayuga Street north of downtown St. Paul and Little Canada Road in Little Canada.

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