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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Buckthorn at Battle Creek Regional Park is shown shading out understory vegetation, causing a bare soil floor within the park’s oak savanna/prairie transition zone. (photo courtesy of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation)
Buckthorn, honey locust, invasive trees: be gone.
That's the message Ramsey County Parks and Recreation is sending to the invasive plants at Battle Creek Regional Park in the southeast corner of St. Paul.