Abdi Wali Ali is pushing to save the long-vacant gas station at the corner of Payne and Minnehaha avenues. Ali bought the building and is trying to convince the city he can do the work to get it up to code — they’ll decide whether to let him fix it up, or demolish it, in early December. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Will skip the gas, opting instead for coffee
Abdi Wali Ali, the man who bought the long-vacant gas station at the corner of Payne and Minnehaha avenues, might be on his way to saving the building.
It’s still unsure what will become of the place — Ali is trying his hand at navigating city bureaucracy in order to begin rehab work on the property.
He’s jumped through a number of hoops and shown a good-faith effort to bring the property up to code, including putting down a $5,000 deposit to the city.
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.
Johnson High School’s student government structure is changing in a big way — whereas before it was a small group of students leading, now over 300 are in leadership roles. Shown here, a Tuesday, Oct. 27 homeroom meetings saw a student-led small group meeting where students of mixed grades did a teambuilding exercise, scheming up their design for the school’s pumpkin carving contest. (Patrick Larkin/Reivew)
Dissolving student council, school takes more inclusive student government approach
If all goes according to plan, students could be running the show at Johnson High School within a few years.
Taking inspiration from a prep school in a low-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, Johnson High’s principal, Micheal Thompson, is hoping for a cultural shift at the school, where students have more say, and ultimately more responsibility.
Drop in the bucket of overall trafficking scene in Twin Cities
Though one group of sex traffickers will do prison time, little ground has been made on the overall scene of sex trafficking in the Twin Cities, notes Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.
Five individuals involved in a sex ring that was active on the East Side, victimizing young and underage women, have now recieved sentencing — in total, they face 50 years in prison.
New credit union branches to open up in Johnson, Highland Park
Before the end of November, students at Johnson High will be able to bank within the walls of the school.
Hiway Federal Credit Union has just recently announced construction of student branches within two St. Paul public high schools.
Student branches will be located at Johnson Senior High School and Highland Park Senior High School.
Small kiosks with an office will be installed. Construction has already begun with an anticipated grand opening in November.
The Gotthielf Christoff House at 737 Plum St., constructed in 1882, could soon be demolished. The city-owned home, which sits in the Dayton’s Bluff historic district is found to have a decent foundation, but rotting floor joists and other issues. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Historic Preservation Committee, neighbors oppose the demolitions
It may be goodbye for some roughed-up historic homes in Dayton's Bluff.
Despite pushback from the city's Heritage Preservation Commission, St. Paul's Housing and Redevelopment Authority will pursue the demolition of seven historic homes in the Dayton's Bluff Heritage Preservation District.
The HRA will pursue the demolition to shed property that it says is too far gone or requires too much subsidy to save.
Four charged in burglary-turned-murder
Police have made arrests and charges have been filed in the slaying of Sarah Anne Wierstad, 24, who was killed outside her apartment after getting off of work Sunday, Oct. 18.
She had arrived home ready to see her 5-year-old daughter, but was greeted by three men burglarizing her apartment.
Two charged in gang-related drive-by murder
24-year-old Emmett Shaw died following a drive-by shooting on the Earl Street bridge over Phalen Boulevard. Shaw was killed on Thursday, Oct. 15, while walking with a group of four other young men who were also shot at, but not struck.