Patrick Larkin


8-year-old housing project will finally see hammer and nails

The Village on Rivoli site sits just south of Phalen Boulevard and just east of I-35E, with a view of downtown. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Long in the works, the “Village on Rivoli” development will break ground this spring, says Jim Ercuhl, director of Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing.
The project’s origins date back to 2006, but plans got waylaid by the Great Recession.


East Siders turn up to help dole out gifts

Bill Nisbit jokes with another volunteer as they put out gifts on tables. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

Bill Nisbit helps find a gift for a boy at the toy distribution event at Merrick Community Services’ Edgerton Ave. location on Monday, Dec. 16.

Toys are shown at the toy distribution event at Merrick Community Services’ Edgerton Ave. location on Monday, Dec. 16. About 3,500 kids will receive holiday gifts through the event.

Hot Wheels, Play-Doh, basketballs, baseball gloves, footballs, Target gift cards -- the gifts poured in for East Siders in need.
Merrick Community Services was able to help 1,000 families have presents to give to their kids this holiday season, via a toy drive culminating in a toy distribution event.
The annual toy drive has been going strong for decades.


East Sider goes all out with lights display

Doug Schultz, at right, got a lot of help from his neighbors in setting up his light show. Shown clockwise are neighbors Pam Voss and her son T.J. Voss, Carla Hoffman, Rick Buckley, and John Hansen. The lights display has brought the neighbors closer, Voss said. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

Doug Schultz is aiming to get 1,000 pounds in food donations for Merrick Community Services through his light show. He constructed a sign to update light show viewers of his progress.

Schultz’s display is spread out over six front yards, and has over 40,000 individual lights, as well as a projected display of Santa Claus.

Doug Schultz stands before his house, the control center for the elaborate lights display on the 1500 block of York Ave.

To say that the holiday lights display at 1526 York Ave. is exuberant is most certainly an understatement.
It’s got 40,000 lights, fills up the front yards of six homes, and is synced up to a rotating queue of 36 Christmas songs with the help of computer light sequencing software.


Chicago man sees state’s longest sentence in state for sex trafficking

Arteco Marvel Rhodes, 38, of Chicago, Ill., was sentenced to 26 1/2 years for selling a 15-year-old girl for sex in St. Paul.
Ramsey County Judge Salvador Rosas sentenced him on Friday, Dec. 13.
The sentence is believed to be the longest penalty to date in Minnesota for sex trafficking, according to the Ramsey County attorney’s office.


East Siders talk big picture transit

State Sen. Fong Hawj, an East Side DFLer, signs a covenant in support of community engagement for transit planning. The Fostering East Side Transit Conversations group drafted the document as the result of numerous meetings, surveys and outreach to East Siders.

As part of an effort to get the East Side thinking about transit, Fostering East Side Transit Conversations (FESTC) has been reaching out to neighbors.
Over the course of six months, the group conducted surveys of East Side residents and businesses, held discussions and finished off with a summit on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Dayton’s Bluff Recreation Center where organizers presented a working pact to plan future transit projects around community needs.


With 15-year-old girl shot, neighborhood calls meeting

Joe Neuberger, Senior Commander of the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District, talks to community members about a shooting that took place in the parking lot of the Hazel Park Congregational Church.

Pierre Glass

A 15-year-old girl was shot in the stomach near the 1800 block of Minnehaha Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, according to a criminal complaint from the Ramsey County attorney’s office.
Pierre Glass, 18, is charged with shooting the girl.
She had been at a party in a home near the Hazel Park Congregational Church, which is a block east of Minnehaha and White Bear avenues.


Community to throw fundraiser for hit-and-run victim

Wade Souster, 31, of St. Paul, is shown in recovery with his cousin, Angie Hammerlindl. (submitted photo)

Wade Souster has been in full time medical care for two months. (submitted photo)

In hopes of helping out Souster with his medical costs, and perhaps with his spirit, East Siders have organized a fundraiser with live music by The Journey Experience.

Wade Souster has been making a slow recovery since a vehicle struck him in a hit-and-run collision near Lake Phalen.
The 31-year-old was walking when he was hit in the early hours of Oct. 3 and found by another driver around 4 a.m., lying in the median of Phalen Boulevard, near the intersection of Atlantic Street.
Emergency personnel were called to the scene, and he was brought to Regions Hospital.


East Side youth center breaks ground on expansion

180 Degrees has been on the East Side only for a couple of years, but it’s already looking to expand services to a population that needs them badly -- they’re adding shelter for underage girls who’ve been victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking.
The youth and adult social services organization, based in Minneapolis, opened a youth-oriented facility on the corner of Minnehaha Avenue and Johnson Parkway in 2011. About two years later, on the last week of November, the organization broke ground on a new building which will provide 12 dedicated beds to female victims ages 10-17 who need short-term shelter.


Suspect in custody for Dayton's Bluff murder

Brandon Gerard ChristopherThree days and a dramatic car chase later, the teenager suspected of murdering a man in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood on Tuesday, Nov. 26 is in custody.
Brandon Gerard Christopher, 19, of Maplewood is charged in the murder of 28 year-old Evan Brown of St. Paul.
Brown was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in the early hours of Nov. 26, after police received an anonymous tip summoning them to the 800 block of East Fourth Street around 3:30 a.m.


Erick’s Bar demolished, Port Authority talks progress

Erick’s Bar, located at 949 E. 7th St., was demolished after a ceremony held by the St. Paul Port Authority Nov. 21. The triangular space is the final piece of the Beacon Bluff redevelopment. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Construction workers finish up taking down Erick’s Bar, bought by the St. Paul Port Authority to shore up the area for redevelpment. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Erick’s Bar used to be a go-to for blue-collar workers pouring out of the nearby 3M, Whirlpool, Northern Maleable Iron, and Hospital Linens. Now, it’s a pile of rubble.
Its last day open was Saturday, Sept. 28.
The bar was purchased in October by the St. Paul Port Authority from the long-time owner, Gary Erickson.