Patrick Larkin

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07
Apr

Margaret Park advocates looking forward to improvements


Margaret Park is slotted for some renovations in coming years - thanks to a group of park advocates, $500,000 should be coming to the park to add a bathroom facility and make other improvements. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

When Jennifer Herman and her husband Tim moved to the area by Margaret Park with young kids, the park’s play area for young kids, known as the “tot lot,” was rated lowest in the city, she said.
The couple would drive their young kids to other more distant parks rather than go to the park mere blocks from their house.

Mon
07
Apr

Ramsey County Parks director to retire


Greg Mack has been the director of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation since 1988. He’ll retire at the end of the month. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Greg Mack looks back at decades of parks progress
It’s been a long run for Greg Mack, parting director of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation.
Mack was hired back in February 1988, at a time when the county parks department was much more fledgling.

Mon
07
Apr

CP Rail pushes for Pig’s Eye yard expansion

Would fill in wetlands, could threaten rare turtle
Canadian Pacific Railroad hopes to fill 6 acres of wetland to expand its Pig’s Eye switching yard, located near the intersection of Highway 61 and Lower Afton Road.
The project would add track to the switching yard, allowing longer trains to pass through and boosting the overall capacity of the yard. It would also add an access road.

Mon
31
Mar

Wrestling club’s got lessons on and off the mat


Members of the East Side Wrestling Club sweat it out during practice on Monday, March 24. The free club keeps kids in shape and is lauded by the parents of participating kids. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

For the coaches at the East Side Wrestling Club, wrestling is about more than getting in shape and winning matches.
Coach Mason Fong says it’s a sport that “can really kind of build character and work ethic.”

Mon
31
Mar

East Side lands community radio signal

Community members could be making waves in mere months -- radio waves, that is.
Though it’s just in its infancy, a new low-powered FM radio signal for the East Side looks to be a community asset in the making.

Mon
31
Mar

Metro State to start parking ramp construction

Neighborhood onboard, council director says
After a long process, which at times saw community members yelling at Metro State University officials, the two groups seem to have reached a happy conclusion.

Fri
28
Mar

Man exchanges fire with cops, gets shot; Shootout spawned form drug deal mishap

The St. Paul Police Department’s SWAT team reported it shot Cory Anthony Lee, 37, after exchanging fire with officers.
Around 10 a.m. Friday, March 21, police went to a residence on the 600 block of Maryland Avenue East to arrest Lee in connection with an aggravated assault investigation. The assault in question took place a few days earlier, on Tuesday, March 18.

Mon
24
Mar

Classic corner bar bites the dust


Yanarelly’s Bar at the corner of Payne and Maryland avenues is closed up for good. The building will be demolished as part of an intersection widening project. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

“It seems like all the corner bars are disappearing,” Dickie Yanarelly said from behind his East Side bar.
And indeed, St. Patrick’s Day 2014 marked the last day of Yanarelly’s, a classic East Side watering hole.

Mon
24
Mar

Hmong community TV will hit airwaves

It may be the age of the Internet, but the airwaves are still a valuable resource, says Mitch Lee, founder of St. Paul-based Hmong TV station 3HmongTV.
The station has been chugging along since 2005 when Lee decided he wanted to create a Hmong-oriented TV station, combining his engagement with the Twin Cities Hmong community with his passion for producing video.

Mon
24
Mar

Arlington Hills Library building finds new owner


Peter Rachleff, co-founder of the new East Side Freedom Library, will look forward to setting up in the historic Arlington Hills Library building. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

East Side Freedom Library will fill the space
After a drawn-out process that began over a year ago, the historic Carnegie library building looks to be in good hands.
The St. Paul City Council approved the East Side Freedom Library as the new tenant of the handsome building. The Arlington Hills Library, which just closed March 14, will relocate to the new community building at Payne and Maryland avenues.

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