Patrick Larkin

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23
Sep

92-year-old motorcyclist dies in traffic crash


submitted photo Roy Kromschroeder, left, died after a motorcycle accident on Friday, Sept. 13.

Autumn Mason

A 92-year-old East Side man is dead after being struck by an SUV while he was driving his Honda motorcycle.
Autumn Brenae Mason, 26, of Vadnais Heights is charged with one count of criminal vehicular homicide in Kromschroeder’s death, according to the Ramsey County attorney’s office.
The man’s daughter Jan Braaten said her father, Roy W. Kromschroeder, was on a routine early morning motorcycle ride in his neighborhood on his way to walk inside Maplewood Mall with friends.

Mon
23
Sep

Ray Widstrand’s recovery is a story of hope and challenges


Ray Widstrand

Though beating victim Raymond Widstrand has a long ways to go, his family is seeing his condition improve every day, his sister Alice told the Review.
The family has been finding daily ways to stay positive, posting updates on the 27-year-old’s CaringBridge site.
A Sept. 16 post reads: “Ray had a good day in rehabilitation. He keeps on impressing the therapist with his progress. Keep up the hard work Ray!”

Mon
23
Sep

Erick’s Bar to close up shop


Erick’s Bar sits near the intersection of East Seventh and Forest streets, on a small triangular plot of land. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

Erick’s Bar sits nearly empty on Tuesday, Sept. 17 around 10:30 a.m.

Gary Erickson, 68, stands behind the bar that’s been his life for the past 36 years.

Erick’s Bar sits in what is now a concrete island on East Seventh Street, surrounded by empty St. Paul Port Authority land.
But it wasn’t always that way. The place has a long history, from the times when blue-collar workers poured out from nearby factories. Workers at 3M, Whirlpool, Northern Malleable Iron, a shingle factory, and Hospital Linens all came out to the bar after work to drink and socialize.
For the past three and a half decades, Gary Erickson has owned the place, which is located at 949 E. Seventh St. He’s been at his bar, rain, shine or sleet, seven days a week.

Mon
16
Sep

Art Park builder may get extra time to save home


Ronald “Arjo” Adams stands by some metal scrap he uses to build sculptures in his backyard. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

At a District Five Community and Economic Planning meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10, the planning committee made a motion to recommend buying Ronald Adams some more time to address issues with his property.
Adams’ home is condemned and boarded up following a long-standing list of code compliance issues dating back to last June.
Public hearings regarding his house at 676 Wells were pushed back from Sept. 10 to Tuesday, Sept. 24, following a request from the district council to delay in order for the matter to be discussed more thoroughly.

Mon
16
Sep

East Sider wins $1 million for the community


The potential site of the $1 million idea, the old Standard Oil building at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, sits in the river valley, just south of Kellogg Boulevard at the point where the road approaches the East Side. (submitted artwork)

The votes are in, and East Sider Tracy Sides is in luck.
Her “urban oasis food hub” idea has won a cool million dollars in the Forever St. Paul Challenge, a contest put on by Minnesota Idea Open.
Sides touts the award as “a huge win for the community.”

Mon
16
Sep

Metro State hires outside group to reach out to neighbors


The block-sized surface parking lot at Metro State University will be the site of new development for the school. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

As Metro State University grows its student body, the school must also grow its physical campus. The school is planning to add several new buildings to its East Side campus, including a student center, a nursing building and a science center.
One of the first steps towards that is to put in a new parking ramp to accommodate the growth.

Mon
16
Sep

New learning center lands at Harding


Yelor Yongvue, 31, and Doh Htoo, 27, paired off to work on their conversational English skills at the new learning hub at Harding High School on Tuesday, Sept. 10. (Patrick Larkin/Review staff)

Sitting on the northwest corner of Harding High School is a potential new booster for the East Side.
Once the site of Merrick Community Services, the facility sat under-used for over a decade. It provided occasional school meetings and other community events, but was not used to its full potential, said Scott Hall, the new adult basic education coordinator for St. Paul Public Schools.

Mon
09
Sep

Harvest Fest makes a comeback


In 1932, Harvest Fest was a big event along Payne Avenue, which was adorned with banners up and down the street. (photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society)

The Payne Area Business Association, in partnership with local promoters, put on the Mexican Independence Celebration in 2011. (submitted photo)

Hmong traditional dancers performed at PABA Fest in 2008. (submitted photo)

Food, parade and music on tap Setp. 13 & 14. 
John Malmgren, 63, grew up on the East Side, and can still remember back 50 years to being at the Payne Arcade Harvest Festival when he was 13.
How could he forget -- it was on Sept. 11, 1963, that he won the chug derby.
Chugs are homemade wagons that kids would roll down the hill south of Maryland Avenue on Payne, racing for the championship.
He can recall the streets being crowded with people as he cruised down the street in his homemade vehicle.

Mon
09
Sep

New Johnson High School wrestling captain: a success story


Dwayne Williams, 17, at Johnson High School after his first day. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Coming into Johnson High School, Dwayne Williams looked to be a kid full of distractions.
His grades weren’t great. He was hanging around with the wrong kids -- kids who drank and smoked. He even got into some trouble at school.
Living on the lower East Side without a father around, in a full household with five siblings and his mother, he was a bit directionless.

Wed
04
Sep

Suspect in custody following woman's death in Railroad Island apartment

Sammy Devel HendersonSammy Devel Henderson, 24, is charged with strangling Railroad Island resident Sherell Montrese Craighead, 30, according to a criminal complaint from the Ramsey County attorney's office.
Henderson faces charges of second-degree murder while committing criminal sexual conduct and assault in the third degree.

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