Patrick Larkin

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16
Feb

East Side may say goodbye to 2 Radio Shack stores

The Radio Shack at the Sun Ray Mall held a clearance sale in its final days open. The store closes Sunday, Feb. 15. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
The Radio Shack at the Sun Ray Mall held a clearance sale in its final days open. The store closes Sunday, Feb. 15. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Company files for bankruptcy, announces store closures

East Siders may or may not be surprised to hear that electronics retailer Radio Shack is bankrupt.

Mon
16
Feb

House for sexually trafficked girls to close

This bedroom in Jerry’s Place, furnished with donated furniture, is home to a girl who was a victim of sex trafficking. Due to financial shortfalls, Jerry’s Place will close in March. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
This bedroom in Jerry’s Place, furnished with donated furniture, is home to a girl who was a victim of sex trafficking. Due to financial shortfalls, Jerry’s Place will close in March. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Jerry’s Place runs into financial barriers

Almost before it could get off the ground, Jerry’s Place, a home on the East Side for underage female victims of sex trafficking, will close.

Mon
16
Feb

Bilingual barber school lands on East Side

A new bilingual barber school opened up on Payne Avenue last week. Valeria Mejia, a student at the school who currently works as a server at a Mexican restaurant in Minneapolis, said she will look forward to having new career options after attending the school. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
A new bilingual barber school opened up on Payne Avenue last week. Valeria Mejia, a student at the school who currently works as a server at a Mexican restaurant in Minneapolis, said she will look forward to having new career options after attending the school. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

It’s the first Minnesota barber school to open in 35 years

Sonia Ortega and her business partner Les Hill, proprietors of Payne Avenue’s Plaza Del Sol, seem to be people who like to make others’ dreams reality.

Fri
13
Feb

Hmong talk about an elephant in the room

St. Paul resident Tiffany Vang says she never felt particularly encouraged to go to school by her family. "College" wasn't a word that got thrown around in her household, and most of her siblings did not go to college.
 
Mon
09
Feb

Swede Hollow Cabaret held Feb. 20

BARRA will be the house band for the third annual Friends of Swede Hollow Cabaret. (submitted photo)
BARRA will be the house band for the third annual Friends of Swede Hollow Cabaret. (submitted photo)

The 3rd annual Friends of Swede Hollow Cabaret will be held on Friday, February 20th in the Historic Mounds Theatre located at 1029 Hudson Road from 8 to 11 p.m.

Mon
09
Feb

St. Paul Police Department’s online reporting system launches

Hoping to give St. Paul residents another way to connect with cops, the St. Paul Police Department launched a new online police reporting system on Monday, Feb. 2.

Mon
09
Feb

‘Scope’ it out

“The Scope” at Beacon Bluff is a new piece of public art that was put up on Friday, Feb. 6. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
“The Scope” at Beacon Bluff is a new piece of public art that was put up on Friday, Feb. 6. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

New public art piece up at Beacon Bluff

Mon
09
Feb

Last of the ‘Superblock’ to be transformed

This apartment at Rose Avenue and Barclay street is one of four buildings on the block that will likely be renovated. Real Estate Equities, which owns dozens of other buildings in the neighborhood, is negotiating the purchase of these four buildings. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
This apartment at Rose Avenue and Barclay street is one of four buildings on the block that will likely be renovated. Real Estate Equities, which owns dozens of other buildings in the neighborhood, is negotiating the purchase of these four buildings. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

They don't look too good from the outside, but they're not bad places to live, says Angela Williams, a frequent visitor to one of the four 1960s apartment buildings along Rose Avenue just east of Barclay Street.

Mon
09
Feb

Development in sight for New Phalen Village

A rendering shows how a new development could sit at New Phalen Village. City officials and developers are working to bring a 4-story mixed-use building to the area. (submitted photo)
A rendering shows how a new development could sit at New Phalen Village. City officials and developers are working to bring a 4-story mixed-use building to the area. (submitted photo)

Would bring more retail to area near Maryland and Phalen

Back in the early 1990s, a person might have had a hard time believing there would be new commercial buildings all along Phalen Boulevard near Maryland, where the failed Phalen Center shopping complex once stood.

Thu
05
Feb

An East Side pride billboard?


The billboard atop the East Side's police station has been a source of complaints and discussion for years. The blank billboard will either get fixed up with a new sign or taken down, it's up to the St. Paul Mayor. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Bostrom leads charge to put up new sign; mayor says not so fast  Ward 6 City Council member Dan Bostrom, it seems, would really like to make use of the blank, scrappy-looking billboard above the St. Paul Police Department's Eastern District Headquarters. So much so that he introduced an item to the St. Paul City Council unannounced, calling for a resolution that the billboard be named a community asset. 

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