Demetrius Ramon Smoot, 24, of St. Paul is charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man found dead in a car that had been set on fire on the 1000 block of Westminster Street in the East Side’s Payne Phalen neighborhood.
With little fanfare — for now — Metropolitan State University’s new student center building is open for business, as of mid-November. The building’s large open sitting area faces out onto East Seventh Street — a design feature that was implemented as a result of the neighborhood’s insistence. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
With little fanfare — for now — Metropolitan State University's new student center building is open for business, as of mid-November.
Buckthorn at Battle Creek Regional Park is shown shading out understory vegetation, causing a bare soil floor within the park’s oak savanna/prairie transition zone. (photo courtesy of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation)
Buckthorn, honey locust, invasive trees: be gone.
That's the message Ramsey County Parks and Recreation is sending to the invasive plants at Battle Creek Regional Park in the southeast corner of St. Paul.
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation has created a task force to consider changes to the county’s 11 ice arenas. The county will have to make difficult decisions about the arenas in the next few years. North High senior hockey players faced off against Hill-Murray at a Section 4AA quarterfinal game in February at Ramsey County’s Aldrich Arena. (file photo)
Ramsey County studies future of its indoor rinks
With Ramsey County's ice arenas aging, usage patterns changing, and upgrades needed in the foreseeable future, the county is mulling over its options for the facilities.
To tackle the topic, the county formed its Arena Task Force, which has been getting resident input, and will make recommendations about what to do with the arenas.
The county operates 13 ice sheets at 11 arenas, and has one of the largest arena systems in the state.
Advocates of a Chinese garden at Phalen Regional Park are hoping to see a pavilion similar to this one shown in Changsha, China at the St. Paul park. (photo courtesy of Bill Zajicek)
Plans in the works for new garden at Phalen Park
If there's any signs that the idea of a Chinese garden at Phalen Regional Park may have traction, the park's unique visitors last week may be one.
Two landscape architects from St. Paul's Chinese sister city, Changsha, China, paid a visit last week, using their expertise to come up with design concepts proposing a Chinese garden for the park.
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.