Patrick Larkin

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

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

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.

Tue
03
Sep

50-year-old dead after argument over driving behavior

Vang AloengA St. Paul man is dead after an early morning argument on Sunday, Sept. 1, according to the St. Paul Police Department.
Jeffery Thomas Elling, 50, was shot after reportedly confronting a teenager about his driving habits.
The argument and shooting both took place near the 1400 block of York Avenue, according to the complaint.

Tue
03
Sep

Drug bust in Dayton’s Bluff

A Chicago man is charged with selling heroin in St. Paul’s Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, according to a criminal complaint from the Ramsey County attorney’s office.
Angelo Michael Smith, 30, was arrested near Fourth Street East and Maria Avenue on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 6:45 p.m.
Smith was caught with the help of a confidential informant, the complaint states.

Tue
03
Sep

Indian Mounds Park to land in National Registrar


The burial mounds at Indian Mounds Park sit 200 feet up a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. They’ve been around for over 2,000 years and have special significance with the Dakota Indians who once called the area home. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The earthen mounds at Indian Mounds Park could look like little more than landscaping curiosities at a quick glance.
But it doesn’t take much to recognize the bold shapes are much more than that. They hold over 2,000 years of human history, and date back to the time of early Egyptian civilizations and the great Chinese dynasties.
And the East Side slice of history will likely be on the National Register of Historic Places in short order.

Tue
03
Sep

New Johnson High principal has a history with the place


Micheal Thompson, incoming principal at Johnson High School, stands in front of a display case which holds pictures of students posing with books — simple endeavors like this can help students recognize that they’re a part of the school, he said. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Micheal Thompson is a witty, candid kind of guy whose passion for education is as easy to notice as the black eye he got when he tripped during a triathlon just days before sat down for a newspapear interview.
He’s 52, but it’s hard to tell by looking at him.He could easily be in his late 30s. He seems energized and revved up for the new school year.
In a way, Thompson’s new job as the Johnson High School principal is a homecoming.

Sun
25
Aug

Free backpacks coming to East Side school kids


An estimated 2,500 people showed up at last year’s backpack giveaway. (submitted photo)

For the third year in a row, Alfreda Flowers and her organization Family Values for Life will be giving out new backpacks and school supplies to East Side school kids, just days before school starts.
The event started fairly small -- they collected and handed out 150 backpacks the first year. But over 500 people showed, so they ran out of supplies. In the second year, they gathered up over 1,000 backpacks, but again, they were short -- Flowers estimated 2,500 people showed.

Mon
19
Aug

Change is in order for Boys Totem Town


The 100-year-old Boys Totem Town facility sits among a serene acreage just east of Highway 61 and just south of Lower Afton Road. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A century after Boys Totem Town became a juvenile correctional facility, officials are beginning to study its main building, which is in need of repairs.
The assessment could go in many directions, from a makeover to a new facility to a demolition -- it’s all up in the air.
Sitting among acres of untouched nature, the facility lies just east of Highway 61, just south of Lower Afton Road. It’s currently housing about 25 boys, who are there after sentencing for crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.

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