Patrick Larkin

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Dayton’s Bluff historic home saved


A year ago, the charming Victorian house at 702 East Third Street was in shambles. It was nearly ready to be demolished, but was saved thanks to neighborhood advocates. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Will likely end up on city home tour
The handsome Victorian house at 702 East Third Street was 30 days from potentially being a pile of rubble -- it had been listed as a “category 3 vacant home” after years of sitting empty.
A tree had fallen on the roof and the property owner couldn’t handle all the resulting repairs needed. Water damage was piling up, and the house was more or less slowly rotting away from the inside. The interior walls on the second floor were in shambles.

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17
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Look out for ash borer, city pleads


The emerald ash borer was found in January in the Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood. Officials are asking residents to keep an eye out for the pest. This is what it looks like in magnified detail; the beetles are generally 8-13 mm long. (submitted photo)

With 12 ash trees found infected with emerald ash borer in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of St. Paul, officials are encouraging residents in the area, and statewide, to look out for signs of the pests before spring gets underway.
Emerald ash borers are invasive Asian beetles whose larvae destroy ash trees by feeding on the layer of the tree that transmits nourishment. They have no native predators here and have killed tens of millions of ash trees in the Midwest after first being discovered in southeastern Michigan and Windsor, Canada in 2002.

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10
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Dist. 1 residents protest train noise


Canadian Pacific Railroad’s Pig’s Eye switching yard is a major shipping hub for the company. Noise and fumes from the site have irked residents for years. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

CP encroached on city land
With Canadian Pacific Railroad wanting to make changes to its Pig’s Eye switching yard, nearby residents are hoping to put pressure on the company to reduce squealing brake noise and diesel fumes coming from idling train engines.
Since the railroad has to go through processes with the city, residents are petitioning in hopes of gaining leverage against the rail noise and pollution that some residents living near the switching yard deal with on a daily basis.

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10
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Former Perkins to be converted to funeral home


(Patrick Larkin/Review)

Ho Ho Gourmet fears it will ruin business
The building that once housed a Perkins Restaurant on Old Hudson Road will undergo a substantial renovation -- after all, it takes a lot in order to change a chain diner into a funeral home.
And while the filling of a vacant building comes as good news to some, the building’s next door neighbor, Ho Ho Gourmet, is concerned it may sink its business.

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10
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Aztec celebration March 15


Canadian Pacific Railroad’s Pig’s Eye switching yard is a major shipping hub for the company. Noise and fumes from the site have irked residents for years. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The East Side’s Azteca new year celebration has been growing steadily since its modest start four years ago.
Now, with over 500 participants, the event looks to be a bold and unique community event.
Scheduled for Saturday, March 15, the gathering is free and open to the public. It takes place at Johnson Senior High School, 1349 Arcade St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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10
Mar

Arlington Hills Library’s classic building to be emptied


The classic Arlington Hills Library building at the corner of Greenbrier Street and Jessamine Avenue will no longer be open as a library as of Friday, March 14. Built in 1916, it is one of three Carnegie libraries in St. Paul. (submitted photo)

New library will open May 22
Well, neighbors knew it was coming, but now there’s a hard date -- the Carnegie building that holds the Arlington Hills Library will no longer be open as a public library after Friday, March 14.
The closure comes as the new Arlington Hills Community Center construction wraps up. Staff will transport library materials into the new building, which is projected to be open to the public in late May.

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10
Mar

Old fire station finds new owner


Plans call for the old St. Paul fire station at East Seventh Street and Flandrau Avenue to become a single-family home, with wood floors, a patio and a garden sanctuary. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Building will turn into a home, with fancy features
When St. Paul officials built “Old Engine House No. 24” in 1916 at the corner of East Seventh Street and Flandrau Avenue, they probably had no idea it would one day be turned into a home.
But after a months-long process to find a new owner, the city will sell the property to an East Sider to be renovated into a house.

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03
Mar

D.C. trip is East Side Boy Scout’s honor


Paul Thao, an East Sider who goes to Harding High School, was chosen as one of a select few to go to Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America. (submitted photo)

East Side Hmong teen chosen to represent the region
Prior to Friday, Feb. 21, 17-year-old Paul Thao had never been on an airplane.
The East Side teen was flown out to Washington, D.C. by the Boy Scouts of America to take part in the organization’s annual report to the nation, detailing the Scouting’s accomplishments. This year, the boys gave the report to Speaker of the House John Boehner.

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03
Mar

Job skills in the bank at Harding High


Bruce Thao, 16, a Harding High junior, tells his friends about the benefits of opening a savings account. Harding High School now has a credit union within its walls, located in the cafeteria. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Credit Union at school is only the fourth in the state
It’s not every day that you stroll into a high school and find a credit union.
In fact, in Minnesota, it’s pretty rare -- Harding High School is only the fourth high school in the state to have a credit union within its walls.

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03
Mar

Life-long East Sider finds peace in a paintbrush


Janet Cullen shows off two paintings that will be in her show at the East Side Arts Council. Cullen spent years painting without showing anyone, but recently found the motivation to show her work. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

East Sider Janet Cullen has not had an easy life.
Her father was an alcoholic, and she lost one brother to suicide.

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