Patrick Larkin

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Blank city billboard gets complaints


The scrappy off-white blank billboard above the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District headquarters has been an eyesore for some time. After neighbors complained, police have said they will fix the issue. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Cops respond, improvements on the way
The billboard above the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District headquarters at the intersection of Payne and Minnehaha Avenues has been a bit of an eyesore for quite some time.
For the past couple of months, it’s been a blank, scrappy off-white rectangle greeting people as they drive up Payne Avenue, and the neighbors have taken notice.

Mon
17
Feb

Major freeway construction to start soon


The Wheelock Parkway bridge over Interstate 35E will be demolished the weekend of Feb. 28 as part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s MnPass project. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

24-hour construction will occur
City officials have announced MnPass construction on I-35E in St. Paul could start as soon as Thursday, Feb. 20, pending permit approval by St. Paul City Council.
The MnPass project will widen I-35E and add lanes along the freeway, primarily to reduce congestion for suburbanites commuting to downtown St. Paul from the north suburbs.

Mon
17
Feb

Mail bust reveals identity theft scheme


Left to right: Chao Moua, Run-Ger Vang

Two St. Paul men with addresses in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood were charged Monday, Feb. 10, with identity theft.
The two were charged in connection with a month-long crime spree involving mail theft in various parts of the Twin Cities, according to a statement from the Ramsey County attorney’s office.
Run-Ger Vang, 25, and Chao Moua, 26, were each charged with one count of identity theft.

Sun
09
Feb

St. Paul looks to double bike paths


A bike route map released in January by St. Paul Public Works Department shows planned new routes throughout the city.(Submitted graphic)

St. Paul officials have unveiled a master plan for bike paths that seeks to more than double the amount of bike thoroughfares in the city.
The plan is St. Paul’s first comprehensive look at bike travel, and provides a framework for creating designated spaces for bike travel in conjunction with road maintenance.
A plan put together by St. Paul Public Works Department proposes creating 214 miles of bike paths to add to the existing 144 miles.

Sun
09
Feb

With snazzy new facilities, Johnson High poised for future


Johnson High School parent Seanne Thomas tries out a flight through the Grand Canyon on one of the new flight simulators the school installed in January. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Johnson High School principal Micheal Thompson recently flew around in the Grand Canyon, nearly crashing during the landing.
All this was within the walls of the East Side school.
Such is an example of the possibilities with the new equipment and curriculum at the school, now known as Johnson Aerospace and Engineering High School, as of the 2012-2013 school year.

Sun
09
Feb

St. Paul reveals youth job program


St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announces a new youth jobs initiative called Right Track. The program builds on the city’s Youth Job Corps program, adding internships and professional partnerships for kids to gain access to. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Harding High School junior DeShaun Baker, 17, has gone in a short time from pulling weeds to pulling files at an Xcel Energy power plant.
He’s got a lot of hard work and initiative to thank for that -- the kid seems to have a lot of “get up and go.”
And he’s also got St. Paul’s Youth Job Corps to thank.

Thu
06
Feb

Moonshine Saloon shooting suspect indicted


The Moonshine Saloon was the site of a drive-by shooting in the early hours of Oct. 26, 2013. True Thao was charged Wednesday, Feb. 5 with first-degree murder in the case, a significantly stronger charge than original charges filed in October 2013. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

True Thao, 31, of St. Paul faces a 14-count indictment in connection with a fatal shooting at the Moonshine Saloon on Oct. 26, 2013.
The 14 counts are a step up from charges Thao faced in the incident when he was originally charged last Halloween, and could mean longer sentencing, depending on the outcome of his trial.
The counts come from a grand jury indictment issued late Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Mon
03
Feb

With landmark sex traffic sentence, experts reflect and look forward

Jan. 9 marked a historic day for the fight against sex trafficking.
Otis Washington, 30, of St. Paul was given the longest ever sentence for sex trafficking in the state - his penalty was 40 years in prison for an operation that he, his brother Antonio Washington-Davis and two uncles conducted, selling at least 10 vulnerable girls and young women for sex in the Twin Cities and throughout the state, over a period of two years.

Mon
03
Feb

East Side Family Clinic doubles dental services


University of Minnesota dental student Jonathan Song works on a woman’s teeth at the recently opened East Side Family Clinic. The clinic recently teamed up with the university to bring dental students in, bolstering the clinic’s dental service capacity. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Things are getting into gear at the recently opened East Side Family Clinic’s dental facility.
The state of the art wing of the building, which opened in November 2013, is a huge boost in dental services for the non-profit organization - it’s gone from having four dental chairs on the East Side to 20.
And thanks to a partnership with the University of Minnesota, the nonprofit clinic now has the staffing to fill nearly all of those chairs, which serve a high number of uninsured patients and lower-income patients on a sliding scale, alongside the fully insured.

Mon
03
Feb

East Side residents raise concerns about proposed homeless shelter


A map of downtown St. Paul shows the proposed site for a new Dorothy Day Center on the eastern edge of downtown, along with the current location on the western edge of downtown. (submitted graphic)

Depending on whom you ask, the potential site for Catholic Charities’ new homeless shelter is on the edge of the East Side, the edge of downtown St. Paul, or both.
Seeking to better service St. Paul’s homeless population, the organization is looking to add 50 beds for emergency shelter, transitional housing space, and 135 permanent supportive housing units.
The group has identified a state-owned plot near the intersection of University Avenue and Lafayette Road as a possible site. The spot is currently in use by the state as storage for items removed from the Capitol building during its renovation.

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