Patrick Larkin

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.

Mon
19
Aug

St. Paul Parks to tear down ‘the People’s Park’


A small group of concerned residents gathered on Wednesday, August 7, to protest the potential destruction of the squatting art park at 680 Wells St. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Things are not looking good for proponents of the squatting art park at 680 Wells St.
Despite protests from some residents, St. Paul Parks and Recreation plans to tear it down, citing safety concerns.
The department has offered to help preserve certain pieces of art within the makeshift park, but has plans to remove the artwork and the retaining walls and regrade the land.

Mon
19
Aug

East Side building brought back to life


Cleo Kelly stands proudly outside the building he’s owned for 20 years. He’s finishing the facade, which he intends to be his ìmonument to the East Side. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Cleo Kelly’s a bit of a dreamer.
The 72-year-old man is also a lover of well-crafted buildings.
For 20 years he’s owned a classic old building at 798 Margaret St. on the East Side. The 1885 building is visible from busy East Seventh Street, and is full of detail and history, which he’s eager to show off.

Fri
16
Aug

Community, upset over recent violence, erupts with emotions and concern


Officials look on as the crowd gets organized before the start of the meeting on violence in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood on Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Arlington Hills Lutheran Church. Moderating the meeting were Al Oertwig, president of the District 5 Community Council, standing in the center, and Leslie McMurray, executive director of council. In the background, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman talks to St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith.

Hundreds poured into the community meeting in the basement of Arlington Hills Lutheran Church yesterday.
Residents upset with the recent violence on the East Side filled the room to the brim, and it quickly became hot and stuffy. There was a long line out the door at 6:30 p.m. when the meeting was supposed to start.

Tue
13
Aug

Three juveniles charged in beating of Ray Widstrand


Ray Widstrand

A 16-year-old and two 15-year olds have been charged today in the beating of East Side resident Raymond Widstrand.
Widstrand, 26, was brutally assaulted on Sunday, Aug. 4, around 11:30 p.m. while he was walking within blocks of his home.
He reportedly walked by a group of people watching a fight near the intersection of Payne and Minnehaha avenues, when he was attacked. According to one witness account, he was struck over the head with a can in a sock, and then hit by several people.

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