Patrick Larkin

Mon
12
Aug

Dayton’s Bluff development gaining traction


The Village on Rivoli site sits just south of Phalen Boulevard and just east of I-35E, with a view of downtown. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Village on Rivoli is a big housing project that’s been a long time in the making.
It’s been in the works for Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services since before 2006.
The proposed plan would put 34 two-story, single-family homes on unused land just to the east of Interstate 35E, just south of Phalen Boulevard. The brand new housing would be complete with a pedestrian courtyard and a prime view of downtown St. Paul, as well as a glimpse of Minneapolis.

Fri
09
Aug

Young man sustains severe brain injury during attack


Raymond Widstrand

One young man's life is ruined following a senseless attack.
26-year-old Raymond Widstrand was assaulted nearly to death on Sunday, Aug. 4, around 11:30 p.m., according to a criminal complaint filed by the Ramsey County attorney's office.

Tue
06
Aug

After 1-day strike, Health Systems Cooperative Laundries workers and management reach agreement


Workers at Health Systems Cooperative Laundries went on strike Monday, fighting proposed changes to their contracts. Around midnight, the workers' union reached an agreement with management. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

After months of contract negotiations, things were not happening for the roughly 200 laborers at Health Systems Cooperative Laundries, which cleans all the linens for 19 area hospitals and over 150 clinics.
The previous contract had run out in late March, and in the renewal process, the union was faced with a gutted version of the previous contract, said Julie Boots.
Boots manages the contract for the union, Worker's United Local 150. Management was proposing cutting the four sick days laborers were entitled to, as well as removing employees' rights should the company change hands, Boots said. In total there were 150 proposed language changes which were largely rejected by the union, she said.

Mon
05
Aug

New mobile cameras are coming for East Side cops


East Side police are evaluating two styles of surveillance cameras. Shown above is one model the police department is considering -- the Minneapolis Police Department uses small trailer cameras for portable police surveillance. (submitted photo)

To add to the department’s stationary surveillance, St. Paul Police’s Eastern District will soon be deploying new portable cameras.
The cameras come with city STAR funding in the range of $35,000. The East Side will be the first of the city’s policing districts to use the portable cameras.
Senior Commander Joe Newberger says he’s hoping the district’s cameras will lead to a citywide policing change.

Mon
05
Aug

‘Learning Jet’ lands for Farnsworth and Minnesota kids


The Farnsworth Aerospace Magnet band played the National Anthem to commemorate the arrival of the Learning Jet. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Farnsworth Aerospace Magnet students may be spending some time in a Boeing 727 in the coming school year.
A retired cargo plane was donated by FedEx to the non-profit group Minnesota Women in Aviation. It will be used as a “Learning Jet” in St. Paul Public Schools and throughout the state.
The jet will be renovated into classroom space, where kids in grades K-12 will learn science and math skills related to the plane’s flight and its many onboard systems.

Mon
05
Aug

“Pocket Parks” pop up


The nearly finished park at 752 Jessamine Ave. features annual and perrenial flowers, a bench for resting, and a gravel path lined with stones. (submitted photo)

Until recently, 752 Jessamine was an unsightly bare lot, one of many scattered around the East Side.
The lot once held a neglected duplex that was so moldy, the only thing to do was demolish it.
The bald land was one of several vacant properties on the block, which has been a focus area of the East Side Neighborhood Development Company’s Vacant Housing Watch group.

Wed
31
Jul

Man shot by police charged in domestic violence case


Reginald C Sutherlin

The man who was shot by St. Paul police late Sunday night on the East Side faces an array of charges in connection with a months-long stalking case.
Reginald Craig Sutherlin, 53, was shot near Earl Street North and Geranium Avenue East as he reportedly attempted to flee police, who were acting on active warrants related to the case.
The Ramsey County attorney's office formally charged Sutherlin on Tuesday, July 30. He faces charges of assault, two counts of stalking, and two counts of making terroristic threats, according to a criminal complaint.

Mon
29
Jul

Residents meet Conway Rec’s proposed private partner


Tony Sanneh, retired pro soccer player and founder of Sanneh Foundation, shakes the hands of residents at the Conway Recreation Center at a community meeting on Monday, July 22. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

After a slow and at times painful process, those concerned about the fate of the Conway Recreation Center may finally be seeing some light.
A private partner, Sanneh Foundation, has been approved by the District 1 Community Council and expects to move into the city-owned facility by Sept. 1. The foundation will be negotiating the final contract with St. Paul Parks and Recreation in coming weeks.

Mon
29
Jul

I-35E construction plans face skeptical eye from East Siders


Eastern District patrol commander Kevin Casper hugs a resident at his last community policing meeting on Wednesday, July 17. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

With the Cayuga and MNPASS projects moving along on the Interstate 35E corridor, East Side community leaders are keeping an eye on the proposed plans.
The roughly $260 million set of projects will mean major changes to interchanges along the freeway on the stretch that runs along the East Side from downtown St. Paul to Larpenteur Avenue.

Mon
29
Jul

Community-minded cop moves on up and out


Eastern District patrol commander Kevin Casper hugs a resident at his last community policing meeting on Wednesday, July 17. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

After seven years on the East Side, the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District commander Kevin Casper will be moving on up.
St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith promoted him to senior commander in the Internal Affairs Department. Starting in August, Casper will be working out of the headquarters at 367 Grove St., on the edge of downtown.

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