Patrick Larkin

Mon
24
Feb

Cookie Cart looking at East Side


Cookie Cart, based in Minneapolis, could be looking to add an East Side location. The company is a youth employer that runs training programs for kids while also giving them hands-on job training. They employed 145 youth in 2013. (submitted photo)

The nonprofit youth employer Cookie Cart might be adding a location on St. Paul’s East Side.
The Minneapolis-based company employs neighborhood teens in North Minneapolis, giving them hands-on job training, financial literacy training and career readiness training.
Youths work in the bakery making cookies for wholesale, as well as to sell in the company’s retail shop, while also taking courses with the organization.

Mon
24
Feb

Confusing White Bear Avenue intersection to get a redo


The five-way intersection at White Bear Avenue, Ames Place and Case Avenue should get a makeover this summer. St. Paul Public Works Department plans to turn Ames Place into a cul-de-sac. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Chuck Repke recalled a time years back when a car slammed into the side of a hair salon at the corner of White Bear and Case avenues.
It struck the building so hard that not only was the exterior wall of the building damaged, but the interior walls were also askew.
The incident happened when a southbound car on White Bear Avenue struck a vehicle exiting Ames Place, Repke said.

Mon
17
Feb

Low-income housing to get facelift


The Maryland Park Apartments at 1619 Maryland Ave. E. will get a facelift if things go according to plan. Real estate developer Dominium is looking to purchase and spiff up the apartment complex starting this summer. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Maryland Park Apartments may be bought by Dominium
The mostly Section 8 housing complex at 1619 Maryland Ave. E. will get a new owner and a facelift if all goes according to plan.
Dominium, a massive national development and property management company specializing in low-income housing, is looking to purchase the 172-unit apartment complex owned by Bloomington-based Stuart Companies. 146 of the units are Section 8.

Mon
17
Feb

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.

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