Patrick Larkin

Tue
25
Nov

Conway Recreation Center still in transition

Soccer games filled the Conway Recreation Center gymnasium on a recent Saturday afternoon. During the week, basketball is a popular sport.
Soccer games filled the Conway Recreation Center gymnasium on a recent Saturday afternoon. During the week, basketball is a popular sport. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Added hours, heavy gym use bode well for the city facility
Walk into Conway Recreation Center on a Monday afternoon, and you'll see dozens of teenagers playing basketball, which is more or less what you might have seen a year ago, when it was St. Paul Parks and Recreation managing it, rather than a private company.

Mon
17
Nov

I-35E trail plans are a win for East Side

A map shows where a new recreational trail will connect with other bike and pedestrian amenities along I-35E. Construction will start next spring on the trail along the east side of the freeway.
A map shows where a new recreational trail will connect with other bike and pedestrian amenities along I-35E. Construction will start next spring on the trail along the east side of the freeway. (submitted graphic)

With $470,000 earmarked for bike and pedestrian trail improvements along the east side of Interstate 35E, nearby residents are celebrating the success of their efforts to improve pedestrian facilities along the freeway.

Mon
17
Nov

Ramsey County would like to see coordinated trail system


Just a couple days before the region was covered in a blanket of snow, joggers, walkers and bicyclists could be spotted using Vento Regional Trail on a brisk autumn afternoon Nov. 8. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

With St. Paul’s citywide bike plan in the final draft stages, Ramsey County is looking to draw up a plan of its own to connect existing clumps of bike trails throughout the county’s 19 cities.

Mon
10
Nov

Group looks to bring Chinese garden to Phalen


A rendering of the structure imagined for the Chinese garden at Phalen Regional Park would feature southern-style Chinese architecture with sweeping eaves on the roofline. (submitted graphic)

Will hold community meeting Nov. 18
Linda Mealey-Lohmann has for years imagined putting in a Chinese garden in a St. Paul park.
Founder of the Minnesota-China Friendship Group, she’s been advocating for introducing Chinese gardens into the Twin Cities for well over a decade.

Thu
06
Nov

‘So far, so good’ for private management at Phalen Golf Course


Golfers took advantage of a sunny October day to enjoy Phalen Golf Course. Long-time patrons of the course, they report that they’re happy with the public course’s private management, now handled by Oakdale-based Prom Catering. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

As fall transitions into colder weather, leaves are falling faster than grounds crews can clear them at Phalen Golf Course.

And that’s about the biggest problem that golfers there could point out.

Thu
06
Nov

Sun Ray Library to re-open Nov. 8

Sun Ray Library at 2105 Wilson Ave. will reopen to the public on Saturday, Nov. 8. The library has been under renovation for 11 months, and now has more public space, more windows and an updated interior.
Sun Ray Library at 2105 Wilson Ave. will reopen to the public on Saturday, Nov. 8. The library has been under renovation for 11 months, and now has more public space, more windows and an updated interior.

Added space, more windows, more flexibility
After nearly a year without a library, Conway residents will again be able to check out books in their neighborhood.
The Sun Ray Public Library is now so shiny and new looking, that a photograph of the facility could be easily mistaken for a digital rendering.

Mon
03
Nov

Coats pour in for Dayton’s Bluff kids Firefighters’ efforts a success

Third graders at Dayton’s Bluff Elementary School got to be the star of the show on Friday, Oct. 24 when they received brand new coats in front of the whole school, plus St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.
Third graders at Dayton’s Bluff Elementary School got to be the star of the show on Friday, Oct. 24 when they received brand new coats in front of the whole school, plus St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. St. Paul firefighters raised $20,000 to give all the kids at the high-need school new winter coats. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Thanks to the diligent work of some St. Paul firefighters, every student at Dayton’s Bluff Elementary School has a new coat to wear this winter.

Mon
03
Nov

After 50 years on East Side, devoted secretary retires

East Side law firm looks back on 5 decades and three generations
Wendy Kurka, now 79, recalls the first time she met Marie Hitchcock, when she came in for a job interview at Hitchcock’s law firm on Payne Avenue, back in February of 1963.
“When can you start?” were the first words out of the attorney’s mouth, Kurka says.
 

Mon
27
Oct

Residential haunted house is a real scare


Mike Etoll has been a haunted house lover his whole life. The East Side haunt he’s created packs an impressive punch, especially for being in a detached garage. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

Garage comes to life for Halloween spectacle
Mike Etoll, proprietor of the East Side's own residential butcher-shop-themed haunted house, might be considered by some to be an eccentric, an oddball, or a quirk.
That's probably just fine with the man, who confidently wears a goatee that's dyed green.

 

Mon
27
Oct

Lone home stands surrounded by construction


The house at 393 Bates Ave. is the only home left on a block that’s now filled with construction for a new parking ramp for Metropolitan State University. Though the school would like to purchase the house, the owners say they have no interest in selling. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Will Metro State employ eminent domain? Build around it?
If ever a house could be lonely, the one at 393 Bates Ave. might be.
The one-story adobe home sits naked amidst an entire block's worth of construction for a new parking ramp and student center on the east end of Metro State University's campus.

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