Patrick Larkin

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13
Oct

East Side Freedom Library picking up steam


The East Side Freedom Library, formerly the Arlington Hills Library, should be getting a new roof in short order. The building’s stewards, Peter Rachleff and Beth Cleary, have begun running programming out of the library, and have more arts programs in the works thanks to a Knight Foundation arts grant. (submitted photo)

Grants kicking in, roof funds raised
After a summer of fundraising and getting off the ground, East Sider Peter Rachleff's idea to maintain the old Arlington Hills Library building is slowly but surely taking shape.
With a grant for $25,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, funds for a new roof, and a number of other improvements in the pipeline, the Carnegie library building appears to be in good hands.

Mon
13
Oct

Breaking Free adds new East Side location for teen victims of sex trafficking


Vednita Carter, founder of Breaking Free, introduced a new East Side house dubbed Jerry’s Place that will be the home for four girls ages 16 and 17 who are recovering victims of sex trafficking. The home is named after fallen East Side cop Gerald Vick. The home comes thanks to new Safe Harbor laws and funding that came with them. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

State funding means a safe home for girls to recover
Standing on the porch of an East Side home, Vednita Carter, executive director of Breaking Free, recalled back in 2002 when the late East Side cop Gerald Vick had just taken a badly beaten teenage girl to the hospital. She'd been beaten up by a pimp.

Mon
06
Oct

Old 3M headquarters could make it into national historic register


The former 3M headquarters, which was built in 1939 just off East Seventh Street, has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. The building owner is pursuing the historic designation in hopes of getting financial aid for rehabilitation expenses. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Developer seeks tax credits to rehab building
After buying the vacant former 3M headquarters building at 777 Forest St. two years ago from the St. Paul Port Authority, Exeter Group has been trying to fill the place with tenants.
After investing $1 million in the 75-year-olf building, it remains vacant and needs more rehabilitation. But Jim Stolpestad, chairman of Exeter Group, says the company has been showing the building to a lot of potential clients.

Mon
06
Oct

Residents turn up to voice concerns over Rush Line


Josh Olson, senior transportation planner for Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority, led a walk along the Bruce Vento Regional Trail on Monday, Sept. 29 where the county is considering putting a transit line. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A big group of East Siders walking down Bruce Vento Regional Trail on a Monday evening was enough to bewilder and slow down a smattering of bicyclists passing through the area.

Mon
06
Oct

New East Side radio station to feature Spanish language radio novellas


Dayton’s Bluff resident Barry Madore will look to create a new radio show based on the lives and personalities of East Side Latinos. (submitted photo)

$50,000 Knight Arts grant will bolster station's programming
With the idea of collecting Latino community members’ stories and turning them into short radio novellas, Barry Madore hopes to bring some strong content to WEQY, the new East Side radio station, set to begin broadcasting in November at 104.7 FM.

Mon
29
Sep

Co-op construction will begin in early October


A rough rendering of the new Mississippi Market grocery store shows how its main entrance will face out on the corner of East Seventh Street and Maple Street. (submitted graphic)

With a land sale approved by the city and plans ready to go, Mississippi Market will proceed with site preparation as soon as Monday, Oct. 13.

The roughly $11 million project has been in the works for about two years.

Mon
29
Sep

Twin Cities Academy's a leader of the pack


In a literature class at Twin Cities Academy, the small class of eight students were focused as they discussed Mary Shelley's classic book "Frankenstein." (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Small East Side charter school ranks high nationally
The small Twin Cities Academy high school sits tucked away on a quiet block of Dayton's Bluff across from Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
It could easily go unnoticed. And yet, it stands out at a national level -- its high performance statistics bring it to the fore.

Mon
29
Sep

CP Rail will proceed with yard expansion

City powerless to regulate project
The city of St. Paul, it would seem, doesn't have much of a say over what happens to its sensitive wildlife area at Pig's Eye Lake, at least not when the railroads are involved.
Canadian Pacific Railway will look to bypass the city's demands and push forward with plans to infill six acres of wetlands along the lake, in order to expand its switching yard, known as Dunn Yard, which sits along the Mississippi River just to the west of Highway 61 near the intersection of Lower Afton Road.

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23
Sep

Kellogg Bridge into the East Side found structurally deficient


The Kellogg Bridge going into downtown St. Paul from the East Side was found structurally deficient. The bridge's outer lanes will be shut down beginning Monday, Sept. 29. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

New bridge needed; lane closures begin Monday
The Kellogg Bridge is structurally deficient and needs to be replaced, officials announced Tuesday, Sept. 23.
Following recent inspections, the St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced the bridge will be narrowed down to three lanes starting Monday, Sept. 29.

Mon
22
Sep

Demonstrators plan indefinite protests at East Side's Mexican Consulate


Protesters show up every Thursday at 10 a.m. outside the Mexican Consulate on East Seventh Street in Dayton's Bluff to protest the arrest of U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi who is being held in Mexico after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border with three firearms. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Hoping to raise awareness for Marine vet arrested in Mexico   Holding American Flags and signs saying "Boycott Mexico" and "Free Andrew," a group of mostly suburban protesters have been gathering every Thursday morning at the Mexican Counsulate on East Seventh Street. Cars can be heard honking constantly as they pass the group. They're there protesting the arrest of U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi who is being held in Mexico after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border with three firearms.

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