Patrick Larkin

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Arlington Hills Library building finds new owner


Peter Rachleff, co-founder of the new East Side Freedom Library, will look forward to setting up in the historic Arlington Hills Library building. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

East Side Freedom Library will fill the space
After a drawn-out process that began over a year ago, the historic Carnegie library building looks to be in good hands.
The St. Paul City Council approved the East Side Freedom Library as the new tenant of the handsome building. The Arlington Hills Library, which just closed March 14, will relocate to the new community building at Payne and Maryland avenues.

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No more smoking at Metro State

In hopes of projecting an image of a healthier campus, Metro State University banned on-campus smoking starting May 1.
The policy prohibits using any smoking and tobacco products on any part of Metro State’s property, indoors and out. The ban includes cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and pipes.

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Dorothy Day relocation cancelled

With the plans to relocate the Dorothy Day Center closer to the East Side cancelled, some East Siders are breathing easier.
The decision to scrap the plan was announced on Monday, Feb. 10, by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.
“We are quite pleased that the city has changed its mind on the proposed site for the Dorothy Day ReVision Center,” said Leslie McMurray, director of the Payne-Phalen Community Council.

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Man found dead in Dayton’s Bluff


The brick building on East Third Street was the site of a gruesome murder in the early hours of Tuesday, March 11. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Around 1 a.m. Monday, March 10, police found a man lying dead in an apartment building on the 700 block of East Third Street in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood.
Police identified the deceased man as Joseph Michael Saros, 43, of St. Paul.
The medical examiner reported he died from blunt traumatic injuries from being kicked in the head.

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Dayton’s Bluff historic home saved


A year ago, the charming Victorian house at 702 East Third Street was in shambles. It was nearly ready to be demolished, but was saved thanks to neighborhood advocates. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Kids from City Academy are working on building a garage for the historic Victorian home. The students get hands-on construction experience that can translate to real-life job skills, while still taking a full regimen of classes at the school. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Intricate woodwork details such as this are prevalent throughout the house. Contractors were able to preserve nearly all of the original woodwork for the house, inside and out. (submitted photo)

Will likely end up on city home tour
The handsome Victorian house at 702 East Third Street was 30 days from potentially being a pile of rubble -- it had been listed as a “category 3 vacant home” after years of sitting empty.
A tree had fallen on the roof and the property owner couldn’t handle all the resulting repairs needed. Water damage was piling up, and the house was more or less slowly rotting away from the inside. The interior walls on the second floor were in shambles.

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Look out for ash borer, city pleads


The emerald ash borer was found in January in the Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood. Officials are asking residents to keep an eye out for the pest. This is what it looks like in magnified detail; the beetles are generally 8-13 mm long. (submitted photo)

Ash trees infected with emerald ash borer can be identified by split bark which reveals larval, s-shaped tunnels in the tree. (submitted photo)

With 12 ash trees found infected with emerald ash borer in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of St. Paul, officials are encouraging residents in the area, and statewide, to look out for signs of the pests before spring gets underway.
Emerald ash borers are invasive Asian beetles whose larvae destroy ash trees by feeding on the layer of the tree that transmits nourishment. They have no native predators here and have killed tens of millions of ash trees in the Midwest after first being discovered in southeastern Michigan and Windsor, Canada in 2002.

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Dist. 1 residents protest train noise


Canadian Pacific Railroad’s Pig’s Eye switching yard is a major shipping hub for the company. Noise and fumes from the site have irked residents for years. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

CP encroached on city land
With Canadian Pacific Railroad wanting to make changes to its Pig’s Eye switching yard, nearby residents are hoping to put pressure on the company to reduce squealing brake noise and diesel fumes coming from idling train engines.
Since the railroad has to go through processes with the city, residents are petitioning in hopes of gaining leverage against the rail noise and pollution that some residents living near the switching yard deal with on a daily basis.

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Former Perkins to be converted to funeral home


(Patrick Larkin/Review)

Ho Ho Gourmet fears it will ruin business
The building that once housed a Perkins Restaurant on Old Hudson Road will undergo a substantial renovation -- after all, it takes a lot in order to change a chain diner into a funeral home.
And while the filling of a vacant building comes as good news to some, the building’s next door neighbor, Ho Ho Gourmet, is concerned it may sink its business.

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Aztec celebration March 15


Canadian Pacific Railroad’s Pig’s Eye switching yard is a major shipping hub for the company. Noise and fumes from the site have irked residents for years. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The East Side’s Azteca new year celebration has been growing steadily since its modest start four years ago.
Now, with over 500 participants, the event looks to be a bold and unique community event.
Scheduled for Saturday, March 15, the gathering is free and open to the public. It takes place at Johnson Senior High School, 1349 Arcade St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Arlington Hills Library’s classic building to be emptied


The classic Arlington Hills Library building at the corner of Greenbrier Street and Jessamine Avenue will no longer be open as a library as of Friday, March 14. Built in 1916, it is one of three Carnegie libraries in St. Paul. (submitted photo)

New library will open May 22
Well, neighbors knew it was coming, but now there’s a hard date -- the Carnegie building that holds the Arlington Hills Library will no longer be open as a public library after Friday, March 14.
The closure comes as the new Arlington Hills Community Center construction wraps up. Staff will transport library materials into the new building, which is projected to be open to the public in late May.

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