East Side Review

Sun
17
May

Placemaking panel examines zipcodes and death

Dr. Anthony Iton, a national public health expert, talked about the connection between a person’s zipcode and their life expectancy as part of a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 12 at Metro State University. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Dr. Anthony Iton, a national public health expert, talked about the connection between a person’s zipcode and their life expectancy as part of a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 12 at Metro State University. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

If you live in the Payne-Phalen or Dayton’s Bluff neighborhoods, odds are your life will be eight years shorter than someone living in Minnetonka, Edina, or Eagan.

Sun
10
May

Parks and Rec to install Tuj Lub courts

Chia Yang demonstrates the spinning of the top in the traditional Hmong sport of Tuj Lub. The sport is gaining traction in the Twin Cities, and St. Paul Parks and Recreation will be installing two courts at Duluth and Case Recreation Center. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Chia Yang demonstrates the spinning of the top in the traditional Hmong sport of Tuj Lub. The sport is gaining traction in the Twin Cities, and St. Paul Parks and Recreation will be installing two courts at Duluth and Case Recreation Center. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Traditional Hmong sport could grow
A traditional Hmong game with spinning tops might be coming to the East Side this summer.
St. Paul Parks and Recreation announced it would be exploring construcing two Tuj Lub (pronounced Do Lu) courts at the Duluth and Case Recreation Center later this summer.
The sport, which involves a sawed-off golf club with string tied to it, a spinning top, and a playing court, sometimes draws comparisons to bocce ball.

Sun
10
May

Sinking teeth into the invasive-plant fight

Even with a clear view of Minneapolis, sheep keep their eyes on their work, diligently grazing on invasive grass at Pilot Knob Preservation Site in Mendota Heights. (Jesse Poole/Review)
Even with a clear view of Minneapolis, sheep keep their eyes on their work, diligently grazing on invasive grass at Pilot Knob Preservation Site in Mendota Heights. (Jesse Poole/Review)

Sheep should help shear weeds, restore Pilot Knob prairie
Armed with botany guides, education and a keen eye for leaf shapes and petal numbers, conservationists can discern native from invasive plants and identify them by species, genus and family. But what then, faced with fields full of bluegrass or groves clogged with saplings?
That’s when the conservationists call in the sheep.

Sun
10
May

Short-term mental health crisis residence eying old Blessed Sacrament building

People Incorporated is hoping to move its Diane Ahrens Crisis residence to this former convent building at 1784 Lacrosse Ave. (Courtesy of Cushman Wakefield)
People Incorporated is hoping to move its Diane Ahrens Crisis residence to this former convent building at 1784 Lacrosse Ave. (Courtesy of Cushman Wakefield)

A non-profit mental health and social services organization would like to establish a short-term mental health crisis center on White Bear Avenue.

Sun
10
May

What’s missing?

The billboard above the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District building is no more — the billboard was removed on May 4th and 5th, following neighborhood pressure to see the dilapidated, empty billboard go.

Sun
10
May

51 warrants resolved at Ramsey County event

Of the roughly 4,500 active misdemeanor warrants in Ramsey County, 51 were resolved during a warrant resolution event held May 2 at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood.

Sun
10
May

SPPS looking for summer food service hosts

Adding a food truck, too
St. Paul Public Schools is hoping to provide more of its students with free summer meals.
Though the schools have long been providing free summer breakfast and lunch programs, there’s a marked discrepancy between the number of free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches served during the school year and what’s served during the summer months.

Sun
10
May

The Skinny: notable incidents from the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District

The Eastern District Police reports from April 27 to May 4.

Sun
10
May

Northern Iron owner thinking condos ... garage condos

Storage condos, sometimes called “man caves” like the one from Columbus, Minnesota could be coming to the East Side. Scott Hamlett, owner of Northern Iron and Machine, is looking into putting some in on a lot he owns. (submitted photo)
Storage condos, sometimes called “man caves” like the one from Columbus, Minnesota could be coming to the East Side. Scott Hamlett, owner of Northern Iron and Machine, is looking into putting some in on a lot he owns. (submitted photo)

Empty lot could be home to ‘man caves’
What do you do with a dirt lot across from a factory?
Scott Hamlett, owner of Northern Iron & Machine, took a good look at the ugly dirt lot across from his iron foundry, and an idea came to him.

Fri
08
May

Crews respond to Roseville Babies"R"Us fire

A fire the morning of May 7 at the Babies"R"Us store in Roseville caused an estimated $1.5 million in damages.
A fire the morning of May 7 at the Babies"R"Us store in Roseville caused an estimated $1.5 million in damages. (courtesy of the city of Roseville)

The Roseville Fire Department responded to an alarm call at the Babies"R"Us on Fairview Avenue the morning of Thursday, May 7, and upon arrival, discovered smoke billowing from the back of the store.

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