East Side Review

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St. Paul looking for resident feedback on Gateway Corridor stations

A map of the Gateway Corridor route shows the five general areas where stations would be placed in St. Paul’s East Side. The Gateway Corridor will be a Bus Rapid Transit line with a dedicated roadway connecting St. Paul’s Union Depot to Woodbury. (submitted graphic)
A map of the Gateway Corridor route shows the five general areas where stations would be placed in St. Paul’s East Side. The Gateway Corridor will be a Bus Rapid Transit line with a dedicated roadway connecting St. Paul’s Union Depot to Woodbury. (submitted graphic)

Though the rough locations of St. Paul stops for the Gateway Corridor are set, the specifics have yet to be hammered out for the up-and-coming transit line.

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23
Feb

Billboard to get cleaned up pending warm weather

The St. Paul Mayor’s office says they’ll get the scrappy billboard over the Eastern District police station scraped and painted as soon as weather allows. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
The St. Paul Mayor’s office says they’ll get the scrappy billboard over the Eastern District police station scraped and painted as soon as weather allows. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

In what neighbors are toting as signs of progress, the St. Paul mayor’s office sent out an email declaring it would get the tattered billboard, which sits atop the Eastern District police station along Payne Avenue, scraped and painted.

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23
Feb

A slow fade for 676 Wells Street

676 Wells was cleared out by the city, and the windows have been boarded up. It sits ready for demolition, although there’s a lengthy process before the demolition can occur -- the homeowner, Ronald “Arjo” Adams, has filed an appeal against the demolition with the Minnesota Court of Appeals. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
676 Wells was cleared out by the city, and the windows have been boarded up. It sits ready for demolition, although there’s a lengthy process before the demolition can occur -- the homeowner, Ronald “Arjo” Adams, has filed an appeal against the demolition with the Minnesota Court of Appeals. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

City’s lined up to bulldoze, but an appeal’s slowing things down

Ronald “Arjo” Adams reports he’s living in his truck with his cat, after being kicked out of his house right before Christmas on Dec. 23, 2014.

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Feb

Golden Lion roars no more

Ralph Komarek, 80, is closing down his long-time East Side antique business in favor of retirement. His shop, the Golden Lion, has been a fixture on Payne Avenue since 1978. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Ralph Komarek, 80, is closing down his long-time East Side antique business in favor of retirement. His shop, the Golden Lion, has been a fixture on Payne Avenue since 1978. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Last antique store on Payne Ave. closes doors, proprietor retires

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Feb

Feedback sought on White Bear Ave. reconstruction plans

A large portion of White Bear Avenue is a bit of a bumpy ride these days.

“There are a lot of potholes... it’s kind of falling apart on us” reports Nick Fischer, project manager for Ramsey County Public Works.

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Feb

BNSF announces plans to increase freight capacity at East Side rail yard

Citing strong demand for rail services, BNSF Railway Company announced plans to invest roughly $326 million in infrastructure upgrades in the state, including a project just down the hill from the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood.

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Feb

East Side Review police reports Jan. 22-28, 2015

Thursday, Jan. 22 - Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 police reports for St. Paul Districts 1, 2, 4 & 5.

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East Side may say goodbye to 2 Radio Shack stores

The Radio Shack at the Sun Ray Mall held a clearance sale in its final days open. The store closes Sunday, Feb. 15. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
The Radio Shack at the Sun Ray Mall held a clearance sale in its final days open. The store closes Sunday, Feb. 15. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Company files for bankruptcy, announces store closures

East Siders may or may not be surprised to hear that electronics retailer Radio Shack is bankrupt.

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16
Feb

House for sexually trafficked girls to close

This bedroom in Jerry’s Place, furnished with donated furniture, is home to a girl who was a victim of sex trafficking. Due to financial shortfalls, Jerry’s Place will close in March. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
This bedroom in Jerry’s Place, furnished with donated furniture, is home to a girl who was a victim of sex trafficking. Due to financial shortfalls, Jerry’s Place will close in March. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Jerry’s Place runs into financial barriers

Almost before it could get off the ground, Jerry’s Place, a home on the East Side for underage female victims of sex trafficking, will close.

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Feb

Bilingual barber school lands on East Side

A new bilingual barber school opened up on Payne Avenue last week. Valeria Mejia, a student at the school who currently works as a server at a Mexican restaurant in Minneapolis, said she will look forward to having new career options after attending the school. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
A new bilingual barber school opened up on Payne Avenue last week. Valeria Mejia, a student at the school who currently works as a server at a Mexican restaurant in Minneapolis, said she will look forward to having new career options after attending the school. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

It’s the first Minnesota barber school to open in 35 years

Sonia Ortega and her business partner Les Hill, proprietors of Payne Avenue’s Plaza Del Sol, seem to be people who like to make others’ dreams reality.

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