East Side Review

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03
May

$1 million idea has morphed

The Standard Oil Building in the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary will likely be demolished. So, Tracy Side’s idea to turn the building into a food hub, which she won $1 million for, had to change. But, she says, the crux of her idea remains. (file photo)
The Standard Oil Building in the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary will likely be demolished. So, Tracy Side’s idea to turn the building into a food hub, which she won $1 million for, had to change. But, she says, the crux of her idea remains. (file photo)

Sans building, Tracy Sides switches focus to food programs When Tracy Sides won $1 million for her idea to transform the old Standard Oil building into a food hub for farmers, gardeners and anyone who enjoys eating, the idea sounded romantic. Sides won the $1 Million Forever Saint Paul Challenge in 2013. Sponsored by the St. Paul Foundation, the contest was driven by one question: “What would you do with $1 million to make Saint Paul great?”

Sun
03
May

Six charged in gunfire skirmish at Hmong Village

Six men are charged for participating in a fight at Hmong Village after shots were fired inside the indoor food market in January 2015.

According to a criminal complaint from the Ramsey County attorney’s office:

Wed
29
Apr

Cheryl Blackford fulfills her dream with ‘Hungry Coyote’

Writer Cheryl Blackford of North Oaks awaits the May 1 publication of “Hungry Coyote,” her children’s picture book about a year in the life of an urban coyote. (courtesy Jessie DeCorsey)
Writer Cheryl Blackford of North Oaks awaits the May 1 publication of “Hungry Coyote,” her children’s picture book about a year in the life of an urban coyote. (courtesy Jessie DeCorsey)

North Oaks author's book to be released May 1

On one of her many walks through the woods near her North Oaks home, author Cheryl Blackford saw a "lone coyote trotting across the frozen lake" and wondered how it lived successfully so close to an urban area.

Blackford says she walks outside almost every day, regardless of the weather. It's her thinking time for writing stories, including imagining the setting for her newly published children's picture book, "Hungry Coyote," a story about a year in the life of an urban coyote.

Wed
29
Apr

One of Oakdale’s oldest homes for sale

The Oakdale City Council presented a certificate in recognition of the 150-year-old home, the second oldest in Oakdale.  (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Oakdale City Council presented a certificate in recognition of the 150-year-old home, the second oldest in Oakdale. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Free public tour set for May A Victorian mansion in Oakdale built just seven years after Minnesota was granted statehood is on the market with a list price of $325,000. Tony and Sharon Zagaros say they are selling their mid-1800s, six-bedroom dream home so they can travel the world.

Tue
28
Apr

84-year-old Roseville conductor brings world-class touch to community orchestra

Maestro Henry Smith, conductor of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, digitally composes a score inside his home office in Roseville. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Maestro Henry Smith, conductor of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, digitally composes a score inside his home office in Roseville. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)

In the midst of the Cold War, Henry Charles Smith packed up his trombone and went on tour of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc nations with the Philadelphia Orchestra.  

Tue
28
Apr

Man drowns after canoe tips in Little Canada lake

A man has reportedly drowned after his canoe tipped over in Twin Lake near the Little Canada and Vadnais Heights border the morning of April 26.

Mon
27
Apr

Pizza & Gardening

Urban Roots workers teamed up with the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council to fix up the Dayton’s Bluff Children’s Garden.

Sun
26
Apr

Ramsey County to hold May 2 warrant resolution event

Ramsey County is hoping to close out some of its 4,500 active misdemeanor warrants.

Sun
26
Apr

Phalen will get new fishing dock

A new fishing dock will be built along the west side of Lake Phalen. The pier, similar to the one shown above, will replace an old pier that was removed in 2013.  (submitted photo)
A new fishing dock will be built along the west side of Lake Phalen. The pier, similar to the one shown above, will replace an old pier that was removed in 2013. (submitted photo)

Lake Phalen will have a new fishing spot this summer.

The Minnesota DNR is teaming up with the Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District and St. Paul Parks and Recreation to install a public fishing dock on the west side of the lake.

Sun
26
Apr

Man charged with shooting at baby near Wilder Park

Joseph John Johnson
Joseph John Johnson

Joseph John Johnson, 22, of Minneapolis faces felony charges in Ramsey County after firing a gun at his ex-girlfriend’s car while she was driving with her 1-year-old baby.

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