East Side Review

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19
Jul

Short-term mental health crisis center gains approval

People Incorporated, a social services agency, is getting closer to approval for its short-term mental health crisis center, which it’s looking to to relocate to the former convent at White Bear and Lacrosse avenues. The organization’s zoning requests will be  heard by the St. Paul City Council in August. (submitted photo)
People Incorporated, a social services agency, is getting closer to approval for its short-term mental health crisis center, which it’s looking to to relocate to the former convent at White Bear and Lacrosse avenues. The organization’s zoning requests will be heard by the St. Paul City Council in August. (submitted photo)

After squeezing through with 9-8 vote, matter now in the hands of city council
Despite some neighborhood opposition, People Incorporated is closing in on its zoning wishes, and is a step closer to approval for relocating its short-term mental health crisis center to a former convent at White Bear and Lacrosse avenues.
Currently located in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood, the short-term mental health crisis center would like to move to the East Side where it would increase its capacity to provide temporary housing for up to 16 men and women experiencing mental health crises.

Sun
19
Jul

Mississippi Market teams up with community orgs to hire local

The Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, in partnership with Mississippi Market food co-op and the East Side Enterprise Center, have been doing job skills training in advance of an upcoming hiring fair for Mississippi Market’s new East Side Store. (photo courtesy of Dayton’s Bluff Community Council)
The Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, in partnership with Mississippi Market food co-op and the East Side Enterprise Center, have been doing job skills training in advance of an upcoming hiring fair for Mississippi Market’s new East Side Store. (photo courtesy of Dayton’s Bluff Community Council)

Part of pilot program for Dayton’s Bluff council
If you’ve driven down East Seventh Street recently, it’s hard not to notice the prominent new construction that’s coming along.
Starting at the bottom end of the hill, there’s Metropolitan State University’s new parking ramp and student center. Just up the hill from there, crews just broke ground on a new senior housing project, and capping it off, the new Mississippi Market Food Co-op is looking nearly complete, with an opening scheduled for Sept. 2.

Wed
15
Jul

July 18 marks sixth annual memorial run for slain North St. Paul Officer Richard Crittenden

Bikers congregate outside Neumann’s for Rick’s Ride in 2013. This year’s memorial run will take place on Saturday, July 18. (submitted photo)
Bikers congregate outside Neumann’s for Rick’s Ride in 2013. This year’s memorial run will take place on Saturday, July 18. (submitted photo)

Ride to start and end at Neumann’s
From his post at Neumann’s, longtime bartender Frank Kohler has forged camaraderie with a number of locals and city employees -- including the late North St. Paul Police Officer Richard Crittenden.
Kohler says Crittenden was very strict, but also knew how to joke around and have fun.
“I used to have spiky hair,” Kohler says, setting up a story about the time Crittenden ran up to him, asking if he was scared.
“He had a laugh like a tickled bear -- this belly laugh,” Kohler recalls.

Wed
15
Jul

Arden Hills killer pleads guilty to bank robbery

Lyle “Ty” Hoffman
Lyle “Ty” Hoffman

Convicted killer Lyle "Ty" Hoffman pleaded guilty to armed bank robbery in U.S. District Court July 8.

Hoffman admitted to committing the robbery at a Blaine TCF Bank on Aug. 31, 2014.

Wed
15
Jul

South Dakota prison escapee turned alleged Roseville bank robber arrested


A security camera still allegedly shows Clint Barry Eldeen walking out of the Roseville Bremer Bank with a stack of stolen cash. (courtesy of Roseville Police Department)

Multi-state and city crime spree ends at Prior Lake casino
Clint Barry Eldeen, who escaped from a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, minimum security prison on July 10 and is the prime suspect in the July 11 robbery of a Roseville Bremer bank, was arrested early Wednesday in Prior Lake.

Tue
14
Jul

Woman charged with murder

Natalie Jonelle Pollard
Natalie Jonelle Pollard

Natalie Jonelle Pollard accused of stabbing boyfriend to death in her basement
Natalie Jonelle Pollard, 33, of St. Paul, is charged with second degree murder after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend, the father of her unborn child, during an early morning dispute.

Tue
14
Jul

Woody ‘dines’ at Snuffy’s

Snuffy’s Malt Shop owner Mike Mueller says the photo of him and Woody Harrelson that he posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page, shot during the filming of “Wilson,” has garnered quite a response. As of the Review’s deadline, it had been shared nearly 500 times and liked more than 2,200 times, having been viewed nearly 50,000 times. (submitted photo)
Snuffy’s Malt Shop owner Mike Mueller says the photo of him and Woody Harrelson that he posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page, shot during the filming of “Wilson,” has garnered quite a response. As of the Review’s deadline, it had been shared nearly 500 times and liked more than 2,200 times, having been viewed nearly 50,000 times. (submitted photo)

Roseville malt shop hosts Hollywood production
It’s not often that a strip mall off Larpenteur and Lexington avenues in Roseville makes like a Hollywood studio backlot, but on June 23, that’s exactly what happened.
At around 6 a.m. that Tuesday, Snuffy’s Malt Shop owner Mike Mueller ushered in a production crew working on a film called “Wilson.”

Tue
14
Jul

East Side National Guard member helps rebuild in Croatia

East Sider Blong Kong, 21, has been spending a good part of the summer helping rebuild a community center in the small rural town of Racinovci, Croatia. The National Guardsman says it’s a welcome break from his job as a security guard at Target. (photos courtesy of the Minnesota National Guard)
East Sider Blong Kong, 21, has been spending a good part of the summer helping rebuild a community center in the small rural town of Racinovci, Croatia. The National Guardsman says it’s a welcome break from his job as a security guard at Target. (photo courtesy of the Minnesota National Guard)

As it’s been sunny and humid here in the Midwest, so too has it been in Racinovci, Croatia, reports East Sider Blong Kong, 21.

Tue
14
Jul

East Side Freedom Library growing, bustling

Bountiful books, plenty of programming fill the unique building  Things are coming along at the East Side Freedom Library, the Carnegie library building that was the Arlington Hills Library and a part of the St. Paul Public Library system for decades. For one, it's got a new roof, and grants coming in helping the organization get a foothold. With books on the shelves, people in the building, and a variety of programs happening out of the facility, it's taking on some of the life that its co-founder Peter Rachleff imagined it would have.

Sun
12
Jul

State reps call for railroad transparency

Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, speaks before a group of reporters, with a rail safety advocacy group alongside him showing support. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, speaks before a group of reporters, with a rail safety advocacy group alongside him showing support. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Meeting at the edge of a the parking lot at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, where railroad tracks are in plain view just a few hundred feet away, some Minnesota state legislators and local government officials called for greater transparen

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