East Side Review

Thu
08
May

New Keller opens new vistas but reflects its past


The new Keller Golf Clubhouse, at 18,800 square feet and already open for special events, is located at 2166 Maplewood Drive and again a familar sight along Highway 61. The renovated golf course is planned to open at the end of June. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The new, spacious kitchen will allow Lancer Catering to be a full banquet facility for weddings and other special events. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The Keller Clubhouse, closed in October 2012 and rebuilt, has a large bar and grill lounge. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Pictures of winners will be added above the bar and on the walls. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

A wood staircase leads to the upper level, as does an elevator. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Looking up at the new Keller Lake Golf Course clubhouse as you drive along U.S. Highway 61 in Maplewood, you will hardly notice any differences. It was meant to be that way.
Even the brand new pro shop is located in the same place, and its exterior also appears unchanged.  
I stopped by Keller recently and met with Allison Winters, communications associate with the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department.

Wed
07
May

Stillwater Prison: a time capsule


The Minnesota State Correctional Facility at Stillwater has stood the test of time -- though 100 years old, it’s still in full operation. The facility, which stands in Bayport, Minn. holds 1,638 inmates. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

To enter the Stillwater Prison, a visitor passes through the security scanning area, called “the bubble,” followed by four sets of gates, before arriving in the core of the prison. From there, a security desk sits between the four cell blocks, which look to be straight out of a movie set, and haven’t changed much since they were built. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Stillwater Prison Warden Michelle Smith spoke in commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the prison. Smith toted the facility’s successes with education programs for inmates, and spoke of the challenges of maintaining a century-old building. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

As of Friday, May 2, the Stillwater Prison has been running non-stop, 24 hours a day, for the past 100 years.
Though by no means a cheerful place, the Victorian-era building does hold a certain charm. Even inside the main hallway where prisoners are transported, touches like lavender trim, worn tile floors, yellow brick walls and oak rails make it easily identifiable as a piece of history.

Tue
06
May

Neighbors collect trash by the ton


Photo courtesy of Sue Moyer

The sun came out and so did over 130 volunteers on April 26 for the Annual Battle Creek Regional Park Earth Day Clean Up.

Tue
06
May

Apartment fire sends two to hospital

A morning fire on Sunday, April 25, likely caused by a space heater, sent a 3-year-old boy and his father to the hospital.
The fire happened on the third floor of an 11-unit apartment building 1800 block of East Seventh Street.

Mon
05
May

New Payne Ave. plaza is a labor of love


Sonia Ortega, a new business owner on the East Side, has ambitious goals for her newly opened Plaza Del Sol. Ortega hopes to make the space a bustling community marketplace. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Plaza Del Sol, at the corner of Jenks and Payne avenues, is home to a handful of new businesses, including a Mexican restaurant, a coffee shop, a beauty salon, a jewelry store, and a clothing boutique. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A jewelry store sits just down from a beauty shop and across from a clothing boutique at the newly opened Plaza Del Sol. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Sonia Ortega has big dreams.
The fiercely diligent 42-year-old is hoping to make her mark on Payne Avenue, in the building that once held Borgstrom’s Pharmacy at the corner of Jenks and Payne avenues.
As far as she’s concerned, making Plaza Del Sol a bustling marketplace is simply a matter of will and tireless hard work. So she sleeps only four or five hours a night, while pulling 17-hour days.

Mon
05
May

9-year old meets her life savers


9-year-old Nevaeh Sellers, at the far right, met the firefighters who helped save her life on Monday, April 28. Sellers was found unconscious in her burning home on Sunday, Feb. 17. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Nevaeh Sellers got to check out the inside of a fire truck as part of her tour of the East Side’s Fire Station No. 7. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Rescued by firefighters, she gets a chance to thank them
When firefighters found 9-year-old Nevaeh Sellers in the basement of her home, she was surrounded by a thick haze of smoke, unconscious, and her heart had stopped beating.
Thankfully, she has now recovered and a few months later, those same firefighters had the chance to see her full of life, smiling and holding a giant “thank you firemen” sign.

Mon
05
May

City looks to buy and demolish Payne Ave. ‘eyesore’


The former auto shop at 845 Payne Ave. will likely be demolished by the city this summer. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

For the 20-plus years Dan Bayers has been with the St. Paul Planning and Economic Development Department, the little auto shop at 845 Payne Ave. hasn’t seen much action.
As far as he knows it’s mainly been used for storage, and has been somewhat of an ugly relic.

Sun
04
May

East Side Review police reports Apr. 10 - Apr. 16, 2014

Thursday, Apr. 10 - Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 police reports for St. Paul Districts 1, 2, 4 & 5.

Mon
28
Apr

Investors looking to bring pre-paid cell phone store to Payne

Pending city approvals, Swan Leasing is poised to bring in an AT&T pre-paid phone store on Payne Avenue. The store would go in part of the space that used to be Furniture Minnesota at 871 Payne Ave.

Mon
28
Apr

Food on a bus?


A retired Metro Transit bus will become a non-profit mobile grocery store on the East Side come summer. The bus will be retrofitted with shelving and coolers and redecorated on the outside with images of fresh produce. (submitted photo)

New mobile groceries will come to East Side
Come June, East Siders could have a pop-up grocery store within walking distance of their homes.
Twin Cities Mobile Market, a project of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, will be cruising around the East Side in an old Metro Transit bus with a variety of fresh groceries on hand. The non-profit project is tentatively scheduled to start in June.

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