East Side People

Tue
21
Jan

Community of Peace class wins award for songwriting

Out of roughly 10,000 pieces of art made by students statewide, a song called “Living on the East Side,” written by a class of high-schoolers at Community of Peace Academy, rose to the top.

Mon
23
Dec

East Siders turn up to help dole out gifts


Bill Nisbit jokes with another volunteer as they put out gifts on tables. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

Bill Nisbit helps find a gift for a boy at the toy distribution event at Merrick Community Services’ Edgerton Ave. location on Monday, Dec. 16.

Toys are shown at the toy distribution event at Merrick Community Services’ Edgerton Ave. location on Monday, Dec. 16. About 3,500 kids will receive holiday gifts through the event.

Hot Wheels, Play-Doh, basketballs, baseball gloves, footballs, Target gift cards -- the gifts poured in for East Siders in need.
Merrick Community Services was able to help 1,000 families have presents to give to their kids this holiday season, via a toy drive culminating in a toy distribution event.
The annual toy drive has been going strong for decades.

Mon
23
Dec

East Sider goes all out with lights display


Doug Schultz, at right, got a lot of help from his neighbors in setting up his light show. Shown clockwise are neighbors Pam Voss and her son T.J. Voss, Carla Hoffman, Rick Buckley, and John Hansen. The lights display has brought the neighbors closer, Voss said. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

Doug Schultz is aiming to get 1,000 pounds in food donations for Merrick Community Services through his light show. He constructed a sign to update light show viewers of his progress.

Schultz’s display is spread out over six front yards, and has over 40,000 individual lights, as well as a projected display of Santa Claus.

Doug Schultz stands before his house, the control center for the elaborate lights display on the 1500 block of York Ave.

To say that the holiday lights display at 1526 York Ave. is exuberant is most certainly an understatement.
It’s got 40,000 lights, fills up the front yards of six homes, and is synced up to a rotating queue of 36 Christmas songs with the help of computer light sequencing software.

Mon
25
Nov

Swimming with sharks


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Johnson High School principal Micheal Thompson swam with sharks as part of a fundraising effort on Thursday, Nov. 14, Give to the Max Day.
Thompson, along with other principals and faculty, swam in the Sea Life Minnesota aquarium at the Mall of America as Johnson High students watched.

Mon
25
Nov

East Siders celebrate community booster’s retirement


Karin DuPaul (right), standing with “the spirit of Swede Hollow,” looks out at the crowd of people that attended her party on Monday, Nov. 18 at the Historic Mounds Theatre. DuPaul will retire from the Dayton’s Bluff district council after 30 years of involvement. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

St. Paul Police Cmmdr. Joe Neuberger pretends to arrest Karin DuPaul. A long-time community activist, DuPaul coordinated community meetings with the Eastern District Police Dept. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Karin DuPaul is shown at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. (submitted photo)

For some people’s retirement parties, they get a cake, a greeting card and maybe a little scrapbook.
But not Karin DuPaul, community organizer at the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council. That would be a small gesture in comparison to the theatrical commemoration of her 30 some years of service to the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood.
DuPaul will turn 70 next week and in December plans to retire from her post as the community engagement coordinator at the Dayton’s Bluff District Council. She served on the council’s board from 1982 to 1994, and started as the community coordinator there in 1996.

Mon
04
Nov

24 years after graduation, Harding athlete will be first black male hall of famer


Mylai Tenner

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Mylai Tenner was an enthused tri-sport athlete when he attended Harding High School.
He shot hoops, ran track and played football, all as a varsity player. As a senior, he was given the “H blanket,” an award given to the school’s top three-sport varsity athletes.

Mon
04
Nov

East Sider makes for a good neighbor


John Engebretson stands beside St. Paul City Council president Kathy Lantry at a Dayton’s Bluff Community Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 28. (submitted photo)

East Sider John Engebretson, 68, was awarded with the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council’s annual Roger Tetu award.
This year is the third year of the award that honors Rogre Tetu, an elderly gentleman who was hit and killed by a car while he was picking up trash around the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood.

Wed
23
Oct

Let’s get cooking! - photos


Patricia Ferrell and Diamond Johnson heat up chili made by Lynette Harris for the community garden harvest fest Oct. 12. All summer neighborhood kids have grown their own and healthy food in the garden, enjoyed a hot meal, and brought home a bag of groceries, donations from Kowalskis and Trader Joes.

Tomatoes, cabbage, peppers, and more were grown by neighborhood kids at the community garden, an empty plot of land donated by the city. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)
Mon
21
Oct

Hometown heroes - photos


Joey and Mason meet Station 4 Squad 1 firefighter Tom Bever while touring the inside of a fire engine Saturday. Several fire stations hosted open houses during Fire Prevention Week.

A caped skateboarder makes his way to the start line out at Lake Phalen for the ALS Super Hero Dash Saturday morning.

Batman and other costumed characters take off for the start of the 5K ALS Super Hero Dash at Lake Phalen Oct. 12

Plenty of costumed characters took part in the ALS Super Hero Dash 5K start at Lake Phalen Oct. 12. The goal to raise $35,000 was already surpassed by race day.

In the 10K, Spiderman pushes a double stroller to raise funds for ALS, a Super Hero Dash around Lake Phalen Oct. 12.

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