East Side People

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03
Jan

St. Paul publishes Karen/English children’s books

St. Paul has birthed what are perhaps the first bilingual Karen-English children’s books.

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06
Dec

Girl Scouts learn gift of giving

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a new East Side Girl Scout troop organized a collection drive to donate food to the Salvation Army on Payne Avenue. The girls were able to give away nearly 440 pounds of food. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Just in time for Thanksgiving, a new East Side Girl Scout troop organized a collection drive to donate food to the Salvation Army on Payne Avenue. The girls were able to give away nearly 440 pounds of food. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A newly formed East Side Girl Scout troop is off to a strong start.

Sun
15
Nov

Police Chief Tom Smith to retire

Tom Smith
Tom Smith

After 20 years in the department, St. Paul Chief of Police Tom Smith announced on Friday, Nov. 6, that he plans to retire at the end of his six-year term as chief in 2016.

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15
Nov

Harding’s new Hall-of-Famer has a strong pulse

Gerald Keenan got a nod from the Minnesota State High School League when he was inducted into their Hall of Fame on Oct. 25. The Harding High School athletics director has been at the school since 1975, and with the district since 1960. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Gerald Keenan got a nod from the Minnesota State High School League when he was inducted into their Hall of Fame on Oct. 25. The Harding High School athletics director has been at the school since 1975, and with the district since 1960. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Jerry Keenan’s lifelong dedication to athletics gets a nod

Fifty-five years into his career, Harding High School’s activities and athletics director Gerald Keenan has no plans of stopping, even after achieving state Hall of Fame stature.
Jerry Keenan, as he prefers, was inducted into the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame on Oct. 25, receiving the designation alongside three Olympic athletes and nine other Minnesotans involved in high school sports for the league’s 100th anniversary.

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25
Oct

High-schoolers help out at Hmong farm

Youth and their mentors from the state’s YouthBuild programs gathered at the Hmong American Farmers Association farmland in Vermillion, Minnesota, to help build 25 sheds for Hmong farmers. (photo courtesy of Mike Hazard and the Hmong American Farmers Association)
Youth and their mentors from the state’s YouthBuild programs gathered at the Hmong American Farmers Association farmland in Vermillion, Minnesota, to help build 25 sheds for Hmong farmers. (photo courtesy of Mike Hazard and the Hmong American Farmers Association)

On Oct. 13 and 14, about 100 high-schoolers from across Minnesota built 25 storage sheds for farmers at Hmong American Farmers Association's farm plots in Vermillion Township, located in south-central Dakota County.

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18
Oct

Hmong farmers growing their future

Hmong American Farmers Association members Lang and Mee Hang use hoes to clear weeds in their farm plot in Dakota County’s Vermillion Township. (photo by Mike Hazard, courtesy of HAFA)
Hmong American Farmers Association members Lang and Mee Hang use hoes to clear weeds in their farm plot in Dakota County’s Vermillion Township. (photo by Mike Hazard, courtesy of HAFA)

Food growers keep traditions going while learning new methods
Hoping to give Hmong food growers a leg up, a St. Paul-based organization called the Hmong American Farmers Association is helping farmers find new ways of selling their fresh produce and new paths to economically fruitful farming.
South of the urban core, past the suburbs and out into the lesser-known land of Vermillion Township, a group of Hmong farmers, many of them East Siders, are hard at work as many as seven days a week during the growing season.

Sun
04
Oct

Teens bring life to Payne Ave. parking lot

Teens from the East Side and Minneapolis’ North Side performed in an empty parking lot on Payne Avenue in September, during three separate performances. The events were put on by Farrington Llewellyn, who was hired by Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services. (submitted photo)
Teens from the East Side and Minneapolis’ North Side performed in an empty parking lot on Payne Avenue in September, during three separate performances. The events were put on by Farrington Llewellyn, who was hired by Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services. (submitted photo)

Hoping to bring some activity to an unflattering city-owned parking lot on Payne Avenue, Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services teamed up with teens from the East Side and Minneapolis to bring some life and music to the open pavement.

Mon
28
Sep

2015 Harvest Fest one to remember

A brilliantly dressed woman burning incense preceded dancers as they make their way along Payne Avenue for the Harvest Fest Parade.
A brilliantly dressed woman burning incense preceded dancers as they make their way along Payne Avenue for the Harvest Fest Parade.

With 60 parade groups, tons of afterparties, family fun, Payne Avenue turned into a festive celebration on Saturday, Sept. 19 for the 109th annual Harvest Fest. (photos by Linda Baumeister)

Sun
27
Sep

East Sider gets ‘brushed with kindness’

East Sider Nancy Finch stands before her home, which was repainted last week thanks to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness program. Finch’s home served as the center of a kickoff event, celebrating 153 painting projects that were be done through Habitat for Humanity across the country during the week of Sept. 20 through 26. (submitted photo)
East Sider Nancy Finch stands before her home, which was repainted last week thanks to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness program. Finch’s home served as the center of a kickoff event, celebrating 153 painting projects that were be done through Habitat for Humanity across the country during the week of Sept. 20 through 26. (submitted photo)

Payne-Phalen resident part of nationwide home improvement celebration

Over the past weekend, the modest Payne-Phalen homeowner Nancy Finch was the center of attention.
Over 100 volunteers stood in the street outside her house on the 1000 block of Greenbrier Street a block from Payne Avenue, kicking off a week-long national Habitat for Humanity event, where thanks to extra paint donations, the non-profit housing agency is getting 153 homeowners across the country a fresh coat of paint.

Mon
21
Sep

Coleman announces sidewalk poem contest

St. Paul residents will have a chance to win $100 and have their words permanently engraved in a sidewalk somewhere in the city.

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