East Side People


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.


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)

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.

Library project earns Girl Scout Gold

Grace Oehrlein cataloged and helped build a library for her school. (submitted photo)

East Side resident Grace Oehrlein, a senior at Avalon School, a charter school in St. Paul, has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor given to Girl Scouts, through an ambitious project to organize the school’s library.


Twin Cities artist takes a curious portrait

Photographer Xavier Tavera stands in between two portraits he took of Latino families in the Twin Cities. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Xavier Tavera is standing beside a striking, 3-foot-square photo he took of a Hispanic family from Minneapolis. The patriarch is wearing a clown suit and makeup, surrounded by his family in their normal garb, in the family’s living room.
To Tavera, the photo depicts a scene that’s normal to him -- he knows the clown man, and it’s not out of the ordinary. But for people stopping by Tavera’s exhibition at Metro State University, he is hoping they come up with their own story to go along with the image.


New Johnson High School wrestling captain: a success story

Dwayne Williams, 17, at Johnson High School after his first day. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Coming into Johnson High School, Dwayne Williams looked to be a kid full of distractions.
His grades weren’t great. He was hanging around with the wrong kids -- kids who drank and smoked. He even got into some trouble at school.
Living on the lower East Side without a father around, in a full household with five siblings and his mother, he was a bit directionless.


District 5 East Side Pride picnic

photo courtesy of Brad Griffith

East Siders turned out in numbers to the annual East Side Pride Picnic on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Phalen Lake Picnic Pavillion, where officials such as St.


East Side neighbors get out - photos

Regina Rippel helps a neighborhood kid play a fishing game at a National Night Out block party near Lawson Avenue East and Greenbrier Street.

Marjorie Springer talks to a neighbor at a block party near Lawson Avenue East and Greenbrier Street. Springer’s lived in the neighborhood her whole life, and said she was glad to get out of the house to talk to neighbors.

Duluth and Case Recreation Center staff Mitch Hang (center) talks with a couple of high school ROTC volunteers who were organizing a hula hooping activity.

East Sider Greg Copeland talks with a buddy next to a Ford Model A car at the National Night Out gathering at Duluth and Case Recreation Center.

National Night Out brings neighbors together on the East Side. Photos by Patrick Larkin/Review



Solar Boat Regatta

photos by Linda Baumeister/Review

Wild Zebra, just one of the three boats entered by St. Paul’s City Academy, competes in the concluding 1-hour endurance race in the 21st annual Solar Boat Regatta held at Phalen Lake May 18.