East Side People

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14
Jun

Celebrating Art in the Hollow

A crowd formed to watch students at the American Indian Magnet School perform dance routines.
A crowd formed to watch students at the American Indian Magnet School perform dance routines.

The 2015 Art in the Hollow was held on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The annual event celebrates East Siders’ art along with Swede Hollow Park. Numerous musical guests graced the event. (Photos courtesy of Nick Doten)

Sun
14
Jun

After 4 decades, East Side vet scaling back

Dr. J. Patrick Ryan, long-time veterinarian has had a clinic on Arcade Street for 40 years, will be stepping back from his practice starting July 1. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Dr. J. Patrick Ryan, long-time veterinarian has had a clinic on Arcade Street for 40 years, will be stepping back from his practice starting July 1. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Patrick Ryan has cared for generations of pets
For over 40 years, Dr. J. Patrick Ryan has known his modest veterinary clinic, the Arcade Animal Hospital, as a second home.
He’s proud of the place, where he’s built up a loyal following of pet owners who swear by his clinic, and where the staff know the names of the dogs and cats that come in, as well as their owners.

Sun
31
May

Marching Proud

On Thursday, May 21, Farnsworth Aerospace’s Upper Campus band marched from the upper campus over to the lower campus. The 270 member band was led along their route with a group of police officers.

Sun
31
May

Phalen Lake speaks Hmong

Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet Elementary School’s fourth grade Hmong-language immersion class meets with some Sepak Takraw players during a track and field day. The fourth graders have been learning Hmong language skills alongside English in the school’s two-way immersion program, which is now in its fourth year and has been growing steadily. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet Elementary School’s fourth grade Hmong-language immersion class meets with some Sepak Takraw players during a track and field day. The fourth graders have been learning Hmong language skills alongside English in the school’s two-way immersion program, which is now in its fourth year and has been growing steadily. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

School’s immersion program showing steady growth

“If a grandma cannot speak to her grandchildren, the relationship is lost,” says May Lee Xiong.

Sun
24
May

Merrick and Woodland Hills team up for food shelf success

Maxine Brooks picks out some salad greens from Merrick Community Service’s food shelf at Woodland Hills Church. Thanks to the food shelf, she’s able to give her grandchildren, whom she’s raising, nutritious meal options. Brooks, an East Sider, relies on Social Security while raising her three young grandchildren. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Maxine Brooks picks out some salad greens from Merrick Community Service’s food shelf at Woodland Hills Church. Thanks to the food shelf, she’s able to give her grandchildren, whom she’s raising, nutritious meal options. Brooks, an East Sider, relies on Social Security while raising her three young grandchildren. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A few years ago, Merrick Community Services’ food shelf was dinky.

It was in a commercial building, where the organization paid market-rate rent of $1,400 a month, and where food shelf recipients waited outdoors, rain or shine, to receive groceries.

The food shelf could only help about 30 low-income families a day.

Sun
24
May

In Memory: St. Paul Patrolman James T. Sackett, Sr.

St. Paul Patrolman James T. Sackett, Sr.

It’s been a long 45 years
Life’s been a struggle with plenty of tears

Sun
24
May

Taking aim at summer fun

Malachi Robinson learns some archery skills at the DNR’s “Take Aim at Summer Fun” event.
Malachi Robinson learns some archery skills at the DNR’s “Take Aim at Summer Fun” event.

Gearing up for summer, the DNR held its annual “Take Aim at Summer Fun” event at their headquarters on Saturday, May 16. The outdoor recreational fair offered a chance for people to try fishing, canoeing, archery, and more, all for free.

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24
May

Rain gardens come alive in Payne-Phalen

St. Paul residents work with volunteers to plant a boulevard rain garden to keep stormwater pollutants out of Lake Phalen. (photo courtesy of Sage Passi/Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District)
St. Paul residents work with volunteers to plant a boulevard rain garden to keep stormwater pollutants out of Lake Phalen. (photo courtesy of Sage Passi/Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District)

About 40 new rain gardens appeared in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood over the weekend of May 15-18, thanks to a joint initiative from two local watershed districts as well as the St. Paul Public Works Department.

Sun
24
May

WEQY getting closer to airtime

An open house preview of the new WEQY radio station will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the East Side Enterprise Center, 804 Margaret St. There, East Siders can learn more about how to be involved in the community radio station, and check out some of the equipment that will be used. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
An open house preview of the new WEQY radio station will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the East Side Enterprise Center, 804 Margaret St. There, East Siders can learn more about how to be involved in the community radio station, and check out some of the equipment that will be used. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Open house scheduled for May 30
With a studio location in place, equipment purchased, and some programming beginning to form, the East Side’s own community radio station, 104.7 WEQY, is on its way to being ready for broadcasting.
“We have all the equipment; we have the antenna,” reports Brenda Reid, project manager for the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council.

Sun
10
May

Parks and Rec to install Tuj Lub courts

Chia Yang demonstrates the spinning of the top in the traditional Hmong sport of Tuj Lub. The sport is gaining traction in the Twin Cities, and St. Paul Parks and Recreation will be installing two courts at Duluth and Case Recreation Center. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Chia Yang demonstrates the spinning of the top in the traditional Hmong sport of Tuj Lub. The sport is gaining traction in the Twin Cities, and St. Paul Parks and Recreation will be installing two courts at Duluth and Case Recreation Center. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Traditional Hmong sport could grow
A traditional Hmong game with spinning tops might be coming to the East Side this summer.
St. Paul Parks and Recreation announced it would be exploring construcing two Tuj Lub (pronounced Do Lu) courts at the Duluth and Case Recreation Center later this summer.
The sport, which involves a sawed-off golf club with string tied to it, a spinning top, and a playing court, sometimes draws comparisons to bocce ball.

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