St Paul

Sun
08
Nov

Johnson students can bank without leaving school

New credit union branches to open up in Johnson, Highland Park

Before the end of November, students at Johnson High will be able to bank within the walls of the school.
Hiway Federal Credit Union has just recently announced construction of student branches within two St. Paul public high schools.
Student branches will be located at Johnson Senior High School and Highland Park Senior High School.
Small kiosks with an office will be installed. Construction has already begun with an anticipated grand opening in November.

Sun
01
Nov

City HRA pushes for demolition of historic homes, amid resistance

The Gotthielf Christoff House at 737 Plum St., constructed in 1882, could soon be demolished. The city-owned home, which sits in the Dayton’s Bluff historic district is found to have a decent foundation, but rotting floor joists and other issues. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
The Gotthielf Christoff House at 737 Plum St., constructed in 1882, could soon be demolished. The city-owned home, which sits in the Dayton’s Bluff historic district is found to have a decent foundation, but rotting floor joists and other issues. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Historic Preservation Committee, neighbors oppose the demolitions
It may be goodbye for some roughed-up historic homes in Dayton's Bluff.
Despite pushback from the city's Heritage Preservation Commission, St. Paul's Housing and Redevelopment Authority will pursue the demolition of seven historic homes in the Dayton's Bluff Heritage Preservation District.
The HRA will pursue the demolition to shed property that it says is too far gone or requires too much subsidy to save.

Sun
01
Nov

Arrests made in wake of lower East Side murders

Four charged in burglary-turned-murder
Police have made arrests and charges have been filed in the slaying of Sarah Anne Wierstad, 24, who was killed outside her apartment after getting off of work Sunday, Oct. 18.
She had arrived home ready to see her 5-year-old daughter, but was greeted by three men burglarizing her apartment.

Sun
01
Nov

Arrests, charges come forward in wake of lower East Side murders

Two charged in gang-related drive-by murder
24-year-old Emmett Shaw died following a drive-by shooting on the Earl Street bridge over Phalen Boulevard. Shaw was killed on Thursday, Oct. 15, while walking with a group of four other young men who were also shot at, but not struck.

Sun
01
Nov

East Side marchers cry out for peace

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, about 75 residents turned out to call for peace and security in the lower East Side in the wake of a rash of homicides in the area. The group marched down Minnehaha Avenue from the Hamm’s Brewery to Weida Park. (Patrick Larkn/Review)
On Wednesday, Oct. 21, about 75 residents turned out to call for peace and security in the lower East Side in the wake of a rash of homicides in the area. The group marched down Minnehaha Avenue from the Hamm’s Brewery to Weida Park. (Patrick Larkn/Review)

Crowd condemns spate of gun violence
In the wake of five homicides in East Side neighborhoods in the past month, community members gathered to perform a peaceful march to decry the violence, and show community solidarity.
So, gathering in the golden hours of the day on Wednesday, Oct. 14, a group of about 75 marched from the old Hamm's Brewery buildings on Minnehaha to Weida Park, chanting calls for peace and justice.

Sun
25
Oct

With marked down prices, city hoping to sell vacant lots

In its third attempt at shedding vacant lots from its inventory, St. Paul's Housing and Redevelopment Authority have listed 27 vacant parcels around the city for sale.

Sun
25
Oct

Metro State to install state-of-the-art movie theater

Thanks to some seed money from the Knight Foundation, Metropolitan State University should have a community-friendly state of the art digital theater in place before next summer hits.

Sun
25
Oct

Twin Cities Academy gets visit from education commissioner

The East Side's own Twin Cities Academy High School, it would seem, is at the top of the heap for performance rankings in the Twin Cities.

Sun
25
Oct

Three killed in separate gunshot incidents within a week

Police pledge ramped-up patrols
With three shooting deaths in two different lower East Side neighborhoods, police say they are stepping up patrols nearby.
“We as a police department are fed up,” said Steve Linders, spokesperson for the St. Paul Police Department. Linders said residents in the Railroad Island and Dayton’s Bluff neighborhoods, where the incidents took place, will see an increase in patrolling officers in the wake of the incidents.

Sun
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.

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