Kaylin Creason


Maplewood Mall celebrates 40 years

The center court of Maplewood Mall in 2014. Maplewood Mall, located near the corner of Interstate 694 and White Bear Avenue, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with new clothing stores, restaurants, renovations and a back-to-school fashion event. Renovations to the interior of the mall in 2011 included new flooring, remodeled common areas and restrooms, a redesigned food court and energy-efficient lighting. (Submitted photo)

The center court of Maplewood Mall as it looked in 1988. The mall underwent extensive renovations that year, expanding to 718,000 square feet and adding 40 new stores. (Submitted photo)

This aerial photo of the Maplewood Mall was taken in October 1978. It shows the mall (bottom) as well as the original location of the Bruentrup Farm (center), which is surrounded by commercial development. (Courtesy of the Maplewood Historical Society)

Shopping center marks milestone with new stores, new look
Shoppers can expect to find a new look at Maplewood Mall this season — and not just for themselves. 


Four Level 3 sex offenders move to the East Side

Four Level 3 sex offenders recently moved to the East Side. From left to right: Tyrone Appleton, Markeith Branch, Jason Lenarz and Robert Ziemann.

Police speak to community concerns at July 31 meeting
Police have announced that four Level 3 sex offenders took up residence on the East Side of St. Paul between May and July:


Mayor Coleman seeks East Side input on 2015 city budget

St. Paul budget gap tops $9.6 million
Mayor Chris Coleman met with East Side residents in the community room at Hmong Village on the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 1 to discuss budget priorities for 2015.
The public meeting was the last in a series of four that Coleman hosted across St. Paul during July and August. The goal of the meeting was to invite public input on budget priorities as the city faces a projected $9.6 million budget gap.


180 Degrees opens shelter for underage victims of sex trafficking

The Safe and Sound Shelter for Girls is designed specifically for girls ages 10-17 who have been victims of sex trafficking. The shelter opened on Aug. 1. (Kaylin Creason/Review)

Safe and Sound Shelter aids girls ages 10-17
The Safe and Sound Shelter for Girls, a safe haven designed for girls ages 10-17 who have been victims of sex trafficking, opened Friday, Aug. 1 on the East Side.


East Sider’s million-dollar idea takes root

East Sider Tracy Sides is the founder and executive director of Urban Oasis, a nonprofit committed to cultivating healthy communities by increasing access to whole food. Her idea for an “urban oasis food hub” won the $1 Million Forever St. Paul Challenge in 2013. (Submitted photo)

Urban Oasis Food Fest set for Aug. 17
A year ago, St. Paulites would be hard-pressed to find tomato-canning demonstrations, condiment taste-testings and East Side food vendors all in one place.


A lei of close friendships

Kalei (left) and Alana dance the hula in unison at the Kaleiokapilialoha, a hula school in Brooklyn Center. (Josh Nielsen/Review)

Students at Kaleiokapilialoha practice a dance to the song “Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai (Plants of the Sea).” (Josh Nielsen/Review)

Kalei (front center) poses in traditional Hawaiian garb with veteran hula dancers (from left) Alana, Mikalalani and Lu’ukia. (Josh Nielsen/Review)

Roseville resident teaches Hawaiian dance, values at hula school
Her name is Dana Marie Kaleina’ala O Ka’ahuona'ali’i Enstad, but everyone calls her Kalei. Originally from the balmy Hawaiian island of Oahu, Enstad moved to chilly Minnesota more than 30 years ago and has remained rooted in the cold-weather climate ever since. She misses Hawaii with its warm weather and ‘aloha spirit,’ but she’s doing her best to keep it close: the Roseville resident runs a hula school in Brooklyn Center.


Grace Lutheran Church welcomes new pastor

The Rev. Karen Williams, an East Side native, is excited about her new position as the head pastor of Grace Lutheran Church. “It feels like I’m coming back home,” she says. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Outreach is a large part of the ministry of Grace Lutheran Church. The church provides space for a Hmong congregation which meets at noon on Sundays. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Karen Williams returns to East Side roots
Grace Lutheran Church is welcoming the Rev. Karen Williams back to the East Side.
Williams, who grew up on the East Side and attended Harding High School, took up her new role this week as the head pastor at Grace, a prominent church building off of White Bear Avenue that is a familiar sight to commuters on Interstate 94.


East Side Freedom Library closes in on roof costs

The East Side Freedom Library, housed within the historic Arlington Hills Library building, is one of three Carnegie libraries in St. Paul. It was built in 1916. (Submitted photo)

Tsione Wolde-Michael reads in front of a crowd at East Side Freedom Library’s Juneteenth event, which celebrates African-American emancipation. About 100 people attended the event, one of three the library has hosted this summer. (Submitted photo)

‘Raise the Roof’ campaign raises funds  
The East Side Freedom Library’s “Raise the Roof! Open the Doors!” campaign is over halfway to its goal.


A fresh face for La Palma

Minneapolis artist Gustavo Lira will begin painting a new mural for La Palma Supermercado in the next few weeks. The colorful mural will wrap around two sides of the building. (Linda Baumeister/Review staff)

East Side eatery getting a new look
Expect a colorful change on Payne Avenue come October.
La Palma Supermercado, a Salvadoran grocery and café, will be getting a new mural this fall as part of a $38,000 façade renovation.


Maplewood illustrator recreates classic fables

Mike Wilke, writer and illustrator for Cornerstone Stories, says his favorite fable he’s done is “The Bearded Fool,” a story about a man who decides to burn part of his beard off after reading that all men with long beards are fools. “I did relate to it,” Wilke laughs. (Kaylin Creason/Review)

Maplewood illustrator Mike Wilke exhibits comics from his book “Watermelon Bones: The Sequel.” (Kaylin Creason/Review)

Political cartoonist Mike Wilke, 58, has been drawing for most of his life, but he’s never done anything like this. For the past year, Wilke has been illustrating fables for children’s books.