East Side Review

Wed
16
Apr

It was lights out last week at Champps

City leaders express surprise that sports restaurant closed
Maplewood Champps Americana, a popular sports bar and restaurant for over two decades, closed last week.

Tue
15
Apr

It’s a family tradition


Siblings Jane and Tex Metzger are the third generation of Metzgers running the family drywall business. The company was started by their grandfather in 1939. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Jane Metzger carries supplies from the company’s stock yard into the office. Jane Metzger officially took over as president of the company in 2011, taking the reins from her father, Gus. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Dave Bleeke, “yard man” at Metzger Building Materials, has been with the company for 25 years. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Long-time family business awarded
If you walked into Metzger Building Materials Company in the mid-1980s, you might see as many as five Metzgers, not to mention the family dog, hanging out at the business.
Tucked away along Phalen Boulevard at 768 Bradley St., the building supply business has been quietly chugging along for over 75 years and three generations.

Mon
14
Apr

With CP Rail expansion, neighbors hope concerns will be heard


Canadian Pacific Railroad operates a switching yard near Pig’s Eye Lake, located just west of the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and Lower Afton Road. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

With Canadian Pacific Railroad applying to expand operations at its Pig’s Eye switching yard, neighbors are approaching it as an opportunity to voice their concerns.
Canadian Pacific Railroad hopes to fill in six acres of wetlands to enlarge the facility, located just west of the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and Lower Afton Road.

Mon
07
Apr

Maplewood police pull burning victim from ablaze vehicle


Maplewood police pulled a man from this burning vehicle the night of April 4, and will be noted for their heroism.

Officers to receive 'Lifesaving Award'
The scene; a vehicle on its side and aflame on a snowy street just before midnight -- with desperate cries coming from inside.
A Maplewood police officer on patrol spotted the crashed vehicle just southwest of Larpenteur and White Bear avenues at 11:50 p.m. April 4, with feet-high flames pouring from it. He called dispatchers to send backup and fire crews.

Mon
07
Apr

Mayor’s “state of the city” speech touts new East Side building


St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman gave his speech at the yet-to-open Arlington Hills Community Center at the corner of Payne and Maryland avenues. The bright, sun lit building was a central part of the speech. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Speaking in the brightly lit gathering room at the new Arlington Hills Community Center, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman delivered his annual “state of the city” speech last week.
“Payne-Phalen has become a hallmark for how we as a city must grow,” Coleman told the crowd, emphasizing the promise of the new building. “Our efforts could not be more clear than here, in the Arlington Hills Community Center.”

Mon
07
Apr

Margaret Park advocates looking forward to improvements


Margaret Park is slotted for some renovations in coming years - thanks to a group of park advocates, $500,000 should be coming to the park to add a bathroom facility and make other improvements. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

When Jennifer Herman and her husband Tim moved to the area by Margaret Park with young kids, the park’s play area for young kids, known as the “tot lot,” was rated lowest in the city, she said.
The couple would drive their young kids to other more distant parks rather than go to the park mere blocks from their house.

Mon
07
Apr

Ramsey County Parks director to retire


Greg Mack has been the director of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation since 1988. He’ll retire at the end of the month. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Greg Mack looks back at decades of parks progress
It’s been a long run for Greg Mack, parting director of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation.
Mack was hired back in February 1988, at a time when the county parks department was much more fledgling.

Mon
07
Apr

CP Rail pushes for Pig’s Eye yard expansion

Would fill in wetlands, could threaten rare turtle
Canadian Pacific Railroad hopes to fill 6 acres of wetland to expand its Pig’s Eye switching yard, located near the intersection of Highway 61 and Lower Afton Road.
The project would add track to the switching yard, allowing longer trains to pass through and boosting the overall capacity of the yard. It would also add an access road.

Mon
07
Apr

Governor signs bill for Hwy. 36 Crittenden memorial


In a ceremonial signing April 9, Gov. Mark Dayton signs into law a bill designating North St. Paul's portion of Trunk Highway 36 as the "Officer Richard Crittenden Sr. Memorial Highway. Standing behind Dayton's right and left shoulders are State Sen. Chuck Wiger and State Rep. Leon Lillie, who carried the bill in their respective branches. North St. Paul Mayor Mike Kuehn is behind the legislators; Police Chief Tom Lauth and City Manager Jason Ziemer are to Lillie's left. To Wiger's right are Crittenden's widow Christine and his son Rick Jr. and family. (submitted photo)

Christine Crittenden, the widow of North St. Paul police officer Richard Crittenden, listens as city manager Jason Ziemer (not pictured) testifies to a Senate committee March 3 at the state Capitol for a bill presented by Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, right. The bill passed the Senate March 24 to rename a segment of Highway 36 for the slain officer. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

On Sept. 6 2005, Lino Lakes police officer Shawn Silvera was killed in the line of duty while deploying stop sticks on Interstate 35W to halt a suspect who was fleeing police. The suspect's vehicle struck him. A portion of 35W from the scene of the incident north is now memorialized with the above markers. (online image)

On April 3, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill establishing a portion of Highway 36 as a the “Officer Richard Crittenden Sr. Memorial Highway.

Wed
02
Apr

Senate passes bill honoring slain North St. Paul officer


Christine Crittenden, the widow of North St. Paul police officer Richard Crittenden, listens as city manager Jason Ziemer (not pictured) testifies to a Senate committee March 3 at the state Capitol for a bill presented by Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, right. The bill passed the Senate March 24 to rename Hwy. 36 for the slain officer. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

For nearly a minute March 24, members of the state Senate stood in silence.
Moments after they unanimously voted to pass a bill from Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, to rename Highway 36 to the “Officer Richard Crittenden Memorial Highway,” they paused to honor the North St. Paul cop who was killed while responding to a domestic dispute call on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009.

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