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17
May

East Side’s last Catholic school finds fiscal saviors

St. Pascal Baylon pastor Mike Byron stands in an empty, unused classroom at the parish school. The school was once flourishing with as many as 500 students. Now, the numbers are down to 135 students. In dire financial straits, the school is being restructured. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
St. Pascal Baylon pastor Mike Byron stands in an empty, unused classroom at the parish school. The school was once flourishing with as many as 500 students. Now, the numbers are down to 135 students. In dire financial straits, the school is being restructured. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

St. Pascal Baylon looks to salvage school through restructuring

Up until a month ago, it wasn’t clear whether St. Pascal Baylon’s school would operate past the end of May.
In dire financial straits, the parish and school, which sit at the corner of White Bear Avenue and East Third Street, had been running a combined annual deficit of $150,000.
To make up that deficit, they were drawing from cash reserves, which were being depleted.

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17
May

The Skinny: notable incidents from the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District - published 5-17

The Eastern District Police reports from May 4- 11.

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17
May

Corporate volunteers, high-schoolers clean up Railroad Island

A highschooler from Robbinsdale Cooper High School helps put a new basketball hoop in place at Weida Park in Railroad Island. It was part of a day-long effort from 50 Honeywell volunteers and 72 highschoolers to clean up the neighborhood. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
A highschooler from Robbinsdale Cooper High School helps put a new basketball hoop in place at Weida Park in Railroad Island. It was part of a day-long effort from 50 Honeywell volunteers and 72 highschoolers to clean up the neighborhood. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

About 125 people could be seen wearing bright red T-shirts and cleaning up the neighborhood in Railroad Island on Thursday, May 7.

Sun
17
May

A floating plastic island on Phalen?

Some Payne Phalen neighbors are considering the possibility of installing a floating plastic island such as the one shown above in Lake Phalen. (submitted photo)
Some Payne Phalen neighbors are considering the possibility of installing a floating plastic island such as the one shown above in Lake Phalen. (submitted photo)

Some Payne Phalen neighbors are considering the possibility of installing a floating plastic island in Lake Phalen.

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17
May

Placemaking panel examines zipcodes and death

Dr. Anthony Iton, a national public health expert, talked about the connection between a person’s zipcode and their life expectancy as part of a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 12 at Metro State University. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Dr. Anthony Iton, a national public health expert, talked about the connection between a person’s zipcode and their life expectancy as part of a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 12 at Metro State University. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

If you live in the Payne-Phalen or Dayton’s Bluff neighborhoods, odds are your life will be eight years shorter than someone living in Minnetonka, Edina, or Eagan.

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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10
May

Sinking teeth into the invasive-plant fight

Even with a clear view of Minneapolis, sheep keep their eyes on their work, diligently grazing on invasive grass at Pilot Knob Preservation Site in Mendota Heights. (Jesse Poole/Review)
Even with a clear view of Minneapolis, sheep keep their eyes on their work, diligently grazing on invasive grass at Pilot Knob Preservation Site in Mendota Heights. (Jesse Poole/Review)

Sheep should help shear weeds, restore Pilot Knob prairie
Armed with botany guides, education and a keen eye for leaf shapes and petal numbers, conservationists can discern native from invasive plants and identify them by species, genus and family. But what then, faced with fields full of bluegrass or groves clogged with saplings?
That’s when the conservationists call in the sheep.

Sun
10
May

Short-term mental health crisis residence eying old Blessed Sacrament building

People Incorporated is hoping to move its Diane Ahrens Crisis residence to this former convent building at 1784 Lacrosse Ave. (Courtesy of Cushman Wakefield)
People Incorporated is hoping to move its Diane Ahrens Crisis residence to this former convent building at 1784 Lacrosse Ave. (Courtesy of Cushman Wakefield)

A non-profit mental health and social services organization would like to establish a short-term mental health crisis center on White Bear Avenue.

Sun
10
May

What’s missing?

The billboard above the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District building is no more — the billboard was removed on May 4th and 5th, following neighborhood pressure to see the dilapidated, empty billboard go.

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