East Side People

Sun
26
Jul

Elderly East Sider saved from humid nightmare

Simple act of kindness on a hot summer day
Joyce Norbury, 90, was driving her 1997 Crown Victoria to get groceries, a car that she describes as "this massive ancient Crown Victoria," when something went amiss.
Her brakes seemed to be acting up. So, being a prudent individual, she turned off of the rather high-speed Phalen Boulevard onto Wells Street, and slowly brought the car to a halt.

Sun
26
Jul

Entrepreneur tunes in to Payne Ave restaurant buzz

Entrepreneur Dimitri Hatzigeorgiou stands inside of 871 Payne Ave., which he hopes to turn into a concept restaurant. He decided to invest in Payne Avenue after reading news articles about the commercial corridor’s restaurant happenings. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Entrepreneur Dimitri Hatzigeorgiou stands inside of 871 Payne Ave., which he hopes to turn into a concept restaurant. He decided to invest in Payne Avenue after reading news articles about the commercial corridor’s restaurant happenings. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Picks up two buildings, hopes to open new businesses ASAP
It seems trend-piece articles about Payne Avenue have paid off, at least for two vacant buildings on the commercial corridor.
For it was after Dimitri Hatzigeorgiou heard the buzz about restaurants popping up on Payne from a radio news segment and some newpaper articles that he decided he'd better get in on the action.

Sun
19
Jul

HealthPartners breaks ground on new East Side neuroscience center

HealthPartners President and CEO Mary Brainerd addresses the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony for their new Neuroscience Center. The 130,000 square foot building is in construction and should be finished in early 2017. (submitted photo)
HealthPartners President and CEO Mary Brainerd addresses the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony for their new Neuroscience Center. The 130,000 square foot building is in construction and should be finished in early 2017. (submitted photo)
As of Wednesday, July 8, crews had begun construction on a new 130,000 square foot medical building.
 
Tue
14
Jul

East Side National Guard member helps rebuild in Croatia

East Sider Blong Kong, 21, has been spending a good part of the summer helping rebuild a community center in the small rural town of Racinovci, Croatia. The National Guardsman says it’s a welcome break from his job as a security guard at Target. (photos courtesy of the Minnesota National Guard)
East Sider Blong Kong, 21, has been spending a good part of the summer helping rebuild a community center in the small rural town of Racinovci, Croatia. The National Guardsman says it’s a welcome break from his job as a security guard at Target. (photo courtesy of the Minnesota National Guard)

As it’s been sunny and humid here in the Midwest, so too has it been in Racinovci, Croatia, reports East Sider Blong Kong, 21.

Mon
29
Jun

Dry Bones Blues Festival celebrates sobriety

Mary Elias and Tim Jenkins play for a crowd at the 12th annual Dry Bones Blues Festival at the Minnesota Music Cafe on lower Payne Avenue.

Mon
29
Jun

Booster club helps out Duluth & Case

Thanks to the efforts of the Duluth & Case Recreation Center’s Booster Club, the kids who play at the rec center will have some more gear to try out.

Sun
21
Jun

Happy 100th Birthday, Mom!

Lorraine posing for the 1935 Payne Avenue Parade.
Lorraine posing for the 1935 Payne Avenue Parade.

Eighty years ago this picture was taken, with you in your gown as a member of the Queen’s Royal Court in the Payne Avenue Parade. You haven’t changed a bit!

Sun
21
Jun

Sprucing up Payne

Students from Washington Technology Magnet School, a high school in St. Paul’s North End, showed up on Wednesday, June 17 to help pick up Payne Avenue.

Sun
14
Jun

Metro State wins $14k for the ‘Big Read’

Metropolitan State University just won a $14,200 grant to host and promote a months-long reading event that will start next January.

Sun
14
Jun

Catching some rain

(photo courtesy of Urban Roots)
(photo courtesy of Urban Roots)

Students at Dayton’s Bluff Elementary School came out to work on the school’s rain garden on Friday, June 5 with Urban Roots staff.

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