East Side People

Sun
30
Aug

WEQY hits the airwaves

The East Side’s new community radio station, WEQY 104.7 FM, has hit the air, broadcasting out of a studio in Dayton’s Bluff. Calling itself “the voice of the East Side” the mostly volunteer-run station has about 30 hours of weekly programming scheduled. Organizers are hoping to attract more people interested in creating programming. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
The East Side’s new community radio station, WEQY 104.7 FM, has hit the air, broadcasting out of a studio in Dayton’s Bluff. Calling itself “the voice of the East Side” the mostly volunteer-run station has about 30 hours of weekly programming scheduled. Organizers are hoping to attract more people interested in creating programming. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Soft broadcast kicked off at East Seventh Live
"We're here to get some starch in your slacks... to tell you the best of what's going on on your block," spits out DJ Huh What on a new radio show called New Lens.
The two men behind the show are hoping to air twice weekly, showing off fresh hip hop tunes on a new East Side radio station.

Sun
23
Aug

Bike theft inspires man to be neighborhood helper

East Sider Jeremy Sartain turned his experience of getting his bikes stolen into a positive one — he opted to fix neighborhood kids’ bikes for free, and handed out over 100 refurbished bikes to neighborhood kids. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
East Sider Jeremy Sartain turned his experience of getting his bikes stolen into a positive one — he opted to fix neighborhood kids’ bikes for free, and handed out over 100 refurbished bikes to neighborhood kids. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

After getting his prized racing bikes stolen from his garage, East Sider Jeremy Sartain turned the experience into a productive, community oriented venture to put tuned up bikes in the hands of kids throughout the East Side.

Sun
09
Aug

Archaeologists dig for history in Swede Hollow

Two anthropology students led a dig to find artifacts of Swede Hollow Park’s rich history. Above, a volunteer excavates a one square meter section of debris and rubble in the park. (photo courtesy of Stefanie Kowalczyk and Kelly Wolf)
Two anthropology students led a dig to find artifacts of Swede Hollow Park’s rich history. Above, a volunteer excavates a one square meter section of debris and rubble in the park. (photo courtesy of Stefanie Kowalczyk and Kelly Wolf)

Though it's now a quiet, perhaps underused green space, Swede Hollow Park was once home to as many as 2,000 people at a time.

Sun
02
Aug

Community garden grows vegetables as well as relationships with neighbors

Raised garden beds, including the one with cabbages, are accessible for Jeff to lend a hand in the community garden. Wheelchair access and raised garden beds are among the many benefits MSS staff say this garden has to offer. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Raised garden beds, including the one with cabbages, are accessible for Jeff to lend a hand in the community garden. Wheelchair access and raised garden beds are among the many benefits MSS staff say this garden has to offer. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

For participants in Midwest Special Services programs, a community garden is not only a place to grow plants, but a way to grow social connections with their surrounding community.

Sun
02
Aug

Upset with surroundings, salon owner looks to sell

Cindy Neuenfeldt and her daughter Tammie have spent much of their life in the charming home at 1763 Ames Pl. E., but Cindy has decided to list the place for sale out of frustration over changes in the neighborhood. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Cindy Neuenfeldt and her daughter Tammie have spent much of their life in the charming home at 1763 Ames Pl. E., but Cindy has decided to list the place for sale out of frustration over changes in the neighborhood. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Long-time business owner asking $670k for house/business
Cindy Neuenfeldt’s elegant 1897 home at 1763 E. Ames Place has been revitalized top to bottom, from a finished basement to granite countertops to a master suite in the attic.
Yet it retains much of its original charm, with decorative wooden beams lining the ceilings of the first floor, original trim throughout, and a unique back staircase that was built for servants to go between floors.
“Whoever gets this place is really going to be lucky,” she says.

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.

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