|If You Eat, You Qualify
Like to eat? Like volunteering? The
All food-buying club has just begun distributing pre-ordered pre-paid
one Saturday morning each month, right in the lobby of Founder’s Hall
Metropolitan State University on East Seventh Street. This
program is open to everyone in the surrounding community. There
no financial guidelines and no forms to fill out.
With Fare For All, (formerly Fare Share), a variety of
food packages are available. The primary monthly package contains
3 to 5 frozen meats, and a harvest of fresh fruits and
That package costs $15 plus a minimal transportation fee. It is
to have a value of $28-35.
Each participant needs to contribute two hours of
service in the community each month. Time spent helping with this
newspaper, donating blood, shoveling a neighbor’s sidewalk, singing in
the choir or helping at a school or nursing home can fill the volunteer
Distribution dates for 2002 are: March 23, April 27, May
18, June 29, July 27, Aug 24, Sept 28, Oct 26, Nov 23 and Dec 14.
For information on placing a food order at this new Metro
State Host Site, or any other Fare For All Midwest location, call the
for All offices at 612 331-6870 or toll free at 1 800 582-4291.
East Side Has a New Police
John Vomastek is replacing Tim Leslie as Commander of
District. Leslie was transferred to the lead position in Internal
Affairs. “We wish Tim the best in his new position and look
to working with John as the Eastern District Commander,” said Karin
Community Resource Coordinator for the Dayton’s Bluff Community
Vomastek has 24 years experience with the Saint Paul Police Department
and is looking forward working with the community to continue to
the quality of life on the East Side.
This year the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council is
a new initiative: Greening Dayton’s Bluff, which will focus on
beautification. Greening Dayton’s Bluff will work with Up-Front
(a program that highlights gardeners who have gardens in the front yard
and/or boulevard), greening at local parks, community gardens,
removal, greening and gardening workshops, and so on. This
is designed to organize interested neighbors, Block Clubs, and
Participants will receive discounts on plants and gardening
materials from local greenhouses and nurseries. There will be
workshops and other events. Another benefit is that organized
Clubs, neighbors, and neighborhoods are proactive and safer. For
more information on this initiative call Karin at 651-772-2075.
Parkway Little League
By Roy Johnson
Play Ball! These familiar words will be
the ears of young ballplayers as Parkway Little League gets ready to
its forty-eighth season of youth summer baseball.
Parkway Little League had its early beginnings on the
evening of March 6th, 1955 when Mr. Harold Dahlquist, Mr. Robert Wylie
and a small number of community visionaries met in the Wylie home on
Parkway. During this meeting and a number of meetings to follow,
these men determined that the East Side had a need for a summer youth
program. In early spring of 1955, application was made to the
Headquarters for Little League Baseball and soon after Parkway received
its charter to begin play. Much work lay ahead for the board
as they anticipated the first game to be played in early June. At
this point in time Parkway didn’t have a budget, a playing field,
After a great deal of planning, the Board determined a
budget of $2500. A loan of the use of a tract of property was secured
a local businessman. This parcel of land would eventually be the
home of Kroger’s Foods, Country Club Foods, and presently the
Industry Building/IEW Local 110 just southwest of Third and Etna Sts.
initial monies needed to put the program together were raised through a
variety of methods. With permission from the City of St. Paul, a
door to door donation campaign was organized and implemented. A letter
writing campaign to businesses was started and even local churches
funds to help initiate the first season. The finance campaign was a
and Parkway was one step closer to playing its first game. Late
spring of 1955, the field was laid out and the property was
Pipe was sunk and chicken wire was stretched to serve as a
Snow fencing was borrowed from the city as field barriers and the 7-Up
Bottling Company donated a scoreboard.
At this point the Board put out a call to the
Would there be young athletes interested in playing baseball in a
youth league? The response was overwhelming. Over three
young people signed up to participate in a program, which was initially
intended for two hundred participants. After many early spring
and planning, Parkway Little League and Pony Leagues played their first
game on the evening of June 6, 1955. At the end of the season, the
had raised over $3700 and had spent all but $600. As luck would
it, the owner of the property informed the Board that he was going to
develop the property and Parkway would need to look for a new
It was time for a permanent home.
After a long search, Mr. Dahlquist narrowed the site
down to two tracts of land. One of which was located on the
site of Parkway. This site was originally three separate parcels
of land. The first two were purchased through a city auction for
$420 and $425 respectively, but the last piece of land was a much more
desirable piece of property and after a small bidding war was secured
$1725. The entire cost of the land was $2570.
The Commissioner of Finance for the City of St. Paul
Mr. Dahlquist on behalf of Parkway Little League to pay down 10% of the
total cost with the balance to be paid over the next ten years.
Again, the Board’s work was only beginning. The
parcel of land that had been purchased had it’s own unique
At it’s highest point in the west, the land was fifteen feet above
St. At it’s lowest point on the eastern edge, the land sloped to thirty
feet below Third St. into a sink hole that was then known as “Riffle
At this point Mr. Dahlquist approached Mr. Bill Bennett of 3M Co., Inc.
and inquired about financial support. True to its form as a good
neighbor, 3M not only provided financial assistance but sent a team of
engineers to study the possibilities and solutions needed to solve the
challenges of the layout of the land. Also, at Mr. Bennett and
invitation, the corporate dining room was made available for Parkway
League’s use for promotional meetings and business dinners at no cost.
In early 1956, at Mr. Dahlquist’s request, a dinner
was held at 3M’s corporate dining room. In attendance at this
were over twenty-five local businessmen, Father Ryan of St. Pascal’s
Church and Pastor Hasskamp of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
Mr. Dahlquist appealed to the businessmen and their sense of community
for donations to Parkway to begin work on the field. Without
the local businessmen stepped forward to assist with the project.
Mr. Nobles of Nobles Engineering donated the cost of the annual land
and any interest charges. Other businesses donated large amounts
of money so that not only was there enough money to grade the land and
finish the playing fields, but to begin and complete construction of
present concession building. On June 6, 1956 Parkway Little
and Pony League was ready to play their first games in its new
home. The local VFW donated a new American flag and flagpole and
the flag was raised by the Air National Guard color guard from Wold
The rest is history. Through the years Parkway has
had numerous additions including team dugouts, chain link fencing,
cages and even an additional field in 1993. At present Parkway
four different programs for young people interested in playing ball,
for boys and girls ages 5-7, Minor League baseball for boys and girls
8-10, Little League baseball for boys and girls ages 11-12, and the
Program for boys and girls youth through young adult for who are
Parkway is a unique program in that it is a totally
non-profit organization that receives no monetary funding from state or
federal sources. Funding for the program comes only from
fees, business donations, charitable gaming donations, business
on outfield fences, and proceeds from the concession stand. All
positions from the Board of Directors to the umpires and coaches are
on a voluntary basis.
The cost of registration fees is $65 per year. For
this fee, young boys and girls will receive a Major League Baseball
replicated hat, shirt, playing pants, stirrup type socks, insurance,
of bats, balls, playing facilities, playing in 20 to 25 games
on tournaments and playoff games), friends and memories that will last
Parkway’s registration will be held on four days:
Saturday – March 9th, 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.
Tuesday – March 12th, 6 P.M. – 8 P.M.
Thursday – March 14th, 6 P.M. – 8 P.M.
Saturday – March 16th, 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.
Come early to registration because the team rosters fill
quickly. Parkway Little League field is located at 1130 E. Third
Portage for Youth Markets
by Raeann Ruth
A new handmade, soft-body doll with distinctly
is carrying big expectations as she is introduced to the public this
The new doll, with the Hmong name “Lia,” is the brainchild
of a Saint Paul nonprofit organization called The Portage for
Lia came into this world last year when The Portage for Youth designed
a soft fabric doll that reflected the Asian features of the girls who
to the program for after school and summer activities each day.
The organization hopes to make the dolls available for
by Asian families and parents with children adopted from Asian
Sales of the dolls will also help generate revenue to support The
| Lia was an instant hit with the
girls. When girls
weren’t “sneaking out” the one-of-a-kind doll for private playtime, Lia
generated a lot of discussion among the girls and program staff about
dolls differ between the Southeast Asian and American cultures and the
absence of “play” dolls for children of different cultures.
Many traditional immigrant families have dolls only for
decoration or display of traditional dress. There were no dolls
to hold and dress and play with. The play dolls that were
where starkly “mainstream American” in features and dress. “Every
girls need a soft, cuddly doll they can relate to,” said Portage
and executive director Raeann Ruth. “There are Groovy Girl™ or
dolls on the market but they’re not quite right for kids from Asian
or refugee families. We’ve done a lot of research and found that
there are no similar dolls available. We believe Lia is a first.”
The Portage for Youth is a nonprofit after-school and summer arts,
education and enrichment program for girls and young women ages 8 to 15
living in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of Saint Paul.
“With the often uncertain fundraising environment, we
were looking for ways to be less dependent on donors,” Ruth said.
“If the doll sales catch on, it could make The Portage more
Another unique feature of the project is that the dolls
themselves are being handmade by sewers from immigrant families living
in the Dayton’s Bluff area. “The first batch of dolls is actually
being made by mothers of girls who participate in our programs,” Ruth
“We supply the materials and patterns and the women are able to do the
work from home earning as much or more than they can outside the home.”
The doll itself sells for $29.95 with 50 percent of the
price going to support Portage for Youth programs. One-third of
purchase price is paid to the sewers who manufacture the dolls.
Lia is the first of what Ruth hopes will be several
Pal” dolls. Additional dolls for African and Latino girls are
in the discussion stages. Portage Pal dolls are currently being
only through the organization’s website at http://www.theportage.org/dolls
where buyers can order and pay for their purchase over the
“We’ve secured patent and trademark rights to the design and will be
to develop other outlets for the doll,” said Ruth. “We have a
discount in hopes that local retailers catering to Hmong and other
immigrant and refugee families will stock the doll. We’re also
the product to specialty catalogers.”
For more information about The Portage for Youth or the
“Lia” Portage Pal Doll, visit the website at http://www.theportage.org
or call or write The Portage at 965 Fremont Avenue, Saint Paul, MN
(651) 772-8674 phone, (651) 772-4669 fax or email Raeann@theportage.com.
New Housing Organizer
By Ilean Lee
My name is Ilean Lee. I’m the new Housing Organizer for
Children’s Stability Housing Project at the Dayton’s Bluff Community
This project is designed to help the parents and children at Dayton’s
Elementary School and also the neighborhood with:
|Left to right: Karin DuPaul, Lyman Dayton, Maria
Bates Dayton and
Ilean Lee, the new Dayton's Bluff Housing Organizer. Photo by Greg
1. Assistance with finding a place to live in the Dayton’s Bluff area.
2. Tenant training in order to improve their ability to stay in stable
3. Assistance with problem solving so they can remain where they are
4. Access to trained volunteer mediators to help them settle housing
5. Access to homebuyer training and home buying opportunities.
Before coming to Dayton’s Bluff I was working at Lao
West Metro Office in Minneapolis. My position was a Housing Counselor
I worked with families who were on Minneapolis Public Housing Authority
waiting lists and residents in Public Housing.
I would find housing for them in the Seven Counties Metro area,
working with a diversity of clients and landlords and dealing with
to accept Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. I also tried to move these
people from concentrations areas and place them in non-concentrations
I also did credit checks, solved problems between tenants and
and calculated their income for 40% and 30% to be eligible for Section
Tenant Training Class Starting Soon
We also have a Tenant Training Class on March 11 thru
14, 2002. There is no cost, but space is limited to 20 people. It’s
and there is childcare and food. Please register early to ensure
When: Monday thru Thursday
March 11, 12, 13, and 14
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Where: Dayton’s Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary
262 Bates Ave.
In the Staff lunch room.
If you take the class:
1. You’ll improve your ability to find and to stay stable in housing.
2. You’ll learn about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
3. You’ll receive a free credit report.
4. We will help you find housing in the Dayton’s Bluff area, if you
5. And, you will also receive one free paid landlord application fee.
For more information please call Ilean Lee at the Dayton’s Bluff
Bluffing with Science
Ghost Bluffers, Part 4: Ghost Photos?
by Greg Cosimini
For the last three months I've been talking about
detect ghosts using various types of equipment such as cameras.
below are some photos I recently took at the Mounds Theater while it is
being renovated. Do they show ghosts? Study the pictures for a
and then read the discussion that follows.
All of the above photos were taken with a digital
using a flash. There was no heat in the theater so the
was below freezing. The three pictures on the left were the only ones
of about 40 taken on two different days that showed any "ghosts".
My purpose in taking the pictures was to document the renovation so I
not have any other ghost hunting equipment set up.
I suspected that the white clouds might be my breath
then ghostly ectoplasm. To test this hypothesis I returned to the
theater on two other days and purposely blew my breath in front of the
camera as I snapped the photos. About half of the pictures
some sort of cloud. Three of the best are shown on the right. While the
clouds in both sets of photos share certainly similarities, they are
different in some ways.
So do the photos on the left show ghosts and the ones
on the right show condensed water vapor? Or area they all water
or ghosts? There really isn't enough information to make such a
I took many photos in the theater with the same camera during warmer
and never got any clouds, only a few orbs. On the other hand, I've been
told that any ghosts in the theater would be more active once the
began because they would be disturbed by all the commotion.
I've already been assured by some people that I have real
ghost pictures. Being a skeptic, I need a lot more proof, even if I did
take the photos with my own camera. As usual, there are no easy
To view similar sorts of photos, visit these websites:
This site shows a ghost at Mounds Park.
This is Art Bell's web site. It is lot of fun to wander through if you
keep a very skeptical outlook.
Bluffing with Science will appear at random times
the Forum. It will attempt to relate topics in
and engineering to life in Dayton’s Bluff. That is the goal, not a
Please send questions, comments or suggestions for future columns to
Dayton’s Bluff District Forum, Attention: Greg Cosimini, 798 E. 7th.
St. Paul, MN 55106 or email me at email@example.com.
Dayton's Bluff Home Tour
The 2002 Dayton’s Bluff Home Tour is being
Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 5 from 1 p.m.
to 5 p.m. The tour is once again being run in conjunction with the
Paul Home Tour. This year the Dayton’s Bluff tour includes beautiful
homes, a Mounds Park bungalow, a Victorian mixed use building that is
renovated, and a house that was designed by architect Cass Gilbert (who
designed our state capital).
The Home Tour is an excellent opportunity to relive the
history of Dayton’s Bluff while learning about the community that
there today and getting a glimpse of what it will be like in the
We need people to help with the Home Tour. If you can help call Karin
651-772-2075. Keep checking the Dayton’s Bluff website for
updates on the tour homes.
Here are the homes tentatively scheduled to be on this year's
Bluff Home Tour:
Jeff & Kelly Wallis
Tom & Laura Dobbs
734 East 3rd Street
Dave & Becky Holm
700 East 3rd Street
Sean & Jennifer Dunn
935 Hudson Road
Upper Swede Hollow Neighborhoods Association
800 East 3rd Street
Contact Karin at 651-772-2075 for more information.
Letters to the Editor
Thanks from Mee Moua
I am writing to say thanks to the hardworking people of
St. Paul’s East Side for electing me as their state senator. I
forward to representing you at the State Capitol.
This legislative session I plan to continue in the
of Randy Kelly and Bruce Vento. This means ensuring that the East
Side has good paying jobs, prosperous businesses and quality education
opportunities. I am especially excited about helping Metro State
University secure funding for a new library and continuing the efforts
to finish the Phalen Corridor.
As the legislative session proceeds, if you have any
comments or concerns, please feel free to stop by my office, write me
323 Capitol, 75 Constitution Ave, St. Paul, MN 55155, call me at
or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I am your
at the State Capitol. Do not hesitate to use it!
State Senator Mee Moua
Prairie Plantings Unnatural for Mounds Park
I am responding to Julia Archer's comments in the December
issue. [Editor's note: see below] I live across the street from
plantings and do not enjoy them at all. I have been here for 30 years
remember better uses of the Park. I was very, very sorry to see
green turf go. I don't even know who made this happen.
I prefer turf to facilitate human, recreational
I like seeing people in a public inter-city park. Much more
than this ugliness called a prairie which it is not and never can
This is city not country. The alleged 'natural' plantings are
Natural means spontaneous, unfettered. What has happened in
Park is manipulated, forced and anything but 'natural'. Again this is
I am certain there are ample flowering areas in Mounds
Park to support benign wildlife. I don't know why anyone would
to cultivate a habitat for fox, hedgehogs, skunk, raccoon, rodents and
other nuisance animals.
I prefer the green turf for its wide, visual expanse;
for providing a safe and open space for all sorts of activities in all
Yes, Ms Archer, we do need beauty, vitality and diversity in
these trouble times for PEOPLE.
[Editor's note: The following letter was published in the
Native Prairie is a Natural for Mounds Park
Recently I received a survey seeking my opinion: do I
or do I not enjoy the Native Prairie Grass plantings in Mounds Park?
topic is so close to my heart that I wanted to take the opportunity to
answer the survey in a public forum. YES, I do enjoy the native
In fact, I would enjoy seeing more public park space restored to its
Minnesota wild flowers and grasses. Here are three reasons why:
1. Biodiversity and Wildlife Habitat.
We city humans can buy our imported foods from the grocery
store. Our homes contain materials from all over the world but our
wildlife neighbors must find 100% of their food and shelter in our
Too much green turf and our wildlife cannot find sufficient resources
survive and thrive. Besides us humans, here are a few examples of our
neighbors who must have biodiversity to survive: bumblebees,
birds, bats and bunnies. All of these creatures are remarkably
to us in some way, and that’s only one letter of the alphabet.
2. A Healthier Environment.
Green turf is a high maintenance ground cover. For
it must be cut regularly. The mega- mowers we use burn gas, spew toxic
exhaust and create very high noise levels. Natural planting and
is low maintenance. After all, native plants are ideally suited for our
climate. And let’s remember, it needs far less water and no pesticides
whatsoever to remain healthy! Our embattled environment is already very
stressed. I believe responsible citizens must encourage every possible
restorative action, especially a relatively simple action such as
native plant growth.
Minnesotans seem to have a great fondness for the rich
colors, smells and textures of nature. I’m very fond of the changing
Since the Mounds Park planting sprouted 2 years ago, I’ve watched the
move through spring, summer, fall and winter. Yes, I also enjoy the
stalks of fall and winter. I’m reminded that we are all part of the
cycle of life. I know that the dying plants carry the seeds of new
By comparison, acres of green turf seem dull and monotonous. And oh,
we all need beauty and vitality and diversity in these troubled times!
So I say again: YES! Let those native areas prosper! Please voice YOUR
opinion. You can email the Mounds Park Association at email@example.com
or this paper.
Moundstock 2002 is Coming
Moundstock 2002 will be held on June 22, 2002 at Indian Mounds
Join the Fun:
Any food, arts or crafts vendors interested
participating in Moundstock 2002 should contact Raeann Ruth as soon
651-772-8674 for more information. Volunteers are needed both before
during Moundstock 2002. Additional sponsors are always welcomed.
Didn't attend Moundstock
what you missed!
What: The Portage for Youth
to a free outdoor concert.
This is the second year of a signature community event for
Saint Paul's East Side with local blues bands, art and crafts
entertainment for the whole family, food and much more.
Where: Beautiful Indian Mounds
Saturday, June 22, 2002
11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
It's a fundraiser for the Mounds Theatre
Once completed, this old 1920's movie theater, will become a
performing arts center and will provide a new music venue for
Twin Cities Artists and Musicians.
"IT TAKES A WHOLE COMMUNITY TO RAISE ONE THEATER"
FREE - FREE - FREE - FREE
Keep checking the Portage
for Youth website for updated information.
Recycling Days for
Recycling bins and lawn signs are available at
798 E. 7th
St. If you have a neighbor who does not recycle, talk to them about
Recycling can reduce your trash by at least 40%.
We are working to increase recycling in Dayton's Bluff.
All recycling days in Dayton's Bluff are on Tuesday.
Recycling should be on the curb by 7:00 a.m. If you have any questions
The remaining recycling dates for 2002 are:
March: 12, 26
April: 9, 23
May: 7, 21
June: 4, 18
July: 2, 16, 30
August: 13, 27
September: 10, 24
October: 8, 22
November: 5, 19
December: 3, 17, 31
The Ides of March
Saw your column in the last Forum and thought
would write in and ask a question. What in the world is the ”Ides
I had to look this one up as I wasn’t sure myself what
the “Ides of March” was. This is what I found out. Now we
The soothsayer’s warning to Julius Caesar,
the Ides of March,” has forever imbued that date with a sense of
But in Roman times the expression “Ides of March” did not necessarily
a dark mood — it was simply the standard way of saying “March
Surely such a fanciful expression must signify something more than
another day of the year? Not so. Even in Shakespeare’s
sixteen centuries later, audiences attending his play “Julius Caesar”
have blinked twice upon hearing the date called the Ides.
The term Ides comes from the earliest Roman
which is said to have been devised by Romulus, the mythical founder of
Rome. Whether it was Romulus or not, the inventor of this
had a penchant for complexity. The Roman calendar organized its
around three days, each of which served as a reference point for
the other days:
Kalends (1st day of the month);
Nones (the 7th day in March, May, July and October; the
5th in the other months); and
Ides (the 15th day in March, May, July, and October; the
13th in the other months)
The remaining, unnamed days of the month were
by counting backwards from the Kalends, Nones, or the ides. For
March 3 would be V Nones—5 days before the Nones (the Roman method of
days was inclusive; in other words, the Nones would be counted as on of
the 5 days).
Thus the first seven days in March were: March 1 -
March 2 - VI Nones; March 3 - V Nones; March 4 - IV Nones; March 5 -
Nones; March 6 - Pridie Nones (Latin for “on the day before”) and March
7 - Nones.
Used in the first Roman calendar as well as in the
Julian calendar (established by Julius Caesar in 45 B.C.E.) the
system of Kalends, Nones and Ides continued to be used to varying
throughout the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance.
So the Ides of March is just one of a dozen Ides
that occur every month of the year. Kalends, the word from which
calendar is derived, is another exotic-sounding term with a mundane
Kalendrium means account book in Latin: Kalend, the first of the month,
was in Roman times as it is now, the date on which bills are due.
And there you have it.
If you have a question that you would like answered,
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Attn. Ask Amber
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Saint Paul, MN 55106
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All answers given herein are solely the opinion of the
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will be researched in depth and are accurate as opinion, but not
Trinity Catholic School Science Fair
On Tuesday, February 12th, the eighth grade class at
Catholic School held a Science Fair. Members of the class are: Nick
Mario Calliguire, Mai Chang, Jimmy Cusick, Tasya Day, Tim Gaetke, Chris
Husnick, Andy Johnson, Nicole Kapaun, Tai Kong, Mike Krieglmeier,
Ly, Luis Maya, Rachel Moris, James Mueller, Eva Ochoa, Erik Olson,
Rodgers, Adam Thompson, Kyle Wynn and Julian Yang.
|Some of the students who won ribbons in the Trinity
The following students won ribbons as follows: First
Eva Ochoa; Second Place: Andy Johnson; Third Place: Luis Maya; and
Mention: Kyle Wynn. The first and second place winners, Eva Ochoa and
Johnson, respectively, will be attending the Regional Science Fair on
8-9, at the University of Minnesota campus. Their parents are Mr. And
Amador Ochoa and Ms. Carol Johnson. Their science teacher is Mrs.
Metro State Hosts Free
Metropolitan State University presents “The Great
Festival III: Songs Without Words” as the third of a four-concert
series of the Minnesota Sinfonia conducted by Jay Fishman, on Friday,
15, at 7 p.m. in the University’s Auditorium, 700 E. Seventh St., St.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Music performed will include a Sinfonia-commissioned world
premier of Joel Mandelbaum, “Variations on a Shaker Melody” from Appalachian
Spring by Aaron Copland, and Death and the Maiden by Franz
The concert will feature the Sinfonia Young Artist senior competition
Although the concert is free, tickets are required.
For ticket information, call Deb Kramasz office manager, University
at 651-772-7642. For special accommodations call Disability and
Services at 651-772-7819 (voice) or 651-772-7687 (TTY).
Violence Prevention Program
By Moira Lynch, Partners for Violence Prevention
Partners for Violence Prevention (PVP) has been
violence prevention education and awareness in the West Seventh
of St. Paul for the last five years. During this time, we’ve
dozens of phone calls from East Side residents and businesses looking
violence prevention support and resources for their neighborhood.
In response to these requests, PVP applied for some grants to help lead
a one-year violence prevention planning process in the Dayton’s Bluff
and recently, we received funds to do so.
Representatives from various groups in the community,
including schools, faith organizations, recreation centers, law
health care organizations, violence prevention groups, family and
centers, victim advocacy organizations, other neighborhood
and community members, have been invited to participate in this
The violence prevention planning process will include
the following components: an assessment of community needs, the
of a priority issue or issues, and the determination of an action
The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 26th. If you
interested in attending or have questions about the one-year violence
planning process, please call Partners for Violence Prevention at (651)
Learning Center Celebrates
By Stacy Carlson
The East Side Learning Center, located inside Johnson
School, is one of those rare places that practically glows with
energy. And it is no wonder. The enthusiastic first through
graders practically run inside after school to meet with their tutors
the Center itself is filled with hundreds of books and games designed
help young readers succeed.
|Judy Bakula, School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND)
helps student at the East Side Learning Center at 740 York Ave. Photo
The East Side Learning Center is the result of the School
Sisters of Notre Dame responding to the educational needs of students
the east side of St. Paul. The School Sisters’ primary ministry is to
and empower those who are poor, especially women and youth. Thus, East
Side leaders approached them four years ago when they began
on ways to improve the educational system of the area. High population
turnover, low socioeconomic base and high immigrant populations have
the East Side of St. Paul. The families in the area are not able to
the tutoring many of their children desperately need.
The close match of the need on the East Side with the
School Sisters’ mission statement was the beginning of a very active
and now there are over thirty-five students who are tutored weekly and
sometimes biweekly by twenty-eight Sisters, retired teachers and
volunteers. “Our generous volunteers are so important to the Center,”
director Sister Audrey Lindenfelser. “I don’t know what we would
do without them.”
For more information call 651-793-7300.
Meet with Police
The Eastern District Police host a monthly
community members to listen to and address people’s concerns about
and other issues on the East Side.
The community meetings are held at the Eastern District police
office at 722 Payne on the corner of Payne and Minnehaha Avenues.
Please join your neighbors and the police at either
The next meetings are on Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 pm and on Friday,
15th at 9:30 am.
Why People Litter
According to Keep America Beautiful, people litter for
ˇ They feel no sense of ownership, even though areas such as
parks, highways and lakes are public property,
ˇ They believe someone else - a city or state maintenance worker
- will pick up after them,
ˇ Litter has already accumulated - people will litter where
litter is already present!
Let all do our put and make Dayton’s Bluff beautiful. Reminder:
Littering is illegal & shameful.
PLEASE DON’T LITTER
From Whence the Rubbish?
A fable by Greg Cosimini
Once upon a time, high on the bluffs of the
by the great river, the Eastparters who lived there were caught up in a
profound debate. It was the time of spring. The winter’s
were melting and once again a large amount of rubbish and refuse was
all over their fine neighborhood. The Eastparters argued long and
about from whence it came and what to do about it.
They were divided into two groups concerning its origin.
The first group believed in the spontaneous generation of trash.
This group was split into two camps. Some of them thought the trash
through magic; possibly evil demons cursed the streets and caused
to appear. The more scientifically inclined amongst them believed
trash grew from omnipresent but very tiny trash spores that germinated
under the snow.
The other major theory postulated that rubbish came from
perfectly natural sources, namely, dolts, louts, hooligans and dullards
who threw trash wherever they pleased. Sometimes there ensued a
debate concerning the precise definitions of dolts, louts, hooligans
dullards and the differences between them, for some Eastparters had a
time staying focused on the main issue.
But what to do with the dolts, and of course also the
louts, hooligans and dullards that were making trash of the
That is assuming it could be proven within a more or less reasonable
of a doubt that they were indeed the generators of the rubbish. One
suggestion was to throttle them to within an inch of their lives.
was to draw and quarter them, although most likely this would produce
more trash. These options were also considered risky because
laws of God and man would probably be violated in the process.
A third solution was to let the local constabulary deal
with these evildoers although they showed little inclination to do
Besides, these dastardly trashmongers were probably tricky and hard to
catch, well beyond the abilities of the sworn protectors of the
A fourth idea was that if their places of domicile were discovered,
would be dispatched strongly worded letters telling them they should
their evil ways. Others just wanted to deposit the trash upon the
culprits’ own streets and greenspaces and let them try to deduce from
No matter the source of the rubbish, almost all
agreed that it was of the utmost importance to pick it up from where it
lay and dispose of it in proper receptacles of waste. There was one
everyone observed to be true. Wherever trash lay, it soon went
Of course there were a few people who thought the trash
should be left where it was found. They reasoned that it was
to disturb the natural, or possibly supernatural, order of
Most other Eastparters believed these folks to be lazy oafs who didn’t
want to get off their massive bottomsides long enough to help clean up
their own neighborhood.
These were indeed complex issues with no easy
But the Easterparters who lived high on the bluffs could not dwell on
for too long. They were soon to be faced with their next conundrum:
whence comes the rubbish of summer?
Any similarity between this fable and real life is purely
Don't Become A Victim!
Thefts from vehicles have dramatically increased
Saint Paul. This is especially true in parking lots at local parks,
centers and apartment buildings. It takes only a minute for thieves to
‘break into your vehicle to steal your property!
-Please take the following precautions to protect your property:
-Leave all property of value at home or stored in your trunk. Conceal
it before you leave home.
-Be aware of people in the parking lot and their location.
-Park in well-lit and easy to observe locations.
-Keep windows rolled up.
-Lock your doors while driving and when parked.
-Don’t hide extra keys under the hood or on the frame.
Help The Police
Please don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. Property
stolen from vehicles includes:
gym bags, laptop computers, spare change, cell phones, cameras, purses
/ billfolds, power tools & tool boxes, briefcases, checkbooks, car
batteries, cassettes / CDs, cassette / disk players.
And shatever catches the eye of a thief!
Buckthorn: Have you seen
By Sarah Ryan
problem associated with this plant.
| Buckthorn is a shrub native to Eurasia
that was brought
to North America from Europe in the late 1700s as a hedging material.
planted in Wisconsin as early as 1849, exotic buckthorn species have
themselves as a nuisance and earned a place on Minnesota’s noxious weed
list. Some varieties of this invasive woody shrub have thorns; all
have poison berries and leaves that stay green and cling to the bushes
late into the season, after other plants are bare.
City dwellers may first encounter the ill effects of this
plant in the form the mess left by birds around these bushes. The
have a severe laxative effect on songbirds, which feed on buckthorn
and spread the seeds wherever they leave their droppings. Buckthorn
sprout and rapidly take over untended areas, crowding out native
grasses, and trees. And because buckthorn acts as a host for oat
crown rust and soybean aphids, significant damage to two of Minnesota’s
major crops is another
There are actually three buckthorn species that grow
Minnesota. Rhamnus alnifolia, known as dwarf alder, is native
Minnesota as far south as the Twin Cities. It’s a small shrub that
in tamarack swamp and wet meadows, and is not considered invasive
its natural range. But residents of St. Paul and Minneapolis are more
to encounter the exotic relatives of the dwarf alder, which are Rhamnus
cathartica, known as common or European buckthorn, and Rhamnus
which is known as glossy buckthorn. These two non-native varieties have
historically been used for hedges in our neighborhoods.
As the problems with non-native buckthorn have become
evident, local nurseries have responded. Common buckthorn has not been
sold in nurseries since the 1930s, and more recently, several Twin
nurseries have voluntarily stopped selling the glossy varieties. If you
suspect that you have buckthorn growing on your property, local
the University of Minnesota Extension Service, and the Minnesota
of Agriculture and Natural Resources all provide materials that can
you identify buckthorn, plan for its removal, and select replacement
Buckthorn growing on private urban property can be a
for homeowners because once established, a buckthorn hedge is dangerous
to remove and difficult to replace. Removal of buckthorn stands from
publicly or privately held areas poses still more difficulty. Recent
buckthorn removal efforts in St. Paul organized by local groups such as
Friends of Swede Hollow and Great River Greening have had some success
at eliminating buckthorn bushes from private and public properties on
East Side and in other Twin Cities neighborhoods. These initiatives
provided safer, more attractive and useable park area.
But the ability of this plant to reproduce so rapidly
from seed implies that sustained and coordinated removal and control
will be necessary to eradicate buckthorn from our river bluff location.
Public agencies, including the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and
the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, are currently
the possibility of using insects as predators to control buckthorn, as
well as the effectiveness of chemical pesticides to control crop
Coordinated identification and removal efforts can help
local residents eliminate buckthorn from their yards and our parks.
St. Paul neighborhoods are currently discussing buckthorn at
meetings. The Mississippi River Boulevard Preservation Association is
a planned buckthorn burn along a five-mile stretch of river bluff near
the Merriam Park and Macalester-Groveland neighborhoods in favor of
study and more neighborhood involvement.
The Dayton’s Bluff Greenspace, Arts and Culture Committee,
and the Mounds Park Association are also interested in discussing
removal with neighborhood residents, and working cooperatively to
and address the problems associated with this plant. For more
about Greenspace, Arts and Culture Committee meetings, contact Sarah at
For more information about Buckthorn, visit thiese
Five Important Reasons Why
Saves Natural Resources - By making products from
materials instead of virgin materials, we conserve land and reduce the
need to drill for oil and dig for minerals.
Saves Energy - It usually takes less energy to make
products; recycled aluminum, for example, takes 95% less energy than
aluminum from bauxite ore.
Saves Clean Air and Water - In most cases, making products
from recycled materials creates less air pollution and water pollution
than making products from virgin materials.
Saves Landfill Space - When the materials that you recycle
go into new products, they don’t go into landfills or incinerators, so
landfill space is conserved.
Saves Money and Creates Jobs - The recycling process
far more jobs than landfills or incinerators, and recycling can
be the least expensive waste management method for cities and towns.
If you would like to start recycling, come and get a blue
recycling bin at 798 East 7th Street. Call before you come
Pavilion May Be Repaired
For nearly a decade, the Mounds Park pavilion has
officially closed to the public due to structural deficiencies in both
the floor and roof. Multiple efforts by the Division of Parks and
to secure the funding to repair these problems have failed to pass the
City’s Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) process.
This past fall, the Division entered this project into
the Capital Maintenance Budget process where it fared well enough to be
considered for work in the 2002 construction season. Due to some
Parks and Recreation deemed more important, the pavilion was moved to
2003 construction season. The full CIB committee passed the list of
on to the City Council where it awaits their approval.
When the project moves forward, the entire roof and floor
will be removed and new ones constructed to create a structure that may
again be safely used. No specific end use has been designated though
idea is to add provisions to assist the sound and light operations for
performances during such events as Moundstock and the Minnesota Folk
which promise to continue as Mounds Park festivals in the years to
Bluff Memories and Musings
By Steve Trimble
60 Years Ago on the Bluff
While the December 1941 issues of the Dayton’s Bluff
Booster barely mentioned World War II’s outbreak, things changed in
the New Year. Local men who had joined the armed forces were heading
for camps and returning on furlough. The January 9th paper said George
Carbone was ”another of our Bluff soldiers to spend a few days at home
recently.” Another, Delmar Horrisberger, stationed with the Air Corps
Atlantic City, came home for the holidays.
The Bluff Booster was mailed to any local
who requested it. Art E. Garner wrote from army camp “I like the Army
he stated. “We have drills and K. P., but we have to take the bad with
the good wherever we go. Hoping to read one of your papers again soon.
Paul Buber wrote: “Sorry I can’t tell you any news, but
you realize how things are now, so ‘mums the word.’ Oh yes, as you may
see by this letter, I am now a Sergeant. P. S. Get lots of good old
here, so we do have some good things in Missouri.”
Not everything was war news. Normal community activities
continued. The Dayton’s Bluff Commercial Club had its annual on January
16th. A. R. Brustman was elected president. Other officers
Walter E. Otto, E. J. Heger, Varl L. Larson and H. C. Nonnenacher.
Starting in January each issue of the paper had cute
of a dozen or more “Dayton’s Bluff babies.” They would now be in
their early sixties. Let us know if you recognize any of the
Darlyne Swenson, 726 Wilson; Sharon Rasmussen, 258 Bates; Marie
929 E. 6th; Richard Flaschin, 942 Conway; Sandra Jean Westphoe, 1223
Curtis Wahlberg, 1039 Fauquier; John Beisang, 1042 McLean; Sharon Ann
1099 E. Minnehaha; Johnny Burnside, 1247 E. 5th; Mary Ann Deinnger, 864
Remember the movie “Saving Private Ryan?” There may be
another interesting story from our community. February 27, 1942: Bluff
resident Art Horrisberger told the press that he had four brothers in
war. Does anyone know them? Did any families top this?
The same issue of the paper had a large editorial that
took community and country to task for continuing politics as usual,
over minor issues and people not being willing to make sacrifices. The
last few lines contained the following advice:
“The thing for all of us to remember and recognize right now above
all else is that self is secondary. We have a tough war to win.
Let’s be the kind of Americans that we know we are.
Let’s fight with everything we’ve got.
Let’s quit trying to see who’s going to dominate who.
Let’s not let the boys on the fighting fronts shed all the blood sweat
Let’s get into a system and stay there.
Let’s win this war.
Let’s get together.”
A Hundred years ago on the Bluff:
The 1902 society columns of the Pioneer Press and
the Globe are a great source for Dayton’s Bluff life a century
I continue to be amazed by the number and variety of clubs and their
Without television or radio and before the times of autos and even
people had to devise their own forms of local entertainment.
Jan. 5, 1902: The Animato Dancing Club announced
a party at the Elks Club on Friday; Mrs. Beatrice King of McLean Street
had entertained on New Years eve; Mr. and Mrs. Gebhard C. Bohn (he ran
a manufacturing concern near today’s 3M) returned from a visit to
The New Century Club was going to meet Thursday afternoon
at the home of Mrs. W. Rotegrass. Say, we recently entered a new
or our own. Why doesn’t someone start a New Century Club for today?
give you plenty of notice in the Forum.
Jan, 20, 1902: The Twentieth Century Mission Band was
entertained by Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Northrup on Friday afternoon.” (No,
not calling for the creation of a Twenty-First Century Mission band). A
chorus under the direction of Mrs. Katherine Gray “will render music at
the Bates Ave. M. E. Church Sunday evenings beginning next Sunday.”
Later in January: The Edelweiss Needle Art Club will be
entertained next Tuesday by Miss Lulu Blasing of Maria Avenue;
Lodge #129, Auxiliary to the Ancient Order of United Workmen held its
Tuesday afternoon at Odd Fellows Hall, on East Seventh.” Where do they
get some of these names? “The Octavia Cinch Club was meeting in two
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Miesen of East Fifth Street.” Will
please tell me what a cinch club does?
Apparently someone didn’t feel there were already enough
clubs. An early February paper said “the young people of the Bluff have
organized a bowling club, which meets every Monday evening at the YMCA
rooms.” A number of women on the Bluff met at the home of Mrs. Frank
Duyne of East Third and organized a “thimble bee,” which was planning
meet every two weeks.
Cooking in The Bluff
Slow Cooker Lasagna
3/4 lb. bulk Italian sausage
1 medium onion chopped (1/2 cup)
2 cans (15 oz. each) Italian-style tomato sauce
2 tsp. dried basil leaves
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (12 oz.)
1 container part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
12 uncooked lasagna noodles (12 oz.)
1) Cook sausage and onion in 10-inch skillet over medium heat 6-8 min,
stirring occasionally until sausage is no longer pink, then drain and
in tomato sauce, basil and salt.
2) Mix 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, ricotta and Parmesan cheeses.
3) Spoon one-fourth of the sausage mixture into 3 1/2 to 5-quart slow
cooker; top with half of 4 noodles broken into pieces to fit. Top with
half the cheese mixture and one-fourth of the sausage mixture. Top with
remaining 4 noodles broken to fit and remaining sausage mixture.
4) Cover and cook on low heat 6-8 hrs or until noodles are tender.
5) Sprinkle top of lasagna with remaining 1cup mozzarella cheese. Cover
and let stand 10 minutes or until cheese melts. Cut into pieces.
Nutrition at a glance
Fat: 16.0 g
Cholesterol: 78.0 mg
Sodium: 775 mg
Carbohydrates: 27 g
Fiber: 2.00 g
Protein: 24.0 g
Cinnamon-Apple Breakfast Quesadilla
2 - 6" flour tortillas
1/2 cup chunky applesauce — divided
1 tablespoon cinnamon-sugar — divided
1/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese — shredded
2 tablespoons vanilla yogurt — optional
Preheat oven to 400°F.
1) Place one tortilla on an ungreased baking sheet.
2) Spread half of applesauce over tortilla; reserve half for garnish.
3) Sprinkle half of cinnamon-sugar over applesauce.
4) Top with cheese and second tortilla.
5) Sprinkle remaining cinnamon-sugar on top.
Bake at 400°F for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool 2 minutes.
Cut into quarters and serve with reserved applesauce and vanilla
Nutrition at a glance
Total Fat 23g
1) Use yogurt cheese in recipes calling for cream cheese.
2) Try light or nonfat sour cream, yogurts, cream cheese, and cottage
cheese in recipes calling for them.
I hope you enjoy these two fabulous recipes.
If you have comments, suggestions, a special recipe that
you would like to share, or you are looking for a special recipe, feel
free to contact me through the Dayton’s Bluff District Forum.
Dayton’s Bluff District Forum
P.O. Box 600511
St. Paul, MN 55106
Mounds Theater Renovation
At the conclusion of this phase of the renovation, now
for summer 2002, the Mounds Theater will be a fully functional
center. Future phases will concentrate on the front exterior of
theater, the expansion of the stage, new seating and other interior
A theater organ and updated motion picture equipment will be installed
eventually, the timing depending on fundraising efforts.
| The long-awaited renovation of the Mounds
Theater at 1029
Hudson Road began on December 26, 2001 with the demolition of the
huge chimney. The chimney, which was once needed for the old coal
boiler, won’t be necessary when modern heating and cooling units are
on the roof. Likewise, the small building behind the theater that
the original air conditioning equipment was torn down a few days
| The New Year saw the roofing portion of
the project get
underway. Several old roofs had to be removed before a new membrane
could be installed on top of the theater’s original four-inch thick
and steel roof. This winter’s mild weather let that work proceed
much faster and easier than expected. After the roof was completed,
colored flashing and downspouts were added to the theater’s exterior.
Interior demolition work took place concurrent with the
exterior work. Many of the lobby, auditorium, balcony and restroom
were removed in preparation for reconstruction. The auditorium ceiling
was also taken down. The remodeled theater will have an open ceiling.
The auditorium walls were stripped of the acoustic tile
that had covered them since the 1930s. This revealed tantalizing
portions of the original theater décor. The original
will be restored as much as possible if information can be found
The last major demolition project will be the removal
of parts of the concrete floor. As soon as that is completed,
of the new electrical, plumbing and heating systems will begin. Then
floor will be repaired and interior construction will commence.
The Mounds Theater has been getting more media attention
now that the renovation is actually underway. The Saint Paul
Press ran a story about it on January 1 and WCCO-TV featured it on
5, 6 and 10 p.m. news on February 2. There were also items in the
Pioneer Press Bulletin Board section on January 7 and February 10.
The general contractor for the project is Bob Raddatz
of Raddatz and Sons Construction. The architects are Cornel
and Matt Dean of Dean Architects. Funding comes from a variety of
including a $200,000 matching grant from the Saint Paul STAR program
grants from the Saint Paul, Bigelow, Mardag, Marbrook, 3M and, the Jay
and Rose Phillips Family Foundations as well as many private
George Hardenbergh, who owned the building for over 30 years, donated
theater to the Portage for Youth. Approximately $250,000 is still
needed to complete the entire first phase of the renovation.
For more information about the theater project visit the
Portage for Youth website at www.theportage.org
and check out the Mounds Theater page. There are pictures of the
renovation in progress and a regularly updated listing of renovation
Anyone who would like to donate to the project or has photos, drawings
or even recollections of the theater from the period of 1922 to1950
contact Raeann Ruth at Raeann@theportage.com or call her at
Where Did All the Funding
By Raeann Ruth
If you are working in a nonprofit organization
probably wondering the same question as we are at the Portage for
“Where Did All the Funding Go?”
It began, after the September 11th disaster.
Funding for local nonprofits began “drying up”. Even during the
season there were no monetary gifts filling the mailboxes of
that desperately needed funding.
As we all know, there was an unprecedented outpouring
of money for the victims of the World Trade Center disaster. The
reasons for that are many and understandable. It is now clear
— despite the persistence of certain fund-raising efforts — that more
enough money has been collected to help all of these people.
Indeed, the problem is very much in the other direction
— how to distribute this largesse effectively and equitably. Too
much of anything, including too much charity, can stress the system.
Meanwhile, the other systems are feeling the other kind
of stress — too little money. This year there is compassion
Hell, this year there is every kind of fatigue; we are all weary and
and confused and poor. We gave at the office, we gave at the
and we gave while we wept.
So this year, we all have another challenge. We
have to find out where we are needed.
We have to think locally, very locally. The smallest groups will
be the first to go under and a lot of them were just hanging on until
Year’s in the hope of one of those holiday miracles, which didn’t
These are groups that are largely below the media’s
These are groups that do not have people on every street corner at
ringing a bell, or the backing of celebrities, or 20-page color
that you find in your mailbox on a daily basis. Actually one of
glossy, 20-page brochures costs more to print and distribute than most
of the smaller organizations have for a yearly budget.... amazing.
So, we all need to do some research, right in our own
neighborhoods. Look for the small fundraising notices, the causes that
involve blankets and shoes for one group of people, or habitat
of a small piece of land, or possibly a community theater, or
to help with at-risk kids, or people to bring meals to shut-ins, or
programming for children — whatever touches your heart. Find out what
If you don’t, organizations will just vanish. They
will declare bankruptcy. But when these organizations are gone, will
be asking yourselves: “Who will take their place?” The answer is:
You could prevent this. The needs of these smaller
groups are relatively modest. The money you can afford to give would be
important, might be vital, and could be the difference between survival
The legislators who are now meeting at the State
Capitol will make decisions that will affect our children, our programs
and our community. You can help our children by calling our
Please call our legislators and ask them to support the Prevention and
Intervention Programs, especially the After-School Enrichment
Tell them, “We need help”. We need them to support and NOT CUT,
Who do you call? For the East Side:
Representative Tim Mahoney (67A) - 651-296-427
Representative Sheldon Johnson (67B) -
Senator Mee Moua (67) - 651-296-5285
Dayton's Bluff Historic
| The Dayton's Bluff Historic District is
the largest historic
district in Saint Paul. Many Dayton's Bluff residents worked very
hard to get the district. In August of 1992 the Saint Paul
City Council passed the resolution that created the Dayton's Bluff
District. The map shows the bounders of the district.
INTERESTED IN HELPING
Advertise in the
Join or start a Block
Call Karin at 772-2075
Take a Hike
Dayton's Bluff Take a Hike on the first
of every month meet at 10:30 AM in Indian Mounds Park at Earl Street
Mounds Blvd. We will hike from Mounds Park through Swede Hollow Park
then walk the length of the Bruce Vento Recreational Trail (formerly
Phalen Creek Recreational Trail) to its end, near Phalen Park. Along
way we will share stories and learn some local history of the area. The
hike is about 6 miles with some moderately rough terrain. Near Johnson
Parkway and Maryland, transportation will be available to return to
Park or you may hike back if you wish.
Join recreational trail supporters and explore
this recreational trail. The paved trail runs from East 7th Street and
Payne Avenue through Swede Hollow to Phalen Park. Dayton's Bluff Take a
Hike started in December of 1990 and over the years hundreds of people
have attended these events. For more information, call 776-0550.
Free Acting Classes for Adults
Dayton's Bluff Recreation Center
800 Conway Street
Tuesday nights at 6:00 p.m.
Join us. It's fun!