Dayton's Bluff District Forum         Articles             May 2002

Airport Dike Proposal Raising Questions

   Concerned citizens from St. Paul’s Dayton’s Bluff and West Side neighborhoods are meeting to discuss a proposal from the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) to build a dike around the Downtown St. Paul Airport (Holman Field).  The dike would allow MAC to increase air traffic at the airport by a projected 40%.
   In the event of future Mississippi River flooding the airport would have greater protection, but the resulting water flowage could have a more devastating effect on businesses and property upstream and downstream. Impacts could include increased flood insurance costs, greater property damage, and longer downtime for shippers.  While much of the land adjacent to the river is federally owned, wildlife habitat would also be affected.
   At a recent joint meeting of the Districts 3 and 4 Community Councils, representatives from the Department of Natural Resources, City of St. Paul, and Barr Engineering briefed the group on their findings and the approval process that must occur before final permission is granted and construction begins.  Officials have acknowledged that there is a new report from the DNR reversing its 1999 position against building a dike around Holman Field, but the report was not yet available for review by the public at the time this article went to press.

Your District Council is Busy!

   Promoting a Front Porch Neighborhood, increasing green space, fighting urban pollution, insisting on quality/desirable housing, identifying problem properties and irresponsible landlords, monitoring Dayton’s Bluff’s Elementary Achievement + School….
   These are just a few of the areas the Dayton’s Bluff District Four Community Council is working on this year.  At their April strategic planning session, executive director John Vaughn gave board members an ‘Everything We Do List’. Citing nearly 50 items that the Council works on with the community, it includes projects and events such as neighborhood clean-ups, parks, streetscapes, crime prevention, housing placements, code enforcement and improving the quality of life in Dayton’s Bluff. 
   The District Council works from a strategic plan to address issues in six key areas: social environment, recreation, economic development, education, housing, and council operations.  Representatives from the city and county, as well as real estate developers and property owners, regularly attend the council’s meetings to keep board members apprised of events affecting the district and to solicit feedback on projects.
   For more information on District Council activities, call (651) 772-2075 or send an e-mail to

HealthEast Makes Progress on the Senior Housing Being Built Near Mounds Park

                                                                                                                  Photo by Robert Johnstone
Construction of at the Marian Center is moving right along.  The new senior housing complex should be completed next spring, with an anticipated opening date of April 1, 2003. 
   HealthEast Care System broke ground on the new senior housing - HealthEast Residence – Marian of Saint Paul in January 2002. About 75 people attended the groundbreaking event.  St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly spoke about the benefits the Marian Center project will bring to the community.  He also mentioned the personal care his mother received at Marian Care Center. Commissioner Jim McDonough and Council Members Kathy Lantry and Jim Reiter were also present for the big event. 
   The weather cooperated nicely for the groundbreaking event.  Rev. Al Schmitz provided the invocation and blessed the project and the construction crew.  HealthEast’s CEO and President, Tim Hanson welcomed and thanked those involved with Marian Center and the new addition, while Dr. Jim Giefer provided the history of Marian Center. The plans for the chapel and the new senior housing were revealed and are on display at Marian Center. 
   The campus is progressing nicely thanks to a relatively mild winter.  The old vacated buildings have been demolished, the first floor of the assisted living is framed and the cement blocks for underground parking are in place.  The senior housing is still on target for completion next spring, with an anticipated opening date of April 1, 2003. The construction of the chapel should begin in April and is estimated to be complete in the fall. Plans are now underway for a fall grand opening and HealthEast is working with Archbishop Harry Flynn to preside over the first Mass in the chapel.
   Since the groundbreaking, there has been a lot of interest in the new senior housing. In fact, Ramsey County has identified both market rate and affordable senior housing as a major need, which will continue to increase as the County’s population ages. 
   At this time, there are six apartments reserved.  We are just starting to meet with interested parties living in the community.  There are approximately 60 individuals currently on our interested party list living in the community.  If you are interested in putting your name on the waiting list or have questions, please call Vicki Tobroxen, HealthEast Director of Senior Housing Development, at (651) 232-2632 or (651) 771-2914. 

Tour with Mayor
By Greg Cosimini

   In the past it often appeared as if Dayton’s Bluff didn’t exist as far as the rest of the city was concerned unless something bad happened here.  This seems to be changing.
   On April 15 Mayor Randy Kelly took representatives of some of St. Paul’s arts and cultural community on a whirlwind trip around Minnesota to promote arts, cultural and entertainment activities in our city this summer.  They visited Rochester, Duluth, Alexandria, Bemidji and Moorehead.
   Raeann Ruth, Executive Director of the Portage for Youth, a Dayton’s Bluff based after school enrichment program for girls, was part of the group.  She spoke to the mayors of these cities about the Portage and its programs, the Mounds Theater renovation project, the upcoming Moundstock Festival and her Portage PalsTM line of ethnically diverse hand-made dolls.  She presented each mayor with an Asian “Lia” doll.  That evening KMSP-TV did a story on the mayor’s trip and showed Lia sitting in the middle of a conference table.
   Mayor Kelly gave his State of the City address the following night.  In it he recognized the partnership between Metropolitan State University and Dayton’s Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary School.  He also announced a new program where the Alumni Association at Metro State will provide volunteers to tutor and mentor students at DB Elementary.  It is the first step in a citywide initiative to have every child reading at grade level by grade 3.
   Next the Mayor recognized and thanked Von Sheppard, principal of DB Elementary, Dr. Wilson Bradshaw, president of Metro State and four other Metro State people who were involved in the development of this program.
   Later in his speech Mayor Kelly announced that he wanted “ to recognize a very special woman who represents what our efforts to reach out and help one another is all about.”  That woman turned out to be Raeann Ruth. After mentioning the work she does with the Portage, her plans to restore the Mounds Theater, and the upcoming Moundstock Festival, he presented her with a Proclamation that stated June 22 will be Moundstock 2002 Day in Saint Paul. 

Photo by Greg Cosimini 
Autumn, Andre, Leng and Lia, the Portage Pals Dolls that were presented to the Mayor. For more information call Raeann Ruth at 651-772-8674.
   Raeann then presented the Mayor with a set of four Portage PalsTM dolls, the boy and girl Asian dolls, Lia and Leng, and the boy and girl African-American dolls, Autumn and Andre.  He briefly set them on his podium for the audience to see.
   It looks like Dayton’s Bluff and its people are finally getting the recognition they deserve. 

Moundstock Sings the Blues

   Moundstock 2002 is less than two months away and its live music entertainment schedule is almost complete. Like last year, the music will consist mostly of the blues.  This year’s performers include: Deb Brown and Blonde Faith, Ross William Perry, Big Walter Smith, Mojo Buford and the Magic Makers, and the Moses Oakland Quartet. A nationally known headliner will be announced very soon. 
   This is the second year that the Portage for Youth is organizing Moundstock as a free summer festival for Saint Paul's East Side. It will feature live music, arts and crafts vendors, information booths for local organizations, entertainment for the whole family, food, games and several surprises. Moundstock 2002 will be held on June 22, 2002 at Indian Mounds Park.
   Moundstock 2002 is a fundraiser for the Mounds Theater renovation project. Once completed, this old 1920s movie theater will become a performing arts center and will provide a new music venue for Twin Cities artists and musicians. It will also feature movies, live stage performances, organ concerts and other events.
   For more information about Moundstock 2002, contact Raeann Ruth at or 651-772-8674. Volunteers are needed both before and during Moundstock 2002. Additional sponsors and donations are also welcome. Visit for the latest details or to see what you missed last year at Moundstock 2001.

Mounds Park Association

   For several years, Mounds Park residents  have met periodically to discuss issues of importance to our neighborhood.  These meetings have brought people together in an attempt to reach consensus on issues ranging from off leash dog areas and other park usage issues to housing and liquour store proposals.
   Now, as we seek a stronger voice on such issues, it seems appropriate to form a non-profit association to serve as the official voice of our neighborhood.  Join us in the banquet room of Obb's, 1347 Burns Avenue, on Tuesday, May 14th at 7 pm to add your views as we work through the process of determining such details as boundaries, representation, and statement of purpose as we advance the process of forming the Mounds Park Association.  For more information contact Al Clausen at 651-774-3647, or E-Mail

Greening Dayton’s Bluff 

   Greening Dayton’s Bluff is a neighborhood beautification and community building project.  Also known as Greening the Bluff, this program works with Up-Front Gardeners (a program that highlights gardeners who have gardens in the front yard and/or boulevard), greening at local parks, community gardens, buckthorn removal, greening and gardening workshops, and so on.  Greening the Bluff is designed to organize interested neighbors, block clubs and neighborhoods around beautification. 
   Participants will receive discounts on plants and gardening materials from local greenhouses and nurseries. Some of the other benefits of Greening the Bluff are that organized block clubs, neighbors, and neighborhoods are proactive and safer.

Two workshops will be held in the coming months:

Designing your Garden
Monday, May 6, 2002, 6:30 p.m.
This workshop will help you find the right plant for the right spot. We will explore design from a low-maintenance perspective in a hands-on setting/garden (weather permitting).

Rain Gardens 
Tuesday, June 11, 2002, 6:30 p.m.
Come and learn about the environmental benefits and beauty of Rain Gardens. Rain Gardens can be created on boulevards and in residential yards. Come and find out how .you can create a Rain Garden at your home.
   To register or for more information about Greening Dayton’s Bluff call Karin at 651-772-2075.

Dayton's Bluff Home Tour 2002
    The 2002 Dayton’s Bluff Home Tour is being held on 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 Minneapolis-St. Paul Home Tour. This year the Dayton’s Bluff tour includes beautiful Victorian homes, a Mounds Park bungalow, a Victorian mixed use building that is being renovated, and a house that was designed by architect Cass Gilbert (who designed our state capital). 
   We need people to help with the Home Tour. Spend a few hours helping the homeowners on the tour and check out the homes for yourself. The Home Tour is an excellent opportunity to relive the history of Dayton’s Bluff while learning about the community that exists there today and getting a glimpse of what it will be like in the future.  If you can help call Karin at 651-772-2075. 
See photos and a brief description of all the buildings on the Dayton's Bluff Home Tour
Photo by Greg Cosimini
This Dayton's Bluff home at 1044 Wilson  will be on 
the HomeTour. It was designed by architect Cass 
Gilbert who also designed our State Capitol building.

Letters to the Editor

Join Kathy Lantry at the Minnesota Children's Museum

Dear Friends:

   I am inviting you to join me and my family at the Minnesota Children's Museum for the Free 3rd Sunday on May 19, 2002 featuring the new, exciting exhibit Body Odyssey.  I, along with my husband Joe, will be meeting and greeting visitors and my sons, Jacob and Justin, will participate in sharing an Inside Out Story Pack that includes games, activities and books related to the human body. 
   Body Odyssey is a touring exhibit developed and produced by the Children's Museum of Manhattan with funding from Merck & Co., Inc.  It will be on display at the Minnesota Children's Museum beginning May 18 through November 10, 2002.  Visitors to Body Odyssey embark upon an interactive voyage through the human body.  Children can crawl up a giant tongue through a face to a large recreation of the human digestive tract.  Inside the digestive tract, kids can trigger a cough, squirt digestive juices at food particles and explore the villi of the small intestine. 
   In Body Battles, visitors play on either side of the body's immune system to try to prevent catching germs and to fight off invader organisms.  Children can detect their own heartbeat and place magnetic red blood cells over a giant cut to stop the "bleeding."   There are many other games, a life-sized "build a body" puzzle, and activities related to blood and circulation, asthma, skin, nutrition, lungs and breathing, and more.
   The Minnesota Children's Museum is located at 10 W 7th Street between St. Peter and Wabasha Streets.  Museum hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  Free Third Sundays is sponsored by Marshall Field's Project Imagine with support from the Target Foundation.  You are encouraged to attend any and all of the Free 3rd Sundays each month at the Children's Museum. 
   Regular admission to the Museum for ages 2-102 is $6.95.  For additional information, contact the Children's Museum at 651-225-6001 or check them out on the web at  You are also welcome to contact my office at 651-266-8670.  This event promises to be fun and entertaining for the entire family and I hope you will be able to attend! 

Kathy Lantry
Councilmember - Ward 7

Airport Noise

To the Editors of the Dayton's Bluff District Forum,
   I enhoyed the cartoon in your April 1st edition that showed the "Quiet, it's after ten o'clock" banners hanging from the Airport beacon tower. But something I witnessed recently has made me wonder if the pilots flying out of Holman Field are really concerned about noise issues on Dayton's Bluff. As a corporate jet swooped over my house at an altitude that can only be described as barely tree top, I could clearly read a bumper sticker on its tail fin. It read, "LOUD PIPES SAVE LIVES". I think we may have a fight on our hands.
Cliff Carey

From Easy to Exotic 

   Ramsey Master Gardeners' Plant Sale offers an eclectic mix. Whether you are partial to passionflowers, hog wild over hostas, or tempted by tomatoes, the Ramsey County Master Gardeners' Plant Sale offers plants for every taste and every garden. From divisions and bulbs straight from the Master Gardeners' own gardens to nurtured seedlings and cuttings, the sale offers vegetable plants, exotics, annuals, and perennials propagated by Master Gardeners for this annual fundraiser. Master Gardeners will be on hand at the sale to answer your gardening questions, and the Diagnostic Clinic will also be open to examine plant or insect samples and offer answers and advice. 
   The plant sale will be held Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Ramsey County Extension Services' "Barn" at 2020 White Bear Avenue in Maplewood. 
   Proceeds from the plant sale help fund educational outreach of the Ramsey County Master Gardener program, such as the free Diagnostic Clinic service and free gardening advice at area farmers' markets and on the University of Minnesota Extension Service's Yard and Garden Line at 612-624-4771.

Recycling Days for Dayton's Bluff

   Blue plastic 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 it. 
   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 call 651-772-2075.
   The remaining recycling dates for 2002 are:
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


  USHNA’s Neighborhood Sale will be on June 8, 2002 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hamm Park at East 7tth and Greenbrier. We are looking for people to participant in the sale. It is a great way to get rid of unwanted items and make a little money at the same time. Space is available for this sale in Hamm Park. For only $10.00 you can have a spot and sell your items. For more information call Sage at 651-772-6143

Dayton's Bluff Bookmobile Stops

   Mondays May 6 and 20 at Dayton's Bluff Playground at Conway and Maple from 2:30 to 3:30 pm; at Mounds Park Methodist Church at Euclid and Earl form 3:45 to 4:45 pm; and Margaret Playground at Margaret and Frank from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.
   Wednesdays May 1 and 15 at First Lutheran Church at 463 Maria from 9:30 to 10:00 am. For more information call 651-642-0379.

Dayton’s Bluff Historic Tour

 Celebrate National Preservation Week with a Historic Walking Tour of Dayton’s Bluff.  On Wednesday, May 15, 2002 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. meet at 733 East 7th Street, the historic Stutzman Building. Walk around Dayton’s Bluff with historian Steve Trimble who will share history and stories about interesting people and places. 
   Learn a little history, architecture, and fun facts about Dayton’s Bluff. This is Upper Swede Hollow Neighborhoods Association’s Preservation week event. “Preserving the spirit of place” is the theme of Preservation Week, May 12 to 18, 2002 sponsored by National Trust of Historic Preservation. For more information call Karin at 651-776-0550.

Friends of Swede Hollow

   Also known as FOSH, Friends of Swede Hollow is an organization of neighborhood people who watch over and have a deep commitment to Swede Hollow. They are the group that started the Lower Phalen Creek Project, work on Swede Hollow clean ups, native vegetation planting, history interpretation, Swede Hollow tours, the Historic Hamm Brewery Initiative, and so on.  This spring FOSH is looking for volunteers to work on the Hamm Homestead Woodland Gardens. If you are interested or would like more information about FOSH call Karin at 651-776-0550.

Grain Belt Restoration Offers Example to Follow
by Angela DuPaul

Photo by Angela DuPaul 
Jim Sazevich, Weiming Lu and others admire the beautifual stairways and architectural elements of the Grain Belt Brewhouse.
  Examples can be found across the country of defunct breweries being restored to a variety of new uses.  But you need not look any further than Minneapolis for an exceptional case of a former brewery complex being given new life.  The former Grain Belt brewery has been lovingly restored as the offices of RSP Architects.
   In March, members of the Friends of Swede Hollow’s Historic Hamm Brewery Project toured the Grain Belt Brewery to see what they could learn that might relate to the reuse of the Hamm Brewery.
   Vacant for more than 25 years, the majestic Grain Belt Brewery in Northeast Minneapolis was threatened with demolition many times.  Somehow it managed to hang on long enough to find salvation.
   RSP Architects and Ryan Companies began the long process of bringing the Victorian buildings back to life.  The road to recovery was not always smooth.  Financing issues and a serious mold problem hampered restoration efforts.  A massive clean up was required.  But the elements somehow all came together.  The people of Minneapolis, the mayor and the city council were dedicated to reusing the old Grain Belt Brewery.  Their support was key to the project’s success. 
   Many details of the brew house interior were either restored or recreated.  A curving catwalk that once ringed a huge beer vat was rebuilt as a reminder of the building’s history.  Stairways crisscrossing the soaring spaces were replicated in their original spots, but built stronger the second time around.  Iron railings and columns were retained and incorporated.  A charming library is accented by original skylights and curved ceilings echoing the roof shape. 
   Originally opened in the 1890s, the Grain Belt Brewery is reminiscent of a castle on the Rhine.  It operated until 1975, then sat vacant while various failed plans for its reuse were proposed.
   Other buildings of the complex are nearing renovation.  One of the more exciting projects is the plan to turn one into a branch of the Minneapolis Public Library.  This building is adjacent to a park containing the famous fountain depicted in Grain Belt advertisements for years.
   The spaces in the Grain Belt and Hamm breweries are similar.  It is the hope of Hamm Brewery supporters that their fates will be the same as well. For more information call Karin at 651-776-0550.

Meet with Police

   The Eastern District Police host a monthly meeting with community members to listen to and address people’s concerns about crime 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 on the third Friday of each month at 9:30 am and on the preceding Thursday at 6:30 pm.
   Please join your neighbors and the police at either the Thursday evening or Friday morning meeting. 

The meeting schedule for the remainder of 2002 is:

May: Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 pm and on Friday, May 17 at 9:30 am
June: Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 pm and on Friday, June 21 at 9:30 am
July: Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 pm and on Friday, July 19 at 9:30 am
August: Thursday, August 15 at 6:30 pm and on Friday, August 16 at 9:30 am
September: Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm and on Friday, September 20 at 9:30 am
October: Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 pm and on Friday, October 18 at 9:30 am
November: Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 pm and on Friday, November 15 at 9:30 am
December: Thursday, December 19 at 6:30 pm and on Friday, December 20 at 9:30 am

Mounds Theater Update

   While our mild winter allowed work on the Mounds Theater renovation project to proceed faster than expected, our rather unusual spring slowed it down a bit.  However, it is now back on schedule and a late summer opening for the theater is planned. 
   A new roof was installed during the winter and most of the necessary interior and exterior demolition work was completed.  As spring approached, parts of the concrete floor under the old restrooms and portions of the auditorium were removed.  Openings were cut for new ground level exit doors that will eventually be installed on each side of the theater. 
   The old sunken rear exits were bricked over when the spring snows finally ended.  Following that, three large rectangular duct openings that were part of the old air conditioning system in the back of the building were also bricked up along with a side air vent for the old furnace.  A variety of other brick work and tuck pointing was done on the sides and back of the theater to repair the exterior walls after the removal of the chimney and air conditioning building.
   Muska Electric Co. has begun work on installing a new electrical system in the theater.  The old 200 Amp service will be replaced by an 800 Amp service that will meet the needs of the theater for years to come.  There will be plenty of power for modern theatrical lighting and motion picture projection equipment, as well as for air conditioning and other necessities such as popcorn machines. 
   Similarly, the theater is getting an entirely new plumbing system with upgraded restroom facilities that meet current requirements. 
   With the removal of both the basement boiler and the rear air conditioning building, the theater now needs new heating and cooling systems.  Three rooftop heating and cooling units are being installed, a large one for the auditorium and two smaller ones for the lobby, offices and other rooms.  Modines has donated the smaller units.
   For more information about the theater project visit the Portage for Youth website at and check out the Mounds Theater page.  There are pictures of the renovation in progress and a regularly updated listing of renovation activities.  Anyone who would like to donate to the project or has photos, drawings or recollections of the theater from the period of 1922 to1950 should contact Raeann Ruth at or call her at 651-772-8674.

CPR Saturday Participants Get Free Stroke Screenings

   450,000 Americans suffer from sudden cardiac arrest each year. Over half of those people die before ever reaching the hospital.  On May 4th, the American Heart Association will work toward increasing cardiac arrest survival rates.
   CPR Saturday is May 4th, 2002 at Metropolitan State University's Great Hall from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Classes cost $7.00 for one person and $10.00 for two people.  Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.  For more information, please call 952-278-3714.

120 Summer Classes at Metropolitan State 

  Continuing its commitment to-St. Paul's East Side neighborhood, Metropolitan State University offers more than 120 classes this summer at its St. Paul Campus located at 700 E. Seventh St. 
   Courses are offered in a variety of academic disciplines including accounting, anthropology, biology, communication, education, human services, information and computer science, literature, mathematics, management information systems/decision sciences, philosophy, psychology, social work, statistics and writing. 
   Registration continues for new and continuing education students with first session classes starting May 13 and ending June 17, and second session classes starting July 8 and ending Aug. 10. A Summer 2002 Class Schedule can be picked up at Metropolitan State's St. Paul Campus, 700 E. Seventh St.; Midway Center, 1450 Energy Park Dr., St. Paul; and Minneapolis Campus, 730 Hennepin Ave. For information, call 651-772-7600, 612-341-7250 or 651-772-7687 (TTY). 
   Metropolitan State offers evening, weekend and daytime courses, providing quality education to individuals seeking career advancement or personal and professional growth. The university accommodates the needs of both part-time and full-time students including adults returning to higher education or recent high school graduates. 
    Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State College and University System, provides quality higher-education programs for adults seeking baccalaureate and master's degrees. It is the only state university in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Dayton’s Bluff Memories and Musings
By Steve Trimble

One Hundred years Ago on the Bluff 
   May 1902 from the columns of the Pioneer Press: People come and people go! Anna Seeger (the family Seeger Square is named after) of East 5th St. had just returned from New York where she spent the winter.
   Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hauser and Mr. and Mr. Charles Hauser of E. 6th St. “have taken a cottage in Lake Elmo for the summer.” Mrs. Charles Tisdale, of Conway Street went for a visit to Kansas—sounds like fun. S. C. Morris and family who had been occupying the Giesen house on Mound Street (the red brick Victorian you can see from the freeway) during the winter have returned to their home on Christmas Lake.
   So what did people do for entertainment a century ago? Members of the Atlantic Congregational Church were holding an entertainment for their music fund. The program featured Sam Johnson, described as a character impressionist and a monologist—can anyone tell me what that might be? He was accompanied by Miss Edith Shaw, an elocutionist.
    Then as now, people considered Mounds Park a scenic site. The May 18th Pioneer Press had a large photo that was captioned:  “The bluffs are just beginning to assume their summer garb of green. A picturesque grove lies between the railroad yards and the river. The view of the river is exceptionally beautiful from the park, and on the other lie the flats, with the bluffs of the west side.”
     I decided to take a quick look at the classified ads and found a few from our area. One of them featured a horse for sale…”finest family horse in the city,” it claimed, “ also a good delivery horse”, 385 Bates Avenue. Another: “Nine room modern brick house; hardwood finish, etc.; 668 E. 4th, near Maria Avenue,  $25.”
     And now, for the “Kids do the Craziest Things” department of a hundred years ago. Five year-old George Nelson of 1134 Beech and two other boys jumped into a butcher wagon during the absence of the driver. They started the team, but before they went very far “the Nelson boy fell from the seat and down behind the horses and was dragged nearly a block before the horses were stopped. The little fellow was carried home unconscious.” He had three broken ribs and bruises and was being taken care of by Dr. Binder, also a Dayton’s Bluff resident.

Sixty Years Ago on the Bluff 
   From the columns of the Dayton’s Bluff Booster: The Dayton’s Bluff Commercial Club had its annual election of officers and the evening program reflected the times. Planned by Mrs. Louis Ruttiman, there was a piece entitled “Navy Blues” by Rita Ruttiman. Her sister Jeanette did a dance called “Remember Pearl Harbor.” There were patriotic songs by Ronnie Hielkema and a military dance by Jackie Bunde.
   Miss Carol Aichele of 1143 E 4th was crowned “Jane Warden” by the University of Minnesota journalism school at the department’s “J DAY.”  Jane Warden was a newspaperwoman in a popular comic strip. Did Carol go on to be a journalist? Any readers know where she is now?
    The May 14th issue of the Booster was excited that kittenball season had started. The first Sunday game was between teams sponsored by Prof. Langan’s Bar, 283 Maria and Welch’s, just around the corner at 685  E. 3rd. By the way, did you know that kittenball was invented in Minnesota? Not sure you know what kittenball is? It’s an early name for softball. 
 The local Gun club was starting their season in late May and would be sponsoring a get together. One of the features was going to be a booya. Help me here…I’d love to have readers send in stories about booyas, part of Minnesota’s unique food heritage.
      The Booster often mentioned families that were aiding the war effort. One of the most prominent was the Wenzel family of 1254 Beech Avenue. Herman Wenzel who had served eight terms as a commissioner on the St. Paul council was also the Commissioner of Parks.  Elmer Benson, one of only two Farmer-Labor Party governors, appointed him state conservation commissioner. He was now an executive at Federal Cartridge. 
    His son George, 29, was a staff sergeant in the Engineer Corps.  Bob Wenzel, 23, was in aviation training in Texas.  Herman Jr., 21, was working at a family-owned resort but planned to enlist in Navy Aviation branch at summer’s end.  Irving, 20, a private in the coast guard in the Pacific, was currently stationed at Samoa Island, California. Tom Wenzel, a16 year-old student, was disappointed that he was still too young to go. 

Cooking in The Bluff 

By Shiela Johnstone

Special Diet: Diabetes Management, Low Fat, Low Sodium, Low Carbohydrate

Cinnamon-Pineapple Pork 

1 pound pork tenderloin cut into 8 crosswise pieces 
1/4  teaspoon salt 
2 tablespoons margarine, divided 
1 medium red bell pepper cut into julienne strips 
1  (8-oz.) can pineapple chunks in natural juice, untrained 
1/2 cup dries white wine 
1 tablespoon peeled, finely chopped fresh ginger root 
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh jalapeno pepper 
1/8  teaspoon cinnamon 
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro 

1 ) Sprinkle each pork tenderloin piece with salt; press each piece to 1-inch thickness.
2) Heat 1-tablespoon margarine in large skillet over medium heat. Add pork pieces; cook 3 to 4 minutes per side or until pork is tender.
3)  Place pork pieces on serving plate; keep warm.
4) Add remaining 1 tablespoon margarine and red bell pepper to same skillet; cook about 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.
5)  Reduce heat to low. Stir in pineapple and juice, wine, gingerroot, jalapeno pepper and cinnamon; simmer until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup. 
6) Spoon pineapple mixture over cooked pork pieces; sprinkle with cilantro.

Nutrition at a glance:
Calories 90 
 Fat 10 g 
Cholesterol 65 mg 
Sodium 280 mg 
Carbohydrates 10 g 
Dietary Fiber 1 g 
Sugars 8 g 
Protein 24 g 
Vitamin A 40 % 
Vitamin C 110 % 
Calcium 2 % 
Iron 10 % 

Grape Orange Bowls

2 oranges 
2 bananas
1 cup seedless grapes 

1) Cut oranges in half crosswise (carefully cut fruit out leaving shells intact).
2) Cut oranges and bananas into bite-sized pieces. 
3) Combine with grapes. Spoon into orange shells or individual bowls. 

Nutrition at a glance:
Calories 110 
Fat 0.5 g 
Cholesterol 0 mg 
Sodium 0 mg 
Carbohydrates 28 g
 Fiber 4 g 
Sugars 23 g 
Protein 2 g 

To perk up soggy lettuce, add lemon juice to a bowl of cold water and soak lettuce for an hour in the refrigerator. 

  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.
Write to:
Shiela Johnstone
Dayton’s Bluff District Forum
P.O. Box 600511
St. Paul, MN 55106

Where Do We Go From Here???
By Lillian Gray

   Just a line from a song.... or the question that this St. Paulite (at right ) is asking as she returns to her nest, which lies hidden in the structure of the old Earl Street Bridge? The Earl Street Bridge, located at Earl and Ross, was built in 1912 and will soon be replaced.  Its demolition is scheduled for early 2003, after the Arcade Street Bridge is completed in November or early December of this year.
   Some deck work was done on the bridge in 1956 and in 1970 the sidewalks were replaced and new railings were installed. More work was done on the deck in the years since then but the Earl Street Bridge is now beyond the point where repairs alone can keep it safe to carry traffic. It must finally be replaced and you will be kept abreast of the situation throughout construction of the new Earl St. Bridge, which is scheduled to start early next year.
                                          Photo by Lillian Gray

Watch Your Car Program

   Auto theft prevention program helps residents safeguard their vehicles. The program is simple and free to all who are interested in further protecting their vehicles from theft. Vehicle owners sign an agreement stating that their vehicle is not normally driven between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., the timeframe when most thefts occur. Their vehicle information is then entered into a database and display decals are issued. If a law enforcement officer observes the vehicle being operated on a public road anywhere in the U.S. during these hours, they may stop the vehicle and verify it is being operated by the vehicle’s owner or a person designated by the owner. 
   The decal component of the Watch Your Car Program provides a uniform icon that is instantly recognized nationwide by law enforcement professionals and car thieves alike. Without spending a dime, participants in the Watch Your Car Program send a strong warning message to potential car thieves to leave these vehicles alone. 
   Any vehicle owner who wishes to register with the Minnesota Watch Your 
Car Program may do so call Karin at 772-2075.  Other ways are to call 651-643-2576, or send e-mail to: for a registration form. Take the next step in auto theft prevention. Get law enforcement to Watch Your Car! 
   The Watch Your Car Program is available through out the nation; this program comes to Minnesota through the Department of Public Safety and is administered by the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association with funding from the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance.

DB Elementary Spring Carnival

   We would like to invite the families of the Dayton's Bluff community to the Dayton's Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary School’s Second Annual Spring Carnival. Last year’s Spring Carnival was a tremendous success and this year’s will be even better.  It will be held on Thursday June 6th, 4pm - 7pm at Dayton's Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary, 262 Bates Avenue.
   There will be fun and activities for all ages including a variety of games, a Dunk Tank, electronic basketball, a Moonwalk, an inflatable Rock Wall, and many more activities. There will be information booths from area merchants and agencies. The Showmobile will feature Hmong dancers and talented student groups from our school. There will be a bike raffle and bike helmets will be given away. 
   Last but not least, there will be plenty of food like pizza, hot dogs, roasted corn (provided by the District 4 Community Council) and cotton candy. 
   Tickets are $.50 apiece (sold in bundles of $5 or $10) and everything will cost either one or two tickets. Please come and join in celebrating the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. If you have any questions please contact Robin or Cathy at 651-293-8915.

Residents Voice Support for Historic District

   Dayton’s Bluff citizens turned out for a Heritage Preservation Commission meeting on April 11 to learn about any plans for changing Dayton’s Bluff’s historic district size.  They urged the Commission to keep in place the current historic district boundaries, as well as the guidelines regarding restoration of existing historic buildings and architecturally compatible new construction. 
   One of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Dayton’s Bluff still has many properties built between 1860 and 1899 that represent the diverse late-nineteenth century real estate development patterns of St. Paul. Homeowners and realtors stated that since the historic district designation in 1992, home renovations have increased significantly, positively affecting the property values and stability of the neighborhoods where the work has been done.
   Speakers included representatives of Upper Swede Hollow Neighborhoods Association, Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, Historic St. Paul, local realtors and residents.  The Commission’s review of boundaries is in an initial discussion stage only and no changes to the boundaries or guidelines are expected in the near future

Marian Center’s DayAway
By Cindy Zegers

Photo by Robert Johnstone 
                                           DayAway Program at Marian Center.
   We are ages 58 to 96 with the eldest woman at 96 and eldest man at 92.  Many are from the East Side of St. Paul – born and raised, worked and lived.  Although some of us were born in other countries, we are proud to be Americans and have instilled this pride in our children.  We are a grateful and humble group, diverse and divergent as the day is long.
   We are mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, great and great-great grandparents.  Some made a living at 3M as engineers, physicists and factory workers.  Some of us labored as butchers, bakers, milkmen, seamstresses, ministers, optometrists, chefs, and teachers – some of us even worked on the Apollo space missions. Some have traveled the world, others stayed home.
   We love to fish. We are singers, storytellers, and gardeners hungry with the desire to learn something new each day.  We are crafters, chess players, bowlers, birdwatchers and we thoroughly enjoy a good laugh, and we relish our connection as participants in our families’ lives.  We thrive on our ability to be living on our own, which would not be possible without a lot of help from our loved ones and many who provide home services.
   We have lived out our faith in a God who helped us survive and thrive in a difficult world, a God who helped us find hope when all seemed lost, and a God who smiles upon us each new day as we grow older.
   Imagine the lives and loves, and stories we have to tell, the wisdom we have to share, our desire to continue learning, and the enjoyment we feel being with others, as we share our trials, our successes, and our joys.  Sometimes, we love to just have fun for an hour or two, or to laugh a few more times than usual.
   Come join us at DayAway, an eldercare day program for seniors and their caregivers.  Come have coffee, play a game of cards, maybe a little poker; play some horseshoes, bake some cookies, make a birdhouse; or just plain get a day out of the house to be around others and “watch” in a nice big easy chair.  We offer health care monitoring, exercise, educational and recreational programs, music and craft activity/instruction, outings into the community.  And, coming soon, complimentary healing programs including massage, aromatics, tai chi instruction and more, as we grow in volunteer support.
   For more information, please give us a call at: (651) 771-2914. We are located at:  920 Earl St., Saint Paul, MN