|Dayton's Bluff Community Council Annual
The Dayton’s Bluff Community Council Annual
Election will be held on Monday, October 20, 2003. Come for the Pot
Supper, bring a dish to share, and stay for the annual meeting. Find
what the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council is all about and have supper
at the same time.
Some of the activities the Dayton’s Bluff Community
has been involved in this past year include, Dayton’s Bluff
Clean Up, Block Club Clean Ups, Block Clubs, National Night Out,
Bluff Elementary School Spring Carnival, Dayton’s Bluff Greenspace
and plant swap, Greening Dayton’s Bluff, Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood
Tour, Arts and Culture Committee, Greenspace Committee, litter and
pick up on East 7th Street, in the parks, and on some residential
a number of Land Use issues, and many others.
This year, the Housing Alliance Law Office (HALO), a
to help tenants, landlords, and homeowners with legal issues, moved
our offices. For more information call 651-771-9323.
The Pot Luck will be held between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. The
annual meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. where the results of the
will be announced.
2003 Dayton’s Bluff
Board of Directors
The Dayton’s Bluff Community Council Board of
totals 18 members of which 16 represent four sub-districts (see map
and two are At-Large positions. Sub-districts Representatives
be residents of that particular sub-district while the At-Large
can be either a resident of Dayton’s Bluff, a business owner, or even
manager of a local business or organization.
All of the current Board openings are for two (2) year
terms. Following is a list of this year’s candidates and the
they provided about themselves.
At Large Candidate
Christine is currently on the Board, serving on the
committee. Past Board work included serving on committees for:
director search, MAC St. Paul airport noise issues, strategic planning,
Dayton’s Bluff Elementary review, and East 7th Street design
Christine currently resides on the 600 block of North St. She is
self-employed as an independent contractor/realtor. She believes
some of the challenges facing the Dayton’s Bluff Community are:
are anxious to take advantage of affordable property for sale but are
willing to work with community groups to assure new building that will
compliment the neighborhood’s historic beauty and residents don’t
in community planning until they disagree with an individual issue.
Sub District A
Jonathan is currently a Community Council Board
He has lived in Dayton’s Bluff for 4 years and currently resides on the
1100 block of Bush Ave. Jonathan has a B.A. from St. Olaf
many training skills and certifications, and is a consultant for the
for Policy, Planning, and Performance. Jonathan believes some of
the challenges facing the Dayton’s Bluff Community are: Bias, poverty,
and capacity for multi-cultural engagement. While serving on the
Board he would like to accomplish the following tasks: Increase
capacity for fundraising and strategic thinking; increase organization
capacity for community building.
Sub District B
Kristine Butler Karlson
Kristine is currently a Community Council Board
She has only lived in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood for little more
a year and currently resides on the 700 block of Fourth St.
has a Ph.D. in French from the University of Minnesota and is a
at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She believes some of the
challenges facing the Dayton’s Bluff Community are: Absentee
drugs, and community participation in improving the neighborhood.
While serving on the Board she would like to accomplish the following
Improve greenspace, reduce trash on the streets, improve diverse
relationships, and reduce absentee landlord ownership of property.
Sharon is currently a Community Council Board
She has been on the Board for five years and has lived in the
for 9 years. She currently resides on the 800 block of Wilson
Sharon is a high school graduate and is self-employed as a childcare
She believes some of the challenges facing the Dayton’s Bluff Community
are: Placement of multi-status housing, affordable housing, and
While serving on Board she would like to accomplish the following
Getting kids off the streets, after-school programs, movie houses, game
rooms, and art classes for kids.
Sub District C
Chee just recently joined Community Council Board.
She has lived in Dayton’s Bluff for 14 years and currently resides on
400 block of Forest St. Chee is a high school graduate and is a
assistant at Frost Lake Elementary. While serving on the Board
would like to help improve the neighborhood and provide educational
for the community.
Carrie is current Board secretary. She has lived
in Dayton’s Bluff her entire life and currently resides on the 1200
of Fremont Ave. Carrie attended Battle Creek Elementary and
High, Harding High School and has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in
Spanish. She is working for the US Postal Service at the Airport.
She believes some of the challenges facing the Dayton’s Bluff Community
are: Transits, rental degradation, pollution, abandoned
and storefronts. While serving on board she would like to make
Eastside a desirable, safe, and clean place to live.
Sub District D
Barry is the current Board vice president and chair of
the Arts and Culture Committee. He has lived in Dayton’s Bluff
five years and currently resides on the 900 block of Burns Ave.
is self-employed as a video producer.
Jacob is currently a Community Council Board member.
He has lived in Dayton’s Bluff for nearly three years and currently
on the 900 block of McLean Ave. Jacob has a B.A. from Gustavus
and is a desktop/LAN consultant for Macalester College. He
some of the challenges facing the Dayton’s Bluff Community are:
current lower density of housing, buckthorn removal and adequate
While serving on the Board he would like to accomplish the following
Develop more projects with the Greenspace Committee and move ahead with
more community involvement.
Earl St. Bridge Finally Gone
|This month’s heavy machinery picture features the
the Earl Street Bridge over E. 7th St. After being closed for
a year, it was demolished in September, five months later than
planned. The Viaduct Inn, usually hidden by the bridge, can be
seen in the background. A new Earl Street Bridge will open
in 2004. Photo by Greg Cosimini
Vote for Your Community
Come and vote for your Community Council
on Monday, October 20, 2003. Polls are open from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00
at 798 East 7th Street at the corner of 7th and Margaret.
Any Dayton’s Bluff resident age 18 or over is eligible
to vote. Voters can cast ballots for their Sub-district Representatives
and for an At-Large seat. Write-in candidates are also permitted.
Absentee ballots may be requested. All requests for
ballots must be made at least ten (10) days prior to the election, in
and signed by the voter. All absentee ballots shall be mailed by the
at least seven (7) days before the election to the residence of the
requesting the absentee ballot.
Each ballot is accompanied by two envelopes prepared so
that the larger is return addressed to the Election Overview Committee
and marked so that the name, address, and signature of the voter should
be written on the back of the envelope.
The smaller envelope, which contains the ballot, should
remain unmarked. Put the ballot in the smaller envelope, put the small
envelope in the larger envelope with the Council’s address on it and
it. The unmarked small envelope will be put in the ballot box.
Absentee ballots must be received in the Community Council
office at 798 E. 7th St. by October 20, 2003 before 7:00 p.m.
A Grocery Give-Away will take place on Saturday, October
18 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Mounds Park United Methodist Church,
Euclid and Earl. Free produce, dry goods and bread items will be
given to anyone who can use them. No registration or sign-up is
Sponsored by United Methodist churches on St. Paul's east side.
Dayton's Bluff Take a
Dayton's Bluff Take a Hike meets on the
of every month at 10:30 a.m. in Indian Mounds Park at Earl Street and
Blvd. Join us on October 4 for the next hike.
We hike from Mounds Park through Swede Hollow Park
and then walk the length of the Bruce Vento Recreational Trail
the Phalen Creek Recreational Trail) to its end, near Phalen
The hike is about 6 miles with some moderately rough
terrain. Near Johnson Parkway and Maryland, transportation will be
to return to Mounds Park or you may hike back if you wish.
Join recreational trail supporters and explore this
trail. The paved trail runs from East 7th Street and Payne Avenue
Swede Hollow to Phalen Park. Dayton's Bluff Take a Hike started in
of 1990 and over the years hundreds of people have attended these
For more info, call 776-0550.
First Lutheran Church Fall
463 Maria Ave.
Saturday October 11, 2003
10:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Everyone is invited to have a fun at First
Mark October 11 on your calendar!!
There will be games and prizes for the children. Crafters
and vendors, such as, Pamper Chef, Watkins, Home Interiors, Tastefully
Simple, Week-Enders and others will be selling their products. Our
store will feature many homemade items including breads, cookies
Our raffle drawings include a Stillwater Balloon ride,
bike, gift items and many certificates from local restaurants. Maybe a
Silent Auction is for you - Come and look over our Theme Baskets. There
might be one for you!
Bring family and friends ... all are invited!
Do You Want Tutoring for
The East Side Learning Center tutors students on a
basis to help them improve reading skills.
We tutor students in grades K- 4 who live on the East
Side or attend school there and are below grade-level in reading.
are scheduled after school for one-hour sessions twice a week at
Elementary School at 740 York Ave or Tuesday and Thursday mornings from
8:00-9-00 a.m. at Trinity School at 835 E. 5th St.
The East Side Learning Center is a ministry of the School
Sisters of Notre Dame. We ask for a non-refundable $10.00 registration
fee. No student is turned away due to this fee. Contact Sister Audrey
SSND at (651) 793-7331 for more information.
Two Dayton Bluff Youth
Two St. Paul youth from the Dayton’s Bluff area
Governor’s Awards August 19th for their outstanding performance with
Trust’s Youth Employment and Training Program this summer. The
to Lee Yang and Tony Yang were presented by Councilman Jerry Blakey at
Tree Trust’s end-of-summer picnic at Hidden Falls Park.
The youth were chosen for the award by their crew leaders
because of their hard work and leadership. They have worked since
July 1 on a series of environmental projects sponsored by the Community
Design Center in the neighborhood. Their projects included three
rain gardens with 725 plants, removing buckthorn in Swede Hollow Park
constructing 4 large berms and planting 300 native plants in Hamm Park.
|Lee Yang and Tony Yang are presented with Governor’s
their hard work this summer. (L to r): St. Paul City
Jerry Blakey, Lee Yang, Ruth Murphy and Tony Yang.
“We are very proud of what the youth have accomplished
over the summer,” Kirk Brown, President of Tree Trust, said.
faced many challenges, but they learned many new skills and became
of their crews. In the process they have served the community by
completing projects that will improve the environment and last for
Tree Trust is a non-profit corporation whose mission is
to improve the environment by investing in people. Funding for
summer youth employment crew was provided by Ramsey County and the
Design Center. The St. Paul Parks Department provided materials
Tree Trust supplemented these funds with support from local businesses
Walk to Fight Alzheimer's
at Memory Walk 2003
The Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter of the Alzheimer's
invites you to join us at Memory Walk 2003. Take one step and you
the quality of life for a person with Alzheimer's disease. Take a
step and you improve the life of a family member or caregiver. Take a
step and you help the Alzheimer's Association provide greater support
our programs and services.
This year's Walk will be held October 4th at Como Park
in St. Paul starting at 9:00 a.m. Funds raised will help the
Association continue to provide support groups, educational classes, 24
hour Helpline and many other services to local families dealing with
If you would like to walk, volunteer, become a Team
or want more information, call Tiffany Burrall at 952-857-0541 or
You can also, visit us online at www.alzmndak.org.
Bruce Vento Nature
Restoration and Cultural Resources Update
Thursday, October 9, 7 p.m.
Dayton's Bluff Community Council Office
798 East 7th Street
This fall marks the launch of important
and wetland excavation work on the Bruce Vento Nature
You can learn about, and provide input on, these exciting
The meeting will include presentations from project
Ken Haberman of Landmark Environmental and Tony DeMars of Emmons and
Resources. Anne Ketz of the The 106 Group will also present the
results of her research on the historic and cultural significance of
sanctuary and its caves. For more information, contact Amy
at 715 483-1414, email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message for
Lower Phalen Creek Project at 651 771-1152, ext. 132.
You Can Make a Difference
Board Members Needed
The Dayton’s Bluff Community Council would like
you on board, if you can attend two meetings per month, want to make a
difference, and like to meet other people.
Benefits serving as a board member for the Dayton’s Bluff
Community Council: Voices and inputs count, opportunity to network with
other great people from the neighborhood, opportunity to learn about
issues and run non-profit organization, and provide great reference for
Criteria for serving as board member: Must be at
least 18 years old, live or own property or operate business in
Bluff, care for the betterment of the neighborhood, and a great smile.
Election for new board members is Monday, October 20,
2003. The filing deadline is past but write-in candidates on the
day of the election are allowed. If you are interested in coming on
or would like more information, please contact Mr. Nachee Lee,
Director, at 651-772-2075. To learn more about the Dayton’s Bluff
Community Council, please go to its website at
Koj thiaj li yuav pab tau. Xav tau
koj tuaj ua
ib tug npauj.
Lub koom haum Dayton’s Bluff Community Council
koj kev pab yog tias koj muaj sij hawm tuaj sab laj ob zaug ib lub hli
twg, muaj lub siab pab thiab xav ntsib lwm cov neeg.
Kev zoo rau yus yog yus tau ua ib tug npauj. Yus tej tswv
yim thiab kev pom zoo muaj nuj qhi, muaj sij hawm ntsib lwm cov neeg
nyob rau ntawm thaj chaw no thiab, muaj kev kawm txog tej teeb meem
ntawm lub zej zog los yog thaj chaw, kawm txog kev dhia koom haum,
yus kuj siv tau yus txoj kev pab no mus nriav dej num lawm yav tom ntej
Kev xaiv tsa ua npauj no muaj xws li: Yus yuav tsum
muaj hnub yug 18 xyoo, nyob rau ntawm thaj chaw hu ua Dayton’s Bluff
yog muaj vaj muaj tsev los yog muaj lag luam nyob rau ntawm thaj chaw,
muaj siab pab thiab txawj txog thaj chaw nyob, thiab yus yog ib tug
muaj cwj pwm zoo.
Hnub xaiv tsa yog hnub Monday tim 20 lub 10 hli ntuj, xyoo
Yog koj xav tuaj ua ib tug npauj no, thov koj hu tuaj rau tus thawj
hu ua Nas Cib Lis, tus xov tooj yog 651-772-2075. Yog koj xav
txog ntxim lub koom haum cov dej num thov koj mus saib nws hauv
Dayton’s Bluff Community
The 3M Foundation and the Otto Bremer Foundation
made grants to the Dayton’s Bluff District 4 Community Council.
The 3M Foundation, which has a company branch located
in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, made a grant of $5,000 to support
Greenspace Program of Dayton’s Bluff District 4 Community
The goal of the Greenspace Program is to increase curb appeal and fight
blight, reduce crime, foster better neighborhood relations in our
neighborhoods, create a network of business people, beautify the
corridors, improve the streetscapes, and to create a livable
The Otto Bremer Foundation, located in downtown Saint
Paul, made a three-year grant of $45,000 to the Dayton’s Bluff District
4 Community Council to support its general operation and encourage
from the Hmong and Latino communities in neighborhood issues and
The Dayton’s Bluff District 4 Community Council is a
non-profit organization with the mission to advocate for the community,
advise government, provide information, and undertake action to
cultivate, and set in motion conditions, programs, and ideas for the
housing, educational, economic, and social needs for the betterment of
For more information, contact Nachee Lee, Executive
at 651-772-2075. To learn more about the Dayton’s Bluff Community
Council and its services , please visit www.daytonsbluff.org.
Dayton’s Bluff Memories
Historic Recipes and Helpful Hints
By Steve Trimble
I’m sure most of you have been waiting impatiently for
the third and final installment in the Seventh Street story--I did
a nice letter from someone who likes the local history articles. But it
seemed that prolonging the suspense another month would make readers
the material even more. And, because our recipe columnist may not be
any more—we hope we can change her mind-I decided to do a
combo this issue.
Well, actually (as an old acquaintance of mine used to
say to the point of tedium), I didn’t have time to do the research
to bring the Seventh Street Story up to the present day and did have
these cookbooks handy.
Why? In one of my lives, I am the founder, only staff
member (unpaid) and librarian for the Minnesota Cookbook Archives,
located at Metropolitan State University. Through garage sales, trips
thrift stores and—HINT, HINT—donations—I‘ve gathered around 2,300
and recipe leaflets.
Cookbooks are a wonderful, usually overlooked source of
information on our state’s heritage. They are filled with women’s
history, the story of changing patterns of nutrition, ethnic food,
stories, business advertisements and a whole array of information that
can help develop the story of our state’s heritage as expressed through
Asbury Methodist Church, which recently dissolved, was
one of the pioneer churches in the community, located at 815 Frank
It put out the Culinary Guide, which unfortunately is undated. So how
you know when it was printed? First, by the way it looks, how it is
the style, etc. suggests a 1920’s document.
A careful look at the advertisements provides further
hints. Drewery’s is promoting its line of soft drinks. Hamm’s mentions
its ice company and not its beer. Both of these were breweries, so it
like the book was created during prohibition—the twenties. If anyone
used to attend the church knows a more precise date of publication,
love to hear from you.
This cookbook is a treasure chest of local history. One
has a list of the members of the Ladies Aid Society-forty three were
along with their addresses. About half of them had phone numbers. A
of local history could comment that almost everyone on the page lived
|These are a few of the ads from local sponsors found
in the Asbury
Methodist Church Culinary Guide published in the 1920s.
Here are a couple of recipes from the era.
Mash and season boiled parsnips, remove from the fire
and before it cools add one well-beaten egg. When cold make into balls
about one half the size of an egg, dip into beaten egg, then into bread
crumbs, fry a pale brown in boiling lard.
People today rarely use parsnips, but before the
electric refrigeration, root crops were much more common. Good luck
lard at the local market. And, as seen below, you don’t have to just
away your pumpkins this Halloween; maybe you can follow the directions
below and make a tasty pastry. That way you can keep your outdated
out of the waste stream and maybe Ramsey County will lower your
taxes. Yea, like that’s going to happen!
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup mashed pumpkin
1 1/4 cups milk
Cream butter, add sugar, eggs and milk, then
of ingredients and mix swell. Bake in moderate oven 1 hour. Line pie
with pastry and fill with above mixture.
Today there are many television cooking shows, but in
the past, radio ruled. As the new technology became common in 1920’s
networks left most daytime programming to local stations. They often
the time with “radio homemakers” who came on the air offering recipes,
household hints and general advice. According to many accounts by
it was like having a friend coming to visit. It provided a welcome
in the endless chores around the house. And, unlike TV, you could
do others chores, such as mending while listening.
There were national programs from Minnesota with Betty
Crocker of General Mills and Mary Ellis Ames “Cooking Closeups”
by Pillsbury. But many women also listened to local programs, including
“The Neighbor Lady,” whose program was beamed out by powerful station
in Iowa. They published an annual booklet, filled with recipes usually
sent in by listeners, household hints and hundreds of small photos,
sent in by listeners.
Two of the booklets have contributions from an East Sider.
Mrs. Albert Korba, whose address was listed as Dayton’s Bluff Station,
Route 2, contributed several recipes in two or three different Neighbor
Lady books. The 1950 publication had the following information from our
former area resident:
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup chopped nuts
1 cup whipped cream
1 1/2 cups prepared wheat cereal
1 lemon, juice and rind
Melt butter and brown sugar, cook on low heat to
stage. When cool, pour over nuts and wheat cereal. Stir gently and let
cool. Beat egg whites stiff with sugar, adding sugar gradually. Beat
egg yolks until lemon color, fold into the whites. Add whipped cream by
folding in and last fold in the lemon juice and rind.
Now, in a glass mold, crumble a layer of the cereal and
nut mixture then add the creamed mixture. Repeat till the mold is
full with creamed mixture on top. Sprinkle chopped nuts on top, put in
refrigerator to chill.
MRS. KORBA’S HOUSEHOLD HINTS
…that to make meat tender put it in strong vinegar water for a few
…that lemon juice or vinegar in the water cauliflower is cooked in
makes it keep its snowy white color.
….that a teaspoon of vinegar added to water in which eggs are poached
keeps the whites from spreading and makes the whites cook over the
…that to improve the flavor of old potatoes, add a little sugar to
the water in which they are boiled.
….that if you bury the yeast cake in salt, it will keep for some time.
As part of my research, I called several Korbas
phone book to try to find the family that was then on outer Hudson
When you’re doing local history, sometimes you have to call strangers.
I was able to locate Mrs. Korba’s son, who still lives in the old
farmhouse, which now sports a Maplewood address. He confirmed that his
mother loved to cook and regularly listened to the Neighbor Lady.
VENTO FAMILY VITTLES
I realize that the old St. Ambrose Church was in Railroad
Island, not Dayton’s Bluff, but there is a connection here. Bruce Vento
represented the East Side and our community in Congress for many years,
and did live in a Conway Avenue apartment for years. (Editor’s note:
Thomas Pingatore, longtime pastor of St. Ambrose, is now pastor of St.
John’s Catholic Church located at Fifth and Forest. Many of his
parishioners are now members of St. John’s). Bruce’s grandmother made
contributions to Favorite Recipes from the Kitchens of St. Ambrose
published in 1978. I think it’s fair to assume that Bruce enjoyed this
PASTA WITH BEANS
1 lb. pea beans (or 2 to 3 cups cooked white beans)
1/2 cup oil
1 small can tomato paste
1 cup parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon salt
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon pepper
2 lg. onions, chopped
1 lb. Detalina or elbow macaroni, cooked
2 medium carrots, chopped
1/2 lb. bacon, chopped
Grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon oregano
If dried beans are used, soak overnight in water
Drain; simmer slowly
1 to 2 hours or until tender. Drain. If cooked beans are used, drain
only. Combine parsley, garlic, onion, carrots, bacon, basil leaves and
oregano; sauté in oil in large kettle until soft.
Add tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer the
slowly, stirring for about ten minutes or until the vegetables are
Add cooked beans; simmer slowly for 20-30 minutes. Add cooked pasta
1/2 cup grated cheese.
SANITARY FARMS DAIRY
Sanitary Farms Dairy was once one of the major
in Dayton’s Bluff, with jobs processing the milk, bottling it and
the products door to door. It was located for many years on Minnehaha
East Seventh Street. The building is still there and if you carefully
in an easterly direction from the corner, you can still see a faded
on a high outside wall. They put out an undated booklet—looks like the
1950s or ‘60s- called So You Think You Know What to Eat. Here are a
of recipes that are sure to help you with your calcium-based cuisine:
COTTAGE CHEESE SPICED RICE DISH
Combine rice and green onions. Blend cottage cheese with garlic, sour
cream, milk, Tabasco and salt. Stir into rice mixture. Pour into a
1 1/2 quart casserole. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for
1 cup sugar
1 lb. cottage cheese
2 tablespoon flour
1 can (6 oz.) evaporated milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vanilla
Mix all ingredients in electric blender until fine. Pour into
pan and bake in a 350 oven for 40 minutes, placing pan in a pan of
when baking. Check with toothpick to test doneness. Place on wire rack
HOSPITAL FOOD CAN TOO BE TASTY
As most readers may know, St. John’s hospital was
on the Bluff starting in the 1880s. I’m sure some of you were born
or ate food while occupying one of its rooms on East Seventh Street.
around the late fifties or early sixties—no date is given-St. John’s
volunteer services published From Creative Cooks Who Share. Employees
recipes, one of which sounded especially tasty for a fall meal. I
know that some people wonder if consuming alcohol is good for you, but
I figured that a recipe in a hospital cookbook had to be healthy.
BEEF IN WINE SAUCE
4 lb. boneless beef
2 cans golden mushroom soup
1 pkg. onion soup mix
3/4 cup dry sherry
1 can mushrooms
1 bag frozen carrots
Sprinkle meat lightly with garlic powder. Put in
casserole. Mix remaining ingredients except the carrots and add to
Stir, cover and bake 15 minutes more; stir them into sauce.
- Marge Thoele
A decade or so later—1977 to be exact--St. John’s
produced another cookbook, this one named From Cooks who Care. Compare
this to the earlier title. Is this to imply that the more modern cooks
were less creative but cared more? I don’t really know. Perhaps some of
our readers contributed recipes and can drop the newspaper a
The recipe I decided to use hopefully reflects the
origins. In the 1880s when it started, it was called St. John’s German
Lutheran Hospital. Now, of course, it is HealthEast and is located in
HOT GERMAN POTATO SALAD
8 slices of bacon, cut in 1 inch pieces
1 chopped onion
7 to 8 cup cooked, peeled, sliced potatoes
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
Dash of garlic salt
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 hard cooked eggs, sliced or chopped
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar
Fry bacon until crisp; drain. Reserve 1/3 cup
add onion and garlic salt. Cook and stir. Add vinegar, sugar and flour.
Bring to boil and boil 1 minute. Add potatoes, sour cream, 3/4 of
salt and pepper. Turn into serving dish. Garnish with reserved bacon
hard cooked egg. Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Speaking of cookbooks as a source of
in food and use of new ingredients can reflect social and demographic
New dishes, exotic flavors and unfamiliar ingredients coming into
can tell a researcher a lot about cultural trends. A German or
hospital cookbook from the 1920s would not have the following tasty
included in the 1977 St. John’s cookbook:
2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
1 (15 oz.) can refried beans
2 cup biscuit mix
1 cup shredded sharp cheese
1/2 cup cold water
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 lb. ground beef
1 cup chopped tomato
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 envelope taco mix
Grease a 12-inch pizza pan. Sprinkle with corn
biscuit mix and water. Mix well; turn out on board and knead 5 or 6
Roll out to fit pan. Brown meat; pour off excess fat: add 3/4 cup
taco mix and bring to boil; simmer for 15 minutes. Spread bean on
Top with meat mixture. -Muriel Heywood
All right. We had a Protestant Church cookbook from the
Half a century later in 1976 Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Sixth and
Arcade completed Our Favorite Recipes, for the 95th year anniversary of
Once again, it was hard to decide what to choose for this
article. I got to thinking--what’s more Minnesotan than a hot dish. As
an added bonus the one below uses a landmark state resource—wild
WILD RICE HOT DISH
1 cup wild rice (uncooked)
1 stick of celery
3 cups pre-cooked chicken
1/2 can water chestnuts (sliced)
1/4 cup onion (chopped)
1 small jar pimentos
1 (4 oz.) can mushrooms
1/4 cup green pepper
1 (10 1/2 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
1 (10 1/2 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
Boil the wild rice for 40 minutes in 6 cup
Add 1 tsp. salt. Cut up the chicken into large chunks. While the rice
sauté onion, mushrooms (drained), green pepper and celery in 4
butter for 5 minutes. Add the water chestnuts, pimentos and undiluted
Then add the cut up chicken and the cooked and drained wild rice. Mix
and pour in 2 qt. casserole to bake at 350 oven for 40 to 45 minutes.
have used leftover roast pork in place of the chicken-delicious!)
-Mrs. Nellie Hosek
I decided to include the Sacred Heart recipe
it so perfectly evokes the foods of the era in which I grew up. Like
mothers, mine had a variety of Jell-O based dishes. Sea foam salad was
always one of the big hits at the Scout potluck dinners. Unfortunately,
I didn’t have enough room to include one of my other childhood
SEA FOAM SALAD
1 medium can of pears
1 small can of crushed pineapple
1 pkg. lime Jell-O
1/2 cup whipped cream
1 small pkg. Philadelphia cream cheese
Dissolve the Jell-O in 1 cup heated pear juice.
cream cheese and pears. Add to Jell-O with pineapple. Fold in whipped
and out into the refrigerator for a few hours. This is truly
-Mrs. Florence Goward
It doesn’t take an urban studies academic to
that East Seventh Street has been undergoing significant sociological
In addition to the older storefronts are numbers of establishments
by Hispanic and Asian businesses. Some of them are food related,
groceries and restaurants.
So what is the neighborhood cookbook connection here?
It is Peb Noj Mov, a Hmong title that translates into “Let’s Eat
Its creator was Jackie Richardson, a professor at Metropolitan State
She decided that instead of just learning about recent immigrant
out of books, her Spring, 1999 Human Services Diversity Course would do
field work that, among other things, included food studies.
Through interviews and observation, students learned
about Hmong holiday feasts, meals, and family food and drink rituals in
Laos and the United States. With the help of Neal Thao (a Metropolitan
State University teacher and school board member) and his family who
willing cooks for the group, a cookbook emerged. I’m pretty sure copies
are still for sale if you are interested. Here are two typical
40 spring roll wrappers
6 green onion tops, thinly sliced
6 ounces cellophane noodles
1 1/2 pound meat*
4 tablespoons nuoc nam**
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 large black mushrooms, finely chopped
*Meat can be ground pork, shredded shrimp or crabmeat.
**Nuoc nam (fish sauce) can be purchased in specialty grocery stores.
Stir fry meat or seafood in small amounts of
oil. Season with black pepper and nuoc nam. Add garlic cloves, onion
mushrooms and cellophane noodles. Set mixture to one side. Prepare
roll wrappers. Soften wrappers in warm water. Individually, remove
from water and place on platter. Place 2 tablespoons of mixture in the
center of the wrapper, fold sides together and roll. Each spring roll
seal itself. Dry slightly before serving
SPICY CUCUMBER SALAD
1 1/2 cucumbers
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon chili paste
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Cut off ends of cucumbers. Cut cucumbers into
pieces. Add salt, mix and let stand for 1 hour. Lightly rinse cucumbers
and drain water. Add other ingredients and mix. Refrigerate for 6 hours
So there you have it, a combination history and
Hope you enjoyed it. I have a second article that would feature greater
East Side cookbooks I could do next month. Or would you rather have the
East Seventh finale? Hopefully our regular recipe column writer will
to return. Send her a letter c/o the Forum.
And remember, we are always looking for more old and new
church, community, school, family, company and other cookbooks for the
Minnesota Cookbook Archives. If you have any donations, I’m in the
book. We’re also looking for photos of people cooking and eating. And,
even though I’m not the Neighbor Lady, please feel free to send in
and household hints.
The Year in Review
By Karin DuPaul, Community Organizer
Greening Dayton’s Bluff
Greening Dayton’s Bluff has had a busy year. The focus
of Greening Dayton’s Bluff is neighborhood beautification and community
building. To be involved all you have to do is register and
in one or more of the following: Up-Front gardens (gardens in your
yard and/or boulevard), help get neighbors involved, community
projects, attend greening meetings, or go to gardening workshops, or
in a plant swap. Neighbors and business people will work together
on beautification of our commercial areas also. Members are eligible to
receive discounts on plants at a number of greenhouses and free plants
for public spaces including boulevards.
The year started off with two meetings to get input from
the residents of Dayton’s Bluff. Ideas that came out of the
included: workshops, garden tours and boulevard gardens. We
with the Dayton’s Bluff Greenspace Committee and held a Dayton’s Bluff
Greenspace Summit and plant sell and swap. We had a couple of
this year including: Critters in the Garden and Shade Gardening.
Boulevard planting popped up on East 7th Street this year. Thank
you for helping to beautify 7th Street. Planters included,
Johnson, Roger’s Printing Services, Community Design Center, AWP Meats
and Grocery, State Farm office, John Trudeau Accounting and Burger
We had two neighborhood garden tours this past summer.
The first one was in the 654 Breech and Margaret Block Club area where
there are many beautiful gardens. The second garden tour was in the
Park neighborhood on National Night Out (August 5th). There were many
gardens on that tour. A number of them had beautiful front yard
Greening Dayton’s Bluff grew out of the code enforcement
efforts that the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council has been promoting
the last few years. We have a project, the Good Neighbor Code
Program, which works on cleaning up code issues in Dayton’s
Now that we have been working at cleaning up Dayton’s Bluff, it’s time
to beautify Dayton’s Bluff as well!
Clean Up Efforts are Successful
The Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Clean Up was held on
13th. Dayton’s Bluff Community Council Board members, residents,
friends, and Reentry Services Sentence to Service played an important
in the success of the clean up. Tons of trash and refuse left
Bluff that day. Some people found treasures in the Free Stuff
The weather was great for the clean up and all of the
volunteers did an excellent job. Volunteers included Cassandra
Carla Riehle, Jean Comstock, Wayne Lundeen, Daryl Johnson, Julie
Carrie Dimmick, Jacob Dorer, Al Clausen, Donovan Cummings, Dan Kadlac,
Sharon McCrea, Dave Murphy, Ed Overmeyer-Kolb, Roger Schaefer, and a
to Service crew. John from Eureka Recycling was on hand to answer
questions about recycling and their other programs. If I missed
I am sorry and please let me know. We appreciate everyone that
A number of local businesses supported our efforts by
supplying food, beverages and services. We would like to express
our appreciation to Subway Sandwiches at East 7th Street and Willius,
Gas Station at East 7th Street and Kittson, Byerly’s at 1959 Suburban,
Culver’s at 2065 Old Hudson Road, and Holiday Gas Station at 1477 East
Earlier this year we had mini clean ups in the Good
Code Enforcement areas in Dayton’s Bluff. Throughout the year
to Service crews have picked up trash and litter from the streets and
here in Dayton’s Bluff. All and all a lot of clean up activities
have happened in Dayton’s Bluff this year. We could not have done
it without all of the help!
2003 National Night Out in Dayton’s Bluff
All of the Dayton’s Bluff National Night Out events were
very successful. The cooperation with the Police and Fire
was outstanding. Each event reports good conversations were going
on and some neighbors met neighbors who they did not know before.
The kids liked the fire engine. The motorcycles were a great hit
Our National Night Out events attracted officials
Governor Pawlenty, Mayor Kelly, Councilmember Lantry, Senator Mee Moua,
Mike Hatch, and Neighborhood Housing & Property Improvement
Andy Dawkins. A neighborhood in the Mounds Park area had a Garden Tour
as part of its National Night Out event. Events included
games. People are already talking about next year’s events.
For more information call Karin at 651-772-2075.
Hamm's Bear Visits
Take Back Your Family Time
|The Hamm’s Bear, shown here with Dayton’s Bluff
Karin DuPaul, recently paid a visit to the old Hamm’s Brewery
a Hamm's Sky Blue Water Collector's Club Flea Market. The Hamm’s
Bear has been in the middle of a controversy since the
Club proposed placing a monument to him in Como Park or some other city
Early Childhood Family Education Classes at
Achievement Plus School are participating in Take back Your Family Time
Week, Oct. 20-24, 2003.
Parents in Early Childhood Education Programs in the Twin
Cities region and around the state have expressed great concern about
erosion of family time. In fact, when parents in six school
were asked about the main challenges facing families nowadays,
balance was their top concern.
Moreover, recent national polls indicate
that children want more time with their parents. A 2000 national
poll of teenagers that asked about their worries and concerns found
“not having enough time together with parents” tied for first (along
educational worries) as the chief concern.
The goals of Take Back Your Family Time Week include
awareness of contemporary forces impinging on family time. All
groups at Dayton’s Bluff Early Childhood Family Education will consider
how their time with their children is impacted by the requirements of
children’s activities, and the tasks that daily life demands.
will evaluate what in their lives they can and want to change, and
some avenues toward achieving a more supportive and satisfying balance
in their time with their children.
Please join the dialogue. Help build healthy
and communities. Contact the Early Childhood Family Education
at Dayton’s Bluff Achievement Plus School at (651) 293-5343 for more
From the President
By Wilson Bradshaw
President, Metropolitan State University
As everyone who approaches Dayton’s Bluff can see, the
construction of the university’s new Community Library and Information
Access Center is moving along rapidly. The masonry and prairie-style
already in place give a sense of how the finished exterior will look.
building’s exterior will be sealed before the snow flies, so that
finishing can continue during the winter. We plan to begin moving staff
into the library in the spring of 2004. A gala grand opening is
for October 9, 2004—it will be an event to remember in St. Paul.
While the university community is preparing to use its
new information access center, there is also a lot of activity in
for the new Dayton’s Bluff branch of the St. Paul Public Library that
occupy the east wing of the building. The community will be very
with the warm and welcoming interior, and with the library’s facilities
and services, like the “Homework Center.” The SPPL staff will also
a range of programs designed to meet the needs of the community, such
As community members will know from the press,
State is operating under serious fiscal constraints this year, and will
be for the foreseeable future. Enrollments are slightly above last
With a tight budget, this is not a bad time for the rate of enrollment
growth to be slower than in recent years.
The university has been putting a number of its programs
and courses online, and enrollments in online courses this year are
To make classroom courses even more accessible to working students, we
are trying out new class schedules that may fit better with some work
As we enter another academic year full of opportunities
and challenges, we at Metropolitan State appreciate the interest and
of our community neighbors. Dayton’s Bluff is a great place to call
Student to Attend
Samuel E. Murphy of St. Paul is among 509
are starting at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine this fall.
Murphy is a 2003 graduate of Harding High School and the
son of David Murphy and Jane Prince, of Burns Ave.
Bates College, widely regarded as one of the finest
arts colleges in the nation, is dedicated to the principle of active
A 10-1 student-faculty ratio makes possible close collaborations in
and laboratory, and the Bates learning experience is honed through
research, service-learning and the capstone of senior thesis.
two-thirds of Bates' 1,700 students study abroad. Co-curricular life is
rich: most students participate in club and varsity sports; many
in performing arts; and almost all students participate in one of more
than 90 student-run clubs or organizations.
Alumni frequently cite the capacities they developed at
Bates for critical assessment, analysis, expression, aesthetic
and independent thought. About 40 percent of students participate in
internships, and more than two-thirds of recent graduates enroll in
study within 10 years after graduation. Bates was founded in 1855 by
abolitionists, and Bates graduates have always included men and women
diverse racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Dayton’s Bluff School Beat
By Cassandra Moe
Trinity School launched its partnership with the Science
of Minnesota with a paddleboat ride and field trip to Boom Island on
11. The program, new for both Trinity and the Science Museum, will
of twice monthly trips to the Science Museum for Trinity students in
3-8. Kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 will also participate in the
|The kick-off of the year for the Science Program at
all students from Grades 4-8 in the Mississippi lock at Boom
The seventh grade girls: Leslie Johnson, Samantha Richie and DeLina
and their classmates are gathering information for their asignment.
Jeanne Olson, a math and science teacher for middle school
grades at Trinity, and Larry Thomas, a biologist at the Science Museum,
will lead the program. They hope that the program will be an extension
of the classroom and an interdisciplinary experience for students,
writing, math, science, and history with lessons about the Mississippi
River and the scientific method.
Dayton’s Bluff Achievement Plus
Dayton’s Bluff Achievement Plus has collectively pledged
read one-million words this school year. They held a parade in
to kick off their reading activities for the year.
|Dayton’s Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary held a
parade to kick-off
their reading activities for this school year. The school has
pledged to read 1,000,000 words. Their dragon mascot danced at
front of the parade right behind a police escort. They were also
joined by some of the Concordia College basketball team who volunteer
help students with reading activities.
October dates to note at Dayton’s Bluff Achievement
Site Council Meeting (Monday, 10/6, 3:30-5:30 p.m.)
Families Reading for Fun (Tuesdays, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 5:30-7:30
MEA – No School! (Thursday and Friday, October 16-17)
Monthly Assembly (Thursday, 10/30, 2 p.m.)
Poet Finds Inspiration in
By J. Wittenberg
Miss Lee Neogan is a poet, and fairly new to Dayton's
Bluff and the U.S. in general. She has settled now in Mounds Park, and
was to perform a few short readings at the recent Moundstock, but the
came and the people fled.
Miss Neogan claims Mounds Park offers much muse and
if one will but look. And thus, to prove her view, we took a walk along
the Bluff, and truly, I am a better person after being afforded this
to see the world through her eyes.
"When I am exploring and communing with nature ... people
do not exist to me," she said. I trusted she was making an exception in
my case, and listened with care as this young woman of 27 expounded
biological and Latin terms for insects and flora. Indeed, Miss Neogan
her entomology, identifying the remains of a dried cicada along the
which she offered me later as a gift. With a smile she said, "He's
but he may have a poem growing inside of him."
Her verses are often short, usually no more than 6 lines,
and she's been greatly inspired by ancient Asian poets such as Li Po.
spoke of her garden as another source of inspiration, and indeed she
tips for my own amateur efforts at horticulture, those not so refined
We sat for a time, and just listened to the passing train,
coupled with that of a robin. “What of the discordant noise of cars?" I
asked, as one passed going about 20 miles over the speed limit, a
unchecked practice on Mounds Boulevard. "Concentrate on what you wish
hear," she said. Just then, an airplane flew overhead, followed by an
motorbike, and all of nature's sounds were blacked out. By the
on her face I could tell Lee hadn't heard them; she was unfazed.
her mind is so trained to filter out the sludge of our society.
Besides her penchant for poetry, Miss Neogan practices
various forms of yoga and meditation, and did appear more
than most, perhaps more than anyone I've met in a very long time. She
living "by the hour," and spoke of her life writing near the Pacific
in her native land. Although she misses family and friends, seeing this
different world has been good for her.
A good portion of our sojourn was taken in silence,
Miss Neogan would take out her notebook and write. At journey's end I
if she has been published. She smiled shyly, bit her lip, and said,
but I hope to, someday."
One should keep an eye and ear open for her next reading,
for this woman's very presence makes Dayton's Bluff a richer
I trust unequivocally that her work will be published "someday," and
her dreams will come true if she will but persist. ]
I felt blessed on this late summer day, for I was given
two poems: one for me to keep, the other for me to share, with Miss
The palm holds rivers
But the throat holds acres
© L. Neogan
Dayton’s Bluff Recreation
800 Conway St.
Director: Jody Griffin
Leader: Steve Randall
Leader: Will Xiong
P & R Worker: Maiknue Moua
P & R Worker: Damien Rochon -Washington
Monday – Friday: 3 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 am - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 - 5 p.m.
Registration for any fee-based class or activity is not complete until
fee is paid. Athletic registration must be done in person.
Class register may be done by phone or in person. Please register
early; the number of registrations accepted for sports, activities
classes may be limited. NO REFUNDS will be given after the first
class or practice begins. If a class is canceled due to lack of
a full refund will be given. Permission slips for field trips
be received no less than five days prior to trip. All payments
be made by check or cash.
SO YA WANNA BE AN ACTOR, HUH?
This workshop is designed for the individual who wishes to explore
pursuing commercial or paid acting gigs here in the Twin Cities
No acting experience required, as this class will cover how to get
head shots, monologues, community theater, networking & any other
you may have about “the biz!” Limit 15
Tues./Thurs., Oct. 21/23
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Matthew Feeney
WHOSE LINE REALLY IS IT ANYWAY?
This is a beginning level IMPROV class - you’ve seen it on TV.
Now is your chance to get off the couch & be part of the
We’ll take you through basic fundamental skills, exercises & games
all the way up to some frantically funny long form improv with
No experience necessary, come dressed for movement & leave your
at the door!
Mon., Oct. 13
6:30 - 8 pm
Instructor: Matthew Feeney
LIFE IN THE STRESSED LANE
(All ages) This presentation gives an overview of how chronic elevated
stress can be a contributing risk factor for heart disease &
Learn to recognize signs & symptoms of stress & how to develop
healthy coping strategies.
Mon., Oct. 6
6 - 7 p.m.
Instructor: Amer. Heart Association
Come to your local recreation center for a “Spook”tacular time? Calling
all little pumpkins to an afternoon of fun which would be frightening
miss. All ghosts & goblins 6th grades & under are invited
to join us for our annual Halloween party. No registration
Call for more info.
Thurs., Oct. 30
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
HALLOWEEN SAFE HOUSE
On Friday, Oct. 31 all recreation centers in St. Paul will be open
as a “safe house” for neighborhood youth from 5 - 8 p.m.
POPCORN & MOVIE NIGHT
(All ages) Join us each week for a movie & popcorn in our wonderful
theater. Movies shown will be G or PG.
Wednesdays, Starting Sept. 3
6 - 8 p.m.
Fee: 50 cents per week
(Ages 9-14) This club is for teens who want to have fun by doing
various activities, going on field trips & planning weekly
Tuesdays & Thursdays
5 - 7 p.m.
(Ages 7-14) Kids are welcome to come play Foosball, Ping Pong,
Air Hockey, Dome Hockey, watch TV or just hang out with friends.
6 - 8 p.m.
FIELD TRIP – SCIENCE MUSEUM
Children 9 years & under are welcome, but must be accompanied by
an adult. Permission slips must be filled out. You may pick
one up at your rec. center office. Staff ratio is 10:1.
Thurs., Oct. 16
Fee: Free - includes admission, Omni Theater show, transportation &
Must register by Tues., Oct. 9.
Land of OZ 2003 at the
Bring the kids dressed in costume to a safe
for a fun filled evening, featuring our very own "Land of OZ", at the
Center, on October 29, 2003, from 6:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m. They
meet the Wicked Witch, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion and all the other
from the Wizard of Oz. The children will follow the yellow brick road
and who knows who will be around the corner.
The smiles and expressions on the faces from the youngest
youngsters to eldest elders are priceless as they all experience this
and mystical evening. If you stopped by last year, you know what a
time your children had. Sorry … no one over 12 years of age
will be allowed to Trick or Treat.
|Each year the “Land of OZ” gets bigger and better at
Center. Bring your children ages 12 years and under for Trick or
Treat and check it out on October 29. Photo by
FREE ADMISSION with a canned good item for our
local food shelf at the Merrick Community Center. Please help us fill
If you would like to donate wrapped candy or help us set
up the props for this delightful event, please contact Robert Johnstone
or Jody Auger at (651)771-2914. Thank you in advance!
Attention all Crafters and
Mark your calendars! HealthEast Care Center –
Saint Paul is getting geared up for the annual Holiday Boutique and
Bake Sale on Friday, November 7, 2003, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All
rent for $20. We are looking for vendors and individuals from the
to display and sell their home-made items. This year we have more space
and that means our boutique is going to be bigger and better than ever!
You don’t want to miss out, so please call now to reserve your table.
are going fast!
Even if you are not a seller, mark your calendar for
November 7, 2003 to stop and shop! You'll be glad you did.
For more information, call Robert Johnstone or Jodi Auger
at (651) 771-2914.
Krispy Kreme at the Marian
Do you need a DayAway?
|Krispy Kreme on Suburban Ave. graciously donated
for each of our Elders enjoyment. For most, this was their first
of tasting those yummy holey cakes. The response to these tasty wonders
was phenomenal. Their eyes lit up, lips puckered up savoring every bit
of flavor, and the smiles … priceless. From all the residents at the
Care Center … a warm and special “THANK YOU Krispy Kreme, for giving us
such a wonderful gift and touching our hearts.” Photo by Robert
“We are right in your backyard!”
We are an adult day service designed for seniors
caregivers. DayAway offers structured, non-residential, community-based
activities. It provides a variety of health, social, and related
services in a protective setting.
Our purpose is to meet the individual needs of senior
and disabled adults through social, therapeutic, recreational, and
We encourage seniors to maintain their independence by
offering various activites and services. This supportive enviroment
the individual’s maximum level of independence.
DayAway is located in the HealthEast Care Center and
– Marian of Saint Paul. For more information, please call (651)
Volunteer Opportunities at
We are seeking caring
groups to spend some time with our Elders. Whether you have an hour or
two, or several hours of time you can donate per month, we’d love to
from you. Here’s what we currently have to offer:
Gift Shop Clerks
Beauty Shop Escorts
Dining Room Assistants
Chapel Services Escorts
Physical Therapy Escort
Recreation Programs Assistants (days and/or evenings)
Arts & Crafts Instructors
Exercise Class Instructors
Basic Computer Skills Instructors
Music Entertainer (play the piano, organ or any musical instrument)
Building Maintenance and/or Landscaping Assistants
US Mail Delivery Assistant (room to room delivery)
Men’s Discussion Group Leader
Grocery Shopping Helper
And so much more!
Volunteering can be very rewarding and open
you never dreamed of. If you are interested in joining our wonderful
of volunteers, and you are between 14 and 110 years of age, please
Robert Johnstone, Volunteer Services Coordinator at (651) 793-2116.