|Lights on at the Mounds Theater
by Greg Cosimini
The reopening of the Mounds Theater at 1029
is getting closer to reality. It’s been another busy couple of months
a theater that has been closed since 1967. The second major clean
up took place on March 30. Even after 4 large truckloads of material
removed in February and huge amounts of paper, bottles and cans were
three gigantic dumpsters were filled up. This removed most of the
old, broken seats and remaining odds and end. While still not exactly
the building’s auditorium now resembles a theater much more than a
|As part of the Mounds Theater's restoration, the old
has been uncovered and restored to working condition. This
sign had been covered over for years. You can see it lit up every
night from 9 to 10 pm. Photo by Greg Cosimini.
| Architects, engineers and surveyors have
been hard at
work refining the basic remodeling plans. A design review with a number
of theatrical groups was held in April to discuss live theater aspects
of the building such as the stage design, lighting, seat arrangement,
support areas and theater organ requirements.
The Mounds Theater was also part of this year’s Dayton’s
Bluff Home Tour in early May. Over 300 people from around the Twin
toured the building. They got to see displays on the theater’s history
and plans for its future, visit the projection booth and balcony, take
pictures with Thespian Snoopy, view one of six restored and operational
Art Deco wall lights and generally soak in the ambience of the place. A
number of old employees and patrons of the Mounds shared their memories
of the theater.
The “Buy a Bulb” fundraiser was successful and over 220
light bulbs were installed in the exterior Mounds sign on May 4. Every
socket still worked, although some required a little cleaning. With the
installation of some fuses and the throwing of a few switches, the
contactor began rotating again after 34 years and the letters
began twinkling just like in the old days. The sign is now on a timer
will be lit every night from about 9 to 10 p.m. until further notice or
something quits working.
The Mounds Theater will play host to one last event before
it has to close down completely for renovation work. On June 30 it will
be part of the Moundstock 2001 event, being held there and in Indian
Park as a fundraiser for the renovation project.
Moundstock 2001: A Theater
The Portage for Youth presents a new signature
event for Saint Paul’s East Side. The event, Moundstock 2001, will take
place on June 30th, 2001 from noon to 10:30 p.m. in beautiful Indian
Park on the bluffs overlooking downtown Saint Paul and the Mississippi
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Mounds Theater
Rehabilitation project. Once completed the Mounds Theater, at 1029
Road in St. Paul, will host a performing arts stage, music practice
for children and adults, a Science and Engineering Lab, office space, a
theater pipe organ to
accompany silent films/plays and Saturday Movie Matinees.
Moundstock 2001 is being coordinated by the Portage for
Youth, a 501(c)3 organization, serving disadvantaged youth on St.
East Side. They are also coordinating the rehab of the Mounds Theater.
The Portage has stepped forward to produce this event because it
that to create
positive changes for youth in this neighborhood, positive changes need
to take place in the neighborhood itself.
Sponsors of Moundstock 2001 are: The Portage for Youth,
City of Saint Paul, Capital City Partnership, Brewbaker's Bar and
eXperimental Intermedia Studio - Metro State University, Park Jeep
- Burnsville, Dayton's Bluff District 4 Community Council, Western
Heritage Bank, Donavan Cummings with Edina Realty, 3M, HealthEast
of St. Paul - Care Center & Assisted Living, TCF and Tierney
WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING AT MOUNDSTOCK 2001?
Live music from noon to 10:00 p.m. will include:
12:00 - 1:00 Dean Weisser Band
1:15 - 2:15 Rockin' Daddy and the Roughcuts
2:30 - 3:30 Big Walter Smith and the Groove
3:45 - 4:15 Songs of Hope 2001
4:30 - 5:30 Deb Brown and Blonde Faith
5:45 - 6:45 Mezure 46
7:00 - 8:15 Moses Oakland Quartet
8:30 - 10:00 Ross William Perry
MC'S For The Day:
Mei Young - from the KQ92 Homegrown Show
Tou Ger Xiong - Hmong Cultural Consultant, Comedian,
Rap Artist and Actor
Moses Oakland from the Moses Oakland Quartet
Other Activities at Mounds Park:
Arts and Crafts Booths, Food and Beverage Vendors, Beer Garden,
Mehndi Body Tattooing -Temporary Henna Art, Songs of Hope 2001, Karate
Demonstrations, 2002 Jeep Display, East Side Artsmobile, The Community
Design Center - Flowers, Children's Game Area, Booths - Local
Tarot Card & Rune Stones Readings, Face Painting, Bird of Prey
(Tentative), Raffles for GREAT prizes and more.
At the Mounds Theater:
The eXperimental interMedia Studio - Metro State University
"Specific Voices"- an interactive, electronic arts presentation
at the Mounds Theatre; part of Moundstock 2001.
David Means, composer-performer, with Mehmet Serdar Guvenc and
Mary Garvie, guest artists.
Fireworks from The Taste of Minnesota can be seen from the park at
10:30 p.m. (There is no affiliation between The Taste of Minnesota and
So please come out and support Moundstock 2001 and help
become a part of history in the making, the restoration of a 1920s
movie theater. Mark your calendars for June 30th, 2001. Tell your
and friends about Moundstock 2001.
For updated information visit the Portage website at:
"IT TAKES A WHOLE COMMUNITY TO RAISE ONE THEATER"
Moundstock 2001 Volunteer Opportunities
The Moundstock 2001 Festival on June 30th is fast approaching.
We need volunteers to help in the following areas:
1 person at each of the two vehicle gates from 8 a.m. until
closing time -
checking credentials for access.
1 person to check in exhibitors and performers upon their
1 person to check in volunteers as they arrive at the
4 people to assist with setup from 8 a.m. to noon
2 people at an information station from noon until closing
1 person patrolling the food area, keeping the trash collected
2 people patrolling the artists’ area, keeping the trash
1 person to bring messages to the stage from the command post
4 people to assist with breakdown from closing time until
So, from 8 a.m. until noon, we need 8 people
From noon until close we need 15 people continuously. From close
time until finished, we need 4 people.
If becoming a volunteer at the Moundstock 2001 Festival
at Mounds Park, on June 30th, is of interest to you, please give me a
at 772-8674 and ask for Raeann. Now is your chance, to get
DAYTON'S BLUFF "COOLEST COUPLE" CONTEST
We are looking for a couple that would like to reign over
the MOUNDSTOCK 2001 Festivities. Qualifications are: 1) Have lived in
Dayton's Bluff neighborhood for over 10 years and 2) Are at least 30
Do you think you are the "Coolest Couple in Dayton's
or do you know of a couple who you think is the "coolest"? Then
need to come interview on June 15th at 7 p.m. at the Portage for Youth,
965 Fremont Avenue in St. Paul.
Please give us a call at 651-772-8674 (The Portage for
Youth) if you are interested in coming to an interview on June 15th at
New Principal at Trinity
Mrs. Sandra Krekeler has been
the new Principal of Trinity Catholic School beginning July 1,
Mrs. Krekeler has been in Education for over 28 years as Curriculum
in Special Education and with the Hearing Impaired. Her teaching
profession was in Cincinnati Public Schools and in Dakota County,
administration experience has been in the Minneapolis and Rockford
IL area for the past nine years.
Mrs. Krekeler is a communication specialist experienced
and special education. In addition to presently being an
Northern Illinois University, she is an author and developer of
programs including “Innovators”, a tutoring service for needy city
Mrs. Krekeler holds her Education Specialist Degree from
the University of St. Thomas and a Masters of Education Degree in
Administration & Communication Disorders as well as in Special
both received at the University of Cincinnati. Named “Archdiocesan
Principal of the Year” in 1999 by the National Catholic Education
Mrs. Krekeler has spearheaded a major curriculum project consistent
state graduation rules.
Trinity Catholic School Board of Directors, staff,
and parent community welcome Mrs. Krekeler to their school. Her
is “Teach so others can learn. Learn as others teach me.”
Trinity Catholic School News
Earth Day at Trinity
Trinity Catholic School students were a part of the Sacred
Heart Parish Earth Day Poster contest held recently. Congratulations to
Grand Prize: Krystal Burdine, Gr. 5
First Place Grade Winners: Carl Kron, Gr 1; Marais Wakem,
Gr. 2; Delina Brown-Jackson, Gr. 4; Anasticia McAllister,Gr 5.
Second Place Grade Winners: Mitchell Brown, Gr. 1; Billy
North, Gr. 2; Allie Freyberger; Gr. 4; Tara Wander, Gr. 5.
On April 21, in honor of Earth Day, the students of Grade
5 applied their service skills as they gathered litter from the
and theRecreation Center on Duluth and Case. The parents who helped
and supervise are Linda Murnane and Patty Cusick. The student
were Krystal Burdine, Morgan and Kyle Murnane, Kirsten Renstrom, Tara
Kim Dyal, John, Justin, Jordan, Jimmy, Jessica and Jacob Cusick, Alex
Jacob Wakem, Thomas Rodgers, Dominic Stanton and Jess Cardoza.
Registration is now in process at Trinity Catholic School
for the 2001-2002 year. Pre-School - Grade 8 openings are available.
day Kindergarten sessions are optional. Sessions for ages 3 and 4 are
twice and three times a week, respectively, for 2-1/2 hrs. For
Good Test News at Trinity
Testing in schools has been under close scrutiny for some
years in the St. Paul area. Trinity Catholic School in East St. Paul is
proud to announce that scores for the 18 eighth graders tested this
were very positive.
The Minnesota Basic Standards Test, given in all St. Paul
public and private schools and a requirement for graduation from high
indicate that Trinity Catholic School scored 100% on the Reading
and 94% on the Math portion. One student, Adam Wander, had a perfect
on both tests.
Trinity Catholic School wants to acknowledge and
our teachers and students.
Bluffing with Science
The science of urban gardening
Part I: Flowers and Grass
by Greg Cosimini
Now that you’ve mastered vegetable gardening
last month’s column, it’s time to tackle flower gardens and lawns.
are very easy. Grass is basically impossible.
Flowers can be divided into all sorts of categories. There
are annuals that live for one year; biennials that live for two years
usually only bloom the second year; perennials that live almost forever
(unless they were very expensive); and even plants that bloom only once
every hundred years. But those smell bad and aren’t native to
so who cares? Some flowers like full sun; others full shade; and,
of course, some like something in between. Some flowers grow on long
and are great for cutting and putting in vases; some have short stems;
and others have no stems at all. Some flowers need rich, wet soil;
want sandy, dry soil; and others only grow in the dirt found in cracks
in sidewalks and foundations.
This seems very confusing but it doesn’t have to be. Here
is everything you need to know. Sunny: marigolds and nasturtiums
tulips, daffodils and daylilies (perennial). Shady: impatiens (annual),
hostas, lily of the valley and ferns (perennial). Bad soil: crown vetch
(annual, groundcover). These are all cheap and grow well in this area.
Crown vetch is the purple flowering ground cover you see along the
Apparently MNDOT thinks they contrast nicely with the yellow flowers of
their annual dandelion crop.
For marigolds and nasturtiums you just throw the seeds
on the ground, stomp them into the soil, add water and they grow. If
marigolds go to seed, they will plant themselves and show up next year.
Marigolds also can withstand minor frosts and even look pretty good
a hard frost. Impatiens will freeze if you even give them a cold stare.
The perennials I’ve listed need no attention at all.
will eventually die out but the other ones will last a long time. They
will keep spreading and multiplying with no help from you. You might
to divide them every 5 or 10 years if you’re up to it.
Obviously there are many other kinds of flowers.
are old-fashioned flowers that have been in Dayton’s Bluff forever. I
planted any but they showed up one year and have been reseeding
for over 15 years. Lunaria, or money plants, are great that way too. I
planted one packet of seeds 20 years ago and they still show up every
Even though both of these are biennials, they get out of sync pretty
so eventually some plants are blooming every year.
Grass is a different matter. If you want a beautiful golf
course lawn, follow these simple steps. First, remove all sources of
from your yard such as trees, bushes, garage and the upper stories of
house. Do the same to your neighbors’ yards. Then bring in loads of
rich soil. Next buy very expensive seed or sod. Fertilize and put
weed killer on it constantly. Give it at least an inch or two of water
every week and mow it 2 to 3 times a week. See, it can be done. All it
takes is lots of time and tons of money. Look at the suburbs. Grass
so well in the ‘burbs that they don’t even bother putting in
But we aren’t going to do that on the Bluff are we? Here
is the best way to proceed. Buy some perennial rye grass seed. Stay
from special northern grass seed. It costs more and turns brown as soon
as the temperature hits 80, but will recover by October in time for the
first snow. It is probably meant for areas north of Duluth. Use the
seed for shady or high traffic areas. You can buy special seed for
spots but it really won’t make any difference. Grass won’t grow there
Plant the seed in early fall or mid-spring. Use common
sense. Don’t bother if the ground is covered with snow. Keep the ground
damp, not soggy, until the seed sprouts. Water until the grass is about
3-inches tall. After that, water whenever you feel like it or wait for
Mow the grass whenever the grass starts looking shaggy
or there is nothing good on TV. Use a rotary push mower. It’s quiet,
no energy (except yours) and requires almost no maintenance. Or buy a
and hope the city code inspectors don’t show up.
What to do about weeds? Pull them, spray them or learn
to live with them. If you go the spraying route, use a hand sprayer and
treat weeds individually rather than covering the whole lawn. Once you
remove weeds the first time, it doesn’t take much to keep them under
after that. Get a dandelion puller and take them out as they
It doesn’t hurt to add an environmentally friendly
in the fall and maybe early in spring. But be warned, it just
the grass to grow and it will then require more water and mowing. It’s
a vicious cycle.
No matter what you do, some grass will die every year.
So don’t knock yourself out over it. Rather than worrying about it,
buy a sack of grass seed and reseed the dead spots in fall or spring.
will probably take about 30 minutes and just think of the effort you’ve
saved during the summer by not pampering your lawn.
There are alternatives to grass such as cement, asphalt
or artificial turf. But the city has rules that require a certain
of your lot consists of soil or a reasonable facsimile thereof. One
trend is to replace grassy areas with flowers, vegetables prairie
or other native plants. Native plants are often mistaken for weeds.
all a matter of definition. The trick is to put a fence around them or
at least put up a sign that states “These aren’t weeds, they just play
them on TV.” Another trick is to plant dandelion seeds in nice
rows and then tell everyone you are raising them for salad and
just like your grandparents did. Some people might fall for that story.
Our boulevards present a special problem. The solution
is simple: dandelions, nature’s nearly indestructible plant and the
answer to what to plant in its parks and parkways. If there ever is a
holocaust, the cockroaches won’t be the only things to survive. They’ll
be munching on dandelions. The city does allow flowers to be planted on
boulevards. I suggest something of the artificial variety.
Now let’s put those green thumbs to work. Happy gardening.
Bluffing with Science will appear at random times
the Forum. It will attempt to relate topics in
and engineering to life in Dayton’s Bluff. That is the goal, not a
Please send questions, comments or suggestions for future columns to
Dayton’s Bluff District Forum, Attention: Greg Cosimini, 798 E. 7th.
St. Paul, MN 55106 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Child Care on the
Child care for 3 to 6 year old children is
offered to residents
with a busy summer work schedule. JOY Preschool and Childcare, located
at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 655 Forest Street, has openings for
this summer and fall. This economical, multi- cultural, Christ-centered
program offers a safe learning environment for your child. Open 7:00
to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
JOY is licensed and registered through the Minnesota
of Human Services and provides breakfast, hot lunch and snacks
the day. If you need registration information or have a question
about the preschool or child care, please call Wendy Ewald,
Registration for the preschool program of JOY Preschool
and Childcare at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 655 Forest Street, St.
has openings for the fall. JOY has had over 30 years of experience,
a safe environment, and multi-cultural, Christ- centered learning
The center offers two, three and five day morning programs
for 3 to 5 year old children, leading to preparation for admittance to
kindergarten. A firm foundation provides children with the skills
to meet the future.
Call today for information or an appointment with Wendy
Ewald, Director, at 651-771- 6982.
Hmong Women’s Annual Peace
The Hmong Women’s Annual Peace Walk is happening
this year! You are invited to come join us for the 3rd Annual Hmong
Peace walk to raise awareness about violence in the Hmong community.
A volunteer planning group has been meeting since January
to plan the walk, but we need your help. We are asking individuals to
to walking with us from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on June 16th, 2001 from
Park to Metro State University. Mounds Park is the site where a young
killed last year in the presence of her child by a 15-year-old Hmong
It is a place that we will gather to remember what
there. We will then walk to Metro State University’s Great Hall, where
a program will be held. The program will include speakers as well as
people (K-12) reading poems they have created about peace and
in our community.
Stop the Violence! Make Peace!
* Six children, ages 6-11 were strangled to death by their mother.
* A mother of eight in the presence of her 3-year old son was gunned
down by her husband. February 2000
* Heu, who had an OFP against her husband, was found shot to death
in her own home by her husband. Summer 2000
* Lor, a teen girl raped and killed by 3 young men and 2 female
* In front of her child, a mother was shot by two acquaintances hired
by the father of her child. November 2000
* A murder-suicide in Minneapolis with thirteen children left
* Xiong, a young man on his way to school was shot and killed in a
drive by shooting. July 1999
Are you enraged, TROUBLED, CONCERNED by the recent violent
that have occurred in the local Hmong community in the past few years?
Then come to the:
3rd Annual HMONG PEACE WALK
Saturday, June 16th, 2001
9:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
The walk will begin at Mounds Park and end at Metro State
University’s Great Hall. There will be a program in the Great Hall
featured speakers will address the issues of Domestic Violence and
Assault in our community.
Students K-12 will be reading their original non-violence
WE WELCOME EVERYBODY! WE STILL NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS!
For more information, please call May Thao Yang at (651) 772-4788;
Co-sponsored by: Women’s Association of Hmong and Lao
(WAHL), MN Coalition
Against Sexual Assault (MCASA), Sexual Offense Services (SOS), Hmong
Women’s Action Team (HWAT), St. Paul Police Department (SPPD), Metro
University (MSU), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and Speak Up
Clean Up Crime (SUCUC).
SENIOR HOUSING PROJECTS ON
Johnson Brothers Liquor Store, Old Mounds Park
Campus Slated for Demolition
by Mike Bemis
| Two new senior housing projects will give
options in caring for aged loved ones in the near future. Both
in the planning stage, they are only blocks apart, one on either side
I-94 that cleaves the neighborhood in two.
|The Johnson Brothers Liquor Store building will be
make way for new senior citizen housing. The building has been a
fixture at Hudson Road and Johnson Parkway for decades. Other
on the block, including several homes, will also be removed for the
Photo by Greg Cosimini.
| According to Jerry Frisch, the developer
of the site of
the long vacant Johnson Brothers Liquor Store, work will commence this
fall on razing the white hulk sitting at 1165 Hudson Road. He said that
this is contingent on receiving approval from the Metropolitan Council.
Because there is contaminated soil present, the Minnesota Pollution
Agency (MPCA) is also involved in the process. According to an official
of that agency, there has been leakage from an underground storage
Mr. Frisch said that the MPCA gave its approval for a work permit on
Another potential stumbling block is that the old liquor
store contains asbestos, which is a known health hazard. The cost of
up the site will be a public/private partnership, with both Mr. Frisch
and the City of St. Paul bearing a share of the expense.
|Marian Center, formerly the Mounds Park Hospital,
will be another
site for new senior citizen housing. The center is pictured here
looking northeast from the corner of Earl and Thorn. The main
at right will remain. Two other buildings on this block,
the one at the left of this picture, will be demolished for the
expansion. Photo by Greg Cosimini.
| On the other side of the freeway, at 200
is the Marian Center, known to long time residents as the former Mounds
Park Hospital. Vicki Tobroxen, Director of Assisted Living Development,
states that except for the original hospital building, the entire block
will be cleared. An old nurses dormitory, a one-story garage, a
shop and a commercial building will come down to make way for a $10
project. With its planned completion in the fall of 2002, there will be
127 apartments: 52 of these will be assisted living units, meaning that
residents will receive two meals a day and receive help such as light
There will also be 75 congregate housing units for more independent
All residents will have access to nursing staff to attend to their
While HealthEast will be the manager of this new property,
the owner will be Governmental and Educational Assistance Corporation,
a non-profit organization.
Good Neighbor Clean Up
The Good Neighbor Clean Up was an
success. In the two Good Neighbor target areas eight
dumpsters were filled within an hour. About 80 tires were hauled
off to Tires Plus on Maryland. The Dayton’s Bluff District 4
Council, and the City of Saint Paul have formed a partnership to clean
up the target areas in Dayton’s Bluff.
The target areas are:
-Between Mounds Blvd., Forest, Hudson Road, and East 7th
-Between Johnson Pkwy, the railroad tracks, Earl, and East
This program serves as a kind of early warning system
that gives residents a heads up to code problems, before the code
officials are involved. If you would like to get involved in this
program call Karin at 772-2075.
The annual Fall Neighborhood Clean Up for everyone in
Dayton’s Bluff will be held on September 15th. More
will be available soon.
Ticks and Lyme Disease
Now that summer is here and the ticks are out, can you tell me
Lyme Disease is?
Well Lorraine, actually I can speak first hand
Disease. My mother had it, about 2 years ago, but caught it in
Lyme disease is an illness caused by a spirochete
Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted to animals and man through
bite of infected ticks. The disease is reported world wide and
the US. The states of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode
Island and New Jersey account for the majority of cases in the US.
cases are reported from all geographic regions of the country.
Ixodes dammini is responsible for most of the bases of
Lyme Disease in the northeastern US. These ticks are found in grass
lawns) and in brushy, shrubby and woodland sites, even on warm winter
They prefer areas where some moisture is present. The tick has three
stages: larva, nymph and adult. Each stage takes a single blood meal.
feed on a variety of warm-blooded animals including man, dogs, cats,
and cows. The bite is painless so most victims do not know they have
bitten. The nymphal stage appears to be responsible for most Lyme
cases. Both the larval stage (about the size of a grain of sand) and
stage (about the size of a poppy seed) attach to a variety of small
but prefer the white-footed mouse, the main reservoir of the Lyme
bacteria. The adult ticks (about the size of a sesame seed) prefer to
on white-tailed deer. The entire life cycle requires three separate
and takes about two years to complete.
In about 50% of the cases a characteristic rash or lesion
called erythema migrans is seen. It begins a few days to a few weeks
the bite of an infected tick. The rash generally looks like an
red ring. It is often described as looking like a bull’s-eye with
light and dark rings. However, it can vary from a reddish blotchy
to red throughout and can be confused with poison ivy, a spider or
bite or ringworm. At about the same time that the rash develops,
symptoms may appear with headache, sore throat, stiff neck, fever,
aches, fatigue and general malaise. Some people develop the flu-like
without getting a rash.
Seek prompt medical attention if any of these symptoms
appear, especially after being bitten by a tick or visiting an area
Lyme Disease is common. If possible document the presence of the rash
taking a picture because it may disappear before a physician can see
A picture in this case is worth 10,000 words.
Lyme Disease is treated with antibiotics. Timely treatment
increases chances of recovery and may lessen the severity of any later
symptoms in both animals and man. Your physician will recommend the
effective treatment. Treatment for later stages is more difficult,
requiring extended and repeated courses of antibiotic therapy.
When outdoors, several precautions can minimize your
of being bitten:
* Tuck your pant legs into your socks and your shirt into your
* Wear light colored clothing.
* Inspect clothes often for ticks.
* Apply repellents according to label instructions.
* Upon returning home remove clothing and wash or put it in the
dryer for 30 minutes to kill any ticks.
* Inspect children at least once daily for ticks.
* When hiking stay in the middle of trails. Do not bushwhack.
* Clear brush from around your premises and keep grassy
* Avoid plantings that especially attract deer and other animals.
* Limit watering of lawns
* Judicious use of environmental insecticides to kill ticks
may be necessary in some areas.
If you have a question that you would like answered, please
Dayton’s Bluff District Forum
Attn. Ask Amber
798 East 7th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Or e-mail your question to: email@example.com
All answers given herein are solely the opinion of the writer and not
the Dayton's Bluff District Forum nor the writers or advertisers or the
people and businesses included in the column. Amber's answers
researched in depth and are accurate as opinion, but not neccesarily
We All Need To Pick Up
At a recent Block Club meeting the question came
do we deal with litter. One woman said when she goes out for a
she takes a plastic bag along and picks up trash. Another woman,
and then another said, “I do that too.”
I have learned that it takes less energy to pick
up litter than to fuss about it. Everyone should get in the
habit to pick up litter and throw it away. People are less likely
to drop trash in an area that is free of litter. Let’s make
Bluff a neat and clean community. For more information call Karin
Cooking in the
by Shiela Johnstone
For this edition I have chosen Diabetic and Low Fat
Chicken Caesar Pasta
This is one of my favorites!
1 pound pasta
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1inch
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (8 ounce) bottle Caesar salad dressing
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 head romaine lettuce - rinsed, dried and shredded
1 large tomato, chopped
1) Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add
pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
2)Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken,
pepper and salt. Cook about 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked
Remove skillet from heat.
3) In a bowl, mix together salad dressing, vinegar and cheese.
Toss together chicken, lettuce, and dressing mixture. Place in large
bowl, and sprinkle with tomato. Garnish with croutons and Parmesan
Nutrition at a glance:
Total Fat 7g
Cooking Tip: Spray pan with cooking spray before
water to keep noodles from sticking.
1 cantaloupe, (*see note)
1 cup strawberries, cut in halves
1 cup pineapple chunks, drained
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 banana, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1) Quarter the cantaloupe (* Scoop out seeds and cut the flesh
away from the rind.) Cut the flesh in chunks and discard the seeds and
2) Thread cantaloupe, strawberries, pineapple, apple and banana
alternately onto skewers.
3) Dip in lemon juice to prevent discoloring.
Nutrition at a glance:
Total Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 mg
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 10 mg
Carbohydrates 13 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 11 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 40 %
Vitamin C 60 %
Calcium 2 %
Iron 2 %
Cooking Tip: It is actually easier to make melon balls
is to dice or cube the melons. (This is a great job for youngsters.)
green honeydew melon balls, whole red strawberries and canned pineapple
for minimal cutting. To make things easier on yourself, start out with
enough kabobs for presentation, but then provide the skewers and
fruit so guests can make their own.
Did you know?
Melons, squash, and cucumbers, all of which ripen while lying
on the ground, can be exposed to salmonella and ecoli bacteria. As a
they should be washed with soap and hot water, then rinsed before
with any recipe. This applies even if you are only using the flesh of
melon (or squash or cucumber); the mere act of cutting through the rind
is enough to bring harmful bacteria in contact with the flesh.
If you have comments, suggestions, a special
you would like to share, or you are looking for a special recipe, feel
free to contact me through the Dayton’s Bluff Forum.
Dayton's Bluff District Forum
P.O. Box 600511
St. Paul, MN 55106
Or call: 651-772-2075 (Dayton's Bluff Community Council
Till next time, bon appetite.
Seniors Treated To Mirth
by Linda Murname
| Intermediate and Advanced Bands from
School, located at 835 East Fifth Street, performed at the
East nursing home on May 9. The students performed numerous songs
consisting of marching tunes and classical pieces. The bands took
turns playing and on some pieces they performed as a single group.
|Band members from Trinity Cathlic School entertain
the Health East nursing home on East 7th Street. Photo by Linda
| After the recital, the
children visited with
the seniors while sharing juice and cookies. The students also
along homemade Mother’s Day cards that were designed by the
first and second graders, which seemed to delight their audience.
The children also visited with the nursing home’s furred and feathered
friends: cats, dogs and birds.
It was a sharing experience all will remember
for a long time to come.
Getting to Know Dayton’s
by Shaun Murphy
The Dayton’s Bluff District Forum has a role to
improving the relationship between its businesses and its residents.
people would characterize this relationship as having desperate room
At least this is the impression I received as a newcomer
when I attended a public comment meeting last summer. There, residents
of Sixth Street squared off with business owners on Arcade, discussing
the controversy surrounding the blocked intersection of these two
In addition to the central issues of vehicular flow and
safety, several side comments were made. At one point, a resident stood
up and cried, “There’s no store worth shopping at on your street
and a business owner shouted the retort, “That’s because you never
|Gopher Rambler and a barber shop now house Roger's
Print Shop, one
of the many businesses readily available to serve Dayton's Bluff
This photo was dated December 5, 1961. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota
While these comments made me cringe, I walked away from the
meeting knowing that they contained at least a grain of truth. As a
how often had I patronized our local businesses, even if they did not
all of my everyday needs? From that day forward, I decided to make it a
shop locally whenever possible.
Through the following months, I visited several shops.
I had keys made at the hardware store on Arcade. I found a lifejacket
my new canoe at the thrift store on 7th. I purchased a mirror at an
store on Payne. I shopped for gifts for my students at Jolly Tyme
which is also on Payne.
Then, this past February, I accepted the position of
salesperson for the Forum. Before I knew it, I was on a mission to
each and every business within and nearby Dayton’s Bluff. I would never
have been prepared for the sheer number of people and businesses I
On my first day I met Shirley, whose business has been
an institution on Arcade Street for 47 years. Her store, The Arcade
Shop, specializes in window shades that last a lifetime. A window blind
from Target would go through nine lives before one of Shirley’s would
Soon after, I ran across Eunice, who recently opened The
Gardenshop on Maryland with her daughter, Cheryl. I learned that these
brave entrepreneurs had filled a niche that had been empty on the
East Side for years-a store that is both gift shop and garden center.
I have found such extremes and everything in between.
Maria, who runs The Lily of the Valley Vietnamese Restaurant, has been
on 7th Street for 13 years. Jim, who has a car repair shop on Point
Road, has been open for less than one. Joel, who operates a karate
with his wife, has taught at 7th and Eichenwald for nearly three
Did you also know that we have a bakery on 3rd Street?
A pizza delivery kitchen on Hudson? A travel agency on Arcade? A copy
lumber store, and dry cleaners on 7th? A climbing gym south of Rainbow
Foods? A grocery store on Earl Street? Accountants, pharmacists,
barbers, and dog groomers? All within our neighborhood? I promise-we
It is simply not true that East Siders have to drive to
far away strip malls, or neighborhoods on the other side of St. Paul to
do all of our
shopping. Nor is it true that we fail to visit our local businesses.
Just look at the ads within these pages. We would not have new or
entrepreneurs if Dayton’s Bluff did not have services and products that
customers were willing to buy.
The volunteers who run the Forum are committed to
you to the neighborhood’s businesses. We will run advertisements. We
publish business briefs. We hope to compile a business directory for
use. But much of the rest is up to you. This newspaper is meant to be a
forum for your ideas and experiences.
Have you always wanted to open a bookstore and wondered
if the neighborhood would support it? Is your fledgling business in
of patronage? Have you always wanted to let everyone know about your
hidden business? Have you always wished someone else would open a watch
repair shop or a sporting goods store?
Well then, here is your chance to send in your opinions,
suggestions, and stories. Do not be timid! Jot out a short note, or
up a reporter’s notebook. Take pictures, or paint us one with words.
the Forum is ”The Voice of the Community.” Make yours heard!
Home Tour Sells Homes
Hundreds of people attended the 2001 Dayton’s
Home Tour on May 5th and 6th. Visitors were fascinated by the
of housing, great people and scenic vistas in Dayton’s Bluff.
Two homes on the Home Tour that were for sale were sold
during the tour. Many people from all over the Twin Cities area
to the Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Home Tour each year. We are
looking for homes to be on next year’s Home Tour. For more
call Karin at 772-2075.
National Night Out
America’s Night Out Against Crime
Join your neighbors on August 7, 2001 and
Night Out. Some neighborhood groups and block clubs are planning to
a neighborhood barbecue, a fish fry, and/or a soft ball game.
are many things a group of neighbors can do. Be creative!
The idea is to get out and spend the evening getting to
know your neighbors. National Night Out is designed to heighten
and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation
local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and
partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that
are organized and fighting back. Join 30 million other people in
more than 9,000 communities nation-wide in a variety of events and
Let’s make this year even bigger! Call Karin at 772-2075 for more
information or if you want an event in your neighborhood.
Faces and Places - St.
By Michelle Donovan Gant
With a click of my finger I am able to
for a moment, a vibrant image. The vision in my eye is captured and
in the film forever. That is the magic of photography.
This past winter and spring I was fortunate to be a part
of a group of three Metropolitan State University students who
in a Photo Documentation Project that featured the East Side of St.
The two other students were Vangeline Ortega and Jason Gruber. Our
goal was to document the moods and spirit of the East Side, through our
camera lens, and create a final photo documentary project that would be
worthy of representing the richness and diversity of the people we met
and the places we visited.
|“Robert: restoring a historical home at 636 Bates
Photo by Michelle Donovan Gant. MDG©2001.
|“Indian Mound - Mounds Park.”
Photo by Michelle
Donovan Gant. MDG©2001.
|“Resident of Health East’s Marian
by Michelle Donovan Gant. MDG©2001
Joy Child Care On The Eastside
Many parents have been asking for child care that
is close to home with convenient drop off before and after work.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 655 Forest Street, offers children the
to spend less time on the streets and more time with your family. Come
and visit us for an economical and safe learning experience for your
child age 3-5 years. We offer a year around child care with a preschool
component taught from a Christian perspective. Our hours are Monday
Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We are licensed and registered with the
State of Minnesota Department of Human Services.
For more information on child care on the east side of
St. Paul, please call Wendy Ewald at Behlehem Lutheran JOY Preschool
Care (651) 771-6982; or email BethStPaulLCMS@juno.com
“A Poet…Distills amazing sense
Become Charged with Life at the free library events celebrating the
poetry and letters of Emily Dickinson.
May 1 – June 15
Exhibit: Emily Dickinson’s letters and rare 19th
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
"Charged with Life", based on the intimate correspondence
Emily Dickinson and her friend Thomas Wentworth Higginson, will be
on May 5. Composed by Elizabeth Dickinson, "Charged with Life"
the complicated relationship between the unknown poet and the prominent
national editor using their own words.
Summer Day Camp For Boys and Girls
Camp Fire USA, Minnesota Council is offering ten
of day camping at Wilder Recreation Center (958 Jessie Street) in Saint
Paul. Sessions will begin the week of June 18 and go through the
week of August 20. Boys and Girls entering grades one through six
have the opportunity to choose from exciting weeks of adventures.
Each week is packed with games, crafts, stories and more focusing on a
weekly theme. To request a CAMP WILD brochure, contact Camp Fire
Boys and Girls at 651-632-9181.
Visit Lyman Dayton's Grave Site
The Dayton’s Bluff Community Council purchased a
in 1994 to mark the gravesite of Lyman Dayton, founder of Dayton’s
Lyman Dayton was born on August 25, 1810, in Southington,
He founded and established Dayton’s Bluff in l853. Dayton actually died
in Chicago on October 20, 1865, and his body was laid to rest on the
(between 5th and 4th Streets) where Mounds Boulevard now runs.
His remains were moved once again on June 16, 1869 to
Oakland Cemetery to an unmarked grave. For directions to the gravesite,
stop at the cemetery office. Staff will direct you. The cemetery office
is located at 927 Jackson. The grave site is located near Sylvan Street
between Front Avenue and Hatch Avenue, but it is advisable to get a
Bookmobile In Dayton's Bluff
(June 4 & 18, July 2, 16 & 30, August 13)
Dayton’s Bluff Playground
Conway & Maple
2:30 – 3:30
Mound’s Park Methodist
Euclid & Earl
3:45 – 4:45
Margaret & Frank (1300 Wilson)
5:00 – 6:30
(June 13 & 27, July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22)
9:30 – 10:00
Large print books, picture books and videos are
Not all books are available, nor are there reference materals.
will be able to answer simple questions.
Dayton’s Bluff 1st Annual Neighborhood Sale
July 20, 2001 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
July 21, 2001 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
You can commit some or all of the time in your garage
or yard. Contact Traci at 771-5834 if you are interested or for
INTERESTED IN HELPING
Advertise in the
EVENTS AT MARGARET RECREATION CENTER
1109 Margaret Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Rec Check Club
Rec Check is a free after school recreation service with a check-in
component for children in grades 1-6. Registration is required and
is limited. Monday through Friday 3-6 p.m. Free
During regular building hours, we have many games and equipment which
may be checked out for your enjoyment. Items include: table games,
ping-pong, tennis equipment, cards, etc.
The first Friday night of every month will be just for Margaret teens.
School I.D.must be shown, ages 13-17. A variety of activities will be
All neighborhood residents are invited to meet with other community
members to discuss crime and other neighborhood issues. Meetings are
1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
Margaret Booster Club
This group specializes in fund raising, community events, assisting
with programs and team sports. Parents and residents are welcome to
Meetings are the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at
Good Neighbor Code Enforcement
Call Karin at 772-2075
Advertise in the Dayton's Bluff District
Call Karin at 772-2075
Take a Hike
Dayton's Bluff Take a Hike on the first
of every month meet at 10:30 AM in Indian Mounds Park at Earl Street
Mounds Blvd. We will hike from Mounds Park through Swede Hollow Park
then walk the length of the Bruce Vento Recreational Trail (formerly
Phalen Creek Recreational Trail) to its end, near Phalen Park. Along
way we will share stories and learn some local history of the area. The
hike is about 6 miles with some moderately rough terrain. Near Johnson
Parkway and Maryland, transportation will be available to return to
Park or you may hike back if you wish.
Join recreational trail supporters and explore
this recreational trail. The paved trail runs from East 7th Street and
Payne Avenue through Swede Hollow to Phalen Park. Dayton's Bluff Take a
Hike started in December of 1990 and over the years hundreds of people
have attended these events. For more information, call 776-0550.
Free Acting Classes for Adults
Dayton's Bluff Recreation Center
800 Conway Street
Tuesday nights at 6:00 p.m.
Join us. It's fun!
Off-Leash Dog Area Task Force Meetings
July 17, 2001
The Saint Paul Parks Commission established the Off-Leash Dog Area
(OLDA) Task Force to provide feedback to the Commission on how
the report, “Recommendations on the Establishment of Off-Leash Dog
in Saint Paul,” is being implemented. The Task Force has
a meeting schedule for the year 2001. All meetings are open to
public and comments will be taken at every meeting.
August 21, 2001
Meetings will be held at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center,
at 270 N. Kent Street (about a block and a half northeast of Marshall
For more information about the OLDA Task Force, please call: Eric
Division of Parks and Recreation – 651-266-6352
Ever feel like you're the only mother who
stays home? You are not alone! Come meet other at home mothers at the
The MOMS Club is a national nonprofit
with hundreds of chapters across the country. We are just for the
mother of today!
Local chapters have monthly meetings with
speakers and discussions, park play days, holiday family parties,
for mothers and their children, and activity groups like playgroups,
n' crafts, a monthly MOMS Night Out, and babysitting co-ops. We also do
service projects to help needy children.
Our activities are during the day, when
need support, and mothers may bring their children with them to our
For more information about our chapter call
Tracie Lemke at 651-771- 5834.