Monitor Saint Paul Serving the Midway and Como neighborhoods of St. Paul Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:12:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Monitor Inserts Work! Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:36:42 +0000 0 Episcopal Homes in spotlight at national Rail-volution conference Wed, 08 Oct 2014 21:02:00 +0000 IOC10_14Episcopal1

The group toured the Episcopal Homes complex to see the unique mix of three distinct housing types, as well as the added amenities provided.

Episcopal Homes of Minnesota was honored to be featured in two of the 24 mobile workshops of the 20th annual Rail-volution Conference, held this year in the Twin Cities. This national conference convened over 1,200 developers, architects, transit operators, non-profit and business leaders, planners,  and government officials, to explore and share experiences focusing on building livable communities with transit.
“Episcopal Homes was a natural fit for this  conference,” said Donna Drummond, Director of Planning, City of St. Paul, Planning and Economic Development. “Their impressive housing and mixed-use developments, including affordable options, on multiple sites, are superior examples of quality living possibilities within Saint Paul, right on the light rail.”
The Episcopal Homes presence in several locations along University Ave. with the new Green Line light rail right outside their door has captured the attention of those who want to see what we are doing and learn from our expertise.


An international group of 30 people arrived by the Green Line to learn about funding partnerships that helped create the Midway Village at University and East Lynnhurst.

On Sept. 21 a group of 30 individuals from all corners of this country and from as far away as New Zealand, arrived by the Green Line to learn about the extensive funding partnerships that have resulted in the creation of Midway Village at University and East Lynnhurst. They toured the building to see its unique mix of three distinct housing types and amenities. Marvin Plakut, Episcopal Homes CEO, and Diane Nordquist, Principal Project Manager for the City of St. Paul, led the workshop, which was organized by Adam Maleitzke of the Metropolitan Council.
In the afternoon, another group of 30 arrived by the Green Line to visit Kings Crossing Apartments and small businesses within Frogtown Square.  Participants were enthusiastic about the design of this development, its positive impact on the surrounding neighborhood, and the unique collaboration of community partners to combine HUD 202 affordable senior housing with small business development. It is recognized as a superior example of transit-oriented development. Marvin Plakut and Mike Temali, CEO of the Neighborhood Development Center, led this workshop, which was organized by Donna Drummond, City of St. Paul.

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Rep. Hausman receives NAHRO 2014 Legislator of the Year award Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:57:46 +0000 IOC10_14AliceHausmanRep. Alice Hausman (DFL-St. Paul) has received the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) 2014 Legislator of the Year award.
NAHRO selected Hausman for the award for her leadership during the 2014 Legislative Session as chief author of a housing bill that authorized $20 million in state general obligation bonds for rehabilitation of public housing. In addition, the bill provided $80 million in Housing Infrastructure Bonds to finance permanent supportive housing to help end homelessness.
NAHRO also said Representative Hausman’s efforts will strengthen Minnesota communities across the state by investing in housing.

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From cows to Tai-Chi to Buster Keaton Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:53:59 +0000 A month of activities at the Hamline Midway Library will help open your eyes to the world around us

IOC10_14LibraryGraphicThe librarians at the Hamline Midway Library are working hard in October and early November to bring library patrons an amazing array of activities and cultural experiences, including a front-lawn petting zoo, improv after hours, a theater performance, and a silent movie matinee with live musical accompaniment.
The Wednesdays @ 1:00 series continues throughout the fall. Wed., Oct. 15, 1-3pm, Harriet Mednick presents “Herbs and Spices: Aromatic Stories and Secrets.” Mednick continues the food theme with “Take Your Dose of Chocolate” on Oct. 22, 1-3pm, sharing how chocolate has been used medicinally throughout history.
On Wed., Oct. 29, 1-3pm, Tom Fitzpatrick presents “Effectively Reading Aloud with Children.” Each participant will receive a free picture book to share with the children in their lives.
Hamline Midway Library fans should mark their calendars for Wed., Nov. 5, 1-3pm, when Steve Bailey of the Hamline History Corps will present “The Evolution of the Hamline Midway Library,” unearthing fascinating bits of history from the library.
Wed., Nov. 12, 1-3pm, the focus is on mind-body well-being as Bruce Tyler presents “Tai-Chi: A Healthful Regimen of Gentle Movement.” Participants will have an opportunity to try out a few warm-up movements, simple breathing exercises, and Tai-Chi postures.
Toddler and Preschool Storytime happens Fridays from 10:30-11am and is offered Oct. 10, 17, 24, and 31 and Nov. 7 and 14.
Fri., Oct. 10, 17, and 24, the library stays open for special evening hours from 7-9pm for an improv performance by the Playground Players and special guests.
Fri., Oct. 17, 2-3:30pm, the library will feature a silent movie matinee of two Buster Keaton comedies, “Neighbors” and “One Week.” These short, hilarious films will be accompanied by local band Dreamland Faces. Hot popcorn and cider will be served.
On Sat., Oct. 18, from 2:30-4:30pm, don’t be surprised to see cows and sheep grazing on the library front lawn. It’s all part of the MOO!velous Celebration, an outrageous trunk show with local author David La Rochelle and local illustrator Mike Wohnoutka, featuring their book “MOO!,” winner of a 2013 Minnesota Book Award. The show will feature live music with Tom Lieberman, snacks, crafts, and a petting zoo with farm animals. It’s all made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Wed., Oct. 22, 7-8pm, actors from the Park Square Theatre’s production of “33 Variations take the stage to perform scenes from the production and discuss their work in the program Behind the Curtain with Park Square Theatre. 33 “Variations” explores themes of memory, music, and life-changing moments. Contact the Friends, who are presenting this event, for a 1/2 price ticket offer in conjunction with this program (must attend library program to get special offer).
On Sat., Nov. 1, 1-3pm join the monthly Saints and Sinners Mystery Book Club for discussions of good mysteries. The title for Nov. is “A Time to Kill” by John Grisham. Contact Geraldine Balter for the latest titles under discussion at or 651-224-5570.
Book club fun continues on Sat., Nov. 1, with the Kids Book Club for book lovers ages 8-12 meeting 1:30-2:30pm, and the Teen Book Club meeting 2:30-3:30pm (for readers ages 12-18). The teens will be discussing “Navigating Early” by Clare Vanderpool, and both groups will enjoy snacks together.
Saturday Club offers monthly drop-in activities for school-age kids in art, crafts, technology, and FUN. It will meet in the library auditorium on Sat., Nov. 8, 1:30-4:30pm. This month’s activity is to be determined, but it’s guaranteed to be something new and interesting.
All St. Paul Library locations will be closed Mon., Oct. 13 for a staff training day and Tuesday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

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Faith plans Fall Bazaar for Nov. 1 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:30:50 +0000 IOC10_14FallLeavesFaith Lutheran Church (499 Charles Ave.) will hold their Fall Bazaar on Sat., Nov. 1, 9am-3pm. There will be raffles, baked goods, food and holiday crafts for sale, mixed with lots of family fun. Bingo calls from 1-2pm. Faith Lutheran Church is celebrating their 100th year anniversary.

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Como welcomes baby zebra Ruckus Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:26:48 +0000 IOC10_14BabyZebraOn a weekend last month a baby zebra was born at Como Zoo. When the zookeepers arrived Sunday morning they discovered the foal up, walking strong and closely shadowing its mother, Thelma.
The birth of the foal was not a surprise. “Thelma was getting very big, we knew it was a matter of days before her baby would make its appearance” said Allison Jungheim, Senior Zookeeper at Como Zoo. “There were no complications and mother and baby appear to be doing great.”
Como Zoo turned over the naming rights of its baby zebra to Facebook fans and the fans have responded; nearly 3,000 times. With 42% of the votes, the name “Ruckus” is now bestowed upon the little male zebra. The other names offered in the online contest were ZigZag with 33% of the votes and Mayhem with a respectable 25% of the votes.
Baby zebras are something Como Zoo has experience caring for. Just in July another of Como’s zebras named Minnie gave birth to a female named Melee.
Mothers and babies can be seen by the public in the outdoor Zebra and Kudu exhibit daily 10am-6pm.

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Book club meets Nov. 4 at Ginkgo Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:23:56 +0000 IOC10_14HamlineBookstoreHamline Bookstore is excited to announce that the Purple Onion Book Club will read Kate DiCamillo’s “Flora and Ulysses” this month, opening the club to all ages for the first time since it was organized in 2013.
The club will meet to discuss “Flora and Ulysses” on Mon., Nov. 3, 6:15pm at Ginkgo Coffeehouse, 721 Snelling Ave. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no need to RSVP in advance. Several of DiCamillo’s books will be available for sale at the event, and there will be a special gift for all who attend the club discussion.
The Purple Onion Book Club was created by Hamline Bookstore Manager Melanie
Farley to recognize and celebrate local authors. Over the last year they have read and discussed several books, including “Chronicles” by Bob Dylan. Book club meetings have been attended by students, community members and book enthusiasts. Several of the authors have also attended, including Hamline Faculty author John Brandon and New York Times bestselling novelist, William Kent Krueger.
If you have questions or would more information, visit the Hamline Bookstore website at

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Tech Dump expands recycling operation to the Midway Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:15:50 +0000 IOC9_14TechDumpTech Dump, an electronics recycling nonprofit, opened their St. Paul location to the public last month. Their warehouse at 698 Prior Ave. N. is their second location, with their first in Golden Valley.  They will host an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Tues., Oct. 28 from 4-6:30pm.
Tech Dump is a local, social enterprise, fully-funded through the collection and recycling of electronics. Items are refurbished and recycled in an environmentally friendly way, while providing stable jobs and on-the-job training to economically disadvantaged adults. Tech Dump reports that for every 72 thousand pounds of electronics collected, approximately one job is created for a year for an adult that has spent time in the justice system or is in recovery from addiction.
Tom McCullough, Executive Director of Tech Dump, said that “through the great support of the community, we are on track to recycle 4 million pounds of electronics with 40 positions for adults with barriers to employment by the end of 2014. This expansion allows for this and future growth.”
“With this investment in Saint Paul, we expect to significantly increase both the amount of adults employed and pounds of electronics recycled,” said McCullough.
“I’m excited to welcome Tech Dump to Saint Paul. They’re bringing another recycling resource to the city, and the region, that will help further sustainability goals,” said St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. “This is yet another example of Saint Paul’s forward momentum in economic development with more jobs being added in the city.”
Tech Dump invites both residents and businesses to learn more about their service at and to either drop off items to their warehouses (Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-4:30pm), schedule a pick-up, or consider hosting an electronics recycling collection event.
Tech Dump recycles all sorts of electronics (they accept anything with a cord, cable, or battery, that isn’t a large home appliance). The only items with a charge to recycle are the old tube/CRT TVs and monitors. Their website,, provides a list of what is and is not accepted.
TechDump is a division of Jobs Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing stable jobs to economically disadvantaged adults to obtain marketable job skills and a pathway to self-sufficiency. They accomplish this through the collection and recycling of electronics, which not only support a green initiative, but also uses the proceeds from recycling and refurbishing to create jobs for those with barriers to employment.

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