Urban Indigenous Legacy Initiative unveiled
Many buildings that serve Native Americans across the Twin Cities are outdated and dilapidated, making it even tougher to help those in need, according to Dr. Joe Hobot, president and CEO of the …
Activists rally outside Governor’s Residence in remembrance of Dolal Idd
Community members gathered in front of the Governor’s Residence on Jan. 4, 2022, in remembrance of Dolal Idd, who was shot and killed by Minneapolis police officers on Dec. 30, 2020. Activists …
Families of lost loved ones, supporters rally behind Wright family
Families from Minnesota and around the country who have lost loved ones to police violence stood together outside the Hennepin County Courthouse on Dec. 8, 2021 in support of the Wright family. It …
Some city fees increasing 1.5%, others more
Is Rover running away? Are the neighbors not keeping up their property? Is a new coffee shop opening around the corner? Many city business and enforcement costs will increase in 2022, following St. …
Take a local outdoor public art tour to enhance well-being
Much has been written about the benefits of exercise and being outdoors to beat the blues. According to a recent report from the American Psychological Association, “There is mounting evidence, …
Prior Avenue to be rebuilt
By Jane McClure Prior Avenue provides an important bike and pedestrian connection between neighborhoods north and south of Interstate 94, as well as a motor vehicle route to many Midway …
Rebuild, Repair, Recycle
Artist and business founder Kristen McCoy has been rethinking the future of fashion for years. Along with her staff at RETHINK Tailoring & Sewing Lounge (3449 Bloomington Ave. S.), she offers an …
By now, everyone has seen images of plastic-strewn beaches around the world. Half a billion shampoo and conditioner bottles get tossed out every year in this country alone. Nora Schaper and her three …
Joan and Segundo Velasquez founded Mano a Mano in 1994 with the goal of saving surplus medical supplies from the landfill in Minnesota and shipping them to Bolivia, where those supplies were …
Aging Well
Lyngblomsten, a senior care organization serving older adults in the Twin Cities since 1906, is launching a new educational enrichment class called the Memory Collective for adults living at home and …
Mekonnen Dori was an elementary school teacher for 25 years in his home country of Ethiopia. An opponent of the military-led communist government there, he spent two years in an Ethiopian jail for …
Hamline Midway Elders is here to support our neighbors 60+ in the Hamline Midway and western Frogtown area. Our service area is within Dale Street on the east; University Avenue to the south; …
Voices Against Violence
They took her children away
When Starr Jones* tells her story, people can’t believe this is happening in Minnesota. They can’t believe that the dad was investigated by child protection when their first daughter was …
'She must have done something wrong'
 Broke. Homeless. And in danger of losing custody of her children. That’s where Bonnie Roy found herself while trying to get a divorce in Minnesota 10 years ago. Because of …
You don’t have to leave to seek help
Local and national staff, along with Carmen Yulín Cruz (mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico), and Teresa Rodriguez, from Univision, who served as the emcee of Casa de Esperanza’s 35th …
Assume mothers get custody of kids in domestic abuse cases? Think again.
Over the past 40-year history, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) has witnessed huge changes in how society thinks about domestic violence but there is still more work to be done, …
Four murdered in Twin Cities
On Thanksgiving Day 2019, Raven B. Gant’s ex-boyfriend shot and killed her in front of her minor daughter in North Minneapolis. Later, over the holiday weekend, Kjersten Marie Schladetzky, and …
Opinion

I’m leaving the House, but focusing on priorities before I go

Every 10 years, after the census, legislative district lines are redrawn. For me, that was the appropriate time to announce I would not seek re-election. I will serve one more year – and one …

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Development
Next up: figuring out rental control ordinance
Rent control for St. Paul was approved, 53 to 47 percent, by the voters. Now the challenge of figuring out the ordinance and what it means begins.The measure places a three present cap on maximum …
There’s a brand new play space at Hamline Park
Located in the Hamline-Midway area at 1564 Lafond Ave., this play space has been completely replaced, including new safety surfacing and new drains underneath to keep the playground dry. The new play …
Development Roundup November 2021
Keystone project moves aheadKeystone Community Services’ planned new and expand food shelf facilities took a step ahead Oct. 20 as the St. Paul City Council approved an allocation of $902,255 …
B Line plan moves ahead
B Line bus rapid transit service is to start in 2024, providing a faster connection between St. Paul’s Union Depot and Uptown Minneapolis. The $65 million project’s final corridor and …
Midway Center finally demolished
As October began, demolition equipment was quickly crunching through the remains of Midway Center. Excavators smashed down walls, and carefully picked out and set aside metal. Parts of the structure …
Hamline-Midway
New use eyed for longtime schoolThe St. Paul City School is preparing to move its operations out of historic Frogtown Catholic schools and into a new building at University Avenue and Marion Street. …
A two-year college through the University of St. Thomas is tailored to motivated, underrepresented students who have encountered barriers in pursuing a college degree.Founded in 2017, the Dougherty …
New regulations for religious uses in St. Paul look very different than they did a few months ago when they provoked outcry throughout the city.Adoption of the new regulations will clarify and …
Como
In November, District 10 Como Community Council invited community donations to once again support their Thanksgiving meals drive. Over $2,200 was donated by the Como community! Your generosity made …
Spring musical The spring musical at Como will be an adaptation of the Disney film “High School Musical.” Performances are scheduled to run on March 18 and 19 in the Como Park Auditorium. …
‘Slow show’ on Lake ComoDancer/choreographer Dimitri Chamblas’ Slow Show is a 20-minute collective dance whose visible repercussions are minute, precise, and concentrated. In this …
Frogtown
By Patricia Ohmans, Frogtown Green The news about climate change tends to focus on the economic impact of wildfires, floods and devastating droughts around the world. It’s hard to feel like …
“These days, a premium is being placed on whether White kids might feel bad about their own heritage after learning about things like American genocide, slavery or internment. But no one asks …
MatasCastillo elected ChairThe Ramsey County Board of Commissioners elected Trista MatasCastillo as Chair of the Board for 2022. Since 2019, Commissioner MatasCastillo has represented Ramsey County …
School & Sports
Students encourage others to get involved with Youth Vote program
Every month the League of Women Voters St. Paul (LWVSP) hosts a program in the series “Our St. Paul: Learn with the League.” The Nov. 30, 2021 Zoom/Facebook Live program featured Como …
Galtier, Jackson schools to close
After 111 years in the Midway, Galtier Elementary will close its doors at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. So will Jackson Elementary, a Frogtown mainstay since 1880, and three other schools on …
BRIEFLY December 2021
Center for Social JusticeUnited Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities has received a grant of $1,000,000 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish a Leadership Center for Social Justice that will …
Career Pathways Center supports students
With all Como students back in person this academic year, the Career Pathway Center has been a busy place under the guidance of Ms. Bridgette Kelly. College representatives have been able to host …
2 days added to winter break
Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is adding two days to its winter break, which will now be two full weeks. “We need to acknowledge the stress and challenges both families and staff are facing …
Uprising & Unrest
Learn to listen
Dr. Remi Douah is a listening presence at the “Say Their Names” Cemetery near George Floyd Square, just off East 37th Street between Chicago and Columbus avenues. He spends hours there …
Billboards at George floyd square show connection, unity
Two new artist-created billboards are up on the rooftops at George Floyd Square. Part of the Social Justice Billboard Project, “La Conneccion,” by Maria Cristina “Tina” …
Ribbon cut at Lloyd’s Pharmacy
Lloyd’s Pharmacy owner Jim Stage (back center) and his family officially cut the ribbon of their rebuilt pharmacy on Aug. 5, 2021. Celebrating with them were Mayor Melvin Carter (far left), …
Lloyd’s Pharmacy rebuilds
Lloyd’s Pharmacy has rebuilt at the corner of Snelling and Minnehaha and expects to reopen with free food, giveaways, and more on Monday, July 26 and Friday, July 30, 2021, providing they pass …
Through Their Eyes
Origin of Racism
By JAN WILLMSFloyd Williams describes himself as a student of life, a revolutionary on many different levels: mentally, spiritually and socially. “I am definitely a person who is about my …
Help kids through trauma
Telling his own children about George Floyd’s death was one of hardest things Rev. Ronald Bell ever did Reverend Dr. Ronald Bell Jr. with his wife, Dr. Eboni Bell, and his two sons. Bell encouraged …
How to shrink the racial divide?
A conversation with the Truce Center’s Miki Lewis Miki Lewis is the founder and director of the Truce Center in St. Paul. (Photo by Margie O’Loughlin)[/caption] By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN The first …
Through East African eyes
Unrest painful reminder of violence immigrants left behind Youth & Family Circle Eexecutive Director Mahmud Kanyare helps during a food give-away for hundreds of East African families at the …
HOME & GARDEN
Gardening activist moves on
After many years as a Hamline-Midway resident, longtime neighborhood activist Diane Dodge moved to rural Wisconsin at the end of July. Dodge was active in racial equity and social justice work …
Do-It-Yourselfers love ReStore
Local Do-It-Yourselfers head to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 510 County Road D West or 2700 Minnehaha Ave. to get inspired.The outlet sells new and like-new furniture, appliances and building …
Garden questions welcome
Connect with Ramsey County Master Gardeners online every Wednesday and Saturday from 12-1 p.m. May 26 through Sept. 29. Get advice for your garden problems, identify plants or insects (such as the …
Watch out for jumping worms
Why be concerned about jumping worms?Jumping worms (Amynthas spp.) are an invasive species native to eastern Asia. In fact, no earthworms are native to Minnesota.Jumping worms contribute to major …
Thriving places, thriving lives
How does the design of your house or apartment help you live a healthy and connected life? Minneapolis resident Tasoulla Hadjiyanni has been studying this through her work as Northrop Professor of …
George Floyd Square
Did Minneapolis mislead, downplay public input on 38th & Chicago survey?
Since late 2020 Mayor Jacob Frey has made known his intent to reopen the intersection at 38th St. E and Chicago Ave. S. When interim design surveys were returned in spring 2021, he and city leaders …
The People's Closet makes fashion, political statement
Sometimes a revolutionary act is quiet, unseen. Sometimes it’s loud and worn on a shirtsleeve. At The People’s Closet at George Floyd Square, it’s a little bit of both.Born out of …
George Floyd Global Memorial celebrates Floyd’s 48th birthday
By JILL BOOGRENOn what would have been George Floyd’s 48th birthday, the George Floyd Global Memorial (GFGM), with community members and supporters, hosted “And Still We Rise,” a …
BLACK AND ASIAN SOLIDARITY
The Black and Asian Solidarity event, planned after six women of Asian descent were killed in a shooting in Georgia, became an event to express unity for all stolen lives after Daunte Wright was …
Forging community at George Floyd Square
At the start of the Derek Chauvin trial, visitors from the Metro area of Detroit, Mich., approached the south gate of George Floyd Square at 39th and Chicago. They had just one day left in …