Ukraine, women-directed films highlighted in 41st MSP Film Festival
Welcoming its patrons back to a fresh look, the MSP Film Society opened the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) on May 5 at the theater on 115 SE. Main. Formerly the St. Anthony …
Black Garnet: self-empowerment and emotional strength
Dionne Sims has loved books since before she could read, when her mom would read out loud to her. Once she could read, books were a consistent refuge whenever the world felt too overwhelming. They …
City paying $300,000 bill for wire thefts from light poles
When Frogtown Farm and Park opened in 2015, one of many welcomed featured was lighting along paths and in other areas. Residents felt safer walking through the area at dusk.But the park is one of …
The clown colored house on the hill
Perched on a hill overlooking the Como Park Golf Course is a two-story vivid spruce green and fuchsia pink cube made of steel and glass. Situated on a bend in Lexington Ave, it’s impossible to …
Home renovations to age in place
At age 69, I was a “silver sneaker” poster child – fit and healthy, living on my own, fiercely independent and proud of it. Ironically, my main fitness exercise, avid fast walking …
IN BRIEF May 2022
GREG RATHERT NEW VICE PRESIDENTSaint Paul College President Deidra Peaslee announces that Greg Rathert has been named the college’s new vice president for academic and student affairs, …
Upcoming events
Jody’s Documentary, last Wednesday of each month at 1:00 (May 25, June 29). Jody Huber, film aficionado and all-around great person, hosts this monthly group with a curated short documentary, …
PLAN IT May 2022
PAUL KOTZ TO SPEAK MAY 15Author Paul Kotz will be speaking at the Hamline Church United Methodist Women’s Sunday at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 15 at the church at 1514 Englewood Ave. The service is …
Turbo Tim’s opening second location in neighborhood
THE SECRET OF A HAPPY LIFE: Lord, help me live from day to day in such a self-forgotten way that when I kneel to pray my prayer shall be for - OTHERS. – Madame C. J. Walker Mothering myself …
POLLS
Rebuild, Repair, Recycle
After a brutal winter, Minnesotans know it’s time to tend to our vehicles. And for metro area residents there’s no better place than the locally owned Bobby & Steve’s Auto …
Gene Hartsock is stepping away from a cobbler’s life. Gene’s Hartland Shoe & Boot Repair winds down operations this month, after having a Midway presence since 1989.“I want to …
Stephen Filing of Realty Group was looking to start a real estate business in 2014. He and his wife recently had a child and wanted to start something in the area. When Filing found the tiny office …
Aging Well
It is widely known that aging is accompanied by varying rates and degrees of cognitive decline. However, neuroscience research has revealed that by keeping physically, socially, and mentally active …
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 …
Voices Against Violence
‘I RAN’
At 25, Sarah* doesn’t speak to her dad. And she points the finger squarely at him and how he treated her before and after her parents’ divorce.She knows that people often blame mom when a …
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, …
Opinion

Join us to explore the future of the Mississippi River

In the 20th century, we made major public investments to transform the metro Mississippi River for commercial and industrial purposes. However, some of that old infrastructure is no longer useful, …

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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
Going into 2021, the Midway community was similar to neighborhoods throughout the world: hoping for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. To add to that challenge, many businesses were still recovering …
St. Paul’s new ward boundaries are in place for the 2023 city council elections, with charter commission approval in March. But do those boundaries create opportunities for BIPOC office seekers …
Building design concepts and “design direction” for the Hamline Midway Branch Library are the focus of an open house 3-5 p.m. Saturday, April 23 at the library at 1558 W. Minnehaha Ave. …
Como
AP Exams Hundreds of Como students are taking Advanced Placement exams during the first two weeks of May. The national tests administered by the College Board allow students to show what they know …
When I say I love insects, I’m normally met with a blank stare. Or worst case – a shudder. It’s not a very popular take, but with insect populations drastically declining across the …
D10 Como Park is co-hosting the Como Park portion of the city’s Regional Parks Clean-up Day, Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 9-11:30 a.m. Individuals and groups of all ages come together to pick …
Frogtown
Women of the world take over because if you don’t the world will come to an end and we haven’t got long... - Karine Polwart National Donate Life Month in April is a time set aside to …
Have you noticed those people with blue and purple bags, picking up litter at the park on a Saturday in April? Are those litter-removers actually doing anything to help the environment, or are they …
There were 30 participants who built 27 virtual ice palaces in an event organized by Victoria Theater Arts Center (VTAC) on Sunday, Jan. 30 during the 2022 Saint Paul Winter Carnival. 12 and under …
School & Sports
Wallin helps students rise
“A Minnesota story” is the description president and CEO Susan Basil King uses when she tells about the beginnings of Wallin Education Partners, an organization that makes college …
Como students shine with 'High School Musical'
Following months of preparation, and after a two-year hiatus caused by the global pandemic, Como students finally had the chance to shine on stage with three performances of Disney’s …
Local Reading Corp members recognized
Minnesota Reading Corps is the nation’s largest state AmeriCorps program. During AmeriCorps Week, March 13-19, the commitment of the more than 1.2 million Americans who serve their communities …
Saint Paul College gets $500,000 grant
Saint Paul College GETS $500,000 GRANTSaint Paul College will receive $500,000 to increase postsecondary access and success for American Indian and indigenous students and their families.“We …
CO-STRUGGLING
The past year has been less challenging for Dr. Jason Sole and his abolitionist work, in spite of the ongoing pandemic and the social unrest across much of the country.The Hamline adjunct professor, …
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
Outdoor Gardening in February? You Betcha.
It’s early February: time to start planting garden seeds! That’s right, no need to wait until Memorial Day to get started gardening. But forget the grow lights, heat mats and inevitable …
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 …
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 …