Up close with local families
ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL Meet Seng Fields and her family. She’s a nurse at Abbott Northwestern who works four days a week, while her husband teaches for St. Paul Public Schools and has …
Keystone expands
Soaring demand for food has strained Keystone Community Services’ food shelves, including its longtime space at 1916 University Ave. A new community food site, which will house an expanded food …
Canine Inspired Change hopes to bring healing through three deep dog breaths
Seven-year-old Danielle Graczyk sat on the kitchen floor of her one-level house, curled up into her dog, Sally. The blankets wrapped around her comforted the two to sleep. Sally had been brought to …

Opinion

Letters January 2021

We let insurrectionists walk away, yet arrest Line 3 peaceful protestersTo the Editor:We all watched in horror this week as insurrectionists stormed the nation’s Capitol. Many of us questioned …

Chamber directory

Rebuild, Repair, Recycle
Eight years ago, environmental activist Erin Pavlica was looking for a used, rideable stuffed horse for her young daughter’s Christmas present. These toys are expensive, and Pavlica had no …
Between the months of March-September on a clear, moonless night, it’s easy to find astrophotographer Mike Shaw. He will be in his car heading north.In August 2019, he was doing just that. …
By Rennie GaitherThe legendary chestnut tree, once dominant in the ancient forests from Connecticut to eastern China and Japan, stands firmly among the pantheon of classic American trees. This forest …
Aging Well
One wall handball wasn’t designed for the pandemic. But it’s a healthy solution to indoor courts for handball players.“All you need is a ball and a wall,” a player …
Local organizations offer various resources AGING WELL By CHLOE PETER Laurel Collins of Hamline Midway Elders A senior who regularly attends luncheons and games group at Hamline Midway Elders, 1514 …
  Monica Gallagher Hamline Midway Elders So many have asked us recently in light of Covid 19, and then neighborhood unrest, “How can I help seniors in areas affected?” The …

Voices Against Violence

'She must have done something wrong'

Because fit mothers are losing custody and children are being harmed, supporters of Safe Child Act want to make sure family court focuses on child safety over parents rights domestic violence …

Hamline-Midway
Open Cities Health Center provides free care
A woman came into Open Cities Health Center (OCHC), 409 N Dunlap St., St. Paul, crying. She had just lost her job and didn’t know how she’d pay for the insulin she needed. Without …
Hubbs Center offers free job training for English language learners
When Talita Silva left her small town in Brazil to work as an au pair in St. Paul last December, she dreamt of using her two-year visa to travel the U.S. and improve her English in order to one day …
Ain Dah Yung Center bridges gap for young adults transitioning to stable life
On University Avenue in St. Paul, yellow, green and red paint covers the walls of a new housing unit for homeless teens and young adults to transition into living independently. The Mino Oski Ain Dah …
Como

{ Monitor in a Minute } January 2021

Homeless camps to closeThe push to close homeless encampments and relocate people goes on this month. St. Paul and Ramsey County officials are trying to get the homeless into shelter and out of the …

In Brief JANUARY 2021

Dale St. work pausedRamsey County’s Dale Street reconstruction project in Saint Paul All I-94 entrance and exit ramps at Dale St. and Interstate 94 opened to traffic on Nov. 19 at the …

Banfield to open site on Larpenter

Banfield Pet Hospital has purchased and plans to expand an existing veterinary clinic on Larpenteur Ave. just west of Lexington. Banfield has acquired Larpenteur Animal Hospital, 1136 W. Larpenteur. …
Frogtown
HEALING
Eleven young activists connect on Zoom with Irreducible Grace Foundation (IGF) team members every other Sunday afternoon. These student activists listen as the IGF team members talk about how to …
Coaches walk alongside youth to keep them out of prison
Bryale Winters, joined by his colleague, Crystal Vital-Schwartz, knocked on the door of a 16-year-old youth’s house for their initial meeting. As the youth’s community coach, …
Keystone brings food to community through foodmobile program
For some people in need, going to a traditional food shelf brings feelings of anxiety and shame. About seven years ago, Minneapolis-based nonprofit Keystone Community Services had an idea to change …
Uprising & Unrest
Looking back to move forward
As a young child, Denise Pike experienced an attempted cross-burning on the front lawn of her family’s home in St. Louis Park. Her own family was multi-racial, and they shared the duplex with a …
TIF district moving ahead around Allianz Field
A new tax increment financing (TIF) district for the Snelling-Midway redevelopment site is moving ahead, with hopes it will spur affordable housing and redevelopment by Allianz Field. On Nov. 3, the …
Modern-day abolitionist
    Hamline University adjunct criminal justice professor Jason Sole calls himself a survivor of the War on Drugs. He went from being a soldier on the streets to being a scholar, and …
City ‘desperately’ needs help from other levels of government, says CM Jalali
  About 330 St. Paul businesses sustained $73 million in property damage and $8.8 million in lost inventory and other assets during the civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd. St. …
Through Their Eyes
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 …
There’s only one race, and that's the human race
Valerie Castile (photo courtesy Philando Castile Relief Foundation) By Margie O’Loughlin Valerie Castile became known to the wider world when her son Philando was murdered by a St. Anthony police …
Arts
Youth participating in ComMUSICation programs speak many different languages including Spanish, Hmong, Karen, Oromo, Somali, Thai, and Vietnamese. The common language they all share, besides English, …
The children’s book, “Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire,” has been selected as the winner in the first annual Minnesota Author Project …
According to Rondo resident, educator, and artist Ericka Dennis, most children she meets don’t know the real story of the historic Rondo neighborhood. Dennis currently works as a Family Liaison …