Asian Minnesotan leaders name the racism
In the wake of a shooting spree in Georgia that left six Asian Americans dead last month, the Asian Minnesotan Alliance for Justice is encouraging the community to name the racism.Nick Kor is a …
Hamline-Midway Library may be torn down
The fate of the Hamline-Midway Branch Library could be decided this year, during St. Paul’s 2021 Long-Range Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) process. The city’s CIB Committee will be …
A PATH FORWARD
Ramsey County doesn’t want to return to the status quo.While 2020 was a hard year with unemployment spiking at 11% last May, it brought ongoing workforce disparities to the forefront, and the …

Rebuild, Repair, Recycle
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 …
The herbicide that Capitol Region Watershed District used in 2020 to battle invasive curly-leaf pondweed in Como Lake, and the alum it used to battle excessive phosphorus, both are showing amazing …
Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light held a rally on March 11 to protest the Enbridge Energy Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Program. A spokesperson for the group said, “Construction of the tar …
Aging Well
Business owners who want to retire have two options. They can sell or just shut down.Christina Nicholson of Nexus Community Partners (2314 University Ave. Suite 18) wants to let people know there is …
To a cross country skier, there are few sounds more magical than the swoosh of their skis on a freshly groomed trail – and Minnesota has no shortage of these.According to Gail Lundeen Brand, …
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 …
HOME & GARDEN
Part II: The Twin Cities housing market
In last month’s article about the Twin Cities housing market during COVID-19, real estate professionals characterized the market as “frenzied.” A picture emerged of Minneapolis and …
St. Paul real estate market in the time of COVID-19
By MARGIE O’LOUGHLINWhile some people refer to the last 11 months as the ‘Big Pause,’ it has been anything but that for real estate broker and business owner Mike Smith. He said, …
Bee lawns protect pollinators and your precious time
There are better ways to spend your spring and summer than mowing the lawn. The noise, smell of exhaust fumes, heat, and humidity add up to a less than pleasant chore. How many perfect Saturday …
Chestnut trees planted in Frogtown garden
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 …
ON THE JOB with Minnehaha Falls Landscaping
By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Groundcover spreads early in the spring, and forsythia offers an early pollen and nectar source for bees. (Photo submitted) Russ Henry started gardening with his mom when he …
Opinion

A YEAR DRAGS BY

The New York Times covers it thoroughly, half the channels on tv are covering it, the community is buzzing loudly. Funny how 365 days can change the world so surprisingly, so drastically.One piece at …

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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 …
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 …
Assume mothers get custody of kids in domestic abuse cases? Think again.
Violence Free Minnesota Executive Director points out abuser more likely to get custody in contested cases than mom By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Over the past 40-year history, the Minnesota Coalition for …
Four murdered in Twin Cities
19 killed in intimate partner homicides in 2019 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 …
‘It should never have happened’
St. Paul mother warned officials ex-husband was dangerous before he killed child and himself   Leigh Ann Block visits the bench in Mattock's Park in St. Paul dedicated to her daughter, Mikayla …
Hamline-Midway
On March 23, the Center for Economic Inclusion (the Center) joined its peer consultants Fourth Economy, NEOO Partners, MZ Strategies, and Urban3 to present the first-ever Economic Competitiveness and …
For people who care about conserving resources, recycling is a given. But what really happens to all the cardboard and paper dumped in curbside recycling bins? Mike Gunderson is general manager of …
Lexington Station and its 288 apartments won’t be built near Lexington Parkway and University Avenue. On a 4-3 vote April 7, 2021, the St. Paul City Council rejected an appeal by developer …
Como
As students returned to in-person learning on April 14, the spring sports season was already entering its third week. During distance learning, Como winter sports teams kept competing with many …
Tuesday April 20 is the last day to vote in the 2021 board elections for the Como Community Council. Once again this year, District 10 community members can vote from home using a secure online …
Minneapolis and St. Paul are braced for civil unrest as the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin commences. City councils in both cities have been receiving updates on plans to …
Frogtown
Activist and orator Danny Givens has been chosen as the first director of Transforming Systems Together (TST) – an initiative to improve, rethink, and reshape services and programs to be more …
All summer of 2020 Victoria Theater Arts Center (VTAC) made a commitment to the Frogtown and Rondo community to help process the trauma in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and other Black …
If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together.” - An African Proverb Happy Spring Monitor readers,This is such a refreshing time of the year with the return of the sweet …
Uprising & Unrest
Seeking justice, caring for people:
As the criminal trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin begins, the Twin Cities will once again be front and center in confronting the trauma of racism, police brutality, and White supremacy.To …
St. Paul businesses get $1.6 million after civil unrest
St. Paul businesses have received more than $1.6 million for to recover from 2020’s civil unrest. Another $4.725 million went to help small business affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
They work to reverse wrongful convictions
A bedrock principle of the American criminal justice system is that a person accused of a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. According to Sara Jones, executive …
Police officers, social workers ride together on crisis calls
While communities everywhere are calling for a changed model of policing, a small unit within the Saint Paul Police Department has been taking a different approach for almost three years. In March of …
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 …

Arts
When Art to Change the World director Barbara Bridges saw all the new construction of apartment buildings going up in her Northeast neighborhood she saw potential art buyers and collectors moving …
Eating disorders affect every gender, age, race, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Longtime Hamline-Midway resident and writer Lisa Whalen knows that only too well. Her debut book was out in …
The whirlwind life of legendary film enthusiast, professor, writer, photographer, filmmaker, and founder of the University Film Society ended Dec. 20 when Al Milgrom, 98, succumbed to a …