Tax break?
Some St. Paul homeowners could get a break in 2021 after years of property tax increases. That’s because St. Paul and Ramsey County are holding their 2021 property tax levies flat and St. Paul …
NEED A JOB?
Need a new job?Check out a Career Lab at a library near you if you’ve experienced impact from COVID-19 such as job loss or loss of income.Zip code 55104 is one of the hardest hit for …
What it takes to make a partnership
Lizzy Carson, Bethel University sophomore nursing major and reconciliation minor, was recently named a 2020 Newman Civic Fellow for her community engagement on Bethel’s campus and in the …

Rebuild, Repair, Recycle
When Hamline-Midway artist Suyao Tian thinks back on her childhood, she remembers the freezing cold of winter. Tian grew up in a province of Northern China, near the border with Tibet. Her city, …
  Coleen Gregor (left) and Joan James (right) with one of their signature garden beds. The co-owners of “A Backyard Farm” are dedicated to growing healthy food in the city. …
Take a self-guided tour of Monarch City Flowers, butterflies, and bees: oh my! For a fun ending to a warm August, visit Monarch City and take a self-guided tour. Butterflies and bees love this …
Aging Well
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 …
Medical ethics professor documents worldwide problem in book Does he see any hope for change? “I think so,” stated Steven Miles. “Despite the rise of autocracies, human rights activism is also …

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
Ending the book famine in Africa
Books for Africa (BFA) will be shipping its 50 millionth book to Africa by the end of 2020. Quite an achievement for a Saint-Paul based organization that started in 1989 with a simple mission: End …
Students make blankets
Elizabeth Wegner, who teaches at King of Kings Lutheran School in Roseville and doubles as Jehovah Lutheran music director, led her fifth- and sixth-grade students in a project making nine …
Midway Project distribution set for November
The Midway Project just entered its fifth month of operation and Oct. 28 marked its 15th distribution event. It started by sharing fresh and non-perishable food items, household, personal care, and …
Como

‘Profiles in Kindness’

Paul Kotz, a writer living in the Como neighborhood, knows that everyone at some time goes though crises. He is hoping his latest book, “Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Servant Leadership and …

{ Development Roundup } November 2020

1825 UniversityA 243-unit affordable housing complex at the northwest corner of Fairview and University avenues is moving toward a 2021 construction start. The St. Paul City Council, acting as the …

{ Monitor in a Minute } November 2020

Auto repair business can openA former Frogtown creamery can be reused as an auto repair business, with approval of a conditional use permit Oct. 16 by the St. Paul Planning Commission. The commission …
Frogtown
Victoria Theater Arts Center receives $2.4M
For over 10 years, community members have rallied around an abandoned silent movie theater at 825 University Ave. Their plans: to purchase and renovate the space into a community and arts center for …
Tabitha Wheeler named Social Worker of Year
The Minnesota School Social Workers Association proudly announces the selection of Tabitha Wheeler as the Minnesota School Social Worker of the Year for 2020.  Wheeler has been a school social …
Take action with League of Women Voters
Nonpartisan group informs and engages citizens for a healthy democracy Members of the St. Paul League of Women Voters celebrate 100 years. (Photo submitted) By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN The League of …
Uprising & Unrest
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. …
A Prayer for White America
By REV. DR. RON BELL, ronaldbelljr@gmail.com Dr. Ronald Bell When morning comes and the lingering stench of teargas burning wood and burned rubber fills the air Will you remember …
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 …
Opinion

Thanks for being an important part of our future

It was with great sadness that I read the announcement from the Southwest Journal this month that the longtime Minneapolis newspaper will be shutting down operations at the end of this year. Their …

Chamber directory

Arts
A neighbor looks at the mural exhibit at 825 University Ave. (Photo by Tyler Olsen-Highness) Four murals created in the wake of George Floyd’s murder have been re-introduced to the public at 825 …
  In the last line of Frank Sinatra’s classic love song, “My Funny Valentine,” Old Blue Eyes sang, “Stay little Valentine, stay, for each day is Valentine’s …
  Lue Her (left), Marcellius Watley and Shadaria Brown build a chair. Through the Green Chair Project at Elpis Enterprise, youth who are homeless or who have been homeless learn woodworking …