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Being a small business owner has its good and bad days. In late December 2023, we got some tough news. Independent Delivery Service (IDS), a staple in the Twin Cities for 50 years, was shutting down … more
At a recent Midway Chamber meeting, we hosted the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) commissioner, Matt Varilek. He started last June when former Commissioner Steve … more
Feb. 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month. This is an important opportunity to learn, grow, and lead. It is an invitation to learn about the valuable contributions of Black leaders in shaping … more
“The truth is that which feels right and good and loving. Love doesn’t hurt. It feels really good.” Oprah   “You’re not supposed to be so blind with … more
My counselor recently asked if I thought I was lonely. I’d been doing virtual visits with him for the past year, maybe once a month, for depression. It had never occurred to me to think of … more
By the time you read this, there’s a good chance if you had a New Year’s resolution you have already abandoned it. Or if you’re like me, you sometimes wait a few weeks to start the … more
“I believe that one of the most important things to learn in life is that you can make a difference in your community no matter who you are or where you live.” Rosalynn Carter   … more
Lock up guns Recently, two metro area incidents changed our children’s lives, one tragically, and one near tragedy. On Oct. 4, a 14-year-old girl, Monica Joy Holley, was killed as a bystander … more
Black women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs. Their success is the foundation for their communities and a core element of the Black ecosystem. They are creating job opportunities, … more
A recent Gallup study showed that America’s confidence in the national mass media has reached a near record low. While that’s disturbing, it’s not unexpected.  The digital age … more
This fall, Bloomington, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park, and St. Paul all used ranked choice voting for their municipal elections and were among 21 cities in seven states using ranked choice … more
The St. Paul Area and Midway Chambers have reservations about St. Paul’s 1% sales tax referendum, which we’re voting on in a week. While the intention is commendable — funding road … more
As a current SPPS board member, I know how important it is to have experienced leadership fighting for the educational opportunities our students deserve. I’ve worked with Zuki Ellis for 6 … more
Planting People Growing Justice™ Leadership Institute (PPGJLI) is commemorating its 7th anniversary with a community fundraising event and award ceremony. The celebration will take place on … more
Saint Paul resident The City of Saint Paul, Minnesota, is known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and diverse community. However, beneath the surface lies a growing concern among its … more
MINNESOTA PEACE ACTION COALITION HOLDS OCT. 12 PROTEST AT WEAPONS MANUFACTURER This May, the State of Minnesota quietly announced that $1.3 million Minnesota taxpayer dollars would be handed over to … more
If you’re reading this right now, we have won. Every week, our newspapers struggles to cover local issues. We are limited by staffing, time and newsprint space, and we struggle to pay bills to … more
Saint Paul resident and Saint Paul Public Schools employee This summer, we have seen a glimpse of the frightening future we face with runaway climate change. Extreme heat waves, horrible air quality, … more
Members of the Midway Area Chamber of Commerce Board volunteered at the school supply sorting event for Keystone Community Service on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023 at Merriam Park Community Center. Keystone … more
Dramatic Change: Demo Of Bethesda The demolition of Bethesda Hospital on University Avenue eastern end is a dramatic visual of all the changes everyone has experienced in their lives. Yet, … more
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