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FROM PRINCESS TITUS I feared writing about this topic, but I wanted us to be seen, heard and cared for without judgment.  The truth that I face every day gets hard around holidays, but … more
Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute (PPGJLI) is committed to building inclusive communities. This is a daily journey that begins with growing futures – one child at a time and … more
A proposal to create a statewide recycling program financed by paper and packaging producers is included in the House & Senate Environment Omnibus bills ( HF 3911 / SF 3887 ). However, unless … more
With the April issue of the Monitor, many of you will also receive the annual Midway Chamber directory. At a minimum, I hope you will at least look through it to see what we want to emphasize from … more
Social media and the internet have fundamentally disrupted how news is consumed and how that news is monetized. News consumers are increasingly reading their news on social sites, enabling social … more
On March 9, 2024, history came alive as our community united to commemorate the release of “Rondo: History and Values” at the Rondo Community Library. The collaboration between local … more
“Mistakes are a fact of life. It’s the response to the error that counts.” Nikki Giovanni   “Undoubtedly, we become what we envisage.” Claude Bristol … more
March blooms with the essence of Women’s History Month, a time to honor the fearless trailblazers who have planted seeds of social change. As we reap a bountiful harvest of justice and freedom, … more
NEWSPAPERS ARE IMPORTANT I received my Midway Como Frogtown Monitor delivered to my door today. I just read your column, so I’m writing to tell you that I got my paper. Thanks for your … more
Drawing inspiration from Como Park wild life and her Wadena childhood lake country, Mary Jo Schmith creates unique, stoneware dinner, serving ware and commissioned tile installations at Front Avenue … more
On March 2, 2024, the Midway Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Celebration. This is our biggest event every year and one of the highlights of the evening is honoring members with awards. Our five … more
“Nobody’s free until everyone’s free.”  Fannie Lou Hamer   Hello Monitor readers, How was your February Leap Month and day? How was your Black … more
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
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