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In the August edition of the Monitor on page 5, Tom Goldstein’s column, “The decline of the Midway,” was missing a paragraph and another ran twice. Here is what was missed: Venture … more
August marks the 11th anniversary of Black Philanthropy Month. This annual celebration focuses on uplifting the Black community and building a more vibrant, sustainable ecosystem. The theme for Black … more
It seems whenever I go out of town, especially to a smaller community but even to a surrounding suburb, I get asked about crime. From the perception some have of Saint Paul, Minneapolis, or the … more
In nearly every issue of the Monitor appears a guest column by Chad Kulas, Executive Director of the Midway Chamber of Commerce. The columns are almost always upbeat, often highlight unique … more
Across many cultures and generations, storytelling has played an immense role in our understanding of the world. It is the tradition of storytelling in all its unique forms that connect us all. … more
  When I founded the Sanneh Foundation in 2003, I knew we had the chance to make a real impact in our communities. And along the way, it’s become increasingly clear that a … more
Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom. This momentous occasion is an opportunity to pause, reflect, and grow, while renewing our commitment to the pursuit of liberty and justice for all. Fact … more
One of the biggest challenges facing employers over the past few years has been finding employees. This has been true for employers of all sizes and in most industries. The Midway, a community with a … more
SADDENED BY DECISION TO DESTROY HISTORIC HAMLINE LIBRARY BUILDING I am deeply saddened that our mayor and city council are planning to demolish this beautiful building. So many elected officials have … more
Thirty-five years ago, at Thanksgiving, I moved to Minnesota from my Philadelphia home. I relocated back to my hometown in time for Passover and Easter. In November 1988, the Twin Cities were cold … more
The month of May is the time to celebrate. There is an opportunity to honor teachers and recognize the importance of reading. We each can play a vital role in supporting our children’s … more
Not to jinx us, but I actually think spring is here. That’s right, I’m calling it. Put the winter boots and shovel away! The bad news is it seems like spring is too short. We can go from … more
I support changes to zoning to allow for more housing options Saint Paul is currently in Phase 2 of changing our zoning laws to allow for more duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes on lots that are … more
On March 22, 2023, hundreds gathered at the Minnesota Capitol for Advocacy for Children Day. For the past 20 years, children, parents, early childhood educators, advocates, and elected officials have … more
For those of us who were in the Midway in 2020, we won’t ever forget the damage and destruction of buildings following the murder of George Floyd. And I certainly won’t forget the … more
Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute (PPGJLI) is launching the 100 Black Authors campaign. The campaign will promote cultural preservation through the arts and humanities and build an … more
At the age of 94, Tony’s grandmother Annie had lived a full, rich life. She had worked as a cook, raised two boys, kept poultry in her garage, and presided over a sprawling garden. A … more
Let’s expand access to biomarker testsFacing a cancer diagnosis is terrifying. When I was diagnosed with my first melanoma in 2015, I was halfway through grad school and working for my dream … more
On Feb.25, 2023, the Midway Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Celebration. The event is always a fun night and this year’s theme, “Music & The Midway,” meant it would … more
There’s a 10-year-old in our house, and my son Axel took on a few paper routes last summer. That means, of course, that mom did, too. I was excited he was interested in the family business and … more
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