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A longtime reader of the Monitor and community activist reached out to me last month to say hello, and in the course of our catching up, she shared a snapshot of a column I had written 20 years ago … more
The lingering fear that my home and my land are not truly mine, if someone wants to take them from me, has never completely gone away.“This land is your land, this land is my land,” the … more
*Editor’s note: Last month, the headline for Dr. Tyner’s column incorrectly ran with the text from October. Our apologies for the error. Your voice can make a difference. This is the … more
It feels like every other hour, you hear the phone ring. “I can do an intake with you today. I’ll stay late if I need to so you can get here,” a case manager is overheard saying to … more
It is time to revoke the license to kill. HUH?? That is the direction the Saint Paul City Council is going with their comprehensive new tobacco ordinance. The reasons for taking such an aggressive … more
Three Saint Paul library branches, Hamline Midway, Hayden Heights, and Riverview, none of which have been renovated in more than 30 years, sought library improvement funds for needed upgrades. Of the … more
It is my profound honor to serve on the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners representing District 3, which includes much of the Midway and Como. This has been a challenging few years for local … more
Eyes darting from news story to blog post to social media message, but nothing looks any different. The same text flashes before your eyes. The St. Paul Mayoral election race has a pre-determined … more
As the holidays are coming, many naturally think about how to give back. We think about ways to do this financially with end-of-year giving and we think about volunteering our time. Families, … more
As the St. Paul Public Library (SPPL) prepares to select a consulting firm to do outreach and listening sessions around the future of the Hamline Midway Library, neighborhood residents deserve to … more
Through the years, I have heard the excitement from people when they talk about their organization’s new website. Well…now I understand why! The Midway Chamber of Commerce has built a … more
Hi neighbors. On Nov. 2, St. Paul voters will vote to fill four seats on the St. Paul school board. Three of those seats are for a 4-year term and one seat is for a 2-year term. I’m writing to … more
There is a lot of discussion across the state — and the country — about how to help people experiencing a mental health crisis. There is general consensus — even among police … more
Writing is a powerful tool for planting seeds of social change. Throughout history, writers have shined a light on injustice and unleashed their moral imagination in creating a brighter future. … more
Youth can make a difference in the world. They can lift their voice for justice and build a vision for the future of the betterment of society. Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute … more
Fall is upon us. The leaves change, the days get shorter, and the weather cools. But in and around the Midway this year, we are also excited at the number of openings and re-openings.The past year … more
Like all parents, I wanted better for my children. When I was growing up, I was always the new kid. Because of my dad’s job, my family had moved seven times across five different states by the … more
Perhaps you’ve been noticing in the past year or so that email signatures, introductions, and name tags more frequently include both a person’s name and their pronouns - most commonly … more
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