St Paul

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East Side marchers cry out for peace

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, about 75 residents turned out to call for peace and security in the lower East Side in the wake of a rash of homicides in the area. The group marched down Minnehaha Avenue from the Hamm’s Brewery to Weida Park. (Patrick Larkn/Review)
On Wednesday, Oct. 21, about 75 residents turned out to call for peace and security in the lower East Side in the wake of a rash of homicides in the area. The group marched down Minnehaha Avenue from the Hamm’s Brewery to Weida Park. (Patrick Larkn/Review)

Crowd condemns spate of gun violence
In the wake of five homicides in East Side neighborhoods in the past month, community members gathered to perform a peaceful march to decry the violence, and show community solidarity.
So, gathering in the golden hours of the day on Wednesday, Oct. 14, a group of about 75 marched from the old Hamm's Brewery buildings on Minnehaha to Weida Park, chanting calls for peace and justice.

Sun
25
Oct

With marked down prices, city hoping to sell vacant lots

In its third attempt at shedding vacant lots from its inventory, St. Paul's Housing and Redevelopment Authority have listed 27 vacant parcels around the city for sale.

Sun
25
Oct

Metro State to install state-of-the-art movie theater

Thanks to some seed money from the Knight Foundation, Metropolitan State University should have a community-friendly state of the art digital theater in place before next summer hits.

Sun
25
Oct

Twin Cities Academy gets visit from education commissioner

The East Side's own Twin Cities Academy High School, it would seem, is at the top of the heap for performance rankings in the Twin Cities.

Sun
25
Oct

Three killed in separate gunshot incidents within a week

Police pledge ramped-up patrols
With three shooting deaths in two different lower East Side neighborhoods, police say they are stepping up patrols nearby.
“We as a police department are fed up,” said Steve Linders, spokesperson for the St. Paul Police Department. Linders said residents in the Railroad Island and Dayton’s Bluff neighborhoods, where the incidents took place, will see an increase in patrolling officers in the wake of the incidents.

Sun
18
Oct

Hmong farmers growing their future

Hmong American Farmers Association members Lang and Mee Hang use hoes to clear weeds in their farm plot in Dakota County’s Vermillion Township. (photo by Mike Hazard, courtesy of HAFA)
Hmong American Farmers Association members Lang and Mee Hang use hoes to clear weeds in their farm plot in Dakota County’s Vermillion Township. (photo by Mike Hazard, courtesy of HAFA)

Food growers keep traditions going while learning new methods
Hoping to give Hmong food growers a leg up, a St. Paul-based organization called the Hmong American Farmers Association is helping farmers find new ways of selling their fresh produce and new paths to economically fruitful farming.
South of the urban core, past the suburbs and out into the lesser-known land of Vermillion Township, a group of Hmong farmers, many of them East Siders, are hard at work as many as seven days a week during the growing season.

Sun
18
Oct

Teen-cop dialogue reveals ideas, challenges

Monday, Oct. 12 wrapped up a set of dialogues putting police and teens together to talk about confrontation, race, guns, and perceptions.

Sun
18
Oct

St. Paul natives celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

Thomas Draskovic, a teacher at St. Paul Public Schools’ American Indian Magnet School, teaches students American Indian crafts on the first ever Indigenous Peoples Day in St. Paul. (photo courtesy of Toya Stewart Downey/St. Paul Public Schools)
Thomas Draskovic, a teacher at St. Paul Public Schools’ American Indian Magnet School, teaches students American Indian crafts on the first ever Indigenous Peoples Day in St. Paul. (photo courtesy of Toya Stewart Downey/St. Paul Public Schools)

American Indian community says new city holiday shows respect, progress
For the first time, the city of St. Paul celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, Oct. 12, shifting the focus from the federal holiday Columbus Day, which was established in 1937.
The St. Paul City Council voted in August to recognize the day. American Indian groups have been pushing for the holiday’s name to be changed since at least 1977 when a delegation of indigenous people from around the world proposed the idea to the United Nations. St. Paul is one of about a dozen cities to celebrate the holiday as such.

Sun
11
Oct

Townhomes with bike access pitched to neighbors

An illustration shows what a new development near Payne Avenue and Phalen Boulevard would look like. The plans picture a four-story apartment building plus clusters of townhomes that look out onto the Bruce Vento Regional Trail. (submitted graphic)
An illustration shows what a new development near Payne Avenue and Phalen Boulevard would look like. The plans picture a four-story apartment building plus clusters of townhomes that look out onto the Bruce Vento Regional Trail. (submitted graphic)

Plan would bring multi-family housing to Railroad Island
After three rounds of community meetings, a plan is in the works for a new housing development in the East Side's Railroad Island neighborhood.
Where Payne Avenue intersects Bush Avenue, just south of Phalen Boulevard, there's currently a billboard, two old townhomes, and an appliance repair shop on one side of the street, and a vacant lot on the other side.

Sun
11
Oct

Johnson’s late start a hit with some, others still moan

Not a yellow bus in sight, students began rolling into Johnson High School around 8 a.m. on a recent Tuesday.

The sun was out, and teens were walking, talking, and yawning as they approach the sprawling school building.

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