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By Casey Ek, Diane GerthFreedom House, the homeless shelter at 296 West 7th will be closing its doors on May 8, Molly Jalma, the executive director for the Listening House, the nonprofit that operated Freedom House, confirmed.  Freedom House, which opened in January 2021 as a response to the COVID pandemic, was 18-month cooperation between Ramsey County, the City...
by Casey EkThe Germanic American Institute(GAI), 301 Summit Ave., is joining a growing number of local individuals and organizations providing aid to Ukrainians in the midst of its war with Russia.Through their latest Communities for Ukraine campaign, GAI is collecting monetary donations for Ukrainian refugees settling in Zell, Germany. The campaign came about while GAI Board Chair Danika Hoffman was...
council perspectivesLet's lead the way, families deserve better Rebecca Noecker City Council Member, Ward 2columnistOpen any newspaper or ask any parent, employer, or childcare provider and you’ll hear the same thing: childcare is at a crisis point.Here in St. Paul and throughout the state, early childhood education is both unaffordable and hard to...
Building an Antiracist Community  Community and Fellow TravelersIt was getting dark, and we still had a ways to go before we finished what turned out to be an all-day hike. We underestimated the length of the trip and overestimated our abilities. The climbing and the descent had taken their toll. Our thighs were burning, and...
West End Healthline Feeling down? You are not alone and we can get help by Jared Madsen, MD“I just don’t see the point in going on. I used to live for my kids, now I don’t know what to live for.” A patient of mine told me he had considered taking his...
letter to the editor  It’s time to take responsibility for our schoolsBy Bill HoskoIn Senator Pappas’ April column, Addressing Minnesota’s Public Education Crisis, she avoided using six critical words: parental responsibility, personal responsibility and professional responsibility. Thousands of St. Paul kids have now been moved from public schools into charter schools by their parents and/or into private schools if they can...

Band Aid for Ukraine

Stop by Minnesota Music Cafe, 499 Payne Ave., St. Paul, On May 8, 3:30-9:30pm for a multi-music group benefit for Ukrainians. Every person, business, and music group involved is donating their services and time to help Ukrainians in dire need of humanitarian and medical aid. Your financial support is needed and immensely appreciated. Voluntary donations at the door or...
Ebb and Flow, which brings together paintings, prose and poetry, brings to light the beauty of Minnesota’s lakes and rivers in a multimedia art exhibit that runs from May 6 through June 17 at the Larson Art Gallery, 2017 Buford Ave., on the University of Minnesota campus. The exhibit features new works in oil and pastel by two veteran...