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50 years of hyperlocal reporting by Margaret KinneyEditor’s note: In this issue and the next, we are featuring a series of articles exploring the newspaper’s history. See also: Tim Rumsey’s history of the Healthline column.  As the nonprofit Community Reporter marks its 50th anniversary, I have revisited the history of community journalism and...

A Time of Restoration

council perspectivesby St. Paul City Council Member Chris Tolbert Ward 3columnist Happy June, St. Paulites! I hope that everyone has had an opportunity to get out to our St. Paul Parks and Rec centers to take advantage of our park trails, play areas, tennis courts and more during these warmer temps. I’m also feeling optimistic given the wide...

Sacred Ground

Building an Antiracist Community By Tim Johnson columnist It was a short bike ride down the country road from our family farm to the cemetery.  My great grandfather and great grandmother were buried there.  So too was a grandmother I never knew, who died after giving birth to a child who in turn died a couple days...

Federation Update

fortroadfederation.org Board UpdateAt the Board's May 10 meeting, they heard a request to support variances which would allow building 4 housing units (2 duplexes) at 300 Banfil. The board approved supporting the variances, following a recommendation from the Transportation and Land Use Committee. Members of Housing Equity Now Saint Paul (HENS) presented information about a rent stabilization ballot initiative for which they’re collecting...
West End Healthline By Marquise Hopson, MD We've all heard it on the news and some have seen it with our own eyes: COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are trending down within our state. So much so that on May 13, Minnesota aligned with the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on face masks, with Governor...

Unkind neighbors

We have new neighbors in West 7th, and some are not being kind to us.As you may know, Freedom House, a homeless services drop-in center, opened in the former fire station building at 296 West 7th St. in January. The program is operated by Listening House, a local non-profit which has been providing services to the homeless in St. Paul...
There is no question that the pandemic has had a significant impact on children over the past year. As kids have returned to school, there has been a necessary focus on catching them up academically, but what about catching them up socially?   As we continue to monitor and discuss the impacts the past year has had on kids from...
Tours return in June for residents and visitors. Tour participants can explore the Rice Park neighborhood and the beautiful Mississippi riverfront on alternating Wednesdays at 10am, June-August. The tours are free with required pre-registration.  The Rice Park Tour, held the first and third Wednesday of each month, beginning June 2, circles one of St. Paul’s most iconic parks, and observes the...