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By Casey EkVolunteers sorted through heaps of donated clothing in the back of the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store at 461 West 7th St. on Dec. 19, 2021. The store is experiencing an influx of donations as winter takes hold. But with increased donations comes an increase in work for volunteers, who could already use a hand, they...
Council PerspectivesKicking off a new tradition in 2022To ring in the new year, we’re kicking off a new tradition—an annual meeting for all our Ward 2 neighbors. You’re invited to join us on Jan. 13 from 5:30-7 p.m. on Zoom. While we’ll be meeting virtually this year due to the ongoing pandemic, we know this work is best done...
By Casey Ek Fairview Health Services has targeted the former site of Bethesda Hospital at 559 Capitol Blvd, St. Paul, as a perspective home of a future inpatient mental health hospital. The site is currently being used as an emergency homeless shelter operated by Ramsey County, which will end operations at the end of its lease in May 2022. Fairview representatives...
West End HealthlineGive the New Year a “Boost" By Jonathan Dickman, MD, PHdWest End community, it is time to make sure you are fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID. Anyone who tries to convince you otherwise has never walked the halls of a hospital recently. I have witnessed how people struggle to breathe and lay...

How we got here, where we are

Riverview Corridorby James SchoettlerWhile introducing his third wife, a friend of mine commented that he was going to keep doing it until he got it right. It didn’t stop with number three. This came to mind while reviewing the history of the Riverview Corridor. We keep trying to do it, but we never seem to get it right.Starting back...

It looks bad, but…

Building an Antiracist Community It is rarely good news if a person is involved in a new relationship and is told something like, “I really enjoy spending time with you, but…” Nor is an employee likely to experience the conjunction but as a place of welcome transition in a performance review. “You have made some good...
By JERRY ROTHSTEINAmanda Caruso and Molly Bard have known each other for a long time, worked together at Claddagh off and on during its first 10 years and are now business partners in a new enterprise that will occupy the space next door, formerly the upper studio at River Garden Yoga Center — EMERALD, a cocktail lounge, a wine...
By Casey Ek Margaret Kinney, who serves on the board of the Community Reporter, didn’t fancy herself an artist per se until she retired from her job as women’s addiction counselor 10 years ago. In that role, she had worked to draw out others’ creativity through writing exercises, but her own work would have to wait...