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St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter is calling for a 15.34% property tax levy increase as part of his 2023 $782 million 2023 proposed budget. The proposed property tax levy totals $202.3 million.  This increase would amount to roughly $19.25 per month, or $231 per year, increase for a median value home in St. Paul.On Aug. 18, Carter...
Rebecca Noecker  City Council Member, Ward 2columnist One of the ironies of local government is that the really important stuff rarely makes the news.Ribbon-cuttings, program launches and controversial tweets dominate the headlines, but it’s often the mundane, wonky policy changes that make the biggest impact—and don’t garner much attention.One such change is happening now,...
by casey ekAfter about 25 years, Twin Cities Jazz Fest luminaries Steve Heckler and Kristine Heckler will be stepping down following the 2023 season. Steve is the organization’s executive director, and Kristine is its project coordinator.Next season will mark the festival’s 25th year, after which the pair will make their exit. The festival is seeking a replacement executive director. Those...

An Infant’s Choice

Building an Antiracist Community  He is only 4 months old, yet even at this early age he has already discovered a lesson that can guide him through his life. First, his head sways one way and then another. Pretty soon his body is joining in the movement. A few days earlier, he had discovered he could move...
by Nathan Hinrichs, MD Over the last century, more and more people in the U.S. are moving to large cities for work opportunities and socialization. One consequence of living in the city has been a decrease in time spent outside. This may not seem like a big deal, but research has shown that spending more time outdoors, particularly in green spaces,...

Solidarity Street Gallery

Carrying theme “resilient generations” the third annual Solidary Street Gallery, slated for Sept. 9-10 Along Payne Avenue on the East Side, will be centered around our Southeast Asian communities – and other displaced groups. The festival is inviting artists, performers, writers and other creatives to share works that reflect on the immigrant experiences of being forced from a homeland, often under...
Russel Balenger will serve as the Interim Ward 1 St. Paul city councilmember, filling out the remainder of the term vacated by Dai Thao. Born and raised in Saint Paul he has also lived in Chicago and Ann Arbor. He is the founder and director of the Circle of Peace Movement, whose mission is to end violence and promote racial...

Arab Film Festival 

Mizna’s 16th edition of the Twin Cities Arab Film Fest returns Sept. 28-Oct. 2 in hybrid format. Films represent movement and resist displacement, challenging conventional narratives that depict life in diaspora. In-person screenings will take place at Trylon Cinema in Minneapolis. The online screenings will be hosted through Mizna’s virtual cinema platform. Early rate until Sept. 12 at mizna.org/event/2022-twin-cities-arab-film-festival.