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Anyone near White Bear Avenue in St. Paul’s East Side could feel a weighty buzz in the air as a recent Olympic all-around gymnastics gold medalist Sunisa Lee made her way down the street atop a firetruck amid a parade held in her honor Aug. 8. People of all ages were giddy with anticipation. Those who crafted signs addressed...

A Return to Normalcy in images

While the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be prying at the hinges of our normalcy again at the time of this issue’s publishing, this summer went off largely without a hitch in Minnesota. Large gatherings like those we once took for granted emerged once again, and the state bustled with activity, laughter and more noise than many of us had heard...
By Casey Ek and Jerry RothsteinThe 400 block of West 7th Street is home to a diverse set of businesses that have grown, adapted and unfortunately shuttered under the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amid those changes have arisen new opportunities for proprietors and customers alike. Collected below is the latest news from the business from the stretch of West...
district perspectives Senator Sandy Pappas, District 65columnistThe 2021 legislative session and ensuing special session were particularly challenging, especially as a member of the minority party in the Senate. Just as it changed the way all Minnesotans live their lives, COVID-19 forced us to make significant changes to our standard procedures and norms at the Minnesota Senate....
Editor’s Note: As part of Community Reporter’s ongoing recognition of its 50 years of reporting to and from the residents of the West 7th neighborhood, (also referred to as the West End) writer Margaret Kinney delved into the archival issues from the early 1980s to compile on what was newsworthy then. Here is a brief list of what captured her...

UFM School Backpack Drive

United Family Medicine (UFM) has partnered with Saint Paul Public Schools to provide backpacks and school supplies to three local schools. They need your help with filling the backpacks with supplies. For more information on how to get involved with this project, please contact Jaimee Pettis, Community Engagement Coordinator, at 651-758-9485, or email Jaimee at jpettis@unitedfamilymedicine.org.

FEDERATION UPDATE

fortroadfederation.org  Board UpdateAt the July 12 meeting, the board heard a request for a fiscal sponsorship agreement with Keg and Case for community activities and approved it pending legal review. The Board accepted the resignation of Board member Emma Pearl, who was an area coordinator for Area 2. The board’s next meeting will be Sept. 13.Resident...
As an elected Saint Paul School Board member and a parent of four SPPS students, I want to start by acknowledging the enormous amount of work that our students, parents and families put forth on the homefront to support our distance learning model virtually with teachers, staff and administration leaders throughout the district. We asked our students, parents and families...