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by David Lamb Jonathan Hatch grew up in the northern Minnesota city of Bemidji, a picturesque crossroads situated near the 400 lakes of the Chippewa National Forest and between the tribal reservations for members of Red Lake, White Earth and Leech Lake.  Beneath the area’s pristine backdrop, as Hatch found, lurked a vein of bigotry. “People...

A Greener St. Paul

Council PerspectivesSt. Paul City Council Member Rebecca Noeckercolumnist When you think of city government, what comes to mind? For most of us, it’s mundane acts of daily public problem-solving—sweeping the streets, cleaning up trash, filling potholes, fixing park benches. Increasingly, though, cities are starting to tackle much bigger problems,...
Building an Antiracist Community By Tim Johnson, Columnist    It felt like I had won the lottery. The flight attendant had informed me that my international flight was overbooked and wished to know if I would be willing to take a seat in business class rather than remain in the main cabin. This was not...

Federation Update

FEDERATION UPDATE fortroadfederation.org  Please Attend our Annual Meeting Tuesday, April 20, 6:30-8:30pm, via Zoom. Meeting will feature guest speaker, Sean Kershaw: West 7th neighbor, co-host of Grand Oak Opry, and Saint Paul Director of Public Works. Get updates and chat with neighbors during breakout sessions. Register at FortRoadFederation.org Board Elections• Vote online at FortRoadFederation.org: April...
West End Healthline By Jené Carter, MDWhen I began residing in the U.S. permanently sixteen years ago, I was unpleasantly surprised to discover the disproportionately low number of BIPOC professionals in many fields, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) being among them. Raised by parents who worked for the U.S. Department of State, I spent much...
The Hennepin Theatre Trust recently hosted the newest installment of our virtual roundtable series, featuring local photographer Ryan Coit discussing trans equity in the military, which is available on its website at bit.ly/3f0BXyX. Ryan is joined by his portrait subjects: Britt Sickmann, Vice President for Twin Cities T-Rexx and US army career counselor, and Ashley Scott, Vice President for...
5th Annual Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) Celebration of Service event can be streamed live on the JFS Facebook page May 13, 7-7:30pm.Rena and Barry Glaser are scheduled to receive the Community Service Award for their outstanding, ongoing commitment to JFS and the community. Their accomplishments serve as inspiration for the Celebration of Service fundraising goals....
Walk among Minnesota women who changed their communities—and learn how featured objects reflect pivotal moments in their lives—in the new Extraordinary Women exhibit at the Minnesota History Center. While you’re at the museum, make time to visit Our Home: Native Minnesota, where you can explore stories of survival, resilience, and adaptation shared by Native communities in Minnesota. Visit the...