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by David Lamb After the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020 spurred renewed interest in issues of institutional racism in the criminal justice system, the questions began. Perhaps because of her high profile as a contender at the time to be the Democratic vice-presidential nominee,...

Editorial CartoonDave Thune, former longtime St. Paul City councilmember representing the West Seventh neighborhood (1995-2015), responds to the recent changes at the United Family Medicine clinic. Per “Allina Health” on page 1, all but one of the doctors that were practicing at the clinic before the pandemic began will begin practicing at the new United Family...
St. Paul Winter CarnivalThe 135th edition of the winter tradition will move forward in a new form this year in light of the pandemic. The socially distanced events begin January 1 and run through February. Visit wintercarnival.com for a full calendar. Highlights include:• Ice sculptures can be viewed ($20/vehicle) in a drive-through ice and snow sculpture feature...
by Diane Gerth As we know, the idea of a transit corridor along West 7th Street has been kicked around since the mid-1990s, and the latest iteration, the Riverview Corridor “modern streetcar” has moved into its newest phase, one where engineering and environmental questions will attempt to be answered. In the first meeting of...

B’Yachad Gift Bag Program

The Jewish Family Service’s annual B’Yachad Gift Bag Program has for 10 years offered several ways to volunteer, either by donating, shopping, wrapping or delivering gifts to people throughout the community who are in need emotionally, financially or spiritually. The program is funded exclusively by donations of time and money. As the COVID-19 pandemic...
Dear Deb By Deborah Padgett "Peace begins within. …The glory of the human spirit lies in our ability to choose, to let go of despair, to turn our energies to creative uses. Peace begins with resolution of our inner wars." — Promise of a New Day, Karen Casey & Martha Vanceburg,...
Being Well by Erin Brandel Dykhuizen Last night I was sitting on my couch, watching TV, and I found my arms resting on my ever-growing belly and noticed it was a bit bigger than last time I checked. Mind you, I am not pregnant. No, this “fluffiness” is due in part to letting my...
Building Community By Tim Johnson Our children were asleep, or so I thought, when I asked my wife if she had finished hiding the Easter eggs. Unfortunately, my five-year-old son was awake and overheard the question. He quickly determined that if mom was hiding the Easter eggs, then what we’d taught...