St Paul

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14
Feb

Payne-Phalen community leader proposes bike lanes

Parking would remain on both sides of Payne Avenue and include bike lanes. (Image courtesy of Eric Saathoff)
Parking would remain on both sides of Payne Avenue and include bike lanes. (Image courtesy of Eric Saathoff)

New lanes could help Payne Ave. businesses
“Within Payne-Phalen, there really aren’t places, safe places, to ride,” said Eric Saathoff, a member of the District 5 Planning Council and Board, and the chair of the District 5 Transportation Committee.
Saathoff is also a bike commuter, who goes back and forth to his job as a teacher at Crossroads Elementary in the Como neighborhood. 

Sun
14
Feb

Two East Side teachers are candidates for Teacher of the Year

The list of 114 candidates for 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award was released Feb. 3. Among them were two East Side teachers, Koua Yang and Juanita Ortiz. 

Sun
14
Feb

China Garden project taking shape

The St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department released an architects’ rendering of the future China Garden at Phalen Regional Park, This pavilion is designed to look like the Aiwan Pavilion in Changsha, China. (submitted illustration)
The St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department released an architects’ rendering of the future China Garden at Phalen Regional Park, This pavilion is designed to look like the Aiwan Pavilion in Changsha, China. (submitted illustration)

Conceptual plans released for Phalen Park amenity
After months of discussions, the proposed China Garden at Phalen Regional Park has begun to take shape, even if it’s still in the blueprint stage.
St. Paul Parks and Recreation and The Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society recently released conceptual plans for the China Garden. According to their press release, the garden will be built in phases, with a goal of starting Phase 1 in 2016. 

Sun
07
Feb

U of M professor donates trove of materials to East Side Freedom Library

Should fill gaps in library's collection relating to women, feminism
As a young adult, Dr. Paula Rabinowitz started collecting various feminist journals, poetry chapbooks, pamphlets, books, and any other kind of material she could find related to feminism and women.
She said she understood as a young person how important it would be in the future to have a collection of the evolution of feminist thought. Now she has decided to share her collection with others by donating it to the East Side Freedom Library. 

Sun
07
Feb

State Sen. Foung Hawj announces re-election bid

Foung Hawj
Foung Hawj

State Sen. Foung Hawj, 50, announced his bid for re-election in Senate District 67 on Jan. 16 at a community celebration at the Carpenter's Union Hall in St.Paul. 

Sun
07
Feb

Libraries offer free criminal record expungement information

Criminal records, sometimes decades old, can be a barrier to employment, buying a house or even volunteering at a school.

Sun
24
Jan

Read a good book lately?

The Big Read community-wide reading project to kick off at Metro State
Most book lovers have at least one book that left them thinking about it long after it was finished. 
A book that takes them so far into the pages it seems impossible to find a way out again. 

Sun
17
Jan

Kitty saved from tree

A 10-year-old girl was reunited with her pet kitty on a frigid day last week, after St. Paul Firefighters came to the rescue to remove it from a tree. (photo courtesy of Lisa Andrews)
A 10-year-old girl was reunited with her pet kitty on a frigid day last week, after St. Paul Firefighters came to the rescue to remove it from a tree. (photo courtesy of Lisa Andrews)

Firefighters block Minnehaha to prevent cat-sicle

On a particularly frigid January day, a small, 6-month-old gray tabby cat named Foxy was inspired to escape out the front door of its home in the 900 block of Minnehaha Avenue.

Sun
17
Jan

Grand jury: Tolkinen’s death justified use of police deadly force

Shots took down heavily armed, drunken man with mental health issues
A Ramsey County grand jury has found that two St. Paul police officers will face no charges after shooting a man to death during a tense standoff at his rental house on the 400 block of White Bear Avenue last March.
“The Grand Jury determined that probable cause did not exist to charge either Saint Paul police officer with a crime,” a statement from the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office reads. 

Sun
17
Jan

Young Mentors Group cuts to the chase with black Twin Cities cop

How do you act when confronted by a cop? How do police think of their job since police brutality has become such a hot topic? Do police treat black teens fairly?

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