Hmong American Farmers Association members Lang and Mee Hang use hoes to clear weeds in their farm plot in Dakota County’s Vermillion Township. (photo by Mike Hazard, courtesy of HAFA)
Food growers keep traditions going while learning new methods
Hoping to give Hmong food growers a leg up, a St. Paul-based organization called the Hmong American Farmers Association is helping farmers find new ways of selling their fresh produce and new paths to economically fruitful farming.
South of the urban core, past the suburbs and out into the lesser-known land of Vermillion Township, a group of Hmong farmers, many of them East Siders, are hard at work as many as seven days a week during the growing season.
Thomas Draskovic, a teacher at St. Paul Public Schools’ American Indian Magnet School, teaches students American Indian crafts on the first ever Indigenous Peoples Day in St. Paul. (photo courtesy of Toya Stewart Downey/St. Paul Public Schools)
American Indian community says new city holiday shows respect, progress
For the first time, the city of St. Paul celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, Oct. 12, shifting the focus from the federal holiday Columbus Day, which was established in 1937.
The St. Paul City Council voted in August to recognize the day. American Indian groups have been pushing for the holiday’s name to be changed since at least 1977 when a delegation of indigenous people from around the world proposed the idea to the United Nations. St. Paul is one of about a dozen cities to celebrate the holiday as such.
An illustration shows what a new development near Payne Avenue and Phalen Boulevard would look like. The plans picture a four-story apartment building plus clusters of townhomes that look out onto the Bruce Vento Regional Trail. (submitted graphic)
Plan would bring multi-family housing to Railroad Island
After three rounds of community meetings, a plan is in the works for a new housing development in the East Side's Railroad Island neighborhood.
Where Payne Avenue intersects Bush Avenue, just south of Phalen Boulevard, there's currently a billboard, two old townhomes, and an appliance repair shop on one side of the street, and a vacant lot on the other side.
The Gateway Corridor, a transit line that would run bus rapid transit from the eastern suburbs to downtown St. Paul, was recently given a $1 million federal grant to study development along the line’s stations. If things go according to plan, the line would begin service in 2022. (submitted graphic)
With a $1 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration, planning for the Gateway Corridor continues to inch forward.
St. Paul planning staff have been hard at work scheming ways to rezone parts of the East Side to better accomodate the proposed Gateway Corridor transit line, which would put a bus rapid transit route on Hudson Road connecting downtown St. Paul to Woodbury and Lake Elmo, passing through Maplewood and the East Side. (submitted graphic)
Rezoning would push for denser commercial, residential along proposed Bus Rapid Transit line
A plan that’s slotted to go before the St. Paul City Council on Oct. 7 would formalize the city’s planning around the Gateway Corridor, a proposed bus rapid transit line that would go from Woodbury or Lake Elmo to downtown St. Paul, going through neighborhoods along Interstate 94. In St. Paul, it would run along the north side of the freeway on Old Hudson Road.
Teens from the East Side and Minneapolis’ North Side performed in an empty parking lot on Payne Avenue in September, during three separate performances. The events were put on by Farrington Llewellyn, who was hired by Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services. (submitted photo)
Hoping to bring some activity to an unflattering city-owned parking lot on Payne Avenue, Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services teamed up with teens from the East Side and Minneapolis to bring some life and music to the open pavement.
Metropolitan State University may finally be able to complete their parking project — The Ramsey County District Court has granted the university title and possession of the property as of Oct. 26, although the property owner will be allowed to remove the house from the site before that date. (file photo)
Price tag unclear, owner may move Bates Ave. house
After years of wanting to buy out the quirky adobe home at 393 Bates Ave., Metropolitan State University officials announced they’ve been given the go ahead to acquire it.
The Ramsey County District Court has granted the university title and possession of the property as of Oct. 26, although the property owner will be allowed to remove the house from the site before that date.
Ronald “Arjo” Adams is shown in 2013 in his now demolished art park, which he made on a vacant parcel adjacent to his now-demolished home at 676 Wells St. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Claims to be sleeping in vacant Wells Street lot
His art park may now just be a hill, and his house may be demolished, but for Ronald "Arjo" Adams, the battle's not over yet.
His appeal of the St. Paul City Council's decision to demolish his house will be heard by the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Oct. 1 in downtown St. Paul.