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.
Offers to help manage council meetings
The Lake Elmo City Council has received a bombardment of unwanted media attention in recent months over its inability to work as a cohesive group.
Now, the city's insurance carrier, the League of Minnesota Cites Insurance Trust, has stepped in to advise the council, citing the example of Maplewood politics in the last decade as a cautionary tale.
Active Living Ramsey Communities seeks to improve conditions for biking and walking throughout the county with a unified plan. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
The Ramsey Communities Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan, which was shown off at an open house Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville, aims to greatly improve walking and biking in the county by 2030.
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 Oakdale Cub Foods is moving into the old Kmart space at the other end of Bergen Plaza, just south of 10th Street North and west of Interstate 694. The company is moving into the larger space to compete with the new Hy-Vee store across 10th Street. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Company seeks to remain competitive with new Hy-Vee
In an effort to keep pace with its competition, the Oakdale Cub Foods store will be moving into a larger space at the other end of Bergen Plaza, just across the street from the new, sprawling Hy-Vee complex.
Oakdale community development director Bob Streetar said Cub Foods' parent company, SuperValu Inc., has submitted building plans with the city to move into the former Kmart space, just south of 10th Street North and west of Interstate 694.
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.