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Planet Princess fills gaps for good grain-free bread

Posted on 12 December 2019 by Tesha Christensen

Founder Alisa Dale (center) with her son, Samueal William, and his wife Kristin William.

By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN
When St. Paul resident Alisa Dale couldn’t find a great gluten-free bread, she decided to make it herself.
She began baking grain-free buns and bagels at GIA Kitchen (955 Mackubin St.) with other small start-ups to mid-size businesses who lease space in the licensed commercial kitchen in 2017. Everyone on the Planet Princess team lives in St. Paul.

What drove you to start your own business making gluten-free items?
About four years ago, I learned that my body reacts to gluten, and I needed to stop eating it. That was hard to hear because I really love bread! I honestly tried practically every gluten free alternative out there. But I found them quite unsatisfactory in one way or another: in taste, in texture, and especially in ingredient quality and nutrition.
Being a happy foodie, I resolved to create gluten free, grain free bread reminiscent of the hearty, traditional bread I missed. I had a lot of boxes to tick! It had to toast like bread, have a crumb like bread, stay soft and moist yet not break apart or get soggy. And it definitely had to taste great. And I was determined to do all of this using quality gluten and grain free ingredients, clean enough to be non-GMO with no binders, additives or preservatives.
At the time, I didn’t realize this quest would be a two-year journey. It was challenging and fun, and once I perfected the recipe, it was really gratifying.

What sets your products apart?
There is a huge gap in the market for really good gluten free and especially grain-free bread. In fact, one of the major food trends identified in 2019, projected to grow in 2020 is grain free eating. Consumers are turning away from grains for a number of reasons.
We fill this gap!
Planet Princess breads are so much more than “just” gluten free. Our products are “set apart” in several categories: they are protein rich, low carb, gluten and grain free, and they contain seven vitamins and five minerals. Not to mention that they are delicious and function just like traditional bread.
When you eat a Planet Princess bun, you get so much more! 10 grams or more of protein, as low as 7 net carbs, 4 grams of fiber, 7 essential vitamins and 5 minerals from non-GMO ingredients. This bread nourishes your body! One of our continuing efforts is to build that understanding with consumers.
Our buns are also Keto and Paleo friendly. People struggling with insulin resistance or diabetes have become some of our biggest fans as well! Our majority ingredients register low on the glycemic index.
Our customers keep us going! We really enjoy demos when we get to talk with them face to face, and we are so grateful for their support.

How is the Twin Cities food scene evolving and where do you fit into that?
The Twin Cities food scene is vibrant and growing quickly! New makers are entering the scene, creating amazing, local food products that are truly unique. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has a wide range of resources and offers so much support to local makers. Minnesota is unique in its support of food entrepreneurs, financial and otherwise. We are so lucky that way.
And I have to give credit to the many incredible co-ops in the Twin Cities! They are so supportive of locally made products. Honestly, if you want to find locally made, unique food products before they go “mainstream,” check out your local co-op. They have been invaluable in our business building. If it weren’t for them, we would not have been able to do this.
We fit into the food scene as makers who are providing something new and unique. Since we bake in a community commercial kitchen, we get a great opportunity to share ideas and resources with one another. And makers understand the hard work of starting a food company like nobody else. There’s a natural camaraderie there. Food entrepreneurs are really great people. They are talented, enthusiastic, and committed as well as generous and approachable.

What challenges and benefits do you face being a woman entrepreneur?
The benefits of being a woman entrepreneur are exciting. There are so many local agencies and organizations that expressly support women entrepreneurs, providing networking, education, and other opportunities. Plus, in my experience, businesswomen themselves are generous about supporting other women business owners, especially those just starting out. They gladly share connections and helpful information. They are natural mentors. That has been a Godsend to me so many times. I want to offer whatever I can and pay it forward to other women entrepreneurs, too.
We are just now poised to start the process of raising capital to expand our production capacity and grow our distribution. And statistics on venture capital to fund women owned businesses are a bit daunting as I begin the process. For example, 40% of small businesses in America are owned by women, generating $1.8 trillion a year. Yet women still receive just 7 percent of venture funds, particularly angel funds.
This may be another challenge for me to overcome! In truth, though, I have no direct experience with it so far. And in spite of this financial landscape, I feel confident (especially in Minnesota!) that we will find the investors who deeply understand what we have, how on trend and timely it is, and how many people are looking for it. And they will support us financially into the next phase.

What’s your favorite Planet Princess Foods product?
I would say that I use the Plain bun most often for burgers. But my favorite is the Cinnamon Raisin ‘Bagels’. They are so yummy and smell so good when you toast them. Besides, I can feel like I just “treated” myself, yet still get all the good nutrition they contain. The Garlic, Rosemary, Sundried Tomato Buns are awesome, too.
Find Planet Princess items at both of the Seward Co-ops, all three Mississippi Markets, Eastside Co-op, the Wedge Co-op, and the Fresh and Natural Foods in Shoreview and Hudson Wis. Plain buns are also featured at Alma Restaurant in Minneapolis. For those who live outside the Cities, buns are available for delivery online at azurestandard.com, a national healthy foods distributor. We hope to be available on Amazon soon.
If you want to stay informed about new locations and new flavor launches, join us on our website!

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Como AOF at Travelers

Academy of Finance, international visit, fall musical

Posted on 12 December 2019 by Tesha Christensen

 

Como seniors from the Academy of Finance presented their case studies about worker retention in the insurance industry at The Travelers in downtown St. Paul. (photo by Kris Somerville)

by Eric Erickson

The Academy of Finance (AOF) senior cohort spent the day of Oct. 24 downtown at The Travelers Companies. As part of a continuing collaboration, the students presented case studies on worker retention in the insurance industry.
AOF 11th graders visited Land O’Lakes Headquarters on Nov. 6. The juniors spent the day in the marketing department learning about careers in marketing and advertising.
All 290 Academy of Finance students in the program, grades 9-12, will be hosting approximately 40 Wells Fargo corporate employees at Como on Nov. 19. The Wells Fargo Day is an annual highlight as students partner with mentors, develop and refine resumes, conduct mock interviews, and for the seniors, present their assigned case studies.
The International Visitor Leadership Program hosted by the U.S. State Department, partnered with Global Minnesota to bring “Women Leaders: Promoting Peace and Security” to Como Park High School.
Eight leaders representing their nations had multiple professional objectives including demonstrating how women leaders mentor the next generation for areas of expertise. To help facilitate this, Global Minnesota scheduled a visit to Como for discussions with Mr. Erickson’s students. The guests had small group conversations with a U.S. History class, and a round table discussion with senior AP Government students.
The distinguished guests included a news reporter from Croatia, an agency head from the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense, an educational development director from Ukraine, a NGO consultant from France, a director general of EU Affairs from Malta, a school administrator from South Sudan, and diplomats from Moldova and Ireland.
Como’s Theatre and Music Department Choir presented the annual fall musical in the Cougar Forum this year. With building construction making the auditorium unavailable, directors Carole Whitney and Allison Hartzell decided to utilize the small but new forum space.
“This is a wonderfully talented, creative, and flexible cast that has worked to make the show a delight, even outside of our usual theater home,” Whitney said.
The Frog Princess entertained audiences for two nights after two months of preparation. Cast members were John Dugan, Aspen Schucker, Ava Vitali, Wim Lemkeit, Wyatt Hanson, Lila Seeba, Emilie Pagel, Lee Tuggle, Maisee Her, Boon Yang, Toby Sax, and Jordan Allison. Chorus members included Mariatu Kanu, Gemma Pham, Dulce Ruiz, Htakee Saw, Leeda Thao, and Tee Tee Wah.
Como Park High School’s Accelerated Programs Night is Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. The event is an opportunity for prospective students and families to learn about the many options for accelerated coursework at Como including Advanced Placement (AP) and College in the Schools (CIS) courses, plus Post-Secondary Enrollment Options. The event will take place in the school library and refreshments will be provided. Questions can be directed to Como’s AP Coordinator Teng Lo (teng.lo@spps.org) or Como Principal Stacy Theien-Collins (stacy.theien-collins@spps.org).

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Como Community Council Corner

Posted on 12 December 2019 by Tesha Christensen

By MICHAEL KUCHTA, Executive Director, district10@district10comopark.org
Steer someone into spotlight
Know someone who makes the Como Park area a better place to live, work or play? Nominate them for the Neighborhood Honor Roll, which is an annual recognition given by each of the city’s 17 district councils. The Honor Roll pays tribute to everyday people who make a sustained and lasting impact in our neighborhood or the city.
Submit your nominations by email no later than Thursday Dec. 12 to district10@district10comopark.org. Tell us who you are nominating and why. The Como Community Council board then selects three of your nominees on Dec. 17 to recognize for 2019.

It’s another yoga get-together
District 10’s next Community Yoga session is Sunday Dec. 1. The session will be suitable for all levels of skill and experience. Bring a yoga mat or blanket and wear comfortable clothes. Yoga runs from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. The class is limited to 25 participants. Registration is $5, which benefits the Como Community Council. Register in advance at: www.district10comopark.org/communityyoga.html

D10 crime
Crimes against people are at a 5-year low in District 10, but crime overall is at a 5-year high, according to preliminary police statistics for the first nine months of 2019.
Crime reported in Como was up 6.2 percent from January-September, compared with the same period in 2018. The totals were driven by large increases in theft and vandalism. Although crime levels remain consistent in much of the neighborhood, a few areas saw significant decreases, while a few areas saw significant increases. See District 10’s website – www.district10comopark.org – for charts and more details on specific types of crimes and 5-year trends in the neighborhood.

Miranda elected to board
Congratulations to Juan Miranda, who was elected to the Como Community Council board, representing South Como and Energy Park. He fills a vacancy created when Cody Zwiefelhofer was elected vice chair.

Upcoming District 10 Meetings
• Community Council Board Meeting: Tuesday Nov. 19
• Neighborhood Relations Committee: Tuesday Dec. 3
• Land Use Committee: Wednesday Dec. 4
• Environment Committee: Wednesday Dec. 11
All meetings typically begin at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station. Whenever possible, agendas are posted in advance in the “Board News” section of District 10’s website.

Streetcar Station shifts hours
With the change of seasons, the exhibit area of the Como Park Streetcar Station is now open only on the first Sunday of the month until spring. The next opportunity: Sunday, Dec. 1 from noon-4 p.m. It is still a great chance to introduce yourself to the long-gone trolley system in the Twin Cities, to get a sense of the history and visionaries behind Como Park (and the Twin Cities’ overall park system), to pick up organics recycling bags or kitchen starter kits, or just to chat with a District 10 board member who is staffing the day. The Historic Streetcar Station is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton.

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Como Community Council Corner

Posted on 12 December 2019 by Tesha Christensen

By MICHAEL KUCHTA, Executive Director, district10@district10comopark.org

Special Election for board
The Como Community Council Board will hold a special election Oct. 15 to fill the six months remaining in the term of a representative from Sub-District 4, which encompasses South Como and Energy Park. The vacancy is the result of the election of board member Cody Zwiefelhofer to vice-chair.
Want to vote? The special election will be on Tuesday Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. All renters, homeowners, and other residents age 16 or older who live in Sub-District 4 are eligible to vote. So are authorized representatives from a business or nonprofit organization located in Sub-District 4. Community members must vote in person; there is no absentee or proxy voting.
Want to run? The deadline to get on the ballot is past, but applicants can still run as write-in candidates on the night of the election. You can get more details about the position on the District 10 website.

A Vision for Como Park paths
The Como Community Council on Sept. 17 approved a series of recommendations from its Pathways work group to make bicycle and pedestrian paths in Como Regional Park “more useful to more people more often.”
The recommendations include giving Saint Paul Parks and Recreation specific suggestions to improve the condition and function of paths; upgrade signs along paths; create maps, kiosks, interpretative displays and other “wayfinding” tools; and upgrade amenities along paths. You can read a short version of the report and recommendations on District 10’s website: www.district10comopark.org.

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Advanced Placement awards, girls’ soccer wins city title

Posted on 12 December 2019 by Tesha Christensen

by Eric Erickson

The Como Park Cougars girls’ soccer team captured the St. Paul City Conference Championship with an undefeated 6-0 conference record. They clinched the title with a victory on Senior Night, held at Como on Sept. 25. (Photo by Eric Erickson)

The National Advanced Placement (AP) Exam results administered by the College Board in 2019 were released to school coordinators in September. The information revealed that Como students earned hundreds of college credits. AP scores are categorized on a five-point scale for each test taken in a specific subject, with colleges and universities generally awarding credit for scores of 3, 4 or 5.
The College Board also released its individual student awards which are based on multiple exams across a variety of disciplines being passed at high levels. “AP Scholar” status is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. Como AP Scholars include: Najma Ali, Kajsa Andersson, Ruby Beckman, Edward Bie, Amira Boler, Ian Brudnak-Voss, Roan Buck, Bridger Carlson, Chiamaka Chijioke, Bruce Deal, Adina DeGaetano, Raef Eddins, Thomas Freberg, Alexandra Harris, Hannah Hausman, Olivia Helmin, Willow Hollister-LaPointe, Kiersten Howatt, Nicholas Jacobsen, Harrison Kerr, Reagan Kerr, Zach Konkol, Aditi Kulkarni, Stella LaCroix-Dalluhn, Abigail Levin, Theo Lucy, Khyri Lueben, Carter Moorman, Claire Olson, Emilie Pagel, Janey Post, Serena Raths, Jack Schumacher, Isak Stillwell-Jardine, Sawyer Wall, Audrey Westerberg, and Justine Wulff.
The AP Scholar with Honor award is granted to students who earn an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Como AP Scholars with Honor include: Sunniva Berg, Carter Brown, William Farley, Elijah Frese, Naddi Jillo, Joseph Newman, Lila Seeba, Mira Seeba, and Emma Wolters.
The AP Scholar with Distinction is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Como AP Scholars with Distinction include: Aiyanna Aeikens, Henrie Friesen, William Gray, Chloe Hollister-Lapointe, Jackson Lee, Celia Olson, Eloise Rein, Mason Salverda, Peter Schik, Antero Sivula, and Marco Tabacman.
National AP Scholar is a classification granted to students in the U.S. who earn an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. Como’s National AP Scholars are Isaac Harker and Alistair Pattison.
Como’s long-established AP program continues to challenge and support students opting to study rigorous courses of their choosing at the college level in over 20 subjects taught by College Board certified Como teachers.

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Como Community Council Corner

Posted on 17 September 2019 by Tesha Christensen

By MICHAEL KUCHTA, Executive Director, district10@district10comopark.org

Special election for vacancy
The Como Community Council Board will hold a special election Sept. 17 to fill the seven months remaining in the term of vice chair. The vacancy is the result of the resignation of long-time board member Amy Perna.
Want to vote? The special election will be on Tuesday Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. All renters, homeowners, and other residents age 16 or older who live in District 10 are eligible to vote. So are authorized representatives from a business or nonprofit organization located in District 10. Community members must vote in person; there is no absentee or proxy voting.
Want to run? The deadline to get on the ballot is past, but applicants can still run as write-in candidates on the night of the election. You can get more details about the position on the District 10 website: www.district10comopark.org.

Director to speak at D10 meeting
Saint Paul Public Works director Kathy Lantry will be the guest presenter at the Sept. 17 Como Community Council board meeting. She’ll give a brief update on issues such as street repairs, crosswalks, leaf-sweeping, and consolidated trash, and answer residents’ questions on those and other topics. The meeting begins Tuesday Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station. If technology cooperates, we’ll also stream the meeting live on the Como Community Council Facebook page.

Immerse yourself in Como Lake’s condition
Experts from the Capitol Region Watershed District will lead a free walking tour highlighting Como Lake’s history, water quality and monitoring issues, aquatic plant and fish communities, shoreline restoration, watershed projects, community efforts, and the long-term implementation of the Como Lake Management Plan.
The tour is Wednesday Sept. 25. It leaves promptly at 6 p.m. from the south side of the Lakeside Pavilion. It will end approximately 7:30 p.m. at the fishing pier. The tour will take place rain or shine; please wear clothing and shoes appropriate for walking and the weather.

Candidate forum set
A public forum for candidates running for the Ward 5 seat on the Saint Paul City Council takes place the evening of Thursday Oct. 10. Location and exact time were not confirmed as of press deadline.
The forum is being organized by the Como Community Council, North End Neighborhood Organization, Payne-Phalen Community Council, and League of Women Voters Saint Paul. Candidates on the ballot (in alphabetical order) are Bob Blake, Amy Brendmoen, Jamie Hendricks, and Suyapa Miranda.

Upcoming District 10 meetings
• Neighborhood Relations Committee: Tuesday Oct. 1
• Land Use Committee: Wednesday Oct. 2
• Environment Committee: Wednesday Oct. 9
All meetings typically begin at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station. Renters, homeowners, and other community members are always welcome to attend and participate. Whenever possible, agendas are posted in advance in the “Board News” section of District 10’s website.

Streetcar Station open Sundays
The Como Park Streetcar Station is open every Sunday through Oct. 6 from noon-4 p.m. It is a great chance to introduce yourself to the long-gone trolley system in the Twin Cities, to get a sense of the history and visionaries behind Como Park (and the Twin Cities’ overall park system), to pick up organics recycling bags or kitchen starter kits, or just to chat with a District 10 board member who is staffing the day. The Historic Streetcar Station is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton.

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New charter school in former Central Lutheran

New charter school in former Central Lutheran

Posted on 11 August 2019 by Tesha Christensen

Michelle Cambrice

Ten years in the making, a group of engaged educators will open a new charter school called The Journey School this fall.
The Journey School, which is currently accepting enrollment for students K-2, was the brainchild of long-time educators Michelle Cambrice and Scott Gostchock. Their goal was to make a positive difference in the community for children and families through a quality, caring, family-centered education and environment.
“Our dream to open a school where any student has the opportunity to succeed has become a reality, and we’re so excited to share our vision with the community,“ said Cambrice, who has been appointed as the school’s first diriector.
This dream garnered momentum when The Journey School leased the former Central Lutheran School building at 775 Lexington Parkway in St. Paul, which closed last year. The building has gone through renovations to prepare for opening in the fall.
“The Journey School is located in a diverse area where we can reach more children and provide resources,” Cambrice said. “Choosing the right school for a child is one of the most important decisions parents will make. At The Journey School, we will partner with parents and the communiity to equip each student with the knowledge and skillls necessary for their life-long journey of learning.”
In addition to offering dasses for students K-2, The Journey School has also partnered with Head Start to provide childcare.
The Journey School is hosting three open house events at the newly renovated building Aug. 10, 17 and 24. All open house events are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families are welcome to, tour the new school, get to know the staff and school board, and enroll their student(s).
Learn more by calling 612-389-1579 or browse www.thejourneyschool.org.

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Como FFA

Como High: Gibson Foundation, cooking in Paris, FFA, and swimmers on MPR

Posted on 11 August 2019 by Tesha Christensen

Ms. Gbolo in Paris

Hope Heals camps

Como staff members Mr. Donnell Gibson and Ms. Kristy Pierce have successfully expanded a thriving summer program to serve St. Paul students and alumni. The Gibson Foundation is going strong in its fourth summer, running the Hope Heals basketball camps and hosting an inaugural tournament at the St. Bernard’s gym.
Over 60 boys and girls, ages 6-13, attend camp sessions at Arlington Hills Rec Center. They meet twice a week for the course of six weeks. One hundred-forty high school students and St. Paul college-age alumni meet at Washington Technology Magnet for free play, socializing, and check-ins with Gibson Foundation leaders and community supporters. The multi-age grouping lends itself to mentoring as high school students learn what it takes to study and play at the next level.
Other program leaders include Ronnie Smith (new Como girls assistant coach), Shawn Phillips (Como boys j.v. coach), and Olanda England (Como staff and girls j.v. coach). Como alum Louis Carter is the lead coach for the young age group, and current Como student Ronnie Porter also mentors the youngsters.

Culinary arts institute
Como teacher Ms. Courtney Gbolo traveled to Paris, France to take classes at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute from July 20-Aug, 5. Gbolo earned a grant through the St. Paul Fund for Teachers that sponsored her travel and study.
Gbolo’s classes at Le Cordon Bleu included The Art of Cooking Like A Chef, The Secrets of Choux Pastry, Tart Making, Bread Making, Sauces, and Pastry Art. Gbolo says she’s been energized by the hands-on curriculum and is extremely grateful for the opportunity that was made possible by the St. Paul Foundation.
Looking ahead to the school year, Gbolo is eager to incorporate ideas and recipes from her summer learning and share her passion with Como students in her Culinary Arts classes and Culinary Club.

Como FFA

Future farmers
Students from Como Park’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) helped with the “Farmer for the Day” exhibit at the Ramsey County Fair in July. The students taught young children about agricultural products made in Minnesota.

Swimmers on MPR
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) produced a well-received feature story about competitive swimming, wrapped into historical patterns of participation. The subjects of the feature were Como teacher Justin Mann, and Como student Aaron Ramsey.
Mann teaches social studies and is the assistant boys’ swim coach. Ramsey will be a junior and is a varsity swimmer. They are two examples of leaders who are “broadening the circle” and raising awareness that swimming is a skill and activity available for all.
Both were interviewed for radio and digital print features, and filmed for the social media links and videos that MPR produced. Ramsey said that swimming used to cause him some fear and anxiety, but he’s gained confidence through competitive swimming. “I feel at home in the water. I’m always itching to get back in the water. And I’ve decided to become a lifeguard and help people,” Ramsey said.

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Do’s and don’ts during the State Fair

Do’s and don’ts during the State Fair

Posted on 11 August 2019 by Tesha Christensen

By MICHAEL KUCHTA, Executive Director, district10@district10comopark.org

Do’s and don’ts during fair
The Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 22-Sept. 2. Some residents can’t wait. Some residents can’t wait to get out. To get up to date (or take a refresher course) on what is and is not allowed in the neighborhood during the Fair, see the “State Fair Do’s and Don’ts” article on District 10’s website. It covers the special chaos that is fair time in Como: yard parking, street parking, peddlers, vendors, signs, and more. Go to: www.district10comopark.org.

Commissioner to speak
Ramsey County Commissioner Trista MatasCastillo will be the guest presenter at the Aug. 20 Como Community Council board meeting. She’ll give updates on local issues, and answer residents’ questions. The meeting begins Tuesday Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. All renters, homeowners, and other community members are welcome to attend and participate. If technology cooperates, we’ll also stream the meeting live on the Como Community Council Facebook page.

Upcoming District 10 meetings
•Environment Committee: Wednesday Aug. 14.
• Neighborhood Relations Committee: Tuesday Sept. 3
•Land Use Committee: Wednesday Sept. 4

All meetings typically begin at 7 p.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. Renters, homeowners, and other community members are always welcome to attend and participate. Whenever possible, agendas are posted in advance in the “Board News” section of District 10’s website.

Community Yoga is Sept. 8
District 10’s next Community Yoga is Sunday Sept. 8 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Como Park Streetcar Station. The session will be suitable for all levels of skill and experience. Bring a yoga mat or blanket and wear comfortable clothes. The class is limited to 25 participants.
Registration is $5, which benefits the Como Community Council. Register in advance at: www.district10comopark.org/communityyoga.html

Streetcar Station open Sundays
The Como Park Streetcar Station is open every Sunday through Oct. 6 from noon-4 p.m. It is a great chance to introduce yourself to the long-gone trolley system in the Twin Cities, to get a sense of the history and visionaries behind Como Park (and the Twin Cities’ overall park system), to pick up organics recycling bags or kitchen starter kits, or just to chat with a District 10 board member who is staffing the day. The Historic Streetcar Station is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton.

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Judge deliberates over  restraining order for TCGIS

Judge deliberates over restraining order for TCGIS

Posted on 27 July 2019 by Tesha Christensen

Save Historic Saint Andrew’s asks that school not be allowed to tear down former church
By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN
tesha@monitorsaintpaul.com
Save Historic Saint Andrew’s (SHSA) members continue their fight to save the 92-year-old church building that many feel is a community anchor by taking the discussion to the Ramsey County District Court.
Judge Jennifer Frisch began hearing testimony on Monday, July 1, 2019 from both sides, SHSA and property owner Twin Cities German Immersion School which plans to tear the building down and construct a new three-story gymnasium and classroom building in its place.
SHSA filed a suit under the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act (MERA) seeing a temporary restraining order and permanent injuncture against tearing down the building.
TCGIS indicated in court that they are anxious to proceed with demolition, and expect to have a demolition permit in a matter of days.
The hearing ended mid-afternoon on Wednesday, June 3 and attorneys had until Monday, July 8 to file their final briefs. The judge was expected to rule within 5-7 days, and had not by press time.
The city’s Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) both recommended historic designation, and SHPO asked the State Board to find the church eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
However, the city council voted against designating the church as a historic preservation site on Wednesday, June 5, and approved both the site plan and the three variances requested by the school with various conditions to address impacts of the school’s enrollment growth regarding noise, traffic, and more.

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