Taco Bell can’t rebuild, operations can continue

Posted on 17 October 2020 by Tesha Christensen

By Jane McClure
Taco Bell cannot replace its longtime restaurant at 565 N. Snelling Ave. On a unanimous vote Sept. 16, 2020, the St. Paul City Council upheld an appeal by Hamline Midway Coalition (HMC) and overturned an August Planning Commission decision approving the planned new restaurant’s needed conditional use permit.
The current restaurant, which is in a building dating from 1973, can remain open with its existing drive-through hours. Operations can continue under the current conditional use permit, which allows for closing as late at 3 a.m. on weekends and 2 a.m. on weekdays.
The restaurant has been a flash point over the years, with opponents contending it is a magnet for disruptive late-night behavior. There are also questions about having a drive-through restaurant at a time when many activists are calling for more walkable neighborhoods. Its property was recently rezoned from commercial to traditional neighborhoods use as part of a larger neighborhood-wide rezoning process.
Taco Bell owner Border Foods has tried in recent years to get a new conditional use permit to rebuild the restaurant, but has met mixed community reaction. Border Foods contends its latest plans would meet all of the needed requirements for a new conditional use permit, and that a new restaurant would be an improvement to the neighborhood with more distance from nearby homes, better traffic flow and a more attractive building. One issue cited in written and Planning Commission testimony is the demand for drive-through food service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Planning Commission Zoning Committee voted to recommend denial of the permit, saying it didn’t meet the required conditions. Another issue the committee raised is the difficulty in revoking a conditional use permit if there are violations. That’s been the case with the controversial Starbucks at Marshall and Snelling avenues, which has caused traffic backups over the past several years.
But the full Planning Commission approved the permit, with some commissioners questioning if objections were based more on restaurant clientele than on land use issues.
Ward Four Council Member Mitra Jalali said the vote isn’t about whether or not people like a particular business, or who goes there. The issue is one of land use and of meeting all five conditions required for the permit. Jalali contends that not all standards are met.
Granting the permit and allowing a new restaurant isn’t in substantial compliance with the city’s comprehensive plan, Jalali said. The plan calls for the Snelling area to be a mixed-use corridor, with compact commercial uses and a walkable feel for the area. Building a drive-through and a large parking is contrary to the compact commercial development the plan calls for and doesn’t give priority to pedestrians.
HMC’s appeal stated, “Border Foods has deliberately chosen an auto-centric, non-conforming building plan. The applicant is also proposing 18 off-street parking spaces, more than 200 percent over the maximum allowed for restaurants within a light rail transit station area. Although this is a reduction from the existing 1973 site plan we expect the city to evaluate development based on the standards in the 2040 St. Paul Comprehensive Plan.” The district council urged Border Foods to build a larger structure that would better service more pedestrians and transit users.
Other council members supported the appeal. Ward Seven Council Member Jane Prince, who served as Ward Four council aide for a decade, was surprised that the restaurant can stay open until 3 a.m. noting the business backs up to a residential neighborhood.
The council considered written testimony. No one testified in person due to the pandemic. The permit and appeal drew more than a dozen written comments from St. Paul residents, most in opposition to the new permit and restaurant.

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Midway United Fund ready to disburse grants

Posted on 17 October 2020 by Tesha Christensen

Debate over who serves on committee and whether there should be paid staff continues

By Jane McClure
The Midway United Fund is accepting applications for small economic justice grants in the Hamline-Midway and Union Park areas. Grants are available until Dec. 20 or until funds are exhausted.
The grants offer two opportunities, a damage recovery program and a rebuild or relocation program. The grant programs are overseen by the Neighbors United Funding Collaborative. As of deadline almost half a dozen businesses had inquired about the grants.
The damage recovery program has more than $349,000, and the potential to serve at least 21 businesses. Businesses can seek up to $15,000 for needs including smoke and water cleanup, glass replacement, replacement of stolen goods, lost inventory and any other damages they experienced due to the civil unrest.
More than $500,000 is available through the rebuild and relocation program, with the potential to serve at least 10 businesses. Businesses can apply for up to $50,000 for rebuilding or relocation costs due to evictions.
Businesses must meet criteria, with priority given to businesses within a half-mile of Allianz Field. Businesses in the University Ave. corridor within three miles of Allianz Field must prove their businesses were affected by civil unrest. Businesses must have annual sales revenues of $2 million or less.
People will visit businesses as “small business connectors” to help get the word out about the grants.

Issues about management
The announcement that funding is available may not stop the weeks of debate over the fund. The notion of a community fund centered on the Allianz Field Major League Soccer stadium first came up years ago, with Ward One Council Member Dai Thao as one of the fund’s early champions. It was originally launched by the city council and area district councils as a means to provide funding for community-building, small businesses, arts and other projects in the neighborhoods around the stadium. Union Park District Council (UPDC) and Hamline Midway Coalition (HMC) have led fund planning and have oversight, working with the St. Paul Foundation and the collaborative’s advisory committee.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the late May civil unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s death changed the fund’s priorities. Earlier this year the fund allocated grants to small business affected by the pandemic. After businesses were looted, damaged and set ablaze in late May, the fund shifted to provide assistance on that front.
The collaborative and its advisory committee generated debate over the summer, with a clash over who should be on the committee and how it should operate. People of Color contended the committee didn’t represent the community and pushed White committee members to resign. The committee is now more diverse, with committee member and community development veteran Isabel Chanslor calling herself the interim fund manager.

Should there be paid staff?
UPDC and HMC questioned the time it was taking to get grants out, and what were seen as personal attacks on district council staff. HMC bowed out of its fiscal role in July, with the nonprofit Nexus stepping in.
The notion of paid collaborative staff has drawn objections, including from Thao. He and some district council members said money should go businesses, not staff.
Chanslor said funds donated for businesses will only go to businesses. The collaborative has raised separate money for administration. “We never intended to use funds donated for businesses for administration,” she said.
While saying they are pleased that grant applications are available, city council members Thao and Mitra Jalali are watching the collaborative and the grant process closely. Thao said he wants to see “transparency and accountability” in how funds are allocated.
The city council members are looking at the staff issue, with Thao against advisory committee members paying themselves with donated funds. That’s a concern raised by some district council and community members, but Jalali said the district councils lack capacity to staff the advisory committee and that staff is needed.
At a recent board meeting, UPDC board members brought up the prospect of a business development fund spinning itself off, and the collaborative going back to its broader original purposes. Chanslor said that is something the committee has discussed, as it looks at ways to support the Midway, its small businesses and arts community.
Jalali is staying positive. “I feel hopeful about the fund. It feels as if we’ve turned a corner,” she said. “We need to get resources out to the community. That’s what is really important.”

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Rebuilding University

Posted on 17 October 2020 by Tesha Christensen


Tony Espinoza (left) and Raisy Hennenos of Five Star Painting work to repaint the exterior of Furniture Barn along University Ave. on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The business, which was damaged in the civil unrest in late May, also received new windows that day. (Photo by Tesha M. Christensen)

The damage in the Midway during the civil unrest in late May 2020 was expected and unexpected, according to St. Paul Fire Safety Manager Angie Wiese.
“We knew it was coming but not what form it would take,” said Wiese during a tour of damaged buildings organized by the Midway Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
In the days following, city staff conducted assessments at 334 properties. Of those 14 were deemed unsafe, and 14 placed under restricted use.
“I would say that the most impressive thing is how the community showed up,” said Wiese. “It was like going to a festival in St. Paul, but there was no festival. Everyone had a broom and dustpan. Sandwiches. Bottled water. It was a little hard to get around.”
While Lloyd’s Pharmacy and the building housing Bole Ethiopian Cuisine, Napa and Subway were destroyed by fire, the Big Top Liquor store was questionable. It was not demolished but the Sports Dome across the street came down on day one, observed Wiese.
From the outside, the Midway Center only seemed to be damaged where the fire was in the Footlocker and ?salon, but the smoke and water damaged much more of the facility. Eleven tenants of the Midway Center were affected and need to find new locations for their businesses as the property owner doesn’t plan to repair the existing building.
Complicating the assessment process is that the city staff don’t necessarily know what businesses were operating during Covid-19 and what were closed.

Some businesses still have plywood on their windows. This is because it can be hard to get new glass given the high demand in the country, and also that they don’t want to take down the murals they have up.
“We want to be very intentional with how we address the plywood,” stated Wiese.
As businesses decide whether to reopen or not after the unrest, insurance plays a huge role, noted Wiese. “We try to be supportive to each business no matter what path they choose,” she said. If a business wants to expand or change their business model, they need to get new permits and approvals, which can delay their reopening.
“There is progress. It might not be as quickly as we’d like to see,” stated Wiese. “We’re trying to be patient.”

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{ Development Roundup }

Posted on 17 October 2020 by Tesha Christensen


Zoning changes could bring more density
The revamp of St. Paul’s multi-family residential zoning is seen as a way to add housing density, with a focus on affordable housing, throughout the city. The St. Paul City Council Sept. 9 adopted sweeping changes to residential multi-family or RM zoning on a 6-1 vote.
The vote doesn’t change the underlying zoning of the properties but it does change how properties can be redeveloped in the future. There is much more RM2, median-density multi-family housing zoning, than the less dense and higher-density options. According to a city staff report, there are 4,077 parcels zoned RM2, totaling 1,967 acres, compared with 1,182 RM1 parcels totaling 612 acres and 88 RM3 parcels totaling 148 acres. Many of the RM3 parcels contain apartment towers constructed in the 1960s and 1970s that are placed in park-like settings and owned by the St. Paul Public Housing Agency.
The changes have been touted as opening the door for new, smaller multi-family buildings, including triplexes and fourplexes. Generally developers will have more flexibility to build on small lots than before, as a minimum lot size of 9,000 square feet was eliminated. New buildings could also cover more of a lot. Parking requirements are eased. In return developers have to meet design standards for buildings, and place those buildings closer to the street.
But the ability to assemble several properties could bring larger new buildings.

Guaranteed income moves ahead
St. Paul’s guaranteed income pilot program is among the $19.9 million in coronavirus relief fund allocations approved September 23 by the City Council. The vote allocates most of the city’s $23.5 million in CARES Act funding.
The city will spend $12 million on response costs for staff, HVAC improvements in city facilities and personal protective equipment for first responders. Economic recovery totals $9.5 million, including $293,592 for the guaranteed income pilot. Other funds go to funds to help businesses and cultural organizations, and the city’s Bridge Fund. The bridge Fund provides relief for families and small businesses.
The council earlier in September debated Mayor Melvin Carter’s guaranteed income pilot program, which would provide a monthly stipend of $500 to families in four of the city’s poorest areas. Families would be chosen at random.
Another $1 million goes to various programs to support the homeless. There is also $950,000 for service delivery modifications during the pandemic. Water utility, parks and library workers are among those who’ve had to make changes in how they work due to the pandemic.

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{ Monitor in a Minute }

Posted on 17 October 2020 by Tesha Christensen


Neighborhood STAR fund
allocated for area projects
Twenty-one small businesses, housing providers and community organizations are recipients of 2020 Neighborhood Sales Tax Revitalization (STAR) grants and loans, awarded September 2 by the St. Paul City Council. The top-ranked project citywide is Elsa’s House of Sleep at 1441 University Ave.
The Neighborhood STAR Board this summer recommended a total of $1,352,777 divided among 16 projects, with $983,700 in grants and $369,077 in loans. Mayor Melvin Carter added five projects, bringing the total to 21.
Carter reallocated $249,866 in unspent project fund balances, to bring the total awarded to $1,602,643. That results in $1,194,633 in grants and $408,101 in loans.
The neighborhood STAR Program is set up to allocate half-cent sales tax proceeds to brick-and-mortar projects. The COVID-19 pandemic forced meetings online. Sixty projects were submitted by the April deadline, with two later withdrawn.
The Elsa’s House of Sleep furniture store was awarded a $49,800 grant to repair stucco, install a new storefront, make ceiling and floor repairs, install a new handicapped-accessible door and install new security cameras.
Second was Neighborhood Development Center, which received a $123,450 grant and $41,150 loan to build a new business incubator at the northwest corner of University Avenue and Dale Street. The Frogtown Crossroads project will include a small business incubator for up to six businesses. The match is $13.3 million. The project is part of a mixed-used development with Wellington Management, which will include affordable housing.
Third is NeighborWorks Home Partners, with a citywide project to help 20 low to moderate-income St. Paul homeowners with lead-based painted windows. To be eligible, owners of single to four-unit dwellings must already be involved in a county window replacement program. The $12,000 grant, which has a $110,000 match, should help each property owner replace about a dozen windows per dwelling.
Ranked 12th is Sun Foods in Uni-Dale Mall, 554 University Ave. Sun Foods received a $75,000 grant and $75,000 loan to install up to 10 new signs, replace windows, do tuckpointing and make parking lot repairs. The match is $150,000.
The Creative Enterprise Zone’s loans and grants for several small businesses in the West Midway ranked 16th. The nonprofit’s request for a $100,000 grant and $100,000 loan was trimmed by almost $40,000 by the Neighborhood STAR Board and then restored by Carter.
Carter used unspent fund balances to partially fund five projects that had been shut out. One is Springboard for the Arts’ work to redevelopment a former auto dealership at 262 University Ave. into an arts center with public park space. Springboard sought a $100,000 grant with $190,000 match for the park project. A $50,000 grant was approved.
The Asian Economic Development Center sought a $205,000 grant with $205,000 match for improvements including murals, one small business façade improvement, two parklets, benches and other amenities. The project was awarded a $75,000 grant.
African Economic Development Solutions sought a $200,000 grant with $200,000 match for loans for business improvements citywide.
Carter also added a Frogtown project at 625 Charles Ave., with a $22,000 grant and $22,000 loan for a parking lot for a business and apartment building. A $44,000 match is proposed.
An area project that wasn’t approved was the Central Baptist office renovation at 420 Roy St. The Central Baptist project, for which Union Park District Council is a partner, called for renovating the 1913 church building into office and retail space.

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SY20-21_Cadet Staff


Posted on 17 October 2020 by Tesha Christensen

Como Park Senior High School

By Eric
Social studies teacher

The Como Marine Corps JROTC held a socially-distanced outdoor ceremony to celebrate recent awards and the changing of the guard to the class of 2021’s senior leadership.

Distance learning for high school students in the St. Paul Public Schools has entered its second month of the 2020-2021 school year. While the scope and sequence of class content is the same as previous years, delivery certainly is not.
Despite challenges, there have been success stories. Many students are gaining familiarity with the mixture of synchronous classes and time built into their day for independent study.
Extracurricular activities have also enriched student experiences. Following safety protocols and state regulations, Como teams, clubs, organizations and individuals are participating in events that keep and build connection.

MCJROTC ranks 4th nationally
The Marine Corps JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) at Como has been recognized as a National Honor School Program for 2020. The award is reserved for the top 20% of all MCJROTC programs across the nation.
In 2019, Como was ranked eighth nationally. This year they rose to fourth place. The ranking is based on several factors including volunteer campaigns, leadership camps, competition performances, grade point averages, MCJROTC academies, and camaraderie.
“We never really understood just how well we were actually doing because for our team this is normal,” said Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Ever Bless. “It’s normal for the cadets to be working, pushing, competing, serving, traveling, and just doing what we do, so to see our vision come true again was shocking to all of us even under these turbulent times.”
Sergeant Major James C. Kirkland is currently serving his 8th year as the Senior Marine Instructor at Como. He has consistently been impressed with the growth of the cadets and the impact of leaders and their resiliency.
“There’s a level of maturity built in, and the ‘take charge’ attitude of the cadets with high motivation is just kind of refreshing during these overwhelming and tumultuous times,” Kirkland said.

Outstanding Refugee Award
Ku Mo, from Como’s class of 2020, was selected as a recipient of the state’s Outstanding Refugee Award. The Minnesota Department of Human Services honored 10 recipients for their actions.
Ku Mo worked on a project to fix computers and give them to families in need, volunteered on additional community service projects, and tutored younger students. Ku Mo is a Karenni refugee who is now a freshman at the University of Minnesota.

Como junior Saylor Landrum competed in the North American Biathlon Summer Nationals and earned first place in the under-17 age group. The event was timed in different regions with race results posted from approved course routes across the continent. Landrum’s intense training commitment led her to the winning result.
Beyond the summer biathlon (which combines roller-skiing and target shooting), Landrum is an avid cross-country skier for Como and a member of the Cougars track team.

Sports this season
Como athletic teams in action this fall include girls and boys soccer, girls and boys cross country running, girls tennis and girls swimming. Recently approved seasons for football and girls volleyball began on Sept. 28.


North Parking Lot

Learn about justice system and racial equity

Posted on 17 October 2020 by Tesha Christensen

District 10 Como Community Council

By Michael Kuchta,
Executive Director

Series emphasises equity

Richard Lemore II will speak about “Our Justice System and Racial Equity” during the Sunday Series on Oct. 25, 1-2:30 p.m. via video conference or telephone. Events are free and open to the public.

The Como Community Council’s Sunday Series returns this month with topics being explored by the district council’s Anti-Racism Work Group. The next presentation, on Sunday Oct. 25, is “Our Justice System and Race Equity.”
The presenter is Richard McLemore II, who is a Circle Keeper with Saint Paul’s “ETHOS” diversion program, was director of Ujamaa Place (a culturally-specific organization focused on young black men involved with the criminal justice system), and is a board member for We Are All Criminals and the Dispute Resolution Center. Among other restorative justice activities, he leads workshops on mental and emotional healing for practitioners at state and federal prisons, juvenile facilities, and county jails across the nation.
Details: Sunday, Oct. 25, 1-2:30 p.m., via video conference or telephone. Sunday Series presentations are free and open to all; to join in, register in advance at www.district10comopark.org/sunday.html. We’ll send you access information shortly before the presentation.

Benjamin Kowalsky-Grahekwon the special election in September to fill a vacancy on the Como Community Council board. He will represent Sub-District 4, which is South Como and Energy Park.

Seeking neighborhood fun in a frightening time
Covid (boo!) makes it risky to gather as a community and enjoy traditional Halloween. But it doesn’t outlaw Halloween fun. So, as a respite in these scary times, the Como Community Council is encouraging friendly neighborhood competition. We are challenging neighbors to get together (from a distance, of course), get as creative and spooky as they dare, and decorate their street! Here’s how it works:
• Now: Sign up at www.district10comopark.org/spooky.html. This can be one house or the entire block.
• Beginning Oct. 19: Check District 10’s website and Facebook page for a map of all participating houses and streets! Take a stroll or ride, and enjoy our community’s creativity.
• From Oct. 19-Oct. 28: Vote for the Neighbor’s Choice Award.
• Friday Oct. 30: We’ll announce winners, reward them with appropriately themed cookies, and celebrate them on the D10 website, Facebook page, and in our newsletter.

Review parking lot plans
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is looking for more feedback on its design ideas for rebuilding the parking lots outside the Como Golf Course and the Lakeside Pavilion. It now has an interactive map that community members can use to enter comments and suggestions. You can access the map through the project’s web page: www.stpaul.gov/comoparkinglots.
The proposals go beyond repaving and restriping the three lots. They include better stormwater management, better routing of pedestrians and cyclists near the Pavilion, and even a boat launch into Como Lake. Parking lot reconstruction is scheduled for late summer 2021. You can get more background on the project on District 10’s website: www.district10comopark.org

Downtown decisions
• Ramsey County is contracting with the Best Western hotel in Bandana Square for up to 80 rooms to provide emergency shelter to homeless people who had been living on the street. The county is using this site exclusively for couples and women under age 55 who are referred specifically by case managers. The contract with the hotel runs through the end of 2020, and is part of a county initiative to use hundreds of vacant hotel rooms to provide socially distanced shelter. This is different from the county’s ongoing efforts to explore opening a family shelter in the Cameroon Community Center space, also in Bandana Square. (County Commissioner Trista MatasCastillo will discuss the county’s efforts at the monthly meeting of the Como Community Council board at 7 p.m. Oct. 20.)
• City council has approved a concessions contract for Como Park Pool with Be Graceful Bakery and Catering for the 2021 season.
• Saint Paul approved two sets of conduit bonds, totaling $42 million, for Hmong College Prep Academy’s proposed middle school addition on its Brewster St. campus. One set of bonds is through the Port Authority, the other is through the Housing and Redevelopment Authority. About $26 million is for new construction; the rest refinances previous bonds issued on behalf of the charter school. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-November.

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Explore a Frogtown Pollinator Garden

Posted on 18 September 2020 by Tesha Christensen

Take a self-guided tour of Monarch City

Flowers, butterflies, and bees: oh my! For a fun ending to a warm August, visit Monarch City and take a self-guided tour. Butterflies and bees love this brightly-colored garden full of native flowers, located at West Minnehaha Park and Rec Center, 685 West Minnehaha Ave.
Beginning at the corner of Grotto St. and Minnehaha Ave., enjoy more than 3,000 square feet of gardens. Posted signs will help you identify and learn about the variety of plants in the garden.
Think every yellow flower is a sunflower? Think again! Sunflowers are annuals, and the yellow flowers you’ll find at Monarch City, like the Cup Plant or the Compass Plant, are perennials, so they grow back every year by themselves. Pollinators like butterflies and bees are vital to our food supply, and at Monarch City you can learn about them at your own speed.
Frogtown Green is a 10-year old, resident-led and volunteer powered initiative to make Frogtown the greenest and healthiest neighborhood in St Paul. The organization began with the successful campaign for Frogtown Park & Farm (now a St Paul city park) and has broadened to include several community gardens, a tree planting goal of 1,000 new trees for Frogtown homes, and more.
“We’ve been working on pollinator gardens in Frogtown for the last four years, so come see the fruit (or, more accurately, flowers) of our labors!” urge organizers. For information about Frogtown Green, visit www.frogtowngreen.com.

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In Brief September 2020

Posted on 18 September 2020 by Tesha Christensen

New pastor at Jehovah

The Rev. Dr. Joshua Miller is the new pastor at Jehovah Lutheran Church in St. Paul, installed in an online worship service Sept. 6. Video of the installation rite at JehovahLutheran.online remains posted for viewing.
Miller holds a doctorate from Luther Seminary in St. Paul in systematic theology and has been teaching in the religion department at Augsburg University in Minneapolis since 2011. Jehovah Lutheran, at 1566 Thomas in St. Paul, is a congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It has been a fixture in the Midway neighborhood since its founding in 1923.

Ice cream social Sept. 11

Jehovah Lutheran Church, 1566 Thomas, will host a free ice cream giveaway in its parking lot from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11. Everyone is welcome to drive through the parking lot to receive up to four cases of ice cream bars per vehicle, all free. Each case contains six boxes of six individual-serving ice-cream bars. The truckload of free ice cream is from Ruby’s Pantry (rubyspantry.org), a provider of affordable food. Ruby’s, based in North Branch, Minn., gathers and sorts surplus food from manufacturers, distributors and producers and delivers it monthly to pop-up locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Free computers through Workforce TechPak

Ramsey County Workforce Solutions, in partnership with Tech Dump/Tech Discounts and Northstar Digital Literacy, has launched the new Workforce TechPak initiative to provide technology to those experiencing unemployment due to COVID-19. The packs, which include refurbished computers pre-loaded with helpful job-finding and training information will also be distributed by Ramsey County and city of St Paul Libraries. This program is made possible through the Ramsey County RISE program, which is funded by the Federal CARES Act. The program launched Aug. 1 and will run through Dec. 31, 2020. Each TechPak contains a refurbished laptop, a hotspot for internet access, and QuickStart guides which support the user’s virtual training experience. More at www.ramseycounty.us/techpak.

Reading Partners moves online with Connects

In addition to offering its traditional in-person one-on-one literacy tutoring where it is safe to do so, Reading Partners is launching a new online tutoring program.Reading Partners Connects is an innovative online program that will allow Reading Partners to continue to partner with schools and provide volunteer-led one-on-one literacy instruction to students in situations where school campuses are closed to volunteers or where students are in blended learning environments. Learn more at www.readingpartners.org.

Hamline grants for underserved students

Hamline University School of Education recently secured a $250,000 Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER Fund) grant from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE).
The HSE GEER funds will provide additional financial stability and increase access to technology for students of color, indigenous students and students with disabilities, and it will support faculty mentoring and curriculum development to better serve these groups of underserved students.
Hamline University has selected five undergraduate students to be the first recipients of its George Floyd Endowed Scholarship. The recipients from the senior class are: Damyn Hultman, a social justice major from Duluth, Minn.; Savior Allen-Knight, a philosophy major from St. Paul; and Yasmin Hrisi, a political science and global studies major from Apple Valley. The other awardees are Hamline University sophomore student Ilhan Omar, a legal studies major from St. Paul, and classmate Khalif Ahmed from Saint Cloud Ahmed has yet to declare a major.

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What do you want at Hamline Park play area?

Posted on 18 August 2020 by Tesha Christensen

By Kate Mudge

The Hamline Park play area will be renovated in 2020-2021, and we need community feedback to help guide t

Next year, the play area at Hamline Park will be redone. Give your input on what you’d like to see.

he design process over the next several months. Online and in-person surveys in August will be followed by up to three community meetings, during which time a Community Advisory Committee will work with St. Paul Parks and Recreation to develop a final design.
Proposed work includes removal and replacement of existing play equipment and new surfacing. Other enhancements may include new walks, site furnishings, signage, and landscaping. The most recent improvements to the play area were 28 years ago, in 1992.
Located alongside Snelling Ave., Hamline Park contains a variety of amenities for visitors to use across four sections divided by trails. The northern section features a spacious playground, the eastern quarter features a recently-renovated futsal court, to the south is a basketball court as well as bike racks and additional fitness equipment, and adjacent to Snelling Avenue is open green space.
The community feedback survey can be found https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HamlinePark
Please email Kate Mudge at kate@hamlinemidway.org or Jonathan Oppenheimer at oppenhooha@gmail.com with any questions.

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