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The Minnesota Board of Pardons commuted Myon Burrell’s sentence for the 2002 murder of sixth-grader Tyesha Edwards and attempted murder of Timothy Oliver. In arriving at their decision, the … more
Summer reading can help to foster academic success and promote community building. Our nonprofit, Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute, is excited to announce our partnership with … more
If you’ve talked to anyone in a position to hire staff over the past few months, you’ve probably heard the complaint that it is very hard to find anyone. For a combination of reasons, … more
Over the last month, we have watched in horror as the unmarked graves of murdered Native American children have been discovered at former boarding school sites.With each discovery we are reminded of … more
I had occasion recently to go to United Hospital in Saint Paul for a minor medical procedure. Entering the “tobacco-free campus,” I passed three cars and one truck parked right by the … more
I write to take issue with Joe Krivit’s promotion of the HENS (“rent stabilization”) petition in the April Monitor. In his column, Mr. Krivit mocks the very real possibility that … more
As the school year comes to a close, I’m writing today to celebrate Leslie Rolstad. Leslie has dedicated the last four years to supporting our PreK students at Wilder Child Development Center. … more
Last year, I bought a child’s folding chair and a new sketchbook, and started taking them up the hill by my house to sit and stare into various clumps of weeds and native wildflowers. I had … more
My name is Vanna Contreras and I am currently pursuing my undergraduate communications degree at Bethel University. I grew up in the Twin Cities and graduated from Saint Louis Park High School. I … more
I would like to suggest we consider all the options for the Hamline Public library.Before that I would like to commend Jane McClure for a great article on the current options. I recall filling out an … more
Community voices shape the future. Each voice is essential for preserving cultural heritage, exploring historical roots, and reimagining the future. At Planting People Growing Justice Leadership … more
As the Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) Committee prepares to make a decision that will affect the future of the Hamline Midway Library, neighbors continue to discuss their hopes and dreams for this … more
It felt like some sort of twisted New Year's countdown. The breath the world was collectively holding all weekend was about to be set free, let loose. She was on her daddy’s shoulders, craning … more
On May 7 of last year, the Hastings Star Gazette printed its last issue. The paper’s first issue as The Hastings Independent was published in 1857, a year before Minnesota gained … more
Twelve years ago, amidst a budget crisis in St. Paul, the Hamline Midway Library Association (HMLA) formed to advocate for our library. Year after year, we’ve pushed officials to invest in our … more
Spring is in the air. The weather is warming up, the days are getting longer, and plants are blooming. Between that and more people getting vaccinated, many of us are ready to get out of the house … more
On April 20, 2021, CAIR-MN was at the Justice for George Floyd Coalition headquarters in downtown Minneapolis, watching with our coalition members as Judge Cahill read the verdict in the case against … more
Black dolls make a difference in the world.This statement is a reminder of the importance of developing self-identity, embracing cultural heritage, and fostering self-awareness. As early as three … more
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