South High School has three academic programs…the open program, liberal arts, and the All Nations program, aculturally specific, Native American program that’s existed for more than 25 years. A special ventilation system was installed so students in the All Nations program could smudge each morning to get their day started. Smudging is a cleansing ceremony, in which sage is burned in a shell, the smoke is pulled in by participants head to foot and dissipates into the air.
All photos by Kayla Steinberg
Although it was mainly a plot to cool out radical activism, Labor Day is widely remembered as a celebration of the successful fight for the eight-hour day. Yet, while we’re approaching the United States’ 121st official Labor Day, it is now impossible for low-wage Minnesota workers to support their families while working only eight hours a day. Anthony Shields, a young community organizer with the workers rights campaign at Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), remembers the struggles his single mother faced working two full time jobs. “I would only see my mother for five hours a day, and between those five hours, she was exhausted and trying to get some rest, just because her one full time job wasn’t enough for food, not enough for the rent, and not enough for clothes on our backs,” he said.
[Editor’s note: This is part of a series on businesses along the Green Line, one year after opening. We the Russian Tea House and other University Avenue businesses in 2014 as part of a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Fund grant. We’re returning after the opening of the light rail to see what’s changed.]
For almost four decades, Nikolai Alenov’s iconic Russian Tea House had done well, selling ‘Russian fast food’ even back in the days when Russian cuisine seemed daring and exotic.
The recent unveiling and celebration of four major works of outdoor art on Snelling Avenue were the culmination of a year’s worth of effort by artists, business owners, foundations and the city of St. Paul. In 2014, The Knight Foundation named John Oppenheimer the winner of its inaugural Knight Arts Challenge St.