The PGBC Marching Saints dance and drill team raise their fists during the Black National Anthem at intermission of the Rondo Days dance competition.

“Your Crew vs. My Crew” creates community amidst competition at Rondo Days [Photos]

The second annual “Your Crew vs. My Crew” dance competition finished out this year’s Rondo Days, which celebrates the black community that once thrived where I-94 now cuts through St. Paul.

“Every year we celebrate Rondo Days and the people and community who once stood there,” Leviticus Martin, the host of the event, proclaimed to a cheering audience during intermission of the competition. “So keep that in your minds and in your hearts when you come to Rondo Days, to the festival, to the parade, to the competition, that’s what it’s about. It’s about the community, it’s about love.”

The competition took place at Gangelhoff Arena on the Concordia University campus on Saturday, July 18th and lasted almost three hours. The competition and dance exhibition included nine crews from Minnesota, Indiana, and Nebraska. Continue Reading

Cathy Velasquez-Eberhart of the group Citizens Acting for Rail Safety-Twin Cities (CARS-TC)

Residents respond to railroad “pipeline on wheels”

Two years ago on July 6, an oil train explosion in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, killed 47 people, and to prevent a similar catastrophe from occurring in Minnesota, Citizens Acting for Rail Safety-Twin Cities (CARS-TC) held a press conference in St. Paul on Tuesday, July 7, to address this threat in the Twin Cities. “There’s been some good, some bad and some ugly,” Representative Frank Hornstein said, commenting on the progress between railroads and public safety. CARS-TC hosted the “Minnesota in the Blast Zone” press conference on July 7. The press conference glossed over the danger of railroads in the Twin Cities and gave a legislative update on rail safety and a critical evaluation on the railroad industry’s response. Continue Reading


J4, the Hmong Freedom Festival [Photos]

If you live in Saint Paul, you probably know about J4, the annual gathering and freedom celebration that takes place each July 4th weekend in Como Park. The event has been going on for 35 years, and was founded to mark the anniversary of Hmong immigration into the United States. Continue Reading


Lake Street Taco Tour Highlighted Local Latino Restaurants

The second annual Taco Tour on Lake Street brought at least 2,500-3,000 taco lovers to nine latino restaurants along one of the most diverse streets in the Twin Cities on Saturday, June 27. The tacos along the tour were also diverse, from traditional carne asada and al pastor tacos, to vegetarian and blue tortilla tacos. According to the Taco Tour website, the goal of the tour was to allow participants to be tourists in their own city. However, the restaurants and taco trucks along the tour are open and patronized year-round by customers who appreciate their authentic food, low prices, and latino culture. The photos below show restaurants both before and during the Taco Tour. Continue Reading

World Cup Street Fair

Raíces Media​ hosted a World Cup Street Fair on Saturday, June 27, at Kix Field in Minneapolis, just off the Greenway, in conjunction with The Sanneh Foundation ​and the Urban Stars Soccer Club.​ World Cup veteran Tony Sanneh and The Sanneh Foundation hosted a free soccer clinic for kids at the event. The Sanneh Foundation, based in St. Paul, offers many free camps and clinics in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Tony Sanneh leads a skill-building soccer clinic with a group of kids. Continue Reading

86th Annual Northeast Parade [Photos]

Intermittent sprinkles couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of several thousand parade-goers who lined the curbs of Central Avenue for the 86th annual Northeast Parade. The family-friendly event brought out people from both nearby neighborhoods and throughout the city. They were entertained by floats with queens and schoolkids, mariachi bands and flamenco dancers, shriners in golf carts, marching bands with flag-spinners, circling unicyclists, mounted horsemen and a dozen SUVs sporting enormous wheel rims.

Here’s a look at the event from the paraders’ point of view:

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Dave Huynh from Recovery Bikes gave tune-ups during the Northeast Ride

Northeast Ride combines bicycling with business


The fourth annual Northeast Ride ran on Saturday June 13. The Ride ,organized by the Northeast Community Development Corporation, took bicyclists on a route that visited many Northeast neighborhoods on streets and off-road trails. The event was put on with the help of volunteers representing many Northeast businesses and organizations. The ride ended with an after-party at Indeed Brewing and music by the bicycle-powered band The Eclectic Ensemble. Continue Reading