Merrlam Park Neighborhood News and Events

UNION PARK - comprised of Merriam Park, Snelling Hamline and Lexington-Hamline neighborhoods, is one of 17 neighborhood districts in Saint Paul. In 2007, the Merriam Park, Snelling Hamline, and Lexington-Hamline Community Councils merged into one organization to represent all residents of Union Park, hence the name, Union Park District Council (UPDC). (Information from UPDC website)

For detailed demographic information, see the neighborhood profile from Minnesota Compass.

Keeping It Wheel: St. Paul teens' bicycle and movie-making adventure

St. Paul High School for the Recording Arts students receive grant from State Farm Insurance tosupport urban youth cycling projects and healthy youth development. (Photos by Debra Stone)

“Sore, painful, pretty country farms, small towns, things looked different, I learned a lot.” 


MUSIC PHOTOS | Leagues at the Turf Club

Photos by Jeff Rutherford

Nashville's Leagues played to an intimate crowd on Wednesday, October 9th at the Turf Club in St. Paul.


Sold-out Fresh Traditions Hmong fashion show has a successful seventh year

Photos By: 
Ryan Cutler

Expectations for the seventh annual Fresh Traditions fashion show were high on October 5 at the DS Event Center in St. Paul. Sold-out tickets showed in advance the great interest in this unique show. Once again, emerging Hmong designers were given an opportunity to present their collections to an audience.


Digital divide: External resources needed to help teens with technology needs

Amidst shelves of books at Rondo Community Outreach Library in St. Paul, a group of patrons has its eyes fastened to glowing computer screens. It is a scene set in neutrals, with white tables and beige pillars, but the surroundings are not the focus. The snapping of keys and clicking of mice fills the open space as people work and play in this oasis of technology, absorbed in the pixels on their screens.


Choo Choo Bob Store: Where dreams come true for train fans

The year was 2005 and the first signs of the economic downturn, coupled with funding cuts to a Minnesota Film Board program that had brought movie jobs to Minnesota, were making it hard for Bob Medcraft to find a job. So, after a successful career making movies, music videos and commercials, Medcraft turned to his first love – trains. He opened Choo Choo Bob’s store on St. Paul’s Marshall Avenue, painting a colorful sign above the entrance and filling the front windows with train related models, toys and games. “It was a labor of love. Or, it was complete insanity,” he said.