Brilliant debut from under-appreciated Minnesota chanteuse

It's amazing the quantity of quality talent that calls the Twin Cities home.  How some of it still awaits national stardom is a good question.  Take, for instance, neo-soul cha


Francy and the bus shelter: One woman's crusade for 'decent' transit stops

Back in February, the Star Tribune ran a story on the front page of the Metro section entitled “Mpls. Reclaims Bus Shelters.”1 The article described the city’s plans to acquire 177 existing bus shelters from CBS Outdoor, a privately owned company, and transfer management to Metro Transit. This decision came in response to citizen complaints about CBS Outdoor’s poor maintenance of the shelters.


OPINION | Roosevelt Library hours should be extended

The Standish and Ericsson neighborhoods are fortunate to have a great neighborhood library, Roosevelt Library (4026 28th Ave. S.), right here in the community. The recent renovation updated technology and expanded space for library patrons. Hennepin County’s investment in Roosevelt Library and our community is greatly appreciated.


A light in Swede Hollow: New owners continue delicious work

Swede Hollow Café owner Ruth Campbell, left, is pictured with house managers Helen Lindberg and Shirley Yang.

The Swede Hollow Café, located at 725 7th Street East in St. Paul, was established in July of 1997 in the historic Stutzman Block Building, which was built in two stages from 1885 to 1889. The building was a dynamic part of the Dayton’s Bluff community until it fell into disarray in the early 1990s. In 1994, the building was purchased and restored by the Upper Swede Hollow Neighborhood Association (USHNA).


OPINION | Rest in peace, Dorothy Day: The Dayton's Bluff Equity Committee looks at the process of siting a new Dorothy Day Center

The dust has settled on the proposal by Catholic Charities to site a new Dorothy Day Center on the Eastside. Unfortunately, Dorothy Day herself might have shuddered at how the discussion unfolded. A pacifist and anarchist, Day advocated “distributism,” the equitable division of property and the means of production.


"Kill the lazy vermin": Genocide and the Dakota people of Minnesota

Jane Gray Swisshelm was a progressive woman in her day. She edited a newspaper in St. Cloud in the 1850s and '60s and fought for women's rights and against slavery. But according to a story on Minnesota Public Radio on September 26, 2002, she also called for the extermination of all Dakota Indians following the Dakota-U.S. War of 1862.


University-area landlords say luxury apartment boom pushes neighborhood fixes

The apartment complex The Bridges is under construction at University and 10th avenues southeast and is set to open this fall. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

While the luxury apartment complexes popping up around the University of Minnesota give students more housing options, off-campus property owners are confident they can compete with the new development.


Minneapolis patches pothole fund with extra $1 million

One of the many potholes that cars attempt to avoid hitting on Pillsbury Drive Southeast on the University's East Bank on Thursday. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

This year’s harsh winter conditions have created massive potholes throughout Minneapolis, prompting City Council members to pass a budget measure Friday to help speed up repairs.


Shortsighted cuts could hurt community health advancements

The Community Transformation Grant (CTG) program was initiated in 2011 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in an attempt to address health disparities, help control health care spending, and create a healthier future. To this end, federal funds from the Affordable Care Act were allocated to select communities across the U.S. to help support community-level efforts to reduce chronic diseases by expanding efforts in “tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, and quality clinical and other preventative services.” Minnesota fared well in the selection process: the state was awarded $4.7 million per year (including $1.1 million for Hennepin County) for what was supposed to be a five-year program.


University of Minnesota, Teach for America seek partnership approval, plan would create Minnesota's first alternative teacher licensing program

Minnesota’s first alternative teacher licensing program could begin as soon as June, pending Minnesota Board of Teaching approval of the University of Minnesota’s proposed partnership with Teach for America.