TC Weekend | Get into the swing of spring with the Saint Paul Art Crawl and more!

TC Weekend is back, a sure sign of spring! We've selected a few choice events to help you ease into the season. From Earth Day cleanups and One Day in the Twn Cities to literary readings and art showings, there's plenty on tap to help you get out and about this weekend!


NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Clean-up parks on Earth Day, join Friends of Lake Hiawatha

Map from 1892. Rice Lake, a shallow marsh then, was dredged in the '20s for recreation purposes (which made it deeper for fishing/swimming/watercraft, and shrank the footprint for installation of golf course to the west), and renamed Lake Hiawatha. More old maps of the neighborhood can be found here

Looking for some way to celebrate Earth Day locally?


Minneapolis council member Blong Yang, on 100 days in office: "Don't lose faith in government"

Fifth Ward Council Member Blong Yang told NorthNews the most surprising aspect of his new job is how much hard work it is. He said there are lots of meetings with developers and business people, though he is, at 100 days in office, getting a chance to tackle the agendas on which he ran, and hoping to hear more from resident constituents.


House, Senate hash out University of Minnesota funding differences

Aside from the University of Minnesota’s multimillion-dollar request for construction and upkeep projects throughout its five-campus system, more state dollars are on the line this session.


St. Paul leaders call for fewer farm antibiotics

At least 23,000 Americans die every year from antibiotic-resistant infections, some of which may come from exposure to livestock antibiotics that end up in food.


A year out, University of Minnesota reflects on tuition freeze

Most University of Minnesota undergraduates didn’t see a tuition increase this year, but others weren’t so lucky.


Minneapolis school budgets — and a parent's passionate plea

Minneapolis Public Schools community engagement session (Photo by Sarah Lahm)

When community members showed up for a "community engagement session" on the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) budget, ready with lots of input for the district, MPS officials said that allocations for the 2014-2015 budget have already been made. Apparently, the MPS community engagement was planned as telling community members what the budget was, not asking for their input.


People’s Gallery on University in St. Paul welcomes local artists

The People’s Gallery collective, from left: Gennie Alberti, Ayanna Murata,Theresa Jarosz Alberti and Bob Alberti. (Photo by Lori Hamilton)

The People’s Gallery is ready for action.


St. Paul District 12 zoning proposal meets opposition

The St. Anthony Park Community Council has tabled a proposal to change the zoning code in north St. Anthony Park to allow additional dwelling units to be built on single-family lots. The council is considering creating an ad hoc committee or task force to study housing density in District 12 and hear neighbors’ views about the zoning proposal.


15 for its 15th: Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation to host grant challenge to improve neighborhood

In honor of its 15th anniversary, the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation is hosting a $15,000 grant challenge. The competition will open May 11 with an announcement at the special Music in the Park/Community Foundation anniversary concerts featuring the New Standards.