St. Paul Ward 1 City Council candidates — Johnny Howard

“I want to change the culture of leadership,” says Johnny Howard who is competing in the race for the Saint Paul city council against incumbent council member Melvin Carter in Ward One. “Too often, there is a pretense of neighborhood involvement that disguises top-down leadership.”Howard argues that neighbors are poorly or even uninformed when it comes to meetings that are actually being held to receive input from them. “These meetings are ill-attended but decisions are made anyway,” he said. Howard wants to change this by making certain that organizations operating in the community are being held accountable and that they have “genuinely effective communication and decision-making strategies.” Instead of having “top-down programs that neighbors don’t embrace as their own,” Howard wants to ensure an honest involvement of residents is the process of decision making.In St. Paul’s First Ward, four candidates are running for city council. Continue Reading

St. Paul Ward 1 City Council candidate — Melvin W. Carter III

In St. Paul’s First Ward, four candidates are running for city council. Looking toward the November general election, TC Daily Planet intern Jonas Rosenberger asked Green Party-endorsed Johnny Howard and incumbent Melvin W. Carter III for interviews. Melvin W. Carter III responded in an email, published below. Johnny Howard responded with an interview, reported here. Continue Reading

St. Paul Ward 2 City Council candidate — Dave Thune

Dave Thune has been a city council member for the last eight years. He is also the owner of the Saint Paul Gallery and the Mad Hatters Coffee Cafe and Tea Shop in Saint Paul. He has lived in his Ward for more than 35 years and together with his wife Sue he has raised three children and restored a pre-civil war home in which they now live.In St. Paul’s Second Ward, give candidates are running for city council. Looking toward the November general election, TC Daily Planet intern Jonas Rosenberger asked incumbent Dave Thune and Green Party candidate Jim Ivey for interviews. Continue Reading

Admission Possible expands to two suburban high schools

Admission Possible has expanded this fall to two suburban high schools: Kennedy High School in Bloomington and Park Center High School in Brooklyn Park. The program is committed to making college admission and success possible for low-income students. A total of 40 juniors are taking part in both schools. Admission Possible is a program to help students with low income to be able to enroll and be successful in college. It was launched in 2000 in Minnesota and has expanded into Nebraska and Wisconsin. Continue Reading

Your Facebook vote will pick winning Twin Cities historic site

Twin Cities residents can select their favorite historic places from a list of 25 metro-area sites. The site that receives the most votes will win major funding provided by American Express, and the remainder will then be given to “a number of other sites” after they have been reviewed by American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and an advisory committee. Votes can be cast through October 12. In order to vote, participants go to the Partners in Preservation’s Facebook page and click on the “Like” button. As of September 30, nearly 21,000 people have done so. Continue Reading