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  • Prosecution, defense debate grandmother killer's intent as trial opensProsecution, defense debate grandmother killer's intent as trial opens

    The defendant, 21-year-old Joshua Ezeka, faces a slew of charges, including first-degree premeditated murder.

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  • Nice Ride chooses firm to transition to dockless bike sharingNice Ride chooses firm to transition to dockless bike sharing

    If all goes as planned, some dockless bikes will be available in Minneapolis come summer.

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  • Apartment building could replace Boy Scout offices in St. PaulApartment building could replace Boy Scout offices in St. Paul

    The Northern Star Council is moving its offices to Fort Snelling.

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  • Wrong to Pray for a Win After the Minnesota Miracle? Vikings Team Priest says NoWrong to Pray for a Win After the Minnesota Miracle? Vikings Team Priest says No

    For nearly 20 years, Father Mike Van Sloun has been the Minnesota Vikings team priest ...

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  • Minneapolis looks to reset clocks for 20 schoolsMinneapolis looks to reset clocks for 20 schools

    Changes would help district curb a $33M deficit next school year.

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  • Charges: Man Fatally Stabbed Sister at Crosby Senior CenterCharges: Man Fatally Stabbed Sister at Crosby Senior Center

    A criminal complaint states that 37-year-old David Michael Otey faces one count of second-degree murder charges ...

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  • St. Paul Dept. Store Transformed Into Wild Facility, Shopping Center - CBS Minnesota / WCCOSt. Paul Dept. Store Transformed Into Wild Facility, Shopping Center - CBS Minnesota / WCCO

    CBS Minnesota / WCCOSt. Paul Dept. Store Transformed Into Wild Facility, Shopping CenterCBS Minnesota / WCCOThe five-story brick structure sits in the heart of downtown St. Paul and was a vital symbol of the area's retailing. Adds St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter: “What if we created this centerpiece for downtown, but that question requires partnerships.” After ...

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  • Runaway semi crashes through wall of Lyle, Minn., schoolRunaway semi crashes through wall of Lyle, Minn., school

    Police said the frightening incident easily could have been much worse.

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  • Former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to spend a semester at HarvardFormer Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to spend a semester at Harvard

    She will lead a study group on racial equity, policing and local governance.

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  • Pickup driver loses control, causes fatal crash in Isanti CountyPickup driver loses control, causes fatal crash in Isanti County

    The collision occurred Tuesday morning in Isanti County.

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  • Rochester police push for charges in killing of teen despite self-defense claimRochester police push for charges in killing of teen despite self-defense claim

    Police point to the law’s “high standard” for a self-defense claim to be substantiated.

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  • Twin Cities Brothers To Debut Latest Giant Snow SculptureTwin Cities Brothers To Debut Latest Giant Snow Sculpture

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Three Twin Cities brothers known for creating giant snow sculptures of sea creatures outside their north metro home plan to debut their latest creation Tuesday night. (credit: Bartz brothers) Last year, the Bartz brothers — Austin, Trevor and Connor – created a 22-foot-tall snow fish and raised more than $25,000 to help provide clean water and sanitation for people in Malawi, Africa. This year, the boys sculpted a giant crab with an 18-foot-tall tail. They plan on showing off their latest work at 7 p.m. outside their New Brighton home. Again, the brothers are planning to raise $25,000 for clean water in partnership with the poverty-fighting group, One Day’s Wages. (You can donate to the effort here.) As for the sculpture’s name, the brothers are taking suggestions. A poll on Facebook has two options: Diggs and Crawford. Following the Minneapolis Miracle on Sunday, it’s no wonder that Diggs – named after Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs – is the favorite. The giant crab is the brothers’ seventh snow sculpture. In past years, they’ve made a giant octopus, a shark, a turtle, and a walrus.

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  • Pawlenty Says He Won’t Run For Franken’s Senate SeatPawlenty Says He Won’t Run For Franken’s Senate Seat

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he won’t be running for the U.S. Senate. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images) In an interview Tuesday with FOX Business, the Republican shut the door on the possibility that he’d lend his considerable name recognition to the race against Democratic Sen. Tina Smith in November. “It’s going to be a very competitive race in a state that’s very tough for a Republican,” Pawlenty told FOX host Neil Cavuto. “So you have to start very soon.” Pawlenty is one of few high-profile Republicans that pundits thought might enter the race. Another is former Rep. Michele Bachmann, who told a televangelist last month that she’s considering a run. On Monday, Republican state Sen. Karin Housley officially announced her candidacy. She is the wife Phil Housley, a Hall of Fame hockey player and the current head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. The special election in November comes after Al Franken resigned his seat in the wake of several sexual misconduct allegations. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Smith, his former lieutenant governor, to the seat. Already, the special election is attracting national attention. Both parties combined are expected to spend more than $20 million to win the seat. Pawlenty served as Minnesota’s governor from 2003 to 2011. He told FOX that he’s still interested in serving. “I’m interested in continuing to serve, but there’s a variety of ways to do that,” Pawlenty said. “Running for the U.S. Senate won’t be one of them.”

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  • Former Twin Cities Businessman Sentenced for Possessing Child PornFormer Twin Cities Businessman Sentenced for Possessing Child Porn

    Greg Dolphin was sentenced to one year of electronic home monitoring and five years of supervised probation. But he will not serve time in jail under the terms of his sentence announced Tuesday ...

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  • Oak Grove group says Hispanic immigration heat has made life in New Brighton harderOak Grove group says Hispanic immigration heat has made life in New Brighton harder

    By: Solomon Gustavo Solomon Gustavo photo • At the Oak Grove mobile home park in New Brighton, some residents claim an uptick in immigration law enforcement activity is happening because of a discriminatory tip from a manager of Oak Grove Park Properties. The management company investigated the claim. The manager accused of contacting immigration authorities, Vicki Florio, was cleared of all wrongdoing and her attorney says the discrimination claims are “blatantly false.” Solomon Gustavo photo • Gricel Alvarez translates for her mother, Maria Leandro, in their mobile home at Oak Grove Park in New Brighton. Leandro moved to the U.S. from Mexico 16 years ago and joined an Oak Grove resident group for a Jan. 5 vigil against Hispanic discrimination. Solomon Gustavo photo • Participants lit candles during the vigil at Christ the King Lutheran Church Jan. 5, held by an Oak Grove resident group to discuss discrimination and immigration enforcement. Solomon Gustavo photo • New Brighton Mayor Val Johnson, left, attended the vigil. New Brighton Director of Public Safety Tony Paetznick, seen in the background, was there as well. Solomon Gustavo photo • After the vigil there was food and native Mexican dancers performed. Gricel Alvarez, 16, sat at the head of the table in her mobile home in Oak Grove Park, the bright light from another recent white-out, wintry morning pouring in through a large window. Alvarez translated for her mother, Maria Leandro, 33, sitting to her left, to cross the language barrier. Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • St. Paul Dept. Store Transformed Into Wild Facility, Shopping CenterSt. Paul Dept. Store Transformed Into Wild Facility, Shopping Center

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With a ceremonial snip of a red ribbon, the wraps are off the building where fashion was once king. (credit: CBS) Built in 1962, the former Dayton’s, Marshall Field’s and more recently Macy’s department store was an old building in need of a new use. The five-story brick structure sits in the heart of downtown St. Paul and was a vital symbol of the area’s retailing. Adds St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter: “What if we created this centerpiece for downtown, but that question requires partnerships.” After partnering with the Prairie Island Indian Community, the St. Paul Port Authority, Tria Orthopedics and the Minnesota Wild, the building’s $71 million facelift is nearly complete. “It’s definitely one of the more challenging projects we’ve ever had,” said Josh Krsnak, president of Hemple Companies. (credit: Prairie Island Indian Community) In just 12 months, Hempel’s contractors transformed the building, putting in walls of glass where before there was only artificial lighting. Walgreens and Tria now occupy the ground floor off Wabasha Avenue. The offices of Minnesota Housing Finance Agency fill what had been the furniture floor. Treasure Island Center’s crown jewel has to be the new practice rink for the Minnesota Wild. What had at one time been a rooftop surface parking lot is now a sparkling sheet of ice. Besides the Wild, it will also serve as home ice for Hamline University hockey teams. For NHL players practicing their playmaking skills, it will serve as their permanent practice home – one with a view of downtown St. Paul.

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  • Group exploring free bus loop linking housing sites with businesses in south Roseville.Group exploring free bus loop linking housing sites with businesses in south Roseville.

    By: Warren Wolfe courtesy of Newtrax • A proposed bus loop serving seniors and others in southern Roseville and Falcon Heights would link senior housing facilities with shopping and community centers. Free rides would be available Tuesdays midday. There are three community forums planned to discuss the proposal. The first is Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Roseville Library. A Roseville group is testing the waters to see if there is demand for a free bus service linking senior housing facilities — and possibly serving people with disabilities or low income — with area shopping spots and community centers. Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • Roseville schools highlight local eatsRoseville schools highlight local eats

    By: Mike Munzenrider courtesy of Roseville Area Schools • Roseville Area Schools’ once-monthly “Minnesota Thursday” lunch features food produced and grown within 300 miles of the city. It, along with another program, “Harvest of the Month,” features local, whole foods. Jan. 11’s Minnesota Thursday lunch included a beef hotdog made in Cannon Falls, a bun out of St. Cloud and coleslaw made from cabbage grown in Northfield, among other food. courtesy of Roseville Area Schools • A Minnesota Thursday lunch from September, featuring a Ferndale Market turkey burger, bun sourced out of St. Cloud and herb-roasted zucchini and summer squash sourced through The Good Acre. file photo • The Good Acre in Falcon Heights works with Roseville Area Schools to source locally grown food for its lunch programs. courtesy of Roseville Area Schools • The “Harvest of the Month” is a featured, locally grown vegetable at Roseville Area Schools — each one gets a fact-filled poster. One of the benefits of serving such veggies and other whole foods, says Angela Richey, the nutrition services supervisor for Roseville Area Schools, is that it allows nutrition services staffers to work on cooking from scratch. Lunch programs tap food hub, small farms   The kids are eating more than all right.Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • Senator celebrates success at Wilshire ParkSenator celebrates success at Wilshire Park

    submitted photos Sen. Amy Klobuchar visited St. Anthony’s Wilshire Park Elementary School on Jan. 5. Wilshire Park was one of eight Minnesota schools last year to receive the U.S.Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • ACLU information request covers St. Anthony Police DepartmentACLU information request covers St. Anthony Police Department

    By: Solomon GustavoThe national office of the American Civil Liberties Union filed Freedom of Information Act requests for information about the St. Anthony Police Department.Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • Mounds View teacher writes book for  fellow educators as aid against boredomMounds View teacher writes book for fellow educators as aid against boredom

    By: Solomon Gustavo courtesy of Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department • A grass fire burned Nov. 29 off Interstate 35W at the off-ramp for County Road I in Mounds View before the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department extinguished it. Martha Rush, an educator for more than 20 years currently working as a social studies teacher for Mounds View High School, sat in the back corner of a coffee shop, her glasses resting on her nose above an inquisitively warm, teacherly smile. Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • Off into the sunset...Off into the sunset...

    By: Mike Munzenrider Mike Munzenrider Mike Munzenrider Mavericks, the roast beef sandwich shop that had been in Roseville at Lexington and Larpenteur avenues for nearly two decades, announced in a Jan. 8 Facebook post that it would be closing for good the next day. By 3:30 p.m. on Jan.Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • Associate Principal at Roseville High School Injured in Student AltercationAssociate Principal at Roseville High School Injured in Student Altercation

    A statement from the principal at the high school Saturday addressed the incident ...

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  • Digging Mirror LakeDigging Mirror Lake

    By: Mike Munzenrider Mike Munzenrider Mike Munzenrider • Workers began draining water out of Mirror Lake in St. Anthony Jan. 8, returning to work that started in previous years to improve the lake.Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • On the water frontOn the water front

    By: Mike Munzenrider Mike Munzenrider photos Saturday night moviegoers were turned away at the AMC Rosedale 14 on Jan. 6 after a pipe burst at the theaters that afternoon. A theater employee said there was inch-deep standing water in some parts of the building.Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • Busy House District 67B race taking shapeBusy House District 67B race taking shape

    By: Marjorie OttoELECTION 2018 Long-time incumbent retiring after nearly two decades  Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • Concert Info Released On Ex-Club Nomadic Shows; Ellie Goulding Performance CanceledConcert Info Released On Ex-Club Nomadic Shows; Ellie Goulding Performance Canceled

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Following the scrapping of its VIP-style club, Mystic Lake casino announced Tuesday the new venue information for Super Bowl weekend performances by The Chainsmokers, Kygo, Florida Georgia Line and Gwen Stefani. The Ellie Goulding show, however, has been canceled. Those who bought $200 tickets can get a full refund or a partial refund in exchange for a ticket to the Kygo show. Below is concert information for the Super Bowl weekend perfmances at Mystic Lake. Those who bought $200 tickets can get refunds or keep them for “premium general admission,” the Prior Lake casino says. — The Chainsmokers – Feb. 1 Mystic Lake Center, doors at 7 p.m. Tickets are $89 Kygo – Feb. 2 Mystic Lake Center, doors at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 (best access) or $59 Florida Georgia Line – Feb. 3 Mystic Showroom, doors at 7 p.m. Tickets are $200 Gwen Stefani Mystic Lake Center, doors at 9 p.m. Tickets are $69, VIP tickets available — Earlier this month, it was determined that Club Nomadic, which was under construction in the casino parking lot, wouldn’t live up to the “standards of quality” of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. No exact details were given as to why the club couldn’t be completed.

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  • Red Cross Assists 2 Adults, 4 Children Displaced by Minneapolis FireRed Cross Assists 2 Adults, 4 Children Displaced by Minneapolis Fire

    The Red Cross is providing assistance to two adults and four children who were displaced by a house fire Tuesday morning, according to the Minneapolis Fire Department...

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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Four people were hurt Tuesday morning when a semi-truck crashed into a car and then into a southern Minnesota school. (credit: Eric Johnson/ Austin Daily Herald) It happened just after 9 a.m. in the town of Lyle, which is south of Austin, in Mower County, near the Iowa border. The school’s superintendent says the fire alarms went off in the school after the truck crashed into a 6th grade art classroom, and the building was evacuated. The Minnesota State Patrol says two students, and two people in the car that was rear-ended, were transported with minor injuries. A witness described the scene as “diesel fuel spraying everywhere and kids screaming.” Students stayed in a nearby church until their parents could pick them up. Classes are canceled for Wednesday and will resume once contractors assess the integrity of the building, which hosts about 300 Pre-k through high school students each day.

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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings came out on top on Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, but as no one needs to be reminded, it was looking downright dire for the team in the game’s final seconds. After blowing a 17-0 lead, the Vikings found themselves down by one point with just seconds to go in the fourth quarter. According to various reports in social media, it was somewhere at that point when Saints coach Sean Payton mocked the Vikings and their fans by enacting the now-ubiquitous “SKOL Clap.” Ben Leber, reporting for KFAN, was among the first who mentioned it. But then, Twitter user Jonathan Fortner provided the receipts late Monday evening. Saints HC Sean Payton was 100% sure they had won when he mocked #Vikings faithful with the Skol Chant. Cc: @jgkfan @PAOnTheMic pic.twitter.com/qC2zNNs1u6 — Jonathan Fortner (@jrfortner) January 16, 2018 All’s well that ends well, though. Stefan Diggs caught that pass for a 61-yard touchdown as the last grains of sand were exiting the upper half of the hourglass.

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  • MN Poison Control Says ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ Is No JokeMN Poison Control Says ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ Is No Joke

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Many on social media are enjoying the viral prank called the “Tide Pod Challenge.” But the Minnesota Poison Control System says it’s absolutely no laughing matter. This new trend has doctors and parents nationwide worried about the health of their teens. The new trend requires the challenger to post a video of themselves online eating the raw or cooked laundry detergent pod. A number of videos of the challenge have been uploaded to YouTube, while memes of the challenge have exploded across multiple social media platforms. While many teens may view the craze as a lighthearted joke, the MPCS said that the trend is encouraging behavior that’s “extremely dangerous.” “Even if the entire pod is not swallowed, ingesting just a small amount of the concentrated detergent can cause effects such as burns inside or around the mouth, nausea, or breathing problems,” the organization said. While the Tide Pod Challenge may have started as a joke, it is extremely dangerous! Even if the entire pod is not swallowed, ingesting just a small amount of the concentrated detergent can cause effects such as burns inside or around the mouth, nausea, or breathing problems. pic.twitter.com/Li1bxbAM8F — Minnesota Poison Control System (@MNpoisoncenter) January 12, 2018 Tide parent company Proctor and Gamble earlier released a statement saying, “Our laundry pacs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes and they’re used safely in millions of households every day. They should be only used to clean clothes and kept up, closed and away from children. They should not be played with, whatever the circumstance is, even if it is meant as a joke.”

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  • Small Child Dies In Western Wisconsin House FireSmall Child Dies In Western Wisconsin House Fire

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – There is heartbreak in New Richmond, Wisconsin, after a 4-year-old boy was killed in a fire. First responders and neighbors say there was a heroic effort to rescue the child Monday afternoon. The fire was reported just after 3 p.m., and the New Richmond Fire Department arrived in just seven minutes, but volunteer firefighters say it was already too late. Fire investigators sifted through the remains of the gutted home on the quiet cul de sac where it once stood. New Richmond Mayor Fred Horne, who’s also a volunteer firefighter, was on the scene and described the desperate efforts to save the boy. “As I told one of the family members last night, we have kids, we have grandkids — we tried everything we could to get into that building,” he said. Neighbor Allison O’Shea rushed outside after hearing loud noises, only to see the fire and the boy’s two older sisters, who are in middle school, crying out. “‘My brother’s in there! I don’t know what to do! It’s my fault!’ I mean, what do you say? I just hugged them and said, Let’s pray, let’s pray,” she said. The two girls told O’Shea they were baby-sitting the boy when they decided to go outside to play. Within minutes, the home was on fire. The father — who was running an errand — tried to save the child, as did neighbors. “It just was a panic, it was frantic, it was rough,” O’Shea said. First responders quickly joined in the rescue effort , the roof of the home collapsed, one firefighter was injured as he jumped out of the second level. “We fought hard, we did everything we possibly could,” Horne said. “We are just devastated by this.” The Wisconsin State Fire Marshall has been called in to investigate. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but local officials tell us there is nothing to indicate that the fire was anything but a tragic accident. The firefighter who was injured is expected to fully recover. The St. Croix Sheriff’s Department has not released the name of the child.

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  • Rochester Victim Dared Gunman To Shoot Him, Witness ClaimsRochester Victim Dared Gunman To Shoot Him, Witness Claims

    ROCHESTER, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — A decision could come as early as Tuesday regarding possible charges after a deadly shooting following a crash in Rochester. A passenger who was with a driver fatally shot in a roadside confrontation in Rochester says the victim dared the armed motorist to shoot him after the two were involved in a collision. Noah Dukart tells KTTC-TV his friend, 17-year-old Muhammed Rahim, got out of the vehicle and confronted the other driver after their vehicles collided Sunday morning. Dukart says Rahim “got in his face” and the man pulled out a gun. Dukart says Rahim said “I dare you” and the man shot him in the chest. Another passenger in Rahim’s vehicle, Riley Bongiorno says he tried to put pressure on the gunshot wound, but Rahim was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police say the man who shot him, 25-year-old Alexander Weiss, told investigators he was acting in self-defense. He’s jailed on a possible charge of second-degree murder. He has a permit to carry and told officers he acted in self defense. (© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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  • ‘PRINCE: Live On The Big Screen’ Coming To Target Center‘PRINCE: Live On The Big Screen’ Coming To Target Center

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The electrifying music of Prince will be back and live on the big screen this spring. Paisley Park Museum has just announced a special live concert event, “PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen.” The concert will feature performances by many of the musicians who have performed with the Purple One throughout the years. The concert will take place during a four-day “Celebration 2018” event, which will run from April 19 through April 22. You can read the full concert details below. ——– Paisley Park presents PRINCE: Live On The Big Screen. Backed by his ALL-STAR BAND Live on the Big Stage with Very Special Guests! Saturday, April 21 at 8pm Target Center Presale Info: This Friday, January 19 10am-10pm with code CELEBRATION at TargetCenter.com/Prince  Prince’s Paisley Park Museum in Chanhassen, Minnesota has announced a special concert event titled PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen to be held April 21 at 8PM at Target Center. The concert will feature newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince accompanied live on the Target Center stage by a super-group of musicians who performed alongside Prince throughout his legendary career. The live experience will showcase Prince in his own inimitable sound and style, highlighting the incendiary energy he brought to each performance. With the event, Paisley Park looks to welcome even more of the passionate Prince fan community into a live music event celebrating his iconic artistry and the hit songs that captivated generations of fans. The concert will be an exciting highlight of CELEBRATION 2018, a four-day event honoring the life and legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson, taking place at Paisley Park between April 19-22. Individual tickets to PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen will be on sale starting Saturday, January 20 at 10AM at the Target Center box office, online at TargetCenter.com or by calling 888-9-AXS-TIX. For the latest updates and announcements, follow Paisley Park on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit OfficialPaisleyPark.com to sign up for email updates.

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  • UnitedHealth 4Q Earnings More Than DoubledUnitedHealth 4Q Earnings More Than Doubled

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  • Candidates questioned on big issues from a rural perspectiveCandidates questioned on big issues from a rural perspective

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  • S.A.F.E. Sundays at Como Zoo focus on endangered animalsS.A.F.E. Sundays at Como Zoo focus on endangered animals

    New program helps people understand what they do locally makes impact globally By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Help polar bears this winter by turning down your thermostat two degrees. “That amount of change in temp may seem small to us, but it has a positive impact over time,” observed Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Events Coordinator Lindsay Sypnieski. In fact, if every American adjusted the thermostat up or down by one degree each season, it would save as much energy as the state of Iowa uses in a year. Taking action now won’t result in an immediate stop to climate change, but new studies show that people could see the effects in about a decade, according to the Polar Bears International, an organization that Como partners with that is focused on how climate change is affecting polar bears in the wild. Ways that people can help endangered animals is the focus of a new program at Como Park Zoo. S.A.F.E. Sundays at Como While Como has been a part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Saving Animals From Extinction (S.A.F.E.) program since 2015, it began S.A.F.E. Sundays last November. The purpose of the new initiative is “to communicate Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s effort as part of this program and engage our visitors in conversations about the animals here at Como, how we help them in the wild, and what the visitor can do to help save these animals from extinction,” explained Sypnieski. Polar Bears will be the focus on Jan. 14, and orangutans, tigers, spider monkeys, and langurs have been discussed since the program began. Palm oil affects orangutans In early December, the S.A.F.E. Sundays program focused on palm oil and orangutans. Orangutans (photo right courtesy of Como Zoo and Conservatory) are being affected by the palm oil crisis due to deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses in the countries (primarily Borneo and Sumatra) where palm oil is harvested. A century ago there were more than 230,000 orangutans in total, but the Bornean orangutan is now estimated at 104,700 based on updated geographic range (Endangered) and the Sumatran about 7,500 (Critically Endangered). Here in Minnesota, people can help the orangutans by “making conscious choices with our buying habits and making sure that companies we purchase items from are part of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil,” observed Sypnieski. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is working to transform the market to make sustainable palm oil the norm. The North American Sustainable Palm Oil Network (NASPON) was just established on Dec. 19. Founding members of NASPON include Ahold Delhaize, Albertsons Companies, Barry Callebaut, Blommer Chocolate Company, Conservation International, Control Union, Dunkin’ Brands, Fuji Oils, International Flavors & Fragrances, IOI Loders Croklaan, Kellogg Company, Kraft Heinz, PepsiCo, Rainforest Alliance, and Target. Cell phones affect gorillas Recycle your cell phone, save the gorillas. It may not be as simple as that, but a recycling program to collect old cell phones at the Como Zoo and other American zoos is highlighting the little-known connection between cell phone use and the survival of African gorillas. SONY DSC Coltan, a mineral that is used in making cell phones, is extracted in the deep forests of Congo in central Africa, home to the world’s endangered lowland gorillas  (photo left courtesy of Como Zoo and Conservatory). Columbite-tantalite (coltan for short) is a metallic ore that, when refined, becomes metallic tantalum, a heat-resistant powder that can hold a high electrical charge. These properties are ideal for making capacitors, which are used in many electronic devices, including cell phones. Conflict, illegal mining, and the growing bush-meat trade (the hunting of wild animals for food) have all contributed to a 70 percent population decline of the eastern lowland gorilla, according to some estimates. Como partners with Eco-Cell, a cell phone-recycling firm based in Louisville, KY, and receives funds for each phone donated. The newer smartphones, such as the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy, can usually be reused and are worth money back. Many old cell phones cannot be reused and must be recycled. Eco-Cell recycles these types of devices properly and uses best practices regarding smelting, diversion of toxins and reclamation of precious metals. Drop off unwanted cell phones in the collection boxes located in the Como Visitor Center and Primate Building. Collections from recycling drives can also be mailed directly to Eco-cell; contact ComoEducation@ci.stpaul.mn.us to receive shipping labels. Upcoming programs Plan to attend upcoming S.A.F.E. Sundays at Como. Learn about penguins on Jan. 21, lemurs on Jan. 28, gorillas on Feb. 4 and snow leopards on Feb. 11. Each program runs from 1-3pm, and you can find a full schedule online. Look for the S.A.F.E. Sundays table at the featured animal’s exhibit.

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  • Ways to connect with your Metropolitan Regional Arts CouncilWays to connect with your Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

    By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN Long before University Ave. became a corridor of nonprofit organizations, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) established itself at 2324 University Ave. in the Midway neighborhood. Senior program director Greg Nielsen explained, “Our primary function is to be part of the state arts funding system. A state as geographically diverse as Minnesota would be difficult to serve with just a centralized state arts board in the urban core. The 11 regional arts councils can meet the needs of Minnesota’s 87 counties more responsively, reaching into the cultural nooks and crannies of our state.” Photo right: MRAC’s Greg Nielsen, senior program director, and Becky Franklin, grants and operations manager. The two are serving as interim co-directors until a permanent executive director can be named. (Photo by Margie O’Loughlin) According to the 2017 Creative Minnesota Report, Minnesota is home to “an astonishing 104,148 artists and creative workers who make their home in every county.” The term creative workers refers to 41 occupations including architects, curators, librarians, dancers, actors, choir directors, writers, editors and more—with an economic impact upwards of $600 million annually. MRAC serves the highest density of artists state-wide: those living in the seven-county metro area, and will award some 500 grants to organizations and artists in fiscal year 2018. “Regional arts councils are the entry points for many emerging, small, and mid-sized arts organizations and groups,” Nielsen said. There are grants available through MRAC for arts activities support, organizational development, capital purchases, management consulting, and more. Most grants are publicly funded, with dollars received from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The only privately funded grant is called the Next Step Fund, made available through a partnership with The McKnight Foundation. These $5,000 grants are awarded to individual artists for career advancement, and the application deadline is approaching fast on Mar. 19. “In the spirit of MRAC being as accessible as possible,” Nielsen said, “work samples are not required for the Next Step Fund—and the application narrative is only two pages long. We’re often the first funder for recipients of this program. The untold story of MRAC is that we’re a community-directed organization. Our seven-person staff serves as the conduit of information, but we don’t choose who gets any of our grants.” Grant selection for all of MRAC’s grants is determined by peer review panelists, who volunteer their time throughout the year. MRAC will use the services of more than 250 community volunteers in 2018. Each team of 4-10 will be assigned 25 applications to evaluate before making funding recommendations to MRAC’s board of directors. MRAC is currently accepting applications from new panelists who would bring a diverse personal, professional, and artistic perspective to the process. For more information, contact community connections manager Oskar Ly at Oscar@mrac.org. Photo right: Alan Berks, co-director of St. Paul’s Wonderlust Productions said, “For our current production, “Our House: The Capitol Play Project,” we received an Arts Activities Support grant from MRAC, and it has been invaluable. I’m not exaggerating when I say that our theater could not exist without the support of MRAC. Theirs was the very first grant we received when we did our Adoption Play Project last year. They made that play possible, and they have other community-driven grants that are essential to arts groups of our size.” (Photo by Margie O’Loughlin) According to Nielsen, the state of the arts in Minnesota is very, very good. “We consistently rank #1 in the country for per capita dollars invested in the arts,” he said. “We owe our enviable status to the Legacy Amendment, which was voted in by Minnesota voters in 2008 and went into effect in 2010. Six years ago, as a serious recession was brewing and opposition to tax increases was rising, Minnesota voters chose to write a 25-year tax increase into the state’s constitution. That decision raised the state’s sales tax by three-eighths of 1%, or half a penny for every dollar spent. Money from the Legacy Amendment, worth about $300 million per year, or $7.5 billion over its lifetime, is dedicated to clean water, the arts and culture, parks and trails, and outdoor habitat. Nielsen concluded that “the Legacy Amendment has significantly broadened MRAC’s reach, but we’re still funding fewer than half of the worthy requests we receive. No artists are going to get rich off of these grants—they’re more like infusions—but they can definitely help artists get to the next level of their careers, and arts organizations to increase access to their communities.” To learn more about the wide range of MRAC grant opportunities, contact the front desk staff at 651-645-0402.

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  • St. Paul lawyer sworn in as Minnesota's first Hmong-American judge - TwinCities.com-Pioneer PressSt. Paul lawyer sworn in as Minnesota's first Hmong-American judge - TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

    TwinCities.com-Pioneer PressSt. Paul lawyer sworn in as Minnesota's first Hmong-American judgeTwinCities.com-Pioneer PressShe is the first Hmong-American to serve as a judge in Minnesota, and only the third to hold such a position in the United States. On Thursday, she was publicly sworn in at a ceremony at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul. She begins presiding ...

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  • St. Paul ice palace is born one block at a time on west-central Minnesota lake - TwinCities.com-Pioneer PressSt. Paul ice palace is born one block at a time on west-central Minnesota lake - TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

    TwinCities.com-Pioneer PressSt. Paul ice palace is born one block at a time on west-central Minnesota lakeTwinCities.com-Pioneer PressPrized for the crystal-clear ice that reflects a blue hue as the sun filters through the bitter cold air, the 573-pound blocks of Green Lake ice will be the jewels used to build a 70-foot-tall ice castle in St. Paul for the Winter Carnival. St. Paul's ...and more »

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  • Como Dockside closes after three years; search on for replacementComo Dockside closes after three years; search on for replacement

    By JANE MCCLURE What should replace the Como Dockside restaurant and programming operations at the Como Park Pavilion? More than 70 people weighed in with ideas Nov. 27 during a meeting at the facility. The St. Paul Department of Parks and Recreation is already seeking a new partner and hopes to have a new operation up and running by spring 2018. Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hahm said there had been several inquiries from prospective restaurant operators. Meeting facilitator James Lockwood said the intent of the meeting wasn’t to place blame but to discuss ideas going forward. Comments were transcribed and will be reviewed, along with online comments. Any change will be reviewed by Como Community Council, which had an advisory committee in place when Como Dockside was retained. Members of the committee were present Nov. 27 and said they’re willing to serve again. This is the second park amenity that is being replaced this winter. Parks and Recreation in November closed a submission period for requests for proposals for the park’s miniature golf course, for a course operator or operator of a new amenity. Those at the Nov. 27 meeting had plenty of suggestions. One point several people agreed on is that they’d like to see more restaurants in the Como area. Having something at the pavilion meets a neighborhood need. Desires were expressed for a restaurant with a more varied menu, some breakfast offerings, and at least some limited winter service. “I think unless you were walking in the park, you wouldn’t know a restaurant was here,” one man said. He suggested better signage along area streets. But, signage in the park is regulated tightly by the city. A review of Como Dockside was inevitable. There was widespread praise for the variety of entertainment options, ranging from concerts to family game nights. “I liked that there was a lot of variety and we had entertainment we could walk to,” one woman said. Many people said they liked being able to rent boats and bikes at the park. But restaurant service and consistency of food got mixed reviews. Several speakers said Como Dockside’s prices were too high and the New Orleans-style menu too limited for those wanting a regular family stop. “I felt the prices were a bit steep, especially for a family,” said one woman. Minneapolis’ parks food offerings came up during the discussion. Some people pointed to the popular Sea Salt seasonal restaurant there. Others were emphatic that St. Paul isn’t Minneapolis and that anything here needs to keep St. Paul needs in mind. Some people didn’t like walking into the restaurant space with children and seeing a large bar. Others were OK with that. Many people liked being able to pick up grab-and-go food at a service window and enjoy time in the park. Como Dockside’s closing on Nov. 22 ends operations that began in 2015. In a statement released by the city, Como Dockside co-owner Jon Oulman said, “We had hoped a year-round staffing model and upscale full-service restaurant concept would be successful at the facility, but unfortunately, due to the seasonality of the facility and competitive labor market we could see that long-term we’d need to adjust—and we felt a different vendor would be a better fit for this space.” But the space was packed at times, and empty other times. That wasn’t sustainable over the long term, especially with such slow times in the winter. Como Dockside replaced Black Bear Crossings on the Lake. That restaurant operated for 14 years before getting into a dispute with the city and losing its lease. Black Bear owners David and Pamela Glass took the city to court and won an $800,000 judgment. City staff said Nov. 27 that no decisions had been made on Como Dockside’s contract for the facility, which runs through 2020. Como Dockside was to share nine percent of gross revenues. Fee estimates were exceeded in 2015 and 2016, and looked to be close if not over estimates for 2017. Como Dockside owners invested almost $300,000 in facility upgrades, to the restaurant/kitchen space, dock, promenade, dock, and concession stand areas. The city reimbursed the operators for almost $100,000 of those renovations. The contract also required Como Dockside to pay the city nine percent of its monthly gross revenue, or at least $100,000 annually after the first year of operations. This year that amount was expected to top the $150,000 mark. Final figures haven’t been released. But city officials said they expect to clear the $540,000 mark with facility improvements and shared revenues.

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  • Sometimes, a pair of shoes can change a lifeSometimes, a pair of shoes can change a life

    By STEPHANIE FOX Danny Morgan was heading for a normal middle-class life. In the 1980s, he’d spent three years in college studying pre-law then for years, worked raising money for arts organizations like the San Diego Symphony. But, he developed heart and lung problems, and after a bout with pneumonia, he could no longer work. He ran out of money and housing options and became one of the half a million homeless men, women, and children in the United States. Photo right: For many homeless, entering this door can change a life. (Photo by Stephanie Fox) But, Morgan wanted to get back on his feet. He’d heard about the arts scene in the Twin Cities and thought it would be a place for him to find a job. He arrived and found that the pay at local fund-raising organizations was lower than he expected and that affordable housing options were few. He ended up staying at Catholic Charities Higher Ground homeless shelter, searching for work. Although it’s hard to find work when you’re homeless, nationally, about 45 percent of homeless adults have some form of employment. Most homeless adults—including approximately 1,150 in Ramsey County and 2,025 in Hennepin County—who manage to find work face another barrier. They need proper clothing or tools to begin their new jobs, things that they won’t be able to afford, at least until after a first paycheck. That’s where Small Sums comes in. The organization fills a unique niche, assisting homeless individuals who have jobs (or who have been offered jobs) with proper work clothes, work shoes, tools, and bus passes, something no other organization offers. Photo left: Small Sums Executive Director Terry Thomas has work shoes in every size. (Photo by Stephanie Fox) Terre Thomas, Small Sums Executive Director since 2013, says that this year they served 600 clients and is hoping to grow by another hundred each year. “I tell middle-class people that these people don’t get a letter saying, ‘You’ll start in two weeks.’ More likely, they’ll be told, ‘Can you start third shift tonight?’ and getting what they need for the job can be a burden,” she said. “More than 50 percent of our clients need black non-slip or black steel toe shoes,” she said. So, Small Sums stocks dozens of shoes and boots in every size. “Clients can also pick up outdoor work clothes, long underwear, casual shirts, and pants—things most working people take for granted.” The donation center is located in an old building on University Ave., sharing office space with Landfill Books. The space is rent-free, thanks to Cheapo Record’s owner Al Brown. The entrance is through a door in the back of the building. Thomas hopes to make the process as easy as possible for those who need it. “We don’t make people jump through hoops,” she said. Anyone who walks through the doors of Small Sums is offered a cup of tea or coffee. When they arrive here, we want to make this easy for them. Most of them are terribly tired; homelessness can be a huge burden. We want to turn that around.” “I see clients trudging up the hill to our door,” said Thomas. “And then when they leave, they are visibly lighter.” Photo left: (l to r) Sierra Hegstrom, Small Sum’s Outreach Assistant, former client Danny Morgan, and Executive Director Terre Thomas. (Photo by Stephanie Fox) The only requirements to get help from Small Sums is a job, or a job offer, and homelessness defined broadly. Clients do not have to be living on the streets. Couch surfing, living in a homeless shelter, or living out of a car, are all considered legitimately qualified as homeless, Thomas said. Thomas and her crew shops sales and negotiate with store owners to supply her organization. She went to Payless Shoes and talked to the manager who notifies her whenever there is a buy-one-get-one sale. “If we buy then, they give us a 25 percent discount. Right now we have 240 pairs of shoes and boots in stock.” “If we need tools, we go to Menard’s. We try to give medium quality tools and shoes. Nothing too fancy but nothing that’s cheap quality, nothing used,” she said. “We’re bargain ninjas,” she said. “We are always hoping to get better prices.” Everyone who comes to Small Sums also gets a small packet with a few essentials including a toothbrush and toothpaste, a month-long bus pass and a gift card for a meal or two at Subway restaurants. The bus pass gets clients to and from work, but it can also add some normality and dignity to lives, letting the newly employed to visit friends, go to the doctor or the grocery store, Thomas said. The packet also includes a list of food shelves that don’t require a permanent address. The group also gets support from some congregations, charitable foundations, and corporations. They take donations from individuals as well, including some who once sought out their services. Sometimes, Thomas said, they slip a note in with the packet saying, “A former client has bought you lunch.” The charity also raises money through special events, including an annual luncheon featuring special speakers. Danny Morgan, the once homeless man who moved to Minnesota for work, is now working in a hotel kitchen. He told his inspirational success story to the crowd. Just last month, he finally moved into a small apartment in St. Paul. Small Sums, he said, helped lead him to a stable life. “The difference is huge,” he said. “It’s a miracle to transition from the helplessness of homeless.” “My new neighborhood is quiet and peaceful, and I can sleep. I feel comfortable living here in the Twin Cities,” Morgan said. “And Small Sums helped lead me to be in a stable situation to find affordable housing.” And, Morgan admitted, he’s even starting to think about returning to school.

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  • Twin Cities German Immersion School plans expansion on siteTwin Cities German Immersion School plans expansion on site

    Growing school investigates options, decides to renovate or replace old church building to accommodate future needs By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN The Twin Cities German Immersion School (TCGIS) has outgrown its current building at 1031 Como Ave. and plans to expand on its existing site. School administrator Gael Braddock told District 10’s Land Use Committee the expansion most likely will require extensive renovation or replacement of the old Saint Andrew’s church building. No work is likely until at least fall 2018. School is in high demand Outgrowing its site isn’t a new problem for the school, but one it has faced consistently as the students who come decide to stay, and more want to attend. “Our school is in high demand, which points to the great work that our staff does with our children and families every day,” observed TCGIS Executive Director Ted Anderson. “Three hundred plus families trust us with their kids, and that is a huge vote of confidence in this age of school choice.” Photo right: The Twin Cities German Immersion School has outgrown its current building at 1031 Como Ave. and plans to expand on its existing site. The expansion most likely will require extensive renovation or replacement of the old Saint Andrew’s church building. (Photo by Tesha M. Christensen) St. Paul residents Jeff and Gita Zeitler have sent both of their children, an 8-year-old and a 10-year-old, to TCGIS since kindergarten. “We love the school for a lot of reasons—parents are involved, and the teachers are wonderful!” stated Jeff Zeitler. “Becoming fluent in German is frosting on the cake. Our kids are already learning Nepali from their mom at home, so they’re on their way to becoming trilingual.” The Zeitlers’ first choice of school was the closest St. Paul Public school, but the boundaries were drawn such that they couldn’t get in and were re-routed to a school much further away. So they checked into TCGIS and other charter schools and were impressed by what they saw at TCGIS. Once families enroll, they don’t leave The tuition-free German Immersion School opened its doors in the fall of 2005 with kindergarten and first grade at the old Union Hall along Eustace Ave. As it grew by adding a new kindergarten class each year, it moved to a larger but 90-year-old office building at 1745 University Ave. In the 2012-2013 school year, TCGIS reached its full configuration as a K-8 school. The next year, it moved its 370 students to the recently renovated former home of St. Andrews Catholic Church and parochial school in the Warrendale neighborhood along Como Ave. The charter school’s small class sizes help ensure individualized attention for up to 24 students per class. The school offers full-day immersion kindergarten, English instruction beginning in third grade, and Spanish language in the seventh grade. In its fifth year on the Como Ave. site, TCGIS is experiencing its first year of being over its designed capacity, according to Anderson. The Como Ave. site was built for 23 individual class sections and 560 pupils. This year, the school has 24 class sections and more than 525 pupils. If current student retention patterns hold, TCGIS could have as many as 27 class sections, K-8, by the school year 2020-21. Anderson says the unanticipated growth is primarily the result of unusually high retention rates; in other words, once families enroll in the school, they don’t leave. Options explored Through its strategic planning work, the TCGIS School Board resolved and announced that TCGIS would remain a K-8 school and keep all grades on the same site. “With these parameters set, the Facilities Committee explored the possibilities of renting space across the street in the long term and acquiring additional property, neither of which have proven possible,” wrote Anderson in a letter to the school community. “In the last months, it has become clear that construction on our current footprint will be our solution to the space issue.” Photo left: When the German Immersion School moved into the former St. Andrew’s church site, it converted the former church sanctuary into a multi-purpose gym and auditorium, and constructed a new building to connect the existing structures. (Photo submitted) Before moving into the 60,580 square feet at their current location, Welsh Construction managed a project that included converting the former church sanctuary into a multi-purpose gym and auditorium, and constructing a new building to connect the existing structures. The School Board’s Facilities Committee, chaired by board member Nic Ludwig, is working to develop a timeline, budget, and plan for expansion of the school’s spaces to accommodate growth. “In addition to creating more space, the situation also presents the opportunity to improve our existing facilities,” according to Anderson. The conversation includes classrooms, gym, cafeteria, Special Education (office, learning spaces), office/administration, and fine arts. The School Board’s Facilities Committee meets monthly, and the meetings are open to the community. School addressing concerns School staff has also begun meeting regularly with District 10 board members and staff to address parking, noise, and congestion concerns surrounding school activities. The school has designated Director of Operations Gael Braddock as Neighborhood Liaison and is the go-to person for neighbors’ concerns. Orthodox Presbyterian Church has agreed to share its parking lot with the school, and TCGIS is also exploring the viability of using the Como Pool lot for parking. School staff have been asked to leave at least one space per house open on Van Slyke, and encourage parking on Horton and Jessamine in spots that are not in front of residences. In regards to complaints about noise from the playground, the school is considering installing a new fence to provide some visual and noise protection. Over the summer, the crumbling playground surface, which is the same used at other St. Paul schools, was fixed by the manufacturer. “The building TCGIS is in has been a school since the 1950s,” pointed out Zeitler, who is concerned that some neighbors are trying to push the school out of the neighborhood. “I think there is sometimes a feeling that we own the space on the streets in front of our houses, and I can sympathize since we also live in St. Paul and dislike it when tenants of the apartment buildings across the street park in front of our house. But we live in the city, and that’s one of the trade-offs—tight parking.” He added, “This has been a school for generations, so any neighbors were well aware that they were going to live near a school when they purchased their house. This is not a nuclear waste storage site. It’s a school—an integral part of a healthy community.”

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  • Small Business Saturday features local sellers and artisansSmall Business Saturday features local sellers and artisans

    Article and photos by MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN Small Business Saturday was held at Celtic Junction on Sat., Nov. 26. The event, now in its third year, gave neighborhood shoppers a small-scale, friendly destination on what is historically the busiest shopping weekend of the holiday season. The event is an initiative of the Hamline Midway Coalition (HMC). Board member Greg Anderson said, “We had 30 vendors this year, and half a dozen volunteers. At HMC, we believe it’s important to give small, independent business owners a chance to showcase their talents.” Photo right: Sabrina McGraw is an independent consultant for Scentsy, a company that creates products that smell really good. Scentsy’s core belief is that fragrance and memory are inseparable, and McGraw had many of their scented wax cubes, warmers, and diffusers on hand to sell. She has been a Midway resident for 13 years and said, “My neighbors are like family to me.”     Photo left: Photographer Karen McCauley was on-site throughout the day to photograph kids with Santa (played by Mitch Siglowski).               Photo right: The wood and acrylic pens from Uncle Fester’s Pens are crafted by hand, one-at-a-time.            Photo left: John Morrison of Jowemo Wood said, “I make something for everyone who eats, drinks, or worries.” He held up a bowl full of his biggest selling item, which he calls worry woods: scraps of polished wood from his workshop that will fit comfortingly into the palm of any hand.             Photo right: The term “milliner” has evolved to describe a person who designs, makes, or trims hats primarily for a female clientele. Milliner Karen Morris modeled one of her hand-made hats.             Photo left: Shelby Teal hand rolls every polymer clay bead for her jewelry line called Rolling Vibe Tribe. She is currently a Studio Arts/Religion major at Hamline University.       Photo right: Lucy Schroepfer sews from 5-6am every morning to make products for her business Luce Quilts, before heading off to her day-job. She brought an assortment of quilted products for the home kitchen, as well as quilts, and two-dimensional, quilted visual art pieces. 

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