The Rev. Darryl Spence, a Minneapolis Baptist minister, stands before a microphone and prays with police and leaders of the St. Paul African American community during a press conference following gun violence on the East Side last week. (Marjorie Otto/Review)
Community leaders come together to ask for help
After a rash of gun violence and two shooting deaths early last week, St. Paul civic and religious leaders came together on April 20 to share their ideas on how to curb it.
The gathering took place on the Mississippi River bluff at Indian Mounds Park, the site of last week’s first homicide. Leading the group were: Tyrone Terrill, chairman of the African American Leadership Council of St. Paul; Nathaniel Khaliq, former president of the St. Paul NAACP; the Rev. Darryl Spence from the collective of religious leaders known as the “God Squad;” St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith, and Mayor Chris Coleman.
They shared their plans for reining in gun violence before the summer heats up, with Smith urging those in the community to report gang activity, either to the police, or to religious and African American leaders in the city.
On behalf of their New Brighton-based company and many interested in their idea, Jesse Lammi and John Louiselle, both 24, helped draft a bill in the Legislature that would make it easier for tiny homes to be utilized as temporary dwelling spaces for the elderly, injured and disabled and located near the homes of their loved ones. (Jesse Poole/Bulletin)
Local entrepreneurs seek legislation to ease restrictions on locating tiny homes
The tiny house movement isn’t only for the young and sprightly.
A New Brighton company is fielding another path for it, but to make it work, the company’s two young business partners are first wading through the waters of passing new legislation at the state Capitol.
At a launching event for the Ramsey County: A Start by Believing Community initiative Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell said, “As friends we can believe and support these victims. As criminal justice system providers and others we can believe and ensure that good solid investigation occurs.” (Aundrea Kinney/Review)
Communities unite against sexual violence
One in six women and one in 33 men are victims of sexual assault, and only a fraction of sexual assault cases are ever reported, according to John Choi Ramsey County Attorney.
“Just in Ramsey County alone, two-thirds of all the cases that are investigated by police agencies never even come to the county judge’s office or prosecution to deal with,” Choi said.
The Minnesota Humanities Center is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Veterans’ Voices Award, recognizing Minnesota Veterans who served honorably in the military and have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their communities, in their pr
Starting in the back row, from left to right Tim Triplett, Tom Casperson, Stu Sonnee; front row, left to right Kathy Hofmeister, Khou Thao, Magdelene Xiong, Chai Xiong, and Chue Fang. (Marjorie Otto/Review)
Khou Thao and Chai Xiong, a Hmong couple living on the East Side, had their first daughter, Magdalene Xiong, on April 4.
She’s a healthy, alert baby, and the family is happy.
The new entrance and addition will be made of glass and metal to reflect Johnson High School’s aerospace program. (courtesy of St. Paul Public Schools)
The changes will take place during the summers of 2016 and 2017
Clogged toilets, wandering visitors and a gloomy entrance that’s not handicap accessible are just some of the building-related issues that have plagued Johnson High School.
However, long-awaited building improvements are finally on the horizon. At a District Five Committee for Planning and Economic Development meeting on April 5, community leaders learned of some changes coming to Johnson High School.