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.
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.
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.
New Brighton Parks and Recreation is planting trees at Hansen Park to celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 29 at 9:30 a.m. Organizers say meet at the Fifth St. and 16th Ave. N.W. parking lot, bring a shovel and dress for the weather.
The upcoming presidential election is on everybody’s radar, but the November 2016 ballot will also allow people the chance to vote for candidates running for the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives.
The Republican and DFL parties have been holding their endorsing conventions, and in District 43 the legislative races are beginning to take shape.
House District 43A includes Maplewood Precincts 1-9, White Bear Lake Precincts 3-5, Mahtomedi and Willernie.
House District 43B includes North St. Paul, Oakdale north of Tenth Street and Maplewood Precincts 10 and 11.
Senate District 43 includes the entire area of House District 43A and 43B.