Hmong American Farmers Association members Lang and Mee Hang use hoes to clear weeds in their farm plot in Dakota County’s Vermillion Township. (photo by Mike Hazard, courtesy of HAFA)
Food growers keep traditions going while learning new methods
Hoping to give Hmong food growers a leg up, a St. Paul-based organization called the Hmong American Farmers Association is helping farmers find new ways of selling their fresh produce and new paths to economically fruitful farming.
South of the urban core, past the suburbs and out into the lesser-known land of Vermillion Township, a group of Hmong farmers, many of them East Siders, are hard at work as many as seven days a week during the growing season.
Inver Grove Heights School Board election finds two incumbents and three challengers
The Inver Grove Heights School Board will gain some new faces next year with five candidates running for four open seats.
ISD 197 school board elections: nine candidates, four seats
On Nov. 3 residents of West St. Paul, Mendota Heights and part of Eagan will have the opportunity to select a majority of the ISD 197 school board.
The terms of current school board members Brenda Corbett, Joanne Mansur, Byron Schwab and Mark Spurr are set to expire Dec. 31. All but Spurr are running for re-election.
Residents are invited to provide their input and ask questions about the Highway 110 crossing project during a public open house from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Avenue, Mendota Heights.
Chick-fil-A is looking to open a new branch in Target’s outlot, next to Robert Street. (submitted graphic)
City planners look to welcome more businesses
After a detour-filled summer, commuters along Robert Street can once again have the luxury of traveling both north and south along West St. Paul's main commercial corridor. Construction crews are now working on the center of the road and the median.
But what happens when all of this road redevelopment activity dies down?
Thomas Draskovic, a teacher at St. Paul Public Schools’ American Indian Magnet School, teaches students American Indian crafts on the first ever Indigenous Peoples Day in St. Paul. (photo courtesy of Toya Stewart Downey/St. Paul Public Schools)
American Indian community says new city holiday shows respect, progress
For the first time, the city of St. Paul celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, Oct. 12, shifting the focus from the federal holiday Columbus Day, which was established in 1937.
The St. Paul City Council voted in August to recognize the day. American Indian groups have been pushing for the holiday’s name to be changed since at least 1977 when a delegation of indigenous people from around the world proposed the idea to the United Nations. St. Paul is one of about a dozen cities to celebrate the holiday as such.