Frederick Melo / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL - In St. Paul’s City Council chambers they can’t be missed: four large wall panels, each roughly 4 feet wide by 35 feet tall. The images of early and 1930s St. Paul depict black porters hauling bags for a white couple, black servants loading a riverboat, Native Americans bowing their heads before a white minister with a cross, and other images of servitude, conversion and humility. The largest part of each panel depicts a white male — a worker, explorer or captain of industry staring down at visitors.
PAUL — With the goal of achieving a $15-per-hour minimum wage within the next few years, the city of St. Paul will soon mandate that all employers offer a higher base rate than what the state currently requires, followed by annual increases thereafter. The St. Paul City Council is scheduled to vote on a proposal from City Council member Chris Tolbert and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s office on Wednesday, Nov.
PAUL — Over the past 80 years, the Ryan Companies have designed and constructed some of the most recognizable structures in the Twin Cities, from CHS Field in downtown St. Paul to the Minneapolis Convention Center. Since 2013, they’ve developed or redeveloped $600 million worth of real estate in the Minneapolis Downtown East neighborhood near U.S. Bank Stadium, including eight buildings, an urban park, a parking ramp, roads and skyway bridges.
ST. PAUL — When his political opponent failed to show, a Republican candidate for a House seat on St. Paul’s East Side found himself in an 80-minute, one-on-one taped debate against a sitting state lawmaker from another House district — state Rep. Tim Mahoney, a DFLer running unopposed.
ST. PAUL — When St. Paul City Council Member Dai Thao entered a voting booth last fall to help an elderly Hmong woman vote for him, he may indeed have violated a state law. But not a federal one. Federal law makes clear that disabled or illiterate voters may pick almost any assistant of their choosing other than their union representative or employer.
ST. PAUL — A new study published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy probes the pitfalls of "tax increment financing" districts — bank loans and other financial incentives that developers pay back with funds that would have otherwise gone toward property taxes. From 2000 to 2014, Minnesota issued $1.4 billion in TIF loans and financial obligations, making the state the fourth biggest user of TIF in the United States.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — Bryan Schave of Burnsville and Keith Hughes of Minnetonka did their best to recycle while at the Minnesota State Fair. They ate corn. They tossed the spent cobs in a giant box marked for corn compost. That, and dropping beer cups and soda bottles into bins shaped like actual plastic bottles, was about the extent of their options. "Recycling's a hard process," said Hughes, 55. "I try to be more conscientious."
MINNEAPOLIS—Have you heard the word, Bird? Lime has scooted in next to you in Minneapolis. Silicon Valley-based Lime, one of the nation's largest bike-sharing companies, rolled nearly 100 electric scooters into Minneapolis on Monday. It's the latest salvo in what's fast becoming a pitched battle for market share in the growing "micro-mobility" industry. Lime also deposited dockless bicycles into Edina and Golden Valley over the weekend as part of carefully negotiated pilot programs with the two cities.
ST. PAUL—A day after being banned from the St. Paul Public Library system, St. Paul City Council candidate David Martinez was ejected from Target Field and banned from the ballpark for a year following a physical confrontation with security. Martinez posted a seven-minute video of the July 6 incident at the Minneapolis baseball stadium to Youtube and, in a written feedback form to the team, has threatened to sue the Minnesota Twins.
ST. PAUL—Nice Ride Minnesota, the nonprofit behind the Twin Cities bike-sharing program known for its distinctive green bikes, is going blue, nearly tripling its fleet and lowering prices under new corporate management. In Minneapolis, it's also going dockless—a consideration still under negotiation in St. Paul.