Not long ago, Roger Hess began toying with the idea that maybe it was time to part with 100 years of family history. The fourth-generation business owner is still considering putting up for sale the lakeside commercial building that for generations has housed the Hess Hair Milk barber supply company at 1911 Rice St. His hope is that a federally designated “Opportunity Zone” around Lake McCarrons, intended to boost private investment in low-income areas, will do exactly that. “As far as I know, it’s another reason for someone to buy your property,” said Hess on Tuesday, acknowledging that what he knows about the federal “Opportunity Zone” effort is limited. Proponents believe that those with a few thousand dollars coming their way from the sale of stocks, bonds or real estate, Ramsey County’s urban and industrial areas might just be the investment opportunity they’re looking for. In fact, there are 18 census tracts across St. Paul … [Read more...] about Federal incentives could spike development in distressed parts of St. Paul. Here’s where
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To Erik Paulsen, 2018 is just another election year. Standing in the parking lot of Champlin Park High School on a recent Saturday afternoon before setting off to knock on doors, the five-term Republican congressman from Minnesota’s 3rd District said that not a whole lot feels different this year. “There’s more money being spent on the outside,” the congressman told MinnPost, venturing one thing that might be different in 2018. “But I don’t know if there’s too much else that would be different from two years ago. I mean, it’s always a competitive race dynamic. I guess it feels a lot like that again.” On paper, the 3rd District, which encompasses the suburban communities of the western metro area, has the makings of a perennial battleground district: it has voted for Barack Obama and George W. Bush for president; in 2014, voters here narrowly preferred Republicans Jeff Johnson and Mike McFadden for governor and U.S. Senate. Since … [Read more...] about As goes Minnesota’s Third District, so goes the nation? Where things stand with Dean Phillips’ challenge to Erik Paulsen
At the Minnesota State Fair, a not-so-exclusive men’s club has been accepting women for decades. Membership dues are $5 a year. No one is really expected to show up for all the monthly meetings. And the club has a single annual fundraiser and mandatory event: a Fair booth that sells $2.50 hamburgers, $5 beers and 50-cent donuts, among other steals. In fact, the $80,000 or so that the Midway Men’s Club raises for youth “athletic” activities doesn’t just circulate in the Midway — it’s donated throughout St. Paul’s western and northern neighborhoods and beyond, from steady sponsorship of Frogtown Football to new iPads for Groveland Park Elementary School in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood. And after nearly 60 years of giving generously, athletics are now defined equally broadly, with recipients ranging from city recreation centers to back-to-school backpack giveaways, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts and the Central High School … [Read more...] about Midway Men’s Club serves $2.50 burgers, $5 beers at charity-focused Minnesota State Fair booth
Friday marks the two-year anniversary of Adrian Heath feeling as if the rug was pulled out from underneath him in his surprise firing as Orlando City’s head coach. “That was a blow,” Heath told the Pioneer Press during a half-hour interview in his office this week. “I think it makes you a little bit more cynical.” Heath coached 50 MLS games at Orlando City, going 16-18-16 from the start of the franchise’s 2015 expansion season to the halfway point of 2016. Heath has coached 51 MLS games for Minnesota United, and heading into Saturday’s match at Houston, the Loons are 16-28-7 since the start of their 2017 expansion season. Like he did in Orlando, Heath set out at the beginning of his Minnesota tenure with a three-year master plan that accounts for the time he feels necessary to take a growing club from the lower levels of U.S. soccer to success in the top flight. On June 15, Orlando City sacked Heath’s replacement, Jason Kreis, less … [Read more...] about Adrian Heath has a vision for Minnesota United. What he wants is time to execute it.
Mitra Jalali Nelson and her husband, Dan, rent an apartment near Raymond and University avenues in St. Paul. In a special election this August, she’s seeking the Ward 4 seat on the city council with a platform that goes against St. Paul’s political grain: renters’ rights. That’s a rarity in a city that until recently has been composed primarily of homeowners. Within the past decade, according to U.S. Census findings, the numbers flipped, and St. Paul’s population became 50.5 percent renter and 49.5 percent homeowner, putting Nelson and her peers in the rental community in the majority by a percentage point. RUNNING AS A RENTER Despite their numbers, renters remain an almost exotic presence at City Hall. If elected, Nelson — who won the St. Paul DFL endorsement in April — would be the only renter on the seven-member city council. “I’m running as a renter to be a voice on our council for over 50 percent of our city who rents, and to … [Read more...] about St. Paul City Council candidate is running as a renter — with two-dozen housing goals