Ward 6 Weekly Update (14 May 2021)

Ward 6 Weekly Update banner

May 14, 2021

Hmong Day Resolution

Hmong Day Resolution

The City of Saint Paul proclaims May 14, 2021 as Hmoob Day! We recognize and celebrate the history, culture and contributions of Hmong Americans and the name Hmong/Hmoob in Minnesota and our City of Saint Paul.

On May 14, forty-six years ago, Hmong leader General Vang Pao and over 1,000 Hmong people were evacuated out of the Long Cheng military base. They had been helping American forces during the Vietnam War. That tragic and important day led to the introduction of the spoken and written name of “Hmong” to the US personnel working in Thailand and the US government. Since then, the name Hmong was recognized and used in the US, with official recognition of the Hmong people.

In the past 46 years, many Hmong refugees and their families have immigrated to the United States. Today, over 80,000 Hmong Americans are residents of Minnesota.

It is important to recognize that like many immigrant groups in our nation’s history, Hmong refugees resettled to the United States to escape war, persecution and discrimination, to find opportunities, and to better their lives and the lives of their children.

To this day, the majority of Hmong Americans have settled in our City of Saint Paul. Hmong Americans are helping build a vibrant and diverse Saint Paul, contributing culturally, academically socially, politically, and economically to our city.

Hillcrest Development Community Conversation

Hillcrest Community Conversation

The St Paul Port Authority, District 2, and I invite you to join us at two community conversation events, focused on the future of the Hillcrest redevelopment site.

Our goal is to let our neighbors know how community engagement will continue well beyond the Master Plan. The conversation will focus on site opportunities, site limitations, and ways to get more deeply involved with how we develop a Master Plan and bring it to life.

Session One:

Hayden Heights Rec Center, in person

Saturday, May 22nd @ 9a-12p

outdoor tent seating, refreshments, food truck on site

Session Two:

Zoom Call

Tuesday, May 25th @ 5:30p-7:30p

Link sent after RSVP

RSVP for either session at www.sppa.com/engagehillcrest.

Rush Line Environmental Assessment Public Comments

Rush Line public comment period

The Rush Line Environmental Assessment will document the project’s potential transportation, social, and environmental benefits and impacts; identify mitigation strategies for anticipated impacts; and meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and Minnesota Environmental Policy Act.

Ramsey County will host three open houses to share information about the Environmental Assessment and collect public comments:

Online open houses (register at rushline.org).

  • Wednesday, June 2 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

In-person open house. This event will follow Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines.

  • Thursday, June 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Union Depot (214 4th Street East, St. Paul).

Visit rushline.org to watch a 2-minute video. Comments can be made online or by mail.

Rent Help is Now Available


Minnesota Housing is accepting applications from:

  • Renters in the state who have unpaid rent or utilities as far back as April 1 of last year (2020)
  • Landlords whose tenants are behind on payments

In the Twin Cities, renters could be eligible if they have been impacted by Covid-19 and have annual incomes of less than $54,950 for an individual, or $78,400 for a household of four. Find our more, apply online, or call 211 Mondays-Saturdays 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

St Paul Mask Requirements


Today, in close consultation with local public health partners at Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, Mayor Carter signed Executive Order 2021-21, renewing the requirement for facemasks to be worn indoors in all city-controlled facilities when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not maintained. 

Executive Order 2021-21 also requires facemasks to be worn indoors at all businesses licensed by the City of Saint Paul at all times when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not maintained, except for temporary removal of face covering when eating or drinking. In addition, all businesses are strongly encouraged to continue to require that all individuals wear a face covering indoors at all times when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not maintained.

More information about the renewed masking requirements can be found here.

Vaccines for 12-17 Year Olds!

Vaccines MN

Children ages 12-17 can get their first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine this Saturday, May 15, at Roy Wilkins Auditorium downtown. You can walk in from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., or make an appointment. The vaccine is free, but parental consent is required and children ages 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Other locations are listed for ages 18+ below: 

Oxford Community Center
(270 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104)  Saturdays, through August 28 (18+) (open until 5:45pm)

Frogtown Community Center
(230 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55103) Saturday June 5 for second dose (16+)

Wellstone Community Center
(179 Robie St E, St Paul, MN 55107) Mondays, through May 24 (18+) (open until 3:45pm)

Pilgrim Baptist Church
(732 Central Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104)  Second and fourth Tuesdays, through May 27 (18+)

Consulate of Mexico
(797 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106)  Second and fourth Wednesdays (18+)

Neighborhood House
(179 Robie St E, St Paul, MN 55107)  Thursdays (18+)

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
(501 Lawson Ave W, St Paul, MN 55117)  Second and fourth Thursday through May 27 (18+)

Gordon Parks High School
(1212 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104)  Fridays (18+)

Oromo Community Center
(65 N Mackubin St, St Paul, MN 55103)  Second Fridays through December 31 (18+)

Darul Uloom Islamic Center
(977 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55106)  Fourth Fridays through December 31 (18+)

Contact Us

Meet & Greet phone call appointments are available on Thursdays.  Register online at stpaul.gov/ward6 or reach out by email or phone:

Email: ward6@stpaul.gov

Phone: 651-266-8660

Facebook: NelsieYangWard6

Twitter: @NelsieYangCM

Hmong Day Event

Hmong Day Event

Join me at the Hmong Day event next weekend in honor of Hmong American Day. Everyone is encouraged to wear Hmong clothes. There will be a free 30 minute concert with Supryze, Chenning Xiong, and Douachi Yang.

Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021

Time: 11am to 7pm

Location: Lake Phalen FTP & Kramer Community Room (1380 Rose Ave E, St Paul, MN)