Ward 6 Weekly Update 10/7/2022

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October 7, 2022

Recognizing October 10th as Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous People's Day event

This week, City Council passed a resolution (click here to read the full version) recognizing October 10, 2022 as Indigenous Peoples Day.

Through this resolution, we acknowledge and honor the significant Dakota sites in Saint Paul, including the sacred burial mounds at Indian Mounds Regional Park, Wakaŋ Tipi cave at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary and historic Kap’osia village, which was in and around Pig’s Eye Regional Park. St Paul is committed to working with tribal partners to develop and implement appropriate cultural resource management plans for these sites that honor and defend the sacred and address tribal access for Indigenous ceremonies or events held on city parkland.

Just this August, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Wakaŋ Tipi Center, a Dakota-led cultural center and interpretive site project in the heart of sacred Dakota homelands, currently part of the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary.

This year’s Indigenous Peoples Day activities in St Paul include a parade from Margaret Park (1109 Margaret St) to Indian Mounds Regional Park and a celebration to follow the parade, held on Monday, Oct 10th from 10am-2pmClick here for event information

Hayden Heights Fall Festival - Oct 7

Hayden Heights Fall Festival

You're invited to the Neighborhood Fall Fest & Bonfire on Friday, October 7th from 6-7:30pm. Some of the activities will include games, inflatable slide, crafts, making smores, bonfire and more!

Hafner Site Request for Offers

former Hafner site

The City of Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) released a Request for Offers (RFO) for the purchase and redevelopment of the former Hafner’s site located at 1570 White Bear Avenue on the Greater East Side of Saint Paul. Offers are due by 4 pm on Monday, December 5, 2022.  View the full RFO and find more information on how to submit proposal materials at stpaul.gov/1570WhiteBearAve.

About the site

The HRA acquired the property in 2002 and demolished the building in 2003. The 2.18-acre, vacant parcel offers proximity and access to transit, parks and natural amenities, the commercial districts along White Bear Avenue and the upcoming redevelopment of the former Hillcrest Golf Course site, now known as The Heights.

The HRA is seeking proposals that align with the 2040 Comprehensive Plan and the Greater East Side District and White Bear Avenue Small Area Plans. 

Grant Applications are Now Open

East Metro Main Street Economic Revitalization Program

Is your East Side business or non-profit in need of economic relief?

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation has been selected as one of the partner organizations for the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Main Street Economic Revitalization Program.

This program will distribute up to $7 million in grants to businesses and nonprofit organizations for capital projects in the East Side community, as well as Snelling-University-Rice Cultural District and along West Seventh Street.

Grants will support economic recovery from the impacts of civil unrest, the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges to these commercial corridors since March 15, 2020.

Learn more and apply here.

Translation services are available for potential applicants, including audio files and project intake forms in Spanish, Hmong, Vietnamese, Somali, Oromo and Karen. For additional translation support, please call 651.325.4202, and we will connect with you through an interpreter. Audio files, Vietnamese and Karen will be available soon.

Apply Now - Planning Commission

Apply to be on the Planning Commission

The Planning Commission makes recommendations on city plans and makes decisions about zoning which impact how Saint Paul lives, works and plays. There are three current openings:

  • One vacancy in Ward 2 (West Side, West 7th, Downtown or Summit Hill)
  • One vacancy in Ward 4 (Hamline Midway, Union Park, St. Anthony Park)
  • One vacancy in Ward 6 (Payne Phalen, Greater East Side)

Applications are due November 2, 2022. Apply today

Individuals who reflect Saint Paul's diversity are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit stpaul.gov/planning-members or contact Planning Director Luis Pereira at luis.pereira@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-266-6556.

Opposing Nuclear War

Opposing Nuclear War

On Wednesday, the City Council of Saint Paul voted unanimously to adopt a Back from the Brink resolution, joining the ever-growing chorus of city councils, nationwide, lending their voice to prevent nuclear war! The adoption of this resolution unites the Twin Cities with a call for the United States government to abolish nuclear weapons and to embrace the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. 

Councilmember Yang shared, "it shows how interconnected we all are no matter where we live, no matter what country, we’re all impacted by war. All of us have a history where we have lost people, or have experienced genocide, lived through trauma or continue to have generational trauma from war. For me being a Hmong person, that’s something very personal."

Read more about Back from the Brink here.

Inspiring Communities Program Accepting Applications

building a single family home

The City of Saint Paul's seventh Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Inspiring Communities program is live and extended to 5 pm Friday, November 4th. 

This program supports developers to construct homes for sale to homebuyers with low to moderate incomes on residential lots currently owned by the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA).

Read more about this opportunity for housing developers here

Join the St Paul Youth Commission

St Paul Youth Commission

The Youth Commission is still looking for a few representatives from District 2-Greater Eastside, District 4-Dayton’s Bluff, District 9-West 7th / Fort Road, and District 11-Hamline / Midway. If you are interested or would like to learn more, please reach out to Haley Vien at haley.vien@ci.stpaul.mn.us

The Saint Paul Youth Commission represents young people in decision making for the City of Saint Paul. Each year, youth in grades 9 – 12 from each of the city’s 17 planning districts commit to serving the community through impact projects as well as  local and state advocacy. Youth Commissioners enhance their leadership skills while serving their community. Youth Commissioners earn a stipend for participation.  

Learn more about the Saint Paul Youth Commission here.

Free 20-Is-Plenty Yard Signs Available

20 Is Plenty yard signs

St Paul Public Works continues to offer FREE “20 is Plentyyard signs for your yard!

Pick up your sign at St Paul Public Library branches during open hours and at the Public Works Operations building (899 Dale Street) on weekdays from 8 am-3 pm.

Contact Us

Email: ward6@stpaul.gov

Phone: 651-266-8660

Facebook: NelsieYangWard6

Twitter: @NelsieYangCM

Meet & Greet phone call appointments are available on Thursdays. Register online at stpaul.gov/ward6.

Seeking Ward 6 Legislative Aide!

CM Yang welcoming new staff

We are seeking applicants for the Ward 6 Legislative Aide position! 

As a Legislative Aide, you will organize initiatives for Councilmember Yang, coordinate efforts with other City staff, and lead the work assignments of designated staff. You'll work with individual constituents and groups regarding complex community issues. You'll manage citizen requests, address ward issues, research information, and assist with policy development. 

Read more and apply to be the Ward 6 Legislative Aide here!

Public Forums with Five St Paul Police Chief Finalists

st paul police

Calling all community members! You are invited to engage in two public forums with the five finalists for Saint Paul Police Chief advanced by the 
Saint Paul Police Chief Examining Committee. The public forums are scheduled for Tuesday, October 11 at 6 pm, at Washington Technology Magnet School (1495 Rice St), and Wednesday, October 12 at 11:30 am, at Saint Paul Event Center (400 Wabasha St N, Suite 320). The events are free, open to the public, and will be in-person as well as livestreamed on the City’s Facebook page.  

Read about the five finalists here. Provide feedback and submit interview questions by email at Mayor@ci.stpaul.mn.us by the start of the first public forum. 

Become a Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commissioner

civilian review board

The St Paul Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission is currently seeking commissioners from Wards 6 and 7! There are 4 current vacancies. The next meeting is October 5th at 6pm.

The Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission (PCIARC) reviews and makes disciplinary and policy recommendations to the Saint Paul Chief of Police on all civilian-initiated police conduct complaints. 

Submit your application until positions are filled.

Expanded Rec Hours

expanded Rec hours

St Paul Rec Centers are offering expanded hours at several recreation centers across the city starting October 1st!

With the use of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds, we will be able to offer additional programming and access to our facilities during popular weekend times.

View our full list of fall recreation center hours.

Upcoming Parks & Rec Events

two kids looking at pumpkins

Save the dates for the Fall and Halloween events on the East Side below!

Fall "Brew-vies" and Scary Movies Series

Movies In the Parksmovies in the park list

Bring along a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a starlit night of fun with friends and family! Movies in the Parks provides a wide range of outdoor films at parks and recreation centers around Saint Paul. Movies in the Parks events are free and open to the public. Kids under 10 need to be with an adult, and pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Unless otherwise noted, all movies will be closed captioned in English. More information here!

Minnesota's Voting Season is Here

voting in MN

Minnesotans can now cast their ballots for the November 8 General Election.

Minnesota registered voters can request an absentee ballot to vote from home at mnvotes.gov or vote early with an absentee ballot at a local election office. Using mnvotes.gov, Minnesotans can register to votecheck their registration, and update their registration on their computer or smartphone.

Year Round STAR Grants

Ward 6 STAR funding

Do you own a business or run a non-profit in St Paul's 6th Ward? Are you in need of funding for a time-sensitive building repair or improvement?

You may be eligible for a Year-Round STAR Grant from Ward 6. Please email our office at Ward6@stpaul.gov with information on your project and to receive an application.

Applications are subject to approval from the St Paul STAR Board and St Paul City Council. Funding is given as reimbursement for approved expenses, up to $15,000 per project per year. 

COVID Resources

Test to Treat

Appointments are now available to receive an updated bivalent booster – which is formulated to be more effective against the Omicron variants.

What to do if you are Sick or Test Positive: COVID-19

Close Contact or Exposure to COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing

Types of COVID-19 Tests

COVID-19 Self-testing 

Test-to-Treat locations are open in the Twin Cities! Find test-to-treat locations where you can get and fill COVID treatment medications same-day. 

Order FREE At-Home COVID Tests by SEPTEMBER 2nd at www.covid.gov/tests.

Monkeypox Resources Available


The Minnesota Department of Health has released guidance about monkeypox.

The CDC has more information about Monkeypox here, including resources in Spanish/Español and other languages that can be found in the top right corner of the screen.