Steve Ellenwood blames it on the rainy weather. Others would probably identify other scapegoats. But whatever the reason, the anti-LRT protest Ellenwood organized for the Green Line's opening day was a dud. (Read the backstory here.)When we spoke to Ellenwood last week, he said he hoped up to 200 pr ... More >>
As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes. You may not have heard much about Daily Diner when it opened in Frogtown earlier this year. It's not owned by a big name chef, there's no smoked ice in their drinks, and ... More >>
Using 2010 census data, a map showing the racial breakdown of the Twin Cities doesn't contain many surprises. To take a couple examples, the metro's African American population is concentrated in North Minneapolis, while the highest concentration of Asians is in Frogtown.SEE ALSO: Judgmental Mpls ne ... More >>
As the weather heats up, block party season is in full swing here in the Twin Cities. And typically one of the best free music festivals in the area, the Red Stag Block Party, has just announced the lineup they have planned for their big day. On Saturday, August 3, from 5-10:30 p.m., Red Stag will ... More >>
According to prosecutors, 22-year-old Cheng Vang shot and killed Vone Moua, owner of Malina's bar in Frogtown, shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday morning after the two got into a dispute over a pool table rental.THE BACKSTORY: Vone Moua, owner of Malina's bar in Frogtown, killed inside his own barBoth Van ... More >>
:::: UPDATE :::: Vone Moua, owner of Malina's bar, murdered over pool table dispute, charges sayEarly Sunday morning, 45-year-old Vone Moua, owner of Malina's in Frogtown, was shot and killed inside his own establishment, and two others were injured. Neighborhood residents told Fox 9 that both of th ... More >>
The Union Gospel Mission diner gives back to the Frogtown community one delightful meal at a time
The interior of the new Daily Diner Frogtown pops with color and art. There's a chalkboard wall with a painted mural (made to look like chalk) celebrating the surrounding community. An overhead art installation is actually a topographical map of the neighborhood. Like the room around it, the staff a ... More >>
Early Saturday morning, internet sensation Lily the black bear gave birth to two cubs at the North American Bear Center in the woods near Ely, Minnesota.SEE ALSO:-- Frogtown black bear shot and killed by DNR-- Hibernating bears have remarkable wound healing capabilities, finds Minnesota researchers- ... More >>
Here's one way to cope with the record-breaking heat wave: hijack an ice cream truck.At least that's what 26-year-old St. Paul resident Joseph Allen Facente did, police say. On Wednesday, Facente hopped into the truck at a SuperAmerica, where its owner left it running in order to keep his frozen tre ... More >>
Around 12:30 Sunday morning, residents of St. Paul's Frogtown neighborhood saw a black bear roaming around the area.The bear's journey to the heart of the city must've been an interesting one. Dave Garshelis, bear research biologist for the DNR, said the two nearest bear populations -- western Wisco ... More >>
This weekend, Mai Village Vietnamese restaurant on University Avenue was the site of a ribbon-cutting ceremony that kicked off the citywide campaign to rebrand the eastern end of the Central Corridor light rail line as an East Asian business district called Little Mekong, reports MPR N ... More >>
A new novel about the most romantic restaurant, ever.Anthony Schmitz has held a variety of jobs during his career, including serving as City Pages' editor and its restaurant critic. Since that time, he's turned out several novels, including Darkest Desire: The Wolf's Own Tale (Ecco), Lost S ... More >>
Courtesy of Max Martin Banh mi, one of the many delicious eats guests will get to try on the Food Crawl.History teachers always say that history can be fun and exciting, but sometimes that's hard to remember when you're slogging through pages and pages of readings. This summer, the Minnesota ... More >>
Restaurants worth fighting LRT construction.This week's Dish review dubbed On's Thai Kitchen on University at Snelling in St. Paul as a restaurant worth enduring the hassle of LRT construction (Work is now being done between Emerald and Hamline, with the 'dozers moving on to the rest of Universit ... More >>
MN wine and a turntableNgon Vietnamese Bistro799 University Ave., St. Paul651.222.3301Hours and Details:Monday - Friday, 3-6 p.m. $5 appetizers/small platesMonday - Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.$2 off Minnesota wines, $1 off Minnesota beersBecause Twin Citians vorac ... More >>
Next week a new artistically focused open mic project serving the perpetually overlooked Frogtown neighborhood of Saint Paul is launching with one simple goal: to foster Saint Paul's performing arts scene. Open Minds Open Mic is a project spearheaded by longtime host Shahbaz Shah (and many friend ... More >>
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Mayor Coleman hits neighborhood hauntsSt. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is gearing up for his city to host one of the most food-tastic events in the state: the newly revamped Taste of Minnesota. While you may find the mayor lurking near the Barrio taco truck this weekend, the rest of the year he ... More >>
Maybe, reports the Twin Cities Daily Planet's David Kong. Va-megn Thoj, the Asian Economic Development Association executive director, is leading an effort to create a catchy new nickname and identity for the stretch of University Avenue between Dale and Rice streets in St. Paul -- and the su ... More >>
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Ngon Bistro defies all conventional wisdom and opens in Frogtown with elegance to burn, wine for the ages, and the best beef pho in town
Since 1997, the St. Paul Police Department has been posting on the internet the names and pictures of people who have been arrested on prostitution charges. From the outset, this exercise in public humiliation has been questioned on grounds of both morality and utility. Granted, some john from Maple ... More >>
St. Paul crusades against liquor, porn
St. Paul's "Steel" Will Grigsby--the best Minnsota boxer of his generation and arguably the best in several decades--will be fighting for a world title on Saturday evening. Neither the Star Tribune nor the Pi Press has seen fit to make notice of this. This is inexplicable. The 108-pound Grigsby ... More >>
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Community activist Cy Thao plans to tell the story of the Hmong people in a series of 50 paintings--and may one day speak for them in elected office
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