General Announcements

The annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in the District del Sol in St. Paul is the largest in Minnesota. Despite the economic condition and swine flu scare, thousands of people came out on Friday and Saturday to see the parade, learn about or reconnect with Hispanic culture, listen to music – and eat all kinds of tacos, enchiladas, elotes asados y banderillas.

From the blatant racism of slavery to the insidiousness of institutional racism, racial discrimination has been woven into the American experience from the beginning. For people in the majority, it may be tempting to think it is part of the past. However, most in-depth conversations on the topic, especially with a person from a minority racial group, reveal a continued presence.

The St. Paul Foundation recently received a $1.8 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to expand its Facing Race anti-racisim initiative throughout the state. Rowzat Shipchandler, Racial Equity Manager at the St. Paul Foundation, spoke with KFAI reporter Jessica Folker about the award.

On April 8, R. James Addington won the St. Paul Foundation’s Facing Race Ambassador Award:

On February 13, 2008 in St. Paul, a historic agreement between city and county officials, local legislators, the labor community, and the St.

Middle schoolers in St. Paul have been spending time after school sawing and hammering boats together to ready them for use on one of the city’s many urban waterways. Tuesday, June 1, was the reward for all their hard work, the launching of their fleet. KFAI’s Connor Molloy has more.


The schools will sell the boats they made to fund future boat building classes.

As school districts across the state face budget issues, Saint Paul is dealing with an especially large revenue shortfall of $25 million dollars. The school district has proposed closing three schools, cutting teachers, staff and cutting back its open enrollment policy. At a public forum last week, District administration outlined its plan to members of the community.

Local police agencies are using television as a new way to solve crimes. A new program from Comcast Cable and the St. Paul Police Department uses Comcast’s on-demand services to get viewers to help crack Minnesota’s cold cases. Comcast’s Police Blotter On-Demand program is the first program in the state to use on-demand services to solve crimes. KFAI’s Katey DeCelle reports.


Only four wards in St. Paul entered into this fall’s City Council primaries: Ward 2, Ward 4, Ward 5, and Ward 7.

New St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva revealed her budget for 2010-2011, slicing $12.5 million on top of $18.5 million in reductions authorized last week by the school board. Arlington Senior High School could be closed along with seven other schools. Once again, instrumental music lessons for grades 4-6 is on the chopping block, saving the district $900,000.