Category Archives: St Paul

Help Save Lives Dig Out St Paul Fire Hydrants

We never get tired of this video below.  Okay it is a little bit corny but the message of cleaning off the nearest fire hydrant to your house is an important one.  Time is of the essence when the nearest Ladder Company of the St Paul’s Bravest show up to put out a fire.  Let us say that again, Time is very important to saving lives in a fire.  If a firefighter has to waste time digging a hydrant out of a snow bank, your loved one, or your pets, or your neighbors, and their pets could die.

You can take turns with your neighbor over who gets to do the honor of Digging out the Hydrant.

This article was re-posted by permission of  It was published on December 16, 2017.  I used to shovel sidewalks for extra cash during the winter, and I always used to shovel the hydrants free of snow near the clients I had.  ~~ Publius Jr.


Coffeehouse Poetry Slam at the Hub Featuring Melissa Lozada-Oliva April 13, 2018 7-9pm

 April is National Poetry Month.  There are several opportunities in the area during the month of April to try your hand at being a Bard.  This is one of them another, is the 9th Annual Wordsmiths Toastmasters Poetry Contest on April 23rd at Hamline University’s Giddens Learning Center room 106-W.  We’ll post more about that one in another post.  ~~ admin

Date: April 13, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Blythe Baird Email:
Location: The Hub (basement of HU’s Bush Student Center)
Sponsor: Programming Board (HUPB)

Description: Coffeehouse Poetry Slam description

HUPB presents… The April Coffeehouse POETRY SLAM featuring MELISSA LOZADA-OLIVA!

This event is free and open to the public! This event is also the LAST Coffeehouse Poetry Slam of the year!! Don’t miss it!

Where: The Hub (basement of HU’s Bush Student Center, 1537 Hewitt AveHamline Campus Map & Virtual Tour (the Google Map doesn’t list where this is and the address is missing as well it’s to the west of the Leonidas Hamline Statue on the north side of the street across from Giddens Learning Center)

When: Friday, April 13th, 2018

Sign-up to slam: starts at 6:30 pm
The show: starts at 7 pm

Anyone is welcome to sign up. No experience required!
1st place receives $100, 2nd place receives $50!

Coffee and treats (good ones- like cake pops and chocolate covered strawberries) will be served!

Rules of the slam:

• There will be 8-10 slots for people to sign up at 6:30 pm. If we get more sign-ups than that, we will draw randomly from those who signed up to fill the slots.
• There will be 3 rounds in which each poet will read a poem that they wrote, either from memory or off of some sort of technology(phone or paper). Eliminations will occur each round. Typically we go from 8 to 4 to top 2.
• Randomly chosen audience members will rate each poem on a scale of 0.0 to 10.0.
• Each poem has a time limit of 3 minutes and 10 seconds, and half a point will be deducted for every 10 seconds over the limit.
• Props & musical accompaniments are not allowed and will incur a penalty if used. (Props include using clothing for emphasis, or any other thing on stage that is not a body part or your voice.)

Questions? Email or

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a spoken word poet & educator living in New York by way of Boston. She is the author of chapbooks Plastic Pajaros & Rude Girl is Lonely Girl!(pizza pi press) & peluda (Button Poetry), which explores the intersecting narratives of body image, hair removal & Latina identity. Her works have been featured on Buzzfeed, REMEZCLA, Glamour Magazine, Huffington Post, Upworthy, The Guardian, and her mom’s Facebook statuses. She is currently an MFA candidate at New York University.

Check out one of Melissa’s poems here:

We are posting this article as Hamline University is within the boundaries of House District 66B.  We are not connected to, or associated with Hamline University.  The featured poet is not exactly Conservative and may appeal more to the students at this Liberal Arts University but she has free speech rights like everyone else.  This is a courtesy, we copied this from the Hamline University Website: Hamline News — admin

Grassroots North Carolina & Mark Robinson Stand Up for 2nd Amendment Rights at Greensboro City Council

Public Comments at the Greensboro North Carolina City Council meeting had some concerned law abiding gun owners commenting about the anti-2nd Amendment anti-gun show ordinances of the Mayor and City Council.  Andy Stevens, a Veteran, speaks first from Grassroots North Carolina (GRNC), the local Director of Government Affairs.  Mr Stevens was holding the Mayor and City Council of Greensboro North Carolina up to the law that protects exhibitors such at the Greensboro Gun Show at their civic center.

At 4:38 minutes into the video below Mark Robinson addresses the Mayor & City Council.  Mr Robinson tells it like it is, he is like the majority of law abiding gun owners.  The video is 8:55 minutes long.

Greensboro lifelong citizen Mark Robinson asks why law-abiding citizens are being blamed for criminals’ actions who don’t follow the law.  He gives a passionate speech about how his rights are being infringed on by the city leaders of Greensboro NC.  We applaud both speakers especially Mark Robinson.

We got permission to re-post this article from the who posted this article on April 5, 2018.  — admin

Coffee with a Cop

Meet the Central District officers, ask questions, and learn more about the officers that work in your community. This is an opportunity for positive dialogue and community engagement.

  • When: Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
  • Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location: Dar’s Double Scoop, 1048 Rice St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55117
Coffee with a Cop at Dar's Double Scoop
Coffee with a Cop at Dar’s Double Scoop

Can’t make March, 21st, 2018, a second opportunity  the morning of March 29th, 2018 at White Castle on White Bear Ave. Enjoy a cup of coffee with some East District police officers.  Use this as an opportunity to ask them questions and have a dialogue to get to know your officers in East District better.

  • When: Thursday, March 29th, 2018
  • Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Location: White Castle, 1601 White Bear Ave N., Saint Paul, MN 55109
Coffee with a Cop at White Castle
Coffee with a Cop at White Castle

Coffee with a Cop is coordinated by the SPPD Engagement Unit:

  • SPPD Community Engagement Unit
  • 367 Grove Street; Saint Paul, MN 55101
  • 651-266-5485
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