Kazoua Kong Thao

Kazoua Kong Thao

The third Hmong American to serve on the Saint Paul School Board of Education, Kazoua Kong Thao has made an impact on how we learn today. Kazoua is the chair of the Saint Paul School Board of Education; she is serving her second term. Kazoua makes decisions on what is...
Life seen through two windows on Payne Avenue

Life seen through two windows on Payne Avenue

I am a proud resident of Payne Avenue on Railroad Island in Saint Paul. I moved from New Hope, a quiet, safe, and aged western suburb settled in the 1960s by young families looking for a suburban lawn and a picket fence. I lived there for the first year of my life. It...
Skiing on Pike Island

Skiing on Pike Island

Pike Island ought to be the perfect place for a novice cross-country skier like me. Bounded by the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, the island is flat–no hills, no moguls, no sharp twisty turns. This desolate wooded island is also close to home, just a...
I (Heart) Swede Hollow

I (Heart) Swede Hollow

I pulled up in my blue Honda SUV. “New Orleans, Proud To Call It Home” read the bumper sticker. I had just arrived at my new house—the house I bought without ever seeing. In my life, at that moment, that decision made perfect sense. It was a time when...
Some Cheers for Winter

Some Cheers for Winter

My sister phones. “Storm!” she says, disgusted. “They’re calling this a storm. No wind, maybe an inch of snow. It’s winter, for Pete’s sake, we’re supposed to have snow. Get a grip!” My sister is not one of your hardy...