Mayor Explains Fire Fighters Endorsement

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Union, Local 2665 has endorsed my mayoral opponent, Nikylan Knapper. IAFF has also published a document stating that it has a mission to create a Central Metro Fire and Rescue Fire Protection District (FPD). The geographic boundaries encompass 20 municipalities and 15 municipal fire departments, covering 188,010 residents and 57.54 square miles.

Maplewood History: Rarer Than Rare – A Third Image of James Compton Sutton Found!

Depending on how long you have been following Maplewood History, you may recall the heaping chests of artifacts from the legacy of William Lyman Thomas? Or all of the terrific Kalb Electric stuff rescued from a tag sale by Marty Fischer.  Or how about the many Slavik/Irwin family images lent by Matt Irwin-Perkins?  It would be a crime not to mention the Fennell trove recently donated by Nancy Fennell Hawkins.

Mayor Advocates for Equity Commission

A year ago, with the country undergoing major social change, I proposed that Maplewood create an Equity Commission. In my experience of 18 years as an elected official, I have seen the benefits that our boards and commissions have brought to our community. We have an abundance of intelligent and engaged citizens who can help coordinate issues of diversity, social justice, transparency and inclusion between Council, City staff and the other boards and commissions.

Re: Maplewood Small Business Hub – Federal Grant Writing Services

In 2020 Congress passed the CARES Act that allocated funds for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which are forgivable loans. But a substantial number of small businesses were not able to apply for the PPP before the program’s funds were depleted. Because of this, many Maplewood small businesses missed an opportunity for a lifeline in the form of federal funding during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. If elected mayor, I will work to ensure that does not happen again.

Maplewood History: A Fraser Park Discovery – The Johansen Home – Part One

When the artist, Margaret Keller, and her husband, Rick Puller, bought their late Victorian home in Fraser Park 25 years ago, they knew they were getting a high quality home but little else.  It was one of their neighbors, Dick Walker, who had lived across the street for many decades who gave them an interesting clue to the history of their new/old digs. He told them that it had been built by a shoe manufacturer named Johansen.  He even had a 1997 catalog with information that the company had been founded in 1876.

Maplewood History: Remembering Bill Jones, Maplewood’s Premier Memoirist

Bill Jones, who passed early this year, and his wife Barb are certainly familiar to followers of this space. Nothing lasts forever.  Not trees, not rocks and certainly not people.  Bill lasted longer than most.  He left us his memories of early parts of his long life here in Maplewood.  I know that I am not alone in saying that I truly appreciate and enjoy them.

Vandal breaks Mauhaus Cat Cafe window media reports

A vandal broke a window in the front of Mauhaus Cat Cafe on Wednesday. No cats were harmed in the breaking of the window, Mauhaus reported. Also, donations came in to more than cover the costs from the damage, they said on Facebook.