July 24, 2012 — A handful of small businesses along the path of a future light-rail line in St. Paul says construction on the project has led to damages on their property. A mosque reports that digging outside the building caused a foundation leak and flooded the basement, which still reeks of mold two months later. Outside a Hmong clothing chop, a heavy metal awning looks like it's about to fall off the wall. But Chicago-based general contractor Walsh Construction is denying responsibility for the damages, saying the problems predate construction. The Metropolitan Council, which is managing the project, says these disputes are between the property owners and the contractor, and that there's little the council can do.
February 27, 2012 — If the Asian business owners on University Avenue in St. Paul have their way, the future Western Avenue light-rail stop will be renamed "Little Mekong," after the river in Southeast Asia that runs through China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. They launch their branding campaign this weekend. This is one of many requests that the Asian entrepreneurs say will help ensure their survival after the Central Corridor project is built. Past efforts to brand the area as "Asiatown," however, have been controversial, especially with the neighborhood's African-American community.
June 27, 2008 — With the Republican National Convention only two months away, the city of St. Paul and local business leaders are scrambling to fill all of those empty downtown storefronts. The city has a downtown building vacancy rate of more than 20 percent, so they're trying to lure merchants from other parts of the city to set up temporary shops along the skyways and ground level storefronts, at least for the week of the convention. The move is partly intended to make the city's core look more alive when the national spotlight shines on St. Paul the first week of September.
April 17, 2008 — Plans for a light-rail line along University Avenue have made many St. Paul business owners both cautious and curious. Now they're learning that the proposal to link Minneapolis and St. Paul could eat up much more street parking than initially thought. Business owners on the eastern end of the avenue had a number of concerns when they gathered yesterday at an Asian grocery with Central Corridor planners.
February 5, 2008 — A no-frills Asian shopping bazaar in St. Paul attracts thousands of customers a day. Now, the owner of International Market wants to expand his business into a tourist destination. He's asking the city of St. Paul for 2-million-dollars in tax breaks to complete his dream. But first, he may need to improve his reputation with city inspectors.
November 14, 2006 — A new census report shows that while some minority groups are struggling economically, the Hmong community in Minnesota has made significant gains. Their per capita income jumped up fifty percent over the last five years. Joining us this morning is Ilean Her. She's the executive director of the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans.
August 19, 2004 — On August 10th, Minnesota Public Radio announced that St. Olaf College had accepted its bid of $10.5 million for the college's radio station, WCAL, also known as Classical 89.3. Minnesota Public Radio President Bill Kling joins Gary Eichten to answer questions from MPR listeners about buying WCAL and a range of other topics.
May 26, 2004 — Minnesota Public Radio president Bill Kling is in the MPR studios to talk with host Gary Eichten about the station, the new MPR building, and topics on the minds of MPR listeners.
April 1, 2004 — Members of minority bar associations, area law schools and law firms will launch a website today that they hope will dispel some of the myths about Minnesota that they say discourage people of color from moving here. The site will feature profiles of noted legal professionals of color and offer information about such things as where to live and shop.
March 11, 2004 — Target might sell Marshall Field's and Mervyn's chains. Minneapolis-based Target Corporation says it's considering the possible sale of its struggling Mervyn's and Marshall Field's chains. The Minneapolis-based retail chain says it's hired the Goldman Sachs firm to review the stores' future. Marshall Fields has stores in North Dakota's major cities. Industry watchers have expected the move. Guests on the program are University of St. Thomas marketing professor David Brennan, and Pioneer Press columnist Dave Beal.