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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Innovative urban farming and a radio station: new projects taking shape in Ward 7

Submitted by Saint Paul City Council President Kathy Lantry

Plans Underway for New East Side Radio Station
There are lots of exciting things happening in neighborhoods on Saint Paul’s East Side, and pretty soon there will be another great way to share that information in the community. 
The Dayton’s Bluff Community Council has received word that they are one of the first local, nonprofit organizations in Minnesota to get permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create a low-power FM radio station that will serve the East Side of Saint Paul. 
The first step in this ambitious plan is to install a new antenna, which will be about two stories tall, at the 180 Degrees facility located at 7th Street and Johnson Parkway.  Following that, the community council hopes to find studio space and get final approval from the FCC to operate at 104.7 FM on the radio dial.
The Dayton’s Bluff Community Council has established an advisory committee to chart the course for the new station.  They have determined that the new radio station needs to be a reflection of neighborhood and include programming that will represent communities of color, youth, local artists, religious organizations, businesses and non-English speakers. 
Residents participated in planning the new station on Tuesday at the Dayton’s Bluff Community Center. If you are interested in getting involved, you can contact the Community Council at daytonsbluff@gmail.com or call 651-772-2075.

Urban Organics Grand Opening

This week, I was pleased to be a part of the grand opening celebration for Urban Organics, a great new East Side business located in the former Hamm’s Brewery buildings.  This exciting new venture is at the forefront of local and sustainable urban agriculture. 
I have written previously about how Urban Organics is raising Tilapia and fresh organic vegetables with special water filtration technology by Pentair.  By-products from the fish are filtered to provide nutrient rich water for the vegetables in a special growing system that uses far less water than traditional agriculture.  The water is then recycled to be used again in the fish tanks.  The end results are fresh, organically grown vegetables (which will be available at Lunds and Byerly’s stores) and healthy tilapia filets.
We are so pleased to have this new business on the East Side and look forward to celebrating the grand openings for Flat Earth Brewery and 11Wells Distillery, which will be opening soon in other buildings on the Hamm’s site (what a great neighborhood!).
Watch a video of the Grand Opening Celebration.

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