Ramsey County Fair July 12-16, 2017

The Ramsey County Fair starts off with the White Bear Avenue Parade on a Wednesday  and runs to the following Sunday.  Unlike the Minnesota State Fair the following month, admission is free.  There is a cost to park at the Fair $3.00 but oddly there isn’t a Free Metro Transit Bus Pass as there is for Rondo Days.

The Ramsey Count Fair is all about 6 things:

  1. 4H Animals
  2. Fair Food
  3. Carnival Rides & Games
  4. Stuff to Buy
  5. Music
  6. Car Show

There is a 7th category that most people try to avoid:  Political Booths.

Since we want to have fun at the Fair too, we’re deciding to not say any more about Political Booths.

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, July 12 (5:00 pm to 11:00 pm)
5:00pm Fair Opens
3:00 – 7:00pm Youth & 4H Judging
5:00 – 8:00pm Petting Zoo
Farmer for a Day (Agriculture Tent)
Owen’s Animals (Agriculture Tent)
7:00pm White Bear Avenue Parade
7:00pm Chad Edwards Band (Main Stage)
8:00pm 4H Turn the Tables, 4H Youth Judges
10:00pm Exhibit & Commercial Buildings Close
11:00pm Fair Closes

Thursday, July 13 (5:00 PM to 11:00 PM)
5:00pm Fair Opens
5:00 – 8:00pm Petting Zoo
Farmer for a Day (Agriculture Tent)
Owen’s Animals (Agriculture Tent)
5:30pm Showboat Marionettes
6:00pm Pet Show Registration (Activity Tent)
6:30pm Pet Show (Activity Tent)
6:30pm 4H Arts-In Performance (4H Stage)
7:00pm Good for Gary Band (Main Stage)
7:30pm 4H Arts-In Performance (4H Stage)
8:00pm Showboat Marionettes
10:00pm Exhibit & Commercial Buildings Close
11:00pm Fair Closes

Friday, July 14 (12:00 noon to midnight)
12:00pm Fair Opens
12:00pm 4H Demonstrations (Main Stage)
12:00 – 4:00pm Academy for Science and Agriculture High School – Bee Exhibit (Agriculture Tent)
U of M College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (Agriculture Tent)
12:00 – 8:00pm Petting Zoo
Farmer for a Day (Agriculture Tent)
1-5:00pm Learn to Juggle w/Nick Langseth of the Amazing Budabi Brothers (Activity Tent)
Minnesota Mad Science – Hands on Activities (Activity Tent)
3:00pm Showboat Marionettes
3-6:00pm Silly Miss Tilly Balloon Creations (Exhibit Building)
4-7:00pm Owen’s Animals (Activity Tent)
5:30pm Showboat Marionettes
6:30pm 4H Arts-In Performance (4H Stage)
7:30pm 4H Arts-In Performance (4H Stage)
7:30pm 70’s Magic Sunshine Band (Main Stage)
8:30pm Showboat Marionettes
10:00pm Fireworks
10:00pm Exhibit & Commercial Buildings Close
11:30pm Carnival Rides Close
12:00am Fair Closes

Saturday, July 15 (12:00 noon to midnight)
7:00am Rose Registration (Exhibit Building)
12:00pm Fair Opens
12:00 – 4:00pm Bell Museum – Hungry Planet Activities (Agriculture Tent)
Academy for Science and Agriculture High School – Bee Exhibit (Agriculture Tent)
U of M College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (Agriculture Tent)
12:00 – 6:00pm Gibbs Farm Activities (Activity Tent)
12:00 – 8:00pm Petting Zoo and Farmer for a Day (Agriculture Tent)
1:00pm 4-H Fashion Revue Judging/Workshop (4H Stage)
1-4:00pm Minnesota Raptor Center (Activity Tent)
1:30pm Showboat Marionettes
2:00pm Holy Rocka Rollaz Band (Main Stage)
3:00pm 4H Arts-In Performance (4H Stage)
3-6:00pm Silly Miss Tilly Balloon Creations (Exhibit Building)
4-7:00pm Owen’s Animals (Activity Tent)
6:30pm 4H Arts-In Performance (4H Stage)
6:30pm Showboat Marionettes
7:30pm 4H Arts-In Performance (4H Stage)
7:30pm You Oughta Know Band (Main Stage)
8:30pm Showboat Marionettes
10:00pm Exhibit & Commercial Buildings Close
11:30pm Carnival Rides Close
12:00am Fair Closes

Sunday, July 16 (12:00 noon to 9:00 PM)
10:30am Trinity Baptist Church Service – open to anyone wanting to attend (Main Stage)
11:00am Ramsey County Car Show—”Annual Cruise In” – Registration
12:00pm Fair Opens
12- 4:00pm Car Show: “Annual Cruise-In”
4H Rabbit Show & Agility Contest (Activity Tent)
12-8:00pm Petting Zoo and Farmer for a Day (Agriculture Tent)
12:00pm Los Alegres Bailadores Dancers (Main Stage)
1:00pm Showboat Marionettes
1:45pm Still To Be Announced (Main Stage)
3:00pm 4H Arts-In Performance (4H Stage)
3:00pm Macalester College Pipe Band (Main Stage)
3-6:00pm Silly Miss Tilly Balloon Creations (Exhibit Building)
4:00pm Iny Asian Dancers (Main Stage)
4:00pm 4H Arts-In Performance (4H Stage)
4-7:00pm Owen’s Animals (Activity Tent)
4:30pm Showboat Marionettes
5:00pm 4H Arts-In Performance (4H Stage)
5:15pm Senior Citizen of the Year Award (Main Stage)
5:30pm County Fair Amateur Talent Contest (Main Stage)
7:00pm Showboat Marionettes
8:00pm Exhibit & Commercial Buildings Close
9:30pm Fair Closes

Fair Highlights
Free Admission!!! $3.00 Parking
White Bear Avenue Parade Wednesday, July 12, 2017
6:00 PM Lineup – 7:00 PM Start
Ride Special:
All rides are $2.00/ride the 1st two hours of fair opening each day.
Arm Band Special (weekend only): $22.00 each day for all rides
Friday night – 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday – Noon – 5:00 PM

Daily Highlights
Academy for Science and Agriculture High School
Bell Museum and U of M Agriculture CFANs
4H Rabbit Show & Agility Contest and Gibbs Farm
4-H Activities, Challenges and Arts-In-Performances
Owen’s Animals, MN Mad Science, and Juggling w/Nick
Showboat Marionettes & Silly Miss Tilly Balloon Creations
Farmer for a Day Activity Station and Petting Zoo
Bingo, Beer, Pull Tabs, Carnival Rides, and Food
Open Class Exhibits with Daily Demonstrations

Car Show July 16th

Ramsey County Fair Annual Cruise In
Registration 11am
12 – 4pm

Ramsey County Fair
2020 White Bear Avenue In Maplewood

Top “10” Awards at 3:30pm
50 Dash Plaques to the first 50 Cars

For more info, contact:
Terry Wold 612-759-5433 / Joe Fox: 651-777-6514

Cops n Rodders Car Show at Ramsey County Fair 2016

Hosted by Cops n Rodders & St. Paul Police K-9 Foundation


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Celebrating 34 Years: Rondo Days Parade July 15, 2017 12 pm

2017 Rondo Days Parade Route July 15 starting at 10:00 am

Forever will Rondo Days be a living remembrance of what once was.

A former vibrant neighborhood was wiped out by the construction of the Interstate 94 Highway through St Paul Minnesota.  While we can’t go back in the past and un-make it; we can move into the future and keep the traditions alive, so that future generations will make sure this sort of action by the government never happens again.

Rondo Days is a 5 day long celebration with activities that Start TONIGHT July 11th!


July 11th – 9 Nights of Music featuring Bass Face

9 Nights of Music feat. Bass Face

July 12th – Invitation only Heroes of Rondo Power Breakfast

Heroes of Rondo Power Breakfast

July 13th – The Rondo Senior Dinner 5pm to 8pm at Mt Olivet Baptist Church

Rondo Senior Dinner

July 15th – The Frank Adams 5k Walk & Run 8 to 9 am

Frank Adams 5K Walk & Run

July 15 – Rondo Days Grande Parade starts 10 am to 12 pm, starts at St Peter Claver Church

Rondo Days Grande Parade

Free Bus Pass

METRO TRANSIT is providing FREE rides to the Rondo Days Parade and Festival on Saturday July 15th from 7:00am until 8:00pm.  Click on the link to GET YOUR FREE PASS!!!

For more information please use the contact information for Rondo Avenue Inc

(651) 315-7676


1360 University Ave. W. – PO Box 140 – St. Paul, MN 55104


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#ProLifeSunday Happy Aunts & Uncles Day July 9, 2017

Since 2004, I, Publius Jr, have celebrated Aunts & Uncles Day.  I first put it on the 2nd Sunday in July in 2005.  My late-dad passed away in July of 2003.  My aunts and uncles were so supportive of me and my family that they helped me through the bereavement process.  I wanted to thank them in a big way so I started up Aunts & Uncles Day.

Okay, I’m an uncle to 5 lovely nieces, and 2 handsome nephews, and I wanted a day to get some swag too.  You see some men and women like me are not yet parents, but being an aunt or uncle is important to ones family structure.  As an uncle I’ve taught things to my nieces and nephews that their parents forgot…like how to eat cold cereal.  One of them ate the dry cereal first then drank from a glass of milk.  I showed them that you pour milk into cereal then drink the left over milk up.

It is important to show your nephews and nieces that their parents were once in their shoes.  It’s a loving bridge between generations.

I also noticed that we only celebrate Moms, Dads, and Grandparents but not anyone else in the Family.  So we added Brothers, Sisters & Cousins day in August 2005, and recently we added Friends & Colleagues Day in October.

If we Americans want to have a rich fulfilling life we need to reclaim the extended family.  I admire immigrants who honor the extended family and 1st or 2nd generation families that still give homage and respect to their elders.

So go call your Aunts & Uncles up today and let them know how much they mean to you.

Happy Aunts & Uncles Day!

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Black Guns Matter – Minneapolis, Firearm Safety & Training June 26, 2017 6-8:30pm

2nd Amendment Advocacy & Firearm Safety & Training

Maj Toure

Organizer of Black Guns Matter – Minneapolis

Maj Toure is a Solutionary Hip Hop artist turned 2A activist from North Philly. His following began after he was featured on the cover of the Philadelphia Weekly as “the Prophet of Philadelphia.” He founded the Black Guns Matter movement in 2015 and advocates for 2nd amendment education and information for urban communities. Maj has been featured in the New York Times, Breitbart News, National Public Radio, NRANews, SaintPaulRepublicans.us and a lot of others praise him for his out-of-the-box approach to 2nd amendment advocacy.

What:   North Philly activist, Maj Toure, hosts Black Guns Matter class at

Where:  The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection (Marriott)  215 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55401.  Map

Tickets Page:  Click Here

Cost is $5.00 (which will be returned to you upon arrival)

What to Expect at the Black Guns Matter Minneapolis Event

  1. Become a safe, more technical shooter after a customized lesson from NRA certified instructors.
  2. Discuss 2nd amendment culture & philosophy with Maj Toure
  3. Network with new & old members of the gun community
  4. Connect with lawyers & firearms dealers

Everyone who registers has the option of the class, meet and greets, and learning how to shoot. First timers are advised to take advantage of this opportunity.



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44th Annual Back to the 50’s Car Show June 23-25, 2017

Back to the 50’s Car Show June 23-25, 2017

Father’s Day is Sunday June 18th, the best gift other than a hug, your undying respect for him, are tickets to attend with him to the 44th Annual Back to the 50’s Car Show starting on Friday June 23rd and ending on Sunday Afternoon June 25th.

You don’t have to break your bank to attend.  You can get Discount Tickets for $10 at participating NAPA Auto Parts Stores. Otherwise pay at the door $12.  Kids 12 & under get in FREE with a paying adult.


Here is a FREE MSRA 2017 Visitor’s Guide 

Back to the 50’s Map & Schedule

Metro Transit – Free R/T Pass

Minnesota Street Rod Association (MSRA) is celebrating their 50th anniversary 1967 to 2017


The MSRA celebrates 50 years 1967 – 2017

For 44 years the MSRA has gathered thousands of Cars and Car Enthusiasts for a great time to reminisce and for the COOL Factor of hanging around Street Rods & other kinds of old cars.  You don’t even have to own a Street Rod to belong to the MSRA.

There are all kinds of things to do and to see at the MSRA Back to the 50’s Car Show.  With over 12,000 cars, a Swap Meet, and even a Church service on Sunday you won’t be disappointed even it rains while you’re there.

MSRA Schedule of Events

The Minnesota Street Rod Association’s 44th annual “Back to the Fifties Weekend” presented by NAPA Auto Parts will blanket the State Fairgrounds with more than 12,000 street rods, customs, classics and restored vehicles, all dating from 1964 and earlier.

Named “Best Car Show” in the nation by USA Today in 2016, this amazing show offers something for everyone:

  • Dave Kindig of Kindig-It Design will be on-site throughout the weekend

Dave Kindig

  • More than 350 indoor and outdoor vendors and exhibits
  • Ladies’ Showcase in the Dairy Building – 60+ vendors, fashion, food & pampering

Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Cruise-N-Arts Craft Fair in the Education Building: decor, gifts & more

Friday & Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Model Car Contest inside the Grandstand Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Awards held Sunday at 4 p.m.

  • HUGE Sunday Swap Meet on the Midway – Sunday: 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • NAPA Auto Parts Display – All weekend
  • Twin Cities Classic Car Auto Auction – Friday and Saturday
  • Free concerts on Friday & Saturday nights at the Band shell on Cosgrove
    • Friday Holy Rocka RollazSaturday Robby Vee
    • Saturday noon – 3 p.m. Big Q Pinup Contest, Rockabilly Radio and Jack Knife & the Sharps
  • MSRA is partnered with Metro Transit Plan your trip via bus and/or light rail to the fairgrounds. Check out MSRAbacktothe50s.com for a link to print a free ride pass on Metro Transit’s buses and trains.

Sunday 10:30 a.m. Church Service & The Memories at band shell

MSRA Videos

MSRA Legislative Committee

The T-6 Thunder North American Flight Team Annual Fly Over Saturday at 11 am

Dave Kindig of Kindig-It Designs talks Back to the 50’s 

Back to the 50’s SWAP MEET. Sunday June 25 from 6am to 3pm

Founding Members of the MSRA met at Leaning Tower of Pizza in 1967

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Flag Day June 14, 1777: The 13 Folds of the US Flag

Flag Day is June 14th and it was on this day in 1777 when the 2nd Continental Congress adopted the Flag of the United States.  It is also 2 years after the Continental Army was created to fight the British in our War of Independence.

In 1916 the President of the United States of America, Woodrow Wilson declared June 14th to be Flag Day.  In 1949 by an Act of Congress National Flag Day was established.

Some time ago when I, Publius Jr, read the book, SEAL of Honor: Operation Red Wings and the Life of Lt Michael P Murphy, Congressional Medal of Honor Winner (awarded posthumously) I ran across a reference to the 13 folds of the US Flag.  It is very interesting what the 13 folds of the US Flag mean.  Below is a video that best explains it, narrated by Ann M Wolf.  ~~ Publius Jr.

The above information about Flag Day came from Wikipedia.

The text below is from the militaryfoundation.org

The 13 Folds of the Flag

The 1st fold of our Flag is a symbol of life

The 2nd fold of our Flag is a symbol of our belief in eternal life

The 3rd fold of our Flag is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents our weaker nature, for as American Citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right, or wrong.”

The 6th fold is for where our hearts lie.  It is with our heart that We Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The 7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they are found within, or without the boundaries of our republic.

The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers.  For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the Father, for he too, has given his sons and daughters for defense of our country since they were first born.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust.”

After the Flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat; ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States; preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.

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Happy Birthday President Trump, June 14th, Sign His Birthday Card

I, Publius Jr, got a note from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  It read:

Sign the card!

This will be the most important birthday of his presidency because it will show him how passionate his supporters really are.

Add your name to his birthday card now to show our President that he has your support and appreciation.

Feel free to click the links above and sign President Donald Trump’s Birthday Card.

Another way to show your appreciation of President Trump’s goal to Make America Great Again is to put your US Flag out on June 14, as it is Flag Day.  Also you can find a US Army Member or Veteran and thank him or her for their service, as it is the 242nd Anniversary of the founding of the US Army.  ~~ Publius Jr (US Army Vet)

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Letter to the Editor: The Traffic Mess on Maryland Avenue

The following letter to the editor is from a letter writer named, Robert Oppelt.  He is a long time East Side of St Paul Resident.  This letter is published by the Pioneer Press on June 7, 2017.  We agree with the letter writer about this mess, using our tax dollars.  Feel free to complain about the experiment that Ramsey County is testing on Maryland Avenue on the link on our May 12th Post.

~~ Publius Jr.

Letter: The traffic mess on Maryland Avenue

I’ve lived within two blocks of East Maryland Avenue for most of the past 45 years, and never in all that time have I seen its traffic as badly messed up as it is now, with the exception of the amazingly frequent complete shutdowns for some silly project or another. But to change it from four lanes to two (yes, there’s an intermittent middle lane for left turners, broken up by what I assume will be pedestrian islands, but that only helps to a minuscule degree) is idiotic almost beyond belief.

It now takes two, or sometimes three, light changes to make it through an intersection during rush hours; and God help you if you get stuck behind a city bus! Every time they stop, you stop, causing traffic back-ups literally as far as the eye can see. Some businesses can now be accessed only from one side of the street, and even if you can get into one, it can take forever to get back out — especially if you want to turn left. The same problem faces those attempting to enter from a side street: right turns are difficult, left turns — impossible.

Perhaps we should just block off the street completely, plant grass and tell the businesses we no longer want them in St. Paul. It’ll save them a slow death. The biggest aggravation is that they’re using my tax dollars to inflict this on us. Whether it’s local, state or a federal “grant,” it was still taxpayer-earned money to begin with. I sure wish it were being spent to hire someone with university training in traffic engineering, rather than giving the task to the winner of a kindergarten coloring contest.

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Lake Nokomis Walk Run for Life June 10, 2017

One of our friends in St Paul, the 66A Republican Chair Janan Sharpe, from the Ft Snelling Memorial Chapel Team is participating in this event on June 10th.  We wanted to inform the public of this event.  It benefits New Life Family Services.  It is a non-profit operation that helps men & women learn that abortion is not the only way to deal with an unplanned pregnancy.  ~~ Publius Jr.

Saturday, June 10th – Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis

9:00 a.m. Registration opensRegisterOnlineButton
9:30 a.m. Kid’s Race (1 mile or 0.25 mile) & Activities
10:00 a.m. Walk and Fun Run Begins

(Both the walk and run will begin at the main beach house.SponsorFormButton The runners will lead the way with walkers following behind.)

Post Walk
Chick-fil-A* lunch, First Light Puppet Show, and Kid’s ActivitiesChurchResourceButton

*Chick-fil-A lunch is $5/person, which includes a chicken sandwich, potato chips, and cookie or a salad. WalkButtonVolunteerYou 
must prepay for lunch during online registration OR by contacting Jessica at 612-746-5662. Lunch will not be available for purchase the day of the event.


Register individually or as a group online or by phone at (612) 746-5662. Groups must consist of 5 or more.


Ask family and friends to support you with a
tax-deductible gift. Ask in person, send an email letting your friends and family know about your participation in the Walk & Run, and set up a personal fundraising web page (provided to you automatically after registering online).

Customize your fundraising page by uploading a photo, adding a personalized message, and setting your fundraising goal. Then share your web page with as many people as possible and watch the donations pour in. Online sponsors have the option to pay immediately via credit card, mail in their donation, or choose to be billed following the event (New Life will bill on your behalf).

Aim to raise at least $100 to earn your free New Life drawstring bag!


Bring any collected pledges to the event and check in at the registration table when you arrive. Then Walk or Run knowing your participation is making a significant difference in the lives of many!

Questions about this event can be directed to Jessica at 612-746-5662.

If you would like to know more about New Life Family Services click on the links below.

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Hire a Republican: St Paul Human Rights & Economic Opportunity Commission seeks New Members

Here is an opportunity for Republicans to serve in City Government in the city called St Paul.  Too often these sorts of jobs go to the cronies of the Mayor, City Council people, County Commissioners, or the DFL Farm Team aka District Councils.  We would like to see a Conservative Republican to step up into a position of this sort and show people that we are not the 3rd prong of the Republican Party Stereotype:  Being Indifferent.  Republicans of St Paul are far from being indifferent as we are mostly Christian Conservatives.  Show them what we stand for and apply for this position.

This notice showed up in an inbox of one of our subscribers on June 1st. ~~ Publius Jr.

Saint Paul Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission seeking new members

Citizen group advises on equity issues on behalf of the diverse communities of Saint Paul

(SAINT PAUL) – The City of Saint Paul and the Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) Commission are currently seeking qualified individuals to serve on the HREEO Commission. The HREEO Commission is responsible for monitoring and advising the HREEO department on promoting justice, equity, and confronting discriminatory practices occurring within the City of Saint Paul.

The HREEO Commission has the following powers and duties:

  • Serve in an advisory capacity to the director of the Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Department;
  • Review the performance of the Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity every three years;
  • Hear and determine discrimination complaints brought under the Saint Paul Human Rights and Public Health, Safety and Welfare Ordinances; and
  • Conduct studies, hearings, and investigations and make recommendations to the department based on their findings

The commission meets once a month, every third Tuesday of the month. Meetings typically last two hours. Commissioners are expected to serve on subcommittees and special projects which require an additional time commitment.

For more information, please visit Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission, or call 651-266-8966. Interested individuals can apply online (there are several boards one can apply for at this link, so you’ll have to scroll down the list to find this commission).

Alex Dumke
alexander.dumke@stpaul.gov | 651-266-8969

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