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St. Louis Firefighters Memorial surrounded by trash until these volunteers cleaned it up



St. Louis Firefighters Memorial surrounded by trash until these volunteers cleaned it up

ST. LOUIS — A memorial dedicated to St. Louis firefighters had been surrounded by trash until volunteers worked together to clean up the mess.

KMOX radio host Charlie Brennan stopped by the Firefighters Memorial, located on Chestnut Street in downtown St. Louis, Monday morning and noticed it had become a dumping ground for litter.

The memorial, which was dedicated in 1994, features a bronze sculpture of a firefighter atop a granite pedestal cradling a rescued girl in his arms.

“This is a sacred place to me,” said retired St. Louis Fire Captain Joe Bogue.

The sight of trash at the memorial was even harder to take in, given the recent death of firefighter Ben Polson. He died Thursday when the roof of a vacant home collapsed during a fire in the 5900 block of Cote Brilliante in north St. Louis.

“It’s hard. I know the guy that posed for the statue, a friend of mine, Ralph Jones. It just touches home for all firemen,” said Bogue.

He was among the close to three dozen volunteers who came to make things at the memorial right again. Current firefighters stopped to pitch in, too.

It was so unplanned. Brennan brought up the mess on his show after stopping at the memorial Monday morning. Then, he thought, ‘Why don’t we do something about it?’ He put out a call for volunteers to meet him at the memorial at 2:00 p.m. to clean the place up.

“It was disgusting to see our memorial to firefighters past and present, defaced with litter as if no one cares,” Brennan said. “The signal is that we don’t care about the firefighters. We don’t care about each other. I don’t think that reflects St. Louis.”

The results do. The volunteers didn’t wait for Brennan. They began showing up more than two hours early from Illinois to Wright City, Missouri.

“I noticed the push broom was here and a lady cleaning with a bag,” said Jack Dempsey, who stopped to volunteer. “So, I said, ‘well I’m here to volunteer as well.’ Perfect timing. They said people will be here around 2:00 p.m., but people just kept showing up.”

Instead of being a sign of how little we care it is again a symbol of just how much we do.


Ration Card New Rules: Government has issued a new rule for ration card — Check Here



Big News Regarding Ration Card Holders That The Ration Card Rule Changed, Know Here New Rules

UP Ration Card New Rules: The UP government has asked the ration card holders to surrender the ration card. The government had earlier fixed the date of surrender of ration card as May 19, which has now been extended till May 24. Along with this, the government has also issued a standard, on the basis of which it can be decided who is eligible and who is ineligible.

Ration Card New Rule: If you are also a ration card holder, then this news is of great use to you. If you too have taken advantage of the ration scheme by going beyond the standard of the government, then now the government can tighten the noose on you. Actually, the government has made a rule to surrender the ration card under certain conditions, showing strictness regarding the ration card. If you violate this then action can be taken against you.

In Uttar Pradesh, preparations have been made to take action against ineligible ration card holders. These cardholders have been asked to surrender the ration card (Ration Card Surrender in UP). The government has also released its eligibility. Under this, the standards for ration card surrender have been set. It is being told that till now 8 lakh ineligible cards have been canceled.

Ration card eligibility rules

  • Must be a resident of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The head of the family should be a woman.
  • The monthly income of the family should be less than Rs 15,000.
  • If male is the head, then who is suffering from incurable disease or whose age is more than 60 years and running the family and the family monthly income does not exceed Rs.15,000.
  • The age of the female head of the household is more than 18 years
  • The family having less than 2 hectares of irrigated land

Surrender the ration card to these people

  • Those who have a four wheeler will have to surrender their ration card.
  • From car to tractor has been included in the four wheeler vehicle.
  • Ration card holders should not have a pucca house built in 100 square meters in rural or urban areas.
  • The government employee will have to surrender the card.
  • Those coming under the purview of income tax will also have to surrender the card.
  • Those having pucca house, AC in homes and generator sets of 5 kW or more capacity will have to submit the card.
  • Families who have any business space of 80 square meters are not eligible for the card.
  • The card will have to be surrendered if the annual income of the family of the urban area is more than 3 lakhs.
  • Those having arms license will have to surrender the ration card.
Big News Regarding Ration Card Holders That The Ration Card Rule Changed, Know Here New Rules

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Business People: Bruce Karstadt to retire at American Swedish Institute



This is portrait of Bruce Karstadt, who is retiring in 2023 as as president and CEO at the American Swedish Institute.


Bruce Karstadt

The American Swedish Institute, a Minneapolis-based cultural center and museum, announced that Bruce Karstadt will retire as president and CEO during the first half of 2023. The organization is planning an executive search effort to find his replacement.


Goff Public, a St. Paul-based political public relations and lobbying firm, announced that Elizabeth Emerson has become a principal. Emerson has led government relations and public affairs work at Goff since 2012. … Minneapolis-based independent ad agency Rise and Shine and Partners announced that Matt Burgess has joined its leadership team as partner and chief creative officer.


Westwood Professional Services, a Minnetonka-based civil engineering firm, announced the appointment of 22 new shareholders and 32 new associates.


Dominium, a Plymouth-based affordable housing owner, developer and manager, announced that it has hired Jen Densmore to serve as its director of talent acquisition. Prior to joining Dominium, Densmore worked for more than 15 years as a talent acquisitions manager at Blattner Co.


Hamline University, St. Paul, announced that Brent Gustafson has been named vice president for finance and administration. Gustafson has served the last 10 years as chief financial officer of the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts. He is an 1994 Hamline grad. … The University of St. Thomas announced that it has chosen Laura Dunham as next dean of its Opus College of Business, officially succeeding the retiring Stefanie Lenway on July 1. Dunham has spent the last five years as associate dean of the school’s Opus’ Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. The University of St. Thomas main campus is in St. Paul with its business school in downtown Minneapolis.


The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis announced the appointment of LuAnne Kinney Pederson as senior vice president and general counsel, effective June 1. Pederson joined the bank as an attorney in 2001 and has served in roles of increasing responsibility in the Legal Division.


Merchants Bank announced that Lisa Lundell has joined the Merchants Bank Advisory Board for Cannon Falls, Hampton and Red Wing. Lundell is a Realtor for REMAX Cannon Realty located in Cannon Falls, Minn., and also serves on the board of directors for the Cannon Falls Chamber of Commerce.


Allina Health, a Twin Cities-based operator of regional hospitals and clinics, announced that Kelly Spratt has moved from being president of Buffalo Hospital and Cambridge Medical Center to become vice president of operations at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. He fills the position formerly held by David Joos, who was named the president of Abbott Northwestern. … Hope Dental Clinic, a St. Paul-based nonprofit offering free dental care and oral health education, announced that Jan Hallstrom has been named executive director.


Spire Credit Union, Falcon Heights, announced that Matt Meyers, Spire’s PACE lender and senior commercial credit analyst, was named the winner of the Midway Chamber of Commerce “Volunteer of the Year” Award at the organization’s annual gala this year.


Winthrop & Weinstine, Minneapolis, announced the additions of attorneys Robert (Bob) E. Box as counsel in the real estate finance practice and Jeremy M. Walls as an associate in the general corporate practice.


Uponor North America, an Apple Valley-based maker of PEX piping for residential and industrial construction, announced that Uponor Corp., the Finland-based parent of Uponor North America, has appointed Jennifer Hauschildt to the newly created position of chief human resources officer for the company worldwide, making her the first North America-based member of the Uponor Executive Committee in a non-presidential role.


Stalk & Spade, a plant-based burger shop started in Wayzata, announced the opening of its first franchised location, at 3925 W. 50th St., Edina, owned by former NHL player David Backes.


ActiFi, a St. Louis Park-based provider of financial adviser software, announced the appointments of Derek Bruton and John Wernz to its board of directors. Bruton is senior managing director of the Gladstone Group; Wernz is in partnership with Cogo Labs.

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Column: A teachable moment — and the true meaning of Jackie Robinson’s legacy to Black baseball players



Column: A teachable moment — and the true meaning of Jackie Robinson’s legacy to Black baseball players

Jackie Robinson was in headlines this weekend when New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson referred to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson as “Jackie” during Saturday’s game, igniting a brouhaha between the two teams.

Whether Donaldson was joking around, as he insisted, or used Robinson’s name in a “racist” manner, as Sox manager Tony La Russa claimed, it was certain to be a hot button debate throughout baseball.

No matter where you stand on the issue, there’s no arguing Jackie Robinson’s name remains as relevant in baseball today as he was when he broke the major-league color barrier 75 years ago.

If cooler heads prevail, this could be a teachable moment for Donaldson and anyone else trying to understand why using Robinson’s name was considered “disrespectful” by Anderson and “racist” by La Russa.

Robinson endured slights both public and private throughout his career, as most fans surely know. The mere idea of a Black man entering the majors was such a sensitive topic in the late 1940s that Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey had an early meeting with broadcaster Red Barber to give him a heads-up.

Barber, who was born in Mississippi, was as popular a radio broadcaster in New York as Harry Caray later became in Chicago. According to Kostya Kennedy’s book, “True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson,” Barber moved to Florida as a child and witnessed a Black man “tarred and feathered and forced through the streets by the Ku Klux Klan.”

Kennedy wrote Rickey wanted Barber to know of his plan to integrate the Dodgers so Barber could look for another job if the broadcaster felt he couldn’t call a game with white and Black players. After the meeting, Barber went home and told his wife, Lylah, what Rickey had said, then informed her he was going to leave the Dodgers.

Lylah said “let’s have a martini” and think things over for a few days. Kennedy wrote “Barber came to a couple of what he would characterize as ‘self-realizations’ about the randomness of his or any other person’s lineage and place in the world; about the second great commandment, ‘Love thy neighbor,’ and about his role as a reporter.”

Barber decided to stay and report what he saw. During a 1949 broadcast in St. Louis, he informed listeners Robinson and two other Black players were forced to stay in an inferior hotel in town without air conditioning.

“By informing his audience of Brooklyn Dodgers fans of these circumstances, Barber was in a small but direct way influencing how some people thought,” Kennedy wrote. “It was a vivid situation.”

Baseball honors Robinson every April 15 by having all its players, coaches and managers wear his No. 42. But once that annual celebration ends, it seems like Robinson’s legacy is forgotten for the rest of the season and he becomes just another great player from baseball’s past.

It doesn’t have to be that way, and perhaps Donaldson inadvertently helped some remember the true meaning of Robinson’s legacy with his ill-chosen remark during Saturday’s game in the Bronx.

For those looking to understand the importance of Robinson and other contributions of Black players to the game, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., is updating an old exhibit with the help of Chicago Cubs great Fergie Jenkins.

“Twenty-five years ago when MLB did the 50th anniversary of Jackie breaking the color barrier, we put out our first Black baseball exhibit,” Josh Rawitch, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, told me Friday during Jenkins’ statue unveiling outside Wrigley Field. “This year we’ve announced we’re going to redo the whole thing. Obviously a lot has changed in 25 years.”

The exhibit at the Hall of Fame museum, previously called “Pride and Passion,” has been renamed “Ideals and Injustices,” a better description of the game’s refusal to integrate until Rickey’s bold move in 1947.

“It’s basically the story of Black baseball from mostly the Negro Leagues and up through Jackie and into the ‘70s,” Rawitch said. “It didn’t really get updated after ‘97, so now we’re going to have a whole new exhibit that will take over a portion of the Hall of Fame.

“We’ll also have a traveling exhibit that will go out to various Black communities and cities throughout the country. It’s a major initiative that we believe will tell the story of 150 years of Black baseball in America.”

Their stories will be told anew — and just in time for the return of Hall of Fame induction ceremonies from pandemic-related limitations in 2020 and ‘21. Negro League greats Bud Fowler and Buck O’Neil — the first Black coach in the majors with the Cubs — will posthumously be inducted on July 24, along with former White Sox star Minnie Miñoso, who began his playing career in the all-Black league. Miñoso was considered “the Latino Jackie Robinson,” as Rawitch reminded me, and also endured bigotry and injustices during his major-league career.

Jenkins, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991, will serve on the advisory board for the new exhibit.

“We called him and he was excited to help us get the word out and tell the story right,” Rawitch said.

It’s doubtful the Donaldson-Anderson imbroglio will rate a mention in the Hall’s exhibit, and it might be forgotten by the time the next baseball controversy surfaces.

But it serves as a reminder of what the name Jackie Robinson still means to Black players who are following in Robinson’s footsteps and to the rich history of a game he helped change for the better.


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