Nighttime I94 Lane & Ramp Closures Ahead

Nighttime lane and ramp closures to occur on I-94 in St. Paul on June 26

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Motorists will encounter nighttime lane and ramp closures on Interstate 94 in St. Paul starting at 9 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Traffic lanes will be reduced beneath the MacKubin Street pedestrian and bike bridge.

In addition, drivers will not be able to access the following I-94 entrance ramps:

The 5th Street, 6th Street, Dale Street and Western Avenue westbound entrance ramps will close. The Snelling Avenue, Lexington Avenue, Pascal Street and Dale Street eastbound entrance ramp will also close.


All lanes and ramps will reopen by 2 a.m. Monday, June 27.


The closure is necessary as crews set up traffic control barriers and make traffic switches to I-94 to facilitate the work on the new MacKubin Street and Grotto Street pedestrian and bike bridges, which are being rebuilt this summer.


For more information, or to sign up for e-mail project updates, visit the project website at



For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit or dial 5-1-1.


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Kevin W. Walker: Communications & Engagement/Business Liaison

Metropolitan District – MnDOT

1500 West County Road B-2

Roseville, MN 55113

Phone (651) 234-7509

New Boardmembers

At the Annual Meeting on the evening of June 22nd, 2016 the following members were elected to the board of directors for a two year term:

Adam Azra’el                          School of Rock

Ed Coleman                             Downtown Resident

Bill Englund                            First Baptist Church

Sandra Erickson                    Allen Building Owner & Downtown Resident

Tom Erickson                         Allen Building Owner & Downtown Resident

Sharon Boerbon Hanson    Downtown Resident

Xenia Y. Hernandez             St. Paul Public Library & Downtown Resident

Jesse Ingram                          Ecolab & Downtown Resident

Paul Kaelble                            Subway and Zantigo Restaurants

Rhonda Smieja                      Conceptual Counseling

Chris Thomforde                   Downtown Resident


Congratulations to all, and welcome to the Board of Directors!

Open For Business program

St. Paul is “Open for Business”

Open For Business is an initiative to ensure small business owners get the support they need to open and grow their businesses in Saint Paul.

If you own a business in Saint Paul, please attend one of the workshops to share your experience. This will help identify key issues the city should address to make its services more business-friendly.

As an attendee, you will meet in small groups with facilitators at a two-hour workshop. The first workshop is scheduled for later this week. Register today for one of the sessions to make sure your voice is heard.

I will personally be at the June 23rd meeting 2-4pm.


  • Thursday, June 23, 2 – 4 pm, Spruce Tree Center 1st Floor Conference Room, 1600 University Avenue W, 55104   (Somali and Oromo language interpreters available)
  • Tuesday, June 28, 8 – 10 am, James J. Hill Reference Library 80 W 4th Street, 55102  (Spanish language interpreters available)
  • Thursday, July 7, 5 – 7 pm, Metropolitan State Library 3rd Floor Conference Room, 645 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106  (Hmong and Karen language interpreters available)


These workshops are co-sponsored by:

  • Asian Economic Development Association
  • Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Business Review Council
  • Dayton’s Bluff Community Council/East Side Enterprise Center
  • District 5 Community Council
  • East Side Neighborhood Development Company
  • East Side Area Business Association
  • Herizon Realty
  • Highland Business Association
  • HmongChamber of Minnesota
  • Metro Independent Business Alliance
  • Midway Chamber of Commerce
  • Movement Mortgage
  • Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
  • West 7th Business Association

Feel free to call my Legislative Aide, SuChann Yang at 651-266-8611 for any questions or comments.

2016 Board Member Candidates

At the Annual Meeting on June 22nd (Union Depot 5pm) the membership of the CapitolRiver Council will elect 11 boardmembers to two year terms.

The CRC Board of Directors adopted an offical Election Policy which will govern the process.

The following members will be on the official ballot:


Adam Azra’el Employee of a business in District 17
I’ve been encouraged by the recent developments in the arts and entertainment scene in D17, as well as by the surge in hospitality-style businesses. I’d like to contribute to a city full of unique and interesting businesses and events which bring both locals and out-of-towners together.


Ed Coleman Resident in District 17
Have served 3 terms on the CRC Board, on the Board of Directors for St. Paul Rotary Club, and Chair of the CRC Arts Culture and Entertainment Committee.


Bill Englund Employee of a business in District 17
I have been a CRC board member for many years beginning in 1992. I have served on a variety of committees and task forces, the executive council and as council president. Other downtown activities include: Lowertown Redevelopment Corp. board member, downtown clergy group leader and MLK Jr Breakfast host. I have been senior pastor at First Baptist Church for 24 years. We have hosted several community service events: design charettes, ballpark community meetings and social service reform gatherings. The church was the sponsor of the first childcare downtown and now hosts The Family Place – a daycenter for families without permanent housing. I have witnessed a lot of changes downtown and am looking forward to the next unfolding chapters.


Sandra Erickson Resident in District 17,                                   Property Owner in District 17,                       Business Owner in District 17
I was born and raised in MN….Attended the University of Minnesota. Worked as a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines, which is now Delta Airlines so I’ve traveled extensively around the world. I also owned a retail store for many years. I now live in downtown St. Paul and have for the past 14 years. I own and manage The Allen Building in Lowertown and understand the issues facing those of us doing business here. I get lots of input from my tenants. I’d like to do everything I possibly can to help make this wonderful city a safer and more vibrant place in which to live, work, play and conduct business. I’ve served as a boardmember on the Capital River Council for the past 2 years and have also been on the By Laws Committee and more recently have been attending the Public Realm Committee meetings. I would very much like to continue being a positive influence on important upcoming issues that affect all of us and am asking for your vote this evening. Thank you very much.


Tom Erickson Resident in District 17,                                  Property Owner in District 17
I am a Lowertown resident and building owner. I strongly believe the downtown area of St. Paul has tremendous unrealized upside potential. This inspired me two years ago to run as a board member for the CapitolRiver Council with the hope to influence positive development of our downtown area.
A particular area of concern of mine is parking. The potential of downtown St. Paul will never be realized if adequate parking is unavailable. We must support every opportunity for additional convenient and economical parking.
Other important keys for the success of our downtown neighborhood are attractive, well maintained buildings and low crime in our streets and skyways.
After graduation from the University of Minnesota, I was a pilot in the USAF, the Iowa Air National Guard and also a pilot with Northwest Airlines for over 30 years. I held several elected positions in the pilots union and also served in management for several years working on special projects reporting directly to the president of Northwest Airlines. After retiring from Northwest Airlines I began a second career as CEO of UltiMed, Inc., a successful medical device company and have just recently retired from that positon.
I am asking for your vote so I can serve a second term as a board member of our district council.


Sharon Boerbon Hanson Resident in District 17,                                  Property Owner in District 17
For the last 18 months or so, I have served as the chair of the CRC by-laws committee, a commitment that is ongoing. I have been a member of the Board of Director of the St Paul Art Collective since 2014 and serve/d on the marketing, branding, and membership committees.
I began an art gallery in River Park Lofts, where I own a condo and live, to offer exposure to Lowertown artists. This opportunity has expanded to include all artists living or working in St Paul.
I serve on the Executive Advisory Committee for the Upper Midwest Security Alliance, devised their operational policies and procedures and chaired their by-laws revision committee.
I have been involved with the organization for 8 years. I am a past member of the advisory committee for the Performance Excellence Network, with involvement in their rebranding effort, but importantly, in refining their operational processes and procedures.
I am the associate executive director of Advance IT Minnesota, a center of excellence for the State of Minnesota where I serve on the strategy team, direct marketing and communications, and write programs that enhance students’ non-technical skills. In addition, I present workshops on aspects of professionalism for 7 metro-area colleges.
As community faculty for Metropolitan State University I teach an IT Work Skills course.
In addition, I am an award winning artist with art in the Smithsonian, an advanced level speaker in Toastmasters International, a Star Tribune commentary writer, and the author of 11 books.
Sharon Boerbon Hanson


Xenia Y. Hernandez Resident in District 17,                                Employee of a business in District 17
I’m a live/work resident of District 17 and I want to play kickball! Building community, developing partnerships, and engaging with my neighbors are my motivation for serving on the council. I plan to live here for years to come and want to be part of Downtown’s development as well as just plain know what’s going on. But seriously, game of kickball at CHS anyone?


Jesse Ingram Resident in District 17,                                Employee of a business in District 17
I have the unique perspective of living, working, and recreating in downtown St Paul.My interests in serving on the board revolve around planning long-term strategic investments and building engagement across the many community members.Prior community engagement activities include board leadership and charitable foundation trustee for the Saint Paul Jaycees where I led all fundraising programs.


Paul Kaelble Employee of a business in District 17
Music in Mears Sound Tech for 10 years, Subway Restaurants Management for 17 years, and CRC Boardmember for 1 year.


Paul Mandell Employee of a business in District 17
Have been on the CRC board for over 15 years, helping lead work on the last Lowertown Development Plan as part of the Comrphensive Plan. Co-Chair the Development Review Committee and Chair the Planning Committee as needed. Through job, supervise planning and zoning for 60 block capitol complex, half of which lies in CRC district and five blocks of which are south of the freeway (the other half is in district 7). I have always held an organizational seat, this would be my first time if elected as an elected member.


Sonia M. Palacio Resident in District 17
Requested to be removed from the ballot


Rhonda Smieja Business Owner in District 17
I have had my business in St. Paul since 1995 and love the city. I have previously served on the St. Paul Business Review Council and a Charter Commission in another city. I want to work to move our city forward.


Chris Thomforde Resident in District 17,                                 Property Owner in District 17
I am interested in and committed to the well-being of St. Paul in general and District 17 in particular. A question worth raising now is, “How will we manage the various social, economic, and political dynamics currently at play for the good of those who live and work here?” I serve as president of the Friends of Wacouta Commons Park, a volunteer group which attends to the gardens in the park and the health of the surrounding neighborhood. I currently serve as an appointed member of the Capitol River Council.