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Zoë Jackson

Race and Immigration Reporter | Race and Immigration

Zoë Jackson is a race and immigration reporter for the Star Tribune. She previously covered St. Paul neighborhoods and young voters on the politics team, supported by Report for America and the Minneapolis Foundation.

Jackson is from Detroit and graduated from Western Michigan University in 2020. She was a Star Tribune intern in 2019, and also reported as an intern for The Flint Journal and NPR affiliate WMUK. Jackson enjoys traveling, reading and finding new-to-her coffee shops to visit in the Twin Cities.
Recent content from Zoë Jackson
Children's Minnesota forms health equity collective

Children's Minnesota forms health equity collective

The Children's Minnesota health system launched a new program Wednesday to address health disparities among Minnesota families. The Collective for Community Health will work with…
In communities of color, scathing MPD report is not a surprise

In communities of color, scathing MPD report is not a surprise

Finally, some say, there is recognition of what they have recognized for decades.
Masks were optional at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Tuesday.

Minnesota travelers mixed on lifting of mask mandate

Many travelers still chose to keep their noses and mouths covered, as recommended by the CDC.
Dr. Brooke Cunningham, a Minnesota Department of Health assistant commissioner, leads the new state Health Equity Bureau.

Physician, researcher leads new state Health Equity Bureau

Launched last month, it will lead the state Department of Public Health's equity initiatives and solicit community input on those efforts.
Louis Dennard, club founder/president of the African American Heritage Gun Club Minnesota chapter.

Amir Locke case highlights reality for Black gun owners

They say they face a double standard when legally carrying their weapons.
Olesia Zlochevska and her husband, Vova Zlochevskyi, hold their two boys, Roma, 5, left, and Artur, 9, at the home of Gina and Bill Nelson in Pelican

Far from war, Ukraine refugees welcomed in Pelican Rapids

Residents in and around the western Minnesota city have rolled out the red carpet for a family that fled Chernihiv, a city close to the Russian border that faced severe damage.
Brooke Blakey is the director of the St. Paul Office of Neighborhood Safety.

New director takes the helm of St. Paul's Office of Neighborhood Safety

The director of the newly minted St. Paul Office of Neighborhood Safety stepped into her new role aiming to expand community-first safety initiatives.Brooke Blakey, a…
The safety-net hospital system, based in downtown Minneapolis, responds to tens of thousands of emergency EMS calls every year, including in some of t

Hennepin commissioner calls on HCMC to fire employees over racist photos

In an interview Thursday, Hennepin Healthcare leaders said they're implementing new training to change the organization's culture. "We wish there was a playbook," said the CEO.
The safety-net hospital system, based in downtown Minneapolis, responds to tens of thousands of emergency EMS calls every year, including in some of t

HCMC promised to change. Then came the blackface photos

Some employees say the response will test leadership's commitment to change, following a series of incidents that have exacerbated racial tensions inside the hospital system.
Golfers practiced at St. Paul’s Town and Country Club golf course in May 2018.

Town & Country rejects St. Thomas bid for land for athletics expansion

St. Thomas is continuing to explore other options for its athletics program, beginning with an ice hockey arena, after the country club's board turned down the $61.4 million offer.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, shown in 2019.

Carter proposes rent control exemption for new housing in St. Paul

The first stakeholder meeting on the policy that will impact St. Paul in the spring was held Tuesday.
A view of downtown Minneapolis is one of the many features at St. Paul’s Town and Country Club golf course.

St. Thomas looking at Town & Country Club land for expansion

The Tommies are in search of a site for an ice hockey facility befitting their Division I classification and have inquired about the availability of the golf course, the oldest country club in Minnesota.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

St. Paul Mayor Carter forms 41-member rent-control stakeholder group

The committee includes renters, landlords, homeowners and policy experts.
To be eligible, St. Paul homeowners must occupy their homes, be at or below 80 percent area medium income (AMI) and have experienced a COVID pandemic-

St. Paul launches foreclosure prevention program

Homeowners experiencing hard times receive up to $35,000 in aid.
Samara Williams, a member of the string orchestra at Riverview West Side School of Excellence in St. Paul, practiced with classmates Feb. 10 for their

The kids of St. Paul's Harmony strings are taking the stage once more

The young performers have shown up early to school to practice three days a week.
Lamah Bility

St. Paul immigrants found water bottle company to fight water crisis, in Africa and worldwide

Didómi hopes capture some of the reusable water bottle market while helping thousands globally.
Delma Francis

Delma Francis, former Star Tribune journalist, dies at 68

The Lancaster, Ky., native was a veteran journalist who spent years as a reporter and editor in multiple states, and as a mentor to young Black journalists.
The Point Douglas Regional Trail will have views of Pig’s Eye Regional Park.

St. Paul approves plan for Point Douglas Regional Trail

Cyclists would have an off-highway route along the Mississippi River Trail for the first time.
The Parkway Apartments on St. Paul’s East Side include 60 units of affordable and Section 8-eligible housing.

New units by Hmong developer to open on St. Paul's East Side

The Parkway Apartments will include 60 units of deeply affordable and Section 8 eligible housing.
Construction crews began de-constructing the St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace on Monday, Feb. 7, 2018 with the help of lifts and cranes to drop blo

St. Paul Winter Carnival unveils first court in two years

The Royal Family of the 136th St. Paul Winter Carnival was crowned Friday night.
DFL State Rep. Rena Moran, seen in 2020, announced a bid for Ramsey County commissioner on Monday.

Rep. Rena Moran announces run for Ramsey County Board

She is seeking the open seat held by longtime Commissioner Toni Carter.
Mariam Kayali, right, had to show her COVID-19 vaccination card to server Aliya Hinz to dine in at the Hark Cafe downtown in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

Mpls., St. Paul restaurant mandates met with grim resolve

Starting Wednesday, the cities are requiring businesses seat only customers who are vaccinated or can show a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours.
Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise in the Twin Cities and across the country.

St. Paul makes catalytic converter possession a potential misdemeanor

Anyone who has one not attached to a vehicle will have to provide proof of purchase.
The landscape around Pig’s Eye Lake, shown in 2018.

MPCA says several contaminants in St. Paul's Pig's Eye dump, city asks for cleanup funds

Going forward, the agency is studying whether to install additional barriers to collect contaminants.
The St. Paul City Council is asking the state for funds from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the state’s $7 billion budget su

St. Paul City Council asks state to help clean up Pig's Eye Lake

The site, part of an important heron flyway, was used as a dump for years.
Elizabeth Santoro, a medic with the Minnesota Air National Guard 133rd Medical Group, administered a free COVID-19 test to Thomas Harmon, 61, of Robbi

How accurate are at-home COVID-19 tests? Where to find one in Minnesota?

The Star Tribune answers some of the most commonly asked testing questions from Minnesotans about at-home COVID testing.
Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise in the Twin Cities and across the country.

St. Paul looks to tighten catalytic converter law, making possession a misdemeanor

Device must be attached to vehicle or proof of ownership needed. Council vote set Jan. 19.
Dionne Sims shared her dream of opening the only Black-owned bookstore in Minnesota on Twitter after searching for the nearest one in June 2020 and di

Black Garnet Books to open in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood in 2022

The only Black-owned bookstore in Minnesota will open a brick-and-mortar location next year in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood, with the help of a $100,000 grant…
St. Paul Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hahm, Rep. Alice Hausman, Nancy Nelson and Greg McNeely cut the ribbon during a ceremony for the Centennia

Two St. Paul department heads announce retirement

Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hahm and Department of Safety and Inspections Director Ricardo Cervantes plan to leave the city at the end of February.
The skyline of downtown St. Paul seen from the Smith Avenue High Bridge.

St. Paul gets federal grant for port update

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday announced a more than $4 million dollar grant for St. Paul to update one of its barge terminals…
Supply collection for people experiencing homelessness at the office of the Minnesota Youth Collective in St. Paul.

St. Paul mutual-aid group raises $30,000 for people experiencing homelessness

St. Paul Camps Support started with supply drives at the beginning of the pandemic and has transformed into a mutual-aid fund.
St. Paul ordered to pay $99,000 for attorneys who challenged tenant ordinance

St. Paul ordered to pay $99,000 for attorneys who challenged tenant ordinance

The landlords asked for an award of more than $295,000 in attorneys' fees, an amount that the court found too lofty.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, shown in 2019.

St. Paul, Ramsey County to invest $74M in affordable housing

St. Paul and Ramsey County officials plan to spend $74.5 million in federal American Rescue Plan funding on new housing affordable for the area's poorest…
Nya Sigin met with Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell before Thursday night’s game at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Vikings surprise bullied Prior Lake student with tickets to Super Bowl

Since the incident at Prior Lake High School, students from other Minnesota schools and activists have shared stories of racist bullying they've faced at school.
The Hamline Midway Library in St. Paul.

St. Paul Public Library hires Minneapolis firm to redesign branches

Three branches have not been renovated in more than 30 years and are in need of technology updates and more spaces for patrons to learn and play.
The Hmong Village Shopping Center in St. Paul.

Three St. Paul cultural malls get state COVID relief

Three St. Paul cultural malls have been awarded $300,000 each through a state grant program for businesses struggling as a result of the ongoing COVID-19…
Minnesota’s “tiny mom” and her twins have become a TikTok sensation

Meet St. Paul's TikTok famous mom and twins

Dubbed as Minnesota's "tiny mom," a St. Paul woman and her twin daughters have become TikTok sensations.
St. Paul police investigated a homicide in July near the intersection of Western Avenue and Concordia Avenue West, one of the 35 so far recorded in th

St. Paul left reeling after hitting homicide record for city

The fatal stabbing left leaders with more questions than answers as the city tries to combat an increase in crime that is being mirrored across the country.
Groups of Tigray protesters gathered across from Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount before President Joe Biden arrived.

Ethiopian activists, Trump supporters protest Biden's Minnesota stop

Hundreds of people representing vastly different causes showed up for Biden's visit.
Tequila Laramee is an associate educator at Bethune Community School in north Minneapolis.

Minneapolis educator honored as support professional of the year

A Minneapolis Public Schools kindergarten educator has been named the 2021-22 Education Support Professional of the Year by Education Minnesota. Tequila Laramee, an associate educator…
Gov. Tim Walk spoke as Harold the Thanksgiving turkey posed for photos Wednesday in front of the State Capitol in St. Paul.

Walz shows off Minnesota's Thanksgiving turkey

Harold the tom turkey will retire to a hobby farm in Paynesville.
Activists and community members spoke at the Prior Lake-Savage Area school board meeting on Monday, Nov. 22, after several school board members walked

Prior Lake school board members walk out after confrontation

Students and activists have been protesting since earlier this month, when a video showing two Prior Lake students using a racial slur to harass a Black student went viral.
The rendering of The Hollows at 520 Payne Ave.

First-time developer to build 62-unit apartment building in St. Paul

The building on Payne Av. will include deeply affordable units.
A look at the rent control vote in St. Paul

See where St. Paul's rent control vote drew strength, precinct by precinct

A precinct-by-precinct look at how the rent control vote highlights the differences in race, income and housing in the capital city.
Under the changes to city code that the St. Paul City Council approved, daytime shelters less than 7,000 square feet will be classified as a “civic

St. Paul approves plan for more homeless day shelters

The change to code will allow for smaller facilities in areas zoned as business districts.
The new Freedom House shelter on W. 7th Street in St. Paul, shown in October.

West Seventh businesses sue St. Paul over Freedom House day shelter

The group seeks damages and the suspension of services at Freedom House until safety standards are raised.
Voters cast their ballot at Temple of Aaron on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, in St. Paul, which became the first Midwestern city to enact rent control.

Twin Cities developers, landlords prepare for the worst as rent control organizers celebrate

Tuesday's results were a bit of a surprise.
The No. 1 cause of COPD in developed countries is tobacco smoking, according to Dr. John Costello, consultant pulmonologist at Mayo Clinic Healthcare

St. Paul leaders approve new tobacco restrictions

Mayor Melvin Carter has indicated that he plans to sign them into law.
The two rent-control measures pitted grass-roots organizers against property owners who raised millions of dollars, blanketing the cities with message

Minneapolis opens door for rent control; St. Paul approves strict cap

Supporters say these initiatives will create stability for tenants in a tight rental market. St. Paul's measure will cap rent hikes at 3%, and Minneapolis' allows city leaders to begin crafting a policy.
Victims were robbed and held at gunpoint by multiple suspects in six carjackings over a period of hours on Friday, Oct. 29, in south Minneapolis.

Minneapolis sees 40% increase in carjackings, part of national trend

A recent spree of carjackings over several hours adds to the city's toll. Minneapolis is one of a slew of cities where the incidents have been on the rise in recent months, the crimes largely committed by juveniles.
Housing Equity Now St. Paul and other housing advocates delivered more than 9,000 signatures to the Ramsey Count Elections office in June petitioning

'Substantive' changes in first year unlikely if St. Paul voters approve rent control policy

Voters will decide the policy's fate next week.
Minnesota Retailers Association President Bruce Nustad and a group of industry representatives held a news conference in front of Tobasi Tobacco on Se

Retail groups, St. Paul businesses speak out against tobacco ordinance

The proposed ordinance would set a $10 minimum for a pack of cigarettes.
The Sensible Housing Ballot Committee, headed by Cecil Smith, shown, of the Minnesota Multi Housing Association, said in a statement that over 90% of

Twin Cities rent control opponents raise nearly $4 million

The campaign for rent control in St. Paul raised about $213,000.
On October 17, 2021, recreation leader Xue Xiong organizes the kids after they came in from playing outside. ]  The possible closure of Highwood Hills

St. Paul's Highwood Hills rec center will remain open through June 2024

Even if school board officials vote to close the elementary school, the rec center will stay open through its lease.
Kids played outside at St. Paul’s Highwood Hills Recreation Center on Sunday, Oct. 17. The possible closure of Highwood Hills Elementary due to low

St. Paul school closures could leave Highwood Hills without a rec center — again

Highwood Hills reopened in 2019 but could shutter with elementary school.
Tracy Mae Menard danced with other American Indian dancers during an Indigenous Peoples Day ceremony held to dedicate and honor the land that will hou

St. Paul dedicates land for future Dakota cultural, environmental center

Lt. Gov. Flanagan says it will create understanding about Indigenous peoples.
What you need to know about the St. Paul rent control ballot initiative

What you need to know about the St. Paul rent control ballot initiative

St. Paul residents will vote on an ordinance that would limit rent increases to 3% a year.
Tory Barber of St. Paul stopped to take a photo of a mural of Suni Lee on a building off Robert Street on the west side of St. Paul.

New St. Paul mural celebrates Suni Lee's successes

Lee's grandparents commissioned the mural to honor the Olympian.
Cecil Smith of the Minnesota Multi Housing Association announced a new coalition Tuesday opposing rent control ballot measures in St. Paul and Minneap

Twin Cities landlords to voters: Just say 'no' to rent control

Landlords say measures would strain housing market, limiting or discouraging new construction and investments in existing properties.
Minnesota has purchased the Bix Produce Co.’s former cold storage facility in St. Paul to use as a temporary morgue, bracing for a peak in COVID-19

St. Paul Port Authority to purchase former Bix Produce site

The St. Paul Port Authority will close on Nov. 30.

Kevin FitzPatrick, St. Paul poet who lifted up the work of other writers, dies at 71

He knew making a living as a poet would be tough, and he went on to become a public servant and longtime employee of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
An overhead view of the University of St. Thomas campus in St. Paul.

University of St. Thomas vandalized with white supremacist posters

A man placed two dozen posters inscribed with hate speech on campus.
David Zeller, right, with the advocacy group Keep St. Paul Home prepared volunteers to go into St. Paul neighborhoods and urge residents to vote “Ye

St. Paul voters to decide on stringent rent control proposal in November

Will proposal help tenants or discourage new units?
St. Paul lifts watering restrictions

St. Paul lifts watering restrictions

Restrictions that limited outdoor watering in St. Paul and surrounding communities will lift Friday after recent rainfall restored Mississippi River flows.St. Paul Regional Water Services…
A woman rode her bike past a home with uprooted trees and storm damage after overnight storms with high winds rolled through the area in Richfield.

3rd south metro tornado confirmed in storms that killed 4-year-old girl in Mankato

The National Weather Service said at least three tornadoes touched down in the south metro; a child camping with her family in Mankato was killed by a falling tree.
St. Paul settles with woman injured in homeless encampment clearing

St. Paul settles with woman injured in homeless encampment clearing

A worker used a four-wheel Bobcat utility vehicle to break down a tent and realized someone was still inside during the removal process.
The Hmong Cultural Center in St. Paul was vandalized early Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Photo credit: Mark Pfeifer

St. Paul's Hmong Cultural Center vandalized with white nationalist graffiti

St. Paul's Hmong Cultural Center was covered with white spray paint, weeks before its museum was set to open to the public.
Many school districts are facing a bus driver shortage this year. In this file photo from August, Minneapolis Public Schools mechanic Sher Yang perfor

St. Paul school leaders say contractor's lack of bus drivers forced shift of students to Metro Transit

Districts across the state are facing bus driver shortages.
Looking for how to help Hurricane Ida victims? Here are some ways

Looking for how to help Hurricane Ida victims? Here are some ways

National and local nonprofits are asking for funds and time.
Fairgoers weathered a heavy rainstorm Thursday afternoon at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights.

Minnesota State Fair's opening day sees major attendance drop

The COVID-19 pandemic and rain likely affected attendance.
Water protector protesters danced and sang along to drumming during a protest against Line 3 and other pipeline projects at the State Capitol in St. P

About 2,000 people protest Line 3 pipeline at Minnesota Capitol

Demonstrators called on Gov. Tim Walz and President Joe Biden to halt construction on the oil pipeline.
The Freedom House daytime homeless drop-in center opened in January on W. 7th Street in St. Paul.

St. Paul moves forward with plan for more day shelters

City planners OK allowing the shelters in business districts, neighborhoods.
Minnehaha Avenue is lined with tree stumps from diseased ash trees removed by the city of St. Paul. Residents are eager to grind them up and get new t

Group of St. Paul residents take ash tree replacement into their own hands

They raise money to clear way for successors as diseased ashes fall.
The St. Paul City Council adopted an emergency order that will allow the city to penalize residents who do not comply with outdoor watering restrictio

St. Paul residents could face penalties for watering as drought continues

The city has already asked residents to water their lawns on alternating days.
A massive oak, located near the play area at Merriam Park Recreation Center, fell overnight Saturday during storms.

Storm downs massive oak near Merriam Park Rec Center in St. Paul

The tree near the playground fell during weekend storms.