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St. Paul stadium fund has become a lifeline for small businesses



a colorful train sits on the grass: Mosaic on a Stick at the corner of Snelling and Lafond avenues in St. Paul is one of nearly 70 businesses that received grants through the Neighbors United Funding Collaborative this spring and summer.


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Mosaic on a Stick at the corner of Snelling and Lafond avenues in St. Paul is one of nearly 70 businesses that received grants through the Neighbors United Funding Collaborative this spring and summer.

After the COVID-19 pandemic closed her St. Paul art studio and storefront in March, Lori Greene started applying for every grant she could find. Months passed, with no success.

“It was definitely terrifying,” said Greene, who owns Mosaic on a Stick off Snelling Avenue. “I would apply specifically for things for women artists of color and small business owners … and they’d write me back two weeks later: ‘Thank you for applying, we only had 10 grants of this sort and we had 550 applicants.’?”

After applying twice, she learned July 16 that she’d been chosen to receive a $2,500 grant for Midway-area businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The

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Muskegon-area Week 2 football picks: ADs watching action on field, outside stadium

MUSKEGON – You have to feel for Keith Guy and Rick Ruel right about now.

For Guy, the Muskegon athletic director, it’s Mona Shores week at Hackley Stadium. For Ruel, Oakridge’s AD, it’s Montague week at Russell A. Erickson Stadium.

Normally, that means overflow crowds at those facilities for two dandy matchups. Huge crowds are a good thing, both in terms of community engagement and the bottom line.

But now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s an entirely different ball game. Muskegon’s and Oakridge’s stadiums will be relative ghost towns as a restricted number of spectators are being allowed into high school facilities across the state.

You might ask, besides reduced revenue, what’s the big problem for Guy and Ruel? Shouldn’t they be on easy street this week with very modest crowds to manage? Not exactly.

Oakridge's Rick Ruel

Oakridge’s Rick Ruel, who is now the school’s athletic director, talks to students in his

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