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Toni Carter

Toni Carter

Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter

In 1971, Toni Carter moved to Northfield, Minn. to attend Carleton College — a liberal arts school located near the Twin Cities. Upon graduating, she moved to St. Paul, where she became an active member in the community.

“As a young person coming here from Carleton, I was active in a lot of ways,” Carter said of her beginnings, “I was an artist and a performer who became very involved with theatre.”

Upon entering her mid-twenties, however, her lifestyle began to shift. “My activities changed as I grew up and had children,” Carter said, “and I became involved with business and the community in a much deeper way.” Now, after more than 30 years of service to Ramsey County, this deep involvement has not gone unnoticed.

Carter is currently the Commissioner of District 4 in Ramsey County and has been since 2005. In the years since her term began, the Commissioner has dedicated herself to a variety of issues and hopes to continue doing so through re-election in November.

One of the Commissioner’s top priorities is the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line — the transportation corridor that will link downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis. While the construction continues on this project, the Commissioner plans to focus on support for local businesses and neighborhoods, and resolve outstanding issues such as parking.

“The Light Rail Transit is really good for a number of reasons,” the Commissioner said. “We know for sure that it will create jobs — at least for a period of time.”

Other county projects that will allow for job expansion include the restoration of the Roseville Library and the creation of new buildings around the city. “We hope to have a continual flow of work in order to ensure jobs for years to come,” she said, “we want to create living wages for the people in our community.”

The Central Corridor Light Rail will also create new opportunities for quality, affordable housing — a change that can already be seen in many areas of the community. “People can see the structures being built and they get amped up because of it,” she said.

The Commissioner believes that new jobs and more housing will have a positive effect on youth in the community. “Making jobs available is key to creating a vibrant home environment,” she said. “We need to work together in order to provide the best for our children.”

One program the Commissioner uses to reach youth is the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative — a systems reform that reduces the number of detained youth in detention centers in Ramsey County. Since 2005, the number of detained youth has decreased by 70 percent. The Commissioner plans to continue building support and spreading the initiative statewide.

Along with her duties as Commissioner of District 4, Carter also serves as chair of the Association of Minnesota Counties Human Services Policy Committee, and of Ramsey County’s Legislative, Human Services and Workforce, and Juvenile Detention Alternatives Stakeholder Committees. Commissioner Carter also serves on the leadership teams of Ramsey County’s Workforce Investment Board, the Saint Paul Children’s Collaborative and the Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative.

Penumbra Summer Institute

Join Penumbra Theatre for an unforgettable summer!

Calling all artists ages 13-18! At Summer Institute, a four-week theater-training program, students work with professional artists to create art that addresses issues relevant to their own lives. The program fills up fast so apply online today! Applications due May 3.

If you have any questions while filling out your application, or after you’ve turned it in, please call Education Coordinator Ben Hanna at 651-288-7791.

    The tuition for the four week program is $400.  This includes classes and registration.

    Tuition is due at the mandatory parent meeting on June 20, 2010 for accepted students. Please submit payment in the form of cash, check, or credit card. Please do not send any form of payment until you have received a letter of acceptance into the program.

    Penumbra Theatre Company offers Angel Scholarships to students in need who meet scholarship requirements. In order to be considered for an Angel Scholarship you must complete the scholarship information at the end of your application.

    For more information please contact Education Coordinator Benjamin Hanna at 651-288-7791.

    Free Performance of Black Nativity at Penumbra

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    Target  and  Ward 1 City Councilmember Melvin Carter invite you to attend Penumbra Theatre’s annual holiday show, “Black Nativity: A Seasfon For Change,” on Sunday, December 6. Thanks to the generosity of Target, this special performance for Ward 1 residents is FREE! However, you must reserve your seat by calling the Penumbra Box Office at (651) 224-3180 by 4 p.m. TODAY, Monday, Nov. 30. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    A reception will begin at 6 p.m., with the performance starting at 7:30 p.m.

    “Black Nativity” is a celebration and features the finest jazz and gospel singers of the Twin Cities and members of TU Dance.