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File #: RES 20-42    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 1/8/2020
Title: Honoring the work and contributions of Anthony Paul Schmitz to the Frogtown Neighborhood in the City of Saint Paul.
Sponsors: Dai Thao
Honoring the work and contributions of Anthony Paul Schmitz to the Frogtown Neighborhood in the City of Saint Paul.

WHEREAS, Anthony Paul Schmitz was born on December 8, 1953 and has lived in the Frogtown neighborhood of St Paul nearly all his adult life; and during that time, he has been a consistent, hardworking and effective advocate for his neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, Tony learned his craft at the University of Minnesota, where he majored in journalism and wrote for several local, state and national newspapers and magazines such as: Minnesota Daily, Chicago Reader, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, New York Times, Health magazine; and

WHEREAS, From 1981 to 1983, Tony was editor of City Pages newspaper; and

WHEREAS, Tony could have continued to work at one of the many publications to which he contributed, but in 1993, Tony chose instead to create a Frogtown-specific newspaper, the Frogtown Times; and

WHEREAS, For seven years, Tony was editor, photographer, ad salesman, and frequently delivery person of the monthly Times, which documented the neighborhood’s struggles and triumphs; and

WHEREAS, During the early 90s, Frogtown was beset by disinvestment, crime, drug trafficking and prostitution, and Tony covered these hardships and more, at one point exposing the illegal dealings of a community development organization that purported to address them; and

WHEREAS, In 2000, Tony sold the Times to another local newspaper outfit, and turned back to novel-writing, producing three short, darkly hilarious novels about Frogtown, featuring a wise and world-weary resident known to all simply as “Fatman;” and

WHEREAS, Soon after, he joined with his wife, Patricia Ohmans, and two friends, Seitu Jones and Soyini Guyton, to lead the campaign to establish Frogtown Park & Farm; the campaign made good use of Tony’s persuasive and eloquent writing, garnering a new, 13-acre city-park with an organic farm that has become the neighborhood’s crown jewel; and


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