ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A proposed center to promote and handle locally produced food has won St. Paul's million-dollar idea contest.
The St. Paul Foundation announced Monday that the Urban Oasis has won its Forever St. Paul Challenge.
The foundation will pay $1 million to establish the center in a building at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. The center's creator, Tracy Sides of St. Paul, will receive $1,000.
Sides tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/15Jw3Vo ) that winning the contest is "a dream come true."
She described the center as a "food hub, with lots of spokes."
The center would include a worker-owned cooperative for producing and processing food, a cafe, event center and a food truck.
The contest sought ideas for improving St. Paul. The winning idea was chosen from almost 1,000 applications.
Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com