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James Walsh

Reporter | St. Paul and St. Paul Neighborhoods
Phone: 651-925-5041
James Walsh covers news in St. Paul and its neighborhoods.
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The former Ford assembly plant site in St. Paul in June, looking northwest, with downtown Minneapolis in the background.

Developer pledges to not build '10-story buildings' at Ford plant site in St. Paul

It was among 10 things that Ryan Cos. said it won't do at the site, and the vow drew applause.
Use old garbage carts until Sept. 24-28. Store the new carts until Oct. 1.

St. Paul begins delivering new garbage carts

The bins will be required for new collection system.
Twin Cities German Immersion School students played in the former Catholic church turned gymnasium.

German-immersion school board votes to raze old St. Paul church for new addition

Twin Cities German Immersion School officials say building the addition is the most cost-effective move for their growing school.
Pedestrians moved along a light rail platform in the Midway district as construction progresses on Minnesota United’s Allianz Field.

St. Paul considers adding more nightlife on University Avenue

With Allianz Field rising, St. Paul weighs new districts zoned for clubs and bars in the area.
The Central Station block during the lunch hour in August 2017.

Area in St. Paul around Green Line's Central Station to get another infusion of fun

Officials hope ongoing events will drive negative activity from vacant block.
Ashley Weed, owner of Jandrich Floral Shop in St. Paul, isn't sold on the idea of a W. 7th streetcar.

Streetcar plan for St. Paul's West 7th has some business owners fearing losses

Public officials prefer it to bus rapid transit for busy St. Paul corridor.
St. Paul parking enforcement officer Joe Hakeem wrote tickets for scofflaws Wednesday near Regions Hospital.

St. Paul residents hoping new parking plan comes with beefed-up enforcement

Residents also hope new permit rules might make parking more simple.
Barbara Carlson

Barbara Carlson, talk radio host, politician and bon vivant, dies

In the end, the return of lung cancer she thought she'd beaten four years ago finally did what political opponents and the people she skewered on her radio show never could: Silence "Babs."
Benson Porter a client at Listening House, a drop-in center located in the basement of First Lutheran Church talked on the phone Monday Feb 26, 2018 i

Federal judge blocks St. Paul from imposing conditions on church-based homeless shelter

Neighbors' complaints led St. Paul to restrict church-based Listening House.
Trucker and triplex owner Moises Romo got some help from the children of his Kenyan tenants while doing yard work. He reward them with some frozen tre

Some in St. Paul's Frogtown worry it's gentrifying

The last housing crisis left many properties vacant and in disrepair. Crime remains a major concern. But Frogtown is changing fast. As housing costs rise, residents worry they'll get priced out.
Scott Kramer will continue to run his B&B in St. Paul's historic Dearing Mansion.

Dearing Mansion bed-and-breakfast owner can stay in business, St. Paul City Council says

The owner of the historic mansion agreed to keep his parties and his business separate.
Minneapolis based Ryan Cos. US Inc. announced Monday that it will buy the site of the former Ford assembly plant, transforming the 122-acre parcel in

Ford site developer Ryan Cos. faces high expectations

Now that Ryan Cos. has emerged as the developer of the former Ford plant site in St. Paul, the company with a reputation for…
Minneapolis-based Ryan Cos. announced Monday that it will develop the site of the former Ford assembly plant in St. Paul.

Ryan Cos. to develop massive former Ford site in St. Paul

The Minneapolis-based company announced Monday that it will work with the city of St Paul on a development plan. It's the latest step toward transforming the 122-acre parcel in the Highland Park neighborhood into a high-density urban village.
Richard Irgens loved the outdoors and sailing.

Richard Irgens, Marine Corps vet and pilot, dies at 86

There were times, Linda Irgens admits, when it wasn’t easy being “the sensitive daughter” of a former Marine Corps Lt. Col. who expected his children…
A mystery-themed New Year’s Eve party threatens the future of Scott Kramer’s B&B in St. Paul’s historic Dearing Mansion. After several complaint

Owner of Dearing Mansion wins a reprieve from St. Paul City Council

The St. Paul City Council put off a decision about his license until later this month.
A gabion wall for Wabasha Street would be a retaining wall made of rocks held together by wire mesh.

St. Paul to build safety wall along Wabasha bluff

Wabasha Street is still closed because of rock slide.
A proposed 118-unit apartment building at Snelling and St. Clair avenues has drawn mixed neighborhood reaction.

St. Clair-Snelling development may be sign of fights to come

Plan for Snelling Avenue housing development divides neighborhood.
Michelle Ooley founded Mobile Menders, which will partner with Ramsey County on its new Mend-It Clinic.

New Mend-It Clinic coming to the library in Roseville

New Ramsey County Mend-It Clinic seeks to repair clothing — and mend self-esteem.
A clock radio was taken apart during a Fix-It Clinic. The goal is to reduce the number of broken things tossed into landfills

Hennepin Fix-It clinics set the mark for other counties

The clinics inspired others to follow suit, and some are now taking clothing for repair.
The spot on Wabasha St. that is closed due to debris from a rock slide.

Rockslide-affected St. Paul street to stay closed at least 3 more weeks

St. Paul engineers say the bluff must be stabilized before road is reopened.
Native grasses along with a small sprinkling of barren trees covered the landscape at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in St. Paul.

State funds bring visitor center at St. Paul nature sanctuary closer to reality

Wakan Tipi visitor center would explain history of holy site for the Dakota.
Shelter director Renee Quimby, with Myla, said “the bird has to like the owner” before it can be successfully adopted.

Forest Lake sanctuary is a lifeline for abandoned pet parrots

Sanctuary, which recently moved to Forest Lake, tries to pair stranded parrots with suitable new owners.
Nick Coleman with his wife, Laura Billings Coleman

Longtime Twin Cities columnist Nick Coleman dies at 67 after stroke

The former Star Tribune and Pioneer Press columnist suffered a stroke after returning from an Irish festival with his family.
Golfers practiced at St. Paul’s Town & Country Club putting green last week as they prepared for the coming golf season and a year of healing as the

St. Paul's Town & Country Club thriving despite $1 million theft

Despite $1 million theft, members stay loyal and Minnesota's oldest golf club stays solvent, officials say.
Holding a murder mystery themed New Year's Eve party now threatens the future of Scott Kramer's B&B in St. Paul's historic Dearing Mansion.

St. Paul panel votes to revoke mansion's permit after New Year's Eve bash

The party was third violation of the Dearing Mansion's permit to operate as a B&B.
Eric Larsen is one of the homeowners near the Green Line who has added an “accessory dwelling unit” to his property above a garage in St. Paul.

Granny flats slow to take off in St. Paul

Tight rules keep interest down, but changes may be coming.
The Riverfront Corporation did much to revitalize St. Paul.

Riverfront booster group in St. Paul ends 33-year run

The St. Paul Riverfront Corporation, a catalyst for such projects as the $27 million transformation of Harriet Island, will cease operations July 31.
People exit the Listening House at First Lutheran Church in St. Paul.

St. Paul City Council holds closed session on Listening House lawsuit

The St. Paul City Council on Wednesday met in closed session to discuss the lawsuit filed against it by a drop-in center for homeless and…
Wanted: Identification
The Washington County Historical Society is seeking help in identifying the subjects of hundreds of Forest Lake-area photos suc

Digging for Forest Lake family history? Historical society could use your help

The Washington County Historical Society is hoping that folks in Forest Lake may be able to identify hundreds of photos.
St. Paul's Grandview Theater, built in 1933, will close for several weeks for renovations that will replace seats, draperies, carpeting and create a M

St. Paul's aging Grandview Theater closed until mid-May for renovation

A forgivable city loan will help historic Grandview get needed renovations.
The house at 1905 Iglehart Ave., right, where Michael Tierney and his eight siblings grew up. At left is 1911 Iglehart Ave., which his family also own

St. Paul City Council won't vote on a moratorium on demolitions

Council Member Samantha Henningson withdrew the proposal, saying she was choosing "people over houses."
The house at 1905 Iglehart Av., right, where Michael Tierney and his eight siblings grew up. At left is 1911 Iglehart Av., which his family also owns

St. Paul family fears Merriam Park moratorium will crush parents financially

Struggle between owners, neighbors in historic Merriam Park falls to city.
Al Austin

Al Austin, a pioneer in Twin Cities investigative journalism on WCCO-TV's I-Team, dies

Austin, whose award-winning career spanned Southeast Asia to Oregon, died March 29 at a hospice in Phoenix.
Charlotte Berres, who lives in a Merriam Park home that was built in 1886, believes older homes in the neighborhood need to be protected.

St. Paul's Merriam Park center stage in housing preservation fight

St. Paul City Council to weigh a nine-month moratorium on demolitions.
People exit the Listening House at First Lutheran Church in St. Paul.

Homeless drop-in center sues St. Paul over restrictions

Nonprofit says daily cap on visitors at its Dayton's Bluff facility is illegal.
Holding a murder mystery themed New Year’s Eve party now threatens the future of Scott Kramer’s B&B in St. Paul’s historic Dearing Mansion

Dearing Mansion owner gets reprieve from St. Paul planners

After much discussion about goings-on at Dearing site, zoning panel votes to delay permit decision.
Students at the Twin Cities German Immersion School sat Tuesday in the former Catholic church, now used as a gymnasium.

St. Paul school ready to part with its repurposed old church, but neighborhood isn't

Officials with the Twin Cities German Immersion School say repairs to the 1927 building would be too expensive.
St. Paul mayor Melvin Carter celebrated his win with family and friends at the Union Depot November 7, 2017 in St. Paul.

Melvin Carter's historic rise from Old Rondo to St. Paul's 'made-for-this' mayor

If you were surprised to see a child of old Rondo rise up and capture the mayor's office in St. Paul, then you've never met Melvin Carter.
A past Grand Old Day celebration, with curly fries and corn dogs aplenty.

St. Paul's Grand Old Day seeking vendors

Grand Old Day, St. Paul's unofficial opening day of summer, is seeking vendors for the 2018 festival.
The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office is taking its community outreach program “Coffee With a Cop” to Falcon Heights.

'Coffee With a Cop': Ramsey County deputies get to know Falcon Heights

Ramsey County sheriff's officials use coffee to cement ties with new constituents in Falcon Heights.

Midway Peace Park gets closer to becoming a real St. Paul park

A longed-for oasis of green in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood, it could open within the next year.

2018 Bush Fellows "will shape the future," foundation says

Each will receive up to $100,000 over the next 12 to 24 months to pursue learning opportunities to become more effective leaders.
“We needed to do something drastic to stay here,” owner Dan O’Gara told neighbors on Monday afternoon in explaining the decision to change the f

With redevelopment inevitable, O'Gara's seeks input from neighbors

Owner, developer answer many questions, including "why," as they shift focus to rebuilding.
Owner and remodeling contractor Scott Kramer restored the historic 1886 Dearing Mansion on St. Paul’s West Side and runs it as a bed-and-breakfast.

Murder-mystery party could kill St. Paul mansion's life as a B&B

The owner of the Dearing Mansion said it was a private party, but city officials say New Year's Eve bash wasn't the first violation.

St. Paul-based program helps forge leaders with deep community roots

Graduates gain skills that help them make impact.
St. Paul City Council meeting in 2016

St. Paul council upholds limit on landlord's right to rent to students

Kyle Coglitore lost that right after city inspectors found nine people living in a house that was supposed to have only four student residents.
A cruise of the Sognefjord, even on a rain-spattered day, revealed the vibrant colors of homes along the shore. The Sognefjord’s famous arm the Nær

Friends' Norway trip fulfills longtime dreams

For a group of six friends, the pull of Norway was strong, and an off-season fall trip exceeded their loftiest expectations.
Gordon Parks High School

St. Paul's Gordon Parks High School celebrates a decade of helping students resume path to graduation

The 10th anniversary brings a weeklong celebration of events.
Listening House client Benson Porter talked on the phone at the drop-in center located in the basement of First Lutheran Church last month in St. Paul

Listening House has no plans to follow 20-person daily limit

Neighbor complaints about litter and loitering led to City Council call to limit visitors.
O'Gara's regulars Joe Shea, from left, and Patrick Lynch clink glasses as Sara Clemetson looks on at the bar. Shea has been coming to O'Gara's with hi

Plan would demolish O'Gara's in St. Paul, rebuild bar in new apartment complex

O'Gara's has been open since 1941, and "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz once lived above it.
Hundreds of people — including Dr. Patrick McGann, top, student Brady Hartman and Dr. Amber Walker, above — volunteer at the nonprofit Hope Dental

St. Paul dental clinic that gives hope to those without insurance gets a boost

The Hope Dental Clinic and its cadre of volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants and students serving the poor and uninsured since 1965, has a new facility in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood.
The Mounds View City Council is considering an ordinance change as a possible first step for an indoor gun range.

Mounds View City Council to vote on gun ordinance Monday

Mounds View City Council to take key vote to allow shooting in first step to allow indoor range.
The St. Paul City Council voted to shut down El Alamo. “I don’t know what to do,” said owner Harry Erkenbrack.

After 322 police visits, parking lot gun battle, El Alamo bar is shut down by St. Paul council

License revoked; shootings sealed fate of El Alamo.
St. Paul's Frogtown neighborhood invited a local artist to turn its Small Area Plan into a graphic novel.

Graphic artist turns Frogtown plan into comic book

The cartoon characters in the new Frogtown Small Area Plan, a new 125-page graphic novel created by area artist Mychal Batson, are designed to blow the dust off of area planning documents.
Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul. Photographed in 2015.

New restaurant coming to Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul

Spring Cafe will be the third food vendor to occupy the lakeside pavilion since 2015.
A New England Patriots fan showed off her fingernails in the stands Sunday at U.S.Bank Stadium before the start of Super Bowl LII.

After pomp and drama, it's game time

Years of planning came to fruition in downtown Minneapolis today. Hours before game time, fans in green and blue jerseys took to the streets, their excitement palpable despite the frigid temps. Between the cold and Saturday snow, an estimated 125,000 out-of-town visitors are getting an immersive Bold North experience.
Jeff Guinee of Boston held up an aluminum foil replica of the Vince Lombardi Trophy during the Patriots rally Saturday on Nicollet Mall.

Cue the snow globe, Super Sunday is here

Saturday's almost-constant snowfall and today's expected frigid cold certainly has given an estimated 125,000 out-of-town visitors to downtown Minneapolis a fully immersive Bold North experience as officials and fans prepared for the Big Game at 5:30 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The new headquarters of Capitol Region Watershed District.

Watershed district moving to eco-friendly headquarters in Midway area

Ramsey County agency moving to Midway site.
New England Patriots' Tom Brady answers questions during NFL football Super Bowl 52 Opening Night Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at the Xcel Center in St. Pau

Brady among top draws at Xcel Energy Center event for fans to see Super Bowl foes

Fans show colors (including purple) at opening celebration.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is using dogs from a local sanctuary as therapy dogs at the jail.

Therapy dogs are regular visitors to the Washington County jail

A partnership with an animal rescue sanctuary is helping reduce stress at Washington County jail.
For two full weeks, crews were busy working on the 70-foot-high castle of ice on the south end of St. Paul’s Rice Park.

See St. Paul's 70-foot-tall ice palace being built block by block

A gleaming palace of ice will once again lord over the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Climbing to a height of 70 feet, the 2018 palace…
Robert “Skip” Wilke

Robert 'Skip' Wilke, YMCA camping champion, dies at 79

People don't often get a chance to pursue a childhood passion for an entire lifetime, but when the folks of the YMCA's Camp Menogyn in…
The St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace, now named the Ecolab Ice Palace, continues to rise.

Now dubbed the Ecolab Ice Palace, St. Paul's shrine to winter continues to rise

Thanks to the financial commitment of St. Paul-based Ecolab, it's also likely to meet its $800,000 fundraising goal.
Vikings superfan Lindsey “Purplelicious” Lorentson at home with some of her memorabilia. “I’m not afraid. ... This year feels different," she

Vikings fans, ever optimistic, hope this is finally the year

But along with hope of a Super Bowl title comes the knowledge that, even after decades of disappointment, gut-wrenching fear is never far away.
Workers are putting the finishing touches on three dioramas -- Lake Pepin, Sandhill cranes and snow geese -- as the Bell Museum continues getting read

Painstaking diorama restoration gets new Bell Museum closer to completion

How do you transplant renowned dioramas to a new museum? Carefully, the University of Minnesota finds.
Dignitaries and winter carnival royalty gathered Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, for the laying of the first Ice block for the St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Pal

Work begins on St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace

The palace will include 5,000 blocks of ice cut from Green Lake in Spicer, Minn.
An ATV recently went through the ice on Medicine Lake. Ice needs to be 5 to 7 inches thick to support ATVs or snowmobiles.

Ice builds on east metro lakes as temps drop below zero

Officials still urge caution after five people have died already this winter in Minnesota falling through ice that remains unpredictable.
A rendering of the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival ice palace planned for Rice Park.

St. Paul Winter Carnival to build ice castle after all

Donors step up to enable plan for seven-story, $800,000 winter monument in Rice Park.
People exited the Listening House at First Lutheran Church in August.

St. Paul City Council allows Listening House to stay in Dayton's Bluff — with new conditions

Council Member Jane Prince said she knows new conditions on Listening House please no one.
Boards likely from a 1870’s era ice skating rink were used to build this St. Paul house. They were uncovered by the owner Todd Johnson, left, during

St. Paul home renovation uncovers hand-painted signs of the past

Newly revealed hand-painted signs prompted a local historian started digging.
Ask A Muslim Woman panel

Roseville panel discussion on race sparks growing community conversation series

More discussions are scheduled for 2018.
Officials with the Lower Phalen Creek Project recently completed a community survey on future developments at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in St. Paul

Ideas abound for Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in St. Paul

Supporters of the Wakan Tipi Center project hope it can included in the next state bonding bill.
The Como Dockside restaurant has closed and St. Paul is seeking input from residents on ideas for the lakeside site.

After Como Dockside closing, St. Paul seeks ideas for pavilion's next vendor

St. Paul will hold an open house at 6 p.m. Monday to talk about Como facility.
In Frogtown, Joshua Broyles and his mother, Linda, talked about the death of John Broyles near the spot where he grew up playing.

How to combat St. Paul violence? Neighbors take differing views

It's been a tough year in Frogtown and along Rice Street in the city's North End, neighboring St. Paul neighborhoods grappling with a dramatic increase in gunshots and shootings.
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Members of Appetite for Change, which began operations in 2012, are part of a community-based effort to build health

North Minneapolis' Appetite for Change and other organizations win Bush Prize

Appetite for Change was given $471K as it works for a better North Side.
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