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James Walsh

Reporter | St. Paul and St. Paul Neighborhoods
Phone: 612-673-7428
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

James Walsh is a reporter covering St. Paul and its neighborhoods. He has had myriad assignments in nearly 30 years at the Star Tribune, including federal courts and St. Paul schools.


"A St. Paul native, Walsh lives in St. Paul with his wife and two cats. He has two adult children. He graduated from the College of St. Thomas, where he was named the top journalism graduate by the Society of Professional Journalists, before beginning his career with stops at the Mankato Free Press and the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Walsh has covered local government, local schools, local and federal courts and even spent some time writing about farming and medical technology. A former college football player and semi-pro coach, he enjoys reading history and following the Vikings, Gophers and Tommies.
Recent content from James Walsh
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and snowmobile racer Levi LaVallee after their 12,000-foot parachute jump onto Harriet Island Tuesday.

St. Paul mayor skydives into news conference to say Red Bull's 'Flugtag' event will return

Mayor Melvin Carter parachuted onto Harriet Island to spread the news.
Owner Tom Bielenberg mans the front desk at Micawber's Books in their new smaller location just steps away from the old one.

Broken hip forces longtime St. Paul bookseller to close shop

Black ice accomplished what years of online, big box competition couldn't.
St. Paul DFL caucuses are planned for Sunday afternoon, followed immediately by conventions, in three wards where only incumbents are seeking the part

St. Paul council candidates head into DFL caucuses, conventions

City Council incumbents seek party endorsement.
The former Ford assembly plant site, looking east, with Highland Village and then downtown St. Paul off in the distance.

St. Paul planners reject single-family homes in Ford project

Commissioners want denser housing than the 35 homes Ryan Cos. wants to build along Mississippi River Boulevard.
To achieve a “bold master plan” for redevelopment of the former Ford site in St. Paul, Ryan Cos. said it needs more than $107 million in public fi

Ryan Cos. seeking $107M in public financing for Ford site

After months of planning, the Minneapolis-based developer said a "public-private partnership" is needed. The money would go toward infrastructure, green space, a stream-like water feature and 760 units of affordable housing.
Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle speaks at her election night event in Chicago on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. Cook County Board President Preckw

Chicago mayoral contender got start in St. Paul

Toni Preckwinkle's passion for politics and public service was sparked while she was a top student at Washington High School.
The Como Lake Pavilion

St. Paul's Como Lake pavilion getting new food vendor — again

Lancer Hospitality is the fourth company in the spot since 2015.
Fawn E. Wilderson, playing Aunt Frankie, and Roxanne Poindexter, playing Nellie, rehearsed "Not in Our Neighborhood" at Landmark Center in St. Paul.

Play about St. Paul's racist past sparks discussion and sold-out crowds

Performance in Macalester-Groveland neighborhood brings to life a painful racist incident from the 1920s.
“Safe, secure, affordable housing is vital to building a city that works for all of us,” said St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, shown in May.

St. Paul approves tax breaks to get landlords to preserve affordable housing

St. Paul program offers landlords a break to keep rents from spiking.
Central Midway building

Concordia withdraws request for tax-exempt bonds to buy Midway building

College had proposed tax-exempt bonds to buy Central Midway building.
Manik Tandon of St. Paul cleaned ice and snow off of his windshield during a snow storm on Feb. 7.

Amid snow angst, some St. Paul residents clear their own streets

Snow emergencies and delays in clearing streets yield gripes and self-help.
(Left to right) Nelsie Yang (a candidate for the City Council's Sixth Ward seat), Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, and Ramsey County Commissioner J

Area leaders answer the call to help St. Paul apartment after its heating went out

More than 30 people rushed in to help residents of the Edgerton Hi-Rise.
The former Ford assembly plant site, looking northwest, with the downtown Minneapolis in the background.

Ryan Cos. wins over neighbors with scaled-back plan for Ford site

Ryan Cos. scaled back density plan, needs city leaders to OK changes.
A new Saint Paul garbage can. Waste Management worker Daniel Westerhaus collected trash from the alleys of the Snelling Hamline neighborhood of St Pau

St. Paul residents sue over city's trash plan

The suit demands that St. Paul officials respect thousands of signatures on an anti-trash plan petition and put it to a citywide vote.
Jolene Gill ate breakfast at Listening House in St. Paul.

Church, St. Paul near settlement over homeless drop-in center

Settlement sets guidelines for church's drop-in site in St. Paul neighborhood.
Peter Butler of St. Paul removed the chip that was embedded in his city-issued garbage bin.

New focal point for garbage ire in St. Paul: Hidden tracking chips

With new collection system under fire, St. Paul swears its chip isn't collecting data.

Shows added for new play about St. Paul history

“Not in Our Neighborhood!,” a play about the racism faced by a black couple who tried to move to a white St. Paul neighborhood…
Jason Sole resigned after less than a year as an adviser on public safety.

'Disillusioned' by the last year, St. Paul's public safety adviser resigns

Criminal justice professor said he was frustrated by disagreement with mayor.
Ryan Companies unveiled the concept for the Ford Site Master Plan in St. Paul.

St. Paul's Ford site expected to tap into TIF, but how much?

Tapping TIF reduces developers' costs and gives them more incentive to invest in an area.
Jared Trost put the final touches on the "Eggloo" which consists of a chick that just hatched with the mother hen.

Plenty of winter for this year's St. Paul Winter Carnival

Want proof that longtime volunteer Lori Koutsky is dedicated to the St. Paul Winter Carnival? She’s flying back from Palm Springs and its 75-degree temps…
“Not in Our Neighborhood” director Eric Wood gave directions to actors during Thursday night’s rehearsal.

St. Paul play illuminates an ugly stage in city's history

First, the white St. Paul residents tried to talk William T. Francis out of moving to their neighborhood. When he refused to comply, the whites…
After she got home from work, Jamie Hendricks restocked the shelves of the Little Free Pantry she maintains in front of her home in St. Paul’s North

Inspired by Little Free Libraries, a free pantry helps feed hungry neighbors in St. Paul

North End resident's corner cabinet helps feed neighbors in need.
Bargains were to be found in the St. Paul Sears store on remaining inventory, if you could find it.

Sears store in St. Paul turns its final pages

The store that operated near the Capitol for 55 years closes Sunday.
Elizabeth Sammons of Lonsdale delivered 265 crocheted scarves and 298 hats to the Union Gospel Mission in St. Paul.

Lonsdale woman opens her heart with crocheted hats and scarves

Even before getting a new heart in June 2015, Elizabeth Sammons decided to open it to those less fortunate. The 34-year-old Lonsdale woman, who was…
“On nice evenings, we love to come here. It’s so quiet,” said Ron Gjerde, who is retiring after 50 years at the helm of Lakewood Cemetery

Caretaker retiring after lifetime at Lakewood Cemetery in Mpls.

Caretaker is stepping down after 50 years caring for the 250-acre lakeside cemetery.
In 2013, Jordan Naegele, left, and Macailah Maxwell ate lunch at a St. Paul pizza shop near their school, the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Art

Downtown St. Paul school challenges new restaurant's liquor license

City ordinance prohibits bars from being within 300 feet of a school.
“A brother in arms,” said Dan Cramer, a veteran who served 34 years in the Marine Corps and National Guard, as he kneeled to pay his respects to M

St. Paul's Rice Street says goodbye to 'Bones'

Neighbors in St. Paul remember Michael A. "Bones" Hartzell as a man who gave much, though he had very little.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

St. Paul council set to approve amnesty for overdue book fines

St. Paul residents stand on the cusp of amnesty for library late fees.On Wednesday, the St. Paul City Council is set to approve the library…
The Listening House, a drop-in center located in the basement of First Lutheran in St. Paul.

Listening House center, city of St. Paul settle suit

Dispute had focused on limiting number of guests.
The former Ford assembly plant in St. Paul

Rails-to-trails plan would link old Ford plant site to downtown St. Paul

The still-unfunded project called the "Spur" will come up for discussion at the City Council on Wednesday.
Mike Hartzell, 70, nicknamed “Bones,” grew up on Rice Street and has lived there most of his life.

Rice Street's Mike Hartzell, known as Bones, has died

To longtime residents, "Bones" was Rice Street's heart and soul, its de facto caretaker for more than 40 years.
European Christmas Market at Union Depot in St. Paul,

European Christmas Market returns to Union Depot

Starting at 4 p.m. Friday, the market will feature more than 35 holiday vendors selling food, drink and locally made and imported items.
St. Paul started its new organized trash collection system Oct. 1. Some haulers were requiring proof before suspending service.

St. Paul simplifies residents' holds on trash pick-up services

Residents resisted being required to submit doctor's note, plane ticket or other evidence.
Rendering of planned first-year and second-year student dormitories

St. Thomas plans two new dormitories on its St. Paul campus

It is part of a long-term goal of housing all freshmen and sophomores on campus.
Karen Nau showed off a colorful collection of egg cups gifted to her through decades of welcoming exchange students into her Prior Lake home. The expe

Minnesota families welcome the world into their home, one student at a time

By throwing open their homes — and hearts — these Twin Cities women have learned that the best way to expand their world is by welcoming young people from around the globe into it.
St. Paul officials began clearing out the St. Paul homeless near the Cathedral of St. Paul on Thursday. Here, George Gonzalez packed up his tent as ho

Residents of homeless tent camp in St. Paul sent packing

Officials said they will find temporary housing for anyone who wants it.
Trash haulers in St. Paul's Mac-Groveland neighborhood in 2009.

St. Paul rejects effort to bring city's new trash collection system to the voters

St. Paul residents frustrated by the new system wanted a chance to vote on it in 2019.
Students at Twin Cities German Immersion School played during gym class. The school uses the former church as a cafeteria, gym and performance space.

Former St. Paul church now housing German Immersion School seeks historic designation

Growing German Immersion School and its neighbors are at odds over the fate of the former St. Andrew's church.
Ryan Cos. unveiled its concept for the City of Saint Paul’s Ford Site Master Plan.

Restored stream to be central feature of Ford plant site's redevelopment in St. Paul

The move is popular with neighbors, business owners and city officials.

Sick of St. Paul violence, owner of Tin Cup's bar says she's through with city

Gidget Bailey wants to relocate from Rice Street and the North End: "It just gets worse and worse."
Amy Hodge got participants moving in an Aqua Zumba class at the renovated Jewish Community Center in St. Paul.

Jewish Community Center shines anew in St. Paul's Highland Park

Jewish Community Center in St. Paul finds a new life with a $15 million remake.
The spot on Wabasha Street in St. Paul closed due to debris from the landslide, shown in May.

St. Paul's Wabasha Street reopens, months after April rockslide

Thousands of tons of debris were removed and workers built a new gabion wall alongside the sandstone cliff that abuts the street.
St. Paul officials expect work on the park at E. 10th and Robert streets to be finished in 2019.

St. Paul City Council approves downtown park; neighbors wanted more

Neighbors say the city had promised a larger park and is wasting an opportunity.
Shelden Moe of Como Park mows the grass of a neighboring business in exchange for using its dumpster. He’d like to keep it that way.

Zero wasters, bin sharers, self-haulers are part of St. Paul trash uprising

It's the first time in St.Paul's 177-year history that residents are required to hire someone to cart away their trash. And it has sparked a popular uprising.
Patricia Hartmann dropped a stacked pile of petitions on the desk in front of elections specialist Josh Kiley.

Second petition by St. Paul garbage collection opponents calls for a citywide vote

Advocates want a referendum on the two-week-old garbage collection service.
Waste Management worker Daniel Westerhaus collected trash from the alleys of St. Paul's Snelling Hamline neighborhood.

St. Paul Council will repeal one trash ordinance, but system remains

St. Paul drops one organized trash pickup ordinance in answer to critics' petition.
Jessica Kingston

Former St. Paul human rights director accused police of sabotaging oversight

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter joins Police Chief Todd Axtell in denying Jessica Kingston's allegations.
Friends had lunch at Tiffany Sports Lounge as pedestrians walked along Ford Parkway in St. Paul.

Plans for Ford site excite, encourage neighboring businesses in St. Paul

St. Paul's biggest redevelopment opportunity in generations comes with new housing density, too.
Ryan Cos. unveiled its concept for the Ford Site Master Plan in St. Paul during a neighborhood presentation at Highland Park Middle School on Wednesda

Ryan Cos. announces plans for an urban village at St. Paul's Ford site

Sweeping vision was arrived at following community listening sessions over the past several months and a lot of work, officials say.
The 2018 Winter Carnival Ice Palace in Rice Park in downtown St. Paul.

St. Paul Winter Carnival moving to temporary home at Kellogg Mall Park

The carnival is slated to return to Rice Park in 2020
Waste Management worker Daniel Westerhaus collected trash from alleys. Some residents mistakenly used their old bins. “There are always going to be

New era for St. Paul garbage: Some good, some bad, some confusion

As a new organized trash collection system begins in St. Paul, some are still working out the details.

FBI agent on Wetterling case to hold news conference in Minneapolis on Tuesday

Ex-FBI agent will answer sheriff's harsh critique of kidnapping investigation.
Under an agreement with the city, 15 trash haulers will each take a portion of St. Paul based on their market share.

St. Paul trash plan opponents deliver nearly 6,000 signatures

The petition drive will not head off the city's new trash collection system before it begins Monday.
Traffic concerns and environmental questions were the top concerns Wednesday night as Ryan Cos. hosted the third public meeting about its upcoming dev

Traffic questions dominate meeting about development at former Ford site

Ryan Cos. hosted the third public meeting about its upcoming development in St. Paul.
Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson waited to begin a press conference to discuss the document release in the Jacob Wetterling case.

Sheriff lays out missed chances for quick answers to Jacob's fate

A task force formed to find missing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in 1989 wasted time chasing far-flung leads and listening to psychics rather than tracking compelling evidence close to home, Don Gudmundson said.
Evidence photos of Danny Heinrich were part of Sheriff Don Gudmundson's presentation. The closed investigative file in the Jacob Wetterling abduction

Seven critical mistakes in early days of Wetterling investigation

Stearns County sheriff said there were critical missteps in the first weeks and months of the 1989 kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling
A booming Twin Cities megachurch has added the former McNally Smith College of Music in downtown St. Paul to its list of worship locations.

Growing megachurch moves into former McNally Smith site

River Valley Church, founded in 1995, makes the former music school its 10th campus worldwide.
A trash collector empties containers onto the truck on trash pickup day.

New garbage plan in St. Paul getting closer to rollout

City officials say most new trash bins have been delivered for organized collection to start on time.
St. Paul City Council postpones vote on accessory dwelling units

St. Paul City Council postpones vote on accessory dwelling units

Council members said more time is needed.
The Summit Hill Association, which represents neighborhoods graced by some of the city’s most stately and historic homes, is urging the City Council

St. Paul neighborhood of carriage houses skeptical about 'granny flat' proposal

Summit Hill homeowners say more time is needed to study the proposal.
Mychael Wright is the owner of Golden Thyme Coffee, the organizer of the Selby Avenue JazzFest and champion of cultivating black-owned businesses on S

Selby JazzFest highlights a transforming avenue in St. Paul

Golden Thyme a catalyst for Selby Avenue revival.
From a single bicycle saved from scrap, Michael and Benita Warns now oversee 10 garages with donated bikes and parts.

St. Paul couple restore and give away hundreds of bicycles a year

For the hundreds of people each year who receive free bicycles from Mr. Michael Recycles Bicycles, it feels pretty magical.
Lou Han Ming worked from scaffolding on the second story of the pavilion, built in China and shipped to St. Paul as part of a sister city partnership

Chinese pavilion in St. Paul's Phalen Park nearing completion

A replica of a Chinese pavilion adds a quiet vibe to shore of Lake Phalen
Jessica Kingston filed unspecified complaints against the city.

St. Paul City Council poised to pay departing human rights director $250,000

Vote on a proposed settlement agreement between the city and Jessica Kingston is scheduled for Wednesday.
St. Paul public libraries would stop charging fines for overdue books and other items under a proposal by Mayor Melvin Carter.

St. Paul Mayor Carter: No more fines for overdue library books

The idea is to encourage families who have stayed away because of accumulated fines to return to the library and the worlds that it opens.
Greg Huber, Allianz Field project manager, gave a tour of the new soccer stadium Tuesday in St. Paul. Sod is due to be laid in October.

Minnesota United's new home, St. Paul's new look take shape

Anticipation builds with the team as it looks forward to Allianz Field and in the St. Paul neighborhood transforming as well.
Marybeth Lonnee weeded the memorial garden she planted with donated perennials and help from other Merriam Station Community Garden volunteers.

A grandmother turns her grief into a St. Paul community garden

The memorial garden to little Alan Geisenkoetter will be dedicated Sunday with singers, pipers and balloons.
Some residents question whether St. Paul’s decision to use a consortium of haulers this fall to create a centralized system, including uniform trash

St. Paul residents' frustration with organized trash collection piling up

Collection hasn't started, but some residents have already started a petition.
Scott Kramer is photographed in one of the bedrooms in Stt. Paul's historic Dearing Mansion.

Owner of St. Paul mansion who ran afoul of regulators puts B&B up for sale

Historic St. Paul B&B that drew lengthy controversy hits market for $850,000.
Lake Monster Brewing, on Vandalia Avenue between I-94 and University Avenue, has become a popular gathering spot in a part of St. Paul known as a Crea

In St. Paul's growing Creative Enterprise Zone, businesses seek ways to preserve artistic identity

Area increasingly known for creative enterprises is hoping St. Paul can nurture it.
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.
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