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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
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.
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.
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