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James Walsh

Reporter | St. Paul and Ramsey County
phone: 651-925-5041
James Walsh covers news in St. Paul and Ramsey County.
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St. Paul woman arrested in killing of longtime boyfriend

The relationship between the suspect and the victim apparently had been a rocky one, according to police.
Ramsey County deputy accused of animal cruelty

Ramsey County deputy accused of animal cruelty

A veteran Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputy allegedly threw his dog to the ground and struck it repeatedly.
For St. Paul officer, 'routine' encounter quickly escalated

For St. Paul officer, 'routine' encounter quickly escalated

  On any given day on the third floor of St. Paul police headquarters, you are likely to read several incident reports detailing cases of…

Minnesota DNR to launch Operation Dry Water this weekend

State and local patrols will be out in force this weekend to combat boating under the influence.
St. Paul officer turned from crime and now helps kids find direction

St. Paul officer turned from crime and now helps kids find direction

St. Paul Police Explorers helped Pheng Xiong avoid gangs. Now he helps kids who are like he was in his younger days.
St. Paul's Como Park Conservatory celebrates a century

St. Paul's Como Park Conservatory celebrates a century

The St. Paul institution reaches the century mark with high hopes for the future.
Twin Cities newspaper gives homeless a voice, a job and an income

Twin Cities newspaper gives homeless a voice, a job and an income

A newspaper launched by a St. Paul man gives homeless people a voice, and needed income.

Local Catholics express sadness, satisfaction

Shortly after delivering a homily about turning the other cheek, the Rev. Jim Schoenberger asked the 50 souls who had gathered Monday for noon mass…
Maplewood mortuary ordered to stop preparing bodies for burial

Maplewood mortuary ordered to stop preparing bodies for burial

In more than 40 years as a funeral director, E. Peter Vasey estimates he has prepared 5,000 bodies for burial or cremation. His work the…
Former Visitation coach gets six years in prison for repeatedly contacting victim

Former Visitation coach gets six years in prison for repeatedly contacting victim

A Ramsey County district judge sentenced Wilson, 28, to six years in prison for violating probation.
Skateboarder wearing earbuds dies after hitting pickup in St. Paul

Skateboarder wearing earbuds dies after hitting pickup in St. Paul

The incident occurred about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday at Grand and Fairview avenues.
Alleged cockfighting ring in two western Wisconsin counties busted

Alleged cockfighting ring in two western Wisconsin counties busted

Sheriffs of St. Croix and Polk counties praise assistance of ASPCA in making investigation possible.

Minnesota Guard recruit charged with coercing young girls to perform sex act

Man, 18, allegedly met 2 girls online and coerced them to perform sex act.

St. Paul teacher charged with criminal sexual misconduct after allegedly groping student

Educator, 47, is on leave from Washington Tech Magnet School.
Bow to history before demolishing former West, jail sites

Bow to history before demolishing former West, jail sites

Ramsey County will spend $13 million to clear sites of old jail and West Publishing for new development in St. Paul.
A growing St. Paul gets hip to millennials and retirees alike

A growing St. Paul gets hip to millennials and retirees alike

The allure of living in downtown St. Paul is obvious to Rochester native Brianne Hamm. Great music venues, inviting restaurants, funky night spots, the Saints,…

Creativity, connections thrive at Arlington Hills Community Center

A unique collaboration between the city’s library system and Parks and Rec has attracted hundreds of teens to its programs and high-tech labs.
New St. Paul ballpark warmed fans on a cold night

New St. Paul ballpark warmed fans on a cold night

The Saints minor league baseball team christened its shiny new Lowertown ballpark, CHS Field, with an exhibition game. It was a night to work out some kinks.

St. Paul man arrested in the death of his wife on city's East Side

St. Paul police have arrested a 47-year-old man in connection with the death of his wife last week. Police were called to a home in…
Atop St. Paul's Union Depot, a sweet treat for bees

Atop St. Paul's Union Depot, a sweet treat for bees

Hives atop several urban buildings yield sweet success for entrepreneur
St. Paul arson unit wins praise for difficult job

St. Paul arson unit wins praise for difficult job

The interagency unit gets results for taking a coordinated approach to solving fires, authorities said.

St. Paul paramedics cut hole in man's throat to save him

The procedure is seldom done, and never before by St. Paul’s Jeremy Coy — until it counted.

Judge bars St. Paul gang from Cinco de Mayo festival

St. Paul gang barred from this weekend’s Cinco de Mayo festival.
St. Paul judge bars 'criminal street gang' from Cinco de Mayo fest

St. Paul judge bars 'criminal street gang' from Cinco de Mayo fest

A temporary restraining order handed down Friday will keep Hit Squad away from the festivities.
St. Paul middle school builds relationships, calms disruptions

St. Paul middle school builds relationships, calms disruptions

Change has been dramatic in St. Paul’s middle schools the past 18 months. Perhaps nowhere has the strain been felt more than at Ramsey Middle School.

Ramsey County offers citizens a chance to clear up misdemeanor arrest warrants

A trip to a Ramsey County ice rink on Saturday could save residents with arrest warrants some time in the cooler.From 9 a.m. to 7…

Surge of youth violence in St. Paul prompts a show of unity

St. Paul officers, ministers and others seek to head off the crimes of summer.

New contaminant found in New Brighton drinking water

While levels of new contaminant are not considered dangerous, city will use water from deeper wells.
Man arrested in fatal stabbing of St. Croix River angler

Man arrested in fatal stabbing of St. Croix River angler

Others involved have been interviewed, according to the Sheriff’s Office in Wis.
St. Paul polishes plan to revamp Rice Park

St. Paul polishes plan to revamp Rice Park

Last renovated in 2000, downtown pocket park needs polishing.

Project: The missing Somali men

Federal agents and Somali leaders in the Twin Cities struggle to find answers to whether up to 20 young men may have returned to Somalia to fight or receive terrorist training.

Plan could make Arden Hills development energy self-sufficient

A 40-acre solar array is the key cog to the development’s plan.
Hill-Murray students are schooled in compassion

Hill-Murray students are schooled in compassion

When Hill-Murray students discovered dozens of hungry Webster Elementary kids go home every Friday to empty cupboards and sparse refrigerators, it inspired most of the private Catholic school to organize an ongoing food drive.
Man saves family from St. Paul fire whipped up by high wind

Man saves family from St. Paul fire whipped up by high wind

It was one of several blazes spread by the gusty winds around the hot and dry Twin Cities on Wednesday.

The Device Life: Medical technology expands to younger generations

At 100 years of growth, St. Paul Cathedral is full of community

At 100 years of growth, St. Paul Cathedral is full of community

A century ago, the dreams of an archbishop and his generous flock were realized in the first mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul.
Lyle 'Ty' Hoffman pleads guilty in ex-partner's death

Lyle 'Ty' Hoffman pleads guilty in ex-partner's death

Charged with murder and accused of robbing a bank while on the run, Lyle Hoffman attended a plea hearing before a Ramsey County District judge Friday afternoon.

North St. Paul council member threatens to walk if mayor won't resign

In wake of hot-tempered dispute over liquor ordinances, one council member threatens to walk if mayor won’t resign.

SubText bookstore moving above ground in St. Paul

The St. Paul bookstore is heading from a basement on Cathedral Hill to a new space, on street level, downtown.
Coleman to flip the switch at the Saints' CHS Field

Coleman to flip the switch at the Saints' CHS Field

On Wednesday, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is expected to flip a giant switch, officially turning on the lights at the Saints' CHS Field for the first time.
Ice Bucket Challenge helping people with ALS 'live best lives'

Ice Bucket Challenge helping people with ALS 'live best lives'

A summer Internet sensation raised millions, eliminating the waiting lists for all kinds of assistive devices designed to help people with ALS live more active lives.
Saints head to new ballpark, bring along the old charm

Saints head to new ballpark, bring along the old charm

Team officials toured the $63 million ballpark, which will be the site of 50 Saints games every summer as well as 100 other events each year.
Viking Cruises look at St. Paul as port of call

Viking Cruises look at St. Paul as port of call

Capital city could be a key stop along the Mississippi route.
Minnesota official sees progress in sex offender program

Minnesota official sees progress in sex offender program

In federal court, state Human Services chief Lucinda Jesson cites reforms in a system that is targeted in a lawsuit.

St. Paul seeing the effects of push to ease downtown crime

After a spate of incidents, business owners said an increased police presence has made a difference.
Met Council takes on contentious divide over streetcar

Met Council takes on contentious divide over streetcar

Wednesday's meeting kicked off a debate that will ultimately determine whether they are a worthwhile investment for the region.
Dayton's budget throws support to Promise Neighborhood

Dayton's budget throws support to Promise Neighborhood

A St. Paul effort to boost the academic success of children through early childhood scholarships and rental assistance has won a key supporter: Gov. Mark Dayton.
St. Paul police officers lead in rising use of deadly force

St. Paul police officers lead in rising use of deadly force

Community leaders ask hard questions about deaths of black suspects.
Bobby Hickman, founder of Inner City Youth League, dies

Bobby Hickman, founder of Inner City Youth League, dies

“His work was also about community and economic development,” daughter Robin Hickman said of the 79-year-old, who died last week.
Ty Hoffman's arrest after monthlong manhunt brings relief

Ty Hoffman's arrest after monthlong manhunt brings relief

Police said Lyle "Ty" Hoffman was arrested after he was spotted on foot looking at an Arby's drive-through menu in Shakopee. He was not armed at the time of the arrest and he did not resist or attempt to conceal his identity, police said.
$28 million Children's Museum expansion seeks to free imaginations

$28 million Children's Museum expansion seeks to free imaginations

Starting Saturday and running through May 10, the museum’s foremost experts — kids themselves — will help design a range of new exhibits.
St. Paul Downtown Airport preps for Hockey Day

St. Paul Downtown Airport preps for Hockey Day

This year the event merges Minnesota’s favorite frozen sport with support for our troops overseas.
Obituary: Dorothy C. Smith rode west on the Orphan Train

Obituary: Dorothy C. Smith rode west on the Orphan Train

The Minneapolis newspaper called her a “mail-order baby.” That’s because, unlike thousands of other children sent west to Minnesota and other Midwestern states from orphanages…
Local curlers have high hopes for inaugural Big Spiel

Local curlers have high hopes for inaugural Big Spiel

St. Paul Curling Club and two other area clubs will welcome about 400 other curlers to debut tourney.
Complaints allege inappropriate buying by ex-East Ridge principal

Complaints allege inappropriate buying by ex-East Ridge principal

The former principal of Woodbury’s East Ridge High School allegedly used school district funds to purchase iPads, gift cards, a personal membership to Sam’s Club and other items, according to complaints filed with his employer, documents released Tuesday show.
Dec. 20: Mall of America protest attracts thousands

Dec. 20: Mall of America protest attracts thousands

Shoppers lined the rails of the mall rotunda to watch the peaceful protest. Bloomington police said 25 people were arrested.
Life captured in sketch pads

Life captured in sketch pads

A Lowertown couple record life in the Twin Cities with pen and paper.

St. Paul schools repair payroll glitch

A bank mix-up briefly threatened the paychecks to thousands of workers, but after some surliness, the issue was mostly resolved.
Vy Van Pham, 83: Selfless advocate for many a refugee

Vy Van Pham, 83: Selfless advocate for many a refugee

He met President Jimmy Carter, became a national labor leader and spent decades as a Hennepin County social worker. But his deepest legacy may be the tens of thousands of lives he lifted.
Saado Ali Warsame, 58: Daring voice of hope for Somalia

Saado Ali Warsame, 58: Daring voice of hope for Somalia

The Minnesota resident’s songs of peace made her wildly popular in her native Somalia, but a threat to those fomenting chaos there. Elected to Somalia’s parliament, she became a target.

St. Paul man charged with spitting on prosecutor

A St. Paul man convicted Tuesday of sex trafficking has been charged in Ramsey County with spitting on the prosecutor after a courtroom outburst following…
St. Paul neighborhood rallies around church

St. Paul neighborhood rallies around church

A fire left tiny St. Mark Lutheran Church unusable for months, but neighbors have rallied around the church.
St. Paul swears in nation's first Karen police officer

St. Paul swears in nation's first Karen police officer

Ler Htoo graduated from the St. Paul Police Academy on Thursday night, becoming what is believed to be the first police officer from Myanmar's Karen ethnic group in the United States.
Santa and Mrs. Claus visit St. Paul children's hospitals

Santa and Mrs. Claus visit St. Paul children's hospitals

With police sirens wailing and a sidecar full of gifts, Sgt. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus helped St. Paul police spread early Christmas cheer.

St. Paul police crime lab gains accreditation

The once-troubled St. Paul police Forensic Services Unit has won international accreditation, police officials announced Wednesday. The accreditation, from the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, “signifies…
Judge sets $1M bail for ex-Visitation coach, calls behavior 'reprehensible'

Judge sets $1M bail for ex-Visitation coach, calls behavior 'reprehensible'

Sexual assault suspect repeatedly ignored restraining orders.
August: Dayton hears from east metro officials about rail safety

August: Dayton hears from east metro officials about rail safety

Suburban St. Paul officials told Gov. Mark Dayton that communities across the state need money and training to prepare for the possible catastrophe of a train loaded with volatile oil exploding as it rumbles through Minnesota.
Obituary: D. Peter Snustad, U of M geneticist and professor

Obituary: D. Peter Snustad, U of M geneticist and professor

To many in his field of genetics, Pete Snustad was known as the co-author of “Principles of Genetics,” a primary college textbook used by tens…
From Colombia to Minnesota, finding homes for older orphans

From Colombia to Minnesota, finding homes for older orphans

A longtime program has helped match older orphans in Colombia with families in this state. A weeklong camp makes in-person introductions.
Hickman: Working with youth 'a calling'

Hickman: Working with youth 'a calling'

Robin Hickman’s career has taken her from City Hall to public TV to middle-school classrooms.
Obituary: David 'Choc' Junker, former Stillwater mayor

Obituary: David 'Choc' Junker, former Stillwater mayor

After all the ways he gave back to Stillwater over the years — as mayor, public works director, school board member — David “Choc” Junker’s…
At Union Gospel, a thankful time for givers and receivers

At Union Gospel, a thankful time for givers and receivers

In a massive operation, clients, many of them homeless, joined volunteers and staffers to gather, pack and carry out about 10,000 grocery bags filled with Thanksgiving dinner for five.
Thieves steal $300,000 in watches in smash-and-grab at St. Paul jewelry store

Thieves steal $300,000 in watches in smash-and-grab at St. Paul jewelry store

Robbers made off with about $300,000 in Rolex watches from a St. Paul jewelry store Sunday afternoon after smashing display cases with hammers while the…
Storm mostly dodged in metro, but impact left on streets

Storm mostly dodged in metro, but impact left on streets

The region’s first winter storm dropped only 2 to 3 inches of snow, but icy residential streets could still be a hazard.
In St. Paul, a stop sign is more than a stop sign

In St. Paul, a stop sign is more than a stop sign

Thanks to an ordinance for public art, St. Paul has beautified stop signs.
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