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

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

Newly revealed hand-painted signs prompted a local historian started digging.
Roseville panel discussion on race sparks growing community conversation series

Roseville panel discussion on race sparks growing community conversation series

More discussions are scheduled for 2018.
Ideas abound for 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.
After Como Dockside closing, St. Paul seeks ideas for pavilion's next vendor

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

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

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.
St. Paul's Como Dockside eatery to close

St. Paul's Como Dockside eatery to close

Challenge of attracting diners during winter was too much, owner says.

Hopes for an expanded Pedro Park are scuttled

St. Paul City Council instead opts to turn annex into an office development.
St. Paul City Council approves organized trash collection

St. Paul City Council approves organized trash collection

Organized collection is expected to begin in 2018.
Voter turnout surprises Twin Cities poll watchers

Voter turnout surprises Twin Cities poll watchers

Election officials estimate that 43 percent of the registered voters turned out at the polls, up from 33 percent four years ago.
Ice castle fans, rejoice: Frozen creation returning to Stillwater

Ice castle fans, rejoice: Frozen creation returning to Stillwater

Now they just need the weather this winter to cooperate.
St. Paul building trades team with the Learning Jet to transform aircraft hangar into a classroom

St. Paul building trades team with the Learning Jet to transform aircraft hangar into a classroom

Volunteers are renovating a St. Paul airport hangar into a classroom for aviation students.
St. Paul City Council member fights for park at police annex over development

St. Paul City Council member fights for park at police annex over development

Rebecca Noecker wants to stick to the original plan to expand Pedro Park, keeping a promise to a neighborhood woefully short of green space.
Improved Hardwood Creek Regional Trail provides a path through Washington County

Improved Hardwood Creek Regional Trail provides a path through Washington County

Benches, signage and kiosks help make key trail even more user-friendly.
Ford site plan opponents launch petition drive to put issue to voters

Ford site plan opponents launch petition drive to put issue to voters

Critics of city's plan aim to collect 2,500 signatures but may need more.
Kelly Gage, attorney and former Minnesota senator, dies at 92

Kelly Gage, attorney and former Minnesota senator, dies at 92

Gage, 92, died Oct. 5 after a period of declining health, said Deborah Gage. Yet, "he kept his wits right up until the end."
St. Paul votes down move to eco-friendly food containers

St. Paul votes down move to eco-friendly food containers

The change would have hit local restaurants hard, council members said.
St. Paul Winter Carnival cancels plans for ice palace in 2018

St. Paul Winter Carnival cancels plans for ice palace in 2018

Winter Carnival officials announced Wednesday that the group working to build the ice palace for the 2018 festival has canceled the project. Ice Cold Events "reached a point where they could not guarantee enough financial support to cover costs to allow the project to move forward," according to a statement from the Winter Carnival.
A new bee 'sky rise' in Como Park offers home for pollinators

A new bee 'sky rise' in Como Park offers home for pollinators

Researchers hope to learn what kind of man-made housing attracts bees.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao promises to fight inequality

St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao promises to fight inequality

Greater transparency and a fair shake for every resident guide Thao's priorities.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Tom Goldstein pushes greater financial accountability

St. Paul mayoral candidate Tom Goldstein pushes greater financial accountability

Outspoken opponent of stadium subsidies pushes education, infrastructure instead.
Jed Stephen 'Kos' Kosmoski, who worked with St. Paul college baseball, hockey teams, dies at 44

Jed Stephen 'Kos' Kosmoski, who worked with St. Paul college baseball, hockey teams, dies at 44

Kosmoski, 44, died unexpectedly Aug. 5 in Seattle, stricken by pancreatitis while visiting his sister.
Dai Thao raises more than $171,000 in run for St. Paul mayor

Dai Thao raises more than $171,000 in run for St. Paul mayor

Mayoral hopeful also has $97,000 in cash on hand.
New St. Paul skyway photo project explores 'home' for 58 immigrants

New St. Paul skyway photo project explores 'home' for 58 immigrants

Immigrants who settled in Minnesota are featured in St. Paul art installation.
St. Paul shrinks building heights in proposed Ford site development plan

St. Paul shrinks building heights in proposed Ford site development plan

Opponents to the plan say the change does little to ease their concerns.
Proposed changes for St. Paul skyways prompt safety, accessibility concerns

Proposed changes for St. Paul skyways prompt safety, accessibility concerns

Building owners want to see earlier closing times, while others say skyways are needed for accessibility.
St. Paul touts new system to help launch small businesses

St. Paul touts new system to help launch small businesses

City officials proclaimed the first year of their Open for Business initiative a success.
St. Paul soccer stadium spells the end for bowling alley

St. Paul soccer stadium spells the end for bowling alley

The longtime owner of a popular neighborhood bowling alley was hoping for more time.
McCollum seeks federal action against St. Paul metal plating company

McCollum seeks federal action against St. Paul metal plating company

In a letter to the EPA administrator, the U.S. representative said the company "must be prosecuted."
Super Bowl check helps St. Paul's Frogtown Farm dig even deeper roots

Super Bowl check helps St. Paul's Frogtown Farm dig even deeper roots

The nonprofit Frogtown Farm got $50,000 from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, which has handed out about $2 million so far this year.
Midway Shopping Center deal clears way for St. Paul soccer stadium

Midway Shopping Center deal clears way for St. Paul soccer stadium

A portion of the shopping center's land is needed for soccer stadium construction.
After 25 years building a 'go-to' fish store, Aquatropics owner looks for new waters

After 25 years building a 'go-to' fish store, Aquatropics owner looks for new waters

Kevin McMenamy said the same whimsy that led him to the fish business is the same whimsy leading him to move on.

EPA moves to clear waste from abandoned St. Paul facility

Disposing of more than 80 open vats and sealed barrels of hazardous chemicals could take more than two months.
Music and games draw visitors to vacant lot near St. Paul's Central Station

Music and games draw visitors to vacant lot near St. Paul's Central Station

The idea is to chase away bad behavior by making the area inviting to all.
St. Paul's Circus Juventas adds award to starry summer

St. Paul's Circus Juventas adds award to starry summer

The accolades keep piling up for Circus Juventas, the circus school in St. Paul’s Highland Park that was recognized by the Smithsonian this summer. On…
Earl Dresser, known for nurturing creativity in health care, has died at age 93

Earl Dresser, known for nurturing creativity in health care, has died at age 93

Dresser served as president of Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park from 1966 to 1986.
10 years after bridge collapse, survivors find renewed purpose

10 years after bridge collapse, survivors find renewed purpose

Many still struggle with the pain and guilt from that horrific day. But some have found new fulfillment in their lives -- not just in spite of the disaster, but because of it.
After the bridge: 10 years, six stories

After the bridge: 10 years, six stories

Survivors of the 35W bridge collapse talk about how their lives were changed in a moment and how they cope with the memory.

After more than a decade, landlords' last remaining claims against St. Paul dismissed

They had sued, saying code enforcement reduced housing stock for minority renters.
Forest Lake adds pickleball courts as sport's popularity grows

Forest Lake adds pickleball courts as sport's popularity grows

Don't let the beaming smiles, the friendly banter and the gentle camaraderie of its contestants fool you. Pickleball is not for the fainthearted.
Hearing on plans for St. Paul's Ford site puts focus squarely on debate over density

Hearing on plans for St. Paul's Ford site puts focus squarely on debate over density

Ford site neighbors differ on how much density is a good thing.

$100,000 federal grant is expected to help St. Paul East Side artists to continue to grow

NEA grant is intended to help East Side arts efforts grow.
St. Croix Antiquarian Booksellers closing in downtown Stillwater

St. Croix Antiquarian Booksellers closing in downtown Stillwater

After 27 years, the Stillwater shop selling rare and used books will close at the end of July.
Heated opening day at Como Pool has some neighbors asking for more security

Heated opening day at Como Pool has some neighbors asking for more security

Police visits, rowdy youths bring calls for more security; city says staff did just fine.

A rat in the house? It may have come up from the St. Paul sewers

Summer's arrival brings uptick of invading rodent complaints.
Two longtime Como Conservatory gardeners hang up their tools

Two longtime Como Conservatory gardeners hang up their tools

Como Park Conservatory officials will miss "two old-school horticulturists."

Partnership between Mitchell Hamline Law and nonprofit Ujamaa fosters community understanding

School connects law students, Ujamaa Place men in "Listening Project."

St. Paul community event Thursday seeks to build momentum for Midway-area park

Area students and residents pushed for the park near Skyline Towers.
Getting serious about a playground: St. Paul family seeks to turn sorrow into joy

Getting serious about a playground: St. Paul family seeks to turn sorrow into joy

A daughter's unexplained death becomes a catalyst for a playground.
Stillwater theater group to buy old Minn. Zephyr depot as part of $6.5M project

Stillwater theater group to buy old Minn. Zephyr depot as part of $6.5M project

Stillwater organizers envision creating theater downtown, with purchase date of July 1.
Retired St. Thomas professor celebrated for role in famous Czech film

Retired St. Thomas professor celebrated for role in famous Czech film

Before Winston Chrislock taught history, he acted in "Riders in the Sky."
St. Paul City Council adds money to budget for ash tree replacement

St. Paul City Council adds money to budget for ash tree replacement

The city has cut down thousands of trees to fight emerald ash borer.
St. Paul children score free tickets to Lynx games

St. Paul children score free tickets to Lynx games

Program will provide meals, transportation, tickets for 500 to each home game.
Minneapolis, St. Paul losing thousands of trees to ash borer

Minneapolis, St. Paul losing thousands of trees to ash borer

In what arborists are calling an environmental catastrophe, cities are taking out ash trees by the thousands. When the two cities are done cutting, nearly 60,000 trees will be gone, leaving a gaping hole in the urban canopy.
May: St. Paul skyway concert another step to transform Central Station area

May: St. Paul skyway concert another step to transform Central Station area

Organizers hope concerts and doughnuts pump up the Central Station skyway with positive vibes.
'Old Rice Street' looks out for Bones, a community mainstay

'Old Rice Street' looks out for Bones, a community mainstay

It is a complex relationship between Bones — Mike Hartzell, 70 — and the neighborhood where he grew up.
Retired St. Olaf religion Prof. Omar Otterness dies at 98

Retired St. Olaf religion Prof. Omar Otterness dies at 98

Lifelong learning was more than a pleasant pursuit for the 26-year professor of religion at St. Olaf College.
Fix-it clinics help Ramsey County residents make repairs themselves

Fix-it clinics help Ramsey County residents make repairs themselves

Monthly Ramsey County events encourage repair, not disposal.
Ramsey County moves ahead to develop St. Paul riverfront property

Ramsey County moves ahead to develop St. Paul riverfront property

County officials spent $17 million to get five acres of downtown riverfront ready for development.
St. Paul's fight against emerald ash borer leaves a trail of stumps

St. Paul's fight against emerald ash borer leaves a trail of stumps

No money in city budget to remove ugly remnants of ash borer infestation.
St. Paul renews campaign urging drivers to stop for pedestrians

St. Paul renews campaign urging drivers to stop for pedestrians

Motorists have struck 54 pedestrians so far this year and 188 last year, city officials said.

Union Gospel Mission says former employee abused teen decades ago

But it calls allegations by second person "without merit."
New Minnesota History Center exhibit explores WWI's impact on America

New Minnesota History Center exhibit explores WWI's impact on America

The exhibit's developer called the war's impact on the U.S. "a push-pull phenomenon," ahead of the 100th anniversary of America's entry into it.
St. Paul plan for Ford site could boost water flow over Hidden Falls

St. Paul plan for Ford site could boost water flow over Hidden Falls

Planners want a stream to be a central part of a remade Ford site.
Work on old Ramsey Co. sewer offers rare glimpse of underground rivers

Work on old Ramsey Co. sewer offers rare glimpse of underground rivers

New video of a century-old storm sewer system spotlights need for water quality.
Need a hammer? Borrow one from the new St. Paul Tool Library

Need a hammer? Borrow one from the new St. Paul Tool Library

Library members pay $55 a year to access thousands of tools.
North Star Grand Prix bicycle race moves to St. Paul's Grand Avenue

North Star Grand Prix bicycle race moves to St. Paul's Grand Avenue

The North Star Grand Prix had been held in the Lowertown area.
Como Zoo adds new snow leopards with hope that cubs will follow

Como Zoo adds new snow leopards with hope that cubs will follow

Zoo is part of program to increase the biodiversity of the big cats in the U.S.
St. Paul nonprofit takes it up a notch for Tanzanian teachers

St. Paul nonprofit takes it up a notch for Tanzanian teachers

It began as an effort to help a handful of children, but now Project Zawadi also helps teachers.
St. Paul takes Ford site development discussion to neighborhood living rooms

St. Paul takes Ford site development discussion to neighborhood living rooms

The small gatherings follow years of public discussion in auditoriums and meeting rooms.
Old St. Paul Facebook group helps people connect to a city that was

Old St. Paul Facebook group helps people connect to a city that was

The online neighborhood gathering place reflects a growing passion among people across the country to better connect to their past.
Woodbury police body cameras are almost ready to roll

Woodbury police body cameras are almost ready to roll

The city is expecting the devices to arrive shortly, when a pilot program will be launched.
Smithsonian to honor St. Paul's Circus Juventas

Smithsonian to honor St. Paul's Circus Juventas

Members of the youth circus will perform on the National Mall this summer.
Do Good Roseville event sought to share perspectives of area black men

Do Good Roseville event sought to share perspectives of area black men

Questions ranged from being stopped by police to whether racism is in the past.
Super Bowl grant helps a different kind of 'football' in St. Paul

Super Bowl grant helps a different kind of 'football' in St. Paul

A $100,000 grant from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund will build in St. Paul the state's first permanent sepak takraw courts.
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