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

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.
Great River Passage plan connects St. Paul with Mississippi River

Great River Passage plan connects St. Paul with Mississippi River

Several elements of the program are expected to begin this summer.
St. Paul's new recycling system leaves some residents frustrated

St. Paul's new recycling system leaves some residents frustrated

St. Paul and recycling officials say they are working to smooth out kinks.
St. Paul Winter Carnival opens Thursday with parade, ice carving

St. Paul Winter Carnival opens Thursday with parade, ice carving

An estimated 250,000 people are expected to attend the festival in St. Paul.
St. Paul native pours time and energy into Frozen Film Festival

St. Paul native pours time and energy into Frozen Film Festival

Joe Ruiz's passion for film and his hometown fuels a newer feature of St. Paul celebration.
Merriam Park neighborhood 'Goddess Tree' installed in St. Paul gallery

Merriam Park neighborhood 'Goddess Tree' installed in St. Paul gallery

The ants are gone. The painted goddess images have been freshened up. And Thursday night, to the accompaniment of a pianist and a belly dancer,…
St. Thomas' new facilities plan gets mixed reviews from neighbors

St. Thomas' new facilities plan gets mixed reviews from neighbors

As the state's largest private university takes the first steps in a major expansion, its neighbors in St. Paul hope for relief from traffic and housing woes.
Viral Washburn High School fight video was a hoax, district says

Viral Washburn High School fight video was a hoax, district says

The clip appears to show a Muslim student trying to punch a boy who pulled on her hijab, but it's just a "play fight," a district spokesman said Saturday.
Como Dockside lures wintertime customers with games, movies

Como Dockside lures wintertime customers with games, movies

St. Paul city officials expected 2016 total revenue to be $2 million, of which $200,000 went to the city in rent. But winter is another story.
Students at Wis. treatment center find therapy, new worlds in underwater photography

Students at Wis. treatment center find therapy, new worlds in underwater photography

Young people grappling with mental illness discover new worlds and hidden photographic talent.
St. Paul's Central Station area kicks off a year of pop-up events

St. Paul's Central Station area kicks off a year of pop-up events

Pop-up events aim to bring vitality to Green Line Central Station.
St. Paul neighbors give Ford site plan mostly high marks

St. Paul neighbors give Ford site plan mostly high marks

While some have questions over housing density, many like green space, trails in city's proposal.
Cruising to St. Paul? Viking's Mississippi River plans on hold

Cruising to St. Paul? Viking's Mississippi River plans on hold

Announced in 2015, Viking River Cruises' arrival on the Mississippi is not yet known.
Business property owners sue St. Paul over right of way assessments

Business property owners sue St. Paul over right of way assessments

Corner property owners say fees unfair; city examining system.
East Side Freedom Library continues to reach new audiences

East Side Freedom Library continues to reach new audiences

The staff is dedicated to telling the stories of its surrounding community.
St. Paul Downtown Airport aims to land more amenities

St. Paul Downtown Airport aims to land more amenities

Preparing for Super Bowl, St. Paul Airport seeks to broaden its appeal.

Minnesota mother sues teenage child to stop gender reassignment

In a lawsuit filed this week, the mother challenged emancipation of her teen and is seeking a court order stopping continued medical treatment.
St. Paul leaders share idyllic vision of future for Ford site

St. Paul leaders share idyllic vision of future for Ford site

City planners sketched out early ideas for variety of trails, housing and transportation.

In Stillwater, Arden Hills, Lake Elmo, key decisions

The most contentious race in Washington County was in the Stillwater School District, where the election for three seats became a referendum on whether to…
Knight Foundation gives $640,000 to St. Paul projects

Knight Foundation gives $640,000 to St. Paul projects

The Knight Foundation funds nine projects that promote growth and civic engagement.
Obituary: Mary Diaz dedicated her life to educating immigrants and refugees

Obituary: Mary Diaz dedicated her life to educating immigrants and refugees

Mary Diaz didn’t just greet her new neighbors. She brought them a cooked turkey. She didn’t just tell stories. Her friends recall her deep, raspy,…
Artability show and sale are avenue for artists with mental illness to shine

Artability show and sale are avenue for artists with mental illness to shine

The exhibit of works by those with mental illness runs through Saturday.
Tiny St. Paul museum is gaining larger audience

Tiny St. Paul museum is gaining larger audience

Cabinet-size exhibit space in St. Paul seeks to spread support for the arts.
Neighborhood volunteers call the frogs back to St. Paul's Frogtown

Neighborhood volunteers call the frogs back to St. Paul's Frogtown

FrogLab aims to bring frogs back to area they once called home.
Groundbreaking of Rondo Commemorative Plaza reconnects community

Groundbreaking of Rondo Commemorative Plaza reconnects community

Memories of a once-thriving black St. Paul community live on through Rondo Commemorative Plaza.
$1M prize-winning Urban Oasis to shut down in St. Paul due to lack of funds

$1M prize-winning Urban Oasis to shut down in St. Paul due to lack of funds

Other groups will continue projects launched with a $1 million grant.

Snowblower ballet, ballpark theater win Knight Foundation arts grants

It is among 27 winners awarded funding to stage arts events in St. Paul.
St. Paul may ax popular neighborhood Halloween haunted house

St. Paul may ax popular neighborhood Halloween haunted house

St. Paul's Mr. Halloween fears for his masterpiece.
New tuj lub courts in St. Paul signal acceptance, Hmong leaders say

New tuj lub courts in St. Paul signal acceptance, Hmong leaders say

An ancient game gets a new home in St. Paul as parks strive to adapt to changing needs.
At Vento nature sanctuary, a push for interpretive center

At Vento nature sanctuary, a push for interpretive center

Advocates make case for Wakan Tipi at St. Paul nature sanctuary.
Little Mekong Plaza opens as community gathering place

Little Mekong Plaza opens as community gathering place

Leaders say the public space in St. Paul will play a pivotal role as a community catalyst.
Plans for 4th Street Market District in St. Paul aimed at walkers, bicyclists gain support

Plans for 4th Street Market District in St. Paul aimed at walkers, bicyclists gain support

A feasibility study will be finished in mid-November.
St. Paul brings discussion and treats to residents with Pop Up Meeting

St. Paul brings discussion and treats to residents with Pop Up Meeting

Using a little red van and some creativity, Pop Up Meeting ensures more people in St. Paul are heard.
Anoka worked hard to secure Halloween stamp unveiling

Anoka worked hard to secure Halloween stamp unveiling

Halloween Capital of the World to be site of holiday stamp event Thursday.
Amtrak announces easier bike storage for cyclists traveling by train

Amtrak announces easier bike storage for cyclists traveling by train

Forget the box. Amtrak has new baggage-car racks on most all routes.
Project connects St. Paul neighbors by moving them to their front yards

Project connects St. Paul neighbors by moving them to their front yards

The Friendly Front Yards Project encourages neighbors to step from the back yard to the front yard and become more neighborly.
Festival fundraiser aims to illuminate Cathedral of St. Paul.

Festival fundraiser aims to illuminate Cathedral of St. Paul.

Festival aims to raise money for brightening building's interior.
Festival explores possibilities for St. Paul's River Balcony

Festival explores possibilities for St. Paul's River Balcony

Festival showed off the possibilities of new project in St. Paul along the Mississippi.
St. Paul neighborhood rallies to save an artist's goddess tree

St. Paul neighborhood rallies to save an artist's goddess tree

Hend Al-Mansour's art will move to a nearby gallery — if the carpenter ants can be eradicated.
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