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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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Backyard concerts are a high note in West Seventh neighborhood

Backyard concerts are a high note in West Seventh neighborhood

One family's Grand Oak Opry concert series draws crowds, deepens community ties.
Venerable St. Paul dance studio to close after more than 60 years

Venerable St. Paul dance studio to close after more than 60 years

St. Paul Ballet's Grand Avenue studio, which for nearly 50 years was under the Andahazy Dance Studio name, is closing. The building's owners have decided to retire and do something else with the property.

Boldenow to head Ramsey County Library system.

Jill Boldenow has years of experience in the St. Paul and university library systems.
Historic St. Paul firehouse to be redeveloped, not razed

Historic St. Paul firehouse to be redeveloped, not razed

The structure dating to the 1800s survives thanks to a $500,000 forgivable loan from the city's Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Obituary: Pioneering U professor taught the value of critical thinking

Obituary: Pioneering U professor taught the value of critical thinking

Corcoran, 94, of Minneapolis, died July 24, but the lessons she taught — challenging her students to challenge research and conventional belief and to become critical thinkers — continue on in the many students she influenced, a former student said.
Putting a squawk in it: St. Paul center offers shelter for abandoned birds

Putting a squawk in it: St. Paul center offers shelter for abandoned birds

Volunteers at The Landing aim to help abandoned parrots "be birds again."
Impromptu improv to hit St. Paul Aug. 19

Impromptu improv to hit St. Paul Aug. 19

Grants help theater group Danger Boat Productions bring comedic art into lives of everyday people.
Frogtown's WFNU to hit airwaves with the raising of radio tower

Frogtown's WFNU to hit airwaves with the raising of radio tower

After more than a year of streaming online, Frogtown Community Radio is making the leap to the airwaves. With the raising of its radio tower…
Hoping this Garden blooms

Hoping this Garden blooms

Couple work to transform an old St. Paul movie house into a live performance space.
St. Paul's growing Little Mekong Night Market opens this weekend

St. Paul's growing Little Mekong Night Market opens this weekend

Third annual event expected to draw more than 15,000.
Police on edge trying to balance safety, public accountability

Police on edge trying to balance safety, public accountability

From local protests to the White House, the way officers do their jobs is the topic of high-profile and often heated conversation.

St. Paul effort seeks to make front yards welcoming places

The Friendly Front Lawns Project won funding from Knight Cities Challenge.
Can Can Wonderland part of St. Paul Midway resurgence

Can Can Wonderland part of St. Paul Midway resurgence

An oddball attraction is the latest hip addition to the St. Paul neighborood.
Painting is part of new history for blended St. Thomas More church in St. Paul

Painting is part of new history for blended St. Thomas More church in St. Paul

It wasn't an easy job, the Rev. Joseph Weiss admitted, blending what had been two Summit Avenue parishes into one.The Church of St. Luke had…

Former St. Paul convent has been safe haven for women for two decades

Residents have come to center from 67 countries, many fleeing violence.
Couple work to transform old W. 7th movie house into live performance space

Couple work to transform old W. 7th movie house into live performance space

But some St. Paul neighbors fear a new theater — with a liquor license — may bring problems.
St. Paul police crack down with eye on pedestrian safety

St. Paul police crack down with eye on pedestrian safety

So far, motorists don't seem to be getting the message: A day after a woman on foot was hit and killed, another woman was struck and injured.
St. Paul baker, street minister team up to spread joy, one doughnut at a time

St. Paul baker, street minister team up to spread joy, one doughnut at a time

"When you walk in with a box of doughnuts, people are shocked … and happy."
St. Paul Central school grounds to get spruced up thanks to community effort

St. Paul Central school grounds to get spruced up thanks to community effort

After five years of fundraising, a parent-led effort to transform the school grounds is about to start.
St. Paul's Frogtown Farm springs into its second year

St. Paul's Frogtown Farm springs into its second year

St. Paul's urban farm and park enters its second year with plans to harvest food for thousands.
St. Paul police detail zeroes in on student partyers

St. Paul police detail zeroes in on student partyers

The ZAP patrol looks for underage drinking in rental housing around five private St. Paul colleges. "We're the party patrol, the wet blanket squad."
Artists mourn St. Paul's Jax Building, creative Lowertown vibe

Artists mourn St. Paul's Jax Building, creative Lowertown vibe

The former warehouse that has housed artists' studios since 1977 has been sold for redevelopment. The city and the nonprofit Artspace are helping displaced artists find new space nearby.
Last breakfast at Dorothy Day is planned as new shelter rises

Last breakfast at Dorothy Day is planned as new shelter rises

Last community breakfast is planned as a new shelter for homeless rises in her place.
Obituary: Robert 'Bob' Carling built garbage hauling business from a borrowed pickup truck

Obituary: Robert 'Bob' Carling built garbage hauling business from a borrowed pickup truck

There was much to be proud of for this self-made man who built his business from its humble start with a borrowed pickup truck to become Eden Prairie Trashtronics, the city's first citywide garbage hauler, with 12 trucks and 12,000 customers.
New city artist adds to energy of Public Art St. Paul

New city artist adds to energy of Public Art St. Paul

Aaron Dysart joins nonprofit that puts projects in public places.
NASA gives $14.5M to Science Museum to help promote space science

NASA gives $14.5M to Science Museum to help promote space science

The St. Paul museum will help inspire the next generation, officials say.
St. Paul building comes down to make way for Little Mekong Plaza

St. Paul building comes down to make way for Little Mekong Plaza

The public gathering space will help efforts to add green space along the light-rail Green Line.
St. Paul is leasing MLS stadium for 50 years -- will it last that long?

St. Paul is leasing MLS stadium for 50 years -- will it last that long?

Some are concerned about impact on city if team fails.

Lawn socials and voting stickers win Knight Cities Challenge grants in St. Paul

The contest challenged innovators in 26 locales.
Coon Rapids Burger King employees smash windows after prank call

Coon Rapids Burger King employees smash windows after prank call

To the frantic manager of a Coon Rapids Burger King Friday night, the choice was act fast or face disaster. Problem was, it was all a hoax.
6 Twin Cities students honored with Beat the Odds scholarships

6 Twin Cities students honored with Beat the Odds scholarships

The Children's Defense Fund awarded six scholarships.
Plans to raze old St. Paul firehouse mobilize history-minded neighborhood

Plans to raze old St. Paul firehouse mobilize history-minded neighborhood

City's oldest municipal building could be torn down for new hotel.
More Twin Cities attractions selling 'signature' tours

More Twin Cities attractions selling 'signature' tours

Dozens of well-known attractions throughout the Twin Cities are turning to what they call "signature experiences" — value-added, immersive, hands-on activities meant to attract groups looking for more than your average tour.
20 years ago, St. Paul coach's cancer fight showed team meaning of strength

20 years ago, St. Paul coach's cancer fight showed team meaning of strength

"My friends told me to take it easy," Mitch McDonald said. "The players didn't want me to. They wanted me to be there."
St. Paul's Como Zoo touts economic value in pitch for seal exhibit upgrade

St. Paul's Como Zoo touts economic value in pitch for seal exhibit upgrade

The study comes as $14.5 million is sought from the state for a seal and sea lion habitat.
Micawber's Books in St. Paul starts new chapter in smaller shop

Micawber's Books in St. Paul starts new chapter in smaller shop

The St. Anthony Park gem moved a few feet away from the space it had occupied since 1972 into a smaller, less expensive lower-level shop.
Twin Cities Archdiocese moving HQ to Dayton's Bluff neighborhood

Twin Cities Archdiocese moving HQ to Dayton's Bluff neighborhood

A year after filing bankruptcy and months after selling part of its headquarters to the Minnesota Historical Society, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis…

St. Paul school officials detail tentative pact with teachers

St. Paul contract would add professionals, pay for a new student behavior program.
St. Paul teachers, district reach tentative contract deal

St. Paul teachers, district reach tentative contract deal

All-night bargaining session produces tentative pact; pay and safety top issues.
Design for new Midway St. Paul soccer stadium is revealed

Design for new Midway St. Paul soccer stadium is revealed

The 20,000-seat translucent stadium evoking images of flowing blue water and twinkling stars would cost $150 million, team officials said.
Midway Shopping Center tenants hoping more answers coming soon

Midway Shopping Center tenants hoping more answers coming soon

Shopping center tenants worry about future next to soccer stadium development.
St. Paul's last American Legion hall seeks help to survive

St. Paul's last American Legion hall seeks help to survive

The members of the last American Legion Post hall standing in St. Paul knew that, to draw a younger crowd of vets, they needed a…
Black Lives Matter St. Paul organizer reports attempted break-in at his home

Black Lives Matter St. Paul organizer reports attempted break-in at his home

The man was gone when police arrived.
St. Paul low-power radio station WEQY seeks to give East Side a voice

St. Paul low-power radio station WEQY seeks to give East Side a voice

Low-power, volunteer-run station mixes music, news and commentary.

St. Paul, Trust for Public Land buy property for new Midway park

A final piece of property needed for a new 5-acre park near the Green Line in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood has been purchased, officials with…

A new St. Paul park is on the verge of reality

Skyline Tower residents among beneficiaries.
Obituary: Paul Savage was unselfish volunteer who made a difference in St. Paul neighborhood

Obituary: Paul Savage was unselfish volunteer who made a difference in St. Paul neighborhood

Paul Savage was one of those people any organization counts itself lucky to have. The person who helps keep everything running, who solves problems, who…
Getting fans to new St. Paul soccer stadium without a car is focus of study

Getting fans to new St. Paul soccer stadium without a car is focus of study

Minnesota United is open to encouraging fans to use transit to get to new field.
St. Paul kicks off its 130th Winter Carnival on Thursday

St. Paul kicks off its 130th Winter Carnival on Thursday

Most of the winter event activities will be in Rice Park.

St. Paul's James J. Hill library is hitting the refresh button

The James J. Hill Center has altered its media but continues as a business library and resource for modern would-be giants of industry.
Vikings fans prep for the big chill, just like the good old days

Vikings fans prep for the big chill, just like the good old days

Vikings fans br-r-r-race for an arctic, retro-style playoff game that conjures warm memories
Obituary: Ray Crippen, 85, chronicled Worthington with respect and diplomacy

Obituary: Ray Crippen, 85, chronicled Worthington with respect and diplomacy

For 35 years at the Worthington Daily Globe, Ray Crippen directed the news and wrote about his hometown with a gentle joy, humor and respect,…
Snow emergencies seem to catch hundreds in Twin Cities by surprise

Snow emergencies seem to catch hundreds in Twin Cities by surprise

Between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday, Minneapolis impounded 670 cars. During that same period, 476 cars were towed in St. Paul.
Court says warrant needed for urine test in DWI case

Court says warrant needed for urine test in DWI case

A three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals threw out the conviction of a Minnesota man who refused to submit to a urine test after he was stopped by police on suspicion of drunken driving.
It's been a very good year for St. Paul's Como Dockside

It's been a very good year for St. Paul's Como Dockside

Mel Duncan and Craig Waldron were sitting at a table in front of one of the massive windows at Como Dockside on Christmas Eve, discussing…

Survey to help refine St. Paul snow plowing

Results show residents mostly pleased with service, though expectations are high.

New mayors' report highlights St. Paul's anti-hunger programs

Survey of mayors looks at links between homelessness and hunger in 22 cities.
St. Paul Central student pleads guilty to felony assault on teacher

St. Paul Central student pleads guilty to felony assault on teacher

A 16-year-old St. Paul boy pleaded guilty Friday in juvenile court to injuring a Central High School teacher and an assistant principal in a case…

St. Paul City Council approves $546 million budget

Street repairs and police and fire staffing levels among top priorities.
Suspensions, fights soar in St. Paul high schools in first quarter

Suspensions, fights soar in St. Paul high schools in first quarter

Suspensions were up nearly 60 percent, from 639 to 1,115, with more than three-quarters of the students being black.
St. Paul City Council condemns Trump but doesn't ban him

St. Paul City Council condemns Trump but doesn't ban him

By a 6-1 vote, the council told the outspoken presidential candidate who leads the Republican field that they "condemn" his "anti-Muslim, anti-refugee and anti-immigrant speech."
Anoka man gets 13 years for wife's '97 killing, dismemberment

Anoka man gets 13 years for wife's '97 killing, dismemberment

The judge said he could reduce the sentence if Norman Bachman helps police find the body of his wife, whom the Anoka man killed almost 20 years ago.
Charges filed in double homicide in St. Paul's Uppertown neighborhood

Charges filed in double homicide in St. Paul's Uppertown neighborhood

Third man critically hurt in St. Paul shootings.
2 men dead, 1 critically injured in two separate St. Paul incidents

2 men dead, 1 critically injured in two separate St. Paul incidents

Police had both crime scenes cordoned off as daybreak approached.
St. Paul teachers threatening strike over school violence

St. Paul teachers threatening strike over school violence

The assault last week of a beloved teacher at St. Paul Central has shocked parents, galvanized the union, rattled administrators and is raising troubling questions about student discipline and safety.

Minnesota United picks Mortenson to build St. Paul stadium

Construction will begin in 2016 on the $120 million St. Paul soccer facility.
Charges: Student choked, body slammed teacher at St. Paul Central High

Charges: Student choked, body slammed teacher at St. Paul Central High

Teachers union files request for mediation that could precede strike declaration.
St. Paul woman charged with murder after 4-year-old son says she did it

St. Paul woman charged with murder after 4-year-old son says she did it

Charges say she claimed man slipped and fell on a knife. But boy, 4, said his mother stabbed the man.

Felon kidnapped, chained, sexually assaulted 19-year-old man in St. Paul, charges say

Christina Muedeking heard the knock at the door about 8 o’clock Tuesday night. At first, she said, the young man in the jeans and sweatshirt…
Robert O'Connor, longtime Edina, Minnesota and national hockey coach, had to be on the ice

Robert O'Connor, longtime Edina, Minnesota and national hockey coach, had to be on the ice

To legions of Edina, Minnesota and USA hockey players, coaches and fans, Robert John “Bob” O’Connor was known simply as “O’C,” a walking encyclopedia of…
'Can-do' civilian leaves St. Paul police after 34 years

'Can-do' civilian leaves St. Paul police after 34 years

Amy Brown, who helped the department raise money and update practices, has served 5 chiefs.

St. Paul cook nabs car thief, thanks to running shoes

It was a little past 2 p.m. Saturday and Tyree Drakeford was pulling a double shift at Keys Cafe & Bakery in downtown St. Paul.…

Soil cleanup complete at former Arden Hills munitions plant

Site moves closer to redevelopment, removal from Superfund list.

CenturyLink cable TV approved for St. Paul

City Council members add competitor in market that had belonged to Comcast.
Noecker wins runoff for St. Paul City Council Second Ward seat

Noecker wins runoff for St. Paul City Council Second Ward seat

She edged further ahead of second-place finisher Tobolt in the Monday ballot count.
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