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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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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.
St. Paul approves citywide sick-leave ordinance

St. Paul approves citywide sick-leave ordinance

Mayor Chris Coleman challenges the state to "follow our lead."
Brake Bread pedals baked goods around St. Paul

Brake Bread pedals baked goods around St. Paul

The bikes help grab attention, but it's the product that delivers, the partners say.
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…
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.
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