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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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“We needed to do something drastic to stay here,” owner Dan O’Gara told neighbors on Monday afternoon in explaining the decision to change the f

With redevelopment inevitable, O'Gara's seeks input from neighbors

Owner, developer answer many questions, including "why," as they shift focus to rebuilding.
Owner and remodeling contractor Scott Kramer restored the historic 1886 Dearing Mansion on St. Paul’s West Side and runs it as a bed-and-breakfast.

Murder-mystery party could kill St. Paul mansion's life as a B&B

The owner of the Dearing Mansion said it was a private party, but city officials say New Year's Eve bash wasn't the first violation.

St. Paul-based program helps forge leaders with deep community roots

Graduates gain skills that help them make impact.
St. Paul City Council meeting in 2016

St. Paul council upholds limit on landlord's right to rent to students

Kyle Coglitore lost that right after city inspectors found nine people living in a house that was supposed to have only four student residents.
A cruise of the Sognefjord, even on a rain-spattered day, revealed the vibrant colors of homes along the shore. The Sognefjord’s famous arm the Nær

Friends' Norway trip fulfills longtime dreams

For a group of six friends, the pull of Norway was strong, and an off-season fall trip exceeded their loftiest expectations.
Gordon Parks High School

St. Paul's Gordon Parks High School celebrates a decade of helping students resume path to graduation

The 10th anniversary brings a weeklong celebration of events.
Listening House client Benson Porter talked on the phone at the drop-in center located in the basement of First Lutheran Church last month in St. Paul

Listening House has no plans to follow 20-person daily limit

Neighbor complaints about litter and loitering led to City Council call to limit visitors.
O'Gara's regulars Joe Shea, from left, and Patrick Lynch clink glasses as Sara Clemetson looks on at the bar. Shea has been coming to O'Gara's with hi

Plan would demolish O'Gara's in St. Paul, rebuild bar in new apartment complex

O'Gara's has been open since 1941, and "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz once lived above it.
Hundreds of people — including Dr. Patrick McGann, top, student Brady Hartman and Dr. Amber Walker, above — volunteer at the nonprofit Hope Dental

St. Paul dental clinic that gives hope to those without insurance gets a boost

The Hope Dental Clinic and its cadre of volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants and students serving the poor and uninsured since 1965, has a new facility in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood.
The Mounds View City Council is considering an ordinance change as a possible first step for an indoor gun range.

Mounds View City Council to vote on gun ordinance Monday

Mounds View City Council to take key vote to allow shooting in first step to allow indoor range.
The St. Paul City Council voted to shut down El Alamo. “I don’t know what to do,” said owner Harry Erkenbrack.

After 322 police visits, parking lot gun battle, El Alamo bar is shut down by St. Paul council

License revoked; shootings sealed fate of El Alamo.
St. Paul's Frogtown neighborhood invited a local artist to turn its Small Area Plan into a graphic novel.

Graphic artist turns Frogtown plan into comic book

The cartoon characters in the new Frogtown Small Area Plan, a new 125-page graphic novel created by area artist Mychal Batson, are designed to blow the dust off of area planning documents.
Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul. Photographed in 2015.

New restaurant coming to Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul

Spring Cafe will be the third food vendor to occupy the lakeside pavilion since 2015.
A New England Patriots fan showed off her fingernails in the stands Sunday at U.S.Bank Stadium before the start of Super Bowl LII.

After pomp and drama, it's game time

Years of planning came to fruition in downtown Minneapolis today. Hours before game time, fans in green and blue jerseys took to the streets, their excitement palpable despite the frigid temps. Between the cold and Saturday snow, an estimated 125,000 out-of-town visitors are getting an immersive Bold North experience.
Jeff Guinee of Boston held up an aluminum foil replica of the Vince Lombardi Trophy during the Patriots rally Saturday on Nicollet Mall.

Cue the snow globe, Super Sunday is here

Saturday's almost-constant snowfall and today's expected frigid cold certainly has given an estimated 125,000 out-of-town visitors to downtown Minneapolis a fully immersive Bold North experience as officials and fans prepared for the Big Game at 5:30 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The new headquarters of Capitol Region Watershed District.

Watershed district moving to eco-friendly headquarters in Midway area

Ramsey County agency moving to Midway site.
New England Patriots' Tom Brady answers questions during NFL football Super Bowl 52 Opening Night Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at the Xcel Center in St. Pau

Brady among top draws at Xcel Energy Center event for fans to see Super Bowl foes

Fans show colors (including purple) at opening celebration.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is using dogs from a local sanctuary as therapy dogs at the jail.

Therapy dogs are regular visitors to the Washington County jail

A partnership with an animal rescue sanctuary is helping reduce stress at Washington County jail.
For two full weeks, crews were busy working on the 70-foot-high castle of ice on the south end of St. Paul’s Rice Park.

See St. Paul's 70-foot-tall ice palace being built block by block

A gleaming palace of ice will once again lord over the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Climbing to a height of 70 feet, the 2018 palace…
Robert “Skip” Wilke

Robert 'Skip' Wilke, YMCA camping champion, dies at 79

People don't often get a chance to pursue a childhood passion for an entire lifetime, but when the folks of the YMCA's Camp Menogyn in…
The St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace, now named the Ecolab Ice Palace, continues to rise.

Now dubbed the Ecolab Ice Palace, St. Paul's shrine to winter continues to rise

Thanks to the financial commitment of St. Paul-based Ecolab, it's also likely to meet its $800,000 fundraising goal.
Vikings superfan Lindsey “Purplelicious” Lorentson at home with some of her memorabilia. “I’m not afraid. ... This year feels different," she

Vikings fans, ever optimistic, hope this is finally the year

But along with hope of a Super Bowl title comes the knowledge that, even after decades of disappointment, gut-wrenching fear is never far away.
Workers are putting the finishing touches on three dioramas -- Lake Pepin, Sandhill cranes and snow geese -- as the Bell Museum continues getting read

Painstaking diorama restoration gets new Bell Museum closer to completion

How do you transplant renowned dioramas to a new museum? Carefully, the University of Minnesota finds.
Dignitaries and winter carnival royalty gathered Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, for the laying of the first Ice block for the St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Pal

Work begins on St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace

The palace will include 5,000 blocks of ice cut from Green Lake in Spicer, Minn.
An ATV recently went through the ice on Medicine Lake. Ice needs to be 5 to 7 inches thick to support ATVs or snowmobiles.

Ice builds on east metro lakes as temps drop below zero

Officials still urge caution after five people have died already this winter in Minnesota falling through ice that remains unpredictable.
A rendering of the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival ice palace planned for Rice Park.

St. Paul Winter Carnival to build ice castle after all

Donors step up to enable plan for seven-story, $800,000 winter monument in Rice Park.
People exited the Listening House at First Lutheran Church in August.

St. Paul City Council allows Listening House to stay in Dayton's Bluff — with new conditions

Council Member Jane Prince said she knows new conditions on Listening House please no one.
Boards likely from a 1870’s era ice skating rink were used to build this St. Paul house. They were uncovered by the owner Todd Johnson, left, during

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

Newly revealed hand-painted signs prompted a local historian started digging.
Ask A Muslim Woman panel

Roseville panel discussion on race sparks growing community conversation series

More discussions are scheduled for 2018.
Officials with the Lower Phalen Creek Project recently completed a community survey on future developments at 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.
The Como Dockside restaurant has closed and St. Paul is seeking input from residents on ideas for the lakeside site.

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.
In Frogtown, Joshua Broyles and his mother, Linda, talked about the death of John Broyles near the spot where he grew up playing.

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.
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Members of Appetite for Change, which began operations in 2012, are part of a community-based effort to build health

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.
Como Dockside, shown in September 2015.

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.
The market share of all 15 haulers that do business in St. Paul will be preserved. But the rates, days of pickup and which haulers cover which neighbo

St. Paul City Council approves organized trash collection

Organized collection is expected to begin in 2018.
Even before the polls opened Tuesday, nearly 12,000 Minneapolis voters cast their ballots early.

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.
Enchanted ice princesses were available for photos within the walls of the Ice Castles at the Lift Bridge in Lowell Park in January.

Ice castle fans, rejoice: Frozen creation returning to Stillwater

Now they just need the weather this winter to cooperate.
Steve Hurvitz, who has spearheaded the Learning Jet venture, tours the inside of a Boeing 727 converted into a classroom at the downtown St. Paul airp

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.
Rebecca Noecker, St. Paul City Council member.

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.
Rest areas were among the amenities added to the 9-mile Hardwood Creek Regional Trail.

Improved Hardwood Creek Regional Trail provides a path through Washington County

Benches, signage and kiosks help make key trail even more user-friendly.
Site of the former Ford Assembly Plant in St. Paul.

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.
Fred “Kelly” Gage

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."
Chef Roberto Sanchez cooked up a falafel in the kitchen of Alimama’s Mediterranean Grill, which would have to change some of its material if St. Pau

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

The change would have hit local restaurants hard, council members said.
In 1992, the Winter Carnival Pepsi Ice Palace drew visitors to Harriet Island in St. Paul.

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.
The city of St. Paul’s first bee “sky rise” habitat sat atop a pole Wednesday morning near Como Park.

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

Researchers hope to learn what kind of man-made housing attracts bees.
“Coming to this country, I always thought this was paradise. And it can be. But we need to … work together.” Dai Thao

St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao promises to fight inequality

Greater transparency and a fair shake for every resident guide Thao's priorities.
“He recognizes a lot of the issues that people don’t really want to talk about. He’s making this a better mayor’s race by being in it.” St.

St. Paul mayoral candidate Tom Goldstein pushes greater financial accountability

Outspoken opponent of stadium subsidies pushes education, infrastructure instead.
Jed Stephen “Kos” Kosmoski

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.
St. Paul Council Member and mayoral candidate Dai Thao, pictured at a meeting in April 2017.

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

Mayoral hopeful also has $97,000 in cash on hand.
Artist Nancy Ann Coyne said she hopes “we can all learn something” from her public art project, “Speaking of Home,” in the St. Paul skyway sys

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

Immigrants who settled in Minnesota are featured in St. Paul art installation.
Site of the former Ford Assembly Plant in St. Paul.

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

Opponents to the plan say the change does little to ease their concerns.
St. Paul’s proposed changes to skyway hours and security, including a midnight closing time and video surveillance or security guards, drew 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.
Rebecca Noecker, St. Paul City Council member, said a pocket guide to starting a business in the city, released Wednesday and available in four langua

St. Paul touts new system to help launch small businesses

City officials proclaimed the first year of their Open for Business initiative a success.
Amy Bell and Jeff Mattfield, both of St. Paul, snuggled up as they waited for a ball to be returned at Midway Pro Bowl in St. Paul on Friday. “This

St. Paul soccer stadium spells the end for bowling alley

The longtime owner of a popular neighborhood bowling alley was hoping for more time.
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum

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."
Elliot Cooper cooked pizzas in the wood fire grill at Frogtown Farm. The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is giving $50,000 to St. Paul’s Frogtow

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.
A rendering of the planned soccer stadium in St. Paul.

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.
Kevin McMenamy started his tropical fish store 25 years ago in a spirit of whimsy. So, he plans on going out of business the same way. Aquatropics Aqu

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.
Ukulele instrumentalist Marlowe Teichman played at the Central Station block during the lunch hour Wednesday in St. Paul.

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.
Circus Juventas performed in Washington, D.C., earlier this summer at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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

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.
This view shows the Interstate 35W freeway bridge over the Mississippi River after it collapsed Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, in Minneapolis, as emergency

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.
Four survivors of the 35W bridge collapse

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.
Bob Minter and Anna Hobbs paired up for a game of pickleball at the new courts in Forest Lake

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.
More than 1,000 residents of Highland Park had signed a petition urging St. Paul planners to decrease the density, increase the green space and make t

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.
Gary Goodman at Antiquarian Booksellers, which will close in July. “I’ll miss the people — the book people,” he said.

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.
The life and times of a lifeguard at the busy Como Pool.

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.
Dave Patsche and Margaret Yeakel-Twum, two decades-long gardeners at the Como Conservatory, were honored at a retirement luncheon Wednesday.

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.
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