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Jessie Van Berkel

Reporter | St. Paul
Jessie Van Berkel writes about the city of St. Paul. A Minnesota native and University of Minnesota graduate, she returned to her home state after covering local government in Florida for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and public safety at the Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wis.
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BCA releases documents detailing Dai Thao investigation

BCA releases documents detailing Dai Thao investigation

The documents outline political ties between Thao's opponent and Minneapolis' Jacob Frey.
St. Paul taking gentler approach toward business regulation

St. Paul taking gentler approach toward business regulation

Some city leaders are growing cautious about new regulations and their effect on business owners.
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.

Most St. Paul mayoral candidates seek more safety, amenities downtown

Most say that population growth requires greater safety, more amenities.
Candidate Pat Harris says he would add police if elected mayor of St. Paul

Candidate Pat Harris says he would add police if elected mayor of St. Paul

St. Paul mayoral candidate also pushing for more prosecution of gun crimes.
Ranked-choice voting alters calculus in Mpls., St. Paul races

Ranked-choice voting alters calculus in Mpls., St. Paul races

Voters in both cities are no longer limited to one choice, and that's changed the tactics candidates are employing. Some are hesitant to criticize others for fear of alienating their supporters.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Pat Harris runs on record of community service

St. Paul mayoral candidate Pat Harris runs on record of community service

Background in business, community work primed Harris to run for his dream job.
Candidate Melvin Carter calls for more police oversight in St. Paul

Candidate Melvin Carter calls for more police oversight in St. Paul

Mayoral candidates said the city needs to address gun violence.
St. Paul considers regulations for short-term rentals, like Airbnb, ahead of Super Bowl

St. Paul considers regulations for short-term rentals, like Airbnb, ahead of Super Bowl

The city would limit the number of visitors who can stay in a home.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter focuses on the city's future

St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter focuses on the city's future

With deep roots in Rondo, former City Council member wants to pay it forward.
St. Paul neighbors, divided over Ford site vote, look to the future

St. Paul neighbors, divided over Ford site vote, look to the future

Business owners say the site would bring new customers.
St. Paul City Council approves Ford plant site plan on 5-2 vote

St. Paul City Council approves Ford plant site plan on 5-2 vote

The master plan, which has been divisive in the Highland Park area, will guide development of the 122-acre site into an urban village.
St. Paul leaders say they support restriction of menthol tobacco sales but will wait a month

St. Paul leaders say they support restriction of menthol tobacco sales but will wait a month

Council members plan to work with businesses before moving forward with regulations.
Gov. Dayton criticizes GOP lawmakers, defends ethics in speech

Gov. Dayton criticizes GOP lawmakers, defends ethics in speech

Dayton told hundreds of business executives and political leaders at the annual Minnesota Business Partnership dinner that his style of politics had become "too old-fashioned."
Advocates take push for $15 minimum wage to St. Paul City Hall

Advocates take push for $15 minimum wage to St. Paul City Hall

Activists will urge mayoral candidates to raise the minimum wage.
'Green To Go' could be rule for St. Paul eateries

'Green To Go' could be rule for St. Paul eateries

City Council will vote next month on Earth-friendly food containers and cups.
Forty public meetings and no agreement about master plan for St. Paul's Ford site

Forty public meetings and no agreement about master plan for St. Paul's Ford site

Ahead of a City Council vote next week, foes and fans continue to slug it out.

St. Paul City Council sets $141 million maximum tax levy, a nearly 24 percent increase

St. Paul taxpayers will pay for street maintenance differently next year.
St. Paul considers restricting sale of menthol tobacco

St. Paul considers restricting sale of menthol tobacco

The city already restricts the sale of some flavors of tobacco.
St. Paul studies tax increment financing at site around soccer stadium

St. Paul studies tax increment financing at site around soccer stadium

Team-affiliated developers control the 15.6-acre site.
St. Paul will start closing skyway system at midnight in October

St. Paul will start closing skyway system at midnight in October

Closing time moves up two hours, due to public safety concerns.
Dayton endorses Melvin Carter, his staff member, for St. Paul mayor

Dayton endorses Melvin Carter, his staff member, for St. Paul mayor

Carter has led Dayton's Children's Cabinet.
Pat Harris, Melvin Carter each raise more than $250,000 in race for St. Paul mayor

Pat Harris, Melvin Carter each raise more than $250,000 in race for St. Paul mayor

Donors to their campaigns included business owners, educators and state staff members.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao won't face charges over bribery allegations

St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao won't face charges over bribery allegations

The Scott County attorney's office said there was insufficient information to prosecute.
St. Paul Council member proposes reduced building heights in Ford site plan, with a caveat

St. Paul Council member proposes reduced building heights in Ford site plan, with a caveat

He wants reduced height unless developer adds more green space.
St. Paul sees residential and economic growth, but racial gaps remain

St. Paul sees residential and economic growth, but racial gaps remain

New report provides insight as the city plans for future development.
St. Paul has big plans to capitalize on Super Bowl tourism

St. Paul has big plans to capitalize on Super Bowl tourism

A night market, big slide and Ice Palace are planned in St. Paul to coincide with Super Bowl across the river.
St. Paul questions partnership with Ramsey County to help job seekers

St. Paul questions partnership with Ramsey County to help job seekers

City ponders how Ramsey County alliance can better serve its citizens.
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.
St. Paul leaders consider stricter skyway security and use rules

St. Paul leaders consider stricter skyway security and use rules

People are divided on what time skyways should be closed.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter's home burglarized

St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter's home burglarized

Guns, electronics and household goods were stolen.
St. Paul mayor proposes 24 percent property tax hike, says it's a cost shift

St. Paul mayor proposes 24 percent property tax hike, says it's a cost shift

In his last budget address, held at St. Paul College, Chris Coleman says the increase primarily is a cost shift.
23 candidates file to run for mayor in Minneapolis, St. Paul

23 candidates file to run for mayor in Minneapolis, St. Paul

12 meet the filing deadline in Minneapolis; 11 will run in St. Paul.
St. Paul, Minneapolis mayors will give more details Tuesday on 2018 budgets

St. Paul, Minneapolis mayors will give more details Tuesday on 2018 budgets

Coleman to detail St. Paul plans Tuesday; in Mpls., Hodges will give brief version.

St. Paul appoints new police civilian review board members despite concerns

Police raised concerns about the commission's procedures.
St. Paul residents evaluate bus, streetcar options to link city, MSP

St. Paul residents evaluate bus, streetcar options to link city, MSP

Advisory committee members will select a route and transit type in December.
Some Dayton's Bluff residents try to push out homeless day center

Some Dayton's Bluff residents try to push out homeless day center

People who live near Listening House gave St. Paul officials an earful on center's zoning requirements. Now a month has been set aside to work on problems.
More children headed to pre-K this fall after state adds $50 million for early learning

More children headed to pre-K this fall after state adds $50 million for early learning

More kids are going to preschool this fall as a result of state funding.
False alarms are about to get more expensive in St. Paul

False alarms are about to get more expensive in St. Paul

The City Council opted for a smaller increase in the annual fee after public outcry.
St. Paul debuts strategy to increase tech jobs

St. Paul debuts strategy to increase tech jobs

The city's Innovation Cabinet set a goal: 2,000 tech-related jobs by 2020.
St. Paul proceeds with Ford site development despite opposition

St. Paul proceeds with Ford site development despite opposition

A massive dirt field in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood could one day house up to 7,200 people and be the workplace of a thousand or more.
St. Paul moves ahead with talks on coordinated trash hauling

St. Paul moves ahead with talks on coordinated trash hauling

As city aims for 2018 deadline, residents still giving mixed reviews.
St. Paul mayor presents plan to pay for street maintenance

St. Paul mayor presents plan to pay for street maintenance

St. Paul needs to come up with a new way to pay for maintenance, he said.
Kirsten Langsetmo, early advocate for people with autism, dies at 88

Kirsten Langsetmo, early advocate for people with autism, dies at 88

Kirsten Langsetmo’s determination was evident long before her second daughter, Ellen, was born. She was one of only a few women to graduate with an…
St. Paul residents give mixed reviews to proposed trash hauling prices

St. Paul residents give mixed reviews to proposed trash hauling prices

The costs will include three big items, like microwaves and mattresses, a year.
Streetcar and bus plans move forward for Riverview Corridor in St. Paul

Streetcar and bus plans move forward for Riverview Corridor in St. Paul

Options are down to six, and light rail is not one of them.
St. Paul to gather community input on coordinated trash collection agreement

St. Paul to gather community input on coordinated trash collection agreement

Haulers and the city have reached an agreement to divvy up the city, but still need to negotiate details.
St. Paul trash haulers, city sort out coordinated garbage collection

St. Paul trash haulers, city sort out coordinated garbage collection

The city expects average trash collection costs won't change much.
With water use down, St. Paul suggests athletic fields at site of Highland Park reservoir

With water use down, St. Paul suggests athletic fields at site of Highland Park reservoir

The city also broke ground Tuesday on another park along University Avenue.
St. Paul looks to tax-increment financing to help cover cleanup costs at soccer stadium site

St. Paul looks to tax-increment financing to help cover cleanup costs at soccer stadium site

The city did not get the grants it was anticipating for remediation.
Coleman to present plan to deal with St. Paul's big budget challenge

Coleman to present plan to deal with St. Paul's big budget challenge

City Council members are curious about a different approach.
Twin Cities DFLers wonder about future of endorsing conventions

Twin Cities DFLers wonder about future of endorsing conventions

On Saturday, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges will be vying for the DFL endorsement against seven other candidates.
Sick leave rules take effect in Minneapolis, St. Paul

Sick leave rules take effect in Minneapolis, St. Paul

The laws take effect Saturday, but small St. Paul businesses get more time.
St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce selects Brenda Kyle as new president

St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce selects Brenda Kyle as new president

Kyle has worked at the St. Paul Port Authority.
St. Paul sells Schmidt Brewery's Rathskeller building for $1

St. Paul sells Schmidt Brewery's Rathskeller building for $1

Developer plans German restaurant, outdoor cafe in Schmidt brewery complex.
BCA completes investigation of St. Paul mayoral candidate Thao

BCA completes investigation of St. Paul mayoral candidate Thao

A lobbyist alleged that Thao's campaign solicited a bribe.

Minneapolis gives developer, Northeast residents more time to discuss controversial apartments

Neighbors are concerned about parking problems and building heights.
Gun, gang violence 'No. 1 priority,' St. Paul police chief says one year into job

Gun, gang violence 'No. 1 priority,' St. Paul police chief says one year into job

St. Paul chief reflects on his immediate challenges.
St. Paul denies landlord's request to lock skyway doors early

St. Paul denies landlord's request to lock skyway doors early

Jaunae Brooks says she'll keep locking doors despite city's demand for street access.
Tom Hoch will air first television ad in Minneapolis mayor's race

Tom Hoch will air first television ad in Minneapolis mayor's race

The advertisement will run in June and July.
St. Paul DFL fails to endorse a mayoral candidate

St. Paul DFL fails to endorse a mayoral candidate

Melvin Carter led with 50 percent but the number of candidates made it hard to get to the 60 percent level.
Minneapolis considering plastic bag fee after state blocked bag ban

Minneapolis considering plastic bag fee after state blocked bag ban

One City Council member wants to require stores to charge a fee for any type of bag — paper or plastic — they give out.
Fixing St. Paul park maintenance backlog would cost $57 million, report shows

Fixing St. Paul park maintenance backlog would cost $57 million, report shows

The city will consider tax options and bonds to pay for maintenance.

Former campaign manager for St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao suspended from AFSCME post

Angela Marlow was suspended along with the rest of the local union's board.
St. Paul mayoral candidates square off on social justice issues

St. Paul mayoral candidates square off on social justice issues

Current, former council members among hopefuls.
St. Paul mayor's office remains a club for men only

St. Paul mayor's office remains a club for men only

Many roadblocks remain for women politicians seeking higher office.
St. Paul debuts downtown craft beer happy hour Tuesday

St. Paul debuts downtown craft beer happy hour Tuesday

New St. Paul event one of many efforts to reconnect with Mississippi River.
Biking advocates recycle dreams for the Greenway

Biking advocates recycle dreams for the Greenway

Cyclists with a dream of extending the Midtown Greenway across the Mississippi River and into St. Paul are trying to muster support for a plan that petered out years ago after a legal battle.
St. Paul City Council delays decision on early skyway closure to gather more input

St. Paul City Council delays decision on early skyway closure to gather more input

A landlord is illegally locking a skyway door early in response to crime.

St. Paul business community seeks a downtown security plan

Private businesses plan to hire a consultant to conduct a downtown risk assessment.

Muslim group seeks investigation after incident with Apple Valley High student, staff

The student was suspended after an altercation with school staff.
Neighbors raise concerns as homeless day center is set to open in Dayton's Bluff

Neighbors raise concerns as homeless day center is set to open in Dayton's Bluff

Meanwhile, a new partnership is trying to reduce long-term homelessness in St. Paul.
St. Paul's busy Rondo Library closing all summer for $500,000 renovation

St. Paul's busy Rondo Library closing all summer for $500,000 renovation

City will expand student and teen spaces at the popular community spot.
Minneapolis, St. Paul businesses prepare for sick time rules, with one month to go

Minneapolis, St. Paul businesses prepare for sick time rules, with one month to go

After waiting to see if state lawmakers would act, they are rushing to be ready for the new rules by July 1.
St. Paul city leaders consider steps to tighten skyway security

St. Paul city leaders consider steps to tighten skyway security

The city is considering a reduction in the hours skyways are open.
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