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Open house to review Rice Park plans

Posted by: James Walsh Updated: April 8, 2015 - 11:49 AM

St. Paul Parks and Recreation officials are holding an open house Wednesday afternoon from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on plans to revitalize Rice Park.

The open house will be held at Landmark Center, across from the park, in room 317.

Members of the public will be able to review the current concept plan, ask questions and leave comments.

The open house schedule:

5pm-5:30pm – Plans available for review
5:30pm-5:45pm – Presentation by Anne Gardner
5:45pm –6:00pm – Questions & comments
6:00pm-7:00pm – Additional plan review

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Ramsey County seeking Earth Day cleanup volunteers

Posted by: James Walsh Updated: April 7, 2015 - 3:27 PM

Ramsey County is seeking volunteers of all ages for the annual Earth Day Cleanup, held April 25 at 9 a.m.

About 300-400 volunteers are needed to pick up trash and prepare the parks for the busy spring and summer seasons. Volunteers are specifically needed for Battle Creek Regional Park, at the park's Maplewood and St. Paul locations. 

Individuals, families, scout troops, schools and community groups all are invited to participate.

To register, contact Jennifer Fink at jennifer.fink@co.ramsey.mn.us or 651-748-2500 ext. 333.

Summer sports registration in St. Paul closes March 31

Posted by: James Walsh Updated: March 30, 2015 - 12:08 PM


According to the City of St. Paul, there's still time to register for youth summer sports -- but not much time. Registration closes on Tuesday, March 31.

Click the links below to learn more about our summer sports programs.


Summer Sports


RBI Baseball




Parent Child T-Ball


RBI Slow Pitch Softball

RBI Fast Pitch Softball


==========================For more information:  ParksCustomerService@ci.stpaul.mn.us



Man visits Mounds Park where his brother froze to death

Posted by: Nicole Norfleet Updated: March 12, 2015 - 1:46 PM

While everyone else was busy soaking up sunshine at Indian Mounds Regional Park on Wednesday afternoon, Don Jackson was on a more sobering mission.

Jackson, 61, had taken the 7-hour trek from his home in Missouri to find the place where his brother Jerry was discovered last month frozen to death in a shack in the woods.

"I have to find out who he was...I didn't know him for at least a decade," Jackson said, about his pilgrimage that included stopping at the neighborhood bar that his brother used to frequent and the church that he used to go to.

The body of Jerome Jackson, 58, was found Feb. 21 by a man searching for deer antlers at the park near Earl Street and Mounds Boulevard. According to preliminary autopsy results, Jackson, a homeless veteran, died from exposure to the cold. At first, the Ramsey County medical examiner's office was having a hard time trying to find his next of kin, but after a story in the Pioneer Press, the office received tips and was able to locate Don Jackson.

On Thursday afternoon, Jerome Jackson's ashes will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery where he will join thousands of other veterans. Jerome Jackson had served in the U.S. Marines.

On the unusually warm Wednesday, Don Jackson trudged through the woods intent on finding the shack that his brother spent his last days. Don Jackson knew the area well. When they were younger, he and his brother used to hang out in the area and hop the nearby trains to come down to the bluffs and witness the flooding during the spring. Jerome Jackson grew up with his family in the city's Midway neighborhood.

Jackson was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his mid-20s though his brother suspected issues long before that. During the last two years of his life, Jerome Jackson had stopped taking his medicine. While Don Jackson had fallen out of touch with his brother in recent years, he would call the bar annually to find out how his brother was doing.

"He had these demons inside of him that made the exterior look awful bad. ...Somehow you got to have some kind of closure. It's not right that he died. It's not right at all," Don Jackson said.

On Wednesday, Don Jackson went down a set of stairs that were thought to be used by railroad workers in the past and made his way through mud and wet leaves until he found a structure perched on the bluff that looked like it was covered with a tent. But a man, who was presumably homeless and close by the structure, said that it was his tent that he had erected about a month ago and that he didn't know Jerry. Don Jackson wasn't convinced, but he left anyway.

Despite not being able to say for sure if he found the place where his brother had lived, Don Jackson said he was glad that he was able to get a step closer into finding out who his brother was and meet some of his brother's friends who cared about him.

"He's in a better place than he was here."

Lights to go on Wednesday at CHS Field

Posted by: James Walsh Updated: March 2, 2015 - 2:51 PM

On Wednesday, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is expected to flip a giant light switch, officially turning on the lights at CHS Field for the first time.

Coleman will be joined by St. Paul Saints pitching coach and former Atlanta Braves pitcher Kerry Ligtenberg. The lighting ceremony will be part of a night-long event including tours, a brief program and a social hour at nearby Heartland Restaurant. More than 150 people -- including elected officials and ballpark design committee members who helped make the ballpark possible -- are expected to join in.

It is all scheduled to start with ballpark tours from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30, with a social hour to start at 7 p.m.

CHS Field will be home to the St. Paul Saints and Hamline University Pipers baseball teams, as well as dozens of other sports and entertainment events.

The new, 7,000-seat ballpark is owned by the City of St. Paul, but is operated by the Saints, an independent minor league baseball team that for the past 20 years has played it games at Midway Stadium on Energy Park Drive.



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