Eat & Drink
September 7
Signage for Birch's Lowertown, a new tap room and barrel house opening Sept. 11.

Birch's Lowertown Taproom & Barrel House coming soon to St. Paul

Three years after launching the brewery and supper club they dubbed Birch's on the Lake, the owners are coming to Lowertown.
St. Paul
September 6
St. Paul Police officer Rob Zink visited in 2015 with Devont'e Ray-Burns, 12, who has autism and other disabilities, outside Ray-Burns' home in St. Pa

St. Paul police recognized for work with autistic community

Cops Autism Response Education volunteers hope to spread their teachings across the country.
St. Paul
September 5
City Clerk Shari Moore swore in Mitra Jalali Nelson in front of her mother, Sooki Jalali, and her campaign manager Garrison McMurtrey.

Mitra Jalali Nelson sworn in as St. Paul City Council member

The 32-year-old will represent the city's Fourth Ward.
St. Paul
September 5
Lou Han Ming worked from scaffolding on the second story of the pavilion, built in China and shipped to St. Paul as part of a sister city partnership

Chinese pavilion in St. Paul's Phalen Park nearing completion

A replica of a Chinese pavilion adds a quiet vibe to shore of Lake Phalen
Minneapolis
September 5
Augsburg Prof. Mzenga Wanyama and his wife, Mary, waited outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in April.

Augsburg University professor facing deportation gets to stay for now

Mzenga Wanyama will be teaching English literature this fall at Augsburg.
St. Paul
September 4
In 2016, a year-end party was held for Urban Flower Field at Pedro Park in St. Paul.

Friends of Pedro Park sue St. Paul

A parcel that was to be made into a park was sold.
St. Paul
September 4

Passenger killed in crash identified as St. Paul man

The 28-year-old died when the SUV he was riding in crashed into another car at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday at Earl Street and Maryland Avenue E. and got wedged between two trees.
St. Paul
September 1
A passenger in an SUV was killed early Saturday in this crash at Earl Street and Maryland Avenue E.

Passenger killed in crash that sent SUV into tree in St. Paul

One person was killed in a crash early Saturday in St. Paul.An SUV crashed into a car at the intersection of Earl Street and Maryland…
Inspired
September 1
In this self-portrait, Pat Benincasa held her Joan of Arc medal under a map showing its global reach to offer comfort.

St. Paul artist's tiny talisman lifts morale of deployed troops and their families

For a dozen years, Pat Benincasa's medal of Joan of Arc has been worn on dog tags by thousands of American servicemen and servicewomen, as well as clutched by those in crisis.
St. Paul
August 31

St. Paul City Council poised to pay departing human rights director $250,000

Vote on a proposed settlement agreement between the city and Jessica Kingston is scheduled for Wednesday.
St. Paul
August 31
An entrepreneur is looking to use Hamm’s former grain drying building as a roasting hub to bring his coffee business to the “Lower 48.”

Buyer wants to roast Hawaiian coffee beans where Hamm's dried grain

Updating 60-year-old building for Hawaiian Paradise Coffee will cost $1 million.
Minneapolis
August 31
A fifth-grader worked on multiplication workbooks at Global Academy, a charter school in Columbia Heights.

Minnesota reading scores stay flat; math proficiency dips

Education officials say results are disappointing, but not reflective of overall progress.
St. Paul
August 30

Chicago man found bound in St. Paul faked abduction to gain citizenship, FBI says

Alejandro Mario Cortes allegedly sought to get a visa for being a crime victim.
Minneapolis
August 30
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. More than 480 struggling Minnesota schools are set to get additional help fro

Minnesota has new benchmarks for schools, IDs 485 for help

New accountability system is designed to give better picture of overall performances.
St. Paul
August 29
In this Jan. 6, 2018 file photo, St. Paul K-9 Gilly, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, sat for a portrait with his partner officer Colleen Rooney.

Mayor Carter halts K-9 demonstrations at State Fair

No canine demonstrations are permitted until the police department's K-9 audit is complete.
St. Paul
August 29
St. Paul public libraries would stop charging fines for overdue books and other items under a proposal by Mayor Melvin Carter.

St. Paul Mayor Carter: No more fines for overdue library books

The idea is to encourage families who have stayed away because of accumulated fines to return to the library and the worlds that it opens.
Music
August 29
Catalyst Music also owns the all ages venue The Garage in Bursnville.

Nonprofit hopes to bring 'power' of music to young with all-ages venue in St. Paul

Catalyst Music plans all-ages venue to get youths more involved in local music scene.
St. Paul
August 29
Tyrone Jackson Jr.

Motorcyclist hurt in St. Paul crash dies; charges against car's driver pending

Police believe the car's driver was "impaired by a substance other than alcohol," a court filing read.
St. Paul
August 29
Greg Huber, Allianz Field project manager, gave a tour of the new soccer stadium Tuesday in St. Paul. Sod is due to be laid in October.

Minnesota United's new home, St. Paul's new look take shape

Anticipation builds with the team as it looks forward to Allianz Field and in the St. Paul neighborhood transforming as well.
St. Paul
August 28
One of Vomela's recent projects was the LeBron James Nike wrap on the Sherwin-Williams building in Cleveland. It recently came down when James went to

Vomela Companies starts construction on new St. Paul headquarters

The 300,000-square-foot headquarters is being built on 3M's former campus and will open in July 2019.