St. Paul

The capital and second-most populous city in Minnesota, it is the county seat of Ramsey County, the smallest and most densely populated county in the state.

St. Paul
March 22
St. Paul Central High School Principal Mary Mackbee was honored at halftime of the homecoming football game Sept. 29.

St. Paul Central's Mary Mackbee hears the praises

School auditorium to be named for educator of more than 50 years.
Local
March 21
The homeless encampment near Hiawatha and Cedar avenues in Minneapolis in November.

State's homeless population reaches record high number

At least 10,233 people are homeless, the most since 1991.
St. Paul
March 19

St. Paul schools still show gaps in student discipline

Report says black students last fall were suspended eight times more often than whites.
St. Paul
March 19

24 Midwesterners win up to $100,000 each from Bush Foundation to pursue big dreams

Each of the 24 people get up to $100,000 to enhance their leadership skills.
St. Paul
March 12
Owner Tom Bielenberg mans the front desk at Micawber's Books in their new smaller location just steps away from the old one.

Broken hip forces longtime St. Paul bookseller to close shop

Black ice accomplished what years of online, big box competition couldn't.
St. Paul
March 9

Rose Johnsen, pillar of St. Paul's Obb's Sports Bar & Grill, dies at 97

Johnsen, who for 60 years was a charming, no-nonsense presence at the East Side institution, Obb's Sports Bar & Grill, and whose name now adorns the boulevard sign near the crosswalk outside, died Feb. 18. She was 97, and retired for only two years.
St. Paul
March 5
Gov. Tim Walz has proposed a per-pupil funding boost.

St. Paul school district projects budget deficit for fifth year

The $2.9 million shortfall would be the district's fifth in a row.
St. Paul
March 2
To achieve a “bold master plan” for redevelopment of the former Ford site in St. Paul, Ryan Cos. said it needs more than $107 million in public fi

Ryan Cos. seeking $107M in public financing for Ford site

After months of planning, the Minneapolis-based developer said a "public-private partnership" is needed. The money would go toward infrastructure, green space, a stream-like water feature and 760 units of affordable housing.
St. Paul
March 1
Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle speaks at her election night event in Chicago on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. Cook County Board President Preckw

Chicago mayoral contender got start in St. Paul

Toni Preckwinkle's passion for politics and public service was sparked while she was a top student at Washington High School.
East Metro
February 26
The Como Lake Pavilion

St. Paul's Como Lake pavilion getting new food vendor — again

Lancer Hospitality is the fourth company in the spot since 2015.
St. Paul
February 22
Fawn E. Wilderson, playing Aunt Frankie, and Roxanne Poindexter, playing Nellie, rehearsed "Not in Our Neighborhood" at Landmark Center in St. Paul.

Play about St. Paul's racist past sparks discussion and sold-out crowds

Performance in Macalester-Groveland neighborhood brings to life a painful racist incident from the 1920s.
St. Paul
February 21

St. Paul students aim to put teeth into ethnic studies

Nationally, the curriculum has been shown to improve grades and attendance.
St. Paul
February 20
“Safe, secure, affordable housing is vital to building a city that works for all of us,” said St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, shown in May.

St. Paul approves tax breaks to get landlords to preserve affordable housing

St. Paul program offers landlords a break to keep rents from spiking.
East Metro
February 16
Central Midway building

Concordia withdraws request for tax-exempt bonds to buy Midway building

College had proposed tax-exempt bonds to buy Central Midway building.
St. Paul
February 15
Manik Tandon of St. Paul cleaned ice and snow off of his windshield during a snow storm on Feb. 7.

Amid snow angst, some St. Paul residents clear their own streets

Snow emergencies and delays in clearing streets yield gripes and self-help.
East Metro
February 11
(Left to right) Nelsie Yang (a candidate for the City Council's Sixth Ward seat), Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, and Ramsey County Commissioner J

Area leaders answer the call to help St. Paul apartment after its heating went out

More than 30 people rushed in to help residents of the Edgerton Hi-Rise.
St. Paul
February 10
The former Ford assembly plant site, looking northwest, with the downtown Minneapolis in the background.

Ryan Cos. wins over neighbors with scaled-back plan for Ford site

Ryan Cos. scaled back density plan, needs city leaders to OK changes.
St. Paul
February 8
A new Saint Paul garbage can. Waste Management worker Daniel Westerhaus collected trash from the alleys of the Snelling Hamline neighborhood of St Pau

St. Paul residents sue over city's trash plan

The suit demands that St. Paul officials respect thousands of signatures on an anti-trash plan petition and put it to a citywide vote.
East Metro
February 4
Jolene Gill ate breakfast at Listening House in St. Paul.

Church, St. Paul near settlement over homeless drop-in center

Settlement sets guidelines for church's drop-in site in St. Paul neighborhood.
St. Paul
January 31
Peter Butler of St. Paul removed the chip that was embedded in his city-issued garbage bin.

New focal point for garbage ire in St. Paul: Hidden tracking chips

With new collection system under fire, St. Paul swears its chip isn't collecting data.
St. Paul
January 29

Shows added for new play about St. Paul history

“Not in Our Neighborhood!,” a play about the racism faced by a black couple who tried to move to a white St. Paul neighborhood…
East Metro
January 29
Jason Sole resigned after less than a year as an adviser on public safety.

'Disillusioned' by the last year, St. Paul's public safety adviser resigns

Criminal justice professor said he was frustrated by disagreement with mayor.
St. Paul
January 26
Ryan Companies unveiled the concept for the Ford Site Master Plan in St. Paul.

St. Paul's Ford site expected to tap into TIF, but how much?

Tapping TIF reduces developers' costs and gives them more incentive to invest in an area.
East Metro
January 23
Jared Trost put the final touches on the "Eggloo" which consists of a chick that just hatched with the mother hen.

Plenty of winter for this year's St. Paul Winter Carnival

Want proof that longtime volunteer Lori Koutsky is dedicated to the St. Paul Winter Carnival? She’s flying back from Palm Springs and its 75-degree temps…
East Metro
January 21
“Not in Our Neighborhood” director Eric Wood gave directions to actors during Thursday night’s rehearsal.

St. Paul play illuminates an ugly stage in city's history

First, the white St. Paul residents tried to talk William T. Francis out of moving to their neighborhood. When he refused to comply, the whites…