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.

Inspired
September 13
Richard McLemore spoke to law students about serving time in prison for murder before turning his life around. He now runs his own leadership training

Minnesota's largest community foundation helps give former inmates a second chance

Over the past five years, the St. Paul & Minnesota Foundations has awarded a growing amount of money to organizations focused on criminal justice reform.
St. Paul
September 11
St. Paul Police Reserves Sgt. Bob Krizmanic checked in at a home where someone had reported an abandoned bicycle.

St. Paul Police Reserve looks to help make city safer in small ways

That work can involve something other than 911 calls, like dealing with abandoned bikes, reserve says.
St. Paul
September 10

Green Fleet grant helps St. Paul replace aging diesel vehicles

Environmental Initiative, a nonprofit, to cover 25% of the cost to update aging equipment.
St. Paul
September 6

St. Paul schools avert $4 million penalty after union delays health insurance switch

The district and union also are in early talks on a new two-year contract.
St. Paul
September 4
Tony Barranco, shown in April 2017, is Ryan's senior vice president of development and was the only person to get up to speak at the public hearing.

Design standards for St. Paul's Ford site aim for strong 'sense of place'

The St. Paul City Council will vote next week on design standards for how the public moves through the space.
St. Paul
September 3
Work continues on a multiyear renovation of Humboldt High School in St. Paul that is expected to wrap up in August 2020. Above, workers inspected an a

Slowdown for external review leaves five St. Paul schools projects on hold

Work continues at Humboldt, Como Park as district awaits external report on facilities plan.
St. Paul
August 27
Aaron Benner

Former St. Paul teacher can seek punitive damages from district, judge rules

He's suing St. Paul district, alleging retaliation for criticizing discipline plan.
East Metro
August 27
The Rince Na Chroi Irish Dancers performed in the Grand Old Day 2019 Parade on Sunday.

Local, federal investigators look into Grand Old Day finances

A handful of business owners and sponsors scrambled to raise more than $100,000 this spring after the festival's bank account was tens of thousands of dollars short.
East Metro
August 26
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s plan for the road trims the number of traffic lanes and adds space for bikes.

Carter pitches green option for crumbling Ayd Mill Road

What to do with the bone-jarring lanes connecting I-35E and Selby Avenue?
St. Paul
August 22
Minnesota Supreme Court tells St. Paul: Put trash collection to a vote in November

Minnesota Supreme Court tells St. Paul: Put trash collection to a vote in November

The loss in the high court was the latest setback in a bumpy debut for city-run trash collection.
St. Paul
August 20
Waste Management worker Daniel Westerhaus collected trash from the alleys of the Snelling Hamline neighborhood of St Paul's yellow zone in 2018.

Supreme Court to rule on St. Paul trash plan this week

At issue is whether the city's contract with haulers blocks a public vote on organized trash collection.
St. Paul
August 20
Opponents of St. Paul's organized trash collection collected more than 6,000 signatures requiring a referendum, but the City Council refused, saying t

St. Paul trash lawsuit reaches state's highest court

Justices to decide if public must vote on contentious organized pickup system in place since last October.
St. Paul
August 19

Man shot to death in St. Paul is the city's 14th homicide this year

A man died after being shot Monday in a home in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood in St. Paul.The shooting happened on the 1000 block of Sims…
Inspired
August 16
Anthony Desnick of Cycling Without Age picked up Sister Susan Smith and Sister Rosalind Gefre for a ride from their home Carondelet Village, through S

Minn. nursing homes embrace Danish cycling idea that puts older adults on wheels

Cycling Without Age gives older adults with limited mobility a thrilling change of scene on electric bikes.
St. Paul
August 14
Demolition of the former St. Andrew’s Church in Como Park began Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in St. Paul. Here, Kristi Donahue, a neighbor, got emotional

Demolition day comes for former Catholic church in St. Paul

Demolition of former church begins to make way for growing German school.
St. Paul
August 13
St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard, left, and SPFE President Nick Faber in 2018.

St. Paul teachers pitch compromise over health-care issue

Deal aimed at avoiding $4 million penalty for the school district.
East Metro
August 12
Red Bull Flugtag, last in St. Paul in 2010, comes back to Harriet Island in September with 40 teams with homemade aircraft prepared to fly, or crash t

Leaping Kates, foam loon among contestants in 2019 Red Bull Flugtag

Red Bull Flugtag returns to St. Paul, and Klondike Kates are ready to soar.
St. Paul
August 8
A vacant house owned by St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter on Hatch Avenue, as seen on Monday.

Neighbors complain about vacant St. Paul home owned by Mayor Melvin Carter

Angry neighbors say they expect Melvin Carter to set a better landlord example.
St. Paul
August 6
Volunteer Megan Yoshida organizes school supplies for the Greater Twin Cities United Way’s Action Day in 2016.

Greater Twin Cities United Way expands back-to-school backpack campaign

On Thursday, nearly 4,000 volunteers aim to stuff backpacks with school supplies for 40,000 students — up 60% from last year.
East Metro
August 6
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, center left, and Undersheriff Bill Finney talked with teens during the substation’s grand opening Monday.

Ramsey County sheriff opens Rice Street substation

Beleaguered Rice Street gets the police presence residents have been demanding
East Metro
August 5
The Twin Cities German Immersion School held an open house last month to allow people to say goodbye to the former St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in S

Demolition nears for former St. Andrew's Church in St. Paul after preservation fight

Despite a weekend protest and vigil, most preservationists have admitted defeat.
St. Paul
August 2
St. Paul Superintendent Joe Gothard left, and SPFE President Nick Faber talked outside of Hamline Elementary School in June 2018.

St. Paul teachers' health insurance move threatens budget

Union vote puts district at risk of $4 million penalty from HealthPartners.
St. Paul
July 19
Colbie Savageau,10, runs an experiment to test what antibacterial agents work best with the help of her aunt Jeanine Huberty.

Science Museum of Minnesota to shut down popular Cell Lab

The museum will close the Cell Lab on Sept. 6.
St. Paul
July 17
Neighbors Gretchen Thompson, left, and Cindy Walsh walked at St. Paul’s Indian Mounds Park on Wednesday. “It’s hard to find in the city,” Wals

Plan to move paths away from St. Paul burial mounds welcomed by some, criticized by others

The $2.5 million trail reconstruction project is the subject of a public meeting Monday.
Minneapolis
July 17
Protesters gathered outside Children’s Theatre Company in June.

Protest planned outside one of the Children's Theatre Company's insurers canceled

It's being consolidated with what's become a weekly protest on Saturday since June outside the Minneapolis theater.