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
May 14
Students play during gym class at the Twin Cities German Immersion School in St. Paul on Monday, November 5, 2018. The school wants to tear down the b

Fight over school's bid to raze former church comes to St. Paul City Council

A charter school voted nearly a year ago to move forward with demolition. But preservationists fight on.
St. Paul
May 11
Among Wilder’s services is a food market on a bus, bringing affordable, fresh food to areas without healthful stores.

St. Paul's Wilder Foundation looks for new ways to boost donations

Nonprofit needs to stop drawing on its century-old endowment.
East Metro
May 6
Aaron Benner

Ex-teacher's suit against St. Paul Public Schools survives challenge

The case of a former St. Paul Public Schools teacher who alleged the district retaliated against him for criticizing its discipline practices may proceed to…
St. Paul
May 2
Grand Ave. looking west from St Albans Street, was clogged with pedestrians enjoying Grand Old Day in 2018.

Grand Old Day is back on, a week after St. Paul fest was called off

The street festival has run for 45 years on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.
St. Paul
April 30
Jess Dording, the vocalist in Brat Pack Radio, sang as the band performed in the parking lot of Billy's on Grand in 2018.

Last-ditch effort seeks to rescue St. Paul's Grand Old Day

A fundraising effort must bring in $100,000 by next Monday.
St. Paul
April 26
A game during the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament in 2014, when it was last held in St. Paul.This year's competition will be June 15-16.

Gus Macker basketball tournament returns to St. Paul

Backyard basketball hotshots have something to look forward to in June — the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament will return to St. Paul. The two-day,…
St. Paul
April 24
Waste Management worker Daniel Westerhaus collected trash from the alleys of the Snelling Hamline neighborhood of St Paul's yellow zone on the first d

St. Paul trash collection: More acceptance, but many still not paying their bills

Complaints have dwindled, but a significant percentage of customers still won't pay.
St. Paul
April 24
St. Paul's Grand Avenue looking west from St. Albans was clogged with pedestrians enjoying Grand Old Day in 2018.

Organizers cancel Grand Old Day, St. Paul's summer kickoff

The June festival is still planned for 2020, but organizers say they couldn't raise enough money this year.
St. Paul
April 23
The home of carpenter John Lewis, built in 1856, was saved due to the work of the Little Bohemia Neighborhood Association.

Historic St. Paul house on verge of restoration

The house on Goodrich Avenue was built before Minnesota became a state.
St. Paul
April 17
Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter on Tuesday announced a lease extension that will keep the Minnesota Wild at the Xc

Wild commits to playing in St. Paul through 2035

The team and city reached 10-year deal to keep games at Xcel Energy Center, with the Wild eyeing upgrades to arena and parking.
Minneapolis
April 16
A preliminary rendering of the new Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities in north Minneapolis.

Growing nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters is moving to its own building in north Minneapolis

The nonprofit known for its mentoring programs will move in fall 2020.
St. Paul
April 12
St. Paul City Council Member Mitra Jalali Nelson, shown during her swearing in, will help put on the city's first Renters Voice Summit.

St. Paul seeks a greater voice for renters

Organizers hope an upcoming renters summit leads to better representation.
St. Paul
April 9
A wall of cigarettes in 2017 at a gas station in Edina, one of the Minnesota cities and counties that raised the legal age for tobacco use to 21.

St. Paul school board hears pitch to raise tobacco age

Thirty-one cities, counties have taken action to date.
St. Paul
April 9
Allianz Field, shown Wednesday, sits amid Interstate 94, University Avenue and the Green Line light rail in St. Paul.

Ahead of first Allianz Field game, traffic questions persist

Where will people park? Will traffic snarl the area for hours before and after matches? Will, as a St. Paul traffic study suggests, nearly 8,000 fans leave their cars at home and take light rail or bus rapid transit to games?
Local
April 6
Natasha Farhat celebrated her fifth year anniversary as a volunteer at People Serving People on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

More Minnesota companies are paying their employees to take time off to volunteer

With a tightening job market and low unemployment, adding such benefits can attract employees and boost retention.
St. Paul
April 3
The former Ford assembly plant site, looking east, with Highland Village and then downtown St. Paul off in the distance.

St. Paul council members appear to line up behind Ryan plan for Ford site

The council is expected to vote next week on what the future will look like at the former Ford site in Highland Park.
East Metro
April 2
A coal-fired power plant

St. Paul's District Energy burns last of its coal, readies to phase it out

For years, District Energy St. Paul has been phasing out its use of coal to heat buildings downtown, in Energy Park and in Duluth. On…
St. Paul
March 27
Ryan Cos. wants to build 35 single family homes along the Mississippi River, some of the nearly 3,800 units of housing it intends to build at the Ford

Single-family houses are back in the mix for St. Paul's Ford site

The 4-2 vote by the City Council shows split over riverfront homes.
St. Paul
March 26
Kay Kuehn, Open Hands Midway executive director, cleared away boxes from a meal the St. Paul organization served Monday to those in need.

Allianz Field viewed with hope, concern by those who serve St. Paul's poor

In the shadow of Allianz Field, local pastors ponder the future of anti-poverty programs.
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.