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James Walsh

Reporter | St. Paul and St. Paul Neighborhoods
Phone: 612-673-7428

James Walsh is a reporter covering St. Paul and its neighborhoods. He has had myriad assignments in more than 30 years at the Star Tribune, including federal courts and St. Paul schools.

"A St. Paul native, Walsh lives in St. Paul with his wife and two cats. He has two adult children. He graduated from the College of St. Thomas, where he was named the top journalism graduate by the Society of Professional Journalists, before beginning his career with stops at the Mankato Free Press and the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Walsh has covered local government, local schools, local and federal courts and even spent some time writing about farming and medical technology. A former college football player and semi-pro coach, he enjoys reading history and following the Vikings, Gophers and Tommies.
Recent content from James Walsh
Kate Beane

Meet the leader helping connect St. Paul to its Indigenous roots

Kate Beane is executive director of the Minnesota Museum of American Art and board chair of the Lower Phalen Creek Project.
The Justus Ramsey House, on the patio adjacent to Burger Moe’s on St. Paul’s West Seventh St., will be spared after all.

St. Paul to pay to disassemble, store Justus Ramsey House

The city will pay $84K to preserve the stone cottage.
Mark Solis

Meet the St. Paul man who still believes the Vikings will win a Super Bowl in his lifetime

A fan since 1998, Mark Solis has stuck with his team through decades of ups and downs.
The Justus Ramsey House in St. Paul.

Demolition blocked for now, preservationists seek long-term fix for Justus Ramsey House

City Council member said she'll seek HRA funds to move the stone cottage.
The Justus Ramsey House on the patio adjacent to Burger Moe’s on W. 7th St., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn.

Preservationists scramble after word of Justus Ramsey House's impending demise

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter signed an executive order, sparking a push for a temporary restraining order.
Grand Av. was packed with people during Grand Old Day in St. Paul, Minn., on Sunday June 7, 2015. The 42nd Grand Old Day featured food vendors, games,

After 3 years away, St. Paul's Grand Old Day plans a 2023 comeback

The St. Paul Chamber of Commerce is providing behind-the-scenes help.
Confetti flew at an event Tuesday at the Anderson Student Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul announcing a $75 million gift by Lee and

St. Thomas announces record gift for new sports arena

The $75 million donation comes at a time when the Catholic university is trying to build its reputation outside the Twin Cities and is relying, in part, on athletics to do that.
Shaunie Grigsby, owner of Flava Coffee & Cafe.

Meet the coffee shop owner helping remake a once blighted corner of St. Paul

Flava Cafe and Coffee continues University and Dale's transformation.
Public art, including art on light industrial buildings, will be part of the Heights redevelopment.

Volunteers needed to shape public art at former Hillcrest Golf Course in St. Paul

Up to a dozen volunteers will help pick the stories the course site tells.
Wolfie Browender

Meet the man who hopes to bike every block in St. Paul

Wolfie Browender has covered less than half of the city in 10 years — but is confident he'll finish.
The trailer stolen from Anna Metcalfe’s driveway contained about 100 teacups bearing people’s stories about water.

Stolen trailer contained more than artist's teacups; it stored hundreds of shared memories

Stolen art project was years in the making, focusing on people's experiences with water.
Amber Ruth, right, a mental health practitioner with the St. Paul Police Community Outreach and Stabilization Team, works with the public at St. Paul�

St. Paul libraries face question of purpose, time of reckoning

Libraries are expanding their role, from social workers to helping homeless patrons. But some say staff are stretched too thin.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

St. Paul mayor's plan to raise sales tax by 1% is no slam dunk

The city must persuade state lawmakers, then voters, that it's the best way to fund roads and parks.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter on Tuesday proposed a 1 % sales tax increase to pay for “necessary, long-overdue improvements to Saint Paul streets and

Carter pitches 1% St. Paul sales tax to fix, replace parks and streets

The increase would raise estimated $984 million in revenue over 20 years.
St. Paul Fire Chief Butch Inks

Meet Butch Inks: Hockey player, lifelong St. Paulite — and fire chief

The chief oozes Old St. Paul. But before he agreed to become chief, he insisted on a new culture.
Fitness instructor and trainer Andrea Gleason, left, led a class at the SweatShop in St. Paul on Thursday. At right is owner Gayle Winegar. The SweatS

After 40 years in St. Paul, the SweatShop is rolling up the workout mats and closing for good

The studio at the corner of Snelling and Selby avenues has empowered and strengthened women for decades.
Dr. Craig Bowron

A St. Paul physician explains why guys steer clear of the doctor

In the new book "Man Overboard!" Dr. Craig Bowron takes a light-hearted look at a serious topic.
3M has been lighting a “tree” on Building 220 since 1962.

3M 'Christmas tree' marks 60 years of holiday glow off I-94 in Maplewood

Company tradition began in 1962 with "Noel" in front and trees on building sides.
Meet the priest who loves history — but doesn't want to treat the Cathedral of St. Paul like a museum

Meet the priest who loves history — but doesn't want to treat the Cathedral of St. Paul like a museum

The Rev. John Ubel insists the cathedral's doors stay open daily to keep it welcoming to all.
The Justus Ramsey House on the patio next to Burger Moe’s on St. Paul’s W. 7th Street, on Monday, Dec. 5. The owner of the restaurant is seeking t

St. Paul panel says no to Burger Moe's demolition of pioneer-era Justus Ramsey House

Historic stone house still in danger, preservationists fear.
Artist Geno Okok said “the bouncing girl” is one of his favorite button designs.

St. Paul Winter Carnival selects first artist of color to design its signature buttons

Nigerian-born Geno Okok says he used St. Paul Winter Carnival history to understand its icy legend.
St. Thomas athletics director Phil Esten

Meet the athletic director guiding University of St. Thomas' unprecedented leap to Division I

Phil Esten brings D-1 experience to his alma mater.
Workers removed a 50-foot tree from the Dick and Peggy Lang’s Maplewood yard. The tree will be displayed at Union Depot in St. Paul starting Dec. 3.

Family honors woman's wish, gives 50-foot tree to Union Depot for holidays

The 50-foot-tree spent decades growing in a Maplewood yard.
“Wild” Bill Johnson

A cop, social worker and private investigator walk into a coffeehouse ... meet St. Paul's 'Wild' Bill

Bill Johnson calls himself a coffeehouse "Sayer of Sooth."
The bright street outside outside a south Minneapolis home in 2019 after LED lights were installed. A proposal by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey for $9

Some worry Minneapolis' street lighting program will further dim stars

It's dark in the mornings when Lanise Hunter heads to classes at Minneapolis' Patrick Henry High School. Dark, and scary too, when she returns home…
A new patio will not only expand the Black Hart’s space on game days but add an outdoor option in short supply near Allianz Field.

Black Hart patio plans seek to add energy to St. Paul's University Avenue

After four years of trying to buy the lot next door, owner Wes Burdine has big plans for the outdoor space.
Until the advisory was lifted Tuesday morning, residents in the affected areas of Maplewood and St. Paul were asked to boil water for three minutes be

Water officials lift boil advisory for affected areas of Maplewood, St. Paul

Safety tests show no contamination to drinking water after tank lost pressure this past weekend.
Patricia Ohmans and Chris Stevens of Frogtown Green.

Putting the green into St. Paul's Frogtown neighborhood

Frogtown Green started in 2009 to help transform a former Wilder campus into a park and garden. The work now is to green the whole neighborhood.
Rue is pretty motivated by food, owner Sarah Garner-Cullen said.

St. Paul pig back home after going on the lam

Rue, a 50-plus-pound pig, caused quite a stir Thursday after escaping and roaming Grand Avenue.
Mai Vang’s Eggroll Queen food truck shows up at festivals and farmers markets and is parked outside the State Capitol most days from spring to fall.

Meet Mai Vang, St. Paul's 'Eggroll Queen'

Mai Vang abruptly lost her hearing, and started selling egg rolls to cover medical expenses.
Scan from file transparency

Why is St. Paul located where it is? Hint: It involves liquor

Religion and rebels feature prominently in the tale, which begins at Fort Snelling.
Plans for River Balcony seek to better connect downtown St. Paul with the Mississippi River.

River Balcony aims to connect downtown St. Paul with Mississippi River

Officials released details of the 1.5-mile promenade that will weave in new scenic overlooks from downtown.
James Garrett Jr.

Meet the architect who combines creativity with deep local ties to sketch St. Paul's future

Architect James Garrett Jr.'s award-winning firm has taken on projects from light rail stations to the River Learning Center.
A new Hamline Midway Library designed to replace the existing building.

St. Paul library officials unveil library designs, including Hamline Midway replacement

Preservationists want to save the existing Hamline Midway building, but officials say a new facility is needed.
A view of Summit Avenue where it intersects Lexington Parkway in St. Paul.

Residents take sides over Summit Avenue bike trail in St. Paul

Proponents say a separated trail is needed for safety; opponents worry it would ruin the character of the historic mansion-lined avenue.
The Justus Ramsey House sits on the patio of St. Paul’s Burger Moe’s restaurant.

Endangered 1852 stone cottage is a key piece of Black history in St. Paul

Preservationists hope new discoveries about the building's history can save it.
Bill Lindeke

Meet Bill Lindeke. He knows dive bars, promotes cycling and, oh yeah — believes St. Paul is the better Twin

St. Paul writer and lecturer focuses on life in the Twin Cities.
Frogtown U12 football players jog to warm up before a game against Fridley Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022 at Fridley Commons in Fridley, Minn.. Once, there we

Youth football hits a wall in St. Paul: 'There just aren't enough teams'

As the number of players declines because of COVID and concussion fears, the few city recreation centers still fielding a team must play in suburban leagues.
Pete Klein, center, and Mark Kern, right, co-owners of 7th Street Barbers, with a customer in the chair.

How one of Minnesota's oldest barber shops continues to make the cut

Co-owners keep the chairs full at Minnesota's oldest continuous barber shop.
The Justus Ramsey House is one of the oldest houses in St. Paul and the oldest surviving limestone house from the city’s pioneer era.

Owner of Burger Moe's wants to tear down St. Paul's historic Justus Ramsey house

The owner says it's damaged; critics say he wants room on his patio for more tables.
Wendy Neurer is among a group of Highland Park residents who are hoping to derail — or at least shrink — a planned four-story apartment building f

Highland Park residents fear apartment project will evict neighborhood eagles

Developer says planned 50-foot building meets St. Paul zoning requirements.
Ananya Chatterjea

Choreographer uses University Avenue dance studio to plant seeds of social change

Ananya Chatterjea strives to promote social justice through the power of dance.
Visitors to a new Mississippi River Learning Center could start at a new National Park Service headquarters on the bluff above the river.

Mississippi River Learning Center plans unveiled

The St. Paul project aims to connect visitors to the riverfront.
Officials want housing options to include rental and owner-occupied.

Property at former St. Paul golf site is now for sale

Hillcrest, the former St. Paul golf course, has been rezoned for housing and light industrial manufacturing.
Andrea Hinderaker

Meet the former pastor who helps homeless people in St. Paul find better lives

Andrea Hinderaker leads St. Paul's Homeless Assistance Response Team.
Club members pose with 4-foot-tall figures they won at auction during the 24th Annual M&M’s Collectors Club Convention on Wednesday at the Embassy S

For M&M collectors, sweet treats are serious business

Enthusiasts from across the globe gathered in Bloomington this week.
Tia Williams, Caty Royce and Danielle Swift of the Frogtown Neighborhood Association.

Affordable housing is hard to find. These St. Paul community organizers are taking matters into their own hands

In one of the city's poorest neighborhoods, activists are forming a collective to spur affordable housing development.
A reconstructed Hidden Falls Creek is a centerpiece of the Highland Bridge development at the former site of Ford’s St. Paul Assembly plant. “Ford

Former Ford site's stormwater stream drawing rave reviews

The blocks-long stormwater collection stream running through the site looks recreational. But it actually has an engineering purpose.
Todd Hurley, president and CEO of the St. Paul Port Authority

Meet the one-time caddy who now has a hand in the future of Hillcrest Golf Course

As the St. Paul Port Authority's new president and CEO, Todd Hurley is now at the center of some of the capital city's highest-profile developments.
Angie Wiese, director of Safety and Inspections.

New Department of Safety and Inspections director has old St. Paul pedigree

Angie Wiese heads department tackling everything from building inspections to animal control to administration of new rent control measures.
Jodie Carroll began training to become a St. Paul firefighter in 2018 at age 44.

Meet the woman who smashed a St. Paul Fire Department physical test record

Jodie Carroll joined the department at age 44 and said helping people in times of distress is "a blessing."
Amy Gage, the University of St. Thomas’ liaison with nearby residents, said she used her bike to connect with students and neighbors during her tenu

University of St. Thomas' neighborhood peacemaker steps down

Amy Gage has served as a liaison between students and the community surrounding the St. Paul campus.
Tom Barrett of Little Canada reacted with, “Oh, wow” Tuesday when he learned that his Watergate entry had won awards at the Minnesota State Fair.

History buff nabs State Fair honors for collection of Watergate signatures

Tom Barrett has gotten signatures from Richard Nixon, Charles Schulz, Apollo 11 astronauts and many more.
Nicolle Goodman, director of Planning and Economic Development for St. Paul.

'This is not your old St. Paul': Meet the development director who wants to change who gets to build

Nicolle Goodman said she wants to remove obstacles to development in underserved communities.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

St. Paul Mayor Carter proposes $21 million library budget

Libraries are no longer just repositories of books, the mayor said. They are community hubs for learning and services.
Longtime community journalist Jane McClure has devoted years to volunteering at the State Fair’s Newspaper Museum and Hamline Church Dining Hall.

Busy journalist Jane McClure still finds time to give at the Minnesota State Fair

Longtime St. Paul reporter has devoted years to honoring newspaper history — and the Hamline Church Dining Hall — at the fair.
St. Thomas baseball players celebrate a win in 2021. The university wants to build baseball and softball fields at the Highland Bridge development in

Neighbors push back on plans for St. Thomas athletic complex

The university dropped plans for a hockey arena at Highland Bridge, but still wants baseball and softball fields.
Bob “Bobby” Schoenrock, grounds superintendent of Oakland Cemetery.

St. Paul's Oakland Cemetery renewed by traditions of more recent residents

St. Paul's oldest cemetery holds the remains of early Minnesota. But superintendent Bobby Schoenrock said the city's newer arrivals — Hmong families — have breathed new life into the old grounds.
Pyrotechnics lit up the field during the opening ceremony of the MLS All-Star Game against LIGA MX Wednesday at Allianz Field in St. Paul.

All-Stars bring buzz to Allianz. What do the neighbors think?

When Allianz Field opened in 2019, it created quite the buzz in St. Paul and in its surrounding neighborhood, too. And, as it turned out, plenty of angst. It was no different just before kickoff for the Major League Soccer All-Star Game.
Voter Lydia Beattie of Minneapolis held son Faris, 6 months, at a polling place in Powderhorn Park on Tuesday.

Minnesota voters decide who will advance in today's primary

Top races on the ballot include congressional seats, statewide offices and legislative primaries. There's also a special election in the First Congressional District in southern Minnesota.
Molly Lunaris, supervisor, St. Paul Animal Control.

St. Paul Animal Control director: 'Minnesota is just a wonderful rescue community'

Molly Lunaris said the city has built strong relationships with pet foster groups.
Olga Nichols, artist organizer for Central Village Park, and Eric Weiss, of the Trust for Public Land, showed a rendering and listened to feedback for

Residents, officials seek to reboot St. Paul Rondo's Central Village Park

Neighbors are hoping to transform the tired 50-year-old park into a newly bustling space, relevant to the neighborhood's increasingly diverse population.
Shoppers were finally allowed to leave the Mall of America after a lockdown Thursday following shots being fired.

Suspects sought after Mall of America gunfire creates chaotic scene

Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges said the shooting was an "isolated incident" involving a dispute between two groups of people. He said police believe only one person fired the shots and there were no indications anyone was injured.
Body of man found after Brooklyn Park apartment fire

Body of man found after Brooklyn Park apartment fire

The cause of the fire and the circumstances of the man's death are being investigated.
St. Paul police Cmdr. Salim Omari handed out candy at a National Night Out event at Central Village Park on Tuesday in St. Paul.

National Night Out, Night to Unite block parties return

Nearly 200 Minnesota communities were expected to participate.
Colin Anderson, foreground, with fellow vegan chef John Stockman, offers vegan meals to build a stronger community.

Meet the vegan chef who wants to make St. Paul healthier, one meal at a time

Colin Anderson's passion is building community through shared meals and a vegan food shelf.
Christina Anderson-Taghioff and Simon Taghioff stood at the intersection of Victoria St. and Osceola Ave. in front of their home in St. Paul on May 7,

Meet the St. Paul resident who fought City Hall and won

Simon Taghioff challenged street assessments and won. Now, he's working to make his adopted city more vibrant.
Ku Moo, 18, is taught how to drive a boat by Andrew Maslowski, a community service officer with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, while Megan Paul

First Responder Camp seeks to inspire St. Paul teens

The weeklong camp will introduce students to jobs from water rescue to firefighting to air ambulance.
Mary deLaittre is executive director of the Great River Passage Conservancy.

Mary deLaittre's work to improve St. Paul's river connection keeps rolling along

Head of the Great River Passage Conservancy seeks to get city to embrace the river that spawned it.
Bob Tuerk, owner of House of Clocks, puts a new battery into a wristwatch Wednesday, July 15, 2022 at his shop in St. Paul, Minn.

St. Paul's last clock repair shop is still ticking

After half a century, House of Clocks on the far East Side is still trying to hold back time.
Andy Rodriguez, director of St. Paul Parks and Recreation.

Capital city turns to St. Paul guy to lead Parks and Rec

Andy Rodriguez was first hired by parks and rec as a 15-year-old in 2000. Now, he leads the department.
Smoking and vaping will be banned on all Ramsey County-owned properties.

Ramsey County Board bans smoking on county property

The ban extends to parks, offices, corrections facilities and parking lots.
Mickey’s Diner

Downtown St. Paul finds a way forward as pandemic drags on

In a way, Mickey's Diner mirrors the rest of downtown St. Paul: recovering, but slowly and in some cases pivoting in a new direction.
Prince Corbett

This St. Paul Bush Fellow is determined to abolish the wealth gap

Once incarcerated, Prince Corbett's work fighting bias and promoting equity just got a boost from the Bush Foundation.
Fireworks burst over Lake Minnetonka in 2021 after anonymous donors came up with funds for the fireworks show in Deephaven.

After two years of COVID cancellations, Minnesotans eager to resume 'normal' July 4th fun this weekend

Most of the usual holiday festivities are back on this year.