NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

One day last fall, Mary Jo Lawless was out for a walk. She crossed paths with Brenda Ryan. The neighbors had waved to each other in the past, but did not really know one another. This time, instead of going their separate ways, they continued walking together and were soon talking about their shared appreciation of art as well as their neighborhood. It was from that conversation that the Shadow Falls Art Fair came to be. The first-ever event will be held from 9-3 p.m. Saturday, June 11, in the yard at 50 Exeter Place.

Todd Axtell’s tenure as Saint Paul police chief ends on June 1, but his legacy will live on through his efforts to build the public’s trust, diversify the police department, expand opportunities for law enforcement careers and lead through particularly challenging times.

It may be a while yet before Saint Thomas is able to ice the deal for a new hockey arena and softball and baseball fields, but it appears that the university is now focusing its efforts on the Highland Bridge development in Highland Park.

The Saint Paul City Council approved an application for a $942,020 federal grant on May 18 to raise and reconfigure the parking lot on the south end of Hidden Falls Regional Park in order to address longstanding flooding problems.

Time is running out for people to weigh in on how best to allocate
$1 million of Saint Paul’s 2023 Capital Improvement Budget (CIB). An online poll closes on June 3. A public hearing on the subject is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, at City Hall.

Plans to demolish a West End warehouse and replace it with a one-story commercial building were rejected by the Saint Paul Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) on May 16. The plans called for replacing the 86-year-old warehouse and parking lot at 1324 W. Seventh St. and 671 S. Victoria St. with a new Dollar Tree store and unnamed restaurant.

Presbyterian Homes & Services and its affiliate, Senior Housing Partners, presented preliminary plans to the Highland District Council (HDC) Community Development Committee on May 17 for a four-story workforce apartment building in the southern end of the neighborhood.

Plans for reconstructing Grand Avenue between Snelling and Fairview avenues will be the topic of a virtual meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. Sign up for the meeting, take a survey and get information at tinyurl.com/2p8ffedj.

The Ramsey County Board approved almost $25 million for affordable housing in May, providing financial assistance for 18 new and existing apartment buildings. Many of the buildings are in Saint Paul, including several downtown and in Highland Park and Ramsey Hill.

Eliminating the required consent of local property owners for certain land use changes in Saint Paul has little opposition if a May 13 public hearing before the Saint Paul Planning Commission is any indication.

Flooding of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers this spring is expected to leave weeks of cleanup work in its wake. Users of boat launches and riverfront parks and trails should be alert to changing conditions.

ON THE TOWN

Guitarist Jeff Ray and harmonica player “Hurricane” Harold Tremblay met in 2009 when Ray was playing a solo gig at J.S. Bean Factory on Randolph Avenue.

SPORTS

Coach Meghan Thurow knew she was in the minority in her belief early on that the Minnehaha Academy softball team would be greatly improved this spring. So she might be justified if she’s inclined to muster up a little “I told you so.”

Central junior Cole Spitzer might just be the best high school pitcher in the state few people have heard of. But like anything else, if you’re good enough you don’t stay unknown forever.

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Give us those nice bright colors

Wet Paint’s Chloe Knutson assisted young artists at a stenciling demonstration during the Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival’s kickoff on May 21 on Bradford and Endicott streets in Saint Paul’s Creative Enterprise Zone. Mural-making, tours, artist-inspired events and other activities will follow throughout the summer.

Photo by Brad Stauffer

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Central’s Cole Spitzer sizzles on mound

Central junior Cole Spitzer might just be the best high school pitcher in the state few people have heard of. But like anything else, if you’re good enough you don’t stay unknown forever. The 5-foot-10, 150-pound lefty has a fastball

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On the Town Briefly, May 25-June 12

Theater Runestone! A Rock Musical, the larger-than-life story of a Minnesota farmer caught in the whirlwind of an ever grow­ing myth, is playing through May 29 at History Theatre, 30 E. 10th St. The new play by Mark Jensen with

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District Councils May 25, 2022

Highland Park highlanddistrictcouncil.org • 651-695-4005 Garage Fest—Highland Park’s annual garage sale is back this spring. Garage Fest will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 3-4. People can register their sale by May 26 to be included in

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Letters to the Editor, May 25, 2022

A scholar coach to celebrate As the school year comes to a close, I’m writing to celebrate someone who has dedicated the last four years to supporting our students. As an AmeriCorps member with the Total Learning Classroom initiative of

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Workforce apartments proposed for Highland’s south end

The proposed site of Presbyterian Homes’ four-story workforce apartment building in Highland. Presbyterian Homes & Services and its affiliate, Senior Housing Partners, presented preliminary plans to the Highland District Council (HDC) Community Development Committee on May 17 for a four-story

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