Highland Bridge tour

MyVillager took a tour of the Highland Bridge site earlier this week led by Maureen Michalski, vice president of development for Ryan Companies. Work is progressing on some of the housing developments, with many of the streets, sidewalks, streetlights and landscaping already in place. City parks also are taking shape and waterfowl are already enjoying the massive central water feature.

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Businesses across the neighborhoods served by MyVillager are struggling with staff shortages at a time when finding enough help has become a nationwide problem. Retailers and restaurants in particular have been using every conceivable method to attract new employees.

Saint Paul city officials have renewed their battle to keep tobacco out of the hands of children and people of color with new restrictions on the sale and marketing of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco products.

Saint Paul voters will be asked on November 2 whether the city should limit private landlords to annual rent increases of no more than 3 percent.

Voters are being asked this fall to fill three seats on the West Saint Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area School Board and to renew the district’s current operating levy.

ON THE TOWN

The importance of identity takes center stage at Six Points Theater. The former Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company changed its name last summer to reflect its commitment to stories from a Jewish perspective that promote understanding among all people. And in its upcoming production, The People’s Violin, opening Saturday, October 23, Six Points tells a story about personal identity and finding one’s truth in the context of culture and family.

SPORTS

The Nova Classical Academy volleyball team has shown over the course of this season that height isn’t everything in that sport. In fact, it hasn’t stopped the Knights from being 18-4 overall and 5-2 in the Skyline Conference through
October 7.

The Central High School girls’ tennis team had already accomplished a major goal this season when it captured the Saint Paul City Conference championship for the first time since 2013 with a perfect 6-0 record.

Fall is a busy time for many Minnesotans, with lots of football and soccer games to watch or play, cabins to shut down for the winter, and the last of summer-like weather to enjoy. However, it’s fair to guess that nobody had as busy a first weekend of October as 31-year-old Summit Hill native Danny Docherty.

CRIME

Here’s a look at the incidents compiled from Saint Paul and Mendota Heights police reports, including many that did not make the October 13 print version of MyVillager.

Here’s what was happening on the local crime front from October 13-20.

VIEWPOINT

A COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Saint Paul city employees is still on the drawing board and may not be formally proposed until mid-November. City Council members  passed a resolution calling for the vaccine mandate more than a month ago.

A good number of readers have written in with their opinions on  candidates and issues that will be on the ballot during the November 2 general election.

MORE NEWS

With the approval on October 4 of four sign variances, a new medical office building is one step closer to a December groundbreaking at 2270 Ford Pkwy.

Unless the city of Saint Paul, Ramsey County or the Saint Paul Public Schools decides in the months ahead to lower its projected tax levy for 2022, the owners of a median-value home in Saint Paul can expect to see an 11 percent increase in their property taxes next year.

Those who are looking to scare up a happy and healthy Halloween may want to check out some of the local events that being scheduled this year.

A COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Saint Paul city employees is still on the drawing board and may not be formally proposed until mid-November. City Council members  passed a resolution calling for the vaccine mandate more than a month ago.

The Saint Paul Charter Commission had hoped to send a proposed charter amendment on administrative citations to the City Council on September 27, but laid the matter over again because a clause was missing in the language that was voted on two weeks earlier.

The Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission made several recommendations on October 4 that could mitigate the impact of the proposed six-story Marshall Avenue Flats on what was once the
playground of the former Richards Gordon School at 1619 Dayton Ave.

Moving to the music

Sousaphonist Greg McCool, wife Christine and their children Ben, 2, and Mary, 7 weeks, cheered on competitors in the 39th annual Twin Cities Marathon on October 3. The stretch near mile post 22 on Summit Avenue included a hydration station where a grateful Steven Wessling slowed for a quick drink of water.

Photo by Brad Stauffer

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October 13-26, 2021

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News

District Councils October 13, 2021

Highland Park highlanddistrictcouncil.org • 651-695-4005 Business of the Month—Quixotic Coffee, 769 S. Cleveland Ave., is the Highland District Council’s neighborhood business of the month for October. The coffee shop, which opened in December 2014, sells beverages and pastries. An interview with

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Ball sisters lead talented Nova volleyball team

The Nova Classical Academy volleyball team has shown over the course of this season that height isn’t everything in that sport. In fact, it hasn’t stopped the Knights from being 18-4 overall and 5-2 in the Skyline Conference through October

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Kiosk, October 13, 2021

WEDNESDAY/OCTOBER 13 BURGLARY PREVENTION is the subject of an open house scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at the Saint Paul Police Department’s Western District Station, 389 N. Hamline Ave. The session will cover lighting, landscaping, fencing, cameras, security systems and other

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On the Town Briefly, October 13, 2021

Books Open a new chapter in your literary life at Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival, scheduled from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, October 16, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Progress Center. In addition to a Book Fair with displays by

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Crime Report October 13, 2021

The following criminal incidents were compiled from Saint Paul and Mendota Heights police department reports and other sources. Shootout at West End bar kills one, injures a dozen others Marquisha D. Wiley, 24, of Saint Paul was pronounced dead and

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Letters to the Editor, October 13, 2021

Masks protect schoolchildren I am writing because of a letter to the editor I saw (“The madness of masks,” MyVillager Inbox, September 29). I disagree in every possible way. Even though we have to wear masks, we are still very

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City Council tables large grant for food shelf

The Saint Paul City Council laid over a proposal on October 6 to provide $902,255 in federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) related to COVID-19 to the proposed Keystone Community Services food shelf at University and Beacon avenues in Merriam

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