Saint Paul restaurants embrace vaccine mandate, some with reservations

Saint Paul bars and restaurants, theaters and other entertainment venues that have been struggling for close to two years with state-imposed shutdowns and a drop in business driven by fears of COVID-19 now find themselves bracing for the impact of…

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District court order puts city’s vaccine mandate on hold

Saint Paul’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city employees has been put on hold. Ramsey County District Court Judge Robert Awsumb issued a temporary restraining order on December 23 at the request of the Saint Paul Police Federation and the International…

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Sawkar is new voice of morning show at 830 WCCO

Starting listeners’ day is latest challenge for local news buffMost people in their mid-50s tend to be settled in their careers and may even be thinking ahead to retirement. Taking up a new pastime or tackling a new job is…

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High demand is driving up price of homeownership at Highland Bridge

Interest has been strong in the owner-occupied housing planned at the Highland Bridge development in Highland Park. The sale of the first 22 rowhouses being built by Pulte Homes is scheduled for January 18-20.But with bidding on the units starting…

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Commodore gets to open west dining room

The long fight to be able to use the Commodore Bar & Restaurant’s west dining room has cleared another hurdle. The Saint Paul Planning Commission unanimously approved a nonconforming use permit on January 7 to allow the restaurant at 79…

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City increases fees for rental, commercial buildings

The vast majority of the fees charged for Saint Paul city services are increasing 1.5 percent in 2022. However, the owners of rental housing, commercial buildings, vacant buildings, and buildings with elevators can expect to see much steeper city fee…

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Mendota Plaza housing development is tabled

The Mendota Heights City Council has delayed until February 2 its consideration of a proposed 89-unit apartment complex on a vacant parcel in Mendota Plaza at the southeast corner of Dodd Road and Highway 62. The postponement is intended to…

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Donahue’s dedication to fitness earns him accolades and better health

Peter Donahue has been referred to as “the great disappearing man.” The Highland Park resident admits that he is not the fellow he once was. The new version of his former self is leaner, healthier and, not incidentally, happier.Donahue, 65,…

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Saint Paul looks to squeeze more homes into single-family zones

A package of zoning changes meant to promote more one- to four-unit infill housing will go before the Saint Paul City Council for a public hearing at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, at City Hall. The changes, which won Planning Commission…

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Council upholds appeal, allows 3-car garage on Summit Avenue

Thomas Schroeder, 1446 Summit Ave., can add a larger detached garage to his historic property following a Saint Paul City Council vote on December 22 to overturn a Board of Zoning Appeals decision to deny the variance request. The BZA…

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Saint Paul considers extra penalty for stealing catalytic converters

The Saint Paul City Council plans to vote on January 19 to make possession of a catalytic converter without proof of ownership a misdemeanor. The council held a public hearing on the penalty on January 5, but laid the matter…

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