City workers face COVID vaccine mandate

More than two months after the City Council requested one, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announced on October 21 a new policy mandating that every city employee be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 31. The vaccine policy is one of…

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Senior housing is hit with staffing shortage as fallout from pandemic

Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities across this area are experiencing critical shortages in staffing. Positions ranging from dietary workers and housekeepers to nurses and nurses aides remain unfilled as workers retire early or opt for less demanding jobs. Their reasons…

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Devaney emerges from shutdown more in tune with his own skill set

In the depths of the pandemic last fall and winter, West End guitarist Martin Devaney spent time in his basement studio surrounded by posters of concerts he had attended or played at and contemplated the soundtrack of his life. There,…

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Scots share Saint Paul City Conference boys’ hoops title

The Wright Call By Dave Wright As a rule, high school seniors remember with fondness their final sports competition, even if it’s a loss in section or state tournament play. For many of them, it’s the end of their athletic…

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Saint Paul’s elementary students return to in-person learning

The Saint Paul Public Schools welcomed its first students back to the classroom on February 1 with in-person instruction for grades K-2. Students in grades 3-5 were scheduled to return to in-person instruction on February 16, after this issue of…

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COVID sets a smaller table for Thanksgiving this year

For many households, Thanksgiving Day 2020 will not be the traditional gathering of extended family and friends. In this year of COVID-19, families are instead filling their cornucopia with gratitude for the people and traditions that made previous Thanksgivings memorable.…

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Thanksgiving 2020 recalls the struggles of holiday years ago

Thanksgiving 2020 will be unlike any other for many families. But it doesn’t take a pandemic to elicit a dramatic change in holiday plans. Decades ago, as relative after relative arrived at our Highland Park home in the days leading…

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Letters to the Editor, November 25, 2020

Villager Inbox Nearing the point of no return We need a lockdown before we reach the point of no return. While we’re well beyond the point where, as a nation, we should have taken this pandemic seriously, listened to the…

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YMCA club shuts down tree lot at Highland National

The Saint Paul YMCA Service Club will not be selling Christmas trees in the parking lot of Highland National Golf Course this year due to safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.“Going inside the trailer, exchanging money—all of that plays into…

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High school sports adjust to new world again

The Wright Call By Dave WrightThe signs had been there for a while. All one had to do was watch the news on television or glance at the newspaper or the internet. With COVID-19 cases and deaths on the rise,…

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