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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Retailers look to holidays for relief from challenging year

As local retailers prepare to ring in what is traditionally regarded as the most wonderful time of the year, they are also hoping the holiday shopping season returns a sense of normalcy to what has been a challenging year. “Our…

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Saint Paul scrambles to fill a budget gap of $22 million for 2020

When it comes to annual budgets, the COVID-19 pandemic has Saint Paul officials seeing double. The City Council recently approved more than $20 million in budget reductions for 2020 while it continues to prepare the city budget for 2021.City officials…

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Lessons of the pandemic: The art that emerges from isolation

Artists through the ages have worked in challenging times to interpret war, plague and social turmoil. The past seven months of COVID-induced lockdowns, facemasks and isolation have been no different. Sixteen artists who applied their creativity to the ongoing coronavirus…

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More restaurants are relying on takeout as their last best chance in pandemic

Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, bars and restaurants in the neighborhoods served by the Villager are struggling mightily. Though Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has allowed restaurants to operate at up to 50 percent capacity since June, patrons are proving…

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A poet and a painter find ‘Shelter’ in the pandemic through collaboration

Seeking refuge from the stress and isolation of COVID-19, Macalester-Groveland poet Margaret Hasse and artist Sharon DeMark set to work last April on Shelter, a newly published collection of 30 poems and watercolor paintings. In Hasse’s verse and DeMark’s watercolors,…

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