On the Town Briefly, March 30, 2022

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will be joined by mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski and flutist Linda Chatterton at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, in Sundin Hall, 1531 Hewitt Ave. The concert will include newly commissioned works for guitar quartet and flute by…

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Police chief pitches $3 million bump to his budget for 2022

Axtell disputes mayor’s notion of what is needed to restore ranks of police. Rising crime and reductions in the ranks of the police have put Saint Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell and Mayor Melvin Carter at odds over the size…

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City Council sets aside $209M in TIF for Midway Center redevelopment

Redevelopment of the old Midway Center property took two steps forward on August 25 with the Saint Paul City Council’s approval of an expanded tax increment financing (TIF) district and its order that the shopping center’s fire-damaged east wing be…

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For teen activists, school walkout was step toward racial justice

The big thing is presence,” according to Jerome Treadwell. “As long as you’re present in the now and doing everything you can to create a better future, that’s what’s important.” A Highland Park resident, Treadwell is a junior at Highland…

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Big Top gets renewed liquor license as it seeks new location

Even though its building is an arson-damaged shell, Big Top Liquors has obtained city approval to renew its off-sale liquor license. The Saint Paul City Council approved the renewal on March 24. The liquor store at 1544 University Ave. was…

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Letters to the Editor, March 31, 2021

Dangerous precedent on Grand I have just about had it with zoning variances being handed out by the city of Saint Paul, as if the rules that were sensibly set up by retired City Council member Dave Thune and other…

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Businesses struggle to rebuild in wake of last summer’s riots

As the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin got underway last week, Twin Cities businesses that were looted, torched and otherwise vandalized in the wake of George Floyd’s death last May were making preparations in the event the…

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Saint Paul rolls out Community First Public Safety amid rising crime rate

Hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Paul’s new Community First Public Safety program is being rolled out more slowly than city leaders would like. With gunshots, homicides and other criminal violence on the rise, the City Council is anxious to…

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Future of Pedro Park in downtown remains in limbo

The fate of Pedro Park on 10th and Robert streets in downtown Saint Paul is more unclear than ever. Some $800,000 in Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) funds earmarked for the park were used by the City Council this fall to…

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News Briefs October 28, 2020

Residential garbage rates to rise around $7 in Saint Paul next year Residents of single-family to four-unit dwellings in Saint Paul will pay about $7 more a year for garbage service in 2021, according to a report presented to the…

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