County puts an end to COVID-era hotel stay for homeless seniors

Nearly 100 homeless seniors staying at the Best Western Capitol Ridge Hotel near downtown Saint Paul were notified on October 29 that they will need to move soon. Ramsey County is terminating its contract with the hotel as of November…

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Metro Transit changes driven by shortage of riders, operators

Metro Transit plans to suspend service on 16 bus routes and make changes to dozens of others beginning December 4 as it faces a driver shortage and a decline in transit ridership.Longtime local bus Routes 16, 84 and 134 are…

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Letters to the Editor, November 10, 2021

Rethinking school busing I have noticed in the last few years that whenever I see a school bus, it either has no children or only a handful of children in it. It seems the days of packed school buses in…

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Local businesses are struggling with a shortage of workers

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. Some…

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Saint Paul holds off restarting in-person council meetings

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and delta variant have prompted the Saint Paul City Council, Planning Commission and most other city boards, commissions and committees to continue to meet virtually through the end of November. The City Council had hoped to…

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Poet Kirkpatrick reemerges from the pandemic

The publication of Blood Moon left Macalester-Groveland author Patricia Kirkpatrick feeling pensive. Her most recent collection of poetry appeared in March 2020, just as COVID-19 began to cast its long shadow over life as we knew it. “With few readings…

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Restaurants are hamstrung by staff shortages

Despite the easing of COVID restrictions, they are finding it hard to expand service.As restaurants across the Twin Cities see a resurgence in business with the relaxation of state-mandated limits on dining capacity and hours of service, many are running…

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Photographer Howie finds common thread with pandemic portraits

Project expresses struggle, courage and hope during year of virus The idea of creating pandemic portraits “came to me all at once last spring,” said Katie Howie, a Highland Park resident who has been a professional portrait photographer for more…

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In ‘Portals’ Mac students portray resilience born of hard times

Last December, when it came time to plan a spring production for the Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department, director Beth Cleary asked students a question: How do people develop the resilience to withstand the likes of the COVID-19 pandemic…

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Daily Champions helps Sibley athletes stay strong

Late last year, Henry Sibley softball coach Jenny Carpenter and volleyball coach Katie Naughton had grown increasingly concerned about the toll that COVID-19 restrictions had taken on the mental well-being of the student-athletes they mentored at the high school. It…

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