City Council reviews five-year plan for streetwork in Saint Paul

Stretches of Edgcumbe Road, Minnesota Street and Summit, Grand and Pleasant avenues are slated for improvements in the city of Saint Paul’s Five-Year Streets Plan for 2022-26. So are alleys in parts of Summit Hill and traffic control devices at…

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Saint Paul boosts garbage collection fees

Saint Paul residents who generate more garbage will pay more in 2022 under new rates adopted unanimously on November 17 by the Saint Paul City Council. Quarterly fee increases will range anywhere from a few cents to $5.58, depending on…

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Social workers would help firefighters respond to needs of homeless

Soaring fire and medical calls and the increasing need to assist homeless people could bring changes to the Saint Paul Fire Department in 2022. A pilot project involving the department and on-call social workers from outside agencies would connect people…

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Envision a more successful SPPS without closing schools

From Highland Park to Highwood Hills, hundreds of parents, grandparents, students and educators are challenging the Saint Paul Public Schools’ (SPPS) Envision SPPS plan and offering research-based alternatives to closing and merging schools. SPPS administrators’ recommendations are based on questionable…

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Letters to the Editor, November 24, 2021

For a more inclusive SPPS The Saint Paul NAACP has been in discussions with the Saint Paul school district concerning Envision SPPS for the better part of this year. In advance of the School Board vote on December 1, the…

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New rules open door to homeless day shelters across St. Paul

Months of debate came to an end on November 10 when the Saint Paul City Council unanimously adopted new zoning rules that allow daytime drop-in shelters for homeless people to open in neighborhoods throughout the city. The new rules were…

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Former top exec makes second career of his avocation for fiction writing

Writing is just a hobby, said Bob Garland, and a “most enjoyable” one. So enjoyable, that at 87 he has just published his 15th novel, Unicornery on Woodhouse Avenue, the sixth book in his Woodhouse Avenue series featuring an elderly…

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Replays for officials deserve another look

The Wright Call By Dave WrightTwelve years after the fact, Tim Tschida remembers one October night very well. The Saint Paul native and Cretin-Derham Hall alum was the crew chief for the American League playoff series between the Minnesota Twins…

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Developers back away from projects in wake of rent control referendum

Meanwhile housing justice advocates keep watch for rent hikes as city enforcement lags. In the wake of the new rent control ordinance adopted by Saint Paul voters in a citywide referendum on November 2, there appear to be more questions…

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School Board reschedules final public hearing and vote on Envision SPPS

The Saint Paul School Board has rescheduled its vote on the school district’s Envision SPPS reorganization plan for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 1. The vote was initially scheduled for November 16. However, Minnesota law requires school districts to give two…

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