St Paul

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Dec

New “workforce housing” apartments imagined

The Wilson Ridge Apartments building was bought by Minneapolis-based deloper The Wall Companies last year. Now, they’re renovating the place, and have plans to build a 100-unit building beside the current structure. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
The Wilson Ridge Apartments building was bought by Minneapolis-based deloper The Wall Companies last year. Now, they’re renovating the place, and have plans to build a 100-unit building beside the current structure. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Owner of 100-unit low-rise wants to build

A little over a year after buying a 100-unit apartment building, prolific Minneapolis-based developer The Wall Companies is planning to double its property ownership on the East Side.
The company bought what's known as the Wilson Ridge Apartments, near the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Johnson Parkway, just north of Interstate 94, in June 2014. The company paid $4.9 million for the building, according to tax records.

Sun
29
Nov

Craving more nutritious options

A new video produced by Ramsey County Public Health highlights recent trends in supplying fresh food for county residents who need it most. (photo courtesy of Ramsey County Public Health)
A new video produced by Ramsey County Public Health highlights recent trends in supplying fresh food for county residents who need it most. (photo courtesy of Ramsey County Public Health)

Ramsey County video explores food shelves' move to fresh produce

Depicting the challenges and success stories of food shelves, shelters and the like, a new video produced by the Ramsey County Public Health Department highlights recent trends in supplying food for county residents who need it most.
Airing throughout the holiday season on Twin Cities Public Television, the video emphasizes a recent trend towards providing fresh produce and whole-grain foods for people using food shelves and pantries, and eating at shelters.

Sun
29
Nov

Big budget Amazon pilot animation has East Side ties

East Sider Mike Owen’s concept for a cartoon could become a big budget TV series — the pilot episode is streaming on Amazon.com. (illustration courtesy of Mike Owens, Puny Entertainment and Amazon.com)
East Sider Mike Owen’s concept for a cartoon could become a big budget TV series — the pilot episode is streaming on Amazon.com. (illustration courtesy of Mike Owens, Puny Entertainment and Amazon.com)

A six-foot-tall cartoon egg-man with a penchant for caution could someday be one East Sider's claim to fame.

Sun
29
Nov

Young man charged in car fire murder

Demetrius Ramon Smoot, 24, of St. Paul is charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man found dead in a car that had been set on fire on the 1000 block of Westminster Street in the East Side’s Payne Phalen neighborhood.

Sun
29
Nov

Metro State’s student center now open

With little fanfare — for now — Metropolitan State University’s new student center building is open for business, as of mid-November. The building’s large open sitting area faces out onto East Seventh Street — a design feature that was implemented as a result of the neighborhood’s insistence. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
With little fanfare — for now — Metropolitan State University’s new student center building is open for business, as of mid-November. The building’s large open sitting area faces out onto East Seventh Street — a design feature that was implemented as a result of the neighborhood’s insistence. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

With little fanfare — for now — Metropolitan State University's new student center building is open for business, as of mid-November.

Sun
22
Nov

New MnPASS lanes to open on I-35E

Wrapping up work on Interstate 35E, MnPASS travel lanes will open up on Nov. 30 between Cayuga Street north of downtown St. Paul and Little Canada Road in Little Canada.

Sun
22
Nov

Ramsey County Parks hoping to buck the Battle Creek buckthorn

Buckthorn at Battle Creek Regional Park is shown shading out understory vegetation, causing a bare soil floor within the park’s oak savanna/prairie transition zone. (photo courtesy of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation)
Buckthorn at Battle Creek Regional Park is shown shading out understory vegetation, causing a bare soil floor within the park’s oak savanna/prairie transition zone. (photo courtesy of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation)

Buckthorn, honey locust, invasive trees: be gone.

That's the message Ramsey County Parks and Recreation is sending to the invasive plants at Battle Creek Regional Park in the southeast corner of St. Paul.

Sun
22
Nov

Parks department cooling off on ice arenas?

Ramsey County Parks and Recreation has created a task force to consider changes to the county’s 11 ice arenas. The county will have to make difficult decisions about the arenas in the next few years. North High senior hockey players faced off against Hill-Murray at a Section 4AA quarterfinal game in February at Ramsey County’s Aldrich Arena.  (file photo)
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation has created a task force to consider changes to the county’s 11 ice arenas. The county will have to make difficult decisions about the arenas in the next few years. North High senior hockey players faced off against Hill-Murray at a Section 4AA quarterfinal game in February at Ramsey County’s Aldrich Arena. (file photo)

Ramsey County studies future of its indoor rinks

With Ramsey County's ice arenas aging, usage patterns changing, and upgrades needed in the foreseeable future, the county is mulling over its options for the facilities.
To tackle the topic, the county formed its Arena Task Force, which has been getting resident input, and will make recommendations about what to do with the arenas.
The county operates 13 ice sheets at 11 arenas, and has one of the largest arena systems in the state.

Sun
22
Nov

Open Board Seat to be filled at District Five Board meeting Nov 24th

All interested residents encouraged to participate

The Payne-Phalen District Five Planning Council Board of Directors will fill an open seat on the board at its monthly board meeting on Nov. 24. The meeting is at 6:30 PM at the Arlington Hills Community Center. The open seat was created when a former director moved out of the area.

Sun
22
Nov

After a week-long visit, Chinese landscape architects have schemes

Advocates of a Chinese garden at Phalen Regional Park are hoping to see a pavilion similar to this one shown in Changsha, China at the St. Paul park. (photo courtesy of Bill Zajicek)
Advocates of a Chinese garden at Phalen Regional Park are hoping to see a pavilion similar to this one shown in Changsha, China at the St. Paul park. (photo courtesy of Bill Zajicek)

Plans in the works for new garden at Phalen Park

If there's any signs that the idea of a Chinese garden at Phalen Regional Park may have traction, the park's unique visitors last week may be one.
Two landscape architects from St. Paul's Chinese sister city, Changsha, China, paid a visit last week, using their expertise to come up with design concepts proposing a Chinese garden for the park.

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