Frederick Melo / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—Texas transplants Ashlea and Nick Garrison attended a Twin Cities homebuying class on a Saturday in early May. The couple met with a personal counselor the following Tuesday, got pre-approved for a loan that Friday, visited eight homes that Saturday and put in a competitive offer $5,000 above the $165,000 asking price the same evening.
ST. PAUL—Not all municipal park systems achieve the same flow. When nature calls, there's one city that ranks first in park restrooms, and it's not San Francisco, New York, Portland or even Minneapolis. It's St. Paul, by a lot more than a nose.
MINNEAPOLIS—Katie Romanski is hoping Super Bowl LII will throw a few customers to her small business—an ice cream truck that piles on toppings such as "Edible Glitter." "Me and my tiny food truck are going down to Nicollet Avenue to sell molten lava brownies in waffle cones with bacon, caramel, walnuts, sprinkles and Edible Glitter," said Romanski, a 32-year-old restaurant manager who emptied her bank account in preparation for 10 frigid days of outdoor ice cream sales.
ST. PAUL — Mark Nichols, a retired occupational safety expert, almost couldn't believe what he was hearing, though he trusted his confidential source. In late June, a car from a Union Pacific railroad train had partially derailed overnight near the Mississippi River in St. Paul, and it was supposedly carrying tanks of chlorine.
A woman was shot to death late Saturday by police responding to a 911 call in south Minneapolis. Two Minneapolis police officers responded about 11:30 p.m. to a report of a possible assault in the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue South, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the incident. One of the officers shot and killed the woman..
ST. PAUL — President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week that seeks to bar federal grant funding to so-called "sanctuary cities" that harbor undocumented or "illegal" immigrants. The threat is being taken seriously in jurisdictions across the country, and the outcry from city mayors and state attorneys general has been immediate. The term has no accepted definition under the law, which is part of what may make any federal action against "sanctuary cities" difficult to enforce.
ST. PAUL — The rhetoric on immigration during the presidential campaign season has struck fear into the hearts of many foreign-born families, and a new network of Minnesota churches is mobilizing to respond. The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer on St. Paul's Dale Street already maintains 22 shelter beds for the homeless in its basement, where families with no other place to go often spend the night on a temporary basis. The Rev. James Erlandson said those beds may soon serve a different purpose: offering sanctuary to those facing deportation.