Frederick Melo / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—State Rep. John Lesch, a longtime member of the Minnesota National Guard, is questioning the management ability of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter's new city attorney — Lyndsey Olson, the former general counsel of the National Guard and state Department of Military Affairs. She, in turn, is suing the St. Paul lawmaker for defamation.
ST PAUL—You don't have to like football to get a kick out of the pre-game festivities in the Twin Cities this week. A healthy appreciation of peanut butter will do.
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—In football, fans often find religion just before game-winning field goals or when the quarterback heaves up a Hail Mary pass. But with Super Bowl LII to be held in Minneapolis next weekend, local faith leaders are reminding fans it doesn't hurt to swing by for confession, celebration and a recommitment to help the vulnerable in advance of the big game.
PAUL – Over the objection of federal authorities, Ramsey County has alerted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that it will no longer house immigration detainees. Federal immigration authorities will have to look to other county jails throughout the Midwest to house prisoners suspected of violating immigration rules. Ramsey County Sheriff Jack Serier alerted ICE in late 2017 that the county’s correctional facility in St. Paul would no longer hold their detainees as of Jan. 1.
ST. PAUL — A first public test of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter's administration arrived Monday, Jan. 22 — not in the form of a budget debate or street demonstration — but with all the drama and trappings of that most classic Minnesota hallmark: snow. A lot of snow.
ST PAUL, Minn.—When the St. Paul Port Authority purchased the vacant Macy's department store building in early 2014, Monte Hilleman was assigned the task of tearing down a downtown icon. "I figured out how to turn it into a hole in the ground, and that was a big ugly number," said Hilleman, the Port Authority's senior vice president of real estate development. They abruptly changed course.
ST. PAUL — Two large Zambonis are days away from buffing the ice of the TRIA Rink, the Minnesota Wild's new rooftop practice arena atop the former Macy's Department Store building in downtown St. Paul. Schedules are still being drafted, but youth leagues and Hamline University men's and women's hockey teams likely will lace up during the first week or two of January. Open skating — as well as Wild team practices — are expected to follow.
ST. PAUL — Even if you don't have a ticket for the big game, the Bold North will welcome you to St. Paul. St. Paul may not host a humongous ice castle this winter — as many originally hoped — but plans for a giant snow slide at CHS Field are still solid. And the St. Paul Winter Carnival will be extended a week for a total of 17 days of fun. In fact, the number of St. Paul-based festivities surrounding Super Bowl 52 in February keeps growing.
ST. PAUL — Brian Kennedy was 27 when he rejected his acceptance letter to St. Paul's William Mitchell College of Law. "I was accepted to this law school in 1982," said Kennedy, now 62, "and life got in the way. I had to support a family." Since then, life has been pretty good to Kennedy, who grew up in North St. Paul and Maplewood. For the past 20 years, he's been chief executive of the El Paso Sports Commission, a sports tourism and concert facility in west Texas, as well as a security consultant for music and sporting events.