July 22, 2021

  • Amid ongoing drought conditions which are impacting communities across our state, Saint Paul Regional Water Services (SPRWS) is encouraging customers to follow an alternating watering schedule. SPRWS customers are asked to limit their outdoor watering to odd or even days of the month based on their address number, with odd-number addresses on odd days and even-numbered address on even days. SPRWS customers are also asked to limit watering to cooler times of the day, before noon or after 6 p.m., to minimize evaporation. SPRWS is monitoring conditions and will announce additional conservation efforts as the situation changes. Learn more and find answers to frequently asked questions, including other ways you can conserve water during this ongoing drought.
  • Vaccine clinics are available through state, county, and community clinics. Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health offers free vaccine clinics in locations throughout the community. Locations include Arlington Hills Community Center, Oxford Community Center, Harding High School, Washington Tech Magnet, pop-up clinics at a variety of events around Saint Paul, and a select number of community vaccination sites. Minnesota is winding down its mass vaccination sites, while continuing efforts to make vaccines accessible with smaller community vaccination sites. Vaccines are being administered at both terminals at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport through August 7, and the Mall of America is continuing to take walk-ins. All other sites are only administering second doses and will end before August 7. 
    • Community Connectors help residents navigate myths and rumors surrounding COVID-19, answer questions and provide accurate information about vaccines. Connectors can also help make appointments or recommend walk-up vaccination sites.
    • Companies across the country are offering support and rewards to individuals to get their vaccines, including free rides to vaccination clinics or free childcare during vaccination appointments. Minnesotans who get their shot July 1 through August 7 at MSP Airport’s Terminal 2 will be entered into a weekly drawing for a $500 travel voucher through Sun Country Airlines.
  • Emergency rental assistance is now available for Saint Paul residents.Program funds help eligible renters with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. Qualifying renters are able to receive up to 15 months in total financial assistance. Rent is still due, and the State of Minnesota’s eviction moratorium is beginning to lift. If you are in need of emergency rental assistance, reach out to a Saint Paul field navigator below to start your application today. Renters with an outstanding claim for rent help are not allowed to be evicted before June 1, 2022.

    Field navigators from the organizations listed below are available to assist tenants with the application process and can answer questions about required documentation, program rules and requirements, and application status. 

  • This summer, the City of Saint Paul is partnering with local businesses and organizations to bring an exciting series of pop-up science and technology programs and activities for youth called Summer SwarmMayor Carter invites you, your family, friends and neighbors to join in the fun! Visit the Tech For All webpage to learn about these upcoming technology activities like Robo Wars CampEngineering Wizards Camp, a TikTok Video Production class, a pop-up video game truck, and more! 
  • Beginning August 5, our City of Saint Paul newsletter will be sent once a week on Thursdays. We will continue to update our subscribers with timely City announcements and emergency updates as those situations arise. For the latest information, follow the City's Twitter account at Twitter.com/cityofsaintpaul or Facebook page at Facebook.com/cityofsaintpaul.

July 19, 2021

  • Minnesota eviction moratorium updates. A bill overturning Governor Walz’s executive orders preventing statewide rental housing evictions went into effect on June 30, 2021. This starts an off-ramp process from the COVID-19 eviction moratorium that will gradually take effect in the coming months.

    Beginning October 13, landlords may file or proceed with an eviction action against a tenant who is eligible for rental assistance through a COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program, but refuses to either apply for assistance; provide the needed information to the landlord for them to apply for assistance on the tenant’s behalf; or provide the landlord with proof of the tenant’s application for emergency rental assistance. Landlords must provide written notice of an eviction due to nonpayment of rent to the tenant at least 15 days prior to filing.

    Don’t wait to apply for help! Renters who have applied for help through a COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent through June 1, 2022. If you need help paying rent or utility bills, explore your options today.

  • Emergency rental assistance is now available for Saint Paul residents. Program funds help eligible renters with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. Qualifying renters are able to receive up to 15 months in total financial assistance. Rent is still due, and the State of Minnesota’s eviction moratorium is beginning to lift. If you are in need of emergency rental assistance, reach out to a Saint Paul field navigator below to start your application today. Renters with an outstanding claim for rent help are not allowed to be evicted before June 1, 2022.

    Field navigators. These organizations are available to assist tenants with the application process and can answer questions about required documentation, program rules and requirements, and application status.

  • Federal Child Tax Credit direct payments to nearly all working families started last week. For those who qualify, look for a deposit labeled “CHILDCTC” in your bank account. The federal American Rescue Plan increased the amount of the 2021 Child Tax Credit to support families with children. To get money to families sooner, the IRS will send families half of their 2021 Child Tax Credit as monthly payments for six months (July – December 2021) and you’ll receive the remaining tax credit when you file your taxes next year. Child Tax Credit information is available in multiple languages. Learn more frequently asked questions
  • Safe Summer Nights events continue this week. The Safe Summer Nights program is designed to provide opportunities for Saint Paul police officers to become acquainted with residents of the neighborhoods they serve. All events are free, feature food, activities for youth, and ample opportunities for attendees to meet their Saint Paul police officers. View the schedule and attend the next event of the season on Thursday, July 22 at Langford Park Recreation Center from 5 - 7 p.m. 

July 15, 2021

  • Child Tax Credit direct payments to nearly all working families start today. Look for a deposit labeled “CHILDCTC” in your bank account. The federal American Rescue Plan increased the amount of the 2021 Child Tax Credit to support families with children. The full benefit of the Child Tax Credit is now $300 per month per child under age 6 and $250 for each child age 6 to 17. To get money to families sooner, the IRS will send families half of their 2021 Child Tax Credit as monthly payments for six months (July – December 2021) and you’ll receive the remaining tax credit when you file your taxes next year. Child Tax Credit information is available in multiple languages. Learn more frequently asked questions.  

    Did you file taxes in the last two years or sign up to get a stimulus check last year? Then you don’t have to do anything to get the money you’re already owed! The IRS will automatically send you a monthly payment by direct deposit or check starting on July 15, 2021 if you are eligible. 

    Didn’t file taxes in the last 2 years? There’s one easy step to start getting your Child Tax Credit payments. Just fill out a simple form to begin receiving your monthly payments. 

  • Youth summer activities open for registration. 
    • Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Summer CampsOffering a variety of fun, safe, and structured activities for youth and teens, these full day and half day camps are designed to allow youth to connect with their peers, stay active, and engage in their community. Offerings will include arts and crafts, sports and fitness, outdoor adventures, nature exploration, games and technology, and more! Pricing varies with many free options available, including Summer Rec Check. Register online or over the phone by contacting the recreation center directly. 
    • Saint Paul Public School's Summer Learning ProgramsThese programs give Saint Paul students opportunities to learn new things and strengthen current academic skills. Prepare for the upcoming school year through active, fun, hands-on activities, and make progress toward graduation. All programs are free. Next session begins July 19. 
    • Saint Paul Public Library programs. Saint Paul Public Library is offering a variety of programs this summer, including Summer Spark. Summer Spark encourages kids to have fun, stay active, and keep learning all summer long. Join in the fun by attending free virtual programs and earning prizes by completing reading and activity challenges. 
    • SprocketsSprockets is a network of many different after-school and summer programs in Saint Paul. Sprockets improves the quality, availability, equity and effectiveness of out-of-school time learning for all youth in Saint Paul through the committed, collaborative and innovative efforts of community organizations, government, schools and other partners.
  • #RecycleSmart, do your part to avoid plastic utensils and straws. Place plastic utensils and straws in the garbage. These items cannot be placed in your City of Saint Paul recycling container because they are too small to sort at recycling facilities, and there are no recycling markets for them. 

July 12, 2021

  • Monthly payments for families with kids start on July 15, 2021. The federal American Rescue Plan increased the amount of the 2021 Child Tax Credit to support families with children. The full benefit of the Child Tax Credit is now $300 per month per child under age 6 and $250 for each child age 6 to 17. To get money to families sooner, the IRS will send families half of their 2021 Child Tax Credit as monthly payments for six months (July – December 2021) and you’ll receive the remaining tax credit when you file your taxes next year. Child Tax Credit information is available in multiple languages.   

    Did you file taxes in the last two years or sign up to get a stimulus check last year? Then you don’t have to do anything to get the money you’re already owed! The IRS will automatically send you a monthly payment by direct deposit or check starting on July 15, 2021 if you are eligible. 

    Didn’t file taxes in the last 2 years? There’s one easy step to start getting your Child Tax Credit payments. Just fill out a simple form to begin receiving your monthly payments. 

  • Governor Walz announced that Minnesota will wind down its mass vaccination sites, while continuing efforts to make vaccines accessible with smaller community vaccination sites. With the exception of the Mall of America location, final doses will be administered at Community Vaccination Program mass vaccination sites on or before August 7. (Minnesotans who get their shot July 1 through August 7 at MSP Airport’s Terminal 2 will be entered into a weekly drawing for a $500 travel voucher through Sun Country Airlines.) Minnesotans who have not received their vaccine are still encouraged to get one at their pharmacy or primary care provider.

  • Ramsey County is partnering with several trusted community agencies to connect residents with accurate, culturally appropriate information about the COVID-19 vaccine and opportunities to get vaccinated.Community Connectors help residents navigate myths and rumors surrounding COVID-19, answer questions and provide accurate information about vaccines. Connectors can also help make appointments or recommend walk-up vaccination sites. There are multiple Ramsey County community vaccine clinicsto choose from. 

  • Road closures on four City streets are now reopened. Four temporary road closures stood up this spring to support community members engaging in physically distant outdoor activities are now reopen to vehicles. The following Saint Paul streets are reopened to vehicle traffic:

    • Como Regional Park – East Como Lake Drive from East Como Boulevard to Lexington Parkway   
    • Phalen Regional Park – East Shore Drive from Johnson Parkway to Arlington Avenue   
    • Cherokee Regional Park – Cherokee Heights Boulevard from Baker/Chippewa to Annapolis  
    • Mississippi River Boulevard – Mississippi River Boulevard from Ford Parkway to Pelham Boulevard 

    As the City of Saint Paul continues to learn from the pandemic and adapt and respond to the needs of our community, these closures will remain a part of the conversation. Residents interested in learning about current and future plans and projects, including pending master plan updates for Mississippi River Boulevard and East Como Boulevard, should visit the future park planning webpage and subscribe to updates.

  • Safe Summer Nights events continue this week. The Safe Summer Nights program is designed to provide opportunities for Saint Paul police officers to become acquainted with residents of the neighborhoods they serve. All events are free, feature food, activities for youth, and ample opportunities for attendees to meet their Saint Paul police officers. View the schedule and attend the next event of the season on Thursday, July 15 at Battle Creek Recreation Center from 5 - 7 p.m. 
  • Youth Fall Tackle Football registration has been extended to July 31.For fall 2021, in partnership with the Minnesota Vikings, youth tackle football will be offered free of charge! Equipment, such as a helmet, shoulder pads, jersey, and football pants are provided to participants and returned at the end of the season. 
  • Saint Paul Youth Commission has extended the application deadline to July 31. The Youth Commission provides young people the opportunity to get involved in their community, grow their network, and play a role in making Saint Paul a city that works for all of us. 
  • The State of Minnesota's peacetime emergency preventing property owners from evicting residents for not paying rent has ended. Financial assistance is available to renters who owe rent and have been financially impacted by COVID-19. 

    • Ramsey County and the City of Saint Paul have teamed up to create the Saint Paul - Ramsey County Rent Assistance Program, a new tenant assistance program for Ramsey County renters struggling to pay rent due to the financial burdens of COVID-19.

    • RentHelpMN is available for COVID-19 emergency rent and utility bill assistance is currently prioritizing renters who owe back rent. Eligible renters can receive help with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. Apply for RentHelpMN online or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

July 8, 2021

  • Temporary road closures on four City streets will reopen today, July 8. Four temporary road closures stood up this spring to support community members engaging in physically distant outdoor activities will reopen to vehicles. By the end of the day today, July 8, the following Saint Paul streets will reopen to vehicle traffic:

    • Como Regional Park -- East Como Lake Drive from East Como Boulevard to Lexington Parkway   
    • Phalen Regional Park -- East Shore Drive from Johnson Parkway to Arlington Avenue   
    • Cherokee Regional Park -- Cherokee Heights Boulevard from Baker/Chippewa to Annapolis  
    • Mississippi River Boulevard – Mississippi River Boulevard from Ford Parkway to Pelham Boulevard 

    As the City of Saint Paul continues to learn from the pandemic and adapt and respond to the needs of our community, these closures will remain a part of the conversation. Residents interested in learning about current and future plans and projects, including pending master plan updates for Mississippi River Boulevard and East Como Boulevard, should visit the future park planning webpage and subscribe to updates.

  • Metro Transit will temporarily shut down the Green Line service in downtown Saint Paul from the Capitol/Rice Street Station to Union Depot. This closure will be in place Friday, July 9 at 4:30 a.m. until Monday, July 12 at 4 a.m. Metro Transit will provide alternative bus transportation for that portion of the route during designated times. Due to the work on the rail, there were be several road closures, including 12th Street from Cedar to Robert, Minnesota Street from 12th to 11th Streets, northbound lane of Cedar Avenue from 12th to 11th Streets, southbound lane of Cedar Avenue from 12th to 7th Streets, 4th Street from Cedar Avenue to Minnesota Street, and Minnesota Street from 4th Street to Kellogg Boulevard.

  • Governor Tim Walz announced that Minnesota reached the goal set by President Biden and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to vaccinate 70% of the state’s 18-and-older population by July 4.Minnesota is only the second state in the Midwest to meet President Biden’s goal, and it leads the Midwest in the percentage of the overall population fully vaccinated (52%). Walk in or make an appointment through the Vaccine Connector at one of the state’s COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program locations or find a vaccine location near you

  • Monthly payments for families with kids start on July 15, 2021. The federal American Rescue Plan increased the amount of the 2021 Child Tax Credit to support families with children. The full benefit of the Child Tax Credit is now $300 per month per child under age 6 and $250 for each child age 6 to 17. You can receive monthly payments for six months (July – December 2021) and you’ll receive the remaining tax credit when you file your taxes next year.   

    Did you file taxes in the last two years or sign up to get a stimulus check last year? Then you don’t have to do anything to get the money you’re already owed! The IRS will automatically send you a monthly payment by direct deposit or check starting on July 15, 2021 if you are eligible. 

    Didn’t file taxes in the last 2 years? There’s one easy step to start getting your Child Tax Credit payments. Just fill out a simple form to begin receiving your monthly payments. 

  • Saint Paul Parks and Recreation and Saint Paul Public Library have expanded hours at their facilities. No advance reservations are required to enter the buildings but some activities still require reservations to participate. These departments have been providing many critical programs and services throughout the last year, and are excited to mark the return of expanded business hours and additional programs and services.
  • Como Zoo has welcomed a female lesser kudu calf, born overnight on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The baby calf is currently off exhibit while she bonds with her mother, Fjorda, and is expected to make her public debut in the next few weeks. Naming rights to the calf will be incorporated into Como Friends’ July 15th Sunset Affair Gala.
  • Volunteer with Saint Paul Natural Resources to be a Tree Steward. The free annual Tree Stewards training is happening this weekend, July 9th and 10th, and will give you the knowledge and skills to help care for trees in your community. The course includes information on best planting practices, watering of young trees, pruning suckers and sprouts, and developmental pruning on young trees.
  • Additional swimming lessons sessions have been added at Highland Park Aquatic Center. The next sessions begin July 19 and August 2. Lessons are also available at Como Pool
  • #RecycleSmart and keep paper cups and plates out of your recycling cart. These paper products cannot be recycled because they are often lined with plastic or contaminated with food. Do your part and avoid using disposable paper plates and cups by choosing reusable or compostable optionsinstead. 


July 1, 2021

  • The Fourth of July is a popular time to gather with family and friends. As you celebrate, please remember that we all have a responsibility to ensure the safety of those around us. Visit Saint Paul has some ideas on where to celebrate and enjoy the holiday weekend festivities. As a reminder, City of Saint Paul offices will be closed, Monday, July 5. 
  • Temporary road closures on four City streets will reopen July 8. Four temporary road closures stood up this spring to support community members engaging in physically distant outdoor activities will reopen to vehicles next week. By the end of the day Thursday, July 8, the following Saint Paul streets will reopen to vehicle traffic:

    • Como Regional Park -- East Como Lake Drive from East Como Boulevard to Lexington Parkway   
    • Phalen Regional Park -- East Shore Drive from Johnson Parkway to Arlington Avenue   
    • Cherokee Regional Park -- Cherokee Heights Boulevard from Baker/Chippewa to Annapolis  
    • Mississippi River Boulevard – Mississippi River Boulevard from Ford Parkway to Pelham Boulevard 

    As the City of Saint Paul continues to learn from the pandemic and adapt and respond to the needs of our community, these closures will remain a part of the conversation. Residents interested in learning about current and future plans and projects, including pending master plan updates for Mississippi River Boulevard and East Como Boulevard, should visit the future park planning webpage and subscribe to updates.

  • This summer, the City of Saint Paul is partnering with local businesses and organizations to bring an exciting series of pop-up science and technology programs and activities for youth called Summer SwarmMayor Carter invites you, your family, friends and neighbors to join in the fun! Visit the Tech For All webpage to learn about these upcoming free technology activities like drone racing and robotics workshops this summer.
  • Como Park Zoo & Conservatory’s free concert series, “Groovin’ In The Garden”, returns featuring some of the Twin Cities’ finest musicians. Pack a picnic and dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join for these free outdoor concerts & activities in front of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory every Wednesday, July 7 – July 28 from 6 - 8 p.m. Food, ice cream treats, beer and wine will be available to purchase.

    • July 7 - Leslie Rich & The Rocket Soul Choir

    • July 14 - Innocent Regge Band

    • July 21 - The Flamin' Oh's
    • July 28 - Kiss The Tiger

The event will happen rain or shine! (If it rains, the event will move inside the Visitor Center Porch next to the Water Gardens.) Please note: The Zoo and Conservatory close at 6pm. These are outdoor concerts and reservations for the concerts are not required. 

  • Join Mayor Carter at a virtual City budget roundtables session. The roundtables will focus on identifying the values and priorities of our community as part of the 2022 city budget process. The roundtables are free, open to the public and will be centered around an informative budget game that reflects the types of decisions city leaders face each year in the development of the annual city budget. Register for the offered roundtable sessions by 8 a.m. the day before the session:

    • Tuesday, July 6 - 5:30 p.m. (Register by July 5 at 8 a.m.)
    • Thursday, July 8 - 6:30 p.m. (Register by July 7 at 8 a.m.)
  • Attend the final virtual information session for employers with the new Right Track Plus program on July 8. The City of Saint Paul and Ramsey County are excited to provide COVID-impacted young adults, ages 18-24, with internships and professional development opportunities. As an employer there are many ways for you to get involved, including hosting an intern with all wages and payroll covered by Ramsey County. Attend the final one-hour long information session on Tuesday, July 8 at 1 p.m.
  • Free meals are available for Saint Paul families in need over the summer. All families with one or more children under the age of 18 are eligible. Please note that due to the Fourth of July holiday, there will be no meal service on July 5.
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Last Edited: July 23, 2021