February 17, 2022

  • City of Saint Paul Executive Order updates.

    • The City of Saint Paul rescinded emergency regulations requiring people entering food and drink establishments to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test. The end of the requirement comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are trending downward. 
    • Masking requirements at City-controlled facilities, and in businesses licensed by the City of Saint Paul remain in place. 
    • Businesses who wish to continue with their own vaccine or testing requirements may continue to do so. 
  • Free COVID-19 testing is now available at Frogtown Community Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. through March 3. Appointments and walk-ins welcome. 
  • Order free, at home, COVID-19 tests from the federal government. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order up to four free at-home tests. All tests distributed as part of this program are FDA-authorized at-home rapid antigen tests, not PCR tests. These tests provide results within 30 minutes and no lab drop-off is required. Learn more about ordering a test from these frequently asked questions.
  • COVID-19 and public health updates from Ramsey County.

    • Virtual Community Conversations with Ramsey County on February 23 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Join Dr. Lynne Ogawa, Medical Director for Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health, for a virtual community conversation about COVID-19 child vaccines, travel requirements and N95/KN95 masks. Ask Dr. Ogawa your COVID-19 questions while learning how to protect yourself, your family and our community during the ongoing pandemic. View the event details and find the meeting link. 
    • Residents of Ramsey County can now get free N95 and KN95 masks through A Mask for Everyone. Wearing a high-quality mask helps limit the spread of COVID-19, including variants like Omicron. Masks for adults and children are available for Ramsey County residents only, or businesses and community groups serving residents. Request a mask while supplies last. 

  • Right Track, the City of Saint Paul's youth employment program, is recruiting youth and employers. Applications are due February 28.
    • For business leaders and employers: The workforce of the future will be made up of young, diverse talent, and Right Track can help connect you! Regardless of the industry or organizational structure, your company will truly benefit from mentoring Saint Paul youth. Apply today or reach out to Shaina Abraham at shaina.abraham@ci.stpaul.mn.us to get started.
    • For youth ages 14-21 seeking employment: There are many internship opportunities to choose from thanks to our amazing employer partners throughout the city. Learn more about opportunities by watching this video created by Right Track interns and find more information online. For application support and/or questions, please reach out to the Right Track team at righttrack@ci.stpaul.mn.us.
  • Share your thoughts on these upcoming projects.

    • Phase 2 of the City’s 1-4 Unit Housing Study. This study is focused on evaluating additional zoning flexibility to support greater housing diversity across the City of Saint Paul. Phase 2 is looking at the potential to allow duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes in more places as well as allowing more types of single-family homes, such as cluster developments, townhomes, and ADUs. There are two ways to participate:

      • Join City staff, District Council representatives, and fellow residents for the virtual community engagement session on March 2 at 6:30 p.m.

      • Take the online survey and provide your input on housing types, where they should be allowed, and possible policy changes to allow more housing.
    • Summit Avenue Master Plan. Meet virtually with project staff and community members to share your ideas and learn more about the Summit Avenue Regional Trail Master Plan project. The next public engagement meeting will take place on March 16 from 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. or you can share your thoughts and ideas online. 
    • Project ideas for this year's Capital Improvement Budget. We’re looking for creative ways to build Saint Paul for safety through our Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) initiative, and we need your help. Community members can submit their ideas for how to design our City for safety. Proposals will be accepted until March 25. 

  • Updates from Saint Paul Public Library. 
    • Saint Paul Public Library invites you to Read Brave this year. Happening through March 31, Read Brave is Saint Paul Public Library’s citywide, intergenerational reading initiative that centers the power of books to ignite empathy and help us think of big ideas to move Saint Paul forward. Read Brave connects readers of all ages to one another through one theme, five books and their authors, programs, and a call to action. This year's theme is community care—how we care for each other and our connected, collective well-being. 
    • Saint Paul Public Library kicks off its next round of community engagement to co-create a vision to transform library spaces with a virtual Community Open House Meeting on February 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Community members will meet the LSE Architects design and engagement team and learn about the full engagement and design process for Hamline Midway, Hayden Heights, and Riverview libraries. Attendees will hear about upcoming opportunities to share input and feedback to co-create libraries of the future in Saint Paul.  

  • Welcome Evie and the EV Spot Network. On February 2, the Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis launched the EV Spot Network, a system of 70 on-street EV Charging Spots that are powered 100% by renewable energy which can be used to charge both private electric vehicles, as well as the new Evie Carshare vehicles. Each EV Spot Charging location has two dedicated parking spaces for personal vehicles and two spaces for Evies. 

    By the time all 70 EV Spot Charging locations are installed and activated by fall 2022, it will increase the number of public charging ports in the Twin Cities by 50%. The EV Spot locations currently available for public use are: 

    • Sherburne & Dale Street (Saint Paul)
    • Margaret Street & E 7thStreet (Saint Paul) 
    • Colfax & Hennepin Avenue (Minneapolis)
    • Chicago & Franklin Avenue (Minneapolis)
    • 13thAvenue SE & 4th Street SE (Minneapolis) 
  • 2021 Saint Paul Business Award winners announced. Congratulations to the 5th annual Saint Paul Business Award winners Ginkgo CoffeehouseGolden Harvest FoodsHoa Mei Market & Deli, and Lip Esteem, LLC. Thank you for all you do for our community and a special thank you to all of those who supported Saint Paul businesses during this challenging time. Learn more about the awards and this year’s winners. 
  • Como Friends & Como Park Zoo and Conservatory hosts 'Bouquets', an intimate, after-hours benefit to keep all the plants and animals at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory growing and thriving throughout the year. This event, happening on February 24, offers in-person and virtual ticket options, including a silent auction, food and drink offerings, and add-on animal and plant experiences. 
  • Seasonal updates from Saint Paul Parks and Recreation.
  • Updates from Saint Paul Public Schools.
    • Apply to enroll in Saint Paul Public Schools. Applications are now open for the 2022-23 school year at Saint Paul Public Schools. Learn about the great community schools, language immersion programs and magnet school options including Montessori, STEM, art and music, International Baccalaureate and more. Find school tour videos and virtual open houses, and apply by the March 4 priority deadline.
    • Grant opportunity for community organizations. Saint Paul Public Schools is investing $7 million from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to partner with community organizations to serve Saint Paul students and families. A Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now through March 2. Prospective partners must submit proposals through the district's online RFP system and identify what services they can provide. 

  • Now hiring.
    • The City of Saint Paul is hiring for jobs across multiple departments. Don't miss out on a great opportunity to get your foot in the door working in government and helping us build a city for all.
    • Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is hiring for many positions within the school district. SPPS offers a diverse and supportive workplace, a predictable schedule and comprehensive benefits packages.

2022 Archive

2021 Archive

Last Edited: March 7, 2022