December 2, 2021

  • Lost your COVID-19 vaccine card? You should get a card when you get your COVID-19 vaccination that includes the name of the vaccine product and the date you got it. Follow recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health on what to do if you've lost your vaccine card. 

    • If between doses, ask for a vaccine card when you get your second dose.
    • Look up your vaccine record on the Docket app. Easily and securely access your immunization record through the Docket app. The app connects to the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC), which combines all your vaccines into one record, regardless if they were given by different health care providers in Minnesota. Use this app to view you or your child's record, including COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more on how to use the Docket app. If you don't or can't use the app, you can still access your record from your health care provider or through the Minnesota Department of Health.
    • If fully vaccinated, contact the Minnesota Department of Health or call 651-201-3980.

    More information is available in multiple languages.

  • All fully-vaccinated Minnesota adults can get COVID-19 booster shots, following an expansion of eligibility by federal public health officials.

    • All Minnesotans ages 18 and older who finished their primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago are recommended and able to get their COVID-19 booster shot.

    • All Minnesotans 18 and older who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are recommended to get a booster shot at least 2 months after their initial vaccine.

Officials allow "mixing and matching" COVID-19 vaccine boosters, meaning anybody who is eligible to get a booster shot can get any of the three currently authorized or approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson), regardless of what vaccine they received for their primary series. Note that not all providers are offering all three boosters. Please check with your local clinic or provider for what booster shots they offer. Find a provider to get a booster shot near you

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for youth happening in Saint Paul. Remember, there is no cost for the vaccine. You do not need to provide a government-issued ID or medical insurance to be vaccinated, and no question on immigration status is ever asked. Parents and guardians can find more information about the vaccine for children and teens.

  • DEADLINE TOMORROW: Show your favorite Saint Paul business some love and nominate them for a 2021 Business Award. The Awards recognize local businesses that provide critical services, contribute to the City's community, invest in their employees and are committed to Saint Paul's values of equity and diversity. Winners are selected in 4 unique categories: Good Neighbor Award, Traditions Award, People’s Choice Award, and New Kid on the Block Award. All nominations must be submitted by tomorrow, Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Updates from Saint Paul Parks and Recreation.
    • Ski & Snowboard Lessons: Registration for downhill skiing, x-country skiing and snowboarding lessons and clinics is now open. The hill will open for early season hours on December 11, weather and snow conditions permitting. For ticket and rental rates, hours, and other details visit the Como Park Ski Center webpage. 
    • Winter holiday parties and events: Save the dates for holiday parties and events happening at multiple recreation centers. Events are free unless otherwise noted. Some events require advance registration. 

    • Winter/Spring Activity Registration: Activities will be viewable online starting Dec. 3 with registration opening on Dec. 6. Activities and events are available for all ages.
    • Winter Break Rec Check (Dec 20-23, 27-30): On days Saint Paul Public Schools are not in session, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation offers half-day, full-day, and drop-in programs. 

        • Rec Check Extended (grades 1-5) at Edgcumbe, Frogtown, or Hazel Park Recreation Centers from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cost: $10/day 
        • Rec Check (grades 1-5) at 22 locations from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: Free.
    • Como Zoo & Conservatory: The Holiday Flower Show will run from Dec. 4, 2021 - Jan. 9, 2022. This year features hundreds of poinsettias, including "Orange Glow", the first truly orange poinsettia. Reservations are required. The Reindeer Cam is back and now live! This live feed is a great alternative to the yule log.
  • Weekly Food Too Good To Waste virtual challenge. #FoodWasteFriday says farewell (for now)! Thanks for following the City of Saint Paul on Facebook and Twitter the past two months as part of our virtual Food: Too Good to Waste challenge. Looking for more or want to look back at previous food waste tips? Visit our website for resources on reducing food waste, results of this summer’s 6-week challenge and how to compost food scraps.
  • #RecycleSmartKeep “tanglers” like cords, hoses, and string lights out of your City of Saint Paul recycling cart. These items get wrapped around equipment at recycling facilities. Do your part by donating working holiday lights and cords or properly recycling them at a Ramsey County drop-off location.

  • FINAL WORKSHOP TONIGHT: Saint Paul Public Library is partnering with The Zen Bin to host a series of workshops intentionally created for community members to offer safe spaces, healing, and support. Residents ages 16 and up are invited to explore a different theme every other week at Rondo Library (461 Dale Street) from 6-7:30 p.m. Register for the final workshop happening tonight, Dec. 2.

  • Riverview Corridor station planning for St. Clair, Randolph and Otto areas. Station area planning is a collaborative process that identifies ways to promote safe and direct station access, as well as transit-oriented development within a walking distance of future transit stations. The current focus of station area planning work for the Riverview Corridor Modern Streetcar Project in the West 7th neighborhoods near St. Clair, Randolph and Otto avenues. Your responses will help the Station Area Planning Task Force as they develop plans to guide future growth and investment in these neighborhoods. In 2022, Ramsey County will be seeking feedback on other planned Riverview Corridor station areas. 

Rent and utility assistance programs

  • Families First Housing Pilot Program. The City of Saint Paul’s Families First Housing Pilot helps with more than just rent! Learn more at stpaul.gov/families-first.

    • Koj puas paub? Tej zaum Lub Nroog Saint Paul txoj hauj lwm Families First Housing Pilot yuav pab ntau yam ntxiv dua qhov pab them nqi xauj tsev nyob xwb! Kawm kom paub ntau ntxiv rau ntawm stpaul.gov/families-first.

    • Miyaad ogeyd? Families First Housing Pilot ee Magaalada Saint Paul inay ka caawiso wax ka badan kirada oo kaliya! Wax badan ka baro stpaul.gov/families-first.

    • ¿Sabía usted? El programa Piloto para la Vivienda Family First de la Municipalidad de Saint Paul ayuda con mucho más que el alquiler. Más información en stpaul.gov/families-first.

    • ကညီကျိ: နသ့ၣ်ညါဧါ. ဝ့ၢ် Saint Paul’s Families First ဟံၣ်ဃီတၢ်ရဲၣ်တၢ်ကျဲၤ မၤစၢၤတၢ်အါန့ၢ်ဒံးဟံၣ်ဒိးလဲန့ၣ်လီၤ. မၤလိအါထီၣ် ဖဲ stpaul.gov/families-first.

  • Do you need rent or utility help?  Assistance is available for Saint Paul and Ramsey County residents. Eligible renters can qualify for rent and utility assistance for up to 15 months (this includes assistance with a future month’s rent!). If you are in need of assistance, apply on our website or connect with a field navigator who can help you apply today.
  • The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP) will now pay up to $3,200 towards income-eligible households' current and past-due energy bills, including water and sewer. The increase is due to an additional $106 million in federal funding for the Minnesota program.

November 18, 2021

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for youth happening in Saint Paul. Remember, there is no cost for the vaccine. You do not need to provide a government-issued ID or medical insurance to be vaccinated, and no question on immigration status is ever asked. Parents and guardians can find more information about the vaccine for children and teens.

  • COVID-19 safety tips for Thanksgiving and other holidays. As you’re making your holiday plans, use these tips to stay safe and enjoy a healthy holiday.

    • Get vaccinated. Adults and children 5 and up should get a COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Lay low before you go. Minimize activities that present a high risk of exposure (attending crowded indoor public events, etc.) a couple of weeks before holiday gatherings or travel so you don't get COVID-19 and spread it at a holiday event.
    • Get tested. Take advantage of COVID-19 testing options so you can know before you go. You can go to a testing site or use the at-home testing program. It is especially important to get tested if you have symptoms or were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Some testing locations may be closed on or around holidays so check the hours before you go.
    • Wear a mask. Wear a cloth or surgical face mask over your mouth and nose when in public indoor settings, or when serving food.
    • Wash your hands. Do this regularly before and after visiting a public space, and before eating/serving food.
    • Gather outdoors. Have your meal outside if weather permits, or enjoy other outdoor activities.
    • Communicate. Talk with guests in advance about your COVID-19 ground rules and the precautions you're taking. Cancel plans if you're sick.
    • Stay home if you are sick. If you have symptoms or test positive, stay home and away from others. Do not attend or host a gathering.
    • Travel safely. If possible, delay travel if you're feeling sick or not vaccinated. If traveling with unvaccinated family members, avoid crowds, wear a mask, and get tested.
  • Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, if your regular recycling and garbage collection days are on Thursday or Friday, collection will be delayed one day.
    • Thursday collection day for Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25) will be on Friday, Nov. 26. 
    • Friday collection day (Nov. 26) will be on Saturday, Nov. 27.

If your collection day falls on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, there will be no change to your service next week. Please contact your hauler with any questions. 

  • Apply to serve on the Planning Commission by Nov. 24. The Planning Commission makes recommendations on city plans and decisions about zoning that impact how Saint Paul lives, works, and plays. The Planning Commission has one vacancy in Ward 2 (West Side, West 7th, Downtown or Summit Hill), Ward 5 (North End, Como, Payne Phalen), and Ward 6 (Payne Phalen, Greater East Side), and two vacancies in Ward 4 (Hamline Midway, Union Park, St. Anthony Park). Individuals who reflect Saint Paul's diversity are encouraged to apply. 
  • Show your favorite Saint Paul business some love and nominate them for a 2021 Business Award. The Awards recognize local businesses that provide critical services, contribute to the City's community, invest in their employees and are committed to Saint Paul's values of equity and diversity. Winners are selected in 4 unique categories: Good Neighbor Award, Traditions Award, People’s Choice Award, and New Kid on the Block Award. All nominations must be submitted by Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Join Saint Paul Public Works for a Street Services Worker Open House and learn more about working for the City and being part of the essential team helping to maintain our streets. The open house will take place on Nov. 30 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Garage (891 Dale Street).  Job applications accepted through Jan. 31, 2022.
  • Weekly Food Too Good To Waste virtual challenge. Don’t be a turkey--plan portions to reduce food waste! We love leftovers. However, eating the same food for a week after a dinner party can get boring. Save the Food created a Guestimator tool to plan how much food you need to keep your guests full and happy while reducing too many unwanted leftovers. Make leftovers a priority and learn more by following us each week on Facebook and Twitter as we share helpful tips for #FoodWasteFridays
  • #RecycleSmart: Keep toys and all batteries out of your City of Saint Paul recycling cart. Any items with batteries, including kids’ toys, are dangerous to place in the garbage or recycling because they can easily start fires. Even if they don’t have batteries, most toys cannot be recycled because they are made of many materials (plastic, metal, cloth). Do your part by recycling electronics and all batteries at a Ramsey County drop-off location.

  • Saint Paul Public Library is partnering with The Zen Bin to host a series of workshops intentionally created for community members to offer safe spaces, healing, and support. Residents ages 16 and up are invited to explore a different theme every other week at Rondo Library (461 Dale Street) from 6-7:30 p.m. Registration is required. Register and see the full list of upcoming sessions. 

  • Do you need rent or utility help?  Assistance is available for Saint Paul and Ramsey County residents. Eligible renters can qualify for rent and utility assistance for up to 15 months (this includes assistance with a future month’s rent!). If you are in need of assistance, apply on our website or connect with a field navigator who can help you apply today.
  • The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP) will now pay up to $3,200 towards income-eligible households' current and past-due energy bills, including water and sewer. The increase is due to an additional $106 million in federal funding for the Minnesota program.
  • The City of Saint Paul and our partners need your feedback to help shape these future projects. 

    • Saint Paul Public Schools Sustainability SurveyProtecting the environment and conserving resources requires collaborative, collective action, and your input is requested. Share your insights on what sustainability topics are important to you as a resident of Saint Paul or member of the Saint Paul Public Schools community. Please respond to the survey by Nov. 24. 

    • Riverview Corridor station planning for St. Clair, Randolph and Otto areas. Station area planning is a collaborative process that identifies ways to promote safe and direct station access, as well as transit-oriented development within a walking distance of future transit stations. The current focus of station area planning work for the Riverview Corridor Modern Streetcar Project in the West 7th neighborhoods near St. Clair, Randolph and Otto avenues. Your responses will help the Station Area Planning Task Force as they develop plans to guide future growth and investment in these neighborhoods. In 2022, Ramsey County will be seeking feedback on other planned Riverview Corridor station areas. 
    • Proposed art design concepts for the entrances to the Exchange Street Tunnel, which is part of the Eastbound Kellogg RiverCentre Bridge reconstruction project. These designs were based on the first community engagement survey in which a majority of respondents indicated a preference for a design that reflects the natural landscape in the area, including the Mississippi River and the bluffs. Share your thoughts by completing a short feedback form by Nov. 30. For more information about the Eastbound Kellogg RiverCentre Bridge, please visit the project webpage.


November 11, 2021

  • Sign up for Saint Paul’s Snow Emergency alerts. Our local weather is calling for our first snowfall! This is a good time for a refresher, or to learn more about the City of Saint Paul’s Snow Emergency rules and procedures.

    Typically, when Saint Paul gets snowfall accumulation of more than 3 inches, the City may declare a Snow Emergency, which requires all residents and visitors to move their cars off the streets to allow City crews to plow the entire City, more than 1,800 lane miles, in the first 24 hours. Saint Paul’s Snow Emergency lasts 96 hours and has three phases: Night Plow Routes, Day Plow Routes, and Clean up.

    Unlike many of our suburban neighbors, Saint Paul allows on-street parking during the winter months. Residential side streets only get plowed during a Snow Emergency, so it’s critical that people move their cars for plows to get to the curb. To avoid a ticket, or tow, please follow all Snow Emergency parking rules. 

  • Following an extensive clinical trial and final recommendations from the CDC for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for youth ages 5-11, Minnesota has begun vaccinating children in this age group. The state has mobilized a diverse network of more than 1,100 providers—including pharmacies, pediatricians, state-run community clinics, schools, local public health agencies, and tribal health agencies—to administer COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5-11 quickly and equitably. Parents and guardians can find more information about the vaccine for children and teens

    Child doses are now available at Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health-operated clinics. Kids in this age group can also get the vaccine at free clinics operated by the State of Minnesota, at health care clinics, and pharmacies

  • Governor Walz announced an initial lineup of Minnesota experiences that will be awarded to winners of the weekly drawings for the ‘Kids Deserve a Shot’ vaccine incentives campaign. Minnesota experiences were donated from some of the biggest names in the sports and entertainment industries to encourage Minnesotans ages 12-17 to roll up their sleeves and get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Learn more information on the prizes and how to enter.

  • Have you received your federal Child Tax Credit yet? You could be eligible for up to $3,600 per child with the Federal Child Tax Credit. If you aren’t getting the monthly payments already and didn’t file taxes this year, you can still sign up at GetCTC.org until Nov. 15.

    Need help signing up? Free help is available in Saint Paul. Prepare + Prosper can help you claim your credit now if you:

    • Aren’t required to file taxes (earn less than $12,400 if single or $24,800 if married filing jointly)
    • Haven’t filed taxes this year
    • Have a valid Social Security (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
    • Your child has a Social Security Number

Make an appointment to meet virtually or over the phone. 

  • Many library locations across Saint Paul will be open more hours on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays starting Nov. 13. Kick off the restoration of hours with us by stopping by your library Saturday morning for an “open library” celebration. Events include activities, donuts, and a special giveaway from The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library's new online shop (while supplies last). Meet library staff and discover your library with a scavenger hunt throughout the building. Masks are currently required for indoor spaces. Masks are currently required for indoor spaces at the library regardless of vaccine status. 
  • Registration for downhill skiing, x-country skiing and snowboarding lessons and clinics at Como Park Ski Center is now open. The annual ski swap will be held on Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Como Park Ski Center Chalet. The hill will open for early season hours on Dec. 11, weather and snow conditions permitting. 
  • The City of Saint Paul is partnering with MnDOT, Ramsey County, and several other agencies to offer free informational sessions for people interested in learning more about how to earn their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Attendees will also meet with potential employers, and get an overview of available job postings. The first session will take place on Nov. 17 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Neighborhood House (179 Robie Street, St. Paul). Other sessions will be held on Dec. 7, Dec. 15, and Jan. 11. For more information call Christine at 651-366-3410.

  • Weekly Food Too Good To Waste virtual challenge. There are many food waste champions in our community. Watch these videos when we visited a Saint Paul restaurant, church, and food distribution center to learn more about what they are doing to prevent food waste and recycle food scraps.

Follow us each week on Facebook and Twitter as we share helpful tips for #FoodWasteFridays

  • Saint Paul Public Library is partnering with The Zen Bin to host a series of workshops intentionally created for community members to offer safe spaces, healing, and support. Residents ages 16 and up are invited to explore a different theme every other week at Rondo Library (461 Dale Street) from 6-7:30 p.m. Registration is required. Register and see the full list of upcoming sessions. 


November 4, 2021

  • Have you received your federal Child Tax Credit yet? You could be eligible for up to $3,600 per child with the Federal Child Tax Credit. If you aren’t getting the monthly payments already and didn’t file taxes this year, you can still sign up at GetCTC.org until Nov. 15. 

    Need help signing up? Free help is available in Saint Paul. Prepare + Prospercan help you claim your credit now if you: 

    • Aren’t required to file taxes (earn less than $12,400 if single or $24,800 if married filing jointly)
    • Haven’t filed taxes this year
    • Have a valid Social Security (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
    • Your child has a Social Security Number

      Make an appointment to meet virtually or over the phone. 

  • Minnesota plans to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee voted to recommend the use of the Pfizer vaccine in children 5-11 years old. Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health will begin offering vaccinesfor children age 5 -11 starting Nov. 10. Minnesotans age 5 to 17 are eligible only for the Pfizer vaccine. Parent or guardian consent is required for COVID-19 vaccination for people younger than 18 years old. Stay up to date on who is getting vaccinated

  • Minnesota has launched ‘Kids Deserve a Shot,’ a vaccine incentives program rewarding Minnesotans 12-17 years old for completing their COVID-19 vaccine series. This program comes as the State continues to drive vaccination efforts and awareness across Minnesota, with a focus on boosting vaccination among this least-vaccinated age group. The program consists of two sets of rewards: a $200 Visa gift card, and five drawings of $100,000 Minnesota college scholarships for any Minnesotan 12-17 years old with a complete vaccine series in 2021. 
  • Apply to serve on the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission makes recommendations on city plans and decisions about zoning that impact how Saint Paul lives, works, and plays. The Planning Commission has one vacancy in Ward 2 (West Side, West 7th, Downtown or Summit Hill), Ward 5 (North End, Como, Payne Phalen), and Ward 6 (Payne Phalen, Greater East Side), and two vacancies in Ward 4 (Hamline Midway, Union Park, St. Anthony Park). Individuals who reflect Saint Paul's diversity are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is Nov. 24. 
  • Now that the trick-or-treaters have come and gone, Saint Paul residents can drop off their pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, and corn stalks for free at one of seven yard waste collection sites in Ramsey County. (Do not dispose of pumpkins at 24/7 Food Scraps drop off locations.) Remember to remove candles and any other non-compostable items before dropping them off.

  • Saint Paul Public Library is partnering with The Zen Bin to host a series of workshops intentionally created for community members to offer safe spaces, healing, and support. Residents ages 16 and up are invited to explore a different theme every other week at Rondo Library (461 Dale Street) from 6-7:30 p.m. Registration is required. Register and see the full list of upcoming sessions. 

  • Weekly Food Too Good To Waste virtual challenge. Leftovers don’t have to be scary! A great way to reduce food waste is to find creative ways to use your leftover food. We partnered with El Burrito Mercado to create a short cooking segment with some creative ideas for leftover Pico de Gallo. Watch in English or watch in Spanish. Follow us each week on Facebook and Twitter as we share helpful tips for #FoodWasteFridays
  • #RecycleSmart: Pledge to recycle right in the City of Saint Paul. When you need to get rid of something, ask yourself, “Can I recycle this?” Keeping recycling out of your garbage and garbage out of your recycling makes a greener Saint Paul for all. 
  • The City of Saint Paul has partnered with Move MN to gather information about how employees get to and from work in downtown Saint Paul. The gathered information will help the City develop policies and projects to support our evolving transportation needs. Take our Downtown Saint Paul Commuter Survey before Nov. 5.
  • Families First Housing Pilot Program. Giving kids a stable home to study and learn in is more essential than ever. If you need help with rent, check out the City of Saint Paul’s Families First Housing Pilot. Qualified Saint Paul families receive $300/month in rent assistance for three years. 
    • Hmong: Yuav kawm kom paub ntau ntxiv txog txoj hauj lwm Families First Housing Pilot, mus saib hauv stpaul.gov/families-first.
    • Somali: Si aad wax dheeraad ah uga ogaato Families First Housing Pilot, booqo stpaul.gov/families-first.
    • Spanish: Para obtener más información sobre el programa Piloto para la Vivienda Family First, visite stpaul.gov/families-first.
    • Karen: လၢ ကမၤလိအါထီၣ်ဘၣ်ဃးဒီး Families First ဟံၣ်ဃီတၢ်ရဲၣ်တၢ်ကျဲၤအဂီၢ်, လဲၤကွၢ်ဖဲ stpaul.gov/families-first.

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Last Edited: December 8, 2021