April 15, 2021

  • Yesterday, Mayor Carter announced closures of four city streets to vehicle traffic to support physically distant outdoor activities this spring and summer. The closures support walking and biking in and around three City of Saint Paul parks areas including Como Regional Park, Phalen Regional Park and Cherokee Regional Park, as well as the southbound vehicle lane along Mississippi River Boulevard. The following streets will be closed to vehicle traffic starting tomorrow, Friday, April 16, through mid-July.

    • 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 (southbound vehicle traffic lane will be closed to vehicles, northbound vehicle lane will remain open to vehicle traffic and driveway access)
  • DEADLINE TONIGHT! Share your feedback on the City of Saint Paul's Kellogg/3rd Street Bridge reconstruction project. View four short videos about the project and complete the feedback form by tonight, April 15.
     
  • DEADLINE TOMORROW! Help determine the future of the former Hillcrest golf course by adding your voice. Learn more about the final scenarios, watch a video, and add to the ideas board. Responses must be submitted by tomorrow, April 16.
  • Ramsey County will host a series of CARES funding and future priorities community conversations to discuss three areas of the county’s COVID-19 response. Staff will share how CARES Act funds were rapidly invested into the community and collect feedback on how additional relief funding should be invested in these areas:

    • April 19 - Food security and basic needs

    • April 20 - Employment support

    • April 27 - Racial Equity and Community Engagement Response Team

  • Upcoming and current volunteer opportunities in Saint Paul.
    • Volunteer to cleanup a neighborhood park or street with the 35th annual Citywide Spring Cleanup on April 24. Individuals and groups of all ages can register online to pick up litter that has recently become exposed due to the melting snow. Public health guidelines will be observed during this event, including limits on the number of participants per site and current guidelines for face coverings and social distancing. 
    • Support Saint Paul's community members who need a helping hand with Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Listening House. Flexible volunteer hours are available at two sites, Listening House and Freedom House, both located near downtown Saint Paul. Volunteers have the opportunity to help in the kitchen, assist with laundry, organize donations, offer support to guests, and more. Socially distanced options are available. Sign up for these volunteer spots or to be connected with other community volunteer organizations. 
  • #RecycleSmart by keeping shredded paper out of your City of Saint Paul recycling cart. Shredded paper can either be bagged and placed in your garbage cart or dropped off for recycling at one of many local shredding businesses.


April 13, 2021

 

  • Vaccinations are by appointment only so Saint Paul residents living in any of the zip codes listed above should sign up to be notified about vaccine appointments at the fairgrounds via the Vaccine Connector. Minnesotans can call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053 to schedule appointments over the phone. This line is available in multiple languages and can assist with ADA accommodations. All registrants will receive a free Metro Transit pass in their appointment confirmation. There will be no cost and Minnesotans will not need to provide an ID or medical insurance to be vaccinated. 
     
  • Help determine the future of the former Hillcrest golf course by adding your voice. Learn more about the final scenarios, watch a video, and add to the ideas board. Responses must be submitted by April 16.
  • Highland Bridge updates. 

    • Join Councilmember Tolbert and Saint Paul Parks and Recreation for a virtual open house on Tuesday, April 20 at 6 p.m. about the future city parks in the Highland Bridge development. (Please join early to download the WebEx app.)

    • Public Art St. Paul is currently seeking applicants for an artist selection committee who will choose the artists responsible for creating public art on the Highland Bridge site. Applications are due by Sunday, April 18. This opportunity is open to all Saint Paul residents.

  • The 2021 Saint Paul Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission (PCIARC) will host a Virtual Youth Townhall on April 22 at 4:30 p.m. The PCIARC makes disciplinary and policy recommendations to the Saint Paul Chief of Police on civilian initiated police conduct complaints. The Virtual Town Hall will focus on youth engagement and participation in the PCIARC process, allow for the youth to meet PCIARC Commissioners, and provide feedback on plans for the future. Register for the virtual event online or contact the PCIARC Coordinator, Julian Roby, at 651-266-8970 or civilianreview@ci.stpaul.mn.us
     
  • Saint Paul Parks and Recreation's summer camp registration is now open.  Offering 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! 

    Saint Paul Parks and Recreation summer camps will adhere to the CDC and MN Department of Health guidance on COVID-19. Programs offered may require modifications based on future public health recommendations. Register online or over the phone by contacting the recreation center directly.

    Summer activities for adults and seniors are also now open. 

  • It's time to update Saint Paul's minimum parking requirements. Learn more about the impacts of today's parking code, and how we can fix it by attending an upcoming webinar:
    • Thursday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. (RSVP)
    • Tuesday, April 20 at noon (RSVP)
    • Public comment is being accepted until May 2 at 5 p.m.
       
  • Cultural STAR applications are now open. Loans and grants are available for arts and cultural special projects, capital projects, and organizational development. Learn more at an upcoming online information session:
    • Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 14 at 11 a.m. 
    • Tuesday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, April 29 at 1 p.m.
    • Monday, May 3 at 4 p.m.
    • Applications are due May 14 at 4 p.m.

April 8, 2021

  • Minnesota will receive a federal Community Vaccination Clinic, located at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Vaccinations will begin at the Fairgrounds on April 14 (by appointment only) and serve Minnesotans living in the highest Social Vulnerability Index zip codes near the Fairgrounds, including:

    55101, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55106, 55107, 55109, 55111, 55112, 55113, 55114, 55117, 55118, 55119, 55130, 55344, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55405, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55415, 55420, 55421, 55423, 55425, 55428, 55429, 55430, 55432, 55435, 55454, 55458

    Saint Paul residents living in any of the zip codes listed above should sign up to be notified about vaccine appointments on the Vaccine Connector. Minnesotans can call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053 for language assistance and any questions about signing up for the Connector. There will be no cost and Minnesotans will not need to provide an ID or medical insurance to be vaccinated.

  • Tonight, April 8 at 6 p.m., the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority and Ramsey County will host "Mapping Prejudice – Ramsey County Mapping Project." The Mapping Prejudice project is mapping racial covenants in the Twin Cities and have recently finished researching the property records of Ramsey County. Representatives of Ramsey County Board of Commissioners, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, and the Saint Paul Housing Redevelopment Authority will join the presentation. Register online on Ramsey County’s website.
     
  • Share your feedback on the City of Saint Paul's Kellogg/3rd Street Bridge reconstruction project. View four short videos about the project and complete the feedback form by April 15.
     
  • Poems wanted! Saint Paul community members can submit short poems for the 2021 Sidewalk Poetry Contest, a collaboration between the City of Saint Paul, Public Art Saint Paul, and Saint Paul Almanac. Entries will be accepted until April 25. Selected poems will be stamped into new residential sidewalks by Saint Paul Public Works for all to enjoy. 
     
  • Spring amenities are opening around Saint Paul.
    • Golf at Highland National, Phalen, Como and the Highland driving range has resumed. Tee times can be made online. Public health guidelines are in place.
    • Como Zoo and Conservatory's Spring Flower Show is in full bloom through May 2 at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory Sunken Garden. Advanced reservations and face coverings are required for all visits to the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. 
    • Outdoor courts and skate parks have reopened for the season. Use Saint Paul Parks and Recreation's amenities map to find an outdoor court near you. 

April 5, 2021

  • Governor Tim Walz and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that Minnesota will receive a federal Community Vaccination Clinic, located at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The site will administer a combination of Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson doses, which will result in over 100,000 total people being vaccinated during the eight-week period. The doses administered at the Fairgrounds will be in addition to Minnesota’s regular statewide vaccine allocations. Minnesotans living in the zip codes near the Fairgrounds with the highest scores on the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index will be eligible for appointments at this site.

    Last week, Minnesota reached the milestone of 1 million Minnesotans who have completed the vaccination series. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.

  • Open Book Meetings for Ramsey County 2021 Property Valuations. Annual property valuation notices and tax statements for 2021 were mailed to Ramsey County property owners in mid-March. Property owners should review their value notice carefully and appeal the value now if there are questions or have a disagreement about the notice. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 open book meetings will be held via phone today, April 5 until 7 p.m. and tomorrow, April 6, from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please call Ramsey County at 651-266-2131 if you have any questions or wish to appeal. A video to learn more about how taxes are determined, how to read your statement and how to resolve questions is available in English, Hmoob, Karen, Soomali and Español

  • Community healing circles to support health and wellbeing begin today, April 5, and will run throughout the month. A series of virtual and in-person community healing circles are being held for residents, businesses, and community organizations to address the hurt and trauma caused by the killing of George Floyd last summer, the civil unrest that followed in our neighborhoods, and the ongoing trial. These healing circles, organized in partnership with Ramsey County, are one way we are supporting the health and wellbeing of our community during these difficult times. 
     
  • The Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority and Ramsey County will host "Mapping Prejudice – Ramsey County Mapping Project" at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 8. The Mapping Prejudice project is mapping racial covenants in the Twin Cities and have recently finished researching the property records of Ramsey County. Representatives of Ramsey County Board of Commissioners, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, and the Saint Paul Housing Redevelopment Authority will join the presentation. Register online on Ramsey County’s website.
     
  • Support Saint Paul restaurants with #DineSaintPaul. We love our Saint Paul restaurants, and they need our continued support to keep our city thriving. We have partnered with Visit Saint Paul to encourage the community to dine-in, dine-out, get takeout & delivery from your favorite restaurants. Download their free app to unlock deals around town at restaurants, shops, attractions & more! Follow Visit Saint Paul on Facebook or visit their website, to stay up to date on ways you can #DineSaintPaul and support our neighborhood restaurants. 

April 1, 2021

  • Volunteer to cleanup a neighborhood park or street with the 35th annual Citywide Spring Cleanup. Individuals and groups of all ages come together to pick up litter that has recently become exposed due to the melting snow. Register online, then drop by your selected cleanup site any time between 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. on April 24 to check in with your site hosts and pick-up bags and gloves. Public health guidelines will be observed during this event, including limits on the number of participants per site and current guidelines for face coverings and social distancing. 

  • Saint Paul Public Library is hosting a community self-care interactive workshop. On Saturday, April 3 at 10:30 a.m., join youth trained in mind-body wellness from one of this year’s Read Brave partners, the Irreducible Grace Foundation, for an interactive workshop. They will teach self-care tools using their own personal narratives. This workshop will equip participants with practices to calm their body and set them up with simple and effective tools to use at school and at home. Come dressed to move (with your camera on if possible)! This workshop is offered as part of Read Brave, Saint Paul Public Library’s citywide reading initiative. 

  • The Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority and Ramsey County will host "Mapping Prejudice – Ramsey County Mapping Project" at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 8. The Mapping Prejudice project is mapping racial covenants in the Twin Cities and have recently finished researching the property records of Ramsey County. Representatives of Ramsey County Board of Commissioners, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, and the Saint Paul Housing Redevelopment Authority will join the presentation. Register online on Ramsey County’s website.
     
  • Community healing circles to support health and wellbeing begin April 5. A series of virtual and in-person community healing circles are being held for residents, businesses, and community organizations to address the hurt and trauma caused by the killing of George Floyd last summer, the civil unrest that followed in our neighborhoods, and the ongoing trial. These healing circles, organized in partnership with Ramsey County, are at the center of the county's trial response plan and one of the ways we support the health and wellbeing of our community during these difficult times. 
     
  • Ramsey County is offering a virtual town hall on April 2 to learn about the different stages and procedures of criminal trials in MinnesotaParticipants can submit questions in advance by email or ask them during the event. This event is sponsored by the Ramsey County Black Excellence Employee Resource Group, and the Ramsey County Racial Equity and Community Engagement Response Team.
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Last Edited: April 15, 2021