Frederick Melo / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—Not all municipal park systems achieve the same flow. When nature calls, there's one city that ranks first in park restrooms, and it's not San Francisco, New York, Portland or even Minneapolis. It's St. Paul, by a lot more than a nose.
ST. PAUL—When he's not selling shovels, snow salt and snowblowers, hardware store owner Kendall Crosby has fought quiet battles in his own home against ice dams and basement flooding. "My first house flooded every time it rained," said Crosby, proprietor of Kendall's Ace Hardware in St. Paul. "Our current residence had a water dam up on the roof that leaked water into my plaster ceilings."
ST. PAUL—His words slurred but resolute, David Birkholz calls medical assistant Sevelle Kamara his "Liberian princess," and with good reason. "You're always positive," said Birkholz, who uses a wheelchair as a result of an assault that left him severely disabled more than 20 years ago. "She's super cool to me." When Kamara, 46, explains that thousands of Liberian immigrants may soon be forced to return to their home country as a result of expiring immigration status, Birkholz asks, "Did that happen to you?"
MINNEAPOLIS—Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's office in Minneapolis say there's a good reason they can't immediately restore $1.2 million to hundreds of victims of a convicted fraudster who promised Hmong elders a new homeland in Southeast Asia.
ST. PAUL—When Seng Xiong asked Plia Yang for a donation two years ago toward a new Hmong homeland, Yang, a Milwaukee office assistant, handed the Maplewood man $5,000 and her loyalty. On Monday, Yang stood outside the federal courthouse in St. Paul to demand her money back from the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal authorities impounded more than $1.2 million from Xiong as part of his federal conviction last year on fraud charges. Yang, however, said she has no desire to put the $5,000 into her own bank account.
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.