Barbara Claussen and her "Modern Monoliths" Photo by Lori Hamilton

Roadside attractions

Three area homeowners walk us through their interesting front yards. ... more
A new 10,500-square foot laboratory on Gorton Avenue will consolidate lab space, honey extraction,
observation hive space, offices and equipment space.

Bee Lab breaks ground at U

Thanks to a combination of state and private funding, a long-sought Bee and Pollinator Research Lab is taking shape on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. A second new facility at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska … more


Once in a blue moon the stars come out

An almost-full moon and a few stars were shining on Hampden Park Co-op July 30, as a film crew used the food co-op for a scene in the movie “Wilson.” Crews had been filming the movie, starring Woody Harrelson and … more

Jim and John Keenan Photo by Alex Lodner

Ye Old Mill marks 100 years at state fair

When Jim Keenan’s great grandfather built Ye Old Mill with the help of the Philadelphia Toboggan Co. 100 years ago, he probably didn’t know he was building a legacy. But five generations later, the ride is as popular with Minnesota … more

Alex Lodner’s daughter and husband, Millie and Tony Huth, drinking
a cherry float at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair. Photo by Alex Lodner

One man’s dream: his name on a state fair bench

My family and I are huge fans of the Minnesota State Fair, which runs Aug. 27–Sept. 7. You can blindfold me in any corner of the fairgrounds, spin me ’round and ’round, and I will still be able to tell … more

New fair foods range from sweet to sriracha

Every year, the Minnesota State Fair adds an exciting list of new foods to its already-enticing roster. New food items for the 2015 fair include items ranging from the exotic to the classic. Here are just a few examples:   … more

Student athletes in all of Como’s fall sports held voluntary workouts this summer. Cougar tennis captains Emma Hartmann, Mira Kammueller and Lizzy Larson frequently trained at Como and with St. Paul Urban Tennis. Photo by Mike Krivit,

Como Park Cougars sports preview

  Defining “fall” and using the term correctly within its calendar dates has always been tricky in Minnesota. Many student athletes in the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) spend significant parts of June and July preparing for their fall … more

Luther Seminary explores senior housing development

Luther Seminary is teaming up with nonprofit developer Ecumen to build a senior housing complex on the lower campus of the seminary’s 37-acre property. Ecumen and the seminary signed a nonbinding letter of intent on July 29 to start work … more

Nonprofit developer Aeon to purchase Como by the Lake

Residents at Como by the Lake, 901 E. Como Blvd., got some good news last week: The owners of the complex, which houses mostly elderly and disabled residents under a Section 8 contract, had accepted a bid from Aeon, a … more

Neighborhood cleanup is Sept. 26

The annual neighborhood cleanup will be held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. St. Paul residents can bring both reusable items and junk for disposal to the cleanup for a fee. Cars will be … more

Garden club invites you to attend monthly programs

The St. Anthony Park Garden Club thanks the community for contributing to the resounding success of the club’s June plant sale and the July garden tour. The public is welcome to attend club meetings, which will resume in September. No … more