St. Paul Police Shoot and Kill Armed Man in East Side Standoff

Categories: Police, St. Paul

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Screenshot of Star Tribune video
This was the St. Paul Police Department's second fatal shooting of the year

Yesterday afternoon St. Paul police responded to a call at 3:20 p.m. about a man who was waving a rifle around at 411 White Bear Ave.

"It could've been the yard, the porch, the doorway, but he was seen by residents [waving a rifle], which gave great concern to the neighborhood," St. Paul Sgt. Paul Paulos told reporters.

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Here's Why St. Paul Still Sucks at Recycling

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Screenshot of City of St. Paul Communications Services on YouTube
Somehow recycling rates in St. Paul actually dropped after switching to an easier single-sort system

Minneapolis saw a 25 percent increase in recycling when it finally made the switch to single-sort bins in 2013. Lazy people no longer had an excuse to just throw everything away. One bin for garbage, one for recycling. It's simple.

When St. Paul made the switch to single-sort, however, recycling rates plummeted. How in the world does that happen?

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St. Paul Reopening Parts of Lilydale Park After 2013 Landslide Killed Two Kids

Categories: Outdoors, St. Paul

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City of St. Paul
Three of the four fossil sites will remain closed

Two years ago a fossil-hunting field trip turned tragic when a landslide at Lilydale Regional Park in St. Paul killed two fourth-graders from St. Louis Park. Later a City Pages investigation found the city had known about safety issues at the park for years, but Mayor Chris Coleman never found the money to address them.

Yesterday the head of St. Paul Parks and Recreation presented a plan to the City Council that will finally address those safety concerns and reopen some sections of the park this summer that have been closed since the landslide.

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Keng Yang, Hapless Burglar, Gets Broken Leg and Felony Charges From Weed Heist

Categories: Crime, St. Paul

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Ramsey County
Instant karma

According to the Ramsey County attorney, last April 44-year-old Keng Yang broke into an apartment above the Home Video store at 1984 Stillwater Ave. E. in St. Paul by climbing up a ladder and ducking through an unlocked window.

Once inside, he found several garbage bags full of weed. As he lugged one of the heavy bags back out of the window someone yelled at him, causing him to lose his balance and tumble to the ground below.

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St. Paul Attempts to Straighten Out One Tiny Piece of Its Famously Confusing Street Grid

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Public domain via Pixabay
Times Square has nothing on St. Paul
Tomorrow the St. Paul City Council will consider renaming a few streets around Como Lake to iron out a couple of the city's numerous street grid inconsistencies.

Remember, this is a system of roads so baffling Jesse "The Mind" Ventura once infamously told David Letterman it must've been designed by a bunch of drunken Irishmen.

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Lonnie Johnson, Teen in McDonald's Meltdown Video, Alleges Manager Misconduct

Categories: St. Paul, Workers

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Screenshot of Abelaj50's video on YouTube
Lonnie Johnson, left, and Brandon Robertson, right, attempt to navigate the fallout from the viral video
Lonnie Johnson, the 17-year-old at the center of the infamous McDonald's meltdown video, says he "snapped" on fired manager Brandon Robertson because Robertson didn't pay him money he was owed for working off the clock to avoid overtime.

Robertson vehemently denies the charge, but Johnson can be heard yelling about clocking out and money owed in the video, and franchise owner Courtney Henry alluded to off-camera impropriety in his latest statement.

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St. Paul Outlaws Backyard Bow and Arrow Practice

Categories: St. Paul

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Daniel Wetzel via Flickr
You're going to have to take your bow up to the range now
After more than a year of debate and postponement, St. Paul finally banned backyard archery yesterday.

The movement was started when Council Member Russ Stark got a complaint from one of his constituents about a neighbor who lets his kids practice archery in the backyard.

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Watch Live: #ReclaimMLK March Through Streets of St. Paul

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Jessie Johnson
Watch the #ReclaimMLK march live
Today thousands gathered at the intersection of Snelling and University Avenue in St. Paul for another march organized by Black Lives Matter.

The four-mile march will begin shortly after 1 p.m., winding on an unreleased route throughout St. Paul. Watch live here and follow on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #ReclaimMLKMN.

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Black Lives Matter Planning MLK Day March in St. Paul Monday

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Katie G. Nelson
The route for the four-mile march is not being released
On Monday, nearly 2,000 people are expected to march through the streets of St. Paul for four miles in a demonstration honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Organizers are not releasing the route, so nobody really knows what roads will get shut down, but they did say they are working with the St. Paul police department to ensure everyone's safety.

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Minneapolis Ranks No. 6 for Peter Pan Syndrome, St. Paul No. 8

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Photo by Ian Sane
Prioritizing quality of life.

Everyone knows the Twin Cities is the best place in the country for young folks these days, with our lean unemployment rates and educated peers and yada yada. But what about the honest-to-goodness cost of keeping our hard-earned condos properly stocked with weed?

The price of a harmless vice is one standard of measurement that the Lost Boys behind data-junkie news site Vocativ's Livability Index crunched to see how savvy Twin Citians are about dodging adulthood and just living life.

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