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Nov 23, 2010

St. Paul nonprofit builds houses around country for those who can’t manage on their own

Paralyzed from the neck down after a dive into a northern Minnesota lake broke his neck in the 1970s, Mike "Hondo" Pesch went on to live a full life in a home across the street from the Courage Center until his death from pneumonia in 1992.

Nov 23, 2010

Do St. Paul residents love their city more than Minneapolis residents?

The Gallup polling organization this month released its three-year "Soul of the Community" survey of 26 U.S. cities, including St. Paul, and its findings are a little surprising.

Nov 17, 2010

Outgoing St. Paul NAACP head fought to clean up Summit-University

Nathaniel Khaliq was at work the night a firebomb landed on his Hague Avenue porch 21 years ago-but his wife and their three kids were inside, sleeping.

Nov 17, 2010

Boulder marks spot of recent cop killing

A 30-ton boulder dedicated to Maplewood Police Sgt. Joe Bergeron now stands near the place in St. Paul where the officer was gunned down on May 1.

Nov 10, 2010

Head of parks and rec for Ramsey County has overseen a lot of controversy and growth

For a guy whose job it is to make sure other people have places to play, Greg Mack sure gets into a lot of scraps.

Nov 10, 2010

Dakota County’s 2011 budget promises more cuts

On Nov. 2, Dakota County Administrator Brandt Richardson recommended to the county's board of commissioners a reduced 2011 budget that seeks to cut operating costs by 5 percent for the second straight year.

Nov 10, 2010

Vermillion River plan gets nod in Dakota County

The Dakota County Board of Commissioners on November 2 approved a plan that it hopes will guide future projects along the Vermillion River.

Nov 3, 2010

Anura Si-Asar works to deepen St. Paul’s African-American culture

Before he enters the Golden Thyme Coffee Café on Selby Avenue in St. Paul, Anura Si-Asar makes sure the coast is clear.

Nov 3, 2010

Green-space labor of love opens on East Side

The opening of the new East Side Heritage Park in St. Paul is a tribute to a community's foresight, commitment and cooperative spirit, according to folks close to the project.

Oct 27, 2010

Sending books to Africa, from St. Paul

As he turned 40, Patrick Plonski was hitting a crossroads in his life.

Oct 27, 2010

Snow plows to hit the skids

If you happen to see a Dakota County snow plow going into a skid, don't worry-the driver meant to do that.

Oct 20, 2010

David Rom’s personal approach at Platinum Bank

It was February 2007. In London, one of the world's largest banks, HSBC, was busy writing down its mortgage-backed securities by $10.5 billion as the world plunged into a subprime mortgage crisis during which more than 100 mortgage companies would fail, suspend operations or be sold.

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