In Minnesota, winter means an increase in auto theft. Because of the cold weather, some people choose to warm up their cars unattended, even though it’s against the law. This creates an opportunity for criminals, coveting easy access to a ride or financial gain, to hop into the vehicle and drive off.
Recently I hosted a lunchtime seminar for attorneys on jury selection. In preparing for it, I discovered that some of the seemingly-improper questions asked during voir dire were found by Minnesota appellate courts not to be improper. For example, in a homicide case it was not improper for an attorney to ask: “Have you ever asked someone if they would kill your mother and offer them money?.” The questioning of jurors is called “voir dire,” Latin for “to say what is true.” So why are the questions asked of jurors so personal?
It’s funny how the mind plays tricks on you this time of year.
You think you have plenty of time for decking the halls, shopping for seasonal foods, baking holiday treats, and suddenly you have the sinking realization there are only a couple days before the get-together you’re hosting and your to-do list is longer than Santa’s.
Refrigerated rinks at North Dale Recreation Center, Palace Recreation Center, Landmark Center and Phalen Recreation Center are open for the season with other outdoor rinks opening soon.
Thanks in part to the recent cold winter weather, Saint Paul’s four refrigerated outdoor skating rinks are now open for the season with the other outdoor skating rinks opening soon.
St. Paul’s request for proposals to sell off city-owned properties, launched in October, has yielded 41 proposals.
The city released the homes in hopes of shedding some its housing stock in one fell swoop, while boosting the housing market in cluster areas in the Dayton’s Bluff, Railroad Island and Payne-Phalen neighborhoods, among others.
State Sen. Fong Hawj, an East Side DFLer, signs a covenant in support of community engagement for transit planning. The Fostering East Side Transit Conversations group drafted the document as the result of numerous meetings, surveys and outreach to East Siders.
As part of an effort to get the East Side thinking about transit, Fostering East Side Transit Conversations (FESTC) has been reaching out to neighbors.
Over the course of six months, the group conducted surveys of East Side residents and businesses, held discussions and finished off with a summit on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Dayton’s Bluff Recreation Center where organizers presented a working pact to plan future transit projects around community needs.
Joe Neuberger, Senior Commander of the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District, talks to community members about a shooting that took place in the parking lot of the Hazel Park Congregational Church.
A 15-year-old girl was shot in the stomach near the 1800 block of Minnehaha Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, according to a criminal complaint from the Ramsey County attorney’s office.
Pierre Glass, 18, is charged with shooting the girl.
She had been at a party in a home near the Hazel Park Congregational Church, which is a block east of Minnehaha and White Bear avenues.
A Maplewood man who police say called himself a preacher was recently charged with sexually abusing two girls repeatedly over nearly a decade, starting when they were about 6 and 7.
Jacoby Kindred, 61, is charged in the rapes of the two girls, now 14 and 16, at homes where he lived in Maplewood and St. Paul during overnight stays and in a St. Paul store's parking lot, according to the complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court on Dec. 11. He is facing two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.