Frederick Melo / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- The Twin Cities are growing from the center. St. Paul and Minneapolis added 75,000 people between them from 2010 to 2018, leading the region’s population growth. And among the municipalities that added the most people, half of the top six are urban or established suburban areas in the east metro. Rural communities have shown more modest growth. That’s according to new preliminary estimates from the Metropolitan Council, the seven-county metro’s regional planning agency, which calculates growth somewhat differently than the U.S. Census Bureau.
By Frederick Melo / St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL -- Otto Bremer, a German immigrant, landed in Minnesota in 1886 knowing limited English but worked his way up the corporate ladder in St. Paul. The industrious Bremer became a bank bookkeeper and eventually a bank chairman, and ultimately he became the largest investor in bank stocks in the Midwest as well as an adviser to presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
ST. PAUL -- As Ryan Cos. build out 40 blocks of new housing, office, retail and civic space in St. Paul, 10 percent or more of its $1 billion redevelopment effort could conceivably be financed by taxpayers. On Friday, March 1, St. Paul’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority revealed that the master developer in charge of the vacant Ford Motor Co. site in Highland Park had asked for $107 million in public subsidy to build housing and commercial space.
ST. PAUL -- Construction on the professional soccer stadium in the heart of St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood is complete. Mortenson Construction announced it has finished work on Allianz Field, the $250 million facility at Snelling and University avenues. The stadium is believed to be the largest private building project in city history. It has 19,400 seats with room for expansion. The facility will be home to Minnesota United, a Major League Soccer team that will play its inaugural home opener on April 13 against New York City FC.
PAUL — Every two years, the Metropolitan Council distributes roughly $200 million in federal funding to municipalities and local authorities to support regional transportation needs. The “Regional Solicitation” can be a make-it or break-it process for road projects and transit initiatives, some of which depend on the regional planning agency for the majority of their funding.
ST. PAUL - In St. Paul’s City Council chambers they can’t be missed: four large wall panels, each roughly 4 feet wide by 35 feet tall. The images of early and 1930s St. Paul depict black porters hauling bags for a white couple, black servants loading a riverboat, Native Americans bowing their heads before a white minister with a cross, and other images of servitude, conversion and humility. The largest part of each panel depicts a white male — a worker, explorer or captain of industry staring down at visitors.
PAUL — With the goal of achieving a $15-per-hour minimum wage within the next few years, the city of St. Paul will soon mandate that all employers offer a higher base rate than what the state currently requires, followed by annual increases thereafter. The St. Paul City Council is scheduled to vote on a proposal from City Council member Chris Tolbert and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s office on Wednesday, Nov.
PAUL — Over the past 80 years, the Ryan Companies have designed and constructed some of the most recognizable structures in the Twin Cities, from CHS Field in downtown St. Paul to the Minneapolis Convention Center. Since 2013, they’ve developed or redeveloped $600 million worth of real estate in the Minneapolis Downtown East neighborhood near U.S. Bank Stadium, including eight buildings, an urban park, a parking ramp, roads and skyway bridges.
ST. PAUL — When his political opponent failed to show, a Republican candidate for a House seat on St. Paul’s East Side found himself in an 80-minute, one-on-one taped debate against a sitting state lawmaker from another House district — state Rep. Tim Mahoney, a DFLer running unopposed.
ST. PAUL — When St. Paul City Council Member Dai Thao entered a voting booth last fall to help an elderly Hmong woman vote for him, he may indeed have violated a state law. But not a federal one. Federal law makes clear that disabled or illiterate voters may pick almost any assistant of their choosing other than their union representative or employer.