West St. Paul

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    Former GOP Supreme Court Candidate Sentenced to 30 Days House Arrest

    Yesterday former GOP-endorsed state Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald was sentenced to 30 days house arrest and two years probation after she was convicted of several charges stemming from an April 2013 traffic stop. The sentencing may finally put an end to the surreal saga that pitted Mac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Charges: Cop-killer Brian Fitch said, "I hate cops and I'm guilty"

    This afternoon, Brian Fitch was charged with first-degree murder (among many other charges) for allegedly killing Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick on Wednesday.The charging documents don't make clear why Fitch, who had a warrant out for his arrest, was pulled over in West St. Paul just a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    KS95 overnight host, Tim Dunbar, has died

    Tim Dunbar, overnight radio host at KS95, passed away at his West St. Paul home on Sunday night. Dunbar, 52, was on medical leave at the time of his death, and was undergoing radiation treatments after recently being diagnosed with throat cancer. According to medical examiners, he died of a pulmonar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Argument at Buffalo Wild Wings led to Reynold Pratt allegedly brandishing knife at bar

    One unfortunate patron got a whole lot more than wings, beer, and sports during a recent trip to Buffalo Wild Wings. SEE ALSO: Buffalo Wild Wings' profits are blazin' On Monday, Reynold Pratt's attempts to chat up the man sitting next to him at the bar in B-Dubs' West St. Paul location were rebuffed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Corey Thomas gets 34 years for strangling girlfriend, stuffing her in St. Paul crawl space

    When Corey Thomas left Minnesota for Miami in the fall of 2011, he told his brother he was "tired of Minnesota women." The truth is he was really trying to put distance between himself and the spot where he'd stashed his girlfriend's murdered body.SEE ALSO: Stillwater man, upset about Xbox ban, beat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    The Hood Internet on their studio album, playing Memory Lanes Block Party

    Chicago's the Hood Internet is coasting into the Memory Lanes Block Party on a wave of momentum. Having just issued Mixtape Volume 6 on their website (for free) and taking part in a national tour with Star Slinger and Chrissy Murderbot, they will interrupt their trip home with a stop in Minneapolis ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    April 25, 2012

    So You Want to Start a Food Truck

    Owners share tricks of the mobile-kitchen trade

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Corey Dean Thomas charged with strangling girlfriend, stuffing body in crawl space

    Corey Thomas was "tired of Minnesota women." That's what police investigators say Thomas told his brother six months ago. He was so sick of local women that he abruptly sold his car at a loss and hopped a bus to Miami. The local cops were there to greet him. They say Thomas resisted arrest and had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Patrick Costanzo may have stolen $25,000 in detergent from West St. Paul laundromat

    ​Patrick Paul Costanzo's kleptomania manifested itself in one of the most bizarre ways imaginable -- he stole loads and loads of Tide laundry detergent from the same West St. Paul laundromat. Police estimate that Costanzo, 53, may have stolen up to an astounding $25,000 in detergent over the past ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Gregory Scott Tyler and Orlando Ray Vasquez are TCF Bank robbers

    Minneapolis PDCops says this is Orlando Ray Vasquez robbing a TCF teller.​The Feds say Orlando Ray Vasquez, 40, and Gregory Scott Tyler robbed TCF bank on West Lake Street on Feb. 28. But they're not that bank robber. Vasquez and Tyler just bothered with one bank in St. Paul. The man who rob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Rocio Rodriguez Nava accused of whipping daughter over Facebook account

    Rocio Rodriguez Nava.​Facebook can feel like freedom to a young teenager curious about the world, but to some worried parents it's more like the Wild West. Maybe that's why, when Rocio Rodriguez Nava's 14-year-old daughter opened an account with the social network, she took the law into her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Michael John Husten is a TCF bank robber

    Michael John Husten robbed TCF​Minneapolis police say 60-year-old Michael John Husten is a TCF Bank robber. Unfortunately, Husten is not that TCF robber. Since January, TCF Bank has been hit with robberies four times--three within a single week. Husten was charged Friday with robbing a Minneapol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    TCF Bank robber strikes fourth time

    FBIA robber with a preference for TCF Bank.​There's a robber out there with a preference for TCF Bank. For the fourth time since January, and the third time in a week, the same lone gunman has walked into a metro area TCF Bank branch, brandished a gun and made off with a pile of cash. Each ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    TCF Bank robbery in St. Paul caught on camera

    FBISeen this guy? Give the FBI a call.​Another TCF Bank branch has been robbed, this time in St. Paul. Like the Uptown robbery we told you about yesterday, this heist was caught by security cameras. Unlike that robbery, however, no one was injured. The pictures have just been released by the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Boca Chica Taco House vs. El Burrito Mercado enchiladas: Street-food smackdown

    A.J. OlmscheidEnchilada from Boca Chica Taco House​Enchiladas may well be a street food in Mexico, but here in Minnesota, in January, we're glad they're served indoors. We tested the enchiladas at two of West St. Paul's long-established Mexican eateries, Boca Chica Taco House and El Burrito Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Michelle Gross called herself a nurse to view Jason Yang's body

    Michelle Gross​Michelle Gross swore in a Hennepin County Court affidavit that she saw a bullet wound in Jason Yang's body last week at the medical examiner's office. She also swore that she's a registered nurse. But she's not. And the ME says she's got her facts wrong.

  • News

    June 3, 2010

    Testing Minnesota's gun show loophole

    How easy is it to buy a firearm in the Twin Cities?

  • News

    February 18, 2009

    Meet the Vulcans: The Twin Cites' most controversial partiers

    Goggle-clad men in red strike up trouble around town

  • Feature

    March 5, 2008

    Jesus Weekend

    When teens encounter Christ, all hell breaks loose

  • Feature

    February 20, 2008

    Skinheads at Forty

    Twenty years after their heyday, the anti-racist Baldies recount the rise and fall of a notorious Twin Cities scene

  • Music

    August 29, 2007

    Mr. Blue Sky

    Local Musics Most Optimistic Fan Joins the Current

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2007
  • Blogs

    November 30, 2006
  • Columns

    February 1, 2006

    On the Corner

    Four questions for the freeway exit-ramp beggars

  • Restaurants

    May 18, 2005

    Don't Try This at Home

    The most extravagant cookies in the Twin Cities revealed, devoured

  • News

    March 17, 2004

    Wal-Mart Wants Your Job

    As the Retailing Behemoth Prepares to Open Its First Store in the Twin Cities Metro, Neighborhoods and Workers Brace Themselves for the Wal-Mart Treatment: Low Wages, Union Busting, and a Big, Friendly Smile

  • News

    February 18, 2004

    A Gunman Walks into a Bar...

    A rash of armed robberies afflicts Twin Cities taverns

  • News

    October 30, 2002

    But Not Forgotten

    City Pages writers say so long

  • Books

    July 17, 2002

    Little Houses, Big Boxes

    Wal-Mart politicizes Inver Grove Heights

  • Books

    August 16, 2000

    Unorthodox Behavior

    The City of St. Paul is forced to close a rabbinical boarding school

  • Restaurants

    April 12, 2000
  • Feature

    February 1, 1999

    When the Bough Breaks

    Why "building community" isn't as easy at it sounds if you're poor

  • Feature

    January 1, 1999

    Like a Prayer

    How the power of faith is fueling the revitalization of Catholic education

  • Feature

    December 1, 1998
  • News

    October 21, 1998

    Because They Can

    Six minor-party contenders for governor promise to bring back the primo dime-bag, turn the governor's mansion into a flophouse, tax water, get big brother out of your bedroom, ditch the nukes, and reveal the secrets of gravity-defying hair.

  • Books

    August 5, 1998

    Infield Fly Rule

    A scrappy little league pitches its last run

  • News

    August 5, 1998

    The Last Block Party

    Pig's Eye Parrant bootlegged here 150 years ago. Then came the robber barons, the great wars, the spaghetti junctions, and the exodus to the suburbs. Its glory days gone, St. Paul's Brewery District tries upscaling--and evicting renters who don't belong.

  • Music

    July 8, 1998

    Harmonic Convergence

    In Sliver's emotional pop, girls and boys are on the same team

  • News

    June 10, 1998

    The Last Picture Show

    Movie theaters used to have majestic screens, rocking chairs, and real butter. Some still do.