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  • With no warning, low-flying copters buzz St. Paul, Minneapolis

    08/19/2014 1:07:46 PM PDT · by DManA · 75 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8/19/14 | Tad Vezner
    With no warning for residents, military helicopters flew low Monday evening over St. Paul and Minneapolis in a federal training exercise, about which officials released almost no information. The exercise -- reportedly involving U.S. Navy Seals with Army pilots, engaging in rappelling exercises in an urban setting -- began just before 8 p.m. and was scheduled to last until midnight. The St. Paul police watch commander initially had no information on the exercise. He was later informed that it was a training exercise involving Homeland Security and local law enforcement. . . . Many downtown residents said they were shocked...
  • Home values rising on St. Paul's East Side. So will taxes.

    08/17/2014 11:31:03 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-17-14 | Freddy Milo
    On St. Paul's East Side, homeowners in the 1900 block of Hawthorne Avenue are in line for property tax increases of 40 percent or more -- an additional $430 on their tax bills. Property owners along the 700 block of Summit Avenue will see just as much in savings. The city's middle-class property owners will feel the biggest bite in their wallet come tax time, and nowhere more so than on the city's East Side. After years of mild tax breaks, the owners of median-value homes in St. Paul likely will do a double-take when "Truth in Taxation" statements arrive...
  • Five Facts of Faith from the Life of St. Peter – A Homily for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

    06/29/2014 1:58:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/28/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Today’s Feast of Saints Peter and Paul honors two fundamental pillars of the early Church. While all the Apostles form the foundation, Peter and Paul stand out very profoundly in terms of influence and work. And while some have wished to suggest division between them, the Church insists that they must been seen together; hence their feast is set forth in this way.Indeed, those who see division between them base it on only one text from Galatians (2:11) wherein St. Paul withstood Peter so as to correct him. Peter had taught rightly concerning the inclusion of the Gentiles but, at...
  • Closed Church gets New Life as Islamic Center (Yes, that's the headline)

    06/29/2014 6:36:59 PM PDT · by rabidralph · 37 replies
    Winona Daily News (Minnesota) ^ | June 29, 2014 | AP Staffer
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One of the oldest Catholic churches in St. Paul had to close down because of a dwindling congregation, but it's been given new life as an Islamic community center. The Church of St. John parish, built in 1886, closed in 2013. It reopened Friday as the Darul-Uloom Islamic Center, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported ( ). "There are a lot of East Africans in the area, and we want to give them a place to worship, a place to be educated, a community space," center spokesman Feisal M. Elmi said. The former church held...
  • "St. Peter and St. Paul: Losing Their Lives for Jesus' Sake" (Sermon on Matthew 10:38-39)

    06/28/2014 10:44:12 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies ^ | June 29, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “St. Peter and St. Paul: Losing Their Lives for Jesus’ Sake” (Matthew 10:38-39)Today is the Third Sunday after Pentecost, but it is also June 29. And June 29 is the day in the church year for observing the Festival of St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles. So that is what we are doing today. We just sang the hymn “By All Your Saints in Warfare” with the stanza for St. Peter and St. Paul. We heard lessons from Acts, 2 Timothy, and the Gospel of John that prominently feature Peter and Paul. We used those readings in place of the...
  • Did Paul invent or hijack Christianity?

    06/24/2014 2:13:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1,306 replies
    Madison Ruppert ^ | 06/24/2014
    Recently, a friend emailed me with a very common claim, namely, that, “Paul hijacked Christianity with no personal connection with Jesus and filled his letters with personal opinions.” This could be rephrased in the more common claim: Paul invented Christianity.This claim is especially common among Muslim apologists who use it in an attempt to explain why the Qur’an simultaneously affirms Jesus as a true prophet while also contradicting the Bible at every major point. However, since my friend is not a Muslim and is not coming at the issue from that angle, I will just deal with the question more...
  • Report:Mexican Drug Cartel Hired MS-13 to Kidnap & Torture 2 Minnesota Teens

    05/08/2014 4:47:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 6 replies
    Fox Insider ^ | May 8, 2014 | Staff
    One of the roughest Mexican drug cartels has allegedly been hiring a ruthless American gang to kidnap and torture those who cross the cartel inside the United States. The Sinaloa cartel reportedly hired MS-13 gang members to fly from Los Angeles, Calif., to St. Paul, Minn., to find the people who stole 30 pounds of meth and $200,000 from a stash house. Police say three MS-13 gang members kidnapped two teens who they believed stole the meth and cash. Then they tied them up and tortured them, even cutting one victim’s pinky with a scissor. The teens were eventually let...
  • School forces half-naked, sopping wet student to stand outside, frostbite results

    03/04/2014 7:21:17 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 77 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/03/2014 | Robby Soave
    <p>A Minnesota public high school was so committed to obeying its fire drill policy to the exact letter of the law that it forced a female student–dressed only in a swimsuit, and sopping wet–to stand outside in the freezing cold for ten minutes. As a result, she suffered frostbite.</p>
  • Is the Founder of the Christian Religion Paul of Tarsus or Jesus of Nazareth?

    02/24/2014 2:10:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 111 replies
    Evidence for God ^ | 02/24/2014 | Rich Deem
    Many skeptics assert that Paul of Tarsus (the apostle Paul) hijacked the early Christian religion, changing the theology from what Jesus originally taught. Usually offered as proof for this claim are the doctrines found in Paul's great theological work, his letter to the Romans. Without a doubt, the book of Romans contains the most complete exposition of orthodox Christian doctrines. Are these doctrines contrary to what Jesus taught? Do they conflict with the teachings of the Old Testament from which they were purportedly derived? If Paul really "invented" Christianity, then one would expect that his teachings would be different from...

    01/17/2014 2:40:17 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 17, 2014 | Tom Hoopes
    This year, Benedictine College will be leading the March for Life in Washington, D.C., thanks to a mother who refused to abort a bishop.My favorite argument against abortion is the George Bailey argument. Bailey is the character in It’s a Wonderful Life who gets a glimpse of what the world would be like if he never existed.What George Baileys are we missing because of abortion? What kind of world would we have if they had lived?One near miss: The Ravens Respect Life group leading the March for Life this year would have gotten aborted away, if one doctor had his...
  • Five Steps to Better Mental Health – According to St. Paul

    07/06/2012 1:17:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 5, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We tend in modern times to link our notions of happiness and inner well-being to circumstances and happenstance. And thus happiness will be found when the things of this world are arranged in the way and quantity we like. If we just get enough money and creature comforts, we will be happy and have a better sense of mental well being.And yet, it remains true that many can endure difficult external circumstances and yet remain inwardly content, happy and optimistic. Further, many who have much are still not content and are beset with great mental anguish, anxiety and unhappiness. Ultimately...
  • Your life is not about you

    06/22/2012 3:25:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | June 21, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I was meditating on John 11, for personal Bible Study earlier today. It is the story of the raising of Lazarus. And I was struck by the following lines:[Martha and Mary] sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Therefore, when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days…..[Later. Jesus] told [his disciples] plainly, “Lazarus...
  • What St. Paul’s example as both believer and Bishop can teach us about authority

    10/11/2012 1:41:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 10, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the readings for daily Mass the past few days we have been reviewing the faith journey of St. Paul who describes his personal history and also his authority in the second chapter of the Letter to the Galatians. The story is interesting for three reasons. It can help correct notions that some have of PaulÂ’s rapid assent to the office of apostle (Bishop) and affirm that he was not a lone-ranger apostle. He was a man who was formed in the community of the Church for some length of time, and did not go on Mission until he was...
  • Why Did Paul Get Arrested at Philippi and What Should We Learn From It? [Ecumenical]

    11/03/2011 3:15:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 2, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is a story of St. Paul’s arrest, beating and imprisonment at Philippi that serves as a kind of paradigm for the radicality of true Christianity and why it so perturbs many in this world. For, of itself the Christian faith, its message and the transformation it can effect, is very unsettling for a world that quite literally and figuratively banks on sin. Lets consider this lesser known story of Paul and see what it ought to mean for us, if we take the Christian faith seriously and do not try to “tame” it.Philippi was the first “European” city that...
  • Love is as Loves Does: A Meditation on the Litany of Love In St. Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians

    02/05/2013 2:38:22 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 4, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In his great treatise on the Theological Virtue of Love, St. Paul sets forth a kind of symphony in three movements. In yesterday’s post we saw the first movement, wherein he teaches on the primacy and prerequisite of love to inform other virtues, lest they lack either a proper balance or proper object. Indeed, without love many of our excellencies, good though they are can become detached, disordered, and even dangerous.Today is set forth the second movement wherein St. Paul and the Holy Spirit describe love in a litany-like manner. The litany is both memorable and vivid.MOVEMENT II. The PORTRAIT...
  • Love Perfects and Completes All: The Conclusion of St. Paul’s Great Treatise on Love

    02/06/2013 2:03:49 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 5, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the great treatise on Love of 1 Corinthians 13, St. Paul sets forth a symphony of sorts in three movements, wherein he describes the Theological Virtue of Love. Over the past two days we looked at the first two movements:Movement I – The PRIMACY and PREREQUISITE of LoveMovement II – The PORTRAIT and POWER of Love today we conclude withMovement III – The PERFECTION and PERMANENCE of LoveThe text says,Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially...
  • Terror Group That Claimed Kenya Attack Has Recruited Americans Before

    09/23/2013 7:19:28 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 23, 2013 | Brian Ross
    Terror Group That Claimed Kenya Attack Has Recruited Americans Before Sept. 22, 2013 By BRIAN ROSS, JAMES GORDON MEEK and MEGAN CHUCHMACH Brian Ross More from Brian » ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Home> Investigative Unit Terror Group That Claimed Kenya Attack Has Recruited Americans Before Sept. 22, 2013 By BRIAN ROSS, JAMES GORDON MEEK and MEGAN CHUCHMACH Brian Ross More from Brian » ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent The same group that claimed responsibility for an attack on a Kenyan mall this weekend that has claimed at least 62 lives has previously recruited dozens of Americans to join their...
  • Under siege, a St. Paul neighborhood needs answers

    08/15/2013 5:27:43 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-15-13 | Ruben Rosario
    Fearing one day an errant bullet might strike her home, Constance's kids no longer watch the TV or play video games in the main-level living room. They are upstairs, hopefully away from the line of fire. Roving bands of youths congregate near the home her grandparents have owned for more than 80 years, brazenly blocking traffic or daring motorists to hit them. Constance, who lives near the site where a 26-year-old man was brutally beaten by a gang of thugs Aug. 4 in St. Paul's Payne-Phalen neighborhood, feels as if she's living in Baghdad or Damascus, not in the Saintly...
  • Man in coma after black mob of 50 pummel him

    08/11/2013 3:48:15 PM PDT · by Signalman · 184 replies
    WND ^ | 8/11/2013 | Colin Flaherty
    A St. Paul, Minn., man is in a coma today, fighting for his life after a black mob beat him, stripped his clothes off and left him for dead. Even if he recovers, he will have permanent brain damage. Ads by Google Ray Widstrand thought he had nothing to fear from moving into a black neighborhood on the East Side of St. Paul. This young white guy and aspiring filmmaker thought he had nothing to fear when decided to take a Sunday night stroll through his adopted part of town. Nothing to fear from a crowd of 50 black people...
  • St. Paul: Bystander brutally beaten after wandering into apparent gang fight

    08/12/2013 5:32:05 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 18 replies
    Twin ^ | August 10, 2013 | Andy Greder and Tad Vezner
    Four young males have been arrested after the senseless, brutal beating of a man on a late-night walk Sunday on St. Paul's East Side, police said Friday. The victim, Ray Widstrand, 26, of St. Paul, reportedly was in critical condition at Regions Hospital with potentially fatal brain swelling.... "He's in the most difficult time right now, as far as swelling and cranial pressure. We're in that critical time," his father, Peter Widstrand, said. According to the complaint, Widstrand was attacked when he tried to walk through a group of 30 to 50 juveniles and young adults fighting near Payne and...
  • Justice attorneys wary of Perez’s nomination for Labor, cite ‘most devastating indictment’

    03/25/2013 9:32:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2013 | Jerry Seper
    Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez's nomination by President Obama as labor secretary has been met with criticism from Republicans and widespread concern among current and former Justice Department attorneys who question whether the Civil Rights Division chief is qualified for the post. "People should be raising serious questions about this nomination," said Hans von Spakovsky, a veteran Justice Department lawyer who formerly served as counsel to the division. "This is a man who misled both Congress and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. "He was the focus last week of the most devastating indictment of a federal government agency...
  • Homosexual activists in Minnesota move to ban unsupportive speech in schools

    03/11/2013 7:26:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    LSN ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    ST.PAUL, MN, March 11, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – Homosexual activists in Minnesota are pushing for a broad “Safe and Supportive Schools Act” that would outlaw speech that could interfere with a student's ability "to participate in a safe and supportive learning environment." The bill is being promoted as the strongest "anti-bullying" law in the nation, but critics say it could have a chilling effect on free speech, especially in religious schools that teach Christian beliefs on sexuality. “We agree … that school bullying is a serious issue that needs to be ameliorated,” said Pete Noll, education director of the Minnesota Catholic...
  • St. Paul to pay record-tying $400K in police violence case

    11/15/2012 8:35:33 PM PST · by Altariel · 6 replies
    Twin ^ | November 7, 2012 | Mara H. Gottfried
    St. Paul police kicked a man in the face as he lay on the ground and tried to explain that his mother couldn't quickly get to the ground because she'd recently had surgery, a lawsuit says. Police then shot a "flash-bang" grenade directly at the woman, setting her afire and seriously burning her legs, according to the lawsuit. The St. Paul City Council is slated to approve a $400,000 settlement in the lawsuit Wednesday, Nov. 7, equaling the largest payout in a St. Paul police lawsuit, according to the city attorney's office. Six other police misconduct cases have led to...
  • Schools won't stop asking for more until we say 'enough.'

    11/02/2012 5:28:49 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-2-12 | joe soucheray
    Voting "yes" for the children is an agreeable sentiment. The "yes" yard signs are cheerful and evocative of wishing only the best for our children. Not to mention that voting yes, or advising others to vote yes, is an example of virtue that speaks to what is presumed to be the wisdom of an engaged citizenry and a cheerleading business sector. Voters are being asked to approve an $821.55-per-pupil levy, which folds a new $175-per-pupil increase into the existing $647-per-pupil levy. If the levy passes, local property taxes will bring in $133.5 million toward the district's budget of $652 million...
  • St. Paul, MN says cut military, spend more locally

    10/10/2012 6:02:00 PM PDT · by From The Deer Stand · 25 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | October 10 , 2010
    St. Paul became the first city in Minnesota Wednesday, Oct. 10, to formally resolve that federal military spending needs to be trimmed. A resolution sponsored by St. Paul City Council Member Amy Brendmoen unanimously passed the seven-member board. It asks the state's congressional delegation to support shifting funding priorities from military operations to the needs of local communities."The bottom line for me is that federal spending impacts the money that goes to local initiatives," Brendmoen said.Wednesday's council meeting was attended by members of various anti-war and social justice groups, as well as state Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, and anti-war...
  • Historic weld links Central Corridor, Hiawatha LRT line

    09/06/2012 3:15:48 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    KARE 11 ^ | 9-3-12 | KARE11
    "This weld is our own version of the golden spike for the transcontinental railroad as it connects the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis," Fuhrmann said. "By connecting Central Corridor Green Line with the Hiawatha Blue Line, we will expand environmentally friendly, affordable transit options for residents of St. Paul, Minneapolis and the region."
  • Man who attacked girlfriend for serving dinner guest first gets 2 years of prison meals

    08/24/2012 6:34:22 AM PDT · by kevcol · 32 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | Aug 23, 2012 | Richard Chin
    A man who hit his girlfriend in the face with a metal rod because she didn't serve him first when preparing a meal was sentenced Thursday, Aug. 23, to two years and two months in prison. . . Leavell had eight prior felony convictions and three prior domestic violence offenses in the last 10 years, according to the complaint.
  • Teen killed after illegal immigrant loses control of SUV

    07/13/2012 1:58:46 PM PDT · by Doogle · 27 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | Megyn Kelly
    Prior convictions, deported once already, illegal bails SUV after crash....
  • On Prayer in St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians

    07/02/2012 9:32:34 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 27, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Prayer in St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians "To learn the mind of Christ is the way of Christian life" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 27, 2012 ( Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in the Paul VI Audience Hall. Pope Benedict today continued his catecheses on prayer by reflecting on the Christological hymn contained in St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Our prayer is made up, as we have seen over the past Wednesdays, of silences and words, of song and gesture...
  • On St. Paul the Apostles Experience of Contemplative Prayer

    06/15/2012 12:19:57 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 13, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Paul the Apostles Experience of Contemplative Prayer "As our union with the Lord grows and our prayer intensifies, we too come to focus on the essential" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 13, 2012 ( Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square [From the photos, it looks like Paul VI Hall.-ELS]. The Pope today continued his reflection on the lessons taught by the prayer life of St. Paul. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Daily encounter with the Lord and frequenting the sacraments allow our minds...
  • Pro-Homosexual Reverend Loses Congregation

    06/01/2012 5:00:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 40 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | 6/1/2012 | Moonbattery
    There is a price to be paid by reverends who turn their backs on both scripture and their own congregations: The reverend of a St. Paul church says he needs to raise $200,000 to pay off a church loan after most of his followers left because of his support for gay marriage. The Rev. Oliver White runs Grace Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul. The 69-year-old said he needs to raise the money by June 30. “We lost our income when we lost a number of people from our congregation.” White said. White said two-thirds of his followers...
  • On Prayer in St. Paul's 2nd Letter to the Corinthians

    05/31/2012 1:55:44 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 30, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Prayer in St. Pauls Second Letter to the Corinthians "In our prayer we are called to say yes to God and to respond with the amen of adherence" VATICAN CITY, MAY 30, 2012 ( Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. Today the Holy Father continued his series of catecheses on prayer in the Letters of St. Paul. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In these catecheses we are pondering prayer in the letters of St. Paul, and we are seeking to see Christian prayer...
  • On Prayer in the Spirit

    05/17/2012 1:51:25 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 16, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Prayer in the Spirit "The Holy Spirit is, as it were, the interpreter who makes us, and God, understand what it is we wish to say" VATICAN CITY, MAY 16, 2012 ( Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. The Pope continued his reflection on prayer. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the last catecheses we reflected on prayer in the Acts of the Apostles. Today I would like to begin to speak about prayer in the Letters of St. Paul, the Apostle...
  • Crashed Ice: Fast and furious

    01/10/2012 9:50:19 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    star tribune ^ | 1-10-12 | JEFF STRICKLER
    The generic name for this mayhem is ice cross downhill, a label that reflects its blending of elements from skating, skiing and boardercross (snowboard racing). Crashed Ice, the title of this series of races, offers an additional nod to what happens to many of the racers. Falls are such a part of the race that competitors are required to wear full hockey or motocross protective gear.
  • Retiree costs loom large over St. Paul schools

    01/08/2012 4:57:17 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-8-12 | Mila Koumpilova
    A $409 million tab projected for retiree benefit costs looms for the cash-strapped St. Paul Public Schools. Some on the school board are urging the district to tackle the liability more aggressively. But officials say there's little they can do to put a dent in the costs, which have bumped up tax bills and diverted money from the classroom. St. Paul recently started socking away money to help cover the benefits, slated to sunset in 2014. But the investment came later and started out smaller than planned, and recent market turmoil chipped away at it. "I feel we're throwing a...
  • Charging stations for hybrids coming

    10/10/2011 5:38:01 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-9-11 | Frederick Melo
    The city is promoting two new plug-in hybrid electric cars available for use by members of the Hourcar vehicle-sharing organization in St. Paul and Minneapolis. This fall and next spring, St. Paul will install 20 public stations where drivers can charge the vehicles. The two new hybrid cars were bought with a $30,000 contribution from Xcel Energy. Hourcar is run by the Neighborhood Energy Connection, a St. Paul nonprofit. The vehicles are in the Lawson and Lowertown parking ramps in downtown St. Paul. There are 13 Hourcars at nine locations throughout the city. Charging station locations, rates and details can...
  • St Francis and the Sultan

    06/26/2009 2:03:35 PM PDT · by bronxville · 6 replies · 675+ views
    The Catholic Herald ^ | 26 June 2009 | Jonathan Wright
    St Francis and the Sultan: the making of a pious myth Jonathan Wright on a wonderful book that explains how a legendary meeting was reinterpreted over eight centuries 26 June 2009 St Francis of Assisi: His trip to Egypt became one of the centrepieces of Franciscan hagiography In September 1219, as yet another crusade was raging, Francis of Assisi popped across the military lines in order to talk with Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil of Egypt. We have no accurate idea of why he went or what was said but, in an important sense, this doesn't much matter. Here was a legendary...
  • St. Paul schools expands takeout breakfast program

    09/07/2010 2:43:27 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 16 replies
    wkbt ^ | 8-30-10 | ap
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - When St. Paul students return to school Sept. 7, they'll find another dozen schools offering the district's unusual breakfast-to-go program. It's called Breakfast 2 Go, or B2G, a national nutrition program that distributes takeout breakfasts that students can eat in classrooms. The St. Paul district is 1 of the first in the state to offer it. In addition to B2G, the school has earned accolades for its ethnically diverse menu and emphasis on serving locally grown foods. The 12 new schools offering free breakfast...
  • Go-cart driver arrested after chase through downtown St. Paul

    08/11/2010 9:43:02 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 15 replies
    pioneer dePressed ^ | 8-11-10 | Tad Vezner
    Four police cars, lights on and sirens blaring, chased a man in a go-cart at top speeds of 20 mph through downtown St. Paul on Tuesday evening. Police finally boxed him into a parking lot, chased him around some more and then shocked him twice with a stun gun before his go-cart came to a stop. The man refused to speak to officers or give his identity. He was booked into the Ramsey County Jail under the name John Doe, his age unknown. The chase began about 5:50 p.m. near 12th and Jackson streets. A police officer in a squad...
  • When it comes to crafting America's best homemade beer, a St. Paul club is the reigning champ

    06/19/2010 6:11:01 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies · 461+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 6-19-2010 | Andy Rathbun
    Nic Henke is a home-brewer, just as his German-American grandparents were two generations ago. You could say that beer is in his blood. "Yeah, and it's probably measurable some days," jokes Henke, whose love of the craft is evidenced in the several-thousand-dollar home-brewing room in the basement of his Mendota Heights home. Henke, who brews two or three styles of beer each month, is a member of the St. Paul Homebrewers Club, which meets monthly to talk beer and critique their brews. Members then pit their beers against others from across the nation. Tonight, they'll find out whether they keep...
  • Paul and the Eucharist

    06/05/2010 2:58:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 175+ views ^ | June 5th, 2010 | Fr. Jack Peterson
    St. Paul’s discussion of the Eucharist in his first letter to the Corinthians is highly significant for Christians because it confirms the importance of the Eucharist for the life of each Christian and it deepens our understanding of this great mystery, especially as a memorial celebration. The Eucharist is the Lord’s greatest gift to His Church because it is the gift of Himself: “This is my body.” It is the most important way in which the Lord fulfills His promise to remain present to His flock until the end of time. Consequently, it is the source and summit of our...
  • On the Trip to Malta

    04/21/2010 7:26:49 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies · 141+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 21, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On the Trip to Malta "The Plan of the Love of God Is Even Greater Than the Storms" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 21, 2010 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters: As you know, last Saturday and Sunday I undertook an apostolic journey to Malta, on which I would like to reflect briefly today. The occasion of the pastoral visit was the 1,950th anniversary of the Apostle Paul's shipwreck on the coasts of the Maltese archipelago and of his sojourn on...
  • St. Paul woman attacked boyfriend with liquor bottle, police say

    04/03/2010 8:17:49 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 14 replies · 411+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 4-3-10 | richard chin
    A 29-year-old St. Paul woman has been charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon: a bottle of Hot Damn cinnamon schnapps. According to a criminal complaint filed Friday in Ramsey County District Court, Shaunna Rae Maldacker smashed the liquor bottle over her boyfriend's head and then cut him on the arms with the broken bottle early Thursday. Details of the incident come from the criminal complaint: The boyfriend told police that the two were arguing at a residence in the 1200 block of West Seventh Street in St. Paul. The boyfriend said that when Maldacker tried to...
  • St. Paul union locals demand leader's ouster in wake of arrests

    03/13/2010 4:54:21 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies · 310+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 3-13-10 | dave orrick
    The conduct of a top officer is threatening to fracture St. Paul's most prominent labor organizations as the political endorsement season heats up. This week, several locals, including a large union of government workers, issued ultimatums to the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation demanding the resignation of its president, Bobby Kasper, following revelations that he was arrested on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute and cheating at gambling. Police dropped charges in the prostitution allegation, but its exposure has had a polarizing effect within the ranks of local labor.
  • Brandon Darby foiled terror attack against 2008 Republican Convention win recognition

    01/16/2010 4:44:59 AM PST · by Ronbo1948 · 12 replies · 1,010+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | Matthew Vadum
    You’ve probably never heard of Brandon Darby. The former community organizer who saved American lives by undermining a left-wing terrorist plot at the 2008 Republican convention used to be a proud member of the radical left. He called for the overthrow of the U.S. government. He hated cops. He consorted with eco-terrorist tree-spikers, radical feminists and black nationalists. He was approached to rob an armored car and asked to commit arson to fight gentrification. He mouthed politically correct slogans about the Bush administration. Government didn’t care about people, and he thought the botched response to Katrina proved it. When he...
  • Man Arrested for Throwing Tomatoes at Sarah Palin, Police Say

    12/07/2009 4:51:17 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 58 replies · 2,659+ views ^ | December 7, 2009 |
    A man was arrested for allegedly throwing two tomatoes at Sarah Palin from the second floor balcony during a book signing event at the Mall of America in Minnesota, reported. Neither tomato came close hitting the former 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, but did hit a police officer in the face, the station reported. The unidentified man may face charges for assaulting a police officer, according to the station. Die-hard supporters treated the event like another Black Friday, lining up outside in freezing weather before the mall doors opened at 5 a.m. Emily Calhoon, a high school junior from...
  • 3-Day Funeral for Pfc. Kham Xiong (St. Paul soldier killed in Fort Hood shootings)

    12/07/2009 11:04:40 AM PST · by Freedom2specul8 · 10 replies · 688+ views ^ | Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009, 2:53 PM CST
    MAPLEWOOD, Minn. - Arrangements have been made for a traditional, three-day Hmong funeral for Pfc. Kham Xiong of St. Paul who was among 13 people killed in the Fort Hood Army Base shootings. The funeral service for Xiong will start at Legacy Funeral Home's Maplewood chapel starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28. The service will run through the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 30. Xiong will then be buried with military honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. "Pfc. Kham Xiong came to America from Thailand as a small child," President Barack Obama said during a memorial service at Fort...
  • Don't Plan To Go 'Rogue' At Palin's Book Signing

    12/07/2009 7:16:24 AM PST · by euram · 15 replies · 1,328+ views | 12-06-09 | WCCO
    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) ― Sarah Palin is bringing her book tour for "Going Rogue" to Minnesota. The former Vice Presidential Candidate and former Alaska Governor will sign copies of her new book at the Mall of America. Palin burst onto the national political stage last year after giving a speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Now Palin brings hundreds of her admirers out to get a glimpse of this maverick of a politician. The excitement surrounding her book tour hits the Twin Cities on Monday. "She seems more real world ... not an average politician," said Jason...
  • St. Paul dad who beat 4-year-old over shirt color gets two years of probation

    11/19/2009 1:43:04 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies · 717+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 11/19/2009 | Emily Gurnon
    A St. Paul man who beat his 4-year-old son for wearing a rival gang's color was sentenced this week to the 86 days he has served in jail. Kenny Tamon Jackson, 30, pleaded guilty to malicious punishment of a child, a gross misdemeanor, in the Aug. 25 incident. Ramsey County District Judge Kathleen Gearin ordered Jackson on Tuesday to have no contact with the 4-year-old until he completes a parenting program. Gearin also sentenced him to two years' probation. According to the criminal complaint, police were called about 12:30 p.m. to Jackson's house in the 500 block of Sherburne Avenue....
  • Landlords could be punished for underage tenants' drinking (MN)

    09/25/2009 3:16:06 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 38 replies · 1,635+ views
    City pages ^ | 9-25-09 | Drew Nelson
    St. Paul may soon pass a social host ordinance that punishes adults who knowingly allow parties, where minors are drinking. That includes adults who aren't even there, including landlords. "They bear some of the responsibility to ensure it doesn't continue," said St. Paul Council Member Russ Stark.