Frederick Melo / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—A day after being banned from the St. Paul Public Library system, St. Paul City Council candidate David Martinez was ejected from Target Field and banned from the ballpark for a year following a physical confrontation with security. Martinez posted a seven-minute video of the July 6 incident at the Minneapolis baseball stadium to Youtube and, in a written feedback form to the team, has threatened to sue the Minnesota Twins.
ST. PAUL—Nice Ride Minnesota, the nonprofit behind the Twin Cities bike-sharing program known for its distinctive green bikes, is going blue, nearly tripling its fleet and lowering prices under new corporate management. In Minneapolis, it's also going dockless—a consideration still under negotiation in St. Paul.
ST. PAUL — With a twinkle of affection in her eyes, Hannah Y. Kim stood in front of the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds Thursday, May 31, and addressed a small gathering of U.S. Marine Corps, Army and Air Force veterans, all of them in their 80s. The survivors of America's "Forgotten War," she said, are always front and center in her thoughts. "Do you know why I call all of you my grandpas?" said Kim, 35. "It's not because you're old. It's because if you didn't fight in Korea, I wouldn't be standing here today."
ST. PAUL—When he's not selling shovels, snow salt and snowblowers, hardware store owner Kendall Crosby has fought quiet battles in his own home against ice dams and basement flooding. "My first house flooded every time it rained," said Crosby, proprietor of Kendall's Ace Hardware in St. Paul. "Our current residence had a water dam up on the roof that leaked water into my plaster ceilings."
ST. PAUL—His words slurred but resolute, David Birkholz calls medical assistant Sevelle Kamara his "Liberian princess," and with good reason. "You're always positive," said Birkholz, who uses a wheelchair as a result of an assault that left him severely disabled more than 20 years ago. "She's super cool to me." When Kamara, 46, explains that thousands of Liberian immigrants may soon be forced to return to their home country as a result of expiring immigration status, Birkholz asks, "Did that happen to you?"
MINNEAPOLIS—Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's office in Minneapolis say there's a good reason they can't immediately restore $1.2 million to hundreds of victims of a convicted fraudster who promised Hmong elders a new homeland in Southeast Asia.
ST. PAUL—When Seng Xiong asked Plia Yang for a donation two years ago toward a new Hmong homeland, Yang, a Milwaukee office assistant, handed the Maplewood man $5,000 and her loyalty. On Monday, Yang stood outside the federal courthouse in St. Paul to demand her money back from the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal authorities impounded more than $1.2 million from Xiong as part of his federal conviction last year on fraud charges. Yang, however, said she has no desire to put the $5,000 into her own bank account.
ST. PAUL—State Rep. John Lesch, a longtime member of the Minnesota National Guard, is questioning the management ability of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter's new city attorney — Lyndsey Olson, the former general counsel of the National Guard and state Department of Military Affairs. She, in turn, is suing the St. Paul lawmaker for defamation.
ST PAUL—You don't have to like football to get a kick out of the pre-game festivities in the Twin Cities this week. A healthy appreciation of peanut butter will do.
MINNEAPOLIS—Katie Romanski is hoping Super Bowl LII will throw a few customers to her small business—an ice cream truck that piles on toppings such as "Edible Glitter." "Me and my tiny food truck are going down to Nicollet Avenue to sell molten lava brownies in waffle cones with bacon, caramel, walnuts, sprinkles and Edible Glitter," said Romanski, a 32-year-old restaurant manager who emptied her bank account in preparation for 10 frigid days of outdoor ice cream sales.