August 13, 2022

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Leaving the Phalen Rec Middle final week, I observed a police cruiser idling on the opposite facet of the parking zone. I drove over and parked, matching our driver’s facet home windows earlier than realizing the officer on that facet had a cellphone to his ear. To my shock, there was one other officer within the passenger seat, and he cautiously caught his head out over windshield: “Can I show you how to?”

I don’t know, I stated, I hope so. “We simply moved in over on Magnolia Avenue, and I see that somebody has left a giant pile of trash on the boulevard, down and throughout the road from us. There’s a burned-out mattress, a part of a mattress body and a chair. Have you learnt who I might name to get that carried away?”

He stated, “I don’t know for positive; I suppose you’d need to name Public Works.” I stated OK, I’d attempt that and thanked him.

Properly, I received busy the following day and didn’t have time to search for the Public Works Division till the following night time. Earlier than calling or emailing them the following morning, I made a decision to go over and snap a photograph of the trash pile. To my astonishment, it was gone — vanished, cleaned up like nothing had ever been there.

Now perhaps it was a coincidence; perhaps another person within the neighborhood complained to Public Works. However I guess these cops drove over to Magnolia proper after I left them, referred to as and ordered a direct clean-up – as a result of they take as a lot delight on their beat as I do on my road.

I actually was simply asking them for a referral, not a clean-up. However I believe these officers went past the decision of obligation; they went for the decision of clean-up. I’m sorry I don’t have their names or any straightforward option to determine them, however I think they’re simply a few the numerous St. Paul cops who should be Sainted!

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Mike Dorsher, St. Paul


Tainted, Sainted

All of us get misplaced whereas driving sometimes. That was me on Friday round 1:45 p.m. Taking a route for the primary time, I missed the exit for Maxwell Avenue off 494, chopping somebody off.

I’m the Tainted one right here.

The person behind me, driving a white truck with an organization brand I by no means received, took evasive motion to keep away from a collusion. They have been training defensive driving, and I have to say thanks. Usually I follow defensive driving too. Getting misplaced was no excuse. I ought to have simply taken the following exit.

Kathryn Schleich, Woodbury



The Mitchell-Hamline College of Legislation deserves credit score for launching the Middle for the Research of Black Life and Legislation. The  saintly mission of the Summit Avenue facility, in accordance with its inaugural director, T.  Anansi Wilson, is to fight the taint of racial bias within the legislation by incorporating extra views and  real-life experiences of Black individuals in instructing future attorneys, judges, and different individuals within the judicial system.

In doing so, it enhances the work of the college’s very good World With out Genocide program headed by  Ellen Kennedy, Ph. D., which addresses deprivations of human rights across the globe.

Marshall H. Tanick, Minneapolis



I want to saint Laurie Platt.  As an enormous advocate for St. Paul and its communities, Laurie has in all probability sainted extra people, companies, and organizations than anybody within the historical past of this column.  Laurie was a long-time worker of the Pioneer Press and has been an amazing pal and advocate to numerous colleagues, shoppers, and prospects throughout her profession.

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She has an unwavering appreciation of St. Paul and its individuals and has been an unimaginable help to so many. I used to be lucky to do enterprise along with her when she was working for the Pioneer Press and have continued to profit from Laurie’s kindness and thoughtfulness even in her retirement. Laurie is an asset to town and neighborhood and positively deserves St. Paul sainthood.

Andy Hulcher, Shoreview



The workers on the Metropolis of St. Paul Division of Security and Inspections. I talked to a number of individuals when engaged on getting a allow for work in our house, and everybody was extraordinarily nice. I used to be very impressed with the professionalism and friendliness of everybody I spoke with, together with the inspector.

Thanks for being so nice to work with.

Marilee Forsberg, St. Paul


Sainted and Sainted

Half 1: That is a particularly belated Sainted to the St. John’s of Maplewood hospital workers. Final November I wanted surgical procedure urgently.  Though the ER workers said that day was the busiest since Covid started, each single one of many 50+ workers I encountered was exceptionally skilled, thoughtful, compassionate, affected person and competent!

Regardless of the stacked-up beds within the ER hallways and workers working and buzzing round us, it felt like a giant home get together. I wish to saint ER Reception, ER workers, Surgical procedure, CNAs, RNs LPNs, Physicians, Upkeep, Housekeeping, Dietary, Respiratory Remedy and Anesthesiology for making me really feel like a star.

Half 2:  Elizabeth to the rescue … The opposite day I used to be rescued from a slippery intersection on Earl and sixth Avenue. I couldn’t get traction to rise up the little hill, and even flip a unique path. A form younger lady named Elizabeth sporting a leopard noticed head masking pushed me out of the spot the place my wheels have been uselessly spinning.

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Thanks, Elizabeth, for stopping to assist me. You’re stronger than you look!

Barbara Wessman, Maplewood



A particular thanks to the ICU workers at Woodwinds Hospital for the skilled care of my daughter-in-law, Heather. Heather was admitted for Covid-related issues in the midst of January 2022. The workers inspired her each day by speaking to her whereas she was in an induced coma. Phrases imply every little thing. It was a lot appreciated. Heather has now left Woodwinds and is in a rehab heart on the U of M hospital.

Dee Fast, St. Paul



Sainted: Our Neighborhood Heroes

In our cul-de-sac neighborhood we’re blessed to have heroes who assist the remainder of us by:

  • Shoveling snow from sidewalks and driveways
  • Plowing snow from the block-long road
  • Serving to transfer heavy furnishings and packages
  • Retaining a watch out for prowlers and vandals

Thanks to Saints Ray, Jenni, Jonathon, Willi and Robert. We’re so fortunate to have you ever!

Ann Phoenix, St. Paul