In Brief JANUARY 2021


Dale St. work paused
Ramsey County’s Dale Street reconstruction project in Saint Paul
All I-94 entrance and exit ramps at Dale St. and Interstate 94 opened to traffic on Nov. 19 at the conclusion of the 2020 construction season. reopen to traffic. Anthony and Concordia avenues returned to being one-way streets, and the intersections reopened to east-west traffic. All pedestrian facilities reopened.
Construction on the 2020 phases of the project began in mid-March. This year’s work included rebuilding and widening the bridge over I-94 – including widening the sidewalks to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists – and reconfiguring lanes to accommodate traffic volumes and allow for better traffic flow.
The new Dale Street bridge and its 16-foot wide pedestrian sidewalks feature public art designed by local and emerging artists that is reflective of the Rondo community, its history and cultural significance. The board of commissioners voted to formally support the art and aesthetics earlier this year. The project was significantly influenced by an extensive multi-year community engagement process.
Work will resume in summer 2021 to finish the final phase of Dale Street reconstruction between Iglehart and Concordia avenues. Visit for more information about the project and to subscribe to email and text alerts.

Coat giveaway Jan. 22
Jehovah Lutheran Church will host a winter coat and jacket drive-through giveaway from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in the church parking lot at 1566 Thomas in St. Paul. Volunteers will show and load garments for recipients. Please wear face coverings and maintain social distance. Walk-up giveaways are available as well.
Anyone wishing to donate new or gently used winter wear, child to adult sizes, can drop off garments at Jehovah Lutheran from 9 a.m.-noon Sundays through Fridays. Final donations will be accepted 9 a.m.- noon on Thursday, Jan. 21. One other drop-off location is King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2330 Dale Ave. N., Roseville. Leave donated garments in that church’s outdoor bin, accessible 24 hours, seven days a week. A third partner in the giveaway is the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department. To volunteer or for more information, contact Jehovah Lutheran (651-644-1421 or

Theosophical Society meets
Frank Joseph Minnesota author and explorer into great Earth mysteries, will discuss the legendary Emerald Tablets of Thoth in a Theosophical Society Zoom broadcast 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8. Joseph is the author of more than three dozen books that explore mysteries of the Earth. His books include “Opening the Ark of the Covenant,” available on Amazon.
Sophia Pendergast will lead a Zoom telecast discussion on esoteric music sponsored by the Theosophical Society 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22. To join either meeting, download Zoom at or call (312) 626-6799 to join by phone. Meeting ID # is 843 6878 9880. Passcode is 365495 URL link:


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