Meet a Member: Joan Gunderson-Palmer

Meet a Member: Joan Gunderson-Palmer

We’re saying hello to some of our neighbors during our member drive, meeting folks who support West St. Paul Reader. Today we’re meeting Joan Gunderson-Palmer, a nonprofit program manager who has lived in West St. Paul for 14 years. She’s been a member of West St. Paul Reader since November 2021.

West St. Paul Love

What do you love about West St. Paul?

Our parks, schools, and great neighbors.

Where is your favorite place in West St. Paul?

Dodge Nature Center is great—we love walking the trails.

What’s your go-to West St. Paul eatery?

FoodSmith. During the pandemic we got takeout from there when we wanted to celebrate and now we love visiting in person. Good food and good waitstaff!

What is West St. Paul’s best kept secret?

Thompson Park.

Why did you move to West St. Paul?

We wanted to live near downtown St. Paul and really liked the neighborhoods in West St. Paul.

Being a West St. Paul Reader Member

Why did you decide to become a member and support West St. Paul Reader?

Local election coverage.

What do you like most about being a member and supporting West St. Paul Reader?

The Reader is a force for good in our community—we’re glad we can support this work and I really appreciate the content.

What’s your favorite West St. Paul Reader story?

I love the throwback photos and stories. It’s important to understand the history of your community.

Be a Member

You can join Joan and support West St. Paul Reader. Membership starts at just $3 per month.

Thanks to Joan for supporting our work and sharing her story.

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