Welcome to West St. Paul Reader, founded in 2019 with the help of our supporters.

Our goal is to inform, engage, and connect the people of West St. Paul, Minnesota.

We’re a first-ring suburb of 20,000 people in a metro area of more than 3 million. The local news media doesn’t pay a lot of attention to us—understandably—so it’s hard to know what’s going on.

That can make people feel disconnected and aloof.

But when you know what’s going on, you feel a sense of belonging in your community. It’s your community. That warm feeling? That’s local pride.

The challenge, of course, is that people are busy. Who has time to attend city council meetings and parse what’s really happening? Even if you know what’s happening, do you know why? Sometimes understanding the dynamics at play is even harder.

We try to make it simple. We help busy people know what’s going on in West St. Paul.

Who’s Behind West St. Paul Reader?

West St. Paul Reader is published by Monkey Outta Nowhere, a local writing and editing company that specializes in helping organizations tell their story.

Kevin D. Hendricks, local freelance writer and blogger, is the founding editor of West St. Paul Reader. He started blogging about West St. Paul on his personal blog back in 2014. This local passion didn’t go away, so Hendricks embraced hyperlocal news and launched West St. Paul Reader with the help of a Kickstarter campaign (and lots of ongoing community support) in 2019.

Kevin has lived in West St. Paul, Minn., with his wife and two kids since 2007. He’s been blogging since 1998tweeting since 2007, and likes to read a lot.

West St. Paul Reader exists thanks to community support. We’re grateful for our initial Kickstarter backers and our community of patrons. Learn more about how you can support West St. Paul Reader.


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Legalese & Disclaimers

Comment policy: All comments are moderated and reviewed for inappropriate content. That includes, but is not limited to, hate speech, bullying, name calling, profanity, etc. We reserve the right to remove comments for any reason whatsoever and we are the ultimate arbiters of what violates this policy and what does not. Short version: You’re welcome to your opinion, but don’t be a jerk.

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Copyright: All material on this site is owned by Monkey Outta Nowhere, LLC. While it is available online and through RSS, that does not constitute permission to reprint material. Without permission you are welcome to link to our site or any of our content or excerpt up to 200 words of our content (or not more than 50%, for posts shorter than 200 words), as long as you include a link to the original content. Our permission is required for any reposting, reprinting or translation.


  1. Thanks for the update on the building plans for this location. Is there approval from the city? It looks awesome. Thank you for this site.
    Judi Hanson

    1. Hey Judi: Glad to be of service. Since you’re commenting on the About page, I’m not sure which building plans you’re talking about. The current plans rolling around right now have preliminary approval from the city, but there are a lot of steps and moving pieces where additional approval is required. So nothing is a sure thing.

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