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?

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


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