Welcome to West St. Paul


Hyper-local news relies on your support. We spend hours every week researching, writing, editing, and publishing news. You can be the local hero who helps make that happen.

“Thank you for sharing news about our community!”

Missy Keveles

How Can I Help?

Glad you’re on board, neighbor. We’ve got some simple ways you can help:

  • Become a member.
  • Make a one-time donation.
  • Buy some swag.
  • Become a business sponsor.

1. Become a Member

The best way you can help is by joining us on Patreon with recurring support. This steady income we can rely on. Monthly support starts as low as $3 and includes exclusive content and thank yous—including a West St. Paul-themed postcard by a West St. Paul artist. You can pay annually and save 5%. Join now.

2. One-Time Donation

If you’re not down with a recurring payment, no worries. You can make a one-time donation as well. Every bit helps:

  • Venmo: @weststpaulreader
  • Cash App: $weststpaulreader
  • PayPal: https://paypal.me/weststpaulreader
  • Check: Make checks payable to “Monkey Outta Nowhere” and send to:
    • P.O. Box 18009, West St. Paul, MN 55118

“Your articles are an amazing resource for local news that you won’t find at TwinCities.com.”

Julian LaFerla

3. Local Swag

Check out our Etsy shop for West St. Paul Reader stuff and items from local artists.

Looking to represent West St. Paul? We’ve also got a little store where we make a few bucks off branded and local-specific merchandise.

Businesses or organizations interested in supporting the community and reaching local residents can look into sponsored content and advertising opportunities. Check out our sales sheet for a full list of opportunities or contact us to learn more.

“I joined because the Asian Eats article was FANTASTIC! Prompted us to check out two of the restaurants for the first time. Planning to hit the entire list. What a contribution to our community.”

Darcy McKenzie

For a low-cost approach, there are also two levels of business sponsorship through Patreon that you can set up right now (click “see 6 all levels” to reveal the Business Sponsor and Super Sponsor membership levels).

How We Started

From the beginning, West St. Paul Reader relied on your support. We launched in 2019 with a Kickstarter campaign and the support of 68 backers (and a number of other supporters). It takes a village.

That initial effort got the site off the ground and allowed for a number of extras, including logo design and guest columnists. We’re incredibly grateful.

Thanks to all our supporters.