Widespread protest and looting is hitting the Twin Cities in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. A number of retail stores on Robert Street in West St. Paul have closed, and some have been hit by looters.
This week’s virtual West St. Paul City Council meeting was punctuated by moments of silence amid some good news of proclamations and recognitions as well as the not-so-usual business of COVID-19 response.
What started as a socially distanced parade to honor the birthday of a high school senior killed last fall turned into an in-person party of dozens of people in direct violation of stay-at-home orders.
This week’s West St. Paul City Council meeting was mostly routine business. Some of the more interesting discussion happened during work sessions, including an update on the North Gateway project and debate on the prevailing wage ordinance.
Business as usual for the West St. Paul City Council this week, with the swearing in of a police officer, honoring a Leap Day centenarian, progress on sidewalks/trails, and maybe a new Starbucks.
Suspects rented a U-Haul pickup truck to rob a Wells Fargo ATM. When the plan failed, they led police on a lengthy chase in the West Metro.