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September 24, 2021

In-person Homework Help at Saint Paul Public Library Returns September 27

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Saint Paul Public Library’s in-person Homework Centers will be open for drop-in assistance starting September 27 at five library locations across Saint Paul. Homework Centers are free to use and offer students of all ages support, technology, and resources to study independently or with the help of volunteer tutors.

Homework Center Schedule: 

  • Arlington Hills Community Center
    1200 Payne Ave, 55130 // 651-632-3870
    Monday-Wednesday, 4-7 p.m.
  • Highland Park Library
    1974 Ford Pkwy, 55116 // 651-695-3700
    Tuesday & Wednesday, 4-7 p.m.
  • Rice Street Library
    1011 Rice Street, 55117 // 651-558-2223
    Monday-Wednesday, 4-7 p.m.
  • Rondo Library
    461 Dale Street N, 55103 // 651-266-7400
    Monday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m.
  • Sun Ray Library
    2105 Wilson Ave, 55119 // 651-501-6300
    Monday-Wednesday, 4-7 p.m.

Along with in-person homework assistance, Saint Paul Public Library also offers one-to-one homework help online every day from 1-11 p.m. in English and Spanish for students of all ages. Online homework help, available on the Library’s website through HelpNow, can be accessed from anywhere using a library card. More information at www.sppl.org/homework.

For more information on Saint Paul Public Library’s services for students, families, and educators, including Homework Centers and Library Go, can be found at www.sppl.org/back-to-library.

Water Assistance Applications Available Now

Water Assistance

Is your water bill past due? Have you gotten a water shutoff notice or been disconnected from water service? You can apply for water, energy, and weatherization assistance all with just one application at: 

The Minnesota Department of Commerce is expanding the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program to pay water and sewer bills for Minnesotans who apply and qualify for energy assistance. Commerce is using $15 million in additional American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding designated for water assistance. Commerce has expanded income eligibility to help more Minnesotans than ever before pay costs to heat and cool their homes, power their lights and electricity, provide fuel delivery, and, if needed, repair or replace homeowners’ heating systems. Translated information on Water Assistance in Spanish, Somali and Hmong will be available the week of September 27th.

Restaurant Free Consultations

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St Paul's Department of Planning and Economic Development has partnered with NCXT to recruit 16 restaurants for the next Restaurant Resiliency Project cohort. Participating restaurants will get free digital consulting on a range of needs, including digital marketing, ordering, delivery, and operations. 

All Saint Paul restaurants are welcome to apply! Applications are due October 16th. Restaurant operators can register here: https://www.ncxt.co/operators

Minnesota's Best Drinking Water

Best Water 2021

St Paul Regional Services have just been awarded the title of “Best in Glass – Minnesota’s Best Drinking Water” by the American Water Works Association, Minnesota Section!

In the first round of the “Best in Glass” competition, conference participants chose the top four water samples provided by water utilities across the state. Saint Paul Regional Water Services, along with Rochester Public Utilities, city of Moorhead, and city of St. Peter advanced into the second round of judging.

In the second round, a panel of water industry experts judged the four popular vote winners for taste, color, odor and mouth feel to determine the “Best in Glass” winner. The water was provided in a blind taste-test and served at room temperature, the gold standard in determining water tastes and odors.

Saint Paul Regional Water Services was the unanimous winner amongst the judges.

The water we drink will represent Minnesota in a national competition in June 2022.

How to Get Tested for COVID-19

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced two new semi-permanent COVID-19 community testing sites in Saint Paul and Bloomington.

The Saint Paul testing site is located in Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 175 West Kellogg Blvd. Testing at the Saint Paul site will occur Monday – Thursday, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Bloomington testing site is located at 9930 Logan Ave. S (former DMV). Testing at the Bloomington site will occur Monday – Friday, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Testing is free at all of the state's community testing sites. Appointments can be made through the Vault Health registration site. Walk-ins are also accepted.

You can also order a test through the state’s no-cost at-home COVID-19 testing program.

Find a testing option near you through the state’s Find Testing Locations map. Walk-in or schedule an appointment for a test at one of the state’s no-cost community testing sites across Minnesota.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Vaccines for MN

Get vaccinated at the YMCA

The YMCA vaccine clinics will not require any form of personal identification or medical insurance. Language interpretation, American Sign Language (ASL) and ADA accommodations will be available onsite.

Shoreview (3760 Lexington Ave, Shoreview, MN  55126)    

  • October 4 — 4:00-7:00pm

West St. Paul (1426 E. Mendota Rd, Inver Grove Heights, MN  55077)       

  • October 5 — 4:00-7:00pm

Teen Tech Center (21 4th St. E., St. Paul MN, 55101) - Mobile Bus

  • October 12 — 4:00-7:00pm

North Community (1711 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411) - Mobile Bus

  • September 27 — 4:00-7:00pm
  • October 18 — 4:00-7:00pm

Get vaccinated at the Minneapolis-St Paul Airport
Community vaccination sites at MSP Terminal 2 (open to general public) and MSP Terminal 1 (terminal access required) are administering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine through Sept. 21. Get your shot at Terminal 2 and enter for a chance to win a $200 travel voucher through Sun Country Airlines

Contact Us

Email: ward6@stpaul.gov

Phone: 651-266-8660

Facebook: NelsieYangWard6

Twitter: @NelsieYangCM

Meet & Greet phone call appointments are available on Thursdays.  Register online at stpaul.gov/ward6.

Solidarity Street Gallery

Solidarity Street Gallery

The Solidarity Street Gallery on Payne Ave is happening now! Native voices will take the lead in curating and staging art exhibits, performance programs and a board range of community activities. The event will also include a trade-fair-like eco-exhibit, focused on preservation of traditional lands and practices; protection of sacred sites; and a ‘Just Transition’ to responsible environmental stewardship and ecologically sustainable economies.

Visit the event page at www.solidaritystreetgallery.org.

Take the 2022 Budget Survey

Budget Survey

The budget survey is now available through November 30th. Take the survey to share your views on St Paul's values and priorities. Click here to take the survey directly.