Ward 5 Update

St. Paul Ward 5 Update

November 2021

Vote on tuesday, november 2nd plus out of school resources!


Tomorrow, November 2nd is election day in St. Paul.  If you haven’t voted yet, don't miss the opportunity to cast your ballot for school board and our city mayor. Let your voice be heard, these roles are very important for the present and future of our city. If you have voting questions or need help figuring out where to vote, click here.

Additionally, since school buildings are closed on this year's election day, Rice Street Library is hosting a Study Zone day on Tuesday, November 2 for distance learners. The library will be open from 7:00-10:00am exclusively for young scholars to sign on for synchronous learning and work on asynchronous work before we open to the public at 10:00am. They'll have speedy WiFi, extra iPads, a few staff members onsite to assist young learners, and food throughout the day.

Council poised to pass tobacco store caps and minimums


The Council votes this week on the proposed changes to the tobacco ordinance.  Those changes include:

1) Change to two classes of tobacco licenses: Tobacco Shop, locations like convenience stores that sell tobacco along with other products and Tobacco Products Shop, locations that primarily sell tobacco.

2) The distance between locations which sell tobacco would be one-half mile. This provision would not impact renewal of existing licenses.

3) The cap on the number of Tobacco Shop licenses would become 150 and the cap on the number of Tobacco Products Shops would become 25.

4) Liquor stores would no longer be able to sell any flavored tobacco products including menthol flavor. Non-flavored products would still be allowed. 

5) The minimum price for packs of cigarettes or standard size cans of chewing tobacco would be set at $10.00. Coupons or price promotions would no longer be able to be used to reduce the price of any tobacco products including vape products.

7) Penalties for violations of age-of-sale and sale of flavored tobacco products would be increased

Thanks to ANSR MN for their leadership and partnership on this important initiative!

open house celebrating the restoration of library staff and hours!

Rice Street Library

Saint Paul Public Libraries have restored staff and hours and it's time to celebrate!  Saturday, November 13th, at 10 a.m., all libraries will have activities, donuts, library scavenger hunts, and giveaways for community members.  Rice Street Library will also have a special arts activity set up as well, so be sure to stop by.  It is so good to have our libraries open and staffed again!

Nominations for st. paul business awards!

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Do you have a business that you'd like to nominate for the 5th annual Business Awards? The program recognizes the outstanding businesses that provide critical services, contributes to the City's community, invests in their employees, and are committed to Saint Paul's values of equity and diversity.  The nomination period is open now and will close on December 3rd, 2021. Community members, residents, employees and business-owners are encouraged to nominate and/or apply at:


community office hours are back!

Beginning tomorrow, we will return to offering Community Office Hours at the Rice Street Library on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month, 4-5:30p.m. Yay! Call in advance to set up and appointment or just walk in and say hello! We want to make it easy for you to contact and collaborate with your city council office so this in-person option is a great way to share your ideas or concerns. Please be prepared to wear a mask for this in-person meeting and if you aren’t feeling well, please stay home until you are feeling 100%. Prefer to meet outdoors and/or need to get your steps in? Consider the option to take a “Lake Lap” with me around Como Lake. I estimate that I have walked over 500 miles with Ward 5 residents in the past decade, and it has continued to be a true highlight for me. Of course, emails, zooms, and good old fashioned phone calls work perfectly to be in touch as well.  You can reach us at Ward5@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-266-8650 to schedule a walk or other meeting. We’d love to hear for you!

Enjoy our beautiful, waning autumn days …and don’t forget to set your clocks back on Sunday, Nov 7th.


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Photo highlights from ward 5

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Council meeting in the Wild.  The Saint Paul Council meeting was held outdoors on October 20th at the Como Pavillian.

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Saint Paul residents turned out to give comments and feedback about the 2022 Budget and ARP Dollars.

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Meet Kulu the polar bear!  New to the Como Park Zoo!

*Reservations are required and facemasks must be worn both inside and outside the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

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Amy on a lake lap with a constituent (Hi Sara!) Call or email our office today to get yours scheduled!

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Rec check after school program

Space is still available in their free Rec Check after school program. Rec Check provides a variety of structured, supervised recreation activities for youth in grades 1-5 who live or attend school in Saint Paul. Programs are also available on days when SPPS is not in session. 


ward 5 shout out - this month we bring you... La palma supermercado & cafe!

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This month, we feature La Palma Supermercado & Cafe at 655 Payne Avenue. We stopped in for lunch and picked up several grocery items, too. La Palma offers Salvadoran, Mexican and Latin American products and dishes. It was hard to choose!  We settled on the Pozole, a traditional Mexican soup made of chicken, hominy, and seasoned with Chile peppers and the Platillo al Gusto, homemade corn tortillas served with choice of meat, rice, beans, and salad. Yum! Stop by and don’t miss the mouth-watering fresh baked desert case! Let's support our local Ward 5 businesses!