Bob Shaw, Pioneer Press

Bob Shaw

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Bob:

McGovern’s Pub in St. Paul struggled through lockdown, prepared for partial reopening – Twin Cities

Go ahead, ask Pat Boemer if he’s happy about reopening his restaurant. Then you’d better stand back. “This whole thing is so bizarrely stupid,” snapped Boemer, as he worked to get the patio ready a… → Read More

Burnsville weighs options for landfill, dump along I-35W near Minnesota River

Landfill proposals don’t get much bigger than this: 27 million cubic yards, $538 million, and a pile of garbage higher than U.S. Bank Stadium. Those are among the factors in how to address the futu… → Read More

Minnesota State Fair is canceled because of coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has knocked out the Minnesota State Fair. The Fair Board on Friday announced that the 161-year-old Minnesota tradition will not continue in 2020. Officials concluded when h… → Read More

Greater Twin Cities United Way donates $1.2 million for coronavirus relief

Roughly $700,000 has been given to local nonprofits in the third wave of spending from a new coronavirus-fighting fund. The Greater Twin Cities United Way announced this week that the new fund has … → Read More

Wooddale Fun Zone in Woodbury closes

Woodbury’s oldest business — the Wooddale Fun Zone — has closed permanently. The 46-year-old roller rink and arcade was a popular spot for birthday parties and other celebrations. But t… → Read More

Vadnais Heights family erects sign offering message of ‘Hope’ during coronavirus pandemic – Twin Cities

During the pandemic, some people sit inside and hope for the best. Other people build a 10-foot-wide HOPE sign, jack it up on an industrial lift, and prop it over a 20-foot-tall freeway wall so tho… → Read More

Coronavirus outbreak reported in River Falls, Wis., apartment building

An apartment complex in River Falls, Wis., has been hit with an outbreak of coronavirus. The Pierce County Public Health Department announced Monday that in one person is each of three households h… → Read More

St. Paul Park charter school to close permanently

Henry Baustad left his school in March, and now the school has left him. “It just makes me sad,” said the 7-year-old Woodbury boy, who made one last visit to his school on a rainy Wednesday morning… → Read More

More than 100 pounds of meth seized by law enforcement in Shoreview apartment

Illegal drugs worth an estimated $615,000 were confiscated in a bust in Shoreview, officials reported Tuesday. The Anoka-Hennepin Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force reported that on May 8, off… → Read More

Nonprofit Hugo farm run by American Indians triples in size

Dream of Wild Health is dreaming bigger this year — tripling the size of its American Indian-run farm in Hugo. The coronavirus has devastated the population served by the nonprofit, executive… → Read More

At Lowertown cafe, customers buy meals for struggling strangers

A small Lowertown cafe has adapted to the pandemic in a unique way, with a pay-it-forward system that helps both the cafe and those hurting financially. → Read More

Deemed ‘nonessential,’ 15 small businesses call Gov. Walz’s closure order unconstitutional

Lawyers for the businesses say Gov. Tim Walz’s order to close bars, restaurants, gyms and other businesses he does not consider “essential” is unconstitutional. → Read More

Wright County egg producer agrees to cost cap after price-gouging investigation

Minnesota has cracked down on a farm accused of more than doubling the price of eggs during the coronavirus pandemic. Attorney General Keith Ellison announced this week he has settled an investigat… → Read More

Coronavirus may be too much of a challenge for MN State Fair

So far, Minnesota State Fair officials say plans are moving ahead — for now — as they would in a normal year. → Read More

The face mask business is booming for this Lowertown artist

Kirk Sklar is getting revenge against coronavirus. When the virus wiped out his business, he created another business to counterattack. Until last week, Sklar was a 49-year-old artist and maker of … → Read More

Greater Twin Cities United Way fund helps feed many as coronavirus impacts community

Peg Keenan should be panicking. Her food shelf is shoveling out three times the normal amount of inventory. Hundreds of volunteers have fled. She can’t get any more rescued food from supermarkets, … → Read More

Woodbury re-schedules city-wide garage sale until September

A city-wide garage sale in Woodbury has been postponed until September. The Lions Club’s annual Garage Sale had been scheduled for May 7 to May 9, but was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemi… → Read More

‘Employee-mode’ at the house, workers learn to adapt to staying home – Twin Cities

Laurie Staiger doesn’t usually talk to herself. But when she works at home, she coaches herself as she goes from room to room. “I have to say, ‘Now I am in mother-mode. Now I am in wife-mode. Now I… → Read More

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota gives $750,000 for hunger-relief effort

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is giving $750,000 to Second Harvest Heartand, a hunger relief organization. Blue Cross announced Tuesday that it made the donation because the spread of cor… → Read More

Coronavirus: MN public defender calls for early release for nonviolent offenders

Nonviolent offenders should be released from jail because of the threat of coronavirus, according to a recommendation by the state’s public defender. “I am no doctor, but I think it’s better for th… → Read More