Bob Shaw, Pioneer Press

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Bob:

Woodbury considers $100 million plant for water-softening system

Pre-softened water may one day flow through the water mains of Woodbury — ending the need for water softeners in thousands of homes. At an Oct. 20 city council workshop, officials raised the … → Read More

Twin Cities transit planners ponder a post-COVID future

Rush hours are fading, use of commuter transit is sinking and even freeways are evolving. → Read More

Oakdale considers Minneapolis-Stillwater rapid-transit buses

Oakdale officials are studying new rapid-transit bus lines along a 26-mile route from Minneapolis to Stillwater. At a meeting Tuesday, City Council members were presented with four options for bus … → Read More

Woodbury lands Amazon distribution center

Amazon is coming to Woodbury – with a trucking and warehousing building the size of 11 football fields. The project will be Amazon’s third large-scale facility in the metro area – after the five-ye… → Read More

Washington County sponsors first deer bow-hunt

For the first time ever, Washington County is asking bow-hunters to help with a deer population problem. This fall hunters from the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base will cull deer from three parks &#… → Read More

Woodbury adds 300 health-related businesses in bid to become medical zone

Woodbury is absolutely, positively not changing its name to Doctor City, Minn. But that might not be a bad idea, after the city announced recently that more than 300 health-related businesses have … → Read More

Pandemic, Amazon driving growth of east metro mega-business centers

In Woodbury, Lake Elmo, Oakdale and Cottage Grove, these kind of facilities have been proposed for development, with a total combined floor space of 109 football fields. → Read More

St. Paul entrepreneur wins business award for self-cleaning clothing

St. Paul entrepreneur Wenceslaus Muenyi has won $200,000 in the Meda Million Dollar Challenge, a competition for minority-owned businesses. Muenyi manufactures HercLeon brand products, which he say… → Read More

Officials urge caution in annual motorcycle Flood Run

The Fall Flood Run is Saturday — and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is urging bikers to be careful. The annual ride along the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers has included as many … → Read More

Woodbury churned out record number of houses in 2020

In 2020, Woodbury set a 15-year record for most new homes built — in a year in which construction was slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. At a recent city council meeting, officials said Woodbur… → Read More

Company wants to build million-square-foot office, warehouse park in Lake Elmo

An office and warehouse park — with floor space equal to 17 football fields — is being proposed in Lake Elmo. The Cyphers Logistics Park would include four buildings on a 77-acre site, … → Read More

Chemical sponge: Former U of M professor creates filter for 3M pollution

A former professor has invented a filter that could help fix one of the state’s worst water-pollution problems. “We need to stop cleaning water the way we have for 50 years,” said Abdennour Abbas, … → Read More

West Lakeland group sues over meetings for city water system

The lawsuit comes after a July proposal to install a citywide water system for an estimated $154 million. → Read More

Army Corps says upstream Mississippi lakes are shrinking

A chain of lakes used to control the flow of the Mississippi River are below normal water levels by as much as 13 inches, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported Monday. → Read More

Lake Elmo swim pond closed due to lifeguard shortage

Because of a lifeguard shortage, a popular swimming pond in Lake Elmo will close Tuesday. Washington County announced Friday that the Lake Elmo Park Reserve Swim Pond would remain open only through Monday, and would close for the season after that. The pond is usually open through Labor Day, which is Sept. 6 this year. → Read More

Some Grey Cloud Island neighbors concerned about changes coming in Cottage Grove

Several major development projects are on tap for the area around Grey Clould Island, the quiet neighborhood nestled in a bend in the Mississippi River. → Read More

Pollution solution: $700 million from 3M for east metro cities for water quality projects

Officials turned on the spigot of 3M money Wednesday, sending $700 million flowing into 14 east metro cities for water-quality projects. → Read More

Woodbury police arrest three suspected car thieves after crime spree involving 21 vehicles

The suspects — two 15-year-old boys and one 16-year-old — were jailed after an on-foot chase through a Woodbury neighborhood. → Read More

Critics sound off on $475 million Rush Line rapid transit line

The buses of the Rush Line aren’t rolling yet, but protests are. A group called the No Rush Line Coalition is fighting the proposal for the $475 million rapid-transit bus line from St. Paul to Whit… → Read More

Twin Cities United Way revenue falls by 5 percent in sixth straight year of declines

The Greater Twin Cities United Way says revenue dropped by 5 percent to $58 million in 2020 — a year of unprecedented stress for non-profits. It was the sixth straight year of declines for th… → Read More