West St. Paul Reader

is creating hyper-local news.

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A first step in support—think of it like buying a cup of coffee to say thanks. We're grateful.

Includes:
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  • Hand-written West St. Paul-themed thank-you postcard created by a West St. Paul artist.


Friends

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Next-level support keeps us going each month. Thank you!

Includes:
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  • Hand-written West St. Paul-themed thank-you postcard created by a West St. Paul artist.




Neighbors

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Your support is downright neighborly. Thank you, stellar citizen.

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About

West St. Paul is a first-ring suburb of 20,000 people in a metro area of more than 3 million. The local news media doesn’t pay much attention to us. So it’s hard to know what’s going on.

That can make people feel disconnected and uninformed.

But when you know what’s going on, you feel a sense of belonging in your community. It’s your community. That warm feeling? That’s local pride.

The challenge, of course, is that people are busy. Who has time to attend city council meetings and parse what’s really happening? Even if you know what’s happening, do you know why? Sometimes understanding the dynamics at play is even harder.

We try to make it simple. We help busy people know what’s going on in West St. Paul.

The Cost of Local News

Sharing hyper-local news is time intensive. We spend hours every week researching, interviewing, writing, editing, and publishing news. There are City Council meetings to attend, photos to take, and stories to follow up on. 

In order to continue sharing West St. Paul news, we need your recurring support. That's income we can rely on going forward, allowing us to tell more local stories.

And you make it happen. We offer perks and reward for patrons, but the best is probably the good feeling that you're helping busy people know what's going on.

What People Say

Your support has a big impact, both in allowing us to keep going and helping your fellow West St. Paul neighbors. Here's what people have to say about West St. Paul Reader:

“Thank you, Kevin, for your informative and solid, factual writing.” -Pam Dyer

"I joined because the Asian Eats article was FANTASTIC! Prompted us to check out two of the restaurants for the first time. Planning to hit the entire list. What a contribution to our community." -Darcy McKenzie

“You rock at what you do. I read every post. And it’s always info I would have no other way to get. I love to watch your site grow! Keep crushing dude!” -Andy Berndt

“Thank you for sharing news about our community!” -Missy Keveles

“Your articles are an amazing resource for local news that you won't find at TwinCities.com.” -Julian LaFerla

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We'll explore some member meetups (likely digital for now, but maybe in-person later) to celebrate this milestone and share the inside scoop.
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