Sainted & Tainted: ‘Wade would not be with us today if it weren’t for all these people’

6March 2021


A huge sainted to the most amazing doctors, nurses and supporting medical staff at the Covid ICU, Palliative Care & LTAC Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul where my husband spent the last two months. Also a sainted to the incredible dedication of our prayer warriors.

Wade would not be with us today if it weren’t for all these people. Lastly, a sainted to our wonderful friends and family who kept our driveway clear of snow.

“Here comes the sun.”

Kathy Zwick, Maplewood



I’d like to Saint former North Heights Hardware Hank owner Jim Schwalbach. He worked 47 years, almost six days every week providing great hardware services in the Little Canada, Roseville area.

His employees were always very helpful and quite knowledgeable, great repair work as well.

Jim was very generous to me when I ran the Miss Roseville Ambassador Program and he sponsored many athletic teams around town and probably other things I didn’t know about.

I would have said I hope he reads this with his toes in the sand and a cocktail in his hand, but knowing Jim the way I do, it will be a bucket of beer and a cigar.

Congratulations and thank you, my friend.

Mike Hermes, Roseville



Our window of covid vulnerability is through our grandkids.  Because of working parents and closed schools we take the risk to help.  Last Thursday we woke up feeling punky, cough, achy and hot then cold.

We went to the Ramsey County testing center at the Roy Wilkins center. We were worried as we entered the spacious and clean testing site. Knowledgeable, friendly and helpful staff assisted every step of the way.

In and out in a half-hour and our result were online 12 hours later.  Please saint the Ramsey County staff that takes a risk for our health.

Dennis and Molly O’Rourke, St. Paul


Sainted & Tainted

Sainted are those West St. Paul bus drivers who have answered the call during these COVID times, driving bus routes, delivering meals and any other task asked of them unwaveringly.

Tainted is the district who will not work with them to bargain their contract that expired more than 600 days ago.

Mark Krey, St. Paul



Tainted to the Hill-Murray girls hockey team and their parents and coaches who enabled them to make selfish, dangerous choices. The headline in your Sunday edition should have read “Hill-Murray and Tartan/No. St Paul season on hold.” Because of their actions the TNSP girls team has missed two weeks of hockey including five games.

Barb Hall, Maplewood

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