Sainted & Tainted: Moved and comforted by your gesture, cashier Ryan


My beloved 59-year-old brother, Todd Wescott, died unexpectedly from a heart attack on July 24. A few days after this I was having a very hard day and stopped at the Trader Joe’s in St Paul.

While I was checking out, the cashier Ryan asked me how I was doing and I immediately teared up and told him I was having a difficult day and that I had lost my brother.

On the way out he bought me a bouquet of flowers.

I was deeply moved and comforted by this gesture. It demonstrated the kindness and compassion my brother exemplified every day of his life.

Amy Wescott, St. Paul


On Saturday, July 23, at about noon my husband was out walking with his walker. It started to rain and he had a short way to get to our home.

All of a sudden, an Amazon delivery truck stopped and asked him if he needed some help. My husband said thank you and pointed at our home. The driver said OK and got back in his truck.

Thank you. There are nice people.

Carol Kline, St. Paul


In response to the Tainted item of July 31, I would like to add to the cyclists who refuse to stop at stop signs.

This is in regard to the pedestrian/bicycle path that has been created for their use. Going from the north end of Stillwater through downtown and onto the trail south connecting with the new Stillwater Crossing bridge. Along this section of trail I’ve noticed many times at the numerous stop signs along this route the disregard for the stop signs.

So maybe the city of Stillwater Police Department should start handing out tickets for failure to obey the stop signs? I’ve always been under the impression that cyclists are supposed to obey the same traffic laws as motor vehicles. Hence stopping at stop signs.

Along with this I don’t understand the city closing off a plotted city street to pedestrian/bicyclists only. I’m referring to Sam Bloomer Way, which runs along the west side of the St. Croix River which in the past has been open to motor vehicle traffic along with pedestrian/bicycle traffic. It seems to me the city already has enough pedestrian/bicycle trails where they are having problems with obedience to stop signs.

Russell K. Nygren, Stillwater

I want to nominate a local neighborhood volunteer, Franco, for keeping Wacouta Commons Park safe, clean and beautiful.

Franco works tirelessly on gardening, watering, cleaning in our park — and it certainly shows.

Franco often likes to work during the night hours since it is cooler and his large St. Bernard prefers the night weather, too,  Consequently, Wacouta Commons Park has become a safer place and if I know Franco is in the park at night — I feel much safer walking my dog.

Franco is fair and respectful to all that he meets. Those who leave trash are asked to pick it up, those who want to set up camp are kindly asked to move on, and those not following park rules or curfews are reminded.

Franco doesn’t even see the park from his apartment, but I do! I so appreciate his volunteer work, and the extra time he spends keeping our Wacouta Commons Park beautiful and safe.  People like Franco help me to believe there is hope for the world.

Lori Baker, St. Paul

The Farm Fest program deserves to be Sainted for hosting the first debate this week between Gov. Tim Walz and Dr. Scott Jensen.

As it has during each of the recent election cycles, the event, put on by the Minnesota Farm Bureau in Redwood County in the southwest portion of the state, featured a fine forum to compare and contrast the candidates.

While spirited, the discussion was civil and informative, much more so than the splurge of television ads likely to be aired this fall as the campaign heats up.

Marshall H. Tanick, Minneapolis

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