Situated at the former site of the Sioux Village of Kaposia, South St. Paul is one of the undiscovered treasures on the banks of the Mississippi. South St. Paul is a small family friendly community nestled up to the big city. South St. Paul was designated as an All-American City in 1990 and prides itself on a rich history of ethnic diversity and a strong work ethic. It remains a place with an active citizenry and a strong sense of community. South St. Paul is known for its excellent school system, high quality police, fire, and other public services, and a responsive city government.
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South Saint Paul has a quality parks and trails system for residents to enjoy. You can enjoy a bike ride or walk along the many bike trails located throughout the community. The park system includes over 240 acres of active and natural space enhanced by a variety of season recreation programs and activities.
Schools South St. Paul Public School District #6 is a public school district located in South Saint Paul, MN. It has 3,578 students in grades PK-12th with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 50% of students are at least proficient in math and 50% in reading.
One of the first actions undertaken by the 1887 Common Council of the City of South St. Paul was the establishment of a police department. In fact, Ordinance No. 1 passed on March 22, 1887, decrees the formation of that branch of governmental responsibility. The mayor was named the chief executive officer of the police department and instructed to appoint two or more policemen to safeguard the city.
Historically, the town was notable as a major meat-packing location. Subsequently, many residents are descended from immigrants of Southern European and Eastern European heritage, who came to work in the meat-packing plants in the early twentieth century.
A post office called “South St. Paul” has been in operation since 1888. The city was named based on its location, south of St. Paul, MN