West Saint Paul is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, immediately south of the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota. The quirky naming in part comes from the fact that the city is on the "west" bank of the Mississippi River—the river flows toward the east at this point. A previous City of West St. Paul incorporated in the late 19th century and was situated in what is now called the Lower West Side of St. Paul. That city went bankrupt in the 1880s. According to the West 7th/Fort Road foundation, St.