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The Elba Fire Tower has stood sentry for more than 70 years above the Whitewater River valley, visible for miles atop the southeastern Minnesota bluff land.
Getting a true taste of the culture during an off-season trip to this Mediterranean gem.
With the income tax filing deadline little more than a month off, the state of Minnesota is advising individual and business taxpayers not to use a line of electronic tax preparation services, including the popular TurboTax, because of “multiple issues” with tax returns.
The 2014 weather story -- just recently officially finished -- could be told through chattering teeth. The year was bookended by cold and snow. Some may recall it, though, for its delightful autumn, when fall colors replaced cats as social media’s most popular photographic subject.
Minnesota was a cool place to be in 2014. Very cool.While the rest of the globe panted through what’s likely to be the warmest year…
Continuing flooding has stymied efforts to measure the mess at Minnehaha Park.
Fresh off a new storm that dumped at least another half-inch of rain in parts of the Twin Cities area Monday, federal and state officials…
The damage reimbursed by a presidential declaration more than likely will apply only to public property — roads, bridges, parks and schools — and not homes. So homeowners, check your insurance policies.
State had its wettest June ever, Twin Cities the second. Could summer bring a dry turn?
First came the floods.Now comes the pestilence.Black flies, the nasty biters that can ruin a picnic even faster than mosquitoes, are about to appear in…
One of the rainiest Junes on record has led to about 189 releases of untreated sewage from Minnesota communities and businesses — a “very high…
The 22nd season of the parade that has brought a big holiday twinkle to Nicollet Mall will be its last. Organizers promise a “fresh” successor.
Officials are proposing the metro area’s fourth curling center, confident there’s enough interest in the medieval Scottish game that the riverside city once famous for its bricks might instead become known for sliding stones.
On Lake Minnetonka, the metro area’s biggest and busiest recreational lake, a floating bog that looks like an island had to be lassoed and anchored back into place after it drifted away on high water and blocked a channel.
Heavy rains lead to some contamination of waterways as storm cleanup continues. The impact was felt from the Iowa border to the Iron Range, said Wendy Turri, municipal wastewater manager for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Minneapolis gets all the attention as a mecca for bike commuting, but many bicyclists are pushing those boundaries, commuting from the suburbs to the city (or vice versa) on wooded trails, residential streets and sometimes even major highways. It’s great exercise and it’s time outdoors that drivers don’t get, many say. Greg Anderson, who rides 9 miles between home and work in Plymouth, calls it “Cycletherapy.”
Minneapolis gets all the attention as a mecca for bike commuting, but many bicyclists are pushing those boundaries, commuting from the suburbs to the city (or vice-versa) on wooded trails, residential streets and sometimes even major highways.
Tired of delays, the city has issued fines for trains that block traffic for extended periods of time.
Police shot one of two suspects during a foot chase that also left an officer injured in north Minneapolis on Friday afternoon. The two suspects…
For landscaper Roger Odenthal, mosquito season started like a bolt from the sky Monday.No irritating random bites, but a full-on attack.“They probably wanted to celebrate…
“Nothing anymore is a surprise, but it is a disappointment,” said Rich Rezanka, aquatic invasive species specialist for the DNR. “We’ve tried hard with prevention methods. Someone wasn’t paying attention."
For Melissa Anders, a car is just a fallback.
Steve Sanders has been riding to work year-round for 18 years, through sun, snow, ice, rain and sleet.
For Ben Duininck, an analyst at U.S. Bancorp, his daily commute is like a puzzle to solve.
More than two decades after Minneapolis officials banned polystyrene containers, the City Council on Friday voted unanimously to reduce the fine for violations, but to step up enforcement.
To-go containers must be easily recyclable, ordinance says.
Minnetrista Mayor Anne Hunt has appointed a new City Council member to fill the seat she vacated in April when she became mayor.
A Bloomington man traveled 6,000 miles and found plenty to like on his friend list.
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s 10th annual report card for water quality in more than 100 west metro lakes, ponds and marshes shows a long-term…
Three weeks after Minnetrista’s longtime mayor angrily resigned, its city administrator has been fired. The City Council fired Mike Funk after a performance review Monday.…
Lighthouse at Waconia failed to develop a plan, but corrections were made.
Wind-swept ice is on the move along Lake Mille Lacs, with giant flows creating beachheads on the shoreline and grinding into houses.
April in the Twin Cities became the second wettest in 142 years of record-keeping. In Minneapolis, Wirth Parkway between Golden Valley Road and Plymouth Avenue as well as E. Lake Harriet Parkway were closed due to clogged sewers and standing water.
Eric Evenson-Marden’s 15-year tenure as head of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has ended.In a statement released Friday, district board President Sherry Davis White…
Lake Minnetonka probably won’t be far behind in the closely watched spring marker.
Anne Hunt will serve until the end of this year, and voters will elect a new mayor in November.
In its first such foray of the year, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District deployed three helicopters across the region, aiming for 1,500 acres where three varieties of mosquitoes might be developing in snowmelt from eggs laid last summer.
Severe Weather Week means tornado drills on Thursday.
She resigned midterm, citing a poisonous relationship with four remaining council members.
Canadian Pacific freight trains, which Buffalo residents believe are longer and more numerous than ever thanks to the North Dakota oil boom, have increasingly been blocking intersections.
Six shallow southern Minnesota lakes shook off their winter ice Tuesday through Saturday, the first of Minnesota’s 15,000 lakes to go blue after one of the coldest winters in recent decades.
St. Louis Park and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District are installing 1.3 miles of boardwalks, bridges and paved trails in a broad wetland that for generations had been literally an urban backwater.
The late-season dump -- 10.5 inches in downtown Minneapolis -- that had many wondering if Old Man Winter would ever leave disappeared nearly as quickly as it came.
If City Council approves, ban would be replaced by job site management plan.
Workers also will be information ambassadors.
The restaurant, which has operated in a converted gas station at W. 43rd Street and Upton Avenue S. since 1995, will be torn down and replaced by a three-story development.
Despite the snowy winter, there’s little chance of major river flooding in the coming weeks across most of Minnesota. The cool late winter and early…
A former Shorewood couple is headed for federal prison after more than a decade eluding authorities while living and doing business in Thailand and China.…
They’ll spend two weeks looking for some quick fixes, but some kind of construction halt is still possible.
Measure imposed in southwest Minneapolis has energized both supporters and opponents.
The emerald ash borer is a threat to the metro’s ash trees, causing Minneapolis to remove most on public property.
Any Minnesotan who has ever discussed the weather probably got a few talking points from Donald Baker. A longtime professor at the University of Minnesota,…
Despite a winter-long buildup of snow, particularly in eastern Minnesota, chances of serious spring river flooding across the region are slight, according to a
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport benefits from costly ice-busting chemical, fewer miles to keep free of snow and less traffic to deal with.
Safety and expense prompt neighborhood to review what kind of July 4th celebration might replace the fireworks tradition
Two others in the SUV hit by a semi were hurt.
Now in the rearview: the fourth snowiest meteorological winter on record in the Twin Cities, the ninth coldest ever and the coldest winter in 36 years.
A fresh batch of frigid temperatures — and potential blizzard conditions Wednesday from wind-driven drifts across much of Minnesota — mean there’s no relief in sight for drivers.
It will take a few days for driving conditions to improve, according to the State Patrol. “If you don’t absolutely need to travel through the weekend, don’t do it,” said Lt. Eric Roeske.
Face-lifts for “dated and degraded” Nicollet Mall and slowly sinking Sculpture Garden are high on to-do list.
The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board will address strategies over the next few months to improve the courses, with public input.
Highs near freezing Thursday are coming on the heels of the most winter days with lows below zero in more than 30 years. After a low near zero Friday and a cool weekend, Presidents’ Day will bring rain, snow (and maybe sun) and a high of 36.
Mpls. Park Board wants more information on option under channel.
Despite Powderhorn’s long tradition, park police say they cannot oversee two shows anymore. Neighborhood will weigh the options.
Even mowing isn’t in budget for green space near new stadium.
The remains of the long-abandoned Fuji-Ya restaurant will be torn down and the slope beneath it peeled away to make way for a new park featuring unearthed ruins beneath them as part of the latest Mississippi River redevelopment plan.
An eight-year-long goodbye to ash trees in Minneapolis will start up in 2014, as the city begins a $9 million project to take down 40,000 ash trees in the city’s parks and on its boulevards and golf courses.
Oh, there were lapses, but only 15 tornadoes were identified, the fewest since 1990. And the state’s long-term warming trend took a break in the year’s final weeks.
That won’t remove the mortal threat the invasive insect poses for Minnesota’s nearly 1 billion ash trees. But even a partial kill-off could buy some time for cities and homeowners.
Just before midnight Monday, temperatures in the Twin Cities dropped to 23 below, the coldest in a decade and practically a generation.
Cars stalled, pipes burst and life slowed to a crawl.
Fees or land contributions aimed to meet demand for green space.
The DNR says it has received 3,000 comments in the first week.
Judge ends five-year dispute by ordering the city to make the repairs.
Norwegians have been weaving strong threads into Minneapolis culture, politics and business for more than a century. But, somehow, they’ve never had a central gathering…