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In an era of extensive building and remodeling, the state Department of Education reports drops in the number of visits, registered users and loans of material.
Since 2005, the Ramsey system has been renewing, expanding, building: Now there's one more.
Minnesota cities want to prevent drinking water from tasting briny.
Joe Kimball remembers it as a tense period in his career at the Star Tribune: The time when his paper squared off against the rival…
Advocates of a second daily train to Chicago say the turnaround reinforces their case that there's a demand out there for rail service.
Differences remain on housing density and transit plans, but agreements reached on basic framework.
Complaints after federal animal inspector's visit to HarMar PetShop prompt city to consider oversight. The owner calls criticism of so-called "puppy mills" unfair.
Two members of next year's City Council fought the proposal, but the final vote was 4-1 in favor.
It may be a way to save money on energy, but much remains unknown about the pros and cons of such a project.
Public hearing was the last big step before the City Council's vote on the old Army site.
After serving as a state health commissioner and in Human Services, Anne Barry will head St. Paul-Ramsey Public Health Department.
District's high school is over capacity and the list of physical needs is long, officials say.
As the options narrow, several public meetings are coming in the next three weeks to discuss what's happening with the proposed Rush Line transitway on the East Side.
New Brighton schedules "team-building" session, but members still airing disputes.
Council worked Monday to resolve lingering misgivings about density and costs.
State officials have warned leaders of suburbs close to White Bear Lake that they may have to order homeowners to let their lawns wilt for lack of water.
City liquor stores hurt by big-box competition.
Long-sought restaurant overlooking the lake comes with a price and some risk.
Arden Hills officials worried about density.
Handling of the TCAAP site remains unclear.
The plan is to start slowly, build ridership and go Full Busway when actual usage calls for it.
After years of complaints about an “unsustainable” number of deer in Roseville, the city will hire sharpshooters for the first time to thin the herd.…
Candidates for city offices reflect a deep divide.
Effort to create citywide network sparked heated confrontations
A Roseville City Council member’s startling proposal to save up to $3 million a year by dissolving the city’s police department was denied late Monday…
Cities fear another case like White Bear Lake.
After the gay nightclub shootings in Orlando last June, the senior pastor of a conservative evangelical church in New Hope recalls standing before his congregation…
Leaders in the state's most populous counties get their first look at 2017 budgets.
Metro-area communities may be required spend up to 10 percent of their share of state parks Legacy funds to attract more youth, new immigrants, and racial and ethnic minorities to regional parks under a proposal approved Monday by a committee of the Metropolitan Council.
In Arden Hills, University of Northwestern wants med-tech firm's old space.
The Shoreview branch will reopen Jan. 28, following two months of moving from the old facility next door. Private fundraising goes on.
First it was the dog in the emergency room. Then it was the exploding toilets. Liz and Irv Cross of Roseville twice have felt victimized…
A city-led push for civic action bred only division.
All else being equal, a study finds that their experience helps them do more with their time. But if they're not on the job …
The portion of the trail in east Edina is to be done by 2017. The west portion, out for bid shortly, should be finished by 2018.
Judge says city improperly switched to even-year elections, wrongly rejected a challenge.
"We're not downtown," said Council Member Fran Holmes said after developer Alatus rolled out a vision that included hundreds more units than the city planned on the site.
Lake Elmo's objections force a re-evaluation.
"Please don't throw things at me," Alatus developer Bob Lux said, as he asked Arden Hills to move its City Hall to the former TCAAP site and to allow residential buildings as high as 12 stories.
Civic leaders on the east end of the Twin Cities metro area increasingly worry that the latest wave of economic development and growth is sweeping…
The company denies it's at fault, and the city acknowledges polluted well was never put in use.
The City Council sparred over a gag order and number discrepancies.
State PR campaign seeks to build public support for St. Croix bridge
Minnesota’s most diverse places are becoming more and more diverse, really quickly. That’s the lesson from the latest round of county race and ethnicity estimates…
There was no grand finale for Maplewood’s July 4th fireworks on Monday night. Shortly after the show began, officials say, city staffers noticed that pieces…
Inventory of major roads with stoppages is meant to create priorities for future spending as money becomes available.
An authoritative account of Grand Marais’ rise as a North Shore artist colony mentions the flamboyant Birney Quick about three times as much as his…
The Metropolitan Council's initiative to move toward racial equity in metro-area parks — closing the gap in park usage between whites and people of color — has raised suspicions best captured two years ago, when a suburban member of the council publicly asked: "Will [Theodore] Wirth Park get all the money because it's next to north Minneapolis? I mean, how does this play out?"
The lake has risen 3 feet from its low point three years ago. But nothing has changed when it comes to the rhetoric and politics at play.
The fully built-out suburb of Edina is managing to find stray corners in which to pack an extraordinary number of new living units. And its success suggests a new wave of urbanized suburbia could be on the way.
Transit planners are regrouping on plans for a Gold Line busway, after citizen blowback in Oakdale and Lake Elmo’s decision to withdraw altogether. But officials…
But "monster questions" still hang over plans for Rice Creek Commons.
Minneapolis-based Alatus was chosen as the developer for the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition plant site for its "vision," "quality."
Attempt to create new channels of communication is igniting strife between City Hall and existing neighborhood groups.
Backers of the bill said that poor communication raised suspicions.
Study finds some factors other than race are behind state's economic gap.
In return for tax break, company says it will create 200 jobs.
High points for 2016 include completion of a major trail and the opening of a Hmong play area.
The growth is fueled by births, not migration. The Met Council cited the stats in its quest for a big boost in Twin Cities transportation funding from the Legislature.
A group of parents fighting the closing of schools in the Stillwater district is asking the courts to intervene. “This is a quasi-judicial decision, which…
City has tackled 77 projects, including picnic shelter fixes and playground replacements.
Crackdown begins as state's wells edge closer to depletion. Faulty meters, overuse and aging pipes are blamed.
North Heights Lutheran, which once drew several thousand, has fallen victim to internal strife.
When a series of medical reverses of his own left Dr. James Gaviser unable to practice surgery, he could have retreated into bitterness. Instead, say…
The Ramsey County Board is expected in coming months to devise a plan that, if a trend of declining use continues, could end up closing one or more of the county's 11 ice arenas.
The Red Rock Corridor, from Hastings to downtown St. Paul, is still years away, but key decisions are being made.
Capital outlays by large municipalities grew by $200 million in 2014.
The estimate to pipe in and possibly treat water was disputed by homeowners.
Rapid growth in Minnesota's black population, with many from other countries and states, may well explain what appeared at first to be a sudden drop in that group's prosperity.
The master plan for a new town center on one of the state’s major development sites was approved Tuesday, but not without dissent. The Ramsey…
The school board defers decision on future of Valley Crossing school.
Lake Elmo, the Twin Cities’ poster child for resistance to sprawl, is opting out of a major transitway that had been counted on to propel…
Bjarnie Anderson will always ask himself whether the case that made his boss notorious also ended a career in politics that could have taken him…
City leaders are wary of the details in Calyxt's plan.
Panel has its reasons but will seek public comment on Hastings-St. Paul transit route.
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