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Some chose to view the fair from the Sky Ride on the last day of the Minnesota State Fair, Monday, September 4, 2017 in Falcon Heights, MN.

Falcon Heights wants to hit State Fair, U campus with franchise fee

Tax-exempt entities could add about $130,000 to its cash-strapped budget.
Terry Nyblom; Vadnais Heights City Council member, shown in 2012.

Vadnais Heights council member admits to disorderly conduct

Terry Nyblom of Vadnais Heights feels vindicated despite disorderly conduct admission.
Skaters enjoyed the ice during an open skate at the National Sports Center's Ramsey County Arena inside the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine.

Sports Center has a $250 million plan – and concerns about whether it will pay off

A sudden surge of sprawling suburban sports behemoths nationwide is creating a tricky competitive environment.
The University of Northwestern-St. Paul campus, in suburban Ramsey County. The college is mulling expansion.

'Town-and-gown' tensions are hitting Roseville, too

After Arden Hills, neighboring suburb is next to resist expansion of a Christian college.

New faces ready to take over in Falcon Heights

Voters in Falcon Heights were opting for new faces at City Hall on Tuesday in the wake of the fatal shooting within their borders of…
In this 2014 Star Tribune file photo, White Bear Lake plummeted to a record low water level due to a drought and large amount of groundwater pumping.

Deep wells in nearby suburbs linked to lower White Bear Lake

Tapping by a few cities around White Bear Lake accounted for much of the drop in the lake's level, the DNR says; lawn watering is less of a culprit.
Irondale High School students walked through a section call “four corners” area during lunch hour Thursday October 26,2017 in New Brighton, MN. ]

Twin Cities school districts seeking millions from voters

Districts want to go on building spree to meet growing enrollment and replace outdated facilities.

New Ramsey Co. portal gives public easy access to data

Even the bad news gets an airing, with the help of a simple, user-friendly web surf.
New Brighton Mayor Val Johnson, shown during a 2016 work session held at New Brighton City Hall.

Factions square off in volatile New Brighton lineup

After a yearlong delay, election exposes the heated conflicts at City Hall.

Falcon Heights candidates face a transition period

Council candidates confront shooting aftermath, tax hike.
Ann Dickey

Ann Dickey, 47, dies shortly before Edina Athletic Hall of Fame induction

She won seven letters as a member of state championship soccer and golf teams. But she was involved with getting girls involved in sports to the end.
The TCAAP site in Arden Hills is one of the sites that is part of Ramsey County's bid for the new Amazon headquarters.

Ramsey County's bid for new Amazon HQ is more about being noticed

County leaders would love to win the headquarters prize. But if that doesn't happen, their sites still are sure to draw attention.
The north side of White Bear Lake, showing water beneath a dock that was extended far out onto the lake when it was at its lower stage.

Minnesota to appeal landmark White Bear Lake ruling

DNR questions the science and warns of dire consequences from court's decision, including years of watering bans.
Lorena Sanchez served an order to go as the Roseville McDonald's celebrated 60 years of business with 60-cent hamburgers and wearing throwback uniform

First McDonald's to open in Minnesota celebrates 60th birthday

Baker recalls 1957, when restaurant opened on Snelling Av. in Roseville.
The view along the Mississippi River in St. Paul from the site added to Ramsey County's bid for the new Amazon headquarters.

Ramsey County's Amazon HQ bid adds St. Paul riverfront to ammo site

Riverfront site in downtown St. Paul is added to proposal.
Ramsey County commissioners and Arden Hills leaders agreed that it’s worth pursuing Amazon's new headquarters at the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Pla

Race for new Amazon HQ is altering TCAAP plans in Arden Hills

Opportunity to get the huge employer has TCAAP team "working 24/7."
The preservation and restoration of the Miller Barn, on Woodbury park property, is a project being pushed by the city’s Heritage Society, with priva

As it turns out, Woodbury does have a history — on display soon

A self-guided tour takes place next weekend as part of the city's 50th anniversary celebrations.
Larry Cohen, who died in 2016, is remembered for work on diversity.

Plaza in St. Paul to honor Larry Cohen, former judge and politician

The project represents a reboot for what is now a flagpole-and-flowers public space outside the combined St. Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse.
Janice Rettman worked alone before a recent Ramsey County Board meeting in St. Paul.

Local Minnesota officials who often cast the lone dissenting vote talk of 'life on an island'

They agreed the majority is eager for agreement and to avoid a public fuss.

Roseville adopts sanctuary policy, if not name

Officials stressed that they want all living within the city limits to feel free to seek police protection without worrying about what their immigration status is.
As she turned 70, Ramsey County District Judge Margaret Marrinan said, “I’m not retiring; I’m expiring.”

Ramsey County's retiring Judge Margaret Marrinan left her mark on and off the bench

She will be remembered for her style, work ethic and humor.
A Ramsey County district judge ruled in favor of White Bear Lake homeowners, who argued that the state was at fault for the unsustainable aquifer use.

Judge rules state failed to protect White Bear Lake, aquifer

A Ramsey County district judge ruled in favor of White Bear Lake homeowners, who argued that the state was at fault for the unsustainable aquifer use.
An artist’s rendering of Town Center at the future Rice Creek Commons development.

Hiccups are weighing on Arden Hills' Rice Creek Commons project

Leaders remain hopeful that solar energy for the 427-acre Rice Creek Commons 'can still happen.'

Ramsey County Board braces for 'sticker shock' on proposed taxes

In some poorer areas, rising home values could mean bumps of 10 to 20 percent.

Arden Hills will allow organic waste site

City rejected the proposal when approached in 2014.
Roseville is one of the cities around the metro crafting a 10-year plan that grapples with affordable housing.

League of Women voters pushing for affordable housing in metro suburbs

Roseville got a pitch last week as it ramps up toward a new long-range plan.
Workers for Better Futures Minnesota disassembled a house in eastern Roseville. Removing the house will make way for new development and is cheaper an

Disassembled Roseville house feeds a market for timber with a story

Rather than raze the residence, Roseville chose to take apart a small home piece by piece and sell off the components — many a century old.

Arden Hills neighbors raise stink over garbage idea for park

City Council may decide the issue later this month.

Arden Hills edges closer to battle with expanding colleges

Officials concerned over colleges' weaker economic punch, loss of tax base to tax-exempt institutions.
Marine-on-St. Croix's Jackson Meadows is popping up in lifestyle magazines thanks to its open space, community features and design.

Minnesota subdivisions designed for the Instagram age

Developments in Lake Elmo, Rochester and Medina stress great design, communal features and vast stretches of protected nature.
Dr. Joseph Garamella

Joseph J. Garamella, pioneer in open-heart surgery, dies

Tiffany Slayton relishes the oft-told story about the day her father, shopping at Byerly’s, helped save the life of a stranger felled by a heart…
The area between Grandma’s Bakery and parking spots is now an outdoor seating area with no trash in sight.

Makeover with a twist for a junk space in White Bear Lake

Statewide award goes to city for effort to clean up key civic space, save money and recycle waste.
A past Ramsey County effort to cull deer. Archers will be authorized to take up to 115 deer for 2017-18, up from the 79 taken this past season

Ramsey County approves new deer cull to curb overpopulation

Archers will be authorized to take up to 115 deer to bring population down.

On the defensive, Ramsey County Board votes to raise pay by nearly 3 percent

But commissioners say they are being transparent.
Bethel University is seeking to expand.

Northwestern, Bethel University growth plans have Arden Hills concerned

City fears for its bottom line as the colleges seek to expand.
Courtroom activities were revived for a day on the 150th anniversary of the Washington County Historic Courthouse.

For just a day, gavel echoes again in 150-year-old Stillwater courtroom

Minnesota's oldest standing courthouse came back to life, if only briefly.
Fireworks shot from the roof of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) in Arden Hills during a ground-breaking ceremony in 2013.

Arden Hills megaproject delayed by underground pollution

New town center on 427 acres may be pushed back as far as 2019.
Ninety-four people took the oath of allegiance from Judge William J. Fisher and became new U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony on Wednesday

Fuse is lit for Roseville being state's first 'sanctuary suburb'

The City Council has agreed to take up the subject this summer, the result of a citizen engagement effort focused on issues of race and ethnicity that produced a strong turnout and a forceful push to support immigrants.
The north side of White Bear Lake, showing water beneath a dock that was extended far out onto the lake when it was at its lower stage.

Once shrinking White Bear Lake is on the verge of overflowing

White Bear Lake, the most dire of mudholes within vivid memory, is now rising so high that it's threatening to stream out through overflow pipes. Legal issues still remain, but locals are hopeful that they will finally have their beaches back.
Daron Close, left, with Acqua chef/co-owner Chris Whalen in 2009.

Fine dining keeps expanding in a onetime 'desert' of White Bear Lake

Mizu, in White Bear Lake, arrives in June as the latest entry.
Annika Sorenstam right ,and Thad Layton golf course architect looked over a fairway at the newly designed The Royal Golf Club Thursday September 29, 2

New subdivision at Lake Elmo golf course raises questions of affordability

The latest skirmish in a decades-old battle between Lake Elmo and the Metropolitan Council led to a recommendation Monday to green-light another upscale development in…

Bump in sheriff's staff spurs Ramsey County debate

Before granting $1.3 million, the Ramsey County Board questions impact on taxpayers, use of county jail.
Some experts have said that there are too many deer in some jurisdictions.

Minnesota jurisdictions struggle over how many deer are enough

Sickly animals raise questions about culling as DNR studies issue.
Roseville’s schools are showing their age: This is the exterior of Parkview, an elementary school with window air conditioners for summer.

Roseville's $250 million plan to upgrade schools nears final decision

School officials say maintenance needs can be bonded, but building additions require a referendum.
White Bear Lake, an icon of the east metro, dropped as low as 919 feet above sea level before recovering to 923 feet lately — but only after record

Homeowners' water use on the line in White Bear Lake case

During the March trial over who or what is to blame for White Bear Lake's radical drop in elevation, lawyers for lakeshore owners and their allies laid out a case which, if they win, threatens to create years of turmoil and anger and cost huge sums to fix.
Students read last year at Marine Elementary in Marine on St. Croix, one of the sites the district decided to close. The others are in Hugo and Stillw

Appeals court won't intervene to stop Stillwater school closings

Judges ruled district was free to shutter three elementary sites despite community opposition.
Bishop John J. McRaith

Obituary: Bishop John J. McRaith, Minnesota native, voice for farmers in church

The Rev. John Jeremiah McRaith, bishop emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Owensboro, Ky., was towed to his rest behind a tractor, on a dusty…
White Bear Lake from the shore in November 2015.

White Bear Lake water trial ends in acrimony over elevation drop

Judge's ruling over cause of elevation drop is not expected for months.
Fireworks were shot from the roof of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) in Arden Hills during a ground-breaking ceremony in 2013 for

Housing advocates accuse Met Council of laxity in affordable housing

At issue is the 427-acre TCAAP megaproject in Arden Hills.
Halfbreed Lake, in Forest Lake and Scandia, also known as Sylvan Lake, is bordered by Keewahtin Avenue, which once also was called Halfbreed. Some fol

Sensitivities over Indian issues delay renaming of Washington County lake

A popular move to change the name of Halfbreed Lake in Washington County is being deferred so locals can seek consensus on a new name, with some residents calling for a moniker that takes account of the area's Indian heritage.
Imam Jasmin Suljkanovic left and Enes Gluhic, shown in January. The two are with the Islamic Community of Bosniaks of Minnesota, a group of Minneapoli

Chisago County Board approves permit for Muslim cemetery

Facing a likely legal battle, the board voted unanimously to reverse an earlier decision.
Nate Vo and Mari Gavino held one of the dogs for sale at Har Mar Pet Shop in Roseville.

Roseville bans dog, cat sales at pet stores; first Minn. city to do so

Proponents of the ban said it was needed to protect consumers from unknowingly purchasing troubled animals reared in poor conditions.
“We’ve had our national group retained to deal with this and have found other partners to address the case and process an appeal,” said Jaylani

Under pressure from feds, Chisago County Board set to reconsider Muslim cemetery

All sides reticent about what's coming, especially in wake of injuries to one county commissioner.
Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton, shown in 2011, will leave his job this spring to become executive director of the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Associa

Washington County sheriff departs for statewide post

Bill Hutton will tackle issues of guns, court security and mentally ill jail inmates as executive director of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association.
Brian McGoldrick, who owns Admiral D's Waterfront Tavern and the adjacent marina, The Docks of White Bear Lake, is grateful the water levels of White

Was state to blame in White Bear Lake's decline?

An oblivious state government was behind the slow-motion disaster that struck White Bear Lake, the recreational jewel of the east metro area, a legal team representing lakefront owners alleges.
A push is on for privately financed passenger rail service from Eau Claire to St. Paul’s Union Depot, to go with light-rail and bus service. A sto

All aboard from the east? Wisconsinites plot rail to Twin Cities

A push is on for privately financed passenger rail service from Eau Claire to St. Paul's Union Depot, with a stop in Stillwater.
Bob Andresen, a tech staffer at Gordon Parks High School in St. Paul, an alternative school in the inner city, said that few students need mobile hot

Metro libraries hesitate to lend internet hot spots

Take-home internet has extra costs, wait times.
A presentation Tuesday to the Washington County Board on the proposed Gold Line busway compared the number of riders who can travel on a single bus wi

Gold Line busway gets millions toward a 2024 opening

Ramsey, Washington counties pitch in several million each, pushing past start-up phase.

'No, don't:' Roseville cancels contract for 'Speak Up'

A digital involvement tool that cities and counties are using fell flat in the suburb, the City Council agreed.
Evening commuters along Stillwater Boulevard pass by North Star Farm at the edge of Lake Elmo. The suburb has been caught between angry factions of ci

Lake Elmo: New council majority, same uproar

Staffer's firing has two members "appalled," mayor talking of colleague's "silliness."
Taggers have gotten to one of the few remaining buildings on the TCAAP site, which may become a welcome center that tells the story of the area's hist

Megaproject in Arden Hills: Environmental model, or hazard?

Transformation of old ammo plant site includes environment, and image.
In July 2013, friends and family at the Roseville Armory welcomed 24 soldiers from the 147th Financial Management Support Company after they returned

Roseville Armory controversy: Council aims for homes on site

Rather than preserving the building, it appears likely the armory will come down and the site redeveloped for housing.
A new A Line bus on Ford Parkway in St. Paul. Most of the route is on Snelling Avenue, ending at Rosedale.

Snelling busway gets strong start; don't count on extension soon

Unlike the south metro's Red Line, at least so far, the A Line from south Minneapolis to Roseville is reporting solid ridership results.
Kilik Lom, 2, played with a jumbo-size light board at the new Brooklyn Park library.

In a glitzy era for libraries, core mission shows signs of decline

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.
Jill Boldenow, left, Ramsey County library system chief, and Jackson showcased the Star Trek command chairs in the teen area.

Shoreview library, soon to open, completes its master plan

Since 2005, the Ramsey system has been renewing, expanding, building: Now there's one more.
The main salt pile at the Arden Hills Truck Station in 2014.

Low-salt diet for roads aims at keeping drinking water from tasting briny

Minnesota cities want to prevent drinking water from tasting briny.
Sylvia Rector

Obituary: Sylvia Rector, 'tough editor' in Twin Cities who became beloved food critic in Detroit

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…
Passengers board the Empire Builder to Chicago at St. Paul's Union Station on Friday. After a drop in 2015, ridership on Amtrak’s Minnesota route su

Twin Cities passenger rail traffic climbs back on track

Advocates of a second daily train to Chicago say the turnaround reinforces their case that there's a demand out there for rail service.

Megaproject plan clears Ramsey County, but questions linger

Differences remain on housing density and transit plans, but agreements reached on basic framework.
Meghan Stavropol, left, and Marissa Erdman visited puppies in the pet store at HarMar in Roseville.

Dec. 14, 2016: Roseville could be first city in state to ban sales of bred pets in stores

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.
The TCAAP site, photographed in 2010 from the top of the Kame, a former reservoir that is the highest point in Ramsey County.

Arden Hills megaproject gets city's OK amid strife

Two members of next year's City Council fought the proposal, but the final vote was 4-1 in favor.
A solar panel array atop Falcon Heights City Hall could be replicated in neighboring Roseville, if a proposal goes through.

Roseville weighs collecting sunshine on civic campus

It may be a way to save money on energy, but much remains unknown about the pros and cons of such a project.
The TCAAP site, photographed in 2010 from the top of the Kame, a former reservoir that is the highest point in Ramsey County.

Arden Hills megaproject approved by city planners

Public hearing was the last big step before the City Council's vote on the old Army site.
Anne Barry

Ex-state health chief takes top St. Paul-Ramsey position

After serving as a state health commissioner and in Human Services, Anne Barry will head St. Paul-Ramsey Public Health Department.

Roseville schools lay groundwork for major building program

District's high school is over capacity and the list of physical needs is long, officials say.
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