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The region has grown dramatically since 1967, and its unique government has evolved along with it.
The Twin Cities has changed dramatically since the founding of the Met Council 50 years ago.
The latest Met Council estimates show strong growth in the central cities, though the region as a whole has kept pace, too.
It's usually hauled to landfill in Rosemount. But last week, U researchers instead sprinkled bags of ash on a farm field down the road, in hopes that the phosphorus-rich powder will have a future as fertilizer.
But uphill battle expected to win Gov. Mark Dayton's approval.
State and regional officials are looking for ways to squeeze more out of the water that spins down our drains.
State court data show only one conviction in 5 years.
A series of projects for better access are planned in five Hennepin County communities.
Minnesota's representation in the U.S. House could shrink from eight to seven in what would be the first loss in a half-century.
Costs stem from a $16M sewer pipe constructed for growth that never came.
Musician Jack Pearson sometimes sang: “If us kids ran the world, everything would be fine.” The line came at the end of a tune about…
Mounting costs could affect all transit services.
Other major U.S. cities have jumped ahead.
Crow River Regional Trail would pass through three counties and 10 cities.
City officials began efforts to revoke Khan's licenses more than two years ago.
Oak Grove envisions large rural lots while agency pushes controlled growth.
Growth of southwestern suburban counties is rapid, with Scott and Carver leading the state in growth as a share of population over the past six years.
The Twin Cities' art-infused homage to ice fishing is headed to the City of Lakes next year after stints on Medicine and White Bear lakes.
Coney Island in Lake Waconia, once a summer attraction, will become part of a new park.
The onslaught of boxes is changing recycling and traffic patterns, inspiring thieves and even forcing changes in building design.
Two council members raised concerns about policies governing new developments.
They say the Met Council isn't accountable enough to citizens it represents; critics say the proposal would create conflicts of interest.
An idea by the Metropolitan Council 15 years ago to rein in sprawl by offering wastewater service to rural mini-cities hasn't panned out. It spent upward of $40 million building the sewer pipe for Elko New Market and a wastewater plant in East Bethel that the communities now can't afford.
City says a malfunction that led to a boil advisory Monday was unrelated to previous one in January.
The amount of Twin Cities waste being sent to landfills has far outpaced additional trash being generated in the last quarter century. State officials attribute much of the rise to a decline in burning garbage.
Development of the 2,000 acre area could take 20 years.
$208 million would fuel highway, transit and other infrastructure projects.
A letter from three officials took her to task for defying guards preventing after-hours entrance to City Hall.
Both sides want more control over moratoriums.
Bowlers at Midway Pro Bowl gathered around Doug Clobes' unused bowling shoes and ball after their regular Friday night league one recent evening, reminiscing about…
As the state pushes trash burning, some haulers are pushing back
The Metropolitan Council approved $2.8 million in Livable Communities grants this week.
Some government employees improperly checked records.
It's no longer in use but will join likely join the National Register of Historic Places in early 2017.
Last year, 60 pedestrians died on Minnesota roads, 19 more than in 2015, state officials said. The last time that many died was in 1991, with 61.
Dispute over Golden Valley housing inspections has landed in the state's highest court and is attracting national attention.
Minneapolis is looking to consolidate its scattered downtown employees.
Officials say cuts in staffing and spending made during the recession haven't been restored.
Corrosion has eaten away at the vast network of hidden pipes that disposes the Twin Cities' wastewater, which is why the Metropolitan Council is pursuing the largest rehabilitation effort in the system's history.
The Ess House needed major repairs after a fire.
Mayor Betsy Hodges is seeking new spending to hire 15 new police officers.
Artwork from 1968 to be restored to its rightful place on Nicollet Mall.
The two cities are finalizing their 2017 budgets, but city taxes make up a small share of a homeowners' total obligation for services.
While the Stephen Frenz case has taken extra twists and turns, even more straightforward license revocations can lead to a lengthy process for city regulators.
An initial plan to include vehicles on the connection between Cedar-Riverside and downtown spurred backlash from some residents.
Eric Dayton asks members to choose sidewalks over skyways to revive downtown streets.
The arrival of the Super Bowl in just over a year has renewed interest in skyways, which some fault for leaving sidewalks empty.
Full council will hear the proposal to improve walkability on Friday.
The original stadium use agreement called for the team to split the naming rights with the state agency that owns the ramp and the stadium. But last year the Sports Facilities Authority struck a new deal that allowed the Vikings to collect all the renaming revenue — an undisclosed amount — from the ramp.
Investment company has snapped up properties, with the highest concentrations in Minneapolis' Camden and Near North communities and the Payne-Phalen neighborhood of St. Paul.
The city plans to deploy a dozen traffic agents and licensing inspectors to smooth bar traffic downtown.
A big donation and hope of a new operator are keeping doors open.
It's the latest Minnesota city to move away from workers scanning the roads manually.
The Red Wagon's owner, Essam Fawzy, said he has broken into tears during calls with the city trying to work out an arrangement.
Downtown Minneapolis club is part of a group with plans for an amphitheater at an all-new Upper Harbor.
Downtown Minneapolis clubs wouldn’t book black musicians in the late 1960s. Then Dean Constantine threw open the doors to the Foshay Tower. Constantine’s King Solomon’s…
The council found Cano violated the "aspirations" of the city ethics code, but not its rules when she tweeted critics' contact information.
The City Council wants a minimum wage policy recommendation by mid-2017.
It seems not a week goes by lately without news about low-income tenants forced to move when their landlord sells their apartment building to investors.…
Minneapolis and St. Paul want to boost collection by millions of dollars.
The days when a city employee went door-to-door checking water use are coming to a close in the Twin Cities area, as most cities have installed meters that send readings via radio signal. In many cities, a van cruises by once a month to pick up the signals.
New owners of tattered Park Laurel apartments tell residents that they can stay until Nov. 30, rent-free.
Minnesota crash statistics paint a glum picture of pedestrian deaths in 2016, and the long-term trends around pedestrian injuries aren't much better.
Regents will vote on razing steel grain silos for athletic facilities.
The ethics complaint stems from Cano's tweets during a Black Lives Matter protest in December.
A plan for a maximum property-tax increase of 8.6 percent faces a likely veto.
Officials have launched an investigation into the apartment buildings he owns, warning that he could be stripped of his rental licenses if he misrepresented his ownership of the properties.
Residents have concerns about the mall's role in the community.
Plans to rehab Park Laurel apartment complex concern advocates for the poor.
Minneapolis is among the nation's highest with about 5 percent of city workers now bike commuting, according to the American Community Survey.
The plan for Coe Mansion Apartments won initial approval Tuesday from the city's Heritage Preservation Commission.
Because the issue won't be on the Minneapolis ballot, supporters seek faster action.
Chief at MTN hopes to find new funding sources and diversify programming.
Minneapolis is looking for people to advise the city on workplace regulations. The city began soliciting applications Thursday for the new Workplace Advisory Committee, which…
Drinking on the sly may not be necessary at Minneapolis' newest park, the Commons in front of U.S. Bank Stadium, if a proposal to allow parkgoers to bring their own booze during certain events prevails at City Hall.
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