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Three suburbs and two central cities led the metro area in the most acres changed to a new land use between 2010 and 2016. Here's which ones, and why.
The city hopes 'Friendly Fronts' program proves popular with downtown pedestrians.
The mall's new design elements are also starting to take shape, from tree plantings and new seating areas to a mirrored "light walk" between 6th and 7th streets.
Minneapolis got more than a bureaucrat when it hired Melisande Charles to lead its new arts commission. It got a whole new neighborhood.
Ramsey, Washington county haulers will be required to truck garbage to Newport facility.
Third-party hopeful fights for sustainable energy, eco-minded jobs and industry.
A developer sued Woodbury over a fee to pay for roads outside a new subdivision and won, a ruling that could affect development across the metro area.
The city debuted the state's first such timed obstacle course and a new accessible playground.
The national event focuses on the issues facing pedestrians in the U.S. and included a number of tours around the Twin Cities.
Legislators, academics and tech experts gathered to talk self-driving cars.
Recommendation follows ruling that derailed city's street maintenance assessments.
Before Labor Day's large, merry crowd, which isn't counted until today, this year's total attendance was 1,826,021 — just 117,698 fair-lovers away from reaching a new high.
The visit by Alene Tchourumoff was part of her tour of the Twin Cities.
The city is hiring a consultant to begin sketching a vision for City Square West in downtown.
The city is experimenting with the technology as part of its annual smoke testing of the sewers.
At issue is whether developers or taxpayers should bear the brunt of road projects that are needed to accommodate growth but are located outside of a new subdivision. "This is a landmark case," the executive director of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities says.
Demolition will begin next month on the former Fuji-Ya restaurant site.
Before the killing of Mai Yer Cha, parking areas near Target Field had seen a spike in violence.
But challenges abound as Alene Tchourumoff becomes the regional agency's new leader.
Minnesota is starting to confront what promises to be the biggest shift in urban living since cars arrived a century ago.
The plan would divert food waste away from landfills and garbage burners.
Protesters interrupted Mayor Betsy Hodges' news conference at City Hall. Earlier, Hodges said she would name Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo to replace Janeé Harteau, who resigned.
Most projects receiving funds are in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The justices ruled routine city inspections don't violate renters' privacy.
They are seeking seats on the City Council and Park Board.
Minneapolis residents eagerly participated in the first year of the city's new organics recycling program — the largest of its kind in the metro — but so far they're tossing less than anticipated in the green curbside bins.
Still a novelty in the state, electric vehicles are poised at the edge of the mainstream with the coming release of several more affordable models boasting lengthy ranges.
Voss, a DFLer who represented Blaine in the House for 15 years, died June 21 in a Wayzata car crash. He was 79.
Major trash firms challenge the push to burn waste for energy instead of landfill burial.
Met Council survey finds greater density and more apartments in urban areas.
The ordinance is slated to go into effect next year.
Tchourumoff has been the state's rail director.
For the first time in a century, the central cities' share of the metro area's population is on pace to grow instead of shrink, a stunning reversal that long seemed unlikely. And the shift is most noticeable in the downtowns.
David Hewitt ready to take over joint efforts with Minneapolis.
City would follow St. Paul's lead ahead of next year's Super Bowl.
A jury convicted Jake Mattern of a gross misdemeanor in the death of Rachel David.
A group of recyclers, waste haulers, and city, county and state officials has been meeting for the past year to develop clearer and more consistent guidelines for the public about what's acceptable to toss in curbside recycling bins — and what's not.
Legislature has for first time redesignated land in the Met Council's regional plans.
Restoration project just needs city's approval to go forward.
The project will reuse storm runoff for residential lawns.
Road projects and the Como Zoo seal habitat are among the projects included in the bill.
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.
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