"The Interchange" may not rival the grand railway stations of yore, but the planned transit center at Target Field got a $10 million boost this week from the federal government, Kevin Duchschere and Steve Brandt report. That's still not enough for Hennepin County to break ground on the station, which will serve the Northstar commuter rail, Hiawatha light rail and the planned Central Corridor trains.
The city's planning and economic development chief, Mike Christenson, is leaving the job, but tells correspondent Liz Wolf that the highlights of his tenure were the real estate investments by hospitals and health care companies in the Phillips and Cedar-Riverside neighborhoods.
The first Latino elected to the Minneapolis Board of Education, Alberto Monserrate will take over as its chair, and Jenny Arneson will be vice chair, Corey Mitchell reports. Current chair Jill Davis will step down and the change will become official Jan. 10.
Matt McKinney first reported last month on the police investigation of questionable billing practices at the city's largest towing company, Cedar Towing & Storage. Now there's a lawsuit making similar claims, and though it carries the name of one Ramsey County resident, the suit seeks class action status, Nicole Norfleet reports. Read the suit here.
Last week, someone looted 1,500 pounds of victuals from the Camden Promise food shelf at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in north Minneapolis. After KSTP reported the story Monday, the church has been overwhelmed by donations that more than made up for the lost food, Bill McAuliffe reports. The police are looking for a man who followed a 16-year-old girl off a bus at 46th Street and Chicago Avenue in south Minneapolis and tried to rape her, Daarel Burnette II reports.
Finally, if you bought a Christmas tree from the Rangers Flying Club tree lot in Linden Hills or Brad's Landscaping tree lot in the Lunds parking lot at Penn Avenue S. and Hwy. 62, you may have brought the eggs of the voracious gypsy moth into your house, Tom Meersman reports. If you see a fuzzy, buff-colored thing the size of a quarter next to one of your ornaments, call the state hotline (1-888-545-6684) right away.