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Hannah Covington

Reporter | Metro
phone: 612-673-4751
Hannah Covington covers news in the north metro, including Anoka County, Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center. She has a master's degree in English literature from the University of Tulsa.
Recent content from Hannah Covington
The St. Paul Saints dugout before their 2017 opener.

St. Paul Saints push for state minimum-wage exemption

Work is underway for proposals at the State Capitol, but the path ahead doesn't look easy.
Anoka County is working on a branding campaign and creating a new economic development website that lists all available sites in one place. “That’

New project works to put Anoka County 'on the map'

A rebranding campaign will stress available land and development potential.
In Minneapolis, residents are responsible for shoveling their own sidewalks. The city of Crystal is weighing taking over the job for all sidewalks.

Crystal looks to take over all sidewalk snow removal in city

Council weighs putting city in charge of clearing all sidewalks.
Without a community pool, some Brooklyn Park residents venture to neighboring suburbs like Maple Grove to swim.

'Sink or swim' time for Brooklyn Park's aquatic dilemma

An aquatic facility may be included in an upcoming park bond referendum.

1 killed, 2 injured in crash that shut down Viking Boulevard in Anoka County

A 60-year-old man from Lindstrom, Minn., died at the scene of the head-on crash, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Hopkins student charged with making school shooting threat on Snapchat

The threat was directed toward Ubah Medical Academy in Hopkins.
At top, Amy Olson joined kids from Edina’s Lake Cornelia neighborhood during a sledding party last month. Neighborhood identity is getting greater a

More Twin Cities suburbs saying 'yes' to neighborhoods

Taking a cue from urbanites, residents reclaim local identities to build a better sense of community.

Anoka County free weekly newspaper ends seven-year run

Upstart publication had earned contracts to publish official notices, to the dismay of some.
James Sloan, an employee at the Hy-Vee store in New Hope, bagged groceries for a customer. Sloan, who is blind, is a mainstay at the store, a communit

New Hy-Vee is at the heart of new energy in New Hope

Residents and city leaders say the store is at the heart of a new energy stirring throughout New Hope.
Rick Johnson hauled away dead deer from Anoka County roads for more than 20 years.

Deer-carcass hauler prevails in his $420K legal battle with Anoka County

State Supreme Court lets stand a lower court ruling.
Protesters attend a rally at the Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to demand government action on firearms, on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. The

Calls for national school walkout resonate in Bemidji

The planned protests are in response to gun violence in Fla., elsewhere.

Wife, husband die in apparent murder-suicide in Blue Earth County

Authorities say both died from gunshot wounds.
A two-horse team trotted down Elwell Grade, now known as Lexington Avenue, in the 1930s.

Blaine Historical Society seeks to publish Minnesota suburb's little-known history

Historical Society seeking city funds for new book.
Crews demolished what remained of Gasoline Alley in late January. The Blaine landmark closed back in 2001.

17 years after closing, last remaining piece of Blaine's Gasoline Alley torn down

The once-popular amusement park featured go-kart racing, miniature golf and indoor games.
Kusa Xiong talks about Aeropong while his father Long Xiong stands behind him.

Brooklyn Park boy invents winning game inspired by sister with autism

The game hangs a pingpong ball from a vertical frame, with players volleying the ball back and forth. It's modified table tennis without the fuss of errant ball chasing.
Volunteers, joined by the Vikings mascot, Viktor, modeled some of the apparel that will be provided to the 10,000 Super Bowl LII volunteers during the

Super Bowl volunteer swag already popping up on Craigslist

One listing said "all official volunteer gear" can be yours for $399.
A New England Patriots fan showed off her fingernails in the stands Sunday at U.S.Bank Stadium before the start of Super Bowl LII.

After pomp and drama, it's game time

Years of planning came to fruition in downtown Minneapolis today. Hours before game time, fans in green and blue jerseys took to the streets, their excitement palpable despite the frigid temps. Between the cold and Saturday snow, an estimated 125,000 out-of-town visitors are getting an immersive Bold North experience.
Jeff Guinee of Boston held up an aluminum foil replica of the Vince Lombardi Trophy during the Patriots rally Saturday on Nicollet Mall.

Cue the snow globe, Super Sunday is here

Saturday's almost-constant snowfall and today's expected frigid cold certainly has given an estimated 125,000 out-of-town visitors to downtown Minneapolis a fully immersive Bold North experience as officials and fans prepared for the Big Game at 5:30 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Levi LaValle cheered with the crowd after he leapt a snowmobile over Nicollet Mall for the Polaris UpsideDown stunt Saturday.

Levi LaVallee lands backflip snowmobile stunt over Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis

"Can you imagine being his mom?" one onlooker asked.
An employee pushed together shopping carts at Cub in Blaine. High-end grocery stores are absent in Anoka County.

Anoka County is finding that its image is at odds with reality

Officials are working to raise the county's economic profile, attract more businesses and be competitive with its neighbors.
Traditional tailgating may be in short supply come Sunday, but pregame revelry options are popping up across Minneapolis for the ticket-holding touris

No Super Bowl tailgating? Bars, restaurants offer up pregame fun

Local spots are offering cheaper alternatives to high-buck events.
Prices for Super Bowl tickets on online marketplaces had dropped somewhat Friday.

Hunting for last-minute Super Bowl tickets? Now may be a good time to strike

Tighter supply is partly staving off the kind of price drops fans have come to expect close to the game, but Friday brought some deals.
Jarid Reeves and Rachel Thomas, 17, both of Cottage Grove jumped in the water during the Polar Plunge at Super Bowl Live on Nicollet Mall in Minneapol

Not into the Super Bowl hype? Here's your squad

Not everyone is excited about the hoopla. These people can't wait for it to be over.
A cat belonging to Lowry Grove mobile home park resident Bill McConnell walked by a sign outside McConnell’s home Thursday, June 29, 2017, in St. An

Affordable housing dropped from St. Anthony's Lowry Grove plans

Developer is expected to submit a revised proposal to St. Anthony this week.
Doreen Warm, center, served lunch to seniors at the Blaine Senior Center in 2016. City leaders are once again trying to decide what to do about the cr

Blaine's perennial dilemma: What to do about cramped senior center?

The highly popular venue is outdated, out of room – and expensive to replace.
The “Royal Princess Ball” is one of several dozen recreation programs being cut in Lino Lakes amid a department overhaul.

Lino Lakes cuts nearly 30 recreation programs, staff position

City cited changes in facility rental fees and decreased participation.
Tara Rogness, program coordinator at Springbrook Nature Center, got her group excited about going outside to find animal tracks in the snow.

Fridley's Springbrook Nature Center focuses on 'last piece' of overhaul

The expanded nature center is working to raise $300,000 for a new picnic pavilion.
“The money you spend here pays dividends,” St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust said of city leaders and their overnight retreat at a Marriott hotel in B

City Hall or the Marriott? St. Anthony residents question city's overnight hotel meeting

City leaders say the out-of-town meeting helps them focus and produce more.
Tony Tengwall, a veterans service officer, with his service dog Fitz. “Training the public is the most important thing,” he says.

More Minn. counties draw line between service animals, pets

They join a national trend of officials and business owners weighing penalties for those flouting rules that restrict which animals may go where.

Gunfire wounds 1 in ER restroom, prompts North Memorial Medical Center lockdown

A hospital emergency room in Robbinsdale was put on lockdown Saturday night after a self-inflicted shooting erupted inside a restroom. The incident occurred just after…
Charles Krogee, chairman of the Coalition for Democratic Change MN, celebrated a preliminary win during a landmark presidential election in Liberia at

Minnesotans play key role in landmark Liberian election

With largest Liberian population in the U.S., state residents are making their voice heard.
Officer Todd Ewing held a blue rose as he and his wife, Jaclyn, entered the funeral for fellow officer Andrew Suerth on Friday in Brooklyn Park. Ewing

Brooklyn Park police officers journey west to bring colleague "Big Bear" home

Three officers traveled to Colorado to retrieve a comrade's remains.
Ballerina Dusty Button walked students at Royal Oaks Elementary in Woodbury through some moves.

Ballerina Dusty Button visits Woodbury's Royal Oaks Elementary School

Visit was part of a promotion for Ballet Minnesota's annual "The Classic Nutcracker."

Brooklyn Park touts progress from resolution on immigrants, refugees

City leaders approved the debated resolution in March after initially tabling it.
More than 350 volunteers scrambled to get the improvements finished by winter, compressing six months of work into less than two months.

Historic State Hospital building in Anoka reopens as vet housing

Some are calling it a "miracle on 4th Street" after volunteers defy odds to rehab old Anoka State Hospital into housing for veterans.
Deer carcasses from Anoka County that aren’t too far gone are delivered to a wildlife center as wolf fodder, but those that aren’t are currently t

Next for Anoka County: a deer carcass incinerator?

Some residents are unhappy about the purchase.
The developer that purchased and closed St. Anthony’s only mobile home park is working to salvage the site’s redevelopment plan.

Developer works to salvage St. Anthony mobile home park plan

The retooled proposal tackles one of the project's key sticking points: density.
Tana Wall, 21, right, and her mom, Jill Wall, left, doted on Harmon, the son of Crescent Cove founder Katie Lindenfelser. The nonprofit group is openi

Long-awaited children's hospice and respite home a 'dream come true'

Crescent Cove in Brooklyn Center is one of only three facilities of its kind of in the country.
Susan Linnee

Susan Linnée, trailblazing foreign correspondent and mentor, dies at 75

Susan Linnée answered an ad in a Buenos Aires newspaper placed by an NBC journalist in the early '70s seeking a "girl Friday."Before long, the…
Jane Poeschel and her Shih Tzu therapy dog Trudy waited to be seated at Perkins in New Brighton. The pair faced a heated battle with Poeschel's apartm

Owner of support dog savors end to housing fight

A New Brighton complex will overhaul its pet accommodation policies.
Nancy Robinett

Tight race prompts recount request in St. Anthony City Council race

Six candidates fought for two seats, with voters throwing support behind the incumbents.

Tight fight unfolds for north metro council spots

Crowded City Council races in St. Anthony and Lino Lakes brought a mix of old faces and new to Tuesday ballots in the north metro,…

South metro suburbs favor familiar candidates

Voters in the south metro hit the polls and rewarded familiar candidates in Savage and Northfield races. (See results of Minnesota election contests here.)…
Anne Ciecko worked on extracting DNA from a sample at the Midwest Regional Forensic Laboratory in 2015.

'Game-changer' DNA software put to the test in Minnesota

The forensic software, designed to interpret tricky pieces of DNA evidence, recently confronted what's believed to be its first test in Minnesota.
About 100 people crowded into St. Anthony City Hall recently to hear a candidate forum for City Council hopefuls.

November: St. Anthony grapples with its image in City Council race

Residents will vote Nov. 7 to fill two council seats.
Blaine Mayor Tom Ryan.

Absences, Skype fuel heated debate among Blaine leaders

State says interactive tools comply with open meetings law for those who can't attend in person.
About 50 people protested police violence and kneeled during the national anthem outside of U.S. Bank Stadium ahead of Sunday’s game.

At Vikings game, rally against police violence draws boos, raised fingers

Organizer said idea was to raise awareness about police-involved shootings.
Anoka is halting any construction or expansions of rental housing while the city updates its comprehensive plan.

Concerned about its housing stock, Anoka hits the brakes on new rentals

The city is halting new rental construction or expansion for up to a year.
A developer who bought the Lowry Grove mobile home park in St. Anthony to build multi-family housing says he’s restoring the park after the City Cou

In startling move, Lowry Grove may reopen to mobile homes

A "Reopening soon" sign now sits on the site of the shuttered mobile home park.
Lowry Grove, a manufactured home park in St. Anthony, closed June 30. The future of the site is now uncertain after city leaders rejected a proposal f

St. Anthony rejects plan for site of Lowry Grove mobile home park

Redevelopment of mobile home park voted down.
The two apartment buildings will be built on the old K-Mart site near the northeast corner of Central Ave. NE and 47th Ave. NE.

Columbia Heights OKs affordable housing plan amid fiery meeting

In contentious meeting, Columbia Heights OKs site proposal.
Lowry Grove, a manufactured home park in St. Anthony, is closing for good later today after 70 years of operation in favor of more modern redevelopmen

St. Anthony city manager says city should reject Lowry Grove redevelopment plan

St. Anthony city manager wants council to reject project over density issues.
If approved, the two apartment buildings will be built on the old Kmart site near the northeast corner of Central Ave. NE and 47th Ave. NE.

Proposed apartment complex creates big division in Columbia Heights

The City Council will consider plans for 148-unit complex at Monday night's meeting.
One of three boarded-up cottages at the former Anoka State Hospital in the city of Anoka, which have been at the heart of a lease dispute between the

Fight to save historic Anoka buildings brings renewed push for veterans housing

After months of back-and-forth, city and county officials in Anoka have struck a deal to save part of old asylum.
Melina Alvarez, 12, played with a ball across the street from her new home in the Lakeside Homes mobile home park in New Brighton. Her family and seve

After Lowry Grove mobile home park closes, residents face unknowns

Lowry Grove families say they're haunted by worries about their former neighbors.
The Brooklyn Park Islamic Center has been meeting at the city's community activity center.

Despite pushback, Brooklyn Park approves plan to convert old church into Islamic center

Neighbors packed meeting, voiced worry over parking, traffic in residential area.
A new shuttle service takes Northstar commuters from the Fridley station to four major area employers. DAVID JOLES ï

Anoka County hopes free shuttle will help attract, retain Northstar riders

The beleaguered line got a $240,000 grant for a one-year shuttle service in Fridley.
Costumed students and instructors from St. Stephens Elementary School waved to parade goers during Friday's Halloween parade along Main Street in Anok

Candy back at Anoka Halloween parade after officials rescind ban

The all-volunteer nonprofit that puts on the annual festival had announced the ban on distributing candy last month, but it reversed course after a backlash.
Brooklyn Park City Council members are rethinking their code of conduct and are working with the League of Minnesota Cities in an effort to bridge str

Brooklyn Park tackles 'strained' City Council relations

Strained relationships at Brooklyn Park City Hall after fire chief's resignation have the suburb looking for answers.
The McDonald’s location would have been built near the Armstrong Boulevard interchange in the city’s downtown development the COR.

After years of waiting, Golden Arches fade from view in Ramsey

One deadline passed without a McDonald's. Then another. Now, the land will revert to the city.
Alyx Gerhart, 9, right decorated a rock at a recent painting party her Girl Scout troop hosted in Champlin.

Kindness Rocks craze spreads across north metro, one rock at a time

One Girl Scout troop has painted and hidden hundreds of rocks since April.
Keaton Maros, 6, of Ramsey, walked in 2015 with his mother, Michele, during Anoka's Halloween parade.

Anoka city leaders want candy back in Halloween parade

City Council pushing for sweets to be brought back for Halloween parade.
The Met Council grant comes on the heels of a steady string of mobile home park closures across the metro, including Lowry Grove in St. Anthony.

Met Council works to preserve mobile home parks with first-of-its-kind grant

The nearly $235,000 grant will help Maple Hill Estates in Corcoran connect to the regional wastewater system.
Anna Gibbs

Anna Gibbs, a spiritual leader who worked to preserve Ojibwe language and culture, dies at 72

Gibbs, or Waasabiikwe (Moonlight Shining on the Water Woman), will be remembered for her laughter and for her work as the first woman from the reservation to officiate at the sacred medicine dance.
Costumed students and instructors from St. Stephens Elementary School waved to parade goers during Friday's Halloween parade along Main Street in Anok

Uproar follows ban on candy at Anoka's parades for Halloween

Anoka's famous Halloween parades will be free of candy handouts this year, with event organizers citing safety concerns for kids as the reason behind the ban. The move has attracted heated criticism on social media.
Johanna Morrow was one of two musicians to play the didgeridoo during Justine Damond’s memorial ceremony Friday night at Lake Harriet Band Shell in

'Justine should not have died,' father tells crowd at memorial

Hundreds of people gathered at the Lake Harriet Band Shell to honor the woman fatally shot last month by a Minneapolis police officer.
This undated photo provided by Stephen Govel/ shows Justine Damond, of Sydney, Australia, who was fatally shot by police in Minnea

Event tonight will memorialize woman killed by Minneapolis police

Attendees at Aug. 11 gathering are invited to wear bright blue in Damond's honor.

Columbia Heights Thai restaurant owner charged with forced labor

Federal authorities say a young man was lured from the Dominican Republic by the restaurant owner with promises of American schooling, but then found himself under a "debt bondage arrangement."
A manufactured home no longer sits on the lot it once occupied in Lowry Grove mobile home park on June 30 in St. Anthony.

Deal reached in hotly contested St. Anthony mobile home park sale

The agreement involves a new fund to help displaced residents.
"It was her heart that sent her out there that night. It's just who she is," Don Damond said.

Still grieving family, friends remember Justine Damond

Don Damond holds fast to the powerful love he had found.
Justine Damond. (Stephen Govel/ via AP)

Justine Damond's family sets up memorial fund

Donations will support social justice causes that were important to Damond.
Brooklyn Park Fire Chief Ken Prillaman

Brooklyn Park fire chief to step down amid so-called 'culture of hostility'

If the separation agreement is approved Monday, Ken Prillaman's last day will be Aug. 11.
Don Damond, the fiancé of Justine Damond, gets a hug from Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, during a rally by Damond’s home Thursday

Hundreds in Mpls. rally, march to honor Justine Damond

Among those attending was Valerie Castile, the mother of the man killed last year by a St. Anthony police officer.
This undated photo provided by Stephen Govel/ shows Justine Damond, of Sydney, Australia, who was fatally shot by police in Minnea

Shooting 'clearly an improper use of deadly force,' says attorney for Damond's family

The family said in a statement that it wants the investigation completed as soon as possible.
Justine Damond, of Sydney, Australia, was fatally shot by police in a south Minneapolis alley Saturday night.

911 call transcript: Before being shot by officer, Justine Damond called in possible rape

Justine Damond spent her last moments trying to help a stranger. At 11:27 on Saturday night, Damond called police to report a possible sexual assault, according to a 911 transcript obtained by the Star Tribune Wednesday.
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