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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.
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Lino Lakes cuts nearly 30 recreation programs, staff position

Lino Lakes cuts nearly 30 recreation programs, staff position

City cited changes in facility rental fees and decreased participation.
Fridley's Springbrook Nature Center focuses on 'last piece' of overhaul

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

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.
More Minn. counties draw line between service animals, pets

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…
Minnesotans play key role in landmark Liberian election

Minnesotans play key role in landmark Liberian election

With largest Liberian population in the U.S., state residents are making their voice heard.
Brooklyn Park police officers journey west to bring colleague "Big Bear" home

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 visits Woodbury's Royal Oaks Elementary School

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.
Historic State Hospital building in Anoka reopens as vet housing

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.
Next for Anoka County: a deer carcass incinerator?

Next for Anoka County: a deer carcass incinerator?

Some residents are unhappy about the purchase.
Developer works to salvage St. Anthony mobile home park plan

Developer works to salvage St. Anthony mobile home park plan

The retooled proposal tackles one of the project's key sticking points: density.
Long-awaited children's hospice and respite home a 'dream come true'

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 Linnée, trailblazing foreign correspondent and mentor, dies at 75

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…
Owner of support dog savors end to housing fight

Owner of support dog savors end to housing fight

A New Brighton complex will overhaul its pet accommodation policies.
Tight race prompts recount request in St. Anthony City Council race

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

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

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

Residents will vote Nov. 7 to fill two council seats.
Absences, Skype fuel heated debate among Blaine leaders

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

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

Organizer said idea was to raise awareness about police-involved shootings.
Concerned about its housing stock, Anoka hits the brakes on new rentals

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.
In startling move, Lowry Grove may reopen to mobile homes

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

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

Redevelopment of mobile home park voted down.
Columbia Heights OKs affordable housing plan amid fiery meeting

Columbia Heights OKs affordable housing plan amid fiery meeting

In contentious meeting, Columbia Heights OKs site proposal.
St. Anthony city manager says city should reject Lowry Grove redevelopment plan

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

St. Anthony city manager wants council to reject project over density issues.
Proposed apartment complex creates big division in Columbia Heights

Proposed apartment complex creates big division in Columbia Heights

The City Council will consider plans for 148-unit complex at Monday night's meeting.
Fight to save historic Anoka buildings brings renewed push for veterans housing

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.
After Lowry Grove mobile home park closes, residents face unknowns

After Lowry Grove mobile home park closes, residents face unknowns

Lowry Grove families say they're haunted by worries about their former neighbors.
Despite pushback, Brooklyn Park approves plan to convert old church into Islamic 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.
Anoka County hopes free shuttle will help attract, retain Northstar riders

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.
Candy back at Anoka Halloween parade after officials rescind ban

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 tackles 'strained' City Council relations

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

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

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.
Anoka city leaders want candy back in Halloween parade

Anoka city leaders want candy back in Halloween parade

City Council pushing for sweets to be brought back for Halloween parade.
Met Council works to preserve mobile home parks with first-of-its-kind grant

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

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

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

'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.
Event tonight will memorialize woman killed by Minneapolis police

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

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

The agreement involves a new fund to help displaced residents.
Still grieving family, friends remember Justine Damond

Still grieving family, friends remember Justine Damond

Don Damond holds fast to the powerful love he had found.
Justine Damond's family sets up memorial fund

Justine Damond's family sets up memorial fund

Donations will support social justice causes that were important to Damond.
Brooklyn Park fire chief to step down amid so-called 'culture of hostility'

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.
Hundreds in Mpls. rally, march to honor Justine Damond

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

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

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.
Southwest Minneapolis residents shocked by fatal police shooting

Southwest Minneapolis residents shocked by fatal police shooting

This is a place where neighbors help each other find lost pets. It’s where tidy yards are filled with flower beds and children pedal their…
Friends, neighbors remember Justine Damond's kindness

Friends, neighbors remember Justine Damond's kindness

The woman with kind eyes and an easy smile looked for glimmers of love all around — even in the trees. Justine Damond once spotted…
Anoka County seeks disaster aid for $600K+ in uninsured storm damage

Anoka County seeks disaster aid for $600K+ in uninsured storm damage

Estimates show $650,000 in uninsured loss, mostly at the National Sports Center.
As mobile home parks close, attention turns to how to protect them

As mobile home parks close, attention turns to how to protect them

Half of Hennepin County's mobile home parks have closed since 1991
Lowry Grove housing discrimination complaint dismissed

Lowry Grove housing discrimination complaint dismissed

A HUD investigation concluded that "no reasonable cause exists to believe that a discriminatory housing practice has occurred."
In Lowry Grove's final hours, neighbors band together

In Lowry Grove's final hours, neighbors band together

The St. Anthony park closed Friday, more than a year after it was sold.
Second Harvest Heartland plans move from Maplewood to Brooklyn Park

Second Harvest Heartland plans move from Maplewood to Brooklyn Park

Nonprofit assures wary city leaders that move will not hurt local hunger relief efforts.
Lowry Grove residents race for exits ahead of midnight deadline

Lowry Grove residents race for exits ahead of midnight deadline

Residents must leave the St. Anthony mobile home park before July 1.
Minn. cities rethink carnivals, security at local summer festivals

Minn. cities rethink carnivals, security at local summer festivals

Across the metro, some local festivals are taking a note from bigger fair events, including the State Fair, by ramping up security
Blaine to spend up to $100K to replace trees it felled in wetland

Blaine to spend up to $100K to replace trees it felled in wetland

A contractor cleared trees as part of restoration work on a city-owned, 500-acre tract known as the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary, destroying a privacy buffer for homeowners.
Anoka among many Minnesota counties dealing with high turnover

Anoka among many Minnesota counties dealing with high turnover

"It's a statewide issue," said Julie Ring, executive director of the Association of Minnesota Counties. "It's intensifying." Time spent hiring and training can make the churn costly, officials say.
Community reacts to not guilty verdict in Yanez trial

Community reacts to not guilty verdict in Yanez trial

On the fifth day of deliberations, jurors found officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty on all counts.
'So ornery, she'll probably live forever': Twin Cities lady still raising heck at 87

'So ornery, she'll probably live forever': Twin Cities lady still raising heck at 87

Health issues have slowed the longtime rabble-rouser in the Anoka County suburb, but she's still belting out the tunes.

Anoka County says 'typo' led to inflated voter count in recent referendum

Anoka cites "typo," but St. Francis school officials question explanation.
2 Twin Cities nonprofits blend efforts to tackle hunger

2 Twin Cities nonprofits blend efforts to tackle hunger

One focuses on growing fresh, organic produce, while the other specializes in distributing it.
Nonprofit hopes to pack 6 million meals in St. Paul to fight Somali famine

Nonprofit hopes to pack 6 million meals in St. Paul to fight Somali famine

Feed My Starving Children is hoping for 30,000 volunteers in coming days to help.
Popular Twin Cities dance studio reaches 'bittersweet' 15-year milestone

Popular Twin Cities dance studio reaches 'bittersweet' 15-year milestone

The Art of Dance Studio's recent move from Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park dealt a body blow to enrollment numbers.
Minnesotans say no to school bond issues at highest rate in years

Minnesotans say no to school bond issues at highest rate in years

"There is just a lot of anti-tax sentiment right now," one Minnesota school superintendent said.
Blaine's busy 105th Av. goes from bumpy eyesore to hazard, city says

Blaine's busy 105th Av. goes from bumpy eyesore to hazard, city says

City officials say the busy thoroughfare on the front door of the National Sports Center must be repaired, with or without state funding.
Brooklyn Park taps into U student research to solve problems

Brooklyn Park taps into U student research to solve problems

U students' work will help inform policy and planning.
Tom Fondell, respected wildlife biologist who shed light on waterfowl ecology, dies at 61

Tom Fondell, respected wildlife biologist who shed light on waterfowl ecology, dies at 61

Tom Fondell trained his eyes to see the world's small, feathered wonders.The Minnesota native spent much of his career as a wildlife biologist sleuthing out…
Emmer's staff calls for apology over menacing social media post

Emmer's staff calls for apology over menacing social media post

Lino Lakes City Council Member Melissa Maher plans to apologize and says she is "appalled" by her action.
Court reopens relief options for St. Anthony mobile home park residents

Court reopens relief options for St. Anthony mobile home park residents

Lowry Grove residents, and the nonprofit Aeon, can still pursue other forms of relief.
New Sierra Leonean nurses group advocates for wellness in the Twin Cities

New Sierra Leonean nurses group advocates for wellness in the Twin Cities

A group of 35 nurses plans to hold more health fairs and send resources back to Sierra Leone.
Developers taking a fresh look at old sites in Anoka

Developers taking a fresh look at old sites in Anoka

At least eight projects are now in the works, thanks to aggressive marketing, a rebounding economy and a new community development director.
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