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Hannah Covington

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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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A worker from Kaba Junk Removal, who declined to give his name, removes toys and other belongings from the home Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Brooklyn Pa

Runaway girl's Brooklyn Park home has troubled history

For years, it's where child protection officials have come repeatedly on reports alleging physical and sexual abuse. It's where an 8-year-old boy was found dead in his pajamas in February.
Bison from a Wisconsin ranch roamed their summer home earlier this week at the University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in An

Scientists look to Minn. bison herd to help save oak savanna

Bison are being reintroduced on 200 acres near East Bethel, part of a broader project to see what role the storied animals may play in helping save the oak savanna, one of Minnesota's most threatened ecosystems.

Excessive heat warning in effect for Twin Cities until 8 p.m.; storms possible

Rounds of heavy rain and severe weather are possible Friday and Saturday.
The Sunday-after-church gathering at the home of Curtis and Darlene Bell Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Brooklyn Park. The Bells have fostered over 30 child

'All about family': Movement to reform foster care takes root in Minnesota

As state seeks to change foster care, it looks to Brooklyn Park couple getting it right.

Two people die, two injured in crash in north Mpls. alley

A driver hit two telephone poles and a parked car, flipping his vehicle, police said.

Sheriff: Man dead after 'serious assault' in Cass County

Authorities are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man on the Leech Lake reservation in Cass County. Officers responded just before midnight Thursday to a…

Brooklyn Park police arrest teen in suspected kidnapping, sexual assault attempts

Brooklyn Park police say a teenager arrested in an attempted sexual assault Friday is also behind a similar incident from last month at a grocery…

Body found near railroad tracks in Otter Tail County

  Authorities say a man’s body has been found in Otter Tail County. A property owner living in the small city of Henning came across…

One injured in shooting at St. Paul park

  One man was injured after gunfire broke out Friday night in St. Paul’s Hamline Park, according to St. Paul police. The shooting happened just…
Chris Endicott.

More charges leveled against former Lakeville principal

Latest charges say he swindled at least 15 people, stalked another.
Blue Sun Soda Shop owner Mark Lazarchic said he’s trying to create an event that is cheap and family-oriented.

Twin Cities pop shop plans new soda festival in Spring Lake Park

Admission to the new event, hosted by Blue Sun Soda Shop, will be free and 150 soda water samples will be available.

Charges: Man attacked 4 St. Anthony housemates with X-Acto knife, frying pan

Housemates say he used a frying pan, X-Acto knife as weapons in the attack.
Oak Grove Mayor Mark Korin, left, and Nowthen Mayor Jeff Pilon.

As annexation effort spreads in north metro area, sides form

A growing annexation campaign on Nowthen's eastern border has left landowners squaring off against City Hall in this city of 4,600. It's also making office life uneasy for the two neighboring mayors.
Levi Brown, 5, and Elijah Coleman, 5, laughed under a dome of water at Cliff Fen Park in Burnsville.

Record-breaking heat hangs on for Memorial Day in Minnesota

Monday marked only the second time on record that the Twin Cities hit 100 degrees in May.

2 men shot, wounded near Little Earth housing complex, Minneapolis police say

The victims were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, police said.
The project design would be similar to what was proposed in Forest Lake.

Following rejection in Forest Lake, mental health facility for kids finds new chance in East Bethel

East Bethel's embrace of proposed site is "night and day" compared to project's failed foray into Forest Lake.
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Mpls. boy, 7, with special needs forgotten on school bus

Parents say the boy, who has autism spectrum disorder and is nonverbal, was left aboard for hours and they want answers.

Bloomington firefighters free person trapped in I-494 crash

Two people were injured, with one trapped in a vehicle and taken to a hospital.
The National Sports Center has announced plans to expand into court sports for the first time in its nearly 30-year history.

In Minnesota's youth sports hub, Blaine families ask: Where's the gym space?

Some officials wonder if there's enough of an appetite to support both the Sports Center's new venture and a proposed new athletic complex.
With the sale of Earle Brown Terrace — a senior living facility — residents were notified May 1 that they had to be out by June 15.

Residents rush to find new homes after Brooklyn Center senior living facility announces closure

Given six weeks' warning, many feel wronged by the Brooklyn Center senior facility.
Aeon presented a preliminary design of a proposed affordable housing development to community members Monday night. The project is still in its early

St. Anthony neighbors get first look at Aeon's affordable housing proposal near Lowry Grove

Some residents have pushed for making the proposed 70-unit building, near the site of a former mobile home park, even more affordable.

Body of missing Stearns County man who fled traffic stop is found in river

The body of Michael Allen Henry, who had been stopped by police just west of St. Joseph, was found in the Watab River.
Bernie Brown looks at the car battery casings revealed in the crumbling foundation of an old structure near his home. His home’s foundation was buil

In a home built on old car battery casings, White Bear Lake couple scramble for answers

Bernie Brown worries old battery casings may be behind health struggles.
Steven Henry “Wiz” Wisdorf

Steven 'Wiz' Wisdorf, consummate bartender at popular St. Louis Park bar, dies at 75

The Navy veteran behind the bar always wore jeans to work, even in summer. For 42 years, Steven Wisdorf served up humor, counsel and drinks…
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had a message for superfan Katie Kelzenberg delivered via the morning announcements at Stillwater Area High School.

After fan sends prom invite, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson surprises Stillwater student

The movie star has rented out a local theater for Katie Kelzenberg and friends to see his new flick, "Rampage."

Threat leads to evacuation of Maplewood elementary school

A bomb threat at Weaver Elementary School in Maplewood led authorities to evacuate and search the building Friday afternoon before declaring the school safe. Maplewood…
A section of trees was cleared on the edge of a wetlands area in January 2017 in Blaine. The city has now told neighbors that more trees will need to

Blaine's wetland tree cutting plans spark new controversy

City had previously halted cutting near wetlands.
Many fire and rescue calls “leave scars. …The job can really just be a dark look at life.”
Brian Cristofono, above, doing homework at a coffee s

Minnesota firefighters grapple with 'silent epidemic'

Researchers estimate that anywhere from 7 to 37 percent of firefighters have PTSD, yet the work culture overwhelmingly views treatment as a sign of weakness.
St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust has defended the goal-setting session as “a good process” that’s “good for the city.” But the state has advise

Out-of-town retreat by St. Anthony officials violated state law, ruling says

St. Anthony leaders held overnight retreat outside city limits — in Brooklyn Park.
City leaders in Brooklyn Park are debating changes to the suburb’s overnight, on-street parking ban during the winter months.

Brooklyn Park wrestles with on-street parking woes

Most council members say they're in favor of tougher enforcement.
Scott Staska was arrested in March on a count of indecent exposure.

Rocori schools chief resigns amid indecent exposure allegations

The school board accepted Scott Staska's resignation Tuesday.
City Council members approved a new plan Tuesday for the redevelopment of Lowry Grove, St. Anthony's only manufactured home park that was closed last

St. Anthony approves new Lowry Grove housing plan

Some residents decried the proposal's lack of affordable housing.
City Council members will consider a new plan Tuesday for the redevelopment of Lowry Grove, St. Anthony’s only manufactured home park that was close

New Lowry Grove plan headed to City Council

Developer's redesign cuts building height, density — and affordable housing.
Brooklyn Park City Council members, shown in September 2017

Decision-time is coming as Brooklyn Park assesses Bottineau Line zoning

Moratorium near proposed LRT stations ends this summer.
After making groundbreaking discoveries about the ways in which chimpanzees interact with one another and the world around them, Dr. Jane Goodall has

Conservationist Jane Goodall brings message of hope to University of Minnesota

"Living legend" urges all to be stewards of nature.
Justine Ruszczyk Damond

Justine Damond: A life full of 'openness, love and kindness'

Friends and neighbors remember the yoga instructor, meditation teacher and soon-to-be-bride.
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…
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