On Thursday morning, Jerry Bielke of Chaska filled up several plastic jugs at the Fredrick-Miller Spring in Eden Prairie. His brother uses the water i

Fondness for spring water overflows in Eden Prairie

None of those gathering water seemed perturbed by the city's sign warning that "even though the water is tested, we cannot assure its safety at all times."
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Shiffer: State reports weed out medical pot growers' 'trade secrets'

December 6, 2014
State Health Commissioner Edward Ehlinger announced the selection of the two companies that will produce medical cannabis in Minnesota — LeafLine La
LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions proved to the state that they had the financial wherewithal, technical prowess and security procedures to process and sell medical cannabis to patients. But if you want to know the details, you're out of luck.
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St. Paul artist may be out of options to save house

November 17, 2014
Arjo Adams climbs on a cabinet in his home to show how an attic access door is insulated, despite what a city code inspector found. The city of St. Pa
St. Paul
October 21, 2019
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter commented on the double shooting outside Allianz Field on Sunday, Oct. 20.

After shootings, Carter may ask for more public safety funds in 2020

St. Paul mayor looking at augmenting budget in response to shootings.
September 2, 2019

State Fair attendance for Sunday is 245,243

FAIR ATTENDANCE Thursday, Aug. 22: 133,326, compared with 122,695 in 2018 and 117,877 in 2017. This year sets a first-day record; the previous record was…
East Metro
August 24, 2019
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, seen at an Aug. 15 budget address at at Frogtown Community Center, said Friday that a vote against the city's system of

St. Paul mayor: A 'no' vote on garbage could hit taxpayers hard

Critics of St. Paul's garbage system accuse mayor of taxpayer scare tactic.
August 8, 2019
Humberto Miceli, left, and his friend and translator, Israel Aranda, testified in July before the Minneapolis City Council about Miceli's experiences

Mpls. Council unanimously OKs ordinance to curb wage theft

The city's new ordinance complements a state law considered one of the strictest in nation.
April 23, 2019
David Rubedor, Minneapolis' director of Neighborhood and Community Relations

After criticism, Minneapolis eases proposed rules for neighborhood groups

Hundreds commented on Mpls. plan to cut funds to neighborhood groups that didn't diversify on time.
St. Paul
March 19, 2019
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and snowmobile racer Levi LaVallee after their 12,000-foot parachute jump onto Harriet Island Tuesday.

St. Paul mayor skydives into news conference to say Red Bull's 'Flugtag' event will return

Mayor Melvin Carter parachuted onto Harriet Island to spread the news.
St. Paul
March 8, 2019
The former Ford assembly plant site, looking east, with Highland Village and then downtown St. Paul off in the distance.

St. Paul planners reject single-family homes in Ford project

Commissioners want denser housing than the 35 homes Ryan Cos. wants to build along Mississippi River Boulevard.
December 22, 2018
Two researchers in leadership positions at HCMC have served as medical advisers for Axon, formerly known as Taser International.

Taser, Hennepin Healthcare have a research relationship

Axon, formerly known as Taser International, paid Hennepin Healthcare more than $1.1 million for consulting and other fees since 2005, according to hospital contract records.
November 8, 2018

Lawsuit alleges hospital improperly sedated woman with ketamine, enrolled her in study

She alleges paramedics unnecessarily injected her with ketamine after 911 call.
August 2, 2018

Mpls. police oversight charter faces long odds

Council President Lisa Bender, who's been supportive of the charter change, was not optimistic that it will pass in time to get on the ballot this year, but said that doesn't mean it couldn't be put to voters in the future.
July 13, 2018

West River Parkway reopens after mudslide scare

A stretch of West River Parkway along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis reopened Friday afternoon, after being closed since late Thursday due to a false…
July 11, 2018
Sophie Konewko, left, and Megan Albers decided to take two Bird scooters for a ride through downtown Minneapolis after lunch Tuesday.

Rental scooters suddenly show up, and Twin Cities officials push back

A planned Minneapolis ordinance would mostly deal with how to regulate the public right of way. In St. Paul, officials told Bird to remove its scooters from the city's public right of way.
St. Paul
June 2, 2018
The spot on Wabasha St. that is closed due to debris from a rock slide.

Rockslide-affected St. Paul street to stay closed at least 3 more weeks

St. Paul engineers say the bluff must be stabilized before road is reopened.
St. Paul
May 10, 2018
Chris Coleman in St. Paul on December 14, 2017. JERRY HOLT ï jerry.holt@startribune.com

Ex-Mayor Chris Coleman to lead Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

The former St. Paul mayor will replace Susan Haigh as president and CEO starting June 2.
March 12, 2018
Mpls. Mayor Jacob Frey

Jobs center helps East African residents of Minneapolis find employment

The center surpassed its goal for job placements.
January 6, 2018
The Data Practices Act reflects Minnesota’s admirable belief that we’re all policy wonks at heart.

Minnesota open records law needs a name equal to its purpose

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act needs a new title. Desperately.
December 23, 2017

UFOs and aliens thrive in the vacuum created by secrecy

Lack of government transparency plays a big role in propagating wild theories of alien landings and coverups.
December 16, 2017

Breeders and animal dealers granted privacy, even after inspectors find problems

Dan Moulton has raised chinchillas, those cute little Andean furballs, in southern Minnesota for more than 50 years. Moulton is licensed by the U.S.…
December 9, 2017

Star Tribune offers new ways to send us news tips

Your eyes and ears are especially important to us in an era of growing government secrecy.
December 2, 2017
A protest against sexual harassment was held last month at the Minnesota State Capitol. The Minnesota Legislature is one of only five in the nation th

Sexual harassment shielded by secrecy at Minnesota Capitol

The sexual harassment scandal has brought new attention to the different disclosure practices that apply to Minnesota institutions.