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Normandale Community College students say their proposal for renewable energy could save about $400 million a year nationwide.
Despite urging from older residents, city won't be plowing sidewalks, but the debate highlights the problems posed by aging suburban residents.
The future of Edina is being decided right now, and it’s probably too late to change course. The grandchildren of today’s residents will be living…
City Council balks at community center's $45 million price tag, adopts transit study that could sway future.
Some residents in Edina's Braemar neighborhood say city is fast-tracking $3 million project with little input.
Even in elementary school, Prince had some swag. He's 10 years old in this yearbook photo from John Hay School in Minneapolis.
The Edina Crime Prevention Fund is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and charging of those responsible for recent vandalism at…
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is investigating a large area in the Lyndale Avenue corridor of Bloomington for possible inclusion on the state Superfund…
After significant development, leaders worry about the fate of their cities if line never comes.
Bloomington man with a colorful past loses lawsuit, but vows to keep pursuing damages for health problems.
Citing safety concerns, organizers cancel annual festival parade.
Petition in Edina will bring a busy road a safe space to walk in 2018
A 50-year-old Plymouth woman tested at more than four times the legal blood alcohol limit after she crashed her vehicle into a downtown Hopkins brick…
As his high-school reunion approaches, this middle-aged grad regrets fumbling the chance to be a better person to the skinny, gangly kid everyone picked on as the class oddball.
The market marked its 10th year and new financial health.
A federal judge refused to dismiss their lawsuit alleging fair housing violations.
The Park Board is studying adding a winter sports area at Braemar Golf Course with trails and slopes.
Tempers flare in Bloomington as City Council rejects another effort to kill organized garbage collection
Tempers flared as a new effort to kill unified pickup was rejected.
The honor for Minneapolis high school athletes is rooted in a time when anti-Semitism was prevalent.
1865: The first Jews settle in Minneapolis. 1884: Adath Jeshurun is the city’s first synagogue. 1920: Mercury Club founded at the Wells Memorial House on…
Some west-metro neighborhoods have sprouted "Say no to sidewalks!" signs, as residents try to pressure city leaders who have adopted transportation policies that give less priority to cars.
The humble uke is ditching its image as a Tiny Tim toy and stepping up in the music world. What's the appeal? The baby of the stringed family is cheap, portable — and fun.
They say a proposed apartment doesn't fit in their city.
Residents successfully petition to for sidewalks on two streets, a development one official called "rather refreshing."
Affordable housing in Albertville, a community gym in Edina, a fire station in Pelican Rapids: Local governments say the rules mean such projects would be much tougher to pay for.
David Ketroser's one-man crusade offers a window into society's ongoing struggle to integrate disabled people into everyday life.
Cynthia Bemis Abrams, a member of the Bloomington City Council since 2014, announced Tuesday that she will resign her seat effective June 4. She is…
Group hopes to showcase its history and philosophy to all Minnesotans, not just members.
St. Louis Park is the only one to ban foam takeout containers, as of Jan. 1; Edina is studying the issue.
Randy Johnson is longest serving board member.
Richfield is the latest to adopt permanent limits.
When Jim Fuchs got interested in something, he knew only one way to tackle it: Research it exhaustively, understand it thoroughly and enjoy it immensely.That's…
Golden Valley is looking at hiring someone to do its marketing — and the leading candidate is St. Louis Park. Golden Valley, which doesn’t have…
Some residents blame years of exposure to underground chemicals.
Designing for seniors is different, as a group of White Bear Lake students recently discovered.
Review: 'The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death and the Search for the Meaning of the World's Strangest Syndromes,' by Frank Bures
NONFICTION: Ambitious and exhaustively reported, this thoughtful book examines culture, beliefs and madness.
Opponents say they'll be back with a new challenge; judge suggests city charter can be used for changes.
Computer firms are begging for program graduates.
Units will stay affordable, and developer plans to add a nearby complex.
A Minneapolis architect has watched Franklin Avenue, main street of the uber-green Seward neighborhood, modernize while retaining its eco-character.
According to census figures, there are more gay couples in Golden Valley, as a percentage of households, than any other city in Minnesota.
The City Council recently decided to proceed with the $3.1 million project to install sidewalks and rebuild streets in three neighborhoods. But the move doesn't sit well with some residents.
Much of the action happening in the first- and second-ring suburbs is being driven by large, institutional investors from outside the state.
The Concierge Apartments in Richfield is one of the Twin Cities’ largest rental complexes. Formerly known as Crossroads at Penn, it was sold last year…
Residents worry about the future of Plymouth's Sun Valley mobile home park amid an impending sale, but city officials say new owners couldn't redevelop the location without a long public process.
The once-youthful, booming suburb is grappling with aging neighborhoods, underperforming schools and a lack of appeal to younger residents.
But sales would mostly be limited to certain events, not for any boozy free-for-alls, officials said.
As upgrade begins, leaders and families prepare for change.
Eight-year-old Karlis Barobs, the cancer patient who recently offered a donation to the SWLRT got a surprise at the rail yard.
Suburb next faces Hoboken, N.J., in NCAA-style bracket.
Family that relishes the tennis-like sport donates funds to city.
Richfield man's seized weapons at the center of 2nd Amendment dispute.
The fabric-roofed structure will host hockey and a range of other activities.
Minnesota's serious vinyl collectors include a Hopkins store owner who scored 100,000 virgin albums.
In a letter sent this week to Mayor Jim Hovland and the City Council, the school board questioned whether the 11-acre parcel in the heart of Edina really needs special tax treatment.
Expected boost in Minnesota river traffic coming as a result of expanding Panama Canal.
The transformation into Westside Center means a new business center that's nearly full.
Edina's youth hockey association is ruffling feathers by proposing to cut back on costly training sessions.
A model of the postwar, auto-centric suburb, Richfield is now emerging as a leader in the Twin Cities biking community. The city’s “Sweet Streets” program,…
Karlis Barobs, 8, hopes to see the Southwest line come to his hometown. So he wants to donate a share of the $300 his classmates raised for him after they learned he has cancer.
36 new citizens welcomed at Richfield's first-ever naturalization ceremony.
Over the next few months, a task force will consider options for the future of Hyland Greens Golf and Learning Center, a par-3 course that opened in 1963. Although no final decision will be made until spring, the numbers don't look good for golf.
Task force calls for finding ways to fix its finances. The City Council will make the final call.
The once-a-seven-year bloom should be open to visitors all weekend.
One of Minnesota's largest apartment complexes just moved upscale — and right into a federal lawsuit alleging housing discrimination.
"For some reason, there is a group of people who care deeply about who picks up their trash," said Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris. Battles over organized trash collection, meaning that a city arranges for pickup by one designated hauler, have been fought in more than a dozen metro communities in recent years.
You can pack an awful lot of life into 93 years, as James M. Grogan demonstrated. In those nine-plus decades, Grogan survived the Great Depression…
An Edina High sophomore thinks city should be more neighborly. Like Savage, for instance.
Long-awaited reconstruction project is underway for Richfield's unofficial Main Street.
There’s a change in the air in Golden Valley. The city recently committed to building a new community center; it hired a new police chief;…
The suburb joins other cities that do the same.
The first duty of any job is simple: Show up for work. Richfield is sending that message to members of its citizen advisory commissions after…
The monumental separation battle between Nader and Jibil Kazeminy has ground on for more than three years, involving four judges, dozens of attorneys, mountains of court documents and millions in legal fees.
Roughly a dozen businesses in the 4400 block are affected, with some already closed.
Industry officials say it's just a matter of time before it goes the way of Edina.
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