A competitor in the Milk Carton Boat race held in 2014.

E. coli surge sends annual milk carton boat races to dry land

Instead of paddling Sunday, participants will be on foot racing while carrying their homemade ships on dry land.
Local

Passerby jumps into runaway school bus, brings it to halt on Minn. highway

July 18
A bystander who had joined in pursuit of the runaway bus jumped in and put the bus in park.
A deputy pulled his squad SUV in front of the bus and "performed a rolling roadblock," the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office said.
Local

Minneapolis public housing official tapped to lead New York City Housing Authority

July 18
“I’m at a place in my career where I can take this risk,” said Greg Russ, Minneapolis public housing director.
Starting next month, Greg Russ will take over as CEO of the nation's largest public housing system.
Local
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This illustration appeared in the Minneapolis Star on July 18, 1969.

Moon germs, Flat Earthers and Russian meddling: Five Apollo 11 storylines

Blast off into the Star Tribune's archives to revisit some of the offbeat headlines during America's mission to the moon 50 years ago.
Duluth
6:01am
Blue Angels pilot Lt. Cary Rickoff was reflected in the visor of the helmet worn by Star Tribune reporter Pam Louwagie as he went over a few things wi

Ride with the Blue Angels offers front-row seat to precision flying

Reporter gets an up-close look at what will be on display this weekend at Duluth Airshow.
Duluth
5:24am
Not since the battle of 1978 to designate the BWCA as a wilderness area has the town of Ely been so divided. This time it's the possibility of Copper/

Twin Metals says it will store waste differently at Minnesota mine

The company said its proposed copper-nickel mine near Ely will have safeguards to prevent pollution feared by environmentalists.
Minneapolis
July 18
The Minneapolis school district has launched a new program to combat an acute bus-driver shortage, offering paid training, mentorship and career oppor

Bus-driver shortage forces Mpls. schools to start training program

The Minneapolis school district has launched a new program to combat an acute bus-driver shortage, offering paid training, mentorship and career opportunities to entice job…
Local
July 18
Motorists make their way through road construction on I-35W at County Road 10 in Mounds View.

Weekend traffic: Backups expected as I-494 in Mendota Heights will be down to a single lane

Maintenance is planned for the Green Line between Stadium Village and U.S. Bank Stadium.
Local
July 18
The medicinal chemicals are concentrated in the flowering buds of a cannabis plants.

Minnesota's medical pot program working for PTSD

More than 70% of respondents say state's medical program lessens their symptoms.
Minneapolis
July 18
After renovations, Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis was given a grand re-opening, which included running the water fountains and filling the refle

Peavey Plaza reopens with a splash on Nicollet Mall

It took $10 million and more than 10 years to renovate the 1975 spot.
East Metro
July 18
Trumpeter swans are federally protected and cannot be killed without authorization under state law.

9 days already served is sentence for Lino Lakes man who shot and killed 2 trumpeter swans

The 25-year-old man sat in a kayak while shooting the federally protected birds.
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Duluth
July 18

Woman injured in fall at Gooseberry Falls dies

Rebecca Nara's family wrote that she had been rock climbing at Gooseberry and suffered a severe brain injury in the fall.
West Metro
July 18

Treatment of the mentally ill improves in Hennepin County, but costs continue to rise

The County Board heard the findings and recommendations of a mental health system review it requested in January.
North Metro
July 18

Longtime defense attorney faces possible discipline

Attorney Joseph Kaminsky has been disciplined 13 times in the past.
West Metro
July 18

Edina City Council follows St. Louis Park's lead and votes to restore the Pledge of Allegiance

Council Member Mary Brindle said city officials had received feedback in support of adding the pledge, something not done for years.
Local
July 18
An entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota.

University of Minnesota staffer's advice to delete e-mail raises red flag for lawmaker

The head of the Minnesota Senate’s higher education committee is voicing concern about the University of Minnesota’s handling of a recent data request for correspondence…
Local
July 18
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety honored 43 law enforcement officers from across the state as part of the DWI Enforcer All-Star Team. They we

Officers with most DWI arrests honored for keeping Minnesota roads safe

DWI arrests have fallen from 33,000 to 26,825 over the past 10 years
South Metro
July 18

Martin DesLauriers, former Eagan police chief, dies

He was its first official police chief in 1965, a mentor to its officers as well as a leader in local and state police associations.
Local
July 18
Star Tribune reporter takes to the sky in a Blue Angels jet

Star Tribune reporter takes to the sky in a Blue Angels jet

Reporter Pam Louwagie got to see what it's like to perform some Blue Angels aerial stunts with pilot Lt. Cary Rickoff.
Local
July 18
Multiple construction projects are expected to hamper travel on I-494 this weekend.

Weekend traffic: Expect packed light-rail trains, construction on I-494

The Basilica Block Party will bring extra traffic to downtown Minneapolis Friday and Saturday.
Local
July 18
Passerby stops runaway school bus in Minnesota

Passerby stops runaway school bus in Minnesota

A bystander who had joined in pursuit of the runaway bus jumped in and put the bus in park on a western Minnesota highway. Video: Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office
Local
July 18
Clouds hung in the sky in Rosemount after Monday evening storms left many areas flooded. Extreme rains have become common this summer in Minnesota.

With glut of rain, Minnesota is having a tough time drying out

A barrage of recent storms flooding streets, swamping basements and casting parked cars afloat is adding to one of the soggiest years on record.
Local
July 18
President Donald Trump arrived at a campaign rally at Williams Arena in Greenville, N.C., on Wednesday night.

Trump puts racism, American identity under the microscope

Conversations around racism and who counts as an American are springing up.