MnDOT brainstorming ways to decongest I-494, Hwy. 62

MnDOT brainstorming ways to decongest I-494, Hwy. 62

For drivers traveling on the Crosstown or Interstate 494 between Eden Prairie and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, rush hour can be a nightmare any day. Throw in a crash or snowstorm and it can instantly turn into gridlock.
Local

Exurbs built sewer facilities for growth that didn't come

February 19
Exurbs built sewer facilities for growth that didn't come
An idea hatched by the Metropolitan Council 15 years ago to rein in sprawl by offering wastewater service to rural mini-cities hasn't panned out as expected. The agency spent upward of $40 million building the sewer pipe for Elko New Market and a wastewater plant in East Bethel but growth has so far fallen short of aggressive projections, leaving those edge communities stuck with projects they can't afford.
Local

Charitable gambling nonprofits seek tax break

February 19
Charitable gambling nonprofits seek tax break
Some nonprofits pay more in taxes on pulltabs, other gambling than they give out to community.
South Metro
February 19

Maplewood to address nightclub's future after 60 gunshots Saturday

Emergency meeting called after 60 shots were fired.
Local
February 19

Names released in murder-suicide in Rosemount

Authorities said Justin Joseph Keilen, 42, shot his wife, Alicia Ann Keilen, 33, multiple times before shooting himself. A gun was found near the bodies.
Local
February 19
Dogs and people alike were soaking in the sun on Sunday afternoon near the Mississippi River across from downtown Minneapolis.

Record high Sunday for Twin Cities, but snow by week's end?

Crystal reports reaching 70 as of midafternoon, but "high probabilities for greater than 10 inches of snow" loom for one part of state, according to the latest forecast.
Local
February 19

Train fatally hits pedestrian at crossing in NW. Minnesota

The train operated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe hit the person about 9 p.m. Saturday in Detroit Lakes at the Washington Avenue crossing, BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth said Sunday.
East Metro
February 19

Man kills mother near Hudson, shoots at police and kills himself in Minnesota

Wisconsin suspect led officers on chase before crashing car.
Local
February 19

What's open on President's Day in Minnesota

A look at how a few entities handle the holiday.
Local
February 19

Isle Royale considering seaplane service to, from Minnesota

Isle Royale Seaplanes operates its air taxi between Houghton, Mich., and the Lake Superior island park under a contract that runs through 2025. It offers up to five Isle Royale flights a day, with as many as 20 people coming and going.
West Metro
February 19

Eden Prairie's adopted owl closer to having answer for 'who are you?'

Three names are up for public voting online, after "dozens of fantastic" submissions from the public, the city said.
Variety
February 19
Bill Callas of Stillwater walked out to practice Thursday on the spartan ski trails at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis ahead of next week’s Birkebeiner race.

Warm weather is melting winter economy in Minn., Wis. towns

Small-town festivals and ski races across the region are in danger of being curtailed or canceled, jeopardizing needed tourism dollars.
Local
February 19

SUV driver runs stop sign, fatally hits motorist at C. Minn. intersection

A Twin Cities motorist ran a stop sign in central Minnesota and fatally struck a motorist at a rural intersection, authorities said.
Guide to best of Minnesota biking trails
Special report Guide to best of Minnesota biking trails
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More than 1,500 miles of bike trails line railroad beds and cross public lands.
Local
February 19

Man's punch outside west metro bar leaves brother with severe head injury

Some at the scene tried to convince authorities that the victim had only fallen, the Sheriff's Office said.
St. Paul
February 19
Bob Andresen(cq), a tech staffer at Gordon Parks High School in St. Pa...

Metro libraries hesitate to lend internet hot spots

Take-home internet has extra costs, wait times.
North Metro
February 19

ID'd: Twin Cities semi driver who died in Stearns County crash

A 61-year-old man from Brooklyn Center was killed Saturday when the semitrailer truck he was driving went off the road and hit a grove of trees in Stearns County, according to the State Patrol.
TV & Media
February 19
"A Prairie Home Companion" host Chris Thile performed a during Saturd...

'Prairie Home Companion' to be back next fall with a 26-show season

Host Chris Thile made the announcement as Saturday's show opened.
Minneapolis
February 18

Police seek suspect in shooting of woman at north Minneapolis home

A woman suffered noncritical injuries when she was shot Saturday afternoon at a north Minneapolis residence.
East Metro
February 18

Police investigating kidnapping, suicide outside North St. Paul school

A man forced his ex-girlfriend into his car at gunpoint Saturday in North St. Paul, and then fatally shot himself after she escaped, according to North St. Paul police.
West Metro
February 18

So long, surface lots: Parking areas redeveloped in Twin Cities suburbs

Driven by high land prices, they're being turned into retail, offices and housing.
Local
February 18

Legionnaires' outbreak in Hopkins fuels effort to regulate cooling towers

Legionnaires' disease was linked to a tower, but it took an agency two weeks to find the specific one.
Local
February 18
Nearly two years after launching a statewide abuse reporting hot line, Minnesota regulators are overwhelmed by a deluge of new reports alleging abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults in nursing homes, hospitals and other state-licensed facilities.

Minn. health regulators can't keep up with abuse reports

Flooded hot line has families of vulnerable adults waiting months for investigations.
Minneapolis
February 18
Representative Pat Garofalo listened as DFL members challenged his bil...

Capitol fight over workplace rules raises prospect of local right-to-work laws

Republicans say progressive cities setting wage, sick-leave laws has patchwork effect.