The setting sun illuminated the St. Paul skyline, with city hall on the left, as seen from Harriet Island Park.

One step at a time, St. Paul nurturing big downtown dreams

Local government officials are courting startups, planning park improvements, budgeting to rebuild streets and advocating for more transit. Long term, they envision major projects — including new skyscrapers — that would transform the face of the city.
Local

Community members, St. Paul police confront painful history on D.C. trip

October 21
About 17 police officers, civilian employees and community members spent several days in Washington, D.C., visiting sites dealing with race and histor
Third annual trip is an effort to forge community-police understanding and bonds.
Local

More than 1,000 tips checked out since Jayme Closs disappeared

October 21
Jayme Closs
Vigil, sheriff's update planned as hunt for Jayme Closs enters second week.
South Metro
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Katie Mullen

St. Thomas student found dead in dorm room; cause unknown

A University of St. Thomas sophomore was found dead in her dorm room bed Friday morning, and the cause of her death remained under investigation…
Local
5:55am
Earl Bakken, founder of Medtronic

Medtronic founder Earl Bakken has died in his Hawaii home

Earl Bakken, the Minneapolis electronics repairman who invented a pacemaker that kept a child’s heart beating with a battery, inspiring a generation of lifesaving electronic…
West Metro
5:50am
This semitrailer truck left one ramp and landed on another in Bloomington.

Semi tumbles from one ramp onto another in Bloomington

A semitrailer truck exiting from one highway in Bloomington to another Sunday morning fell onto a ramp below, authorities said. The crash occurred where Hwy.…
Local
October 21
The poll numbers: Minnesota Senate race

The poll numbers: Minnesota Senate race

The Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio News polled 800 Minnesota likely voters between Oct. 15 and Oct. 17.
Local
October 21
Jeffrey J. Lawstuen

Rochester man with long criminal history allegedly caught with 200-plus pounds of pot

A 44-year-old man with a lengthy criminal history was caught hauling more than 200 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $500,000…
Local
October 21

University of St. Thomas investigates after racial slur found written on a student's door

The University of St. Thomas is investigating what it calls an “act of hate” after a racial slur was found written on a student’s door…
South Metro
October 21
Darren Rust seen removing a boulder from the road in Lakeville.

Rocks placed in the road damage cars in Lakeville

Authorities warn drivers as they investigate who put hazards in cars' paths.
East Metro
October 21

Patrol IDs man hit by pickup on hwy. shoulder in Maplewood and critically hurt

A man walking along an east metro highway after dark was hit by a pickup truck and critically hurt, authorities said. The incident occurred about…
Local
October 21
Construction continued on I-35W during the evening commute, as seen in August.

Key I-35W ramp into downtown Mpls. reopens as project progresses

The Minnesota Department of Transportation's massive reconstruction of Interstate 35W from downtown Minneapolis south to 43rd Street hit a milestone last week: the $240 million project is now 30 percent complete.
St. Paul
October 21
This metals recycling business caught fire Friday.

Metals recycling plant burns for hours in St. Paul; 50 firefighters answer the call

The building was empty when the blaze struck Friday, authorities said.
Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
Special Report Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
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Each year, hundreds of Minnesotans are beaten, sexually assaulted or robbed in senior care homes. Their cases are seldom investigated, leaving families in the dark.
Local
October 21
Mark Osler, chairman of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, lobbies to win clemency for prisoners through the school's Federal Commutations Cl

Through St. Thomas project, law students seek mercy for the guilty

Erin was seven months pregnant when they locked her away. Her daughter turns 5 next month, and there’s a third-year law student from the University…
East Metro
October 21
Shelden Moe of Como Park mows the grass of a neighboring business in exchange for using its dumpster. He’d like to keep it that way.

Zero wasters, bin sharers, self-haulers are part of St. Paul trash uprising

It's the first time in St.Paul's 177-year history that residents are required to hire someone to cart away their trash. And it has sparked a popular uprising.
Inspired
October 21
Since 1961, thousands of children have soaked up German language and culture at Waldsee village, now located on Turtle River Lake near Bemidji.

Concordia Language Villages confronts an ugly truth head-on as a step toward healing

Concordia Language Villages confronts an ugly truth head-on as a step toward healing
Local
October 21
The view from one of the three driving decks of the new TopGolf in Brooklyn Center.

With state's first Topgolf in town, Brooklyn Center works to reshape image

As golfers whacked balls onto a new green, Brooklyn Center Mayor Tim Willson sat nearby, thought of Dubai and allowed himself a grin. Topgolf, the…
Minneapolis
October 20
Wayne Brabender took an improbable journey from the soybean fields of west-central Minnesota in the 1960s to Spanish national fame as a two-time Olymp

A basketball star's journey, from Milan (Minn.) to Madrid

Wayne Brabender is the greatest Minnesota basketball player you've never heard of.
Local
October 20
Bradley Traaseth asked authorities multiple times to file charges against the men suspected of raping his daughter, Hannah. He was unsuccessful.

Minnesota rape cases: Rejected by the prosecution

In Minnesota, half of sex assault cases police send to prosecutors never result in charges. Prosecutors reject cases that include DNA evidence, witnesses, and sometimes even confessions, records show.
Dennis Porter on a mountain bike trail along the Minnesota River Wednesday afternoon in Bloomington. ] JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com T
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.
Minneapolis
October 20
This year students in Ashley Wilke's AP psychology class will be required to pay a $60 fee to take their AP tests at the end of class if they want to

Metro school districts go to voters to right fiscal ships

Levies in Mpls., St. Paul and suburbs would boost taxes, steady district finances.
Local
October 20
Jayme Closs, 13, has been missing since her parents were found dead in their Barron, Wisconsin, home.

Thousands of tips pour in as search for Jayme Closs enters sixth day

On Day 6 of the search for Jayme Closs, Barron County sheriff's deputies said they have had sifted through more than 800 of the thousands of tips that have come in since the 13-year-old vanished.
East Metro
October 20

Stay away from St. Paul caves, officials warn (yet again)

Rescuers were called in after two teens were seen entering St. Paul caves.
Local
October 20

3 people killed in crashes on Minnesota roads identified

Authorities have identified three people killed in two crashes on Minnesota roads Friday.A pedestrian crossing Hwy. 10 at Sherburne Avenue in Becker, in Sherburne County,…