Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender, center, says she strives for collaboration, but rivals have a different take.

In first year leading Minneapolis City Council, Lisa Bender navigates a path to change

She presses agenda with collaboration, confrontation.

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter: $600M budget has to deliver

After winning approval of his first budget, Mayor Melvin Carter says he’s looking ahead to next year.
A double-digit property tax levy increase has raised anxiety and the pressure on City Hall.

Brooks: Minnesota lawbreakers beg your pardon this holiday season

Gov. Mark Dayton questioned a woman who came before the Minnesota Board of Pardons on Thursday, seeking to have a decades-old conviction cleared from
Pardon hearing day means four hours of high drama, heartbreak and small mercies for people who are trying hard to be better than they used to be.
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This stump bears the telltale teeth marks of a beaver. The critters are a growing problem in Grand Marais, which is losing many trees to the critters.

Vexed by beavers, Grand Marais tries to limit the damage

The Lake Superior City has been hurriedly armoring tree trunks with chicken wire and strategizing at council meetings about their furry foes.
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Joan Gabel, sole finalist for the University of Minnesota’s top job, is widely described as someone who thinks strategically.

U presidential finalist Joan Gabel earns praise as decisive leader

The role will require her to navigate often intense and competing demands of faculty, staff, business leaders, athletic officials and politicians.
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Senior pastor Bob Merritt delivered the sermon at Eagle Brook Church while being filmed for a live feed. The church invested in a $5 million video pro

Minnesota churches sowing the seeds for a future revival

It's a race against time for many congregations, as barely one in three Americans attend weekly services and one in four belong to no religion at all.
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Despite ACA ruling, nothing changes for Minnesota

With the ruling likely to be appealed, it will likely take months for it to go through the court process.

Two Minnesotans die in regional highway crashes

Two Minnesotans died Friday in crashes on regional roads.Joshua C. Anderson, 19, of Gully, Minn., was killed when he was ejected from his 2008 Chevrolet…
Garth Brooks at Target Center in 2014.

After plea from Gov. Dayton, Garth Brooks says he's in favor of a second Minneapolis show

Tickets for the country megastar's May 4 concert at U.S. Bank Stadium sold out within an hour Friday.

Minnesota sisters were photography pioneers

Lillian and Margaret Yates plied their trade in Waseca, Waterville and later Worthington.
South Metro

Metro police blotter, Dec. 16

BLAINE NOV. 9 Drunken driving. A 23-year-old man was arrested for drunken driving after he was reported to be running into parked cars at…
Eyota Mayor Tyrel Clark met Friday with Vicki Arendt, one of the owners of the market founded by her late father, to discuss finding a buyer for the b

Market in Eyota, Minn., seeks help to find a buyer

Eyota Market has languished in the founder's estate for too long

Minnesota briefs: Emergency squad in northern Minnesota's Cook County adds rope rescue team

As part of northeast Minnesota’s outdoor playground, Cook County gets calls for rescue squads in unusual situations. Now, a trained rope team will be able…
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.
HMA Architects’ rendering shows a $24 million expansion for the Municipal Athletic Complex.

St. Cloud city leaders unveil $24 million plan for sports facilities

Starting next month, city leaders plan to lobby legislators.
Mikaela Casey, who grew up in Mound, realized there were no children’s books about Lake Minnetonka, so she wrote one herself.

Mound author publishes a children's book set on Lake Minnetonka

Mikaela Casey published her first children's book about Lake Minnetonka.
Buck Hill in Burnsville isn't just for skiing and snowboarding. The slopes now can be hold offseason concerts 10 times a year and extend later into th

Burnsville's Buck Hill adds more music nights despite protests

Ski slope can now stage 10 concerts a year, despite neighbors' noise concerns.

Metro briefs: Hennepin County awards $2.16 million in youth sports grants

The Hennepin County Board on Tuesday approved nearly $2.16 million in facility grants to help schools, parks and cities improve playgrounds and buy sports equipment.…
East Metro
Sarah Papenheim had a gig coming up with a band in Minneapolis later this month.

Suspect in fatal stabbing of Twin Cities musician is ID'd, appears in Dutch court

There was arguing in the room of the woman, who worked the blues scene in the Twin Cities as a drummer.
December 15
Former Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor, middle, left Hennepin County jail with his attorney, Thomas Plunkett, after posting bail in March.

Ex-Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor dismissed as defendant from mental health hold lawsuit

In dropping the officers from the suit, the judge deemed the department policy on mental health holds unconstitutional.
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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.
St. Paul
December 15
Archbishop Bernard Hebda and predecessor John Nienstedt.

Archbishop 'troubled' that allegations vs. Nienstedt are unresolved

Archbishop Bernard Hebda wrote in a letter to Twin Cities Catholics that he's pushing for full investigation of allegations against his predecessor.
East Metro
December 15
Dave Titus, left, shown in 2008 with Bob Fletcher.

St. Paul police union chief to join Ramsey County sheriff-elect's team

Dave Titus sent an e-mail to St. Paul officers announcing that he was not stepping down from the police union office or election.
December 15
Volunteers unloaded books at the University of Mosul Nov. 25. The academic topics included medicine, engineering, law and IT.

Minnesota-based Reconciliation Project sends 10,000 books to Mosul

The city's prestigious university had been decimated by ISIS terrorists. The library's historical manuscripts, maps, documents and academic texts had been deliberately burned.
December 14
Sherri Taggart helps her son Jack, 14, hang some Christmas lights. Jack is recovering from leukemia and the family has received help from the Pinky Sw

Pinky Swear Foundation helps families of children with cancer pay the bills

The Minnesota foundation gives away $1 million a year to families facing childhood cancer.