Sa’Lesha Beeks, whose mother was killed by a stray bullet in north Minneapolis, listened to ideas during an advisory board meeting for Project LIFE.

New Minneapolis anti-violence program is showing positive results

For gang members, experimental Project LIFE offers an alternative to the streets.
Local

Two dozen people evacuated from Robbinsdale senior living home; repellent blamed

November 17
Firefighters work outside the Robbinsdale senior living home that was evacuated Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.
Some residents were taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Local

On Adoption Day, Twin Cities parents and kids celebrate new families

November 17
Malinda Gatewood, center, smiled as she sat with Natilia, 10, and, from left, Jameson, 6, Tyrees, 4, and Andre, 8, during their adoption hearing.
Almost 40 children were adopted by more than 20 families in Minneapolis. More got new families in Ramsey County.
Local
13 minutes ago
Fresh veggies at 360 Communities Food Shelf in Burnsville, shown in May.

Brooks: Scaring immigrants away from the table this Thanksgiving

“Mami! Mami!” the little girl calls out when her mother returns home with bags of fresh fruit and vegetables, milk and yogurt. “You filled up…
Local
39 minutes ago
This undated image provided by AcelRx Pharmaceuticals shows the dispenser and a tablet for the company's medication Dsuvia.

U doctor in midst of opioid conflict over work with drugmaker

Critics fear a potent new painkiller he worked to get OK'd will worsen epidemic.
Local
November 17
Wilhelm Muelbe and Fred Keller, from a 1927 Minneapolis Daily Star clipping, with the French horn abandoned by Muelbe and recovered by Keller during f

Once World War I enemies, Minneapolis musicians shared bond over French horn left on battlefield

Wilhelm Muelbe and Fred Keller fought and played in military bands on opposite sides of World War I a century ago.
Minneapolis
November 17
As the push for a $15-an-hour minimum wage spreads, local leaders and businesses in other Minnesota cities are paying attention.

$15 minimum wage fight sets sights on all of Minnesota

After success in St. Paul and Minneapolis, battle expands to rest of state.
Local
November 17
Alesha Erickson was photographed in her apartment Sept. 21, 2018 in Mountain Iron, Minn. She was raped in a different unit in the building and moved t

A victim heard, justice served

Many sexual assault reports in Minnesota are poorly investigated. Most don't result in charges or convictions. This one was different.
St. Paul
November 17
The sign on the Chipotle restaurant on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

Chipotle fires St. Paul restaurant manager, retrains staff after viral video

A manager at a St. Paul Chipotle was fired this week after a video went viral of employees refusing to serve five black men and…
North Metro
November 17
If approved, the 2.6 million-square-foot fulfillment center would be the single largest industrial building in the Twin Cities.

In Brooklyn Park, all eyes turn to mystery 'Project Hotdish'

As fulfillment centers take root, suburbs fret over traffic.
Local
November 17
Local owners are converting the Rochester Armory into a restaurant, arts center and one-of-a-kind performance venue, where work was underway recently.

Landmark downtown Rochester armory gets a third act

Planned art space, bookstore and restaurant will fill a gap downtown.
Books
November 17
Wild Rumpus Bookstore owner Tom Braun in the Linden Hills landmark in 2010.

Tom Braun, who co-founded whimsical Wild Rumpus bookstore in Minneapolis, dies at 74

Creative and talented, Braun always had a thousand ideas, those who knew him said.
Local
November 17
DFL gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz was congratulated by supporters on election night as he headed to delivery his victory speech.

Minnesota business community reckons with GOP losses, empowered Democrats in St. Paul

Initiatives opposed by many in business community are within reach for state DFLers.
Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
Special Report Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
updated 14 hours 59 mins. ago
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
November 17

Willmar woman dies in three-car crash

A 19-year-old woman was killed when she lost control of the minivan she was driving Friday in central Minnesota. Yasmin Abdi Ahmed, of Willmar, had…
West Metro
November 17
Visitors explored the ice castle in Stillwater in 2017.

Popular ice castle is moving from Stillwater to Excelsior this winter

Obstacles in Stillwater force relocation of large, elaborate winter wonder.
South Metro
November 17

Metro area police blotter, Nov. 18

EDINA OCT. 20 Theft. A 60-year-old Minnetonka woman was arrested for stealing decorative pillows and a vase from HomeGoods, 7435 France Av. S. FRIDLEY…
Local
November 17

Metro briefs: Hy-Vee project in Blaine moves forward with council approval

A hotly debated Hy-Vee project in Blaine is moving forward with City Council approval. Council members voted Thursday to grant final approval to the development,…
Local
November 17
Don Gudmundson came out of retirement to lead the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

Minnesota briefs: For the first time in 16 years, Stearns County will have a new sheriff

For the first time in 16 years, Stearns County will have a new sheriff. Steve Soyka, a sergeant in the department, will move into the…
Local
November 17
Gooseberry Falls State Park surpassed Fort Snelling in 2017 as the most visited state park in Minnesota; No. 3 is Itasca.

Minnesota state parks are free to use on Black Friday for the fourth straight year

It’s the Black Friday special all Minnesotans can score without standing in any lines: free access to any state park. For the fourth year in…
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
updated 10 hours 52 mins. ago
More than 1,500 miles of bike trails line railroad beds and cross public lands.
Local
November 17
In July, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler announced his departure effective July 2019.

University of Minnesota has shortlist in hunt for president

As the search for a new president enters the final stretch, five of the nine who scored an interview were female.
South Metro
November 17
Rod Thompson, former Shakopee schools superintendent.

Ex-Shakopee superintendent pleads guilty to felony theft, embezzlement

Rod Thompson's plea calls for two years in prison and restitution.
Local
November 17
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, shown in August, unveiled sexual assault regulations for colleges and universities that bolster the rights of th

New plan might alter how Minn. colleges handle sex misconduct

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she aimed new proposed rules to better balance the rights of alleged victims and the due process rights of the accused.
National
November 17
President Donald Trump awards former professional football player and Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Alan Page the Medal of Freedom during

Trump honors Minnesota's Alan Page with Medal of Freedom

The retired state Supreme Court justice, Vikings legend and tireless philanthropist was among seven honored in a White House ceremony with the nation's most prestigious civilian honor.