Sara Hunter, a St. Paul public housing resident who was nearly evicted in January because of a cockroach infestation that she was unable to fix, said

Twin Cities metro cities try carrot, stick to deal with hoarders, avoid evictions

As city and county officials enforce codes designed to keep residents safe, they often confront mental and physical disabilities, aging and poverty.

St. Paul Central's Mary Mackbee hears the praises

St. Paul Central High School Principal Mary Mackbee was honored at halftime of the homecoming football game Sept. 29.
School auditorium to be named for educator of more than 50 years.

Minneapolis middle schoolers go to D.C. to propose power grids of the future

Justice Page students Oliver Gels, left, and Ryan Rowell presented their Maui cityscape to judges in Washington, D.C.
Students from Justice Page Middle School presented their vision of a 22nd century power grid.
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The Commons park in downtown Minneapolis.

Minneapolis seeks to transfer Commons park to Park Board

Minneapolis City Council to vote on transfer in response to court ruling.
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Cause of fire at Mpls. Grain Exchange Building still unknown

The two-alarm fire broke out Wednesday night
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Mississippi Mushrooms president Ian Silver-Sharp near tall shelves of incubating mushrooms Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Minneapolis.

In changing north Mpls. riverfront, mushroom farm fights to fit in

Since 2015, Mississippi Mushrooms has cultivated several varieties in the middle of the former Upper Harbor Terminal.
St. Paul
Taressa D. Wilson-Snyder

St. Paul teen charged in fatal hit-and-run

The suspect tried to have his car repaired within hours of the crash, police say. The auto shop owner turned him in.

Missing southern Minn. man, 92, may have drowned in drainage ditch

Marvin Borkenhagen's car was found near a culvert that he often cleared of debris.
East Metro
Citizen searching for shed antlers in Roseville finds body

Citizen searching for shed antlers in Roseville finds body

The identity of the individual, whose gender was not released, and cause of death remain undetermined, police said.
North Metro

Board at odds over how to pick next leader of Anoka County

Some are pushing for a more formal process in appointing Soma's successor.
A former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., would be used by PolyMet as part of a planned copper-nickel mining operation.

PolyMet receives last major permit to begin mining in northeast Minn.

The decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was hailed and decried as a milestone
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Pedestrian killed in Baxter, Minn. was from neighboring Brainerd

Joshua Carner was killed as he walked along Hwy. 210 in Baxter, Minn.
State + Local

DHS inspector general placed on leave after state audit finds fraud in state's child care program

Pervasive questionable payments found in Minnesota's child-care assistance program.
Crews erected an earthen levy to be topped with sheeting and sandbags.

Flood watchers get bird's-eye view of rising Minnesota River

Despite forecasts of the season's gradual, "perfect melt," people in the Minnesota River valley south of the Twin Cities are on edge.
President Donald Trump held up an executive order he signed Thursday requiring colleges to certify that their policies support free speech as a condit

Minn. colleges say they already comply with free-speech order

Some local higher education officials voiced skepticism that the order will have much of an impact.
The skyways in downtown Minneapolis, Minn., on Friday, May 8, 2015. ] RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER ¥

Were Minneapolis' skyways first created to combat the cold – or something else?

Love them or hate them, the skyways' dual origin stories might surprise you.
Brad Hardin, took a selfie in front of a 3-D sculpture of the Final Four bracket on the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. The crowd downtown will be large

Downtown Mpls. road closures begin Monday ahead of Final Four in April

Planners say transit, free rides in Buicks, walking are all good options.
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“It smells like hot garbage with rotting meat products,” is how University of Minnesota grad student Shanta Hejmadi described the smell of the sch

U's stinky corpse flower blooms in all its nose-wrinkling wonder

The stinky corpse flower is in bloom and drawing visitors to U campus in St. Paul. But be quick.
March 21

Charges: U of M employee used university funds to buy computers he resold for profit

Michael J. McDaniel allegedly said robbers who threatened him coerced him into making the purchases.
March 21
A snow day in February brought out a crowd of kids in Minneapolis to play.

Lawmakers debate snow-day relief as hourly school workers worry about pay

Make-up days, pay for hourly workers at issue.
March 21
These deer carcasses were dumped near the Zumbro River in southeastern Minnesota.

DNR searching for person who dumped deer carcasses near river in SE. Minnesota

DNR enforcement officials want to find whoever is responsible for this "waste of Minnesota's precious natural resources."