Flanked by his lawyers, Peter Wold, left, and Thomas Plunkett, right, former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor made his way into court on April

Use-of-force expert: No force, not even Taser, justified in Noor's fatal encounter with Damond

Witnesses said Justine Damond was shot because of bad decisions; defense questions their credentials.
Local

St. Paul trash collection: More acceptance, but many still not paying their bills

April 24
Waste Management worker Daniel Westerhaus collected trash from the alleys of the Snelling Hamline neighborhood of St Paul's yellow zone on the first d
Complaints have dwindled, but a significant percentage of customers still won't pay.
Local

Flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of DNR conservation officer Eugene Wynn

April 24
Pine City conservation employee died while responding to a call.
Minneapolis
April 24

Woman killed in two-vehicle crash in north Minneapolis

Officers responded to the intersection of N. Washington and Dowling avenues, just east of Interstate 94, around 9 p.m.
West Metro
April 24
Members of the Jacobs family at the PACER Center's annual benefit in 2005. Alexandra and Irwin Jacobs, at right, were Patron Party co-chairs.

Son says Irwin Jacobs struggled with health before he shot wife, self

Mark Jacobs said, "I so wish he had been able to reach out and share his thoughts so we could have helped him."
North Metro
April 24
The Sheriff’s Office has yet to say where in the intersection the woman was located when the squad car hit her. Her identity has yet to be released.

Squad car strikes pedestrian in Brooklyn Center intersection

An emergency responder on the scene said the officer was driving "at least 40 miles per hour."
South Metro
April 24
Eagan police officer Luke Nelson strained to get a better look at an offender as he and fellow officers rode a school bus looking for distracted drive

Minn. law enforcement gets crafty to fight distracted driving

The unusual tactics come during a three-week statewide crackdown on distracted driving that ends April 30 as well as the run-up to the state's new law in August.
East Metro
April 24

Search underway in Eau Claire, Wis., for 17-year-old thought to have drowned

First responders got a call that a swimmer was struggling in the Chippewa River near Domer Park.
Minneapolis
April 24
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor left the Hennepin County Government Center after the first day of trial in Minneapolis on Monday, April

What we learned Wednesday in court at Mohamed Noor's murder trial

The policies behind the use of force were explored Wednesday in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who is charged in…
Minneapolis
April 24
Hennepin County District Judge Kathryn Quaintance

No-nonsense judge with prosecutorial experience presides over ex-police officer's murder trial

Judge Kathryn Quaintance, at the helm of the murder trial of a former Minneapolis police officer, is stern but fair, colleagues say.
Minneapolis
April 24
Minneapolis Police Union President Lt. Bob Kroll said that he consulted with the police union’s attorneys, who said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s

Defying mayor's ban, Mpls. police union offers free 'warrior' training

Union president said he consulted with attorneys, who said Jacob Frey's directive was unlawful.
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Wisconsin man found dead in Minnesota cabin; 2 men in jail

Circumstances surrounding the 36-year-old man's death have yet to be disclosed.
North Metro
April 24
Thousands of barrels of hazardous waste were buried in the Waste Disposal Engineering Landfill in Andover, Minn., in the 1970s.

Cleanup of high-risk Andover landfill gets underway

With funding in hand, the state will remove more than 6,000 rotting barrels of hazardous chemicals from the site.
Minneapolis
April 24

Authorities identify man who died after falling in front of light-rail train in Minneapolis

The incident occurred at the Stadium Village station over the weekend.
Local
April 24

4 injured when semi rear-ends 5 cars in Duluth

It happened when a southbound semitrailer truck approaching a stoplight on Hwy. 53 at the northbound Interstate 35 off-ramp intersection.
Minneapolis
April 24
The drug task force behind the largest meth seizure in state history provided this photo.

One of 4 charged in Minnesota's largest meth seizure pleads guilty

The four were indicted after a raid on a north Minneapolis home last fall.
Local
April 24

Leon Vander Schaaf, quiet witness to history, dies at 95

The 95-year-old saw firsthand one of the great naval rescue operations of the Second World War, with 55 men saved.
Local
April 24
Get ready for another shutdown of Interstate 35W south of downtown Minneapolis because of weekend construction.

I-35W closed this weekend from I-94 to Crosstown

Starting Friday night, drivers need an alternate route to downtown Minneapolis.
Local
April 24

Star Tribune wins seven National Headliner Awards for local coverage

The Star Tribune has won seven National Headliner Awards, including two first-place honors. The newspaper’s journalists were distinguished for a variety of projects, ranging from…
Local
April 24

Public unions in Minnesota face legal challenge from Forest Lake school worker

She's represented by a nonprofit group that wants to make it easier for nonunion public sector workers to opt out of contributing to their unions.
Local
April 24
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April 24
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April 24
Goldfish, a carp native to Asia, feed on lake bottoms, stirring up plants and sediment, which can increase algae growth.

Thousands of invasive goldfish pack chain of Chaska lakes

Staffers with the Carver County Water Management Organization spotted the flashy fish this week while doing routine monitoring at Big Woods Lake.