After-school Hennepin County Library program succeeds and expands

After-school Hennepin County Library program succeeds and expands

The free tutoring has helped thousands of students since the program started in 1992.
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Brooklyn Park police officers journey west to bring colleague "Big Bear" home

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Brooklyn Park police officers journey west to bring colleague "Big Bear" home
Three officers traveled to Colorado to retrieve a comrade's remains.
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Ballerina Dusty Button visits Woodbury's Royal Oaks Elementary School

December 15
Ballerina Dusty Button visits Woodbury's Royal Oaks Elementary School
Visit was part of a promotion for Ballet Minnesota's annual "The Classic Nutcracker."
Local
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Benson High evacuates basketball game after 'terroristic threats,' police say

The person believed to have made the threats is under arrest, police say.
South Metro
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Carver County to convert former hospice to mental health crisis center

Mental health advocates say the residential facility will encourage those struggling to seek help sooner.
St. Paul
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St. Paul police officers cleared in fatal March shooting of Illinois man

Prosecutor says officers had reason to fear after Cordale Handy pointed gun at them.
Local
December 15

Longtime Star Tribune sports editor Bud Armstrong, 79, enjoyed food, wine, good company

It takes a special kind of person to work on a newspaper’s night desk — an audacious sort who doesn’t fear crushing deadlines and punishing…
Minneapolis
December 15
Gov. Mark Dayton defended the work of the BCA on Friday, saying: "Impugning the quality of their investigations is destructive, and detrimental in our efforts to seek and obtain justice.”

Gov. Dayton defends BCA after criticism of Damond probe

The governor praised the statewide investigative agency for its diligence, saying the Hennepin County attorney's criticism is "destructive."
Minneapolis
December 15

U.S. Bank Stadium authority sees third transition at the top in less than a year

Chief tech consultant Jim Farstad will take reins, probably until after the Super Bowl.
Music
December 15
McNally Smith music school in St. Paul is closing abruptly.

McNally Smith students, faculty face uncertain future after closure

Thirty-eight graduates will gather Saturday at the History Theatre for the institution's final commencement.
St. Paul
December 15

Man found dead in burning vehicle at St. Paul cemetery

The man discovered at Oakland Cemetery hasn't yet been identified.
Local
December 15

U toughens policy against sexual assault and harassment

All University of Minnesota employees will be required for the first time to report incidents of sexual harassment directed at students.
Minneapolis
December 15
Mayor-elect Jacob Frey spoke during a dedication ceremony to mark the ...

Mayor-elect Frey urges supporters to attend fundraiser for departing Hodges

The outgoing mayor is raising money to pay down campaign debt and got help from an election opponent.
Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
Special Report Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
updated 13 hours 53 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.
West Metro
December 15

Wayzata student becomes one of nation's few chess grandmasters

A Wayzata High School student is the first homegrown Minnesota player to earn the game's top title.
Local
December 15

New CEO of Minnesota Council of Churches a true believer in reconciliation

Curtiss DeYoung's unlikely track included Washington, D.C., South Africa and Chicago.
Super Bowl LII
December 15

For developers, three-month Super Bowl construction ban changes timetables

Minneapolis wants roads, walks clear for Super Bowl.
Local
December 15

Corrections for Dec. 16, 2017

A caption on OW4 Friday incorrectly identified an Instagrammer’s handle. It is @seanmurphyphotos.   A story on B2 Wednesday should have said that Ramsey…
Minneapolis
December 15

Minneapolis City Council votes to pay officer's legal bills

Officer Michael Griffin had asked the city to cover his legal fees stemming from a criminal proceedings, a rare request that city staff say was last granted in 1983.
Local
December 15

Park Rapids man dies in collision on icy Hubbard County highway

A 75-year-old man from Park Rapids, Minn., was killed Thursday in a two-car crash on icy Hwy. 71 in north-central Minnesota’s Hubbard County. Dale Alfred…
Guide to best of Minnesota biking trails
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.
Local
December 15

Watch cellphone and dashcam video from before and after shooting of Cordale Handy

Handy, 29, of Waukegan, Ill. was killed March 15 after police responded to multiple 911 calls after Handy fired 16 gunshots in an apartment during a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Warning: Video contains explicit language and disturbing content.
West Metro
December 15

Metro counties give final approval to 2018 budgets

Final Hennepin tax levy lower than initial September projection.
St. Paul
December 15

McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul is closing abruptly

The school's administration told students and staff members in an e-mail that financial difficulties have forced the decision.
North Metro
December 15

Three arrested in connection with shooting at Ham Lake gas station

The victim shot in the chest is improving at a Coon Rapids hospital