New superintendent ready for a new chapter for Minneapolis schools

New superintendent ready for a new chapter for Minneapolis schools

Ed Graff is focusing on the positive after the district's challenging year.
Local

Gov. Dayton orders steps to protect bees, other pollinators

August 26
Gov. Dayton orders steps to protect bees, other pollinators
Gov. Mark Dayton issued new state limits Friday on the use of a controversial class of pesticides that have been implicated in the decline of honeybees and other pollinators.
Local

State Fair, Vikings' first home game pose big traffic hassles

August 26
State Fair, Vikings' first home game pose big traffic hassles
The weekend traffic volume on metro area freeways and highways is likely to be heavier than normal as thousands make their way to the Minnesota State Fair and the Vikings' preseason home opener at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Minneapolis
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A sign posted on a south Minneapolis fire station Saturday, hours before a city-sponsored gun buyback program was supposed to end, apologized for closing early due to a big turnout.

After strong response, gun buyback closes early in Minneapolis

Nearly 300 guns were bought from citizens Saturday in a buyback program that closed down hours early after sponsors ran out of the Visa gift cards they were exchanging for the weapons.
Variety
11:50am

High Road: Pain of being bullied rushes back with high school invitation

The problem: I was invited via e-mail to a gathering of former high school classmates. It’s not a reunion — just a golf game followed…
Local
11:10am

Man charged in bizarre carjacking-for-hire plot in Minneapolis

A 23-year-old man was charged Friday with robbing a north Minneapolis man with his own gun, as the victim and his girlfriend returned home from a trip to the casino, authorities said.
West Metro
11:09am
New east Edina segment of Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail running just north of W. 70th St., west of Hwy. 100.

New biking trail will make for fast track from Hopkins to south of Mall of America

The portion of the trail in east Edina is to be done by 2017. The west portion, out for bid shortly, should be finished by 2018.
Minneapolis
10:52am

4 injured when squad car rear-ended during I-35W traffic stop in Mpls.

The crash happened during an overnight traffic stop on 35W.
Refugees in Minnesota
9:32am
Case manager Katia Iverson helps the Abdullahi family through the steps of resettling in Minnesota, from renting a house to teaching the children how to turn on a lamp during their first home visit in Minneapolis.

Years with no nation, they have 90 days to become a Minnesotan

Thousands of refugees are navigating hurdles of a new life. And front-line workers in Minnesota, one of the country's resettlement hubs, are poised to take in 2,530 refugees, more than during any year in the past decade.
East Metro
9:03am

New Brighton elections called off after judge rules city acted improperly

Judge says city improperly switched to even-year elections, wrongly rejected a challenge.
Local
8:32am

State Fair Minute: 197, 198, 199 . . .

Either this is the longest soundcheck ever, or we've discovered the Amplified Sequential Number Competition. What's going on here?
South Metro
8:03am

Restless man is restoring forgotten cemetery near Hastings

Despite upcoming back surgery, Jim Tatro labors among the gravestones at Spring Lake Cemetery, owned by St. Luke's Episcopal Church, in Nininger Township.
St. Paul
August 27

In canoe on Mississippi, interior secretary marks 100 years of Park Service

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell paddled a canoe Friday off St. Paul to highlight the Twin Cities' urban park, lauded as a national treasure.
Guide to best of Minnesota biking trails
Special report Guide to best of Minnesota biking trails
updated 11 hours 3 mins. ago
More than 1,500 miles of bike trails line railroad beds and cross public lands.
Local
August 27

Correction for Aug. 26, 2016

A story on B1 Thursday misidentified the Minnesota Supreme Court justice who wrote a dissenting opinion in a case involving Metro Transit videos. The justice…
Local
August 26

Jurors find former Cold Spring brewery controller guilty of fraud

The Sartell man ripped off his employer, family and friends in two separate schemes.
East Metro
August 26

Neighborhood group unearths hidden history along shores of Vadnais Lake

The group hopes to uncover American Indian and Euro-American artifacts.
Minneapolis
August 26

U.S. Bank Stadium doors and Vikings Voyage open as game day gets closer

Fans checked out shiny new digs as Vikings got ready for first game on new field Sunday.
Local
August 26
Thousands of nurses walked around Abbott Northwestern on the first day of a strike in June.

Allina Health nurses set open-ended hospital strike that begins on Labor Day

A strike by nurses at five Allina Health hospitals will start at 7 a.m. Labor Day, according to required 10-day notices their union sent to the health system early this morning.
West Metro
August 26

Woman gets 5 years for stealing $1.7M from Brooklyn Park medical supplier

A former accounts payable clerk for the company spent the money on vacations and vehicles as the business struggled through the recession.
Local
August 26

Body of missing Park Rapids boater is recovered from lake after collision

The 78-year-old man disappeared into Fishhook Lake after boats collided.
Prince
August 26
Prince fans were easy to find Friday night at the Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesotans celebrate Prince with show of purple at the State Fair

"Unite in Purple" features music, dancing and a special pyrotechnic Prince tribute.
Prince
August 26
In April a rainbow appeared over Prince's Paisley Park, which will open for public tours in October.

Prince superfans snap up Paisley Park tour tickets

Fans expressed delight that they'll be able to see some of their idol's belongings.
West Metro
August 26

Le Sueur man charged in stabbing death of Eden Prairie man, 74

Nathan Foth was arrested on his way to Minnesota from Oregon via bus, police said.