A rendering shows Wayzata’s new ninth elementary school that will open in fall 2019 in Plymouth.

Wayzata school leaders vote to change boundaries

500-plus students will switch schools in a plan the Wayzata school board approved Monday night. The changes won't take effect until fall 2019.
Local

Rochester meth boss kept trafficking even after arrest

May 21
Marco Avila
Marco Avila's meth empire didn't crumble when he was caught more than two years ago in South Dakota with a drug load destined for Minnesota.
Local

La Crescent couple dies on Iceland fly fishing vacation

May 21
Janet Veit and her husband, Brian Schumacher, both 48, were avid fly fishers.
La Crescent couple swept away in lake in Iceland.
Local
May 21
Gilbert Hoppe

Fundraiser for vet who tried to sell his hearing aids nears $20K

Several people spotted his Facebook post offering his hearing aids for sale, or a trade for a good vehicle, and stepped in to help.
State + Local
May 21
Families of elder abuse victims protested inaction by the Legislature on Friday. A few provisions made it into the budget bill.

Effort to reform elder care system falls short at Capitol

Weeks of intense negotiation involving Dayton, GOP legislators and a coalition of senior organizations over a bipartisan deal collapsed over the weekend.
West Metro
May 21

Commissioner Peter McLaughlin denied DFL endorsement

No one got the DFL nod for the Hennepin County seat, but Angela Conley came closest.
Local
May 21

Powerball drawing yields $1M prize in Minnesota; N.J. ticket wins $315M

Saturday's multistate Powerball drawing yielded a jackpot winner on the East Coast and a $1 million not-so-small consolation prize in Minnesota, Minnesota Lottery officials announced…
Local
May 21
Untested rape kits, Wednesday, December 2, 2015 in Andover, MN.

Duluth clears rape kit backlog as reform bill becomes law

The new law gives agencies 60 days to submit kits and requires victim updates.
Local
May 21
Anthony Brooks, a freshman at White Bear High School's north campus, released a largemouth bass he caught on White Bear Lake recently.

Cities win one-year reprieve from White Bear Lake ruling

The state is barred from enforcing watering limits in the northeast metro until 2019
Minneapolis
May 21
Julia Wang, owner of Orchid Massage and Spa, testified in August at a City Council hearing on whether to renew her business license.

Appeals Court affirms shutdown of Minneapolis massage business accused of prostitution

Mpls. City Council revoked license of Orchid Massage Spa for suspect activities.
Local
May 21
Fallen chunk of concrete forced the closure of the RiverCentre parking ramp.

State funds fall short of what St. Paul leaders wanted to replace RiverCentre ramp

St. Paul sought $58M to replace now-closed parking site. Legislators OK'd $5M to raze it.
South Metro
May 21

Man charged in Scott County hit-and-run says he did it on purpose

Turns out the teen biker he hit was the wrong guy, driver allegedly tells cops.
Local
May 21

Dad, son drown while kayaking on northern Minnesota lake

A father and his 4-year-old son drowned over the weekend when their kayak overturned on a northern Minnesota lake, authorities said.Hubbard County Sheriff's Office deputies…
Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
Special Report Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
updated 23 hours 15 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.
East Metro
May 21

Mental illness defense wins acquittal for St. Paul man who killed girlfriend

Defendant will be transferred to St. Peter psychiatric hospital.
East Metro
May 21

1-year-old struck, killed in Maplewood as family members moved vehicles

A 1-year-old walked out of his Maplewood home without his family knowing and was run over and killed, authorities said Monday.The incident occurred about 9:20…
Minneapolis
May 21
The FBI's new special agent in charge for Minneapolis, Jill Sanborn, who brings with her an extensive background in terrorism investigations and is on

Veteran agent digging in as new leader of FBI in Mpls.

Barely three months into her new post as an FBI supervisor in Los Angeles in 2015, Jill Sanborn had just sat down for a holiday…
Local
May 21

Former judge John Weyrens remembered as compassionate, fair

When John Weyrens first became a judge in Meeker County in the 1970s, he adopted a simple credo: If he ever stopped agonizing over sending…
State + Local
May 21
John Gammell

15 years in prison for 'hacker-for-hire' defendant who targeted govt. agencies in Minn.

His targets included business rivals and government agencies and schools in Minnesota.
West Metro
May 21
Jordan D. Washington

Man, 19, shot in car outside Richfield apartments has died; no arrests

Police said they are "still developing suspect information and a motive."
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 19 hours 9 mins. ago
More than 1,500 miles of bike trails line railroad beds and cross public lands.
Local
May 21

Ronald Libertus, advocate and expert in American Indian art, dies at 79

While it can often be difficult to sum up a person’s life and work in a few phrases, it is especially so for Ronald L.…
Local
May 21
Star Tribune launches redesigned, updated news app

Star Tribune launches redesigned, updated news app

Based on feedback from users, the app has been rebuilt from the ground up and offers breaking news alerts, a better user experience, more visuals,…
Local
May 21
The joint legislature stood and applauded after selecting the latest member of the Board of Regents.

About-face on abortion fellowship leaves U with whiplash

Fierce reactions follow the decision to back out of a grant-funded fellowship to expand the practice and training of reproductive health and abortion services.
The Legacy Amendment: 10 Years Later
May 21
Bill Gossman is mayor of New London and a potter — a mix that gives him insight into how arts can build community.

10 years later, Minnesota's Legacy Amendment fueling small town arts

The impact is clearest, leaders and artists say, in outstate Minnesota, where grants have boosted artists' projects and rooted fledgling organizations.