Weekend traffic: Ramp from west I-94 to south I-35W to close for 10 days

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will close the ramp from westbound Interstate 94 to southbound Interstate 35W Friday night and it won't reopen until Oct. 22.

Twin Cities Marathon could bring parking and traffic crunch

October 5
With 100,000 people taking in the events, traffic will be heavier than usual and parking will be more limited than on most weekends in St. Paul.

Snowplow operators to be put to the test Thursday

October 4
Snow plow operators from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Hennepin and Ramsey counties will be put to the test Thursday as they run their rigs through an obstacle course.
Minneapolis
October 20
Outside groups have spent $9.1 million in the Third District race between Democrat Dean Phillips, left, and Rep. Erik Paulsen, one of several Minnesot

Outside groups flood Minn. with $29M in four key House races

Minnesota sees more than $29M in political group cash for four House races that will help determine which party controls Congress next year.
Staff Directory
October 16

Jennifer Brooks

Previously as a Star Tribune reporter, Brooks covered the State Capitol and the Minnesota congressional delegation in Washington.
Local
October 3

Poll: Minnesota voters say state should spend more on mass transit

An overwhelming majority of Minnesota voters say the state should spend more money to improve and expand mass transit, and nearly 60 percent of voters are on board with the idea even if it would result in higher taxes or fees to pay for them.
Variety
September 28
Pedestrians in downtown Minneapolis are guided or cautioned by a cacophony of disembodied voices.

Why Twin Cities walk signals and garage alerts should have Minnesota accents

Talking walk signals and parking garage alerts add to the urban cacophony. At least they could speak Minnesotan.
Local
September 28
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Season's first freeze won't stop weekend closures on I-35E, Crosstown Hwy. 62

Temperatures in the 20s and 30s Saturday morning won't be enough to stop closures on the Crosstown Hwy. 62 and Interstate 35E in the northeast metro. Lane closures on Interstate 35W through northeast Minneapolis and Roseville could slow motorists down.
Local
September 27
Gridlock slow to ease on westbound I-94 in downtown Minneapolis as lanes reopen

Gridlock slow to ease on westbound I-94 in downtown Minneapolis as lanes reopen

Late-running road work has westbound I-94 down to one lane near Portland Avenue, and that has resulted in a huge backup.
Minneapolis
September 26
FTA awards Metro Transit $11 million for new bus garage

FTA awards Metro Transit $11 million for new bus garage

The Met Council still needs funding to build the garage that would house up to 200 buses and relieve overcrowding at other facilities.
Local
September 25
MnDOT getting snowplow drivers ready for the season

MnDOT getting snowplow drivers ready for the season

Don't be surprised if you see a snow plow on Hwy. 10 near Little Falls, Minn., this week. Yes, that's right, we're talking snow plows.
Local
September 21
Commuters passed by ongoing road construction on I-35W during the evening rush hour Friday, June 15, 2018.

Crosstown closure and lane restrictions on I-35W will be weekend's biggest traffic disruptions

The first weekend of fall will have drivers seeing plenty of orange around the metro area, especially along the Crosstown as the Minnesota Department of Transportation closes the eastbound lanes from Interstate 494 to Hwy. 100. Next weekend the westbound lanes close.
Local
September 19
Sometimes, what you pay for health care in America depends on how loudly you scream when the bill arrives.

Brooks: Remember the Tale of Two Splinters? Here's more from the annals of health-care haggling

Sometimes, what you pay for health care in America depends on how loudly you scream when the bill arrives.
Senior homes residents abused and ignored across Minnesota
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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.
Blogs
September 19

May 8, 1984: Kirby Puckett's first day in the majors

Puckett made his major league debut on May 8, 1984, going 4-for-5 in a 5-0 Twins victory over the Angels. His debut would have come a day earlier but for some unexpected delays.
North Metro
September 19
Finally finished, Hwy. 169 now at full strength in Champlin

Finally finished, Hwy. 169 now at full strength in Champlin

MnDOT has completed work on the highway, and this week has reopened all lanes in both directions between Hwy. 610 and the Mississippi River bridge.
Local
September 17
MnDOT looking to add MnPass lanes to alleviate 494 congestion

MnDOT looking to add MnPass lanes to alleviate 494 congestion

The public is asked to weigh in on plans to add a carpool lane and identify other improvements they'd like to see to make traffic on I-494 flow better through an online survey up for a month.
Minneapolis
September 14
Dave Hughes, the Republican opponent to U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, spoke at the Republican state convention in Duluth on June 1, 2018.

Peterson's opponent looks for opening in Trump-backing district

In the Seventh, longtime Democrat is facing a challenge from the right.
Local
September 14

I-35W in Minneapolis won't be closed all weekend, but part of the Blue Line will

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has called off this weekend's full closure of I-35W, but a Friday night closure of the northbound lanes of the freeway between the Crosstown and downtown Minneapolis will linger into Saturday morning.
Local
September 12
Despite daily records, overall State Fair bus ridership falls

Despite daily records, overall State Fair bus ridership falls

Metro Transit reported overall ridership was down 9 percent in 2018 when compared to 2017. MVTA saw a slight drop while SouthWest Transit set a new ridership record.
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
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More than 1,500 miles of bike trails line railroad beds and cross public lands.
Local
September 7
Downtown motorists could get blocked with football traffic this weekend

Downtown motorists could get blocked with football traffic this weekend

Road construction takes a back seat to football as this weekend's biggest traffic hassles may come with the Vikings' home opener Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium and Gophers playing Saturday evening at TCF Bank Stadium.
Local
September 6
Crashes lead to long commute times

Crashes lead to long commute times

The Thursday morning commute has led to some murderous travel times as crashes litter the freeway system.
National
September 6
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) holds up documents during the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Dona

Klobuchar joins Senate Democrats in pushing back on Kavanaugh

She cited an article he wrote for the Minnesota Law Review to question his views on presidential power.
Local
September 5

Wednesday's I-94 closure in downtown Minneapolis called off

MnDOT has called off Wednesday's closure so all lanes will remain open overnight.