Sept. 11, 1945: Sid Hartman's first column

Hartman's first bylined column, "The Roundup," appeared in the Minneapolis Daily Times, tucked away with the agate type on the bottom of the Daily Times' second sports page. The lead story on the front page that day: "Tojo Shoots Self as U.S. Officers Attempt His Arrest."

Feb. 27, 1921: An electrifying infographic

February 17
This odd map of the United States may seem at first glance to be a cubist artist's conception of the familiar geographical outlines of our country, but it has a strictly utilitarian purpose. It is known as the map of the "electrical United States" and pictures graphically the number of household users of electricity in each state.

Freezing drizzle has motorists slipping, sliding, crashing

December 12, 2018
Light fog and freezing drizzle moved into the metro area and the result has been scores of wrecks and spin outs.
July 15
Munira Mohmed, center, and Habiba Mohamed, right, listened at the Safari restaurant in Minneapolis as speakers shared memories of activist and journal

Minnesotans inspired by Somali-Canadian journalist killed in terrorist attack

Somali-Canadian activist went back to broadcast "the other side of Somalia."
July 9
St. Paul firefighter Mohamed Daoud made his way out of a false alarm in an apartment complex along with Captain Tomo Klepp of Station 23 during his se

St. Paul hires its first Somali-American firefighters

For Mohamed Daoud and Abdi Warsame, the job is more than joining the St. Paul Fire Department — it is also being at community gathering places to talk about their jobs.
June 11
Somali Museum Dance Troupe members, including Rami Mouhoumed, center, perform the Somali dance called Dhanto.

Somalia beckons back those who left, ambassador says in Mpls.

Ambassador Ahmed Isse Awad says skilled workers and investment are needed for country's "rebirth."
May 21
Candace Owens, a conservative commentator, pictured last month in Indiana, spoke at the Hilton Minneapolis on Monday.

Speaker asks if Democrats deserve the black vote in Minneapolis speech

In Mpls. speech, Candace Owens urged an exit from the Democratic Party.
May 19
As a transgender woman, Rachell claims she faced violence and persecution in her home country of Honduras. She fled to the U.S. to seek asylum and was

Transgender Honduran awaits her asylum case in Twin Cities suburbs

Such refugees face unique threats — but also can make a strong case to stay.
March 31
The mood at Ebenezer Community Church in Brooklyn Park was jubilant Sunday morning, where the sizable Liberian congregation celebrate President Trump�

Brooklyn Park Liberian congregation celebrates Trump's 'miracle' decison

In recent weeks, the Rev. Francis Tabla saw uncertainty in the eyes of the congregation before him at Ebenezer Community Church. On Sunday, their faces…
Staff Directory
February 27

Jennifer Brooks

Previously as a Star Tribune reporter, Brooks covered the State Capitol and the Minnesota congressional delegation in Washington.
January 14
James Burroughs

In an effort to end health care disparities in Minn., Children's Hospital hires diversity specialist

James Burroughs wants to address Minnesota's health care disparities.
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December 27, 2018
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, seen after a news conference in June.

Nolan frustrated as he exits Congress, calling it 'dysfunctional'

U.S. representative said demands to raise money, lack of influence took a toll later in his career.
December 25, 2018
U.S. Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar's influence already expanding in Congress

Incoming House member takes on leadership role in party's biggest block.
West Metro
November 27, 2018
New East Bush Lake Road ramp to I-494 may open to drivers by Friday

New East Bush Lake Road ramp to I-494 may open to drivers by Friday

Bloomington motorists have waited a long long time - 58 years to be exact - for a ramp leading from East Bush Lake Road to westbound Interstate 494, and the wait is nearly over.
November 16, 2018
Weekend I-35W closure in Minneapolis will be last of the year

Weekend I-35W closure in Minneapolis will be last of the year

Drivers can plan on more weekend closures in the spring as the $239 million I-35W downtown-to-Crosstown project continues until 2021. In a shred of good news, MnDOT will reopen ramp access from northbound I-35W to 5th Avenue on Monday.
November 12, 2018
Democrats Dean Phillips and Angie Craig defeated GOP incumbent U.S. Reps. Erik Paulsen and Jason Lewis, respectively.

Minnesota is sending big freshman class to Congress

Minnesota's five new representatives are replacing members with 42 years of accumulated seniority and several influential committee assignments. "The more seniority you have, the bigger difference you're able to make," said retiring Rep. Rick Nolan.
November 9, 2018
MnDOT closed the ramps to general traffic in June as part of the massive $239 million downtown-to-Crosstown reconstruction project.

Here we go again: 35W closing this weekend between I-94, Crosstown

Winter's arrival has not put the chill on road construction as drivers will encounter another weekend freeway closure in Minneapolis, and bridge work in Forest Lake is expected to bring traffic delays.
November 7, 2018
Slippery roads spawn scores of morning rush hour crashes

Slippery roads spawn scores of morning rush hour crashes

It's hardly a big snow storm, but snow combined with temperatures at or just below freezing is all it takes to create slick conditions on metro area roads.
November 2, 2018
Traffic bunched up on northbound I-35W near 33rd Street where the freeway was reduced to two lanes as part of a major road construction project that i

Closure on I-494 in Bloomington will be weekend's biggest impediment

This weekend, weather permitting, eastbound lanes between Hwy. 212 and Hwy. 100 will be closed until Monday morning as work on the new ramps and overpass at East Bush Lake Road continues.
October 31, 2018
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke with attendees of the Blacks in Tech Conference breakfast before speaking during the program in St. Paul, Minn., in Octo

Amy Klobuchar, favored in her own race, spreads money to other Dems

WASHINGTON – Even as she runs for a third term this year in Minnesota, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been spreading donations to Democratic…
West Metro
October 26, 2018
The intersection of I-494 and I-35W. This is looking northbound I-35W ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) The Gov. Dayt

A partial closure of I-494 in Bloomington on tap for the weekend

The westbound lanes will be shut down between Hwy. 100 and Hwy. 212 until 5 a.m. Monday as crews continue work on the new westbound on ramp at East Bush Lake Road.
October 23, 2018
Fall street sweeping underway in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Fall street sweeping underway in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Both cities will clean hundreds of miles of residential streets over the next four weeks. Residents should watch for "No Parking" signs to be posted the day before a street is swept.
October 22, 2018
With whimsical mural, artist makes Uptown Transit Station metro's most colorful stop

With whimsical mural, artist makes Uptown Transit Station metro's most colorful stop

With paint brush and palette featuring a rainbow of colors in hand - but with no particular plan - Ashley Mary set out Monday morning to transform the Uptown Transit Station into the metro area's most colorful bus stop.