May 2, 1954: The Draw Me girl

Art Instruction Inc., once located just around the corner from the old Star and Tribune building on the edge of downtown Minneapolis, offered drawing courses by mail for more than a century. Here the Minneapolis Tribune profiles the commercial art school that trained the likes of Charles M. Schulz ("Peanuts") and Carlos de la Vega (who?).

Weekend traffic: Memorial Day getaway and lots of sporting events

May 26
If AAA's predictions are correct, the roads leading out of the metro might be more crowded than those in town as throngs head to the lakes, cabins and places to enjoy the season's first long holiday weekend. Major road construction project could also hamper in-town travel

May 25, 1867: The Minneapolis Daily Tribune's first issue

May 25
Most of our readers in whose memory is still fresh the fact of the destruction by fire of the Merchants' Hotel, on the corner of State and Washington streets, on the morning of the 4th of the present month, will readily recall the particulars concerning the sad fate of the late Mr. R.A. Cook, of Joliet, who perished in the flames during that memorable conflagration.
Prince
May 24

Prince's FBI file includes reported threat to sell his personal info to media

It took a year for the FBI to release four redacted pages, describing threats to the pop star, from their vault.
Local
May 23

Evening tunnel work will bring delays for Blue Line riders

Northbound Blue Line riders can expect trips to take a bit longer on several nights this spring and summer.
Blogs
May 22

Sept. 26, 1947: Holes in their stockings

Twenty irate office women appeared before the St. Paul city council today and demanded action. They said their nylons have been damaged by soot in the city's loop. William Parranto, commissioner of public safety, explained that such soot falls from the chimney at Saint Paul hotel. The hotel, he said, burns a Wyoming oil which contains a liberal percentage of sulphur.
Blogs
May 22

March 27, 1955: Simple guide to school finances

It's no wonder that metro newspapers of the 1950s were extremely profitable: They had a virtual monopoly on classified ads, employed kids to deliver their product and had few if any skilled graphic artists on the payroll. Just try to make sense of this 1955 picture-graph from the Minneapolis Tribune. Appearing with a story headlined "Simple Guide to State School Finances," it's most likely a legislative handout hauled back to the newsroom by the beat writer and slapped directly into print.
St. Paul
May 19

Weekend traffic: Test project begins on Maryland Avenue in St. Paul

Ramsey County crews began removing striping along Maryland Avenue between Greenbrier Street and Johnson Parkway in St. Paul, marking the start of a test of a new configuration that will reduce the road from two lanes in each direction to one with a center turn lane.
Local
May 19

Bloomington schools turning 100 years old

The centennial celebration is Friday evening.
Local
May 19

Demo shows power of a seat belt; seat belt campaign begins Monday

A two-week seat belt enforcement campaign begins on Monday.
Local
May 19

Look out for bicycle convoys in Minneapolis on Friday's Bike to Work Day

On average, more than 11,000 commuters ride their bikes to work each day, city officials say, and they are hoping for more during Friday's annual Bike to Work Day.
Local
May 18

Mail call: Transit advocates will deliver pro-transit postcards to Gov. Dayton

Transportation advocates plan to deliver thousands of post cards to the governor, each with a message decrying proposed cuts to transit service and raising objections to possible fare increases.
Local
May 17

Metro Transit student summer passes now on sale

School will be out in a few weeks and that means students who use Go To cards to take Metro Transit to class will be without transportation.
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
May 15

Man exposing himself to I-35W motorists arrested after fighting with trooper

A man exposing himself along a busy Minneapolis freeway gave motorists quite a sideshow Monday morning and as it turned out was quite a handful for law enforcement.
Local
May 15

Eastbound County 42 at I-35W closes Wednesday as westbound reopens

Crews repairing the County Road 42 bridge over I-35W in Burnsville are about a week ahead of schedule and by Wednesday they will wrap up work that has had the westbound lanes closed since mid-April.
Local
May 12

Blue Line shutdown this weekend; I-94 closure in Maple Grove

The sun will be shining on travelers heading to Mother's Day brunches and this weekend's fishing opener, but the question is can motorists keep a sunny disposition while navigating a growing list of road construction projects?
Local
May 11

Sheriff Stanek's new anti-crime program will remain undercover

The Shield program will not produce public reports, despite a statement to the contrary last week.
Politics
May 10

Minn. GOP in D.C. back health care measure amid blowback

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen is defending his heavily scrutinized vote for the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act. He and fellow Minnesota Republicans Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis say it's an effort to bring down health insurance costs.
Local
May 10

New fare options come with Metro Transit app upgrade

There is some exciting news for Metro Transit riders who use the agency's app to buy fares. With the newest upgrade to be rolled out in time for Wednesday's morning commute, riders won't have to make a minimum purchase.
Local
May 9

Riders with disabilities to rally against transit cuts Tuesday

It's down to the wire at the State Capitol and the debate over funding for transportation continues. As it does, ardent transit users are making their voice known that even a 10 percent cut to Metro Transit and Metro Mobility will have dire effects.
Local
May 8

Metro Transit rolls out bicycle boarding pilot program on the Blue Line

Blue Line riders who board at the 38th Street and 46th Street stations may have noticed new green stickers featuring bicycle logos on platforms.
Local
May 8

Get paid to attend Coldplay, Bieber, Vikings and the 2018 Super Bowl

Job fair for U.S. Bank Stadium will be held Tuesday and Wednesday for part-time work for upcoming events from Guns 'N Roses, the Summer X Games, the Minnesota Vikings and the Super Bowl
Local
May 5

Police warn Cinco de Mayo revelers not to drink and drive

Between 2 and 3 people an hour are stopped for drunken driving on days the holiday is celebrated and those numbers go up when if falls on a weekend, like St. Paul's big shindig does this year.