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October 19, 2017
Todd Murawski, recreation specialist with the Anoka County Parks and Recreation, paddled down the Rice Creek Chain.

Park and rec land passes milestone, but growth has slowed

Regional parks are no longer acquiring land as aggressively, but the Twin Cities has now passed 200,000 acres of park and recreation land.
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October 18, 2017
Sand and gravel is scooped up by a front loader, sorted, washed and distributed by Dakota Aggregates in Rosemount.

Twin Cities' gravel needs grow, but there's less of it every day

The region is increasingly reliant on mines in the southeast metro to make our concrete and asphalt, a resource that's a lot cheaper if it's local.
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October 18, 2017
From parks and farms to housing, see how Twin Cities land has changed

From parks and farms to housing, see how Twin Cities land has changed

Met Council data illustrates how the region has evolved after the recession. Find where you live, and see before-and-after satellite views.
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October 17, 2017
Houses are being constructed on the former Lakeview golf course in Orono, near the northern shore of Lake Minnetonka.

Golf courses give way to new housing amid demand for land

More than 900 acres of golf courses have been redeveloped across the metro.
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October 16, 2017
CalAtlantic Homes' Harvest View and Harvest Commons developments rise on the former Schilling farm in Woodbury. The Schillings farmed the site for mor

Farms and factories fade in burgeoning metro cities

Three suburbs and two central cities led the metro area in the most acres changed to a new land use between 2010 and 2016. Here's which ones, and why.
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October 12, 2017
Malllard duck hen and brood are a typical wetland sight.

Minnesota sees tiny gain in wetlands acreage, but quality is concerning

Many of the newer wetlands are manmade, and, unsurprisingly, nature usually makes them better than humans.
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September 28, 2017
A recent study sought to see exactly how much a humanlike digital device might replace humans. (Dreamstime) ORG XMIT: 1200138

Ownership of digital devices reaches new high in Minnesota

This shift toward digital devices makes the turn of the 21st century — back when only half of households had internet access and smartphones didn't exist yet — look dramatically different from today's ultra-connected world.
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September 20, 2017
A recent study sought to see exactly how much a humanlike digital device might replace humans. (Dreamstime) ORG XMIT: 1200138

Internet access across Minnesota has improved, but still gaps for some

While about 80 percent of Minnesotans have home high-speed internet access, there are still disparities among demographic groups.
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September 19, 2017
Minneapolis skyline with Capella Tower, IDS, Foshay, others.

Minorities make modest economic gains in Minnesota, new census data shows

Black, Hispanic and American Indian households in Minnesota made modest economic gains last year, but remain far behind whites and Asians, according to new census data.
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August 8, 2017
Pioneer Hall, the oldest dorm on the U of M Twin Cities campus.

Who's going to college in Minnesota?

Race, socioeconomic status still make a difference in which high school graduates register for college, although the state average has held steady. Find out how your high school measures up.
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July 28, 2017
In 2011, Minneapolis School District and community leaders celebrated construction of a $36 million Educational Service Center.

Where Minneapolis Public Schools is spending its building improvement funds

Schools on the north side of the city are getting more money per student for building maintenance and upgrades.
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July 13, 2017
Farmer Jim York returns to his farm on Highway 30 after raking ditch hay with his International Harvester Farmall 400 tractor in Lake Wilson, MN.

Why economic recovery in greater Minnesota is actually better than in Twin Cities

Regions like Minnesota's western edge have seen much faster growth in average personal income and other economic metrics than the Twin Cities.
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June 22, 2017
Teacher Jesse Lindsay interacts with her students.

Does Minnesota lead the nation in per-pupil spending? Not anymore

A new report comparing school revenues and spending in each state shows how Minnesota stacks up
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June 14, 2017
Dominic Schneider of Maplewood cast for muskies Saturday on the border water opener for those big fish.

Minnesota fishing license sales hold steady, but anglers are aging

Fishing in Minnesota doesn't attract as many young people as it once did, according to a report from the Department of Natural Resources.
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June 10, 2017
Juan Salas, 20, and his girlfriend, Damaris Carrera, 18, both first-time voters, waited to vote in November at Garden City Elementary School in Brookl

Despite Minnesota's high voter turnout, youth and minority participation lagged

As Minnesota and the rest of the country look ahead to off-year political races and midterm elections, the recent presidential contest's aftermath is still revealing new data about who voted – and who didn't.
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June 1, 2017
Kayaks on the Mississippi River during a rehearsal for the Mississippi River Boat Ballet in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

Could Minnesota's boating slump be over? Registrations in state tick up

Boat registrations per capita have been lagging in Minnesota since the Great Recession (though we still have the highest per-capita rate in the nation), but 2016 saw an increase.
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May 25, 2017
Arrival of settlers, Redwood Falls, August 1869.

Welcome to the 1860s, when most Minnesotans were born in another country

A lot has changed in the 150 years since the Star Tribune began as the Minneapolis Tribune. Here's a look at why the 1860s were a pivotal decade of change for Minnesotans.
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May 18, 2017
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Celebrities are inspiring surges in Minnesota baby names

Search our database for babies named after celebrities, or see the rising or falling popularity of your name back to 1910.
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May 17, 2017
Downtown Minneapolis has a new addition to the skyline in U.S. Bank Stadium.

Minneapolis is experiencing a population boom like the Roaring Twenties

The latest Met Council estimates show strong growth in the central cities, though the region as a whole has kept pace, too.
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May 13, 2017
Find out whether lack of home equity is a problem where you live

Find out whether lack of home equity is a problem where you live

More than 20 percent of Twin Cities mortgaged homeowners don't have enough equity to cover the cost of selling and moving up, stifling house listings.
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May 9, 2017
Stock photo.

'Adulthood' used to mean marriage and kids — but not anymore

A recent Census Bureau report sheds light on how today's young adults compare to the previous generation when it comes to important adulthood milestones.
State + Local
May 3, 2017
As fellow students walked in shorts, freshmen Julie Kurth worked on a law paper and Alexandra Davis polished her creative writing portfolio. As sunny

Would cutting out student fees make college in Minnesota more affordable?

In light of state legislation to make student fees optional, we analyzed data on tuition and fees at Minnesota's public colleges and universities.
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April 24, 2017
City of Minneapolis plows drivers salted intersections and plowed trouble spots across the city on Feb. 7, 2013.

Could brine be the solution to Minnesota's road salt problem?

The Minnesota Department of Transportation used more brine solution before snowy weather this winter than in years past, but traditional salt and sand are still heavily used.
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April 21, 2017
A commuter flow-based regionalization of the United States.

What would the Twin Cities look like as a mega-region?

A map created by university researchers reveals the Twin Cities to be the center of its own universe of commuters.
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April 2, 2017

Yes, Minnesota has a low prison population, but that's not the whole story

Policymakers often cite Minnesota's low prison population, but the state also has one of the highest rates of probation in the country -- a restrictive punishment that often serves as a back door to incarceration.