Roseville firefighter Dan Concha emptied gear in 2018. Since 2016, Roseville has aided other jurisdictions 11 times in an agreement that may end.

St. Paul fire wants to end aid agreement with suburbs

City cites "disproportionate burden" in fighting fires in suburbs.

Remembering Blama Massaquoi, who gave the world more than it took from him

February 18
Blama Massaquoi. The world took more from Massaquoi than it gave, and he repaid that cruelty with compassion.
The 34-year-old died in Cottage Grove on Feb. 11, from injuries suffered half a lifetime ago, as a schoolboy abducted and tortured during the Liberian civil war.

Roseville police stopped 20% fewer drivers; nearly 40% were people of color

February 14
In 2019, Roseville officers made 4,123 traffic stops, compared with 5,373 in 2018 and 2,459 in 2017.
The third annual report examines the race and gender of drivers, why they were stopped and the outcomes.
West Metro
February 18

Hundreds of spinouts and crashes across Minnesota in wake of winter storm

Transportation officials reported at least two fatal crashes on state roads.
East Metro
February 17

Three groups join roster of St. Paul organizations eligible for gambling proceeds

Council tried to focus on organizations that would serve low-income youths.
State + Local
February 17
The four properties at the heart of the court order include multifamily housing and a day-care facility surrounding Ramsey's downtown COR district nea

Ramsey remedies tax oversight that could have cost city $200K

TIF district error resolved, preventing the city from losing more than $200K.
East Metro
February 17
This dog was one of three rescued from a burning home Saturday night in Forest Lake.

Firefighters rescue 3 dogs from house fire in Forest Lake

Firefighters battled a huge house fire in Forest Lake after dark and rescued three dogs from the otherwise unoccupied home, authorities said Sunday. One of…
South Metro
February 15

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Feb. 16

CHANHASSEN JAN. 19 Drugs. A 17-year-old boy was cited on suspicion of possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and…
East Metro
February 14

Former Maplewood funeral home owners charged with embezzlement

They are accused of using burial insurance money for business expenses.
East Metro
February 12
Charlie Lee held his 4-year-old daughter Nellie as he recorded his fourth-grader, Niyah, on Monday, Feb. 10, at St. Paul's Galtier Community Elementar

St. Paul schools host events to welcome black parents

Latrice Maggitt settled into a second-row seat as students at Galtier Community School in St. Paul prepared on Monday to re-enact a protest that proved…
East Metro
February 11
This rendering of the planned Gold Line shows what a bus-rapid transit vehicle and station could look like.

Gold Line bus-rapid transit ranking could imperil federal funding

Planners say a solution is in the works to keep bus-rapid transit line rolling.
East Metro
February 11
Sports arenas bear the names of men who achieved fame decades ago, such as U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Yackel.

Ramsey County holds off on proposal to prohibit naming county sites after individuals

Commissioners decided that more discussion and research was needed before they were willing to approve such a ban.
East Metro
February 11
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher

Ramsey County Board covers Sheriff Bob Fletcher's $950K deficit

The sheriff was contrite before the board Tuesday, promising to meet this year's budget.
East Metro
February 11
Many of Ramsey County’s most iconic buildings, such as Landmark Center, at right, don’t reference people.

To avoid controversy, Ramsey County wants to stop naming buildings after people

There are no plans to change current names under the proposed policy, officials said. But names would be reevaluated if the facility undergoes major renovation, or if a name "comes into disrepute."
East Metro
February 11
Co-owner Jan Gildner rang up customers during the store-closing liquidation sale at Hamline Hardware Hank.

After 94 years, hardware store in St. Paul's Midway shutting its doors

The space has been a hardware store since 1926, owned by only one family before the Gildners.
East Metro
February 8

Hudson Hot Air Affair

Go up in the air at the Hudson Hot Air Affair winter festival and hot air balloon rally.
South Metro
February 8

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Feb. 9

BAYTOWN TOWNSHIP DEC. 29 Suspicious activity. A deputy stopped a vehicle at the Washington County Fairgrounds at 8:30 p.m. after watching it pull into…
East Metro
February 7
This prototype of a 100-square-foot house that Faith Lutheran Church and local nonprofit Settled want to build for the chronically homeless was built

Forest Lake church to consider building tiny-house community for the chronically homeless

Forest Lake congregation considers building "tiny" house village for homeless vets.
East Metro
February 6
Sheriff Bob Fletcher's office had at least nine months to correct cost overruns but didn't take steps to do so, according to a memo by County Manager

Ramsey County manager takes Sheriff Bob Fletcher to task for going into the red in 2019

His office had at least nine months to correct cost overruns but didn't take steps to do so, the county manager said.
East Metro
February 6

Herbert Chilstrom, the ELCA's first presiding bishop, dies at 88

The Rev. Herbert Chilstrom, a Minnesota native and former Lutheran bishop, is being remembered for his faith, his quiet wisdom and for helping lead the…
East Metro
February 6

Girl dads have dinner with their daughters

About 30 fathers dined with their daughters at Daughter Date Night, held at Chick-fil-A Maplewood on Monday evening, February 3, 2020.
West Metro
February 6
The new Kowalski's at Rosedale will be part of a new structure that will occupy the former space of Herberger's. That structure, shown in an architect

Kowalski's Markets expanding to Rosedale, Southdale

In another sign that Twin Cities malls are finding creative ways to replace traditional tenants, both Rosedale and Southdale will add Kowalski's Markets in their…
South Metro
February 5
Laura Ritt and River, her service animal.

Twin Cities refinery to pay $75K to settle dispute over worker needing service dog

State agency brokered the agreement and backed up her claim that the animal would help her cope with a military-related disability.