Oak Park Heights Corrections officers Jeff Vars, and Derek Magle, also AFSCME local 915 officers and AFSCME council 5 associate director Tim Henderson

Corrections officers union calls for harsher penalties for assaulting staff in Minn. prisons

Renewed calls for reforms come one day after the death of an officer rushing to help another colleague being assaulted by an inmate at Oak Park Heights prison.

Doggie treat: Woodbury police find benefits in bringing pup training in house

September 25
Nova is helping get Buster up to speed as the Woodbury Police Department works to train its own K-9 officers.
Instead of importing dogs, Woodbury is raising its next two K-9 officers.

Hugo hoping to find new purpose for old schoolhouse

September 22
This 90-year old former schoolhouse in Hugo has sat without purpose for more than two decades.
Ideas sought for giving long-vacant building in Hugo a new purpose.
East Metro
September 24
Behind these fences and razor wire is Oak Park's Administrative Control Unit or ACU it houses the most violent offenders keeping them segregated from

Corrections officer at Oak Park Heights dies after helping colleague attacked by inmate

Back at his post after helping colleague, officer had "medical emergency."
East Metro
September 24
After crunching the numbers, it looks like the typical St. Paul homeowner is looking at a big property tax increase next year.

St. Paul property taxes to climb for most, according to projections

But voters will have say on school district taxes.
East Metro
September 24

St. Paul boy, 14, killed by freight train

A 14-year-old St. Paul boy was struck and killed by a freight train Friday morning, police said Monday.
East Metro
September 24
Fourth-grader Emily Quandt, center, got some help from special education paraprofessional Lorrie Shortridge, back, and fellow pupils on new play equip

Lake Elmo Elementary adds inclusive playground

Young students with a range of abilities can now enjoy recess side-by-side.
East Metro
September 24

ID released of boater whose body pulled from Anoka County lake

His boat was spotted going in circles and unoccupied.
East Metro
September 24

ID released of Wis. man killed when tire being pumped up explodes

The wheel was on a wagon used to haul silage.
South Metro
September 22

Metro police blotter, Sept. 23

CHANHASSEN AUG. 17 Driving violation. A 15-year-old Minnetonka boy was cited for speeding, curfew violation and instructional permit violation at Highway 7 and Greenbriar…
East Metro
September 21
Darren Jahnke

Ramsey County attorney to reopen fatal police shooting; BCA overlooked evidence

An agent assigned to examine Darren Jahnke's cellphone information reviewed "multiple sets of data" found on the phone, but did not listen to audio recordings of his interactions with deputies.
East Metro
September 20
Ajay Pickett of Woodbury, who claimed the Fastest Known Time in an unsupported hike of the Superior Hiking Trail.

Woodbury man sets speed record for covering the Superior Hiking Trail

He bests "fastest known time" set in 2016, finishing in less than 8 days.
East Metro
September 19
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.

Ramsey County attorney has case of St. Paul man killed by police

The Minnesota BCA turned over its findings for review in the officer-involved shooting.
East Metro
September 17
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi recently opened a newly painted children’s interview room, created by Artist Ara Elizabeth Schmidt, that is named a

Late Ramsey County prosecutor's work honored with children's interview room

County's interview room gets a colorful remodel in honor of late prosecutor.
East Metro
September 16
Schafer Richardson is building its first apartment complex in St. Paul, a 175-unit building with a courtyard just next to Xcel Energy Center.

Ramsey County property values hit new high; home prices still lagging

But single-family home values in county still trail pre-recession numbers.
South Metro
September 15

West St. Paul woman sentenced to 21 years in aunt's death

A West St. Paul woman who admitted that she strangled her aunt in 2017 was sentenced Friday in Dakota County District Court to 21…
East Metro
September 14
Lillian Kuller was found murdered in her St. Paul home on Feb. 1, 1987.

Suspect pleads guilty to killing elderly St. Paul woman in 1987

Convict confesses to killing 81-year-old St. Paul woman during a burglary.
West Metro
September 14
Kevin Rust

Charges: Fired Benilde coach was going to meet 15-year-old 'Lyla' for sex

Charges say he made a two-hour drive to Wisconsin to have sex with 15-year-old 'Lyla.'
East Metro
September 13

Plan for Twin Cities ammo plant snags over nearly $6M in sewage fees

Developers of the former Army site are hit with Arden Hills' request for nearly $6M.
East Metro
September 12
The University of Minnesota .

Student found dead at frat house near U's St. Paul campus identified

Police do not believe foul play or hazing were involved in the 20-year-old's death.
East Metro
September 12

Minneapolis police officer found not guilty of threatening ex-sister-in-law

In hearing, three witnesses contradicted victim's story.
East Metro
September 12
Members of West Coast Environmental Consultants Spill Team, a contractor used by railroads to help clean up environmental emergencies, practiced conta

Agencies practice for emergency situations on the Mississippi River

In all, 34 government agencies and private companies took part in what the U.S. Coast Guard calls its Area Maritime Security Training and Exercise Program.
East Metro
September 12
St. Paul City Council postpones vote on accessory dwelling units

St. Paul City Council postpones vote on accessory dwelling units

Council members said more time is needed.