East Metro
October 27
This plane crashed near Benson Airport in White Bear Lake Township.

Small airplane crashes south of Hugo; 1 person removed from wreckage

The crash scene is just off Hwy. 61 in White Bear Township.
South Metro
October 26

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Oct. 27

ANDOVER SEPT. 30 Theft. A purse was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 13600 block of Poppy Street NW. BLAINE SEPT. 30
East Metro
October 24
In 2018, election interns Haley Johnson (left) and Silence Marsh counted the petitions regarding St. Paul's garbage collection dropped off at the Rams

Ramsey County to open eight early-voting sites next week

The number of locations is slightly down from the dozen sites that the county opened in 2018, when there were more elections.
East Metro
October 22
In White Bear Lake, district officials expect a surge of 2,000 more students over the next decade. Above, Katelin Held worked with her language arts s

Off-year election has big stakes for schools across Minnesota

More than 30 districts are looking for voter approval to take on debt for major building and remodeling projects. A bond referendum in White Bear Lake would be the state's largest ever at $326 million.
East Metro
October 22

Experts say Ramsey County could eliminate more than $2 million in criminal fines, fees

The consultants from PFM spent months sifting through the county's finances, examining all the ways that people entangled in the criminal justice system are asked to pay.
Data Drop
October 22
Yellow law enforcement line with police car and lights in the background.

Fatal police encounters since 2000

The Star Tribune collected the names and stories of everyone who died after a physical confrontation with law enforcement in Minnesota since January 2000, and continues to update this database as new incidents occur.
East Metro
October 21
Mason Barth called 911 from 50 feet above ground after his parachute became entangled in the guy wire of the tower. Credit: Menomonie, Wis., police

Thrill seeker calls from 50 feet up after 300-foot jump in Menomonie, Wis., goes awry

A 20-year-old thrill seeker has been charged with a felony after he had to be rescued while attempting a BASE jump from atop a 300-foot…
East Metro
October 20
Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell organized a prison book club, which included inmates like Richard Scheibe, above, and a dozen guests.

For Stillwater inmates, book club marks a new chapter

The book club marked one of the first inside a Minnesota penitentiary, and a rare chance for offenders to convene with community members as equals over literature.
East Metro
October 19
First responders were on the scene of a fatal one-car accident in East Bethel on Saturday. The driver was killed when his car left Hwy. 65 and struck

Two die in fatal car crashes in Bloomington, East Bethel

At least two people died in car crashes on Minnesota roads Saturday.The most recent fatal crash occurred just after noon on southbound Interstate 35W at…
East Metro
October 18
The additional beds are needed to handle the rise in the number of homeless people, including an estimated 250 who used to ride the light-rail trains

Ramsey County to open year-round homeless shelter by Nov. 12

The beds are needed to handle the rise in the number of homeless people, including an estimated 250 who used to ride the light-rail trains each night.
East Metro
October 16
Former Vice President Walter Mondale spoke to about 150 supporters and friends Tuesday at William O’Brien State Park near Marine on St. Croix, at th

Minnesota honors Walter Mondale by naming 5 St. Croix river spots for him

The memorials recognize the former vice president's early role in efforts to protect the St. Croix and other vulnerable rivers.
East Metro
October 15

Ramsey County sheriff seeks help finding sexual assault suspect

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect linked to at least three sexual assaults and a burglary…
East Metro
October 15
Dan and Brooke Triplett and daughters Macyn, 10, left, and Madelyn, 7, enjoyed the fall colors Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Warner Nature Center near Marine

After sudden closing, fate of 900-acre site still a mystery

The private foundation that owns the Warner Nature Center's land near Marine on St. Croix said last month it was severing its relationship with the Science Museum of Minnesota, which staffs the center and runs programming.
East Metro
October 12
Keegan Lund, an aquatic invasive species specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, held up the shell of a native mussel covered i

Zebra mussels discovered in two more Ramsey County lakes

Ten lakes in the county are now infested with the invasive mussel.
South Metro
October 12

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Oct. 13

ANDOVER SEPT. 7 Disorderly conduct. An officer responded to a report of a woman being belligerent in the drive-through at McDonald’s, 13731 Round Lake…
East Metro
October 12
Great River Passage Conservancy nonprofit director Mary deLaittre at the St. Paul riverfront.

New nonprofit formed to champion St. Paul's riverfront

Great River Passage Conservancy raises funds to launch three projects.
East Metro
October 11
A 4-year-old Bangladeshi boy chose his sponsor from Woodbury Lutheran Church. “I feel like I know him,” he said.

Minnesota church is model for new way to help kids in need

The Rev. Tom Pfotenhauer, pastor at Woodbury Lutheran Church, said letting the children pick the person was "empowering" for them.
West Metro
October 9
Mall of America.

Police investigating hidden cameras in MOA, Maplewood Mall fitting rooms

The suspect allegedly told police he's hidden cameras about 10 times at the Mall of America and other metro malls.
West Metro
October 7
Grounds crew prepared Target Field for Game 3 of American League Division Series between the Twins and the Yankees.

At end of first decade, Target Field has what it needs: A winning team

Monday's game against the Yankees is only the third postseason home game ever to be played at Target Field; the first two, in the ballpark's inaugural 2010 season, were consecutive losses to the Yankees.
East Metro
October 5
Crystal Scott, owner of Java Express inside Union Depot, said events like the European Christmas Market keep her business afloat after quiet days the

St. Paul's Union Depot, transit hub and event center, is fully leased

Seven years after the Union Depot’s pricey renovation, Ramsey County leaders say the building’s $243 million restoration continues to be a wise investment, both for…