Hennepin County Board panel advances lake name change from Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska

Hennepin County Board panel advances lake name change from Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska

Before it's official, the full County Board must vote — and then it must get approval from state and federal agencies.

Feds require new study for Southwest light-rail crash wall

November 21
Feds require new study for Southwest light-rail crash wall
The Federal Transit Administration is requiring an additional environmental study of a crash-protection wall that is planned along the proposed Southwest light-rail line. It is unclear whether the study will further delay the embattled $1.9 billion transit project.
Local

Stadium light rail stop will close for two days leading up to Super Bowl

November 21
Stadium light rail stop will close for two days leading up to Super Bowl
Trains will run regular schedules and routes but beginning late Friday they won't use the stadium stop. Planners say the bypass is necessary because of stepped up security before game day.
West Metro
November 21

Mentally ill Minneapolis man pleads guilty to killing his parents with screwdrivers

The defendant declined to take a plea deal, a move that could mean a longer sentence.
West Metro
November 21

Immigration advocates ask Hennepin County Board for legal aid for inmates facing deportation

Many are critical of the Sheriff's Office's relationship with ICE.
South Metro
November 21

10-year term for drunk driver who killed Minnesota Chorale singer

The Apple Valley man, who was driving on a canceled license, will serve slightly more than 6 years in prison.
Minneapolis
November 21

Former Minneapolis cop Vern Bartholomew, a kind soul who helped anyone in need, dies at 100

His work included time as a chauffeur and bodyguard to Hubert Humphrey.
East Metro
November 21

Long sentence for New Brighton man who choked girlfriend's brother to death

"I didn't have any mercy," the attacker said to police at the time of the killing, according to prosecutors.
Music
November 21

The Eagles and Jimmy Buffett to team up for June 30 concert at Target Field

Glenn Frey's son Deacon and Nashville stalwart Vince Gill will round out the new Eagles lineup.
State + Local
November 21
The state’s lawsuit against 3M is scheduled for trial early next year.

State alleges 3M chemicals caused cancer, infertility and seeks $5B

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed suit over groundwater contamination in Oakdale, other suburbs, alleging that the company caused $5 billion worth of health and environmental damages.
Minneapolis
November 20

Minneapolis gets $1.2 million grant to hire 10 officers

Federal grant will allow 10 hires for the department.
Minneapolis
November 20

Edina to host second meeting on race and equity

The city of Edina will host its second community dialogue on race and equity early next month.The second of two meetings will take place from…
Minneapolis
November 20

Proposed Mpls. budget includes little money to enforce new labor rules

Paid sick leave went into force in the summer and a municipal minimum wage will start to take effect in January, but the city of…
Data Drop
November 20
The lines of food trucks along Hennepin Avenue, as seen from the upper...

Why one in four Mpls. food trucks haven't been getting annual inspection

Think you have a hard time finding a specific food truck in the summertime? Try being an inspector -- in the off-season.
Minneapolis
November 20

Mpls. police want public's help investigating body found near Lake Nokomis

As authorities wait for autopsy results, police urge anyone with missing relatives to contact them.
Minneapolis
November 19

Authorities ID man who died in north Minneapolis house fire

Robert L. Holmberg, 55, is the resident who was pulled Tuesday from an upper-level bedroom of a house in the 3600 block of Dupont Avenue N., according to the Hennepin County medical examiner's office.
Minneapolis
November 18

Short-staffed Mpls. Health Department juggles growing inspection caseload

As restaurants boom and regulations grow, Health Department struggles to keep up.
Minneapolis
November 18
Police patrolling Minneapolis parks will be outfitted with body cameras by mid-December.

Minneapolis park police to be outfitted with body cameras

The Park Board recently approved a five-year $181,016 agreement to equip its 35 sworn patrol officers with the cameras.
Minneapolis
November 18

Overnight gunfire wounds four in north Minneapolis

A 17-year-old boy is in critical condition. No one has been arrested, police said.
Minneapolis
November 18

Minneapolis' posting of 'deleted' EPA pages is a bit overheated

One problem: The web pages in question are still on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website. You can find them linked from the EPA home page.
Minneapolis
November 18
Tippi Thole/Star Tribune ? Jim Fiorentino collects, restores and prese...

Jim Fiorentino, who restored cuckoo clocks, built North Loop museum for them, dies at 94

Fiorentino died Sept. 30 at age 94 after a short illness.
Minneapolis
November 17
Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff addressed a school...

Minneapolis School District announces hiring freezes, travel reductions

The district is grappling with a $33 million deficit for the next school year.
West Metro
November 17

Contractors try to keep the faith on Southwest light-rail project

New construction bids for $1.9 billion line due Jan. 9.