Google Earth, Landsat/Copernicus-2017
A rendering of the proposed bike and pedestrian bridge across Hwy. 10 in Ramsey, dubbed the “Mississippi Skywa

Ramsey eyes improved connection to Mississippi River

A pedestrian bridge would link the city's downtown and rail station with a regional trail and park.
North Metro
May 27
The intersection of Hwy. 252 and 66th Avenue, a quarter-mile north of I-694, is one of the metro area's most dangerous.

The Drive: MnDOT wants ideas on fix for Hwy. 252

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will host two workshops this week to gather ideas on how to ease congestion and improve safety along busy Hwy.…
North Metro
May 26

Victim of fatal shooting in north Minneapolis ID'd as Fridley man

The Hennepin County medical examiner has identified a man shot to death last week in a north Minneapolis alley.Keith Ramone Brewer, 30, of Fridley, died…
East Metro
May 25

North/East metro news briefs: St. Anthony digs into traffic stop trends

Nearly two years after a St. Anthony police officer shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop, a report published by the police…
East Metro
May 25

North/East metro police blotter, May 27

ANDOVER APRIL 29 Drugs. A 37-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman were arrested for possession of narcotics after they were stopped for driving without headlights…
North Metro
May 25
Will Grahek, who grew up in Centerville and graduated from Centennial High School, was shot and killed in Duluth in 2017.

Duluth siblings sentenced in death of St. Paul police sergeant's son

Noah Duane Baker, 20, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing UMD student William Grahek.
West Metro
May 25

Domestic abuse suspect is shot inside Crystal home by deputy

Officers were carrying out court order; wounded man will survive, BCA says.
North Metro
May 24
Cities would have greater powers to challenge the Metropolitan Council’s regional plans under measures tucked into the bonding bill.

Insert in bonding bill erodes Met Council planning power

Last-minute measures in bonding bill would give cities more powers.
West Metro
May 24

Hennepin County's criminal justice leaders look at new ways to tackle opioid crisis

County criminal justice leaders mull ideas that have worked elsewhere in U.S.
East Metro
May 23

Columbia Heights restaurant owner pleads guilty to federal immigration charges

Pisanu "Pat" Sukhtipyaroge still faces state charges of labor trafficking and criminal sexual conduct.
East Metro
May 22
At a news conference Tuesday, Faith Elsharkawy said her son Jacob killed himself after months of abuse at Chisago Lakes High School that school offici

Minnesota mother, Chisago Lakes School District dispute reasons behind 15-year-old's death

At issue: Whether thea 15-year-old Chisago Lakes High School student took his own life because he was bullied.
North Metro
May 22

Police: Teen kidnaps woman at knife point outside Brooklyn Park grocery, tries to rape her

She got away and called 911, police said. Suspect remains at large.
North Metro
May 22
The project design would be similar to what was proposed in Forest Lake.

Following rejection in Forest Lake, mental health facility for kids finds new chance in East Bethel

East Bethel's embrace of proposed site is "night and day" compared to project's failed foray into Forest Lake.
East Metro
May 19
Shelter director Renee Quimby, with Myla, said “the bird has to like the owner” before it can be successfully adopted.

Forest Lake sanctuary is a lifeline for abandoned pet parrots

Sanctuary, which recently moved to Forest Lake, tries to pair stranded parrots with suitable new owners.
West Metro
May 19
Mark Haase

Mark Haase beats Mike Freeman for DFL endorsement as Hennepin attorney

Freeman plans to be on the ballot in November regardless of the endorsement vote, his son said.
East Metro
May 19

North/East metro police blotter, May 20

ANDOVER APRIL 30 Theft. Baseball equipment was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 3400 block of 133rd Lane NW. EAST BETHEL APRIL 27 Theft.…
East Metro
May 19

North/east metro briefs: Blaine council OKs $5.4 million to replace senior center

Blaine's cramped, 36-year-old senior center soon will be replaced by a facility that could offer triple the space.After months of debate, City Council members voted…
North Metro
May 18

Cyclist killed on Hwy. 65 was Ham Lake woman

Anoka County authorities identified a bicyclist killed Wednesday night after riding in the traffic lanes on Hwy. 65 in Ham Lake. Tina Lyn Osgood, 49,…
North Metro
May 17

Bicyclist dies after being hit by two cars on Hwy. 65 in Ham Lake

The name of the bicyclist, a 49-year-old woman from Ham Lake, has not been released.
West Metro
May 16
Irene Fernando

Hennepin County commissioner candidates look to diversify all-white board

There has never been a county commissioner of color; that may change.
North Metro
May 15
The National Sports Center has announced plans to expand into court sports for the first time in its nearly 30-year history.

In Minnesota's youth sports hub, Blaine families ask: Where's the gym space?

Some officials wonder if there's enough of an appetite to support both the Sports Center's new venture and a proposed new athletic complex.