Anoka County Administrator Jerry Soma is retiring May 1 after 52 years as a county employee.

Outside search or inside hire? Anoka County Board debates options for top job

Some are pushing for a more formal process in appointing Soma's successor.
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Rambo Islas, 8 months, is held by his mother Maria Islas, as he gets a shot for a vaccine administered by RN, Nicole Ives at the Dallas County Health

Look up vaccination rates at more than 2,900 Minnesota schools and day cares

Hundreds of Minnesota schools and child care centers face an increased risk of measles outbreaks because not enough of their students have been vaccinated.
South Metro
March 23

Metro police blotter, March 24

BLAINE FEB. 24 Theft. Flea repellent was stolen from Fleet Farm, 10250 NE. Lexington Av. CHANHASSEN FEB. 22 Driving violations. A 20-year-old Victoria…
North Metro
March 21
Kelsie M. Timm died in a head-on crash north of the Twin Cities.

Woman strays into wrong lane north of metro, dies in head-on crash

The crash occurred north of St. Francis in Isanti County.
East Metro
March 20
The former site of the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills, shown in 2011.

Arden Hills refuses to end TCAAP power-sharing

Arden Hills officials accuse Ramsey County of "bullying" them to come to the table.
North Metro
March 20
Catie Lonergan, a senior at St. Francis High School, on Monday made parts for MnDOT that will be used on street light fixtures.

St. Francis students score big by turning out parts for MnDOT

They're rethinking the bounds of high school shop class.
Home & Garden
March 20
The expansive gardens created by Diane and John Harvey include a 3,000-gallon koi pond.

East Bethel couple created a luscious landscape where they 'vacation' at home

Over the years, the ambitious couple turned their property on Coon Lake into a verdant playground.
North Metro
March 18
Eric Reller, master grower with Second Harvest Heartland, took stock of the plants growing in a shipping container at the organization's warehouse in

Minn. food bank turns shipping container into lettuce farm

Second Harvest Heartland wants to provide more fresh produce, so it stepped up to grow its own in a hydroponic environment in a shipping container.
North Metro
March 16
People were having to decide if they invite their stepmom or their biological mom, and if their brother or sister get to come see them graduate.

Indoor or outdoor? Budget pinch drives St. Francis graduation to the gym

The decision has touched off a thorny debate, spurring pleas from some students for the board to reconsider.
South Metro
March 16

Metro police blotter, March 17

ANDOVER FEB. 19 Disorderly conduct. Officers responded to a report of a loud, disruptive woman at a home in the 1300 block of NW.…
West Metro
March 15

Hennepin County has awarded $23 million in youth sports grants in last decade

A sales tax surcharge has generated $23.8 million in aid to Hennepin County.
North Metro
March 15
Margaret Maurer

Official: Missing $3 part may have led to Minn. student's death at Miss. rest stop

One of two 3-inch locking washers designed to keep truck wheels tightly secured was missing from the trailer, according to a Mississippi transportation official.
West Metro
March 15
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman

Hennepin County prosecutor won't bring charges for small amounts of marijuana

Mike Freeman said he forged the new policy in response to a flaw in Minnesota's marijuana law.
North Metro
March 14
Allyson Andert

Minnesota state troopers, passerby save woman after truck overturns into water

Allyson Andert thought she was going to die after crashing on I-35 in Forest Lake.
North Metro
March 12
Nick Becchetti drove his snowmobile out of Rob Scheffler’s yard in Anoka, as a group of friends headed down the frozen Rum River to the 201 Tavern &

Record snow drives banner year for snowmobilers visiting local businesses

Anoka locals say it's tough to remember a time when area snowmobile trails have been so busy, and the snowmobilers have boosted bars, resorts and more.
North Metro
March 12

Snowmobiler dies in late-night Sherburne County crash

The man was crushed when the machine landed on him north of Becker.
North Metro
March 11

Passenger killed in crash along snowy highway north of Twin Cities is identified

Authorities on Monday identified the woman killed in a single-vehicle crash north of the Twin Cities.Patricia Feges, 87, of Blaine, was a passenger in a…
East Metro
March 11

Vehicle accidents claim two lives in the Twin Cities area

Vehicle accidents have claimed two lives in the Twin Cities area.Authorities have identified a woman who was accidentally run over outside a Fleet Farm outlet…
North Metro
March 9

Mpls. cop arrested in connection with domestic disturbance at suburban home

An off-duty Minneapolis police officer has been charged with domestic assault and placed on home leave after being arrested Thursday following a "physical domestic" incident at his home, authorities said.
South Metro
March 9

Metro police blotter, March 10

ChanhassenFEB. 10Drugs. An 18-year-old Eden Prairie man was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the 500 block of Market Street.EXCELSIORFEB. 8
West Metro
March 8
Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson has endorse a bill that would allow people living in Minnesota illegally to get a driver’s license.

Hennepin County sheriff endorses bill for driver's licenses for immigrants here illegally

Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson has become the first law enforcement official in Minnesota to publicly endorse a bill that would allow people living in…