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.
West Metro
May 14
With the sale of Earle Brown Terrace — a senior living facility — residents were notified May 1 that they had to be out by June 15.

Residents rush to find new homes after Brooklyn Center senior living facility announces closure

Given six weeks' warning, many feel wronged by the Brooklyn Center senior facility.
East Metro
May 12

North/east metro police blotter, May 13

AFTON APRIL 12 Suspicious activity. A woman walking her dog in the area of Neal Avenue and 15th Street told authorities that a large gray…
East Metro
May 12

North/east metro briefs: Vote switch puts Brooklyn Blvd. trail over the top

A biking and walking trail along Brooklyn Boulevard that has been years in the making is moving forward despite division on the Brooklyn Park City…
North Metro
May 12

Motorcycle rider killed in crash that shut down I-35 near Wyoming

At one point, traffic was backed up for 9 miles near Wyoming, Minn.
North Metro
May 11
Kuarin Lind

Charges: Hoarder admits starving 4 pets to death in Anoka County home

The house in the upscale neighborhood had garbage everywhere and smelled from animal carcasses, charges say.
North Metro
May 10

Major Twin Cities drug trafficker sentenced to 25 years in prison

Brooklyn Center man smuggled meth, cocaine into the metro for years.
North Metro
May 10

Blaine school bus driver accused of texting while driving, looking up jokes on her phone

Charges say she also talked about her personal life and gave students "an inappropriate life lesson."
Variety
May 10

Brooklyn Center pastor accused of sexually assaulting woman

A Brooklyn Center pastor is accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a spiritual guidance session.
North Metro
May 10
Jacob Olavson

Jacob Olavson, Coon Rapids boy whose bucket list inspired many, dies at 7

It's Jacob who taught Kari and Kirk Olavson, and many others, to look for what they call "sparks of joy."
North Metro
May 9

Young mom of 2 is CEO of huge Minn. meth cell, prosecutors say

Authorities say Macrina Perez, arrested in April, is connected to Mexican drug trade.
North Metro
May 9

40-year term for drug dealer who murdered would-be buyer in Brooklyn Center

The victim was shot in front of his girlfriend during robbery, according to prosecutors.
North Metro
May 9
Aeon presented a preliminary design of a proposed affordable housing development to community members Monday night. The project is still in its early

St. Anthony neighbors get first look at Aeon's affordable housing proposal near Lowry Grove

Some residents have pushed for making the proposed 70-unit building, near the site of a former mobile home park, even more affordable.
North Metro
May 8

Couple killed in Coon Rapids car crash are ID'd

Authorities on Monday identified the couple killed in a car crash over the weekend in Coon Rapids. Nikolus A. Hildreth, 39, was speeding when he…