Former student project manager and current mentor Griffin Peck shows the heating pipes that take advantage of the excess steam from the Minnesota Zoo,

Students at Apple Valley's School of Environmental Studies win gold for green

The school is believed to be the first in the world to be certified under LEED 4.1 as an existing building — trickier to accomplish than for buildings certified under new construction.
South Metro
May 24
Jeff Muntifering stands by Nakili, a male black rhinoceros living at the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago.

Minnesota Zoo's African rhino program pays off, half a world away

The Apple Valley zoo program, with Minnesota native's work, is reducing poaching in the animals' habitat.
Inspired
May 23
Chao Tao Moua was eager to try out the Brussels sprout trimmer, which can pick buds off two stalks a minute.

University of St. Thomas students develop Brussels sprouts trimmer for Hmong farmers

The device will save time harvesting the crop and make it financially viable.
South Metro
May 22

Llamas at the Minnesota Zoo

The South American exhibit along the Minnesota Zoo's Northern Trail includes 20 free-roaming llamas, a special guinea pig area, and large flightless birds called rheas.
South Metro
May 21

Standoff in Red Wing ends with arrest of shooting suspect

Several blocks around the home were blocked off as a precaution.
Data Drop
May 21
FILE - This Feb. 16, 2017 file photo shows newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in upstate New York. According to a governmen

How popular is your name in Minnesota?

Babies named Thea and Rhett are trending up in Minnesota, but how popular have they been over the last century?
South Metro
May 18
Students competed Saturday in a drone-racing tournament. St. Louis Park took home the team trophy. An Apple Valley student won the individual race.

Game of drones is Minnesota high school tourney first

Physics and engineering contest is a first for Minnesota high schoolers.
South Metro
May 18

Twin Cities metro police blotter, May 19

EAST BETHEL APRIL 30 Drugs. An officer stopped a suspicious vehicle in the 18100 block of Hwy. 65, and noted while approaching that the…
South Metro
May 16
FILE- Ilhan Omar, then soon to be sworn in as a U.S. Representative, joined Somali leaders and other community members gathered outside the Amazon ful

Three Amazon workers allege discrimination at Shakopee warehouse

Three Somali-American women working in Shakopee are accusing Amazon of violating their civil rights by passing over East African workers for promotion and failing to…
South Metro
May 16
Former NFL center Matt Birk spoke Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Royal Cliff Banquet & Conference Center at a fundraiser for a Catholic high school he i

NFL veteran Matt Birk to start Catholic high school in Burnsville

NFL veteran Matt Birk, father of eight, is leading fundraising efforts.
South Metro
May 14
Students Naomi Gedey, Hafsa Ahmad, Emiliano Granados and teacher Jessica Davis spoke before the school board in April, seeking to wear sashes at gradu

South St. Paul students will be allowed to wear sashes at graduation

Superintendent notes "elevating student voice."
South Metro
May 13
Thomas Luby
Dakota County jail

Repeat murder conviction means 29-year sentence for South St. Paul man

South St. Paul man was granted a new trial in death of girlfriend.
South Metro
May 13
A stack of fake credits are illuminated by a black light.

Shakopee's action on gift cards is likely the first of its kind in country

A new ordinance in Shakopee will require consumers to show a picture ID to buy Visa, Mastercard or American Express gift cards with a credit card at stores, a move the police chief believes will reduce fraud.
South Metro
May 12
Elizabeth V. Perrault, Uriah Schulz
Credit: Facebook, Dakota County jail

Max sentence for Apple Valley man who killed girlfriend, hid body in frigid river holding pond

The punishment was nearly six years longer than guidelines call for.
South Metro
May 11

Twin Cities metro police blotter, May 12

ANDOVER APRIL 22 Theft. A new roll of carpet was stolen from a driveway in the 700 block of 158th Avenue NW. CARVER APRIL…
Music
May 9
Rick Springfield, shown in 2010, is one of the performers of opening night of the Summer Skolstice festival in Eagan.

Vikings announce 'Summer Skolstice' concert series at Eagan headquarters

The three-day music fest is the first of many events envisioned at Vikings' HQ.
South Metro
May 9

Charges: Driver high, speeding, checking cellphone before 35W crash killed girlfriend

Authorities tested his blood and it came back positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, according to prosecutors.
South Metro
May 8
The Dinosaurs Alive! attraction at Valleyfair could move to the Minnesota Zoo.

Minnesota Zoo moves forward with animatronic dinosaur exhibit

Exhibit's end at Valleyfair creates an opportunity for the Apple Valley facility.
South Metro
May 5
Nearly 500 pages of documents, and audio and video from the 2016 police shooting of Jamie J. Lewis in Burnsville has been released, including footage

Lawsuit says Burnsville police fatally shot unarmed man in the back

Dakota County Attorney's Office called the shooting justified.
South Metro
May 4

Twin Cities police blotter briefs

An overview of recent Twins Cities police blotter activity.
South Metro
May 4
St. Thomas Academy

St. Thomas Academy will cut Latin program, despite opposition

School officials say enrollment has been declining for a decade.