Patricia and Lee Justen built a green home, an Alchemy barnHouse, designed for aging in place next to their daughter.

Grandparents build a modern home in their daughter's Mendota Heights backyard

The family's unusual living situation means the grandparents can spend time with their grandson on the spur of the moment.
South Metro
July 16
Taylor Johnson, 5, and Zachary Johnson, 8

Woman, 2 young grandsons die in crash

Their driver crossed into wrong lane. Boys' mom died in river crash in 2016.
South Metro
July 16
The scene outside the home where sheriff's deputies shot and killed a teenager.

911 call: Chanhassen teen had outburst day before police fatally shot him

The teenager fatally shot outside his family's Chanhassen home last week by sheriff's deputies went into a rage a day earlier after his parents took away his car, prompting a call to 911.
South Metro
July 14

Former Shakopee City Hall site could see redevelopment

Apartment proposal designed with young professionals in mind.
South Metro
July 14
Jordan brewery 1866-present A look at a handful of brewery workers from about 1934, only a year after the end of prohibition.

Historic Jordan brewery's future is connected to its rich and colorful past

Built with limestone blocks near hillside cooling caves in the 1860s, the 152-year-old brewery operated until 1949.
South Metro
July 13
Joseph Paul Czeck

Hastings man charged with vehicular homicide after boulder kills 2 in Rosemount

Police say the driver pulled over shortly after a boulder fell out of his truck and into the windshield of an oncoming car, but then drove away.
South Metro
July 13

Minnesota Rep. Bob Loonan charged with DWI in Jordan

The Shakopee Republican faces two misdemeanor counts related to being pulled over last weekend in connection with drunken driving.
South Metro
July 13
Fire crew from Mendota Heights, Inver Grove Heights, Eagan, and South Metro battled a fire at the Mendakota Country Club that started around 4:30 a.m.

Fire damages clubhouse at Mendakota Country Club

A storage shed was reported a total loss.
South Metro
July 13
A boulder fell off a truck in Rosemount on Monday, killing a mother and daughter from Shoreview.

Hastings man arrested, charged after boulder kills 2 in Rosemount

A mother and daughter were killed when a boulder fell off a truck and crashed into their car.
South Metro
July 12
A boulder fell off a truck in Rosemount, killing a mother and daughter from Shoreview. Police are looking for the truck.

800-pound boulder falls off truck in Rosemount, killing 2 from Shoreview

Police are looking for the commercial truck and its driver.
South Metro
July 10

Scott E. Burpee, restaurant worker who loved a good prank, dies at 57

Scott E. Burpee wasn’t too keen on spinach. But he loved peanut butter, English muffin pizzas, orange pop and a good prank. The best days…
South Metro
July 10
Brian DeRoche

Boater who was drunk gets year in jail for Iron Range crash that killed passenger

A Duluth boater who rammed a dock and a lift on an Iron Range lake, killing a Burnsville woman and injuring himself and two others, has been sentenced to a year in jail.
South Metro
July 9
Dakota Aggregates, the company mining UMore Park in Rosemount, gave tours of its facility to showcase plans for future growth in September 2015.

U sells UMore Park land to housing developer

A decade after University of Minnesota officials first imagined UMore Park as a utopian eco-village, a more modest plan for developing the nearly 5,000-acre property in Dakota County is taking shape.
South Metro
July 9

Man killed in south Minneapolis bike crash ID'd

Hailu Degaga, 73, of Minneapolis died after a car hit him.
South Metro
July 9
Flooding in southern Minnesota.

On the banks of Plum Creek: Flooded Walnut Grove works to save Wilder Pageant

Cast and crew are working feverishly between rehearsals this week to remove a thick scum of flood mud coating the stage of the popular Wilder Pageant in Walnut Grove, Minn., ahead of Thursday's opening performance.
South Metro
July 7

Metro area police blotter, July 8

ANDOVER JUNE 16 Drugs. Officers responded to a disturbance in the 1400 block of 155th Avenue NW. While they were investigating, a 17-year-old girl…
South Metro
July 6
Former Shakopee schools Superintendent Rod Thompson appeared in court Friday morning on new charges alleging that he illegally accessed and altered fi

Ex-Shakopee schools chief appears in court on new charges

Rod Thompson, already charged with embezzlement, is facing new charges that he illegally accessed school data.
South Metro
July 4
War re-enactors, Daryl Jorgenson, Tom Lalim and Michael Campbell wait under an overhang with the American flag for the drum roll to signal the raising

For some Minnesotans, July 4th was a washout

Wet weather flooded basements, downed trees, jeopardized crops and closed roads.
South Metro
July 4
The dam at Lake Byllesby Regional Park

Broken pipe forces Northfield to dump 1 million gallons of wastewater into river

A broken pipe forced the city to take action, prompting the closing of Lake Byllesby beach.
South Metro
July 3
South Metro
July 3
Investigators found two suicide notes under Eric Thomes' cell phone, together with an empty Mtn Dew bottle, cigarettes and nine empty beer cans.

Case files in Cold Spring officer's killing reveal suspect's distress

The suspected killer, Eric J. Thomes, killed himself after an hourslong standoff as police closed in to arrest him.