Local
March 20
Attorney Scott Flaherty, center, presented oral arguments in Tony Webster's public records dispute with Hennepin County on Jan. 26.

Growing web of laws keeps Minnesotans in the dark

The state's public records law is riddled with hundreds of exceptions. Local governments and businesses are pushing to keep even more data secret.
Music
March 20

Don Henley adds Twin Cities to concert tour; top ticket $525

The Eagles co-founder will perform June 18 at the Xcel Energy Center.
Local
March 20
Kim Handy-Jones attended the vigil for her son Cordale on the corner o...

Mother of man killed by police: 'They have to live with what they've done'

St. Paul cops "have to live with what they've done," she declares at a vigil at the spot where her son died.
Local
March 20

'Charges likely' against semi driver who hit cab at St. Cloud light, killed 2

Killed were Thomas L. Findlay, 66, of Sartell, the driver of the van operated by Elite Taxi, and passenger Emily R. LeTourneau, 22, of Big Lake, Minn.
West Metro
March 20
The crowd joined together to sing "This Little Light of Mine" at the c...

Delano kicks off anti-racism campaign with candlelight vigil

More than 1,000 residents gathered Sunday night to show their support of a local black family whose home was broken into and spray-painted with racial slurs a week earlier.
Local
March 19
Jennifer Bagdade, far right, takes a photo of her son, Alex, standing with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar at the St. Paul Jewish Community Center on Sunday.

Klobuchar seeks money to fight anti-Semitic threats

She pledges federal money for security at community centers.
Local
March 19

Nostalgia and scraps for sale at final day of downtown Macy's

Shoppers visiting the Macy's department store on Nicollet Mall on its final day Sunday found empty floors, bare walls, mannequins and fixtures for sale and…
Minneapolis
March 19

Police: Man fatally shot in Mpls. home was 24 years old; no arrests

Authorities said Sunday that a man shot and killed late Friday in a north Minneapolis home was 24 years old and that no arrests had…
Local
March 19

Gophers, UMD Bulldogs get No. 1 seeds in NCAA hockey tournament

North Dakota will play down the road in Fargo and host that regional.
North Metro
March 19
Clockwise from left, Frank Dolezal, Joy Schober, Kim Jungroth, Bill Zacharda and others eat breakfast at Old Main Eatery in Elk River, discussing the latest health care proposal.

Trump backers see pros and cons in new plan for health care

Though the latest proposal presents personal risks, some GOP voters in Elk River are eager to see if the White House and Congress can come up with something better.
East Metro
March 19

Minnesota is in 'very deep hole' when it comes to teachers of color

There are 629 Hispanic teachers across the state, making up just 1 percent of a total teaching workforce of 60,090.
West Metro
March 19
The chief sheriff's deputy said the slurs included racially offensive symbols that he declined to describe. “Get out” was spray-painted on an exterior wall.

Delano takes on racism with public event tonight; Dayton, targeted family meet

The community is coming together to express support for a black family whose home was burglarized and vandalized with racist slurs.
St. Paul
March 18
A police investigator at the scene of a police involved shooting that...

Two officers identified in fatal St. Paul police shooting

Mikko Norman and Nathaniel Younce have been on the force for two years each.
Local
March 18

Cafe in Clinton, Minn., that began as an experiment gets a new owner

The Inadvertent Cafe's mission landed founder Bush Foundation money.
Local
March 18

Dan Rowe, who called Vikings games in the 1990s, dies at 67

The announcer had lived with ALS for several years.
Local
March 18
At the House of Representative building, Jennifer Parrish , Senators...

Lawmakers propose limiting access to day care enforcement records

Providers want to protect reputations, but families want enforcement data.
Changing history
March 18
Halfbreed Lake, in Forest Lake and Scandia, also known as Sylvan Lake, is bordered by Keewahtin Avenue, which once also was called Halfbreed.

Sensitivities over Indian issues delay renaming of Washington County lake

A popular move to change the name of Halfbreed Lake in Washington County is being deferred so locals can seek consensus on a new name, with some residents calling for a moniker that takes account of the area's Indian heritage.
West Metro
March 18
September 27, 1989 Don Omodt: "There are certain things I have to ......

Don Omodt, longest-serving sheriff in Hennepin County, dies at 89

He served as sheriff from 1967 to 1994.
Minneapolis
March 18

Minneapolis Ninth Ward council member draws two well-known challengers

Incumbent Alondra Cano, is an outspoken progressive with an activist's instincts. Former Council Member Gary Schiff and nonprofit founder Mohamed Farah, are stressing the need for development and public safety.
Data Drop
March 18

Find the hot housing markets in the Twin Cities

Are you living in a hot housing market? To find out, the Star Tribune’s housing market index combines four key housing metrics for cities with…